Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Blog Tour: Perfection by J.L. Spelbring - Review

  • Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
  • Publication date: 7/16/2013
  • Series: Perfection , #1 
  • Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review
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The personification of Aryan purity, Ellyssa's spent her whole life under her creator's strict training and guidance; her purpose is to eradicate inferior beings. She was genetically engineered to be the perfect soldier: strong, intelligent, unemotional, and telepathic.
Only Ellyssa isn't perfect.
Ellyssa feels emotions--a fact she's spent her life concealing. Until she encounters the epitome of inferiority: a dark-haired boy raised among renegades hiding since the Nazis won the war a century ago. He speaks to her telepathically, pushing thoughts into her mind, despite the impossibility of such a substandard person having psychic abilities.
But he does.
His unspoken words and visions of a place she's never visited make Ellyssa question her creator. Confused and afraid her secret will be discovered, Ellyssa runs away, embarking on a journey where she discovers there is more to her than perfection.

My Thoughts

This was quite an interesting story for me. Ellyssa's creator being so set on completing what Hitler wanted and the fact that he was so smart and had genetically engineered people to make the perfect race was creepy. Platinum blonde, perfect creamy complexion, blue eyes, and extra powers such as telepathy, telekenis, and other "powers", as well as being trained as soldiers with no emotions. The Renegades are hidden away, and Ellyssa discovers what her father's real goal is, and since she still has her emotions, she knows it's wrong. It was a very high intensity story that kept me turning pages. My only real issue was how it's told. There are so many different POV's that I felt really disconnected a lot of the time. I never really felt like I could get into the characters heads very well to be emotionally invested.

Ellyssa has escaped from The Center after someone gets into her head and tells her that she needs to go to Kansas City. She ends up being captured by the Renegades, and becomes part of their community and family. It does take a little bit before she is able to trust them and be able to somewhat fit in, but I loved watching her emotions start to come out as she discovered them. It's completely different from anything she's ever known. She has hidden her emotions her whole life so it's hard for her to let her guard down and just be. I love who she became throughout the story. She learns what different feeling are new to her, including love and compassion. She grew so much and I really enjoyed seeing her change.

There is a romance too. I thought it was done really well. Rein is very suspicious of Ellyssa and doubts her for a long time, and slowly warms up to her. Even though he doesn't know if he can trust her, there's something about her that he just can't let go. Even though he hasn't been raised without emotions like Ellyssa, a lot of the emotions are new to him too. He was really great, and probably my favorite character in the whole book.

The story was very intense and kept me on the edge of my seat. I thought that the creation of a superior race was really cool, and the Doctor was a great villain. It was a hard book for me to get into since there are so many different characters and POV's to follow, but how it all came together was really great. I really didn't know which way the story was going to go in the end, but I loved how it ended up. There was never a dull moment in this book and I enjoyed it. There wasn't a super cliffhanger ending, but it was left making me want more. I loved the creativeness of this and that is also uses a bit of history. I thought it was a great book.

*An Advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.


  1. At first I thought the cover was really cool with the butterfly but staring at it for a long time kinda creeps me out. *shudders*

    It's nice to hear that the romance was a strong point here, it sounds bittersweet.

    Fantastic review as always, Amy! <33

  2. Sounds like a great book! A creation of a superior race? Hmm, I may have to read this.

  3. I've been seeing this book everywhere over the past week or so. The premise does sound really cool, and I'm glad you liked it despite having so many points-of-view to keep up with.
    Great review, hon!

  4. I struggled with the different POVs too but I did enjoy it. Great review.

  5. I just read another positive review of this too. It sounds very intriguing!

  6. This sounds interesting, but also something that I think I would get bored of easily and def not something I could read right now as I'm like in like a reading slump still, kinda. Great review though babe.

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  7. Great Review Hun! I've missed chatting with you! This book sounds interesting, and really creepy! This is the first I've heard of it! Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Hope all is going well with you :)

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  8. Ooh I'm glad you liked this one, Amy! I've seen this one around but your review has gotten my attention. I'm really glad that the main character changes, because character development is always really important to me when it comes to a good book :) The romance and premise is also really intriguing, I'm kind of excited now to see who the Doctor really is :)

  9. Ooohhh sounds unique! Ellyssa's creator being like Hitler and creating his own race. Scary! A great romance to top it of too! I hadn't heard of this one before but now I'm intrigued.

  10. I am seriously digging this book after reading your review, it sounds creepy, intense and addictive!! I'd have to be in the right mood to read it though because of those confusing alternating POV's...if I were in the wrong mood, that could ruin a story completely for me ­>.< I'm glad you mentioned it though because then I'm prepared and I know what I'm getting into LOL This sounds fantastic though, thanks for the GREAT review Amy :)


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