by JL Spelbring


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ISBN-13: 9781937053345
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication date: 07/16/2013
Series: Perfection , #1
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

J.L. Spelbring lives in Texas, where she wanders out in the middle of the night to look at the big and bright stars. Besides knocking imaginary bad guys in the head with a keyboard, she enjoys being swept away between the pages of a book, running amuck inside in her own head, pretending she is into running, and hanging out with her kids, who are way too cool for her.

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Perfection 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
mollymortensen More than 1 year ago
Perfection isn't perfect, but it's still a good read.  Point of View: Third (Ellyssa, Dr. Hirch Ellyssa’s ‘father’, Angela a member of the Gestapo, and Rein a young renegade) My Rating: 6/10 Stars Predictability: 4 out of 5 (Where 1 is George RR Martin (If the characters make a plan or think about the future I know it isn’t going to go that way.) And 5 is Cinder (where I guessed what was going to happen long before it did, but it was still a great book.) Warnings: Attempted rape and torture (with super powers) My Summary: Perfection is a Dystopian where Hitler won the war. Now it’s not enough to have blonde hair and blue eyes, but you have to have the right shade of hair and eyes. Anyone without these traits is sent to a concentration camp. Ellyssa is a genetically engineered young woman.  She’s literally perfect, a beautiful genius with kick butt martial arts skills, and the ability to read minds. Ellyssa’s spent her entire life in a place called the Center with her siblings. The first chapter is her first experience out in the world after escaping the Center. Through a series of flashbacks we learn that a young dark haired renegade was dragged through the center and communicated into Ellyssa’s mind Kansas City. She’d never experienced anything like this before. How could an imperfect have such a skill? She then hacked into her ‘father’s’ computer, where she discovered the truth of his plans for the future. My Review: This was hard book for me to get into. I’d have liked a chapter or two of Ellyssa’s life at the Center first rather than the flashbacks. That way I would have cared more about what happened to her as she was struggling during the first part of the book. I was surprised to learn this book was only just over 300 pages, it felt way longer than that. I think the reason for that was that there were so many points of view. The book would’ve been better if it was only told by Ellyssa. Rein’s perspective was interesting and Dr. Hirch’s showed what was going on back at the Center, but Angela the Gestapo’s wasn’t necessary at all. Even though there were four points of view, they were all unique and I never confused the characters. The Good: When we meet Ellyssa one of the first things she does is enjoy the emotion of panic, because it’s an emotion and she was never supposed to feel. She’s tough and kicks some serious butt. I liked that Ellyssa wasn’t a damsel in distress. The world is interesting and I’d like to see more about what ordinary life is like, because our protagonists led very different lives, but both weren’t normal. The powers Ellyssa and her siblings had were cool and I liked how they developed. The plot was fine overall, though I’d have liked Elyssa to have more of a plan when she escaped. The pacing slowed in spots, but there was enough action to keep me reading and the action scenes were nicely done. The characters were likable enough, and even the side characters were well developed. I liked Ellyssa’s growth from someone who was afraid to feel or show emotion to more of a normal girl. The ending was good, everything wrapped up nicely making this a self contained story, but still with room for a sequel. The Bad: The romance. I actually sped read through some of the romantic parts. I didn’t ‘feel’ the romance. It was love at first sight… *sigh* and they went on and on about how much they meant to each other. *eye roll* I like romance in books, but it happened too quickly and they felt too strongly for each other. There was also the start to a love triangle, which I think might be developed more in future books. I actually found myself liking her relationship with the other guy, though he fell for her too quickly also. There was one instance where Rein did something that made no logical sense, but needed to happen to further the plot. (These kinds of things bug me.) Would I recommend this book? Yes to fans of Dystopian and romance. Will I read the Sequel? Maybe. My Favorite Quote: “Perfection? People, in themselves, ARE perfect. Creativity, emotions, the innate quest to find truth – these are the things which evolved humans. All of them. Not just what you choose.”
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
    Perfection is a chilling picture of what life could be if selective genetics goes completely wrong. They are trying to make a perfect soldier, and as far as looks and strength and mind reading goes, they have it in Ellyssa. But they consider her emotions her weakness. She learns through her escape that those emotions can really be strength.      This is an alternate history I guess you would consider, because it is basically a dystopia where Hitler's ideals are realized and they are working to eradicate those who aren't of perfect race, and taking it even further with superior intelligence and strength.       She tries to run away from the place she was made/born because a strange for this world looking boy with dark hair being questioned broke through her mental shield and screamed a place at her. And she deletes and changes things in the database and goes on the run. It's so much fun to watch her learn to trust others, feel loss, sorrow, joy, laughter, and most of all, fall in love.     While I understood the choice for a third person pov, I connected most with Ellyssa and wanted to be from her point of view the most. I didn't connect with the other characters, but they gave valuable insight into what is going on while Ellyssa is running and when she finds unlikely allies.     There is plenty of action behind the character development to keep the story going. The ending is pretty good, but the epilogue makes me know there needs to be another book in this series. There are also ingeniously crafted villains that will make you want to wring out their brains. Bottom Line: Action packed and chilling alternate history with a main character I grew to love. 
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
This dystopian novel takes place in the United States approximately a century after the Nazi's won the war.  Ellyssa and her genetically engineered brothers and sister are Hitlers idea of perfection.  Her father and her creator, Dr. George Hirch, Der Vater, has devoted his life's work to creating the perfect soldier formed in the image Hitler believed to superior - platinum hair, blue eyes, porcelain skin, having superior strength, intelligence, as well as "special abilities."  She has lived inside the Center all her life and has done what her father has asked of her, masking her emotions, no questions asked.  All of that changes when a dark haired imperfect stranger speaks into her mind and she discovers things about her father, his plans for her, and his plans for society that disturb her so much that she escapes.  On the run from everything she knows, everyone and everything she has believed to be true, Ellyssa faces the most difficult tests of her life.  She not only meets a groups of people, renegades as they were known, who she was always taught were a menace to society, impure, and barbaric, but she comes to know, love, and must learn to trust them, but will they trust her?  Will the danger be too great?  Will the Center and everything it stands for destroy any hope Ellyssa may have at freedom?   I enjoyed Perfection.  It was a bit slow in the beginning and it took me a while to really get into it, but when I did, I was fully engrossed in what was going on.  The novel is told in the third person, but you also get multiple POVs from the other characters in the story, which I found interesting.  Ellyssa is the main character.  I didn't connect with her immediately.  She was robotic like and determined, masking her emotions, in her speech and actions.  As Ellyssa began to come out of her shell, open herself up to people, learn to trust, and even to fall in love, I grew to really like her and enjoyed watching her character develop.  Rein, the romantic interest in the story, I just loved, and I enjoyed watching their relationship develop.  The other secondary characters all played important roles in the story as well.  I especially like Matthew, Jordan, and Woody.  They help her to see what truth really is in relation to what she has always been taught.  Ellyssa's father, her brothers and sister, however, I did not like at all.  They were really evil, as was the detective that pursued Ellyssa.  As the danger and threats the Center and what it stands for begin to close in on Ellyssa and those she is with, she sets forth on a course of action, determined to save the ones she loves, and is willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish it.  Perfection has plenty of action, danger, conspiracy, evil villains, and romance, and takes place in postwar setting in which the Nazi's were the ones who won the war, instead of the way we know it.  The ending was satisfying and I was pleased.  It was also a little disturbing, especially the epilogue (in a good way), setting the stage for a sequel, which I will definitely check out.  If you are a dystopian fan, Perfection is different from many of the dystopias out there, and is something you might want to check out. 
Crazy_Book_Lady More than 1 year ago
This is SUCH an amazing, original story--it's Westerfield's SPECIALS meets Philip K. Dick's THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE. "Dystopian" doesn't even begin to cover a world in which the Nazis won the war. This is a must-read for anyone who likes their YA with an edge; we're delighted to have it at Spencer Hill!