Review: Flawed by Cecelia Ahern


Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation in which she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found FLAWED.

Ahhhh.... Cecelia Ahern. When I heard that one of the only adult author that I tend to read writing a YA novel - a YA dystopian style novel to that point - I couldn't get over it. Cecilia Ahern always manages to write devastatingly romantic and original speculative themes. I expected the same from Flawed.

Unfortunately, I think Ahern went down a very predictable path with Flawed. The world building wasn't anything at all special and the whole plot itself - idyllic world, girl becomes unwilling representative for some kind of rebellion. The world itself was weak - I got lost at the point where we learn that criminals are criminals and the Flawed people aren't criminals.... they just have undesirable traits. It sounds a ridiculous in review as it did when Ahern tried (and failed) to justify it in the book.

Then there's the characters. None f which were anything at all special Celestine started out as a character with nothing to her and this didn't change witht he book - she doesn't actively do anything, she just goes with the flow. Then there's a messed up love triangle and a bad guy who just seemed like a rehashing of President Snow, just with less dynamics.

Honestly, for me there was nothing about Flawed which stands out for me. The whole thing was just very uninspiring and flat for me. It was neither memorable or original and for something from one of my fav adult spec authors, I am completely unimpressed and, dare I say it, disappointed.

Book released 24th March 2016 by Harper Collins Children's Books
Book received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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