Saturday, December 22, 2012
Review: Flawed by Kate Avelynn ♥
Flawed by Kate Avelynn
Release Date: January 22, 2013 (but it's already available in ebook!)
Format: eARC, 336 pages
Source: For review
Description from Goodreads:
Sarah O’Brien is alive because of the pact she and her brother made twelve years ago — James will protect her from their violent father if she promises to never leave him. For years, she’s watched James destroy his life to save hers. If all he asks for in return is her affection, she’ll give it freely.
Until, with a tiny kiss and a broken mind, he asks for more than she can give.
Sam Donavon has been James’ best friend — and the boy Sarah’s had a crush on — for as long as she can remember. As their forbidden relationship deepens, Sarah knows she’s in trouble. Quiet, serious Sam has decided he’s going to save her. Neither of them realizes James is far more unstable than her father ever was, or that he’s not about to let Sarah forget her half of the pact . . .
Going into this book, I was prepared to be bombarded with emotions. Good, bad, happy, sad, ALL OF THE FEELS, you know? And...that's exactly what I got. That's exactly what I got and then some. When thinking of the book as a whole, the first word that comes into my mind is "amazing." Because this book? Well, it was amazing. But there were so many little things that contributed to that... Honestly, Flawed is a masterpiece.
After reading the synopsis, and then an excerpt, I was completely intrigued by this book. It's definitely the kind of thing that usually draws me in. There seems to be protective boys, a cute love story, and serious action. What I got was all that, but with an overall serious tone. If you're looking for a carefree, happy-go-lucky fluff book, do not pick up Flawed. But if you want a heartbreaking, wonderfully written, OHMYGOSH story, you should be right at home with Flawed.
Sarah: I did not like Sarah. At all. To me, she was too scared to do anything for herself and she bothered me to no end. I kind of feel bad about not liking her, though. I wanted so badly to like her, but she kept doing things I just could not deal with. And, as always, I understand WHY she did the things she did. Looking at her situation, I GET IT. But I can't just let it be. So I didn't like her.
James: James is a character that I'm conflicted about. Because I loved his character. But I probably shouldn't. He seems like he could have been the best brother ever, if not for their father. That's another reason why I love James--I can't put much blame on him. I blame their dad for most everything, and everything else I've deluded myself into putting the blame on Sarah for. Nevertheless, James was a great character to read and I really liked him. My heart is broken the most for him, because he had so much potential and it was all taken away from him.
Sam: Sam is my boy. He's the good guy who tries to take care of and fix everything. My heart is broken for him, as well. He got dragged into the problems because he simply loved Sarah. When he should have been a normal 18 year old boy getting ready to start his adult life however he wanted, he was dragged down by his love for Sarah. I don't blame him for this. There was some serious hope for them as a couple and I just plain adore Sam. That boy deserves so much, he has such a great heart.
Alex: I just want to take two seconds and say that I loved whenever Alex was around. He made me laugh when I was at the edge of my seat, on the verge of a freak out. He was sweet, too. All in all, he's a good guy.
Plot. This story was a roller coaster of emotions. There's some happy, some sad, some scared, some what the? and just some of everything. I hated whenever I had to put the book down. All I wanted to do was read and find out WHAT could possibly happen next. I barely ever guessed that right.
Love. I've already told you Sam loved Sarah. And Sarah loved Sam back. I wanted so badly for things to work out for these two as I read the book. When these two were together, not talking about James, I think I kind of liked Sarah. They had moments that gave me so much hope. These two...this book is full of heartcrushing events, but these two together made everything better.
The ending. My heart hurts. This whole book, full of feels, finally met up with me and...TEARS. I don't think it's possible to read this book without crying at the end. The ending made me smile, but it also tore up my heart. Bittersweet. Very bittersweet.
Overall, this is going to be one of those books that sticks with me for a while. It hurt me, but as I said, Flawed is a masterpiece. I hope everyone takes a chance with this book and reads it. It's not happy-go-lucky, but it is amazing. It's amazing and beautiful and surely one everyone should have the experience of reading.