29/08/2013

Review: Flawed {Kate Avelynn}



 
Sarah has only lived this long because of James. She has only survived their father this long because of his protection. And James will always save her from their abusive father, just as long as she promises to never leave him.

For years, Sarah has watched her brother risk his life to save hers and if all he wants in return is her love, then she'll give it unconditionally.

But when Sam Donavon – James's best friendsteals Sarah's heart, she's forced to keep their new love a secret from her brother. As their forbidden relationship gets more intense, Sarah knows that she's walking on a tightrope. Because James may be hiding a side of himself far worse than their father's and he's not about to let his sister forget her promise.

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Sarah's dad is an an abusive alcoholic (and probably the most horrible character I have ever read about) and her mum spends all of her time in a drug-induced sleep.

Sarah was easy to sympathise with and so desperately loyal that my heart broke every time things fell apart for her. And they fell apart a lot. Mostly because of her brother.

She let him dictate her entire life. Her father was meant to be the abusive one, but from early on it was clear that James had his own form of abuse for Sarah. He was controlling and emotionally manipulative and she let him dominate her because of some twisted sense of loyalty.

It's obvious James loves his sister and he does protect her from their father, taking as many hits as possible to ensure Sarah is safe. But he doesn't do it because he cares about her; he does it because he is obsessed with her. He makes sure her life revolves around him and only him and it was clear from the beginning, even before Sam came into the picture, that James's feelings for his sister were not platonic.

Then there's Sam – a beacon of light in this story. He wants so desperately to help Sarah and save her from her father, her brother and herself. He gives her the strength to stand up for herself and it was amazing watching him bring Sarah into his lifeand his familywithout hesitation.

Unfortunately, Sarah couldn't get past her loyalty to her brother and was constantly torn between what she thought owed James and her desire to start fresh with Sam. I get that she loved her brother, but his behaviour was unacceptable. He wouldn't let her get a job or have friends or date or leave the house unless it was to go to the library. He is clearly unstable and for most of the book I was more scared about what he would do than about what her father would do.

This book, the ending in particular, took me completely by surprise and stabbed me in the heart when I wasn't looking. It kept me on edge and at multiple points I felt an anxiety attack coming on because I could not handle all the tension and suspense. But that's what I loved. It kept me guessing, it kept me intrigued and it kept me holding out hope that Sarah would finally be happy.

 
"You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy, when skies are grey. You'll never know, dear, how much I love you. Please don't take my sunshine away." 



 

Allie is a Pimm's-obsessed reader, who dreams of road tripping over America, learning to surf & becoming fluent in all the languages of her heritage (which, sadly, does not include Elvish). If she's not reading or blogging, you can find her catching up on Teen Wolf, or reigning supreme with Scrabble/Mario Kart.
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20 comments:

  1. Now you have me jumping up and down! ;) I've had my eye on this book for what seems like forever. I have to be honest... the cover was what did it for me. I just adore covers like this... black, with a simple flower, bright pink font... I don't really know for sure what it is, but I just love it. So I wanted to read the book because of that. But I heard a few not-so-great reviews when it was first released, so I kind of placed it on the back burner until I decided if I wanted to give it a try or not. Well, you convinced me to give it a try!! :D I really enjoy the emotional, tragic, "issues" type of book. I think Flawed and I will get along just fine. ;)

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    1. Definitely! This cover completely drew me in too - it's clean, simple and really effective. Just the right amount of eerie!

      I'd say ignore the naysayers and listen to me :P. Seriously though, do check it out because it really is worth a read. The only thing I can imagine anyone having a problem with is the ending because it was just ... ah there are no words. But the alternate endings on Kate Avelynn's website gave me some solace haha

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  2. I haven't read this book, Allie, but I'm SUCH a sucker for really strong, issue-based contemporary books. I like the sound of Sarah because I think her flaws will make her really accessible. And, seriously...now you have me wondering about that ending! Such a lovely review :)

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    1. I'm the same! Give me a book full of issues and emotional tragedy and I'm hooked - not sure what the says about me ;)

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  3. This was really powerful and I tore through it as well

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    1. Yeah, it was definitely an emotionally-charged story! I'm glad you liked it so much :)

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  4. Allie, i've read pretty amazing reviews about this book but stayed away for fear of how i'd handle James. When it comes to characters who are being manipulated i sometimes just can't stand it and want to hit something since i get so annoyed they let themselves get so obvouisly manipulated. But you've said such good things about the ending I really want to read it now. Great review :)
    Lily @ Lilysbookblog

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    1. I'd say give it a go! Because though James is a hard character to like, there are moments when you feel bad for him and, near the end, where you actually empathise a little.

      Kate Avelynn does a good job of making complex characters who you hate but also feel for! Well, with the exception of Sarah's dad ... who really was just a bastard through and through :P

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  5. This sounds like a powerful book. I don't read many of these, but I think I'll try it once :)

    Mel@thedailyprophecy.

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    1. I'm glad I've managed to sway you ;)

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  6. I really like emotionally charged books, and I have always argued with myself on whether or not to read this one but your review has convinced me. You have made me curious about that ending, for sure!

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    1. I'm glad you're going to give it a chance - I promise you won't regret it :D

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  7. I feel like I'm going to cry if I read this book :( man it sounds so sad, especially when both parents are not acting as parents. I love good endings!!! Really glad you liked it.

    -leigh

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    1. Yeah, the situation with the parents was really sad. And the stuff with the dad especially. He was just THE WORST. Completely irredeemable!

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  8. Wow, this does sound like a great read! It's the first time I hear about this book, but I'm definitely adding it to my TBR. You got me very curious about the ending. I mean... how can such a story end? Don't tell me that Sarah eventually chooses her brother... I wouldn't stand that. Oh well... I guess I'll have to read it and see for myself. :) Great review, btw!

    Oana @All Fantasy Worlds

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    1. I won't reveal it to you, but I will say this: you'll either be an emotional wreck or completely frustrated! :P

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  9. The crafty, evil books are often the ones that you can't stop thinking about, which means they are the best. reads. ever.

    I'm going to have to look into this one!

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    1. Prepare for numerous anxiety attacks!

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  10. Oh my, sounds like an amazingly moving book! It sounds so sad and evil I don't know whether I'd be able to stomach it! Great review though :)

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

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    1. There are moments of supreme happiness and cuteness too though! Promise :)

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