January 2, 2013

Review of Flawed by Kate Avelynn

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 . . .

add to goodreadsFlawed by Kate Avelynn
Publication Date:  November 22, 2012
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing

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MaryAnn NewFlawed by Kate Avelynn is one of those stories that tells the dark secrets that are hidden deep within.  Where the tell-tale signs are visible for all to see, and yet, no one knows what is happening.  Or because of the lies that have been told and over and over again have become the only “truth” that they know.  I was seeing all this hype about Flawed by Kate Avelynn.  I heard about fantastic this read, and how it was one book that needed to be checked out, so I admit, I became very curious.  Apart from getting a brief idea of what the book was about, I was hesitant about the content within the pages.  But I will tell you right now fellow readers, this book is definitely worth the read.

The story revolves around the inexcusable abuse that brother and sister, Sarah and James must endure all their life.  Having to flinch at every sound, wondering what it is that they did now that forced their father to beat them.  In Flawed, we are shown just how far back the abuse goes, and to what extent the abuse happens.  It was absolutely heartbreaking to read about the pain and suffering these children had to go through at such a young age.  And it was even more heartbreaking to bear witness in seeing Sarah’s older brother, James become her knight in shining armor starting at such a young age, time and time again.  To do what needed to be done to protect his sister and to have the brunt of the attacks to be focused on him, rather than on her.

It was emotionally heart wrenching to see how much pain and suffering this brother and sister team has to go through well into their teens.  At a time where every memory they should be making should be ones that they will treasure, always.  Not ones that will haunt their dreams and cause them to flinch at every shadow and sound.  And it’s because of this terrible situation that the relationship between Sarah and James seems to mean more to James.  His words, his looks, his touches…all are wrong and should not be happening, but to James, Sarah is all that he knows and loves.

For Sarah, she knows the advances of her brother are wrong.  What she wishes for is that her affections for her brother’s best friend, Sam to be reciprocated.  And one day, at a party deep in the woods, the impossible that Sarah thinks that could happen between her and Sam…happen.  And this love and happiness that Sarah now feels is one that she’s not quite used to feeling…and accepting.  But it’s not only Sarah that needs to accept these new feelings coming from her, and that she is receiving from Sam.  James has become someone she doesn’t recognize as James…more like a version of the father she has been trying to stay away from.

Sarah will now have to deal with the abrupt personality change coming from her brother, must learn to deal with a new love, and find a way to finally feel safe from the very people she was supposed to feel  with.

If you’re looking for an emotional rollercoaster ride, Flawed is the book for you.  It will toy with your emotions like a cat toys with a mouse.  I was being pulled from all different directions.  I felt so much sadness and pain for main character, Sarah O’Brien.  I felt her despair, her confusion, her guilt, her pain, her loss, her joy, her love, her … all of it!  There was so much emotion poured into this story that there was so much going on in my mind.  The moment I started reading it, I didn’t want to put it down.  I needed to know how the story was going to continue.  I needed to know if Sarah and her brother James would ever find the safety they so longed for.  I needed to know what would happen with the horrific excuse of a father they had to live with.  I needed to know if their mother would find the strength she needed to find peace.

Author, Kate Avelynn, has done such a phenomenal job in describing, in detail, the horrors that both Sarah and James goes through.  And above all that, the horror that their mother must endure.   It was difficult to continue reading about how Sarah had felt responsible for the terribleness happening with her brother.

But I also loved reading the budding first love.  How could you not help but fall in love with Sam yourself?  His professions of his feelings for Sarah and the ways in which he proves his feelings for her.  It was so sweet and touching when he would come over and just fall asleep with her in his arms.  It was endearing and sincere and swoon worthy, and everything that one would hope that a first love would be.   There were many times in Flawed where I signed and smirked like a smirking fool.

I would recommend Flawed by Kate Avelynn for any contemp. fan, anyone who is in need of a truly emotional read, and who wants to read an unforgettable story that will remain in your heart.

About the Author:

When not devouring books, holding down her editing gig, or attempting to coax life out of the weed patch she calls a “garden,” Kate Avelynn writes dark contemporary YA and NA that blends first love, betrayal, and danger.

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  1. Lily

    This has been on my radar for a while, in really interested in what my response to the characters will be especially James. Great Review ill definitely be picking his one up!

  2. Ellen

    Great review. This book ripped by heart out and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. Definitely a must read.

  3. Nana

    Nice review. This book has actually interested me since so long but I still hesitate to read it because of its theme. I mean, usually I don’t like reading something so dark but maybe I’ll try reading it this year. Thanks for the review.

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