7/24/14

Perfection (Mad World Book 3) - Erin Callahan & Troy Gardner

4.5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Following months living on the streets of Boston, the Wakefield escapees have found a temporary shelter to recoup in after barely escaping from Arlington Station with their lives—but time is running out.

As the troubled teens grow closer and rely on each other for survival, they know the inexhaustible Dr. Lycen is on the hunt. When he shows up on their doorstep with his crimson army, they are forced into action. With limited options, some of them flee to Perfection, a turn of the century living museum that holds more than its fair share of secrets.

Those who travel to Perfection find a new home that promises safety and stability. But is a dangerous adversary pulling the strings behind the scenes?

ABOUT THE AUTHORS -
Erin grew up by a small glacial lake in New Hampshire and, after brief stints in Colorado and Rhode Island, she settled in the granite state with her husband. As a small child, she told her mother she'd defaced a wall with crayons because she'd been possessed by an imp. She's convinced that same imp drives her to write. When she's not at her day job or cranking out novels on her laptop, you can find her soaking in the new golden era of television, stalking her favorite musicians on Twitter, trying not to embarrass herself on the volleyball court, and reading books of all sorts. She loves the color red, hates the phrase "no offense," and thinks birds are creepy. A year after graduating from law school, she found herself unemployed and took a job at a facility similar to the one featured in Wakefield. She lasted only a year, but the kids she met there will forever serve as a well of inspiration.

Troy H. Gardner grew up in New Hampshire and graduated with a B.A. in English/Communications with a dual concentration in film and writing from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He spent ten years working in the banking industry dreaming up numerous stories to write. When not writing, which is seldom, Troy busies himself jet-setting from Sunapee, NH to Moultonborough, NH. 

MY REVIEW -
Woohoo! My new favorite writing duo!  Perfection - great name for a great series. I said it once (or twice) and I'll say it again - This series is FANTASTIC! I loved the village of Perfection, I would love to live there.The authors described it perfectly (let's see how many derivatives of Perfection I can sneak into this review!).

Again with the great character development. Each personality was perfectly played out, I loved these guys. It had been a while since I had read book two but I was soon giggling at their snarky attitudes again. The conversations in this book are so natural, it really feels like teens just hanging.

The book takes right off where the other one left you. The author's did a perfect job catching you up. They didn't just do an intro paragraph like some authors do, they made it seem like part of the story. I was being "caught up" without even realizing it.

A lot of explaining is done in this book. You finally feel like "Ah ha!" You get some answers to all those questions you had. This book was very interesting, lots of paranormal activity (not the movie), but it lost just a tad of the fun for me - hence the 4.5 stars instead of 5. But still an excellent read! The ending had a kind of  "The Stand" feel to it - good vs. evil. I am assuming there is going to be a book four? Because this one ended with a cliff hanger.

Here are a few quotes for your reading pleasure -
"You sound like my aunt," She said, squirting toothpaste out of the tube.
"I feel like one," I said before realizing that wasn't quite right. "More like a step-dad, I mean. Or like a guy who goes out with a mother of three, but they never get married, and she dies, so then he has to take care of her kids out of some sense of duty that no one expects besides himself."
"Funny, I feel like a girl who ran away from a mental institution with her magical friends."

"Can you tell us if you ever saw anything strange at Wakefield?" Gene asked.
Becky laughed, "That's like asking me if I saw oats in my oatmeal this morning. I saw a lot of strange things..."

"You're not my elder. You're, like, five years older than me."
"Five years is a long time when you are a young adult. You can do a lot of damage to yourself in those years. No one's there to tell you what to do, but you're still a complete dunce. Sometimes I think how stupid I was back then and it makes me cringe."

Thanks so much Erin for sending me this book for my honest review! Can't wait till the next! 

Great fun paranormal series - Just read it!


Get your copy from Amazon - HERE
Or if you haven't yet, get the first book - Wakefield - HERE

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