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As soon as the government passed legislation allowing humans to be genetically engineered and sold as pets, the rich and powerful rushed to own beautiful girls like Ella. Trained from birth to be graceful, demure, and perfect, these "family companions" enter their masters' homes prepared to live lives of idle luxury.

Ella is happy with her new role as playmate for a congressman's bubbly young daughter, but she doesn't expect Penn, the congressman's handsome and rebellious son. He's the only person who sees beyond the perfect exterior to the girl within. Falling for him goes against every rule she knows, and the freedom she finds with him is intoxicating.

But when Ella is kidnapped and thrust into the dark underworld lurking beneath her pampered life, she's faced with an unthinkable choice. Because the only thing more dangerous than staying with Penn's family is leaving...and if she's unsuccessful, she'll face a fate far worse than death.

©2014 Kate Jarvik Birch (P)2015 Tantor

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"Compelling, imaginative, and unique. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough!" (Mary Lindsey, author of (Shattered Souls)

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Good job but the narrator need two more enthusiasm

This book is amazing they need to put the second book tarnished on here called tarnished

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I wanted more.

People say a good story leaves you wanting more and in this case I wanted to see the development of the Pet learn to read and write but even more, I'd like this to have been a non 11-13 book, without being graphic though, I'd like to learn more of other pets lives. Only seeing two pets left some to my imagination but i needed more story. Indeed a sequel after Niagara
i also would have liked to know more of how they/she was born and how they were treated before she was purchased. definitely more prefacing or at least flashbacks other than the same red door felt like the writer wrote a lot but then some crazy editor just bulldozed chunks of paragraphs, deleting what i would like to have read.

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Ok idea

Ending could've been better but interesting enough. Kind of short, could have been more detailed and fun to have a sequel.

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Goodish

This was a fun book. It had an interesting premise. I felt there was a lot more that could have been done with it, however. The narrator was great, but couldn't breathe much life into Penn, who just wasn't that exciting a romantic interest. I enjoyed the concept enough that I don't regret the purchase.