Friday, February 1, 2013

Review: Flawed by Kate Avelynn

Title:  Flawed
Author:  Kate Avelynn
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Published:  December 11, 2012
Purchase:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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 . . .



“You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.
You make me happy when skies are gray.
You’ll never know, dear, how much I love you.
Please don’t take my sunshine away.”

 It's true that the subject matter in Flawed is taboo and uncomfortable, which makes it hard to express my feelings about this book. However, I can easily say that I became emotionally invested in these characters and that I couldn’t put the story down. When I reached its conclusion, I regretted the fact that I was traveling and unable to sob the way my heart begged me to. I was so affected by what I had read that it hurt to breathe and I was incapable of talking about anything but this book for days to follow. 

So, if you’re looking for a critique on writing style, prose, or character development; you won’t find it here. This is a story to be read with the heart -- not with the head.

I wanted to rescue these characters so badly. I was livid that a father could treat his children the way he treated James and Sarah and that a mother could be so neglectful. The most painful aspect of Flawed is the sad truth that this happens in our scary and messed up world more than we can possibly know.

“It broke him, and in turn, he broke us all.”

There are so many Sarahs out there who are being broken -- trapped, with no clue how to escape the dangerous situation they are in. James is so troubled and, after what he has been through, damaged. Then there is sweet, gentle Sam. If only everyone could have a beautiful soul such as Sam in their lives. 

The relationship between Sarah and James... where to even begin? I can’t. This is a story you must read for yourself, draw your own conclusions, and decide which category you fall into as the reader. I’ve made my decision: Flawed is dark, but it is beautiful and I’m so happy that I read it, even as it tore my heart into tiny, mangled pieces.

“You told me once, dear, you really loved me
And no one else could come between.
But now you've left me and love another;
You have shattered all my dreams.”



  1. I have been waiting for this review! You did such a fabulous job expressing your feelings and you are so right! THIS---> "So, if you’re looking for a critique on writing style, prose, or character development; you won’t find it here. This is a story to be read with the heart -- not with the head." That is really the perfect way to describe Flawed but you know how I feel about this book already! Amazing review!!!

  2. I was very invested in the characters too, and couldn't look away, taboo subjects r not.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  3. I'm really glad I gave this book a chance too. Despite it breaking my heart, I loved that I was able to invest in these characters so quickly. Plus I don't think I have cried reading a book since this one. It was just beautifully emotional. Brilliant review, Michele!

  4. OoO I have this in my tbr pile and cannot wait to read it now. I just need to grab some chocolate and wine..ooh and tissues! Awesome review Michelle!

  5. Ohh, one abusive parent, one neglectful, and Maja the coward runs the other way. I KNOW this book is good just like I know Stolen is good, but I just can't force myself to read either.I admire you for being so brave. Even The Storyteller was too much for me and I gave up.
    Fabulous review.

  6. I am with Maja, dark material is so hard for me especially in winter. I know this is a hit or miss book and something about a shocking ending...Ahh hell I am just going to have to read it, on a warm summer day! Lovely review! Have a wonderful weekend!

  7. This sounds like a powerful book that I will have to read. I will probably not get it for a while- as my list is so long. I will need to make sure I have the time to cry my eyes out and nowhere to go. :) Awesome review!

  8. Wow, this sounds like a toughy. I'd love to read it. Great review, Michele.

  9. I can feel the heartbreak in your poignantly beautiful review! xo

  10. OMG, this book ripped my heart out. It was one of the most emotional experiences with a book I've ever had, and one I wouldn't have missed. It was hard to read, but I am so glad I did. You couldn't have said it more perfectly - "Flawed is dark, but it is beautiful." - Perfect.


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