As I was re-reading Flawed Perfection to get ready to finish writing the Beautifully Flawed series, I thought it would be a good time to step back and do a thorough self-evaluation of Flawed Perfection. I think it’s rare that an author can remove themselves from their own work and be brutally honest about the content. I have no problem sitting back down and ripping something apart to make something better again. I approached this re-read as a reader only, and removed myself from the equation, but I didn’t remove the editor in me. I cannot tell you how marked up my paperback copy of Flawed Perfection is right now–and it was previously copy and line edited by someone else besides me. I simply think of it this way–I wrote the book about two years ago, and I’ve written a handful more books since then. My style has evolved, and I feel I’ve become more distinct as an author. With the second book in the series looming in the future, it’s probably a good time to spit shine Flawed Perfection. What better way to do that than to both edit and review it? So here goes…my review of my own novel…Flawed Perfection.
Overall Rating 3.75 Stars
-Book Description: 4.5
-Simile Use: 4.5 (minimal usage)
-Description: 3 (Average)
-Show And Tell Balance: 3
Ah, the cover– I have to say that this one is a beauty. I think it really sets the feel for the novel and depicts Adam as the serious guy he is. I like the way the black and white has a strong contrast and makes the blue accents in the cover pop. The cursive font and the all upper case font also give another layer contrast to the flawed versus perfect feeling of the novel. The book description brings you in and flows nicely from the description of each character and to how they all interact. The overall idea of the novel is nothing too new — best friends falling in love with one another, but the love triangle piece of it is fresh. I like the fact that this isn’t really a three-pointed love triangle, but one where the girl in the center really knows what she wants and who she is. River is a strong character who doesn’t mope around thinking she’s not good enough for Adam — she just doesn’t think he realizes how good for each other they are. The friction in all of the relationships is interesting to see build, and the parents in the story–well, that’s a whole other element. They aren’t perfect parents, but they are very realistic in that not all parents are necessarily good. Honestly, they’re pretty awful at several points, where you wonder how they managed to have normal kids when they’re such selfish idiots. I liked seeing the progression and growth of the main characters, but that ending was a shocker! Some areas where this book could improve are in the fact there was lack of description that hindered the balance of show and tell. At some points the dialogue ended up being choppy because there wasn’t any tell behind it showing the inner feelings or the outer display of feelings of the characters. I think with just a hint more of this, the book could be a five star novel. It just needs something a little more to help the reader connect with each of the core characters.