Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Place Called Perfect

A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan has been on the top of my TBR stacks for far too long.  (Thank you for your great patience, Helena!)  I've been absolutely swamped with review requests, and unfortunately, I've had very limited time this year to read and review books.  Published in 2012, A Place Called Perfect caught my attention on Tracy's terrific blog, Pen and Paper, and the author graciously sent me a copy of her book after I commented on Tracy's review.

As the book begins, the reader is immediately cast into Violet Brown's story.  Violet's father, Eugene, an optician who truly loves eyes and married her Mam because "she had the biggest eyes he'd ever seen", has just accepted an incredible sounding job.  Unfortunately, as far as 10-year-old Violet is concerned, his new job means that her family must move to a new location.  Change is often difficult for children, and Violet is apprehensive about moving and going to a new school.  To make matters even worse, her family will be moving to a place called Perfect.  Violet does not want to move, especially to a place called Perfect.

"How could she ever live in a place called Perfect?  It couldn't be perfect anyway, there had to be something wrong with it."
~ A Place Called Perfect, Helena Duggan

Although Violet loves her father deeply, she decides that she'll stop talking to her dad, her way of protesting the move. 

The characters in A Place Called Perfect are very appealing, and make this story worthwhile. Violet is an engaging and believable child protagonist.  She's determined to figure out what's going on in this "perfect" place.  Violet senses that there's something a bit scary and odd and creepy about the spectacle makers, the Archers, that something is going on with them.  Later in the story she meets a friend, Boy, who makes her experience in this too perfect place a lot more bearable, as friends often do.

Like Tracy from Pen and Paper, I was enchanted by this book from the very beginning until the very end.  Both the front and back cover were created by Helena Duggan, who's a graphic designer as well as an author, and are fantastic and fit the book, well, perfectly.  Content-wise, A Place Called Perfect is imaginative and clever; it's a charming book that I adored and would wholeheartedly recommend to children and adults.  Much of the humor in this book has to do with eyes and seeing, and although the book's quite funny overall, there's a more serious side to this book as well.  Readers of all ages will root for Violet as she discovers what's below the pristine appearance of Perfect.  A Place Called Perfect is an astounding mix of adventure and mystery, with a generous dose of the macabre, which will captivate all.  I look forward to reading more books by Helena Duggan.

As always, your comments are welcomed and appreciated. 

22 comments:

  1. I like the sound of this mix of adventure and mystery. A good choice for a book review!

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  2. I don't think I've seen this book before, but your review makes me want to add it to my list! And, I love that the boy she meets is called Boy!

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  3. This does sound good.

    I am so happy that as a child I did not have to cope with many geographical dislocations. With that said of course such experiences can create positive experiences.

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Brian Joseph!

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  4. A Place Called Perfect sounds charming! I wonder about that perfect place and Violet does sound like a character the reader can root for. Great review!

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  5. I haven't heard of this book before but it sound good. You did a great job with the review.

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  6. Loved your review. It sounds delightful!

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  7. Oh this does sound interesting. Like you, I have so many books in my TBR pile that I often feel overwhelmed. I'll tuck this onto my Secret Santa list, just in case anyone is feeling generous this holiday season.

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  8. Thanks for your wonderful review Suko! I love when the names of places and people fit the story. This sounds like a very well thought out story.

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  9. This is the first I've heard of this one. You make it sound like a book worthy for placement on the future TBR list.

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  10. Great review. I'm not familiar with the book or author. Love the premise.

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  11. *waving* I just got back into my old Blogger account...sorry I have been absent! I love your reviews and this one sounds great. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Even the cover is classy. It sounds like a great book.

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  13. Hi Suko,
    Thanks a million, your review of Perfect is amazing and I'm absolutely delighted. I also see you have it as your featured book on Amazon!
    I really appreciate you taking the time to read my story and blogging about it!
    All the best,
    Helena

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    1. Helena, thank you for stopping by! I enjoyed your book a great deal. :-)

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  14. Thank you so much for the mention. Something that little bit different, I'm so glad that you also enjoyed it.

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    1. Tracy, thank you for bringing this book to my attention!

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  15. I smiled when I read that the ten year old daughter gave her father the silent treatment as a punishment, having been on the receiving end of this from my three daughters myself.

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  16. Great reiew - this sounds wonderful and like something I would enjoy reading. I'll have to add it to my "to read" list. I feel like you - swamped with books that I need to review!

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  17. I read and enjoyed this one too, glad to see you enjoyed it as well!

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