Review: Damaged Goods by Jennifer Bardsley


Overall Score: 8/10

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Series: Yes, Book 2 (Review for Book 1 here)

Publisher: Month9Books

Release Date: January 17, 2017

Source: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

Book Summary (From GoodReads)

Blanca has everything she ever wanted, a hot boyfriend and the loving support of her foster father. She’s finally escaped the abusive control of her birth father and her tortured childhood at Tabula Rasa School.

But the scars of Blanca’s Vestal upbringing run deep, especially when the FBI start asking questions.

Blanca feels abandoned by her boyfriend, who is hunting for Lilith, Blanca’s only blood relative. The Defectos, a support group of Vestal-Rejects, offer Blanca comfort which she readily accepts.

While the Vestal order crumbles, Chinese rivals, the Guardians, rise to power and wrest control of important Tabula Rasa contacts. As Blanca’s life is thrown into chaos once more, she struggles to recognize friend from foe, and one miscalculation can have devastating consequences.


Damaged Goods picks up a short while after the ending of Genesis Girl. Blanca and the other Vestals are adjusting to life after the events of the first book. Jennifer did something amazing with Damaged Goods – She managed to write a sequel that I enjoyed even more than the first.

Blanca grows so much in the course of this novel. She was still somewhat aloof and difficult to relate to at first. As the story progresses, the layers are slowly peeled back to show us who Blanca truly is as a person. I particularly liked how the trauma Blanca went though both in her earlier training (we get flashbacks into her history in this book!) and the last book is dealt with.

As for the secondary characters, they were overall good. However, I was left wanting more depth to them, particularly Seth. There was an important issue that arose in his relationship with Blanca and it was never discussed or truly dealt with (maybe it will be in book 3?). I honestly wasn’t a huge of him in this novel though. I thought that many of his actions weren’t what you would expect from the sweet, caring guy he was in the first book.

The plot moved along faster than it did in Genesis Girl. The inclusion of the FBI, the Guardians, and the Rejects really helped develop the world. Additionally, I loved how there were so many different views about Vestals in this book, the issue of technology addiction was well developed and discussed. I don’t want to spoil anything so all I’ll say is that I definitely did not see the ending coming (but I loved it!). I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.


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