Body Parts
People would kill for her body.Raised in an elite foster center off the California coast, sixteen-year-old Tabitha’s been sculpted into a world-class athlete. Her trainers have told her she’ll need to be in top physical condition to be matched with a loving family, even though personal health has taken a backseat outside the training facility. While Tabitha swims laps and shaves seconds off her mile time, hoping to find a permanent home, the rest of the community takes pills produced by pharmaceutical giant PharmPerfect to erase their wrinkles, grow hair, and develop superhuman strength.When Tabitha’s finally paired, instead of being taken to meet her new parents, she wakes up immobile on a hospital bed. Moments before she’s sliced open, a group of renegade teenagers rescues her, and she learns the real reason for her perfect health: PharmPerfect is using her foster program as a replacement factory for their pill-addicted clients’ failing organs. And her friends from the center, the only family she’s ever known, are next in line to be harvested.Determined to save them, Tabitha joins forces with her rescuers, led by moody and mysterious Gavin Stiles. As they race to infiltrate the hospital and uncover the rest of PharmPerfect’s secrets, though, Tabitha finds herself with more questions than answers. Will trusting the enigmatic group of rebels lead her back to the slaughterhouse?

Body Parts Details

TitleBody Parts
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 15th, 2017
PublisherDiversion Publishing
ISBN-139781682303818
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Dystopia, Young Adult

Body Parts Review

  • Atlas
    January 1, 1970
    I'm angry I let my heart get caught up in the idea of having a foster family, for believing in the people who raised me* * *3 / 5 I loved the idea behind Body Parts, it reminded me of Neil Shusterman's book Unwind, which I greatly enjoyed. However, I found that this book dragged a bit in the middle where there was less action and more romance, and that as a character, Tabitha could be aggravating and make stupid decisions. I'll be a record on the wall, a memory in the minds of those who trained I'm angry I let my heart get caught up in the idea of having a foster family, for believing in the people who raised me* * *3 / 5 I loved the idea behind Body Parts, it reminded me of Neil Shusterman's book Unwind, which I greatly enjoyed. However, I found that this book dragged a bit in the middle where there was less action and more romance, and that as a character, Tabitha could be aggravating and make stupid decisions. I'll be a record on the wall, a memory in the minds of those who trained with me until they're gone tooTabitha Rhodes, orphaned at six, is being raised in a centre which encourages her to be in tip-top physical condition in order to maximise her chances of being adopted. But when they tell her, at age sixteen, that it's finally happening, instead of meeting a loving family she wakes up in hospital at a scene of chaos. Turns out she's been raised only for the purpose of organ harvesting for the rich and wealthy who've ruined their organs by overuse of drugs supplied by conglomerate giant PharmPerfect, and the rescue team is here. Gavin and his rag-tag crew are breaking her out.Tabitha joins Gavin's group, which includes eight year old Mary who wasn't rescued before her cornea was sliced off and Sasha, who was kept for three years in isolation until they found a recipient for her uterus. Now Tabitha is out and has learned the truth about the Centre she's concerned for her old friends including best friend Paige and eighteen year old Parker, who is deeply and madly in love with Tabitha, but she doesn't return the feeling.He gave a small shrug and I realise I'm gazing at him with a smile that's not appropriate for talking about dead bodiesI loved the beginning of the book. It was fast-paced and intriguing, full of suspense and action. After her break out, Kapp ramps up the story by adding a bit of mystery in; Tabitha isn't sure who she can trust. There's Gavin, a boy who has devoted himself to saving kids from the Centre but comes from a perfectly normal background, and Ry who's always high and Tabitha makes the mistake of accepting drugs, which she thought were for her heart condition, from. Kenny is Gavin's "mole" in the inside of the hospital, who Gavin claims is entirely on their side, but Tabitha knows is hiding something. It's really easy to get sucked into Tabitha's head, unsure who to trust and what exactly to believe.But then the middle falters and is consumed by romantic tension. Tabitha is falling for Gavin who seems to like her back, but Gavin's hanging around his childhood friend Cherry who is, obviously, an exceedingly beautiful blonde who is just so much more gorgeous than ugly red-headed Tabitha; there's a big chunk of time dedicated to Tabitha's jealous feelings, when I thought, realistically, she'd be more concerned about her friends that might go under the surgeon's scalpel at any moment. Then, when the Cherry thing is resolved, there's Parker, who Tabitha made a childhood pact with that if they both made it outside the Centre, they would give dating a shot. But now Tabitha has Gavin. What a dilemma."You're a liability. I can see it in your eyes. You insist on going to the hospital, but you have no idea the danger you're putting everyone in by going inside that place"I just didn't care about the romance - Gavin seemed like a sweet, sensible guy and I suppose their getting together was quite sweet, but there was all this unnecessary, ridiculous tension and alpha-male posturing. Then there's Tabitha herself, who I loved at the beginning, who takes a turn for the worse. She insists on going on rescue missions despite Gavin's team being well-practiced and slick, and Tabitha virtually having PTSD and locking up at the sight of the hospital. For some ungodly reason she's allowed to come and help break others out; Tabitha throws tantrums and sulks like a child and it was very irritating.Body Parts picks up again towards the end with a lot more action and excitement, which I enjoyed. Although the ending left a few things unresolved and it was a bit too feel-good to seem realistic, I did like it. Body Parts is a great novel and I absolutely adored parts of it, but thought too much time was dedicated to unnecessary romantic tension. My thanks to Netgalley, the publisher, and the author for an ARC of this book.Read this review and more on my blog: http://atlasrisingbooks.blogspot.com/...
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley and Diversion Books for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.Body Parts is an interesting and enjoyable look at what happens when a part of society becomes so obsessed with physical appearance and achievements, that they're willing to to become slaves to a pharmaceutical company that's running amok. I thought the characters were very well-developed except for the adults who were depicted as being either greedy and self-absorbed or too weak to do the right thing. Thanks to NetGalley and Diversion Books for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.Body Parts is an interesting and enjoyable look at what happens when a part of society becomes so obsessed with physical appearance and achievements, that they're willing to to become slaves to a pharmaceutical company that's running amok. I thought the characters were very well-developed except for the adults who were depicted as being either greedy and self-absorbed or too weak to do the right thing. It's a quick read for older teens and adult fans of YA fiction who are looking for something a little out of the ordinary.Also reviewed at http://cadburypom.wordpress.com
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Body Parts by Jessica Kapp is a young adult science fiction. I don't read a ton of science fiction/ dystopian fiction, but every now and again one sounds too good to pass up. Body Parts was that novel that sounded too good for me to pass up. I loved the concept of a world that has a pill to fix almost anything. Of course, a lot of the fixes were superficial, but some of them were almost super power like. It was reall **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Body Parts by Jessica Kapp is a young adult science fiction. I don't read a ton of science fiction/ dystopian fiction, but every now and again one sounds too good to pass up. Body Parts was that novel that sounded too good for me to pass up. I loved the concept of a world that has a pill to fix almost anything. Of course, a lot of the fixes were superficial, but some of them were almost super power like. It was really interesting. However, the pills came at a cost. (Just like in the real world.) the pills call stress and failure of some organs.Our main character Tabitha is being trained with others her age to try and make them attractive candidates for adoption. I liked Tabitha. She was a character that I developed an attachment to more and more as the book went on. But I wouldn't say Body Parts was a very character driven story. It was more plot driven. Initially, I was super interested in the plot because the whole set up intrigued me. But then the pacing started lose me a bit. But once I got past a little slump the book picked up for me again and I was immersed until the end. Another thing I liked about the story was the romance. I wasn't expecting there to be any romance in this story, because the summary didn't hint at much, but there was actually a really nice romance developing. I think what I enjoyed most about the story was that it wasn't 100% far fetched for me. Our society loves a quick fix, so it is easy to see science progressing to the point that more and more of these quick fix pills will pop up. But of course, nothing is perfect, so the side effects can be dire. It is something I would love to see explored in other books. I am really really intrigued by this idea. I enjoyed Jessica Kapp's take on the story. I am happy to say that I really enjoyed Body Parts. This review was originally posted on Book Briefs
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  • Diana
    January 1, 1970
    2'5-3★ over 5The beginning of the book made me think about a movie called "the island", were people were cloned to get parts for their counterparts. Here we have kids who think they are being fostered until families show up for them, but they are being raised to be harvested for parts. In a society where pills can fix everything but cause organ's damage, the need for transplants are high up and some know how to take profit of everything going on.But there is also a group of mavericks smuggling o 2'5-3★ over 5The beginning of the book made me think about a movie called "the island", were people were cloned to get parts for their counterparts. Here we have kids who think they are being fostered until families show up for them, but they are being raised to be harvested for parts. In a society where pills can fix everything but cause organ's damage, the need for transplants are high up and some know how to take profit of everything going on.But there is also a group of mavericks smuggling out kids to save them from this horrible fate, and truths and conspiracies will come afloat.I liked this book although the ending was a little "easy", but the idea of humans being raised and harvested, and the disfunctional future ruled by pills and addiction was a good one. There were some parts who weren't as strong as the others (hence the 2'5★) but overall it was a good idea (hence the 3★).
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  • Jessica Kapp
    January 1, 1970
    Of course I love this book. It's my book baby. :)Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it!
  • Manon
    January 1, 1970
    I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Body Parts tells the story of Tabitha, 16, who’s been raised in a center that help teens reach physical perfection for them to get fostered. Or so she thinks. The Center is actually a place where a pharmaceutical company raises orphans for their organs to use in transplants.After Tabitha is saved by a “rebel” group, she wants to help save all the others in the center but she soon realizes she’s more important than she first tho I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Body Parts tells the story of Tabitha, 16, who’s been raised in a center that help teens reach physical perfection for them to get fostered. Or so she thinks. The Center is actually a place where a pharmaceutical company raises orphans for their organs to use in transplants.After Tabitha is saved by a “rebel” group, she wants to help save all the others in the center but she soon realizes she’s more important than she first thought.The concept of this book was interesting and the characters weren’t too bad either but they all seemed a bit two-dimensional…The intrigue didn’t captivate me as much as I thought it would, I didn’t find the romance all that interesting either and some tropes seemed a bit too easy….But all in all, I still had an okay time reading this...
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  • Meghana
    January 1, 1970
    I received this e-book from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.*3.5 stars*The blurb made me want to read it immediately! It reminded me of the Airhead series and Never Let Me Go. I read this book in a day. It definitely had me hooked.I liked that the book wasn't about a Dystopian society, rather it was a set of people secretly raising kids for their organs. I'm seriously over the hap-hazardous "overthrowing the government" plans characteristic of all those Dystopian trilogies out there. A I received this e-book from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.*3.5 stars*The blurb made me want to read it immediately! It reminded me of the Airhead series and Never Let Me Go. I read this book in a day. It definitely had me hooked.I liked that the book wasn't about a Dystopian society, rather it was a set of people secretly raising kids for their organs. I'm seriously over the hap-hazardous "overthrowing the government" plans characteristic of all those Dystopian trilogies out there. A group of teenagers winning against a company is way more believable than them beating a Government.I didn't like how Tabitha would intuitively decide who she trusted and who she didn't. And honestly, everyone's attitude towards Kenny and how they decided whether or not they trusted him was kinda weird.There's a sort of love triangle. There's the slight instalove with Gavin that is characteristic of most YA books in which the romance isn't central to the plot. However, I did like that Tabitha was honest in her relationships with Parker and Gavin.I honestly thought there was gonna be a sequel the way things were happening. But then suddenly, the book ended. I'm glad that it's a standalone, but the ending could have been less abrupt.
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  • Aly
    January 1, 1970
    What an interesting book about perfection. I was drawn into the world and I was very interested to see what this book was really about and how things would turn out in these pages. PharmPerfect, develops the drugs that provided perfection, but at a steep price to their customers. Organ failures are the ultimate price for perfection. This was a heart pounding book for me. I wanted to know how the book would end. * I received this book from NetGalley and this is my honest review*
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  • ♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡
    January 1, 1970
    The blurb called to me and I followed . In the beginning I was worried if I would like this book. I am not much of a fan of Dystopian settings – interesting enough I often try just to find out this is one of the few genres where I prefer to see the movie instead of reading a book. So I was afraid that it would be the same case here . I could not give the book more than 4 stars because I was missing the personal connection to the characters. But in total it was a solid read that I can recommend. The blurb called to me and I followed . In the beginning I was worried if I would like this book. I am not much of a fan of Dystopian settings – interesting enough I often try just to find out this is one of the few genres where I prefer to see the movie instead of reading a book. So I was afraid that it would be the same case here . I could not give the book more than 4 stars because I was missing the personal connection to the characters. But in total it was a solid read that I can recommend. I was surprised about the way the storyline developed, because honestly the second reason for me to be worried about reading this book was the fear that it might be another start of a series or trilogies of which I think there are sometimes to many out there. Because not every story needs three books. The writing was solid and the characters are well developed. There is also more romance in it that the blurb might let you think, which I liked. It was my first book from this author and it seems to be her debut to – and a remarkable one at that too, I am pretty sure it will find many lovers as it is a fast and enjoyable read. ═══ PLEASE SUBSCRIBE / LIKE / FOLLOW US ════Blog : http://www.jerisbookattic.comFB Page : https://www.facebook.com/JerisBookAtticTwitter : https://twitter.com/JeriTRyanGoodreads : https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/2...Bloglovin : https://www.bloglovin.com/@jerisbooka...
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  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    January 1, 1970
    Tabitha became an orphan at the age of six - taken to an elite foster home where the kids are trained to be healthy and strong to find their permanent homes. Tabitha is finally paired and scared and excited to meet her new family. Instead, she wakes up in a hospital bed prepared for surgery and utterly confused. Rescued, she finds that the foster home is not what it seems and she was about to be cut up for body parts by PharmPerfect.The world is actually going in this direction, I think. Maybe n Tabitha became an orphan at the age of six - taken to an elite foster home where the kids are trained to be healthy and strong to find their permanent homes. Tabitha is finally paired and scared and excited to meet her new family. Instead, she wakes up in a hospital bed prepared for surgery and utterly confused. Rescued, she finds that the foster home is not what it seems and she was about to be cut up for body parts by PharmPerfect.The world is actually going in this direction, I think. Maybe not so much in raising kids for body parts, but this world the author created consists of pills that can cure just about anything. Need a tan? Take a pill. Get rid of wrinkles? Take a pill. Want to be smarter? Take a pill. Want to excel at sports? Take a pill. I think you get the drift. The real world today actually has a tanning pill going through FDA approval and is approved in a couple of countries. I only know this due to my "allergy" to the sun and was almost part of a test group. So I can absolutely see this world Jessica created in our future... and it's a scary one. This YA, sci-fi book has all the parts you would expect - instalove, love triangle, rescue missions and rebellion against the government/pharm company. Personally, I love these types of stories (well I could do without instalove sometimes but that's all mood based) and Jessica Kapp does it RIGHT. At under 300 pages, it's a quick and entertaining read and those who love YA books will definitely take a liking to this one as well.Big thank you to Diversion Books for this copy in return for my honest review.
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    This E-book was provided by Netgalley.com in exchange for a honest reviewTabitha grows up in a foster care system where she's sculpted into a world class athlete and has been told she needs to be in a perfect shape to be adopted by a loving family. The rest of the community is taking pills provided by PharmPerfect to be get the perfect health, body and pretty much everything you can think of. The day Tabitha gets chosen to be adopted she finds out the system she grew up in was never meant to be This E-book was provided by Netgalley.com in exchange for a honest reviewTabitha grows up in a foster care system where she's sculpted into a world class athlete and has been told she needs to be in a perfect shape to be adopted by a loving family. The rest of the community is taking pills provided by PharmPerfect to be get the perfect health, body and pretty much everything you can think of. The day Tabitha gets chosen to be adopted she finds out the system she grew up in was never meant to be a foster care system. Instead she and her friends got raised to be organ donates, against their own will. In last minute she gets saved by a group of people her age.The concept of the story reminded me a lot of Never Let Me Go, at least the part where they grow up to be organ donates. The concept is mixed with a lot of YA cliches. Jessica Knapp has a nice writing style and it was pretty easy to get lost in her story, which made it easy to finish it within a couple of hours. I am not sure if this is supposed to be a stand-alone or a whole series.The characters are the typical YA characters, in my opinion. We got Tabitha and her friends who grew up living a lie and who get thrown into a whole new world. We have Gavin and his friends who try to save as many teens as they can. It's easy to like characters like Tabitha and Gavin and it's even more easy to hate characters like Kenny. I feel like the end of the book put the story into a pretty great direction and I would like to see more of the world Knapp created in this book.What I liked about the story- I really liked the love story between Gavin and Tabitha. It's pretty much a YA cliche but it's a nice one and it was so easy to like both of them together. Of course there is a love triangle but if there's going to be another book it's pretty much clear who's going to be the endgame. - One of the characters ends up dying and even though it was really sad I did like it. It would've been strange if all the characters made it out alive and I feel like it gave Tabitha only more reasons to do something about the whole thing that's going on.- We get to learn a lot of things about their pasts. We get dreams of Tabitha's past. We get to hear what happened to Gavin and his family. We get to know some of their family members. We get to know more about Parker and Tabitha's time in the system. Overall, we get a lot of backstory and it makes it so much easier to know the characters. Overall, I would totally recommend you Body Parts if you enjoyed books like Divergent and every series that comes close to it. It's the type of book that is just fun to read and makes you want to get a sequel as soon as possible.
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  • Sandra
    January 1, 1970
    The cover caught my eye and attention, then the blurb pulled me in even further and made it a "must read". The cover shows a young girl with long red hair that is twisted up off of her neck to reveal what looks like a barcode! So that had my mind curious as to what it really was for etc. The background is also kind of like a barcode in shades of blue, or could the blue represent the curtains in either the centre Tabitha lives in or the hospital she visits. Either one really fits in with the book The cover caught my eye and attention, then the blurb pulled me in even further and made it a "must read". The cover shows a young girl with long red hair that is twisted up off of her neck to reveal what looks like a barcode! So that had my mind curious as to what it really was for etc. The background is also kind of like a barcode in shades of blue, or could the blue represent the curtains in either the centre Tabitha lives in or the hospital she visits. Either one really fits in with the book. The cover certainly did its job making me stop scrolling and read the blurb!This book is set in a dystopian/futuristic era on an island mostly owned by a pharmaceutical company called PharmPerfect. In this world there there is a pill for almost everything. If you want to reduce your wrinkles, grow your hair, gain extra speed or strength, all you need to do is swallow the correct pill. Sounds perfect? Well not really, as like all medications you take in our present day, the drugs produced on the island have side effects that can put certain organs under stress, for example liver,kidneys, heart and lungs. So organ replacement is a booming business. Some people buy donor organs in advance and have them specially stored for them just in case they should need them. Those that can afford the pills, and have the funds readily available just purchase them never giving a thought to where they come from.We meet the main character Tabitha during a training session at the Centre Of Excellence. Tabitha is almost seventeen years old and all she can really remember are the two institutions she has been in. The Centre Of Excellence has teenagers continually training to be stronger and fitter in order to be chosen by a foster family. No one knows what happenes if you don't get fostered and reach the age of 18, it's just not talked about. In fact the teenagers have minimal contact with the outside world. They are only allowed to watch certain TV programmes deemed suitable by the Institute. Naturally the teens dream about the day they will be chosen by a family. In fact, they regularly talk about the type of family they'd like to have. Inside the institute the only family they have is each other. The Institute teaches the young adults to be disciplined and to have drive. The Institute motto that is written on the wall says "It's whats on the inside that counts".The day we meet Tabitha she and her friend Paige are being monitored for how long they can hold their breath under water to test their lung capacity. Tabitha wins! The girls then sit at the side of the pool talking with Parker, and with Paige's twin Meghan. All the teens are instructed in ways to make sure they are both mentally and physically fit. The young adults are also taught self defense in case they should ever need it. As they have been taught that there are some weird people who would be jealous of their good health and kidnap them to sell on their organs on the black market!That's when Ms Preen marches in with her red folder! The red folder means someone has been chosen! They all line up for Ms Preen as they are expected to, as she glances at the paperwork. Parker slips his arm around Tabitha, he really looks out for her and is one of her closest friends in the Institute. Then without even looking straight up Ms Preen mutters "Where is the red head?" Paige is immediately irked that Ms Preen does not ask for Tabitha using her name. So much so she actually spells out Tabitha's name.Parker squeezes Tabitha then she steps forward. There are thoughts rapidly rushing through her head. Is it really her turn? What will her new parents be like? Then she looks at her friends....her family, she can see they are both excited and disappointed. Excited for her being chosen, but disappointed it isn't them too. Tabitha has to go through a final screening to make sure she passes all the tests at 100%. Then all too quickly for Tabitha, Parker, Paige and Meghan etc it's time for them to say goodbye. The teens left behind get Tabitha to promise to visit them, which like all the other before her she agrees to. Tabitha fully intends to be the one that keeps that promise to visit her friends.When Tabitha is in the car, Ms Preen gives her a candy which is unusual as it's very rare for Ms Preen to even be civil to them let alone kind. Tabitha takes the candy anyway. . . she begins to feel drowsy. . then everything goes black. When she awakens, Tabitha finds herself tied to a hospital examination table. Naturally she can't remember exactly how she got here, she remembers passing the receptionist at the Centre Of Excellence as she left with Ms Preen. Then there was the car journey, Ms Preen being kind, then. . .nothing until now. As Tabitha looks around two young males enter the room in a rush. They move her from the room into a van, though she can see and hear all that is happening she still hasn't got her mobility back yet. All she can do is lie where she is put, feeling scared and wondering who these adolescent males are. . . . could they be the ones the trainer once told them about? Are these people kidnapping her right now for her organs, to sell them on the black market? Tabitha begins to plan, there's no way what so ever she is going down without a fight. When the van finally stops and the back doors are open she takes her chance and hits the male that approaches her fast and hard in the nose!So there's lots happening in this book from the first page to the very last. I truly loved it. Among my favourite characters were Tabitha, Gavin, and Mary. I enjoyed reading the interactions between Mary and the other 'renegades'. The way they can be arguing with each other, or having the worst day ever and one hug from Mary just fixes those emotional feelings. I really liked Ry, even though he insists on popping the pills himself when he knows what can happen through first hand experience with his own mother. One character with a smaller part in the book was Craig, who had been a pill popper but had ended up needing a liver, which his family paid for. At the time Craig had been oblivious to the possibilities of where and how his liver had been obtained. I also liked the bristly hairstyled and initially bristly attitude of Sasha, she is kind of like the big sister of the group and the first one the gang has had saved. Although I loved a lot of the characters I also loved hating the 'bad' characters, such as the haughty Ms Preen who thinks so little of the teens at the Centre of Excellence she doesn't even say their names. I also enjoyed hating the CEO of PharmPerfect, you'll know who I mean, and understand why when you read the book.The book is well written, and has a fairly fast pace. The only problem I had with the book was I honestly didn't want to put it down! This book made me think of another book I have read called The Body Institute by Carol Riggs, so if you like this book I think you'd like that one too. They both have a similar society, that just takes the quick fix, rather than looking at the lifestyle they are leading first. I admit I did guess what the medication was that Tabitha had been taking for her heart condition, but it didn't spoil my enjoyment of the book in any way. I want to talk about the book and its characters so much more but to do so would spoil things for you reading it, so I guess I've said all I can. The other thing I'll say about this book is that it is eerily realistic, in that it's not too much of a stretch of the imagination to think this could actually happen in our world. In fact who is to say some of it, ie selling organs doesn't already happen now?My immediate thoughts upon finishing the book were; Loved it! Loved it!Loved it! I'd love for it to be the start of a series? Loved most of the characters and loved hating the others too! It does make you think where our present world is going as well as how drugs are tested. The subject is something you really don't need that much of an imagination to believe that it could happen in the present or near future even.I definitely want to read more by this author! I've checked Goodreads but there is only this book listed, but I'm following the author so I'll know when she releases other books.
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  • Schizanthus
    January 1, 1970
    There's a medication you can take to be stronger. Another one to make you smarter. Another to make you more beautiful. Another to make you faster. In fact, there's a medication for anything you want to change about yourself. You can take your pick and you have money to burn so you can take as many different types as you want. You continue taking them all because they work so well. Then you find out your liver is failing and you need a transplant or you'll die. Do you question where your new live There's a medication you can take to be stronger. Another one to make you smarter. Another to make you more beautiful. Another to make you faster. In fact, there's a medication for anything you want to change about yourself. You can take your pick and you have money to burn so you can take as many different types as you want. You continue taking them all because they work so well. Then you find out your liver is failing and you need a transplant or you'll die. Do you question where your new liver is coming from? Do you brush aside any ethical dilemmas you might stumble across in the process and decide to go ahead with the surgery anyway? After all, your life is on the line.I'm not quite sure how she did it but Jessica Kapp reeled me in by the end of the first page and had me on her hook until the end of the book. Body Parts provides a very interesting (and quite scary) commentary on both the organ transplant and pharmaceutical industries. In the beginning of this book we meet a group of children at the Centre who are being trained to be as healthy as possible in order to increase their chances of being placed with a foster family. Each child has lived in hope that their dream of belonging in a real family will come true. We follow Tabitha as she's given the news that a family wants to foster her and when she subsequently learns that nothing at the Centre is as it seems. Who can you trust when everything you've been taught growing up turns out to be lies? I loved a lot of the characters, especially Mary, but felt like some of the peripheral characters blended into each other a bit. I enjoyed the uncertainty I felt along with Tabitha regarding who she could trust, and liked that some characters had motives that weren't always immediately apparent. Some minor irritations, such as the ending feeling rushed and finding the Insta-love annoying at times, didn't detract from my enjoyment of this book. I found myself wanting to rush through to find out if my suspicions about certain characters were valid and who would be saved from getting slaughtered for spare parts.I kept thinking as I was reading that a scenario like that described in this book isn't so far fetched that it's not within the realms of possibility. Is it really that much of a leap, when there's already distrust surrounding big drug companies and so many stories about black market organ theft, to believe they could easily merge into one hugely profitable venture?Partway through this book and with questions like this playing in my head, the X-Phile in me accidentally escaped and thought it would be fun to go all conspiracy theory on me. My favourite outlandish conspiracy theory? What if this book isn't fiction but is actually a memoir and one day far into the future, Jessica Kapp is going to come clean and reveal at long last that this is actually her story, that she is indeed Tabitha... Yeah, I know. I should be banned from watching The X-Files for life and perhaps conspiracy theory me should not be allowed out in polite company, but I love playing with what ifs. They make life much more entertaining. 😜Yes, I'm still happy to be an organ donor, but not until I've finished using them. Young adults and adults alike will enjoy this book and I'll be looking out for future books by Jessica Kapp. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley (thank you so much to NetGalley and Diversion Books for the opportunity) in exchange for honest feedback.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    When I read the description for this book it instantly stood out to me. BODY PARTS by Jessica Kapp is a unique thriller with a topic that isn't covered much. I loved how original it was and the suspense kept me flipping pages!Tabitha is a 16 year old girl living at the Center for Excellence - previously from the Center for Growth. She's been here since she was 6 years old, after her parents were killed in a car crash. She and the other kids are raised to be in peak physical and mental shape beca When I read the description for this book it instantly stood out to me. BODY PARTS by Jessica Kapp is a unique thriller with a topic that isn't covered much. I loved how original it was and the suspense kept me flipping pages!Tabitha is a 16 year old girl living at the Center for Excellence - previously from the Center for Growth. She's been here since she was 6 years old, after her parents were killed in a car crash. She and the other kids are raised to be in peak physical and mental shape because they are told that potential foster families are looking for the best of the best. One day Tabitha is chosen by a family. The day she leaves to meet her foster family she wakes up in the hospital - drugged and on an operating table. In the confusion a group of teenagers rescue her.Her rescuers tell her that there was never a foster family and that the sole purpose for the Center is to raise the children to be in peak physical shape so that their organs can be harvested when a match is found. With Tabitha being a redhead, she is sought after and unique. Can she and her new found friends save the other kids from the Center and bring down PharmPerfect to stop these practices?This story had so many great elements to it. Suspense, enough confusion, and great character relationships. Who can Tabitha really trust? I loved the characters and the reader could really connect with them. There is a bit of a romance thrown into the mix, but nothing to make you roll your eyes at (for people that don't like that element in a suspense novel). Also, with it being completely from Tabitha's point of view, the book doesn't read too much like a YA novel.The first thing my boyfriend said when I told him the synopsis is that this needs to be a movie. I completely agree, this would translate very well on the big screen! I will definitely be looking for more from Jessica Kapp in the future.If you want a unique premise for a lighter suspense novel, with well-developed and relateable characters, then this is the novel for you!I give this 5/5 stars!
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  • Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a unique and gripping read! I really enjoyed the book and knew it was one I had to read, as soon as I read the blurb. I was drawn in by the connection between the gruelling athletic training the main character was put through and the real reason she was having to submit herself to said training. The author really created a detailed and thrilling story, and it was definitely one that kept me on the edge of my seat. I was always wondering what was going to become of our main characte This was such a unique and gripping read! I really enjoyed the book and knew it was one I had to read, as soon as I read the blurb. I was drawn in by the connection between the gruelling athletic training the main character was put through and the real reason she was having to submit herself to said training. The author really created a detailed and thrilling story, and it was definitely one that kept me on the edge of my seat. I was always wondering what was going to become of our main character, just round the corner. The characters were unique and really played their parts well, in that we had a blend of heartless evil people, who were in charge of the organisations, and the well-intentioned who wee blind-sided by the truth. Reading through as we got to know each side and how they dealt with our main character finding out more than they wanted was really exciting. Overall, the pace, level of detail and ability to keep me guessing really made this book interesting and fun to read. I highly recommend it.**I received an arc and chose to provide my honest review.
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  • Hilary
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsIn a society where pills are popped for everything from endurance to physical enhancements, Tabitha is one of a handful of teenagers in a special home. Every day they train their bodies like athletes, hoping that they will become good enough to be fostered by a real family. The doubts, hopes and dreams of these children are very poignant, and will ring true for anyone who's worked with foster children, along with the naive thought that their friends don't visit or contact them because t 4.5 starsIn a society where pills are popped for everything from endurance to physical enhancements, Tabitha is one of a handful of teenagers in a special home. Every day they train their bodies like athletes, hoping that they will become good enough to be fostered by a real family. The doubts, hopes and dreams of these children are very poignant, and will ring true for anyone who's worked with foster children, along with the naive thought that their friends don't visit or contact them because they're so busy with their happy families.And then Tabitha is chosen, and she's thrust into a world that's very different. Nothing she knew seems to be true, and even the perfect world cannot achieved only through pills. Now everything Tabitha values is in danger, but how can she trust anyone she's only just met?A gripping YA thriller, that kept me reading long after I intended to go to sleep!(Word of warning: If you prefer to stories unfold without spoilers, don't read the full description.)Disclaimer: I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • katwiththehat
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NEtGalley for allowing me the opportunity to read and review this wonder novel by Jessica Kapp. What a fantastic story concept. I loved all the twists and turns and the little surprises in plot that kept coming. Tabitha has lived her life in virtual captivity... training like an Olympian in the hopes a foster family will select her if she only works hard and stays healthy enough. She has no idea why the fostering company really wants her and the other kids there. I found the seconda Thank you to NEtGalley for allowing me the opportunity to read and review this wonder novel by Jessica Kapp. What a fantastic story concept. I loved all the twists and turns and the little surprises in plot that kept coming. Tabitha has lived her life in virtual captivity... training like an Olympian in the hopes a foster family will select her if she only works hard and stays healthy enough. She has no idea why the fostering company really wants her and the other kids there. I found the secondary characters and their stories especially fascinating, and would have loved to learn even more. The relationship that develops over the course of the book between Tabitha and Gavin is tender and sweet. But I think most fascinating to me is the role familial relationships play in this book, and Jessica Kapp does an interesting job of developing them. Very much enjoyed. 3.5/5 stars.Please excuse typos. Learning to use screen reader.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    Wow wee, this is Jessica's duet book. & guess what, GUESS WHAT? She's a Virginian just like me. Love that. LOVE IT!! So Congrats 2 u Jessica!! ON Facebook when you write CONGRATS, you get all sorts of balloons and confetti flying around... so fun. (read through NetGalley) was a real gem (do people say that?) Any who ...I was like yeah, I will for sure check out her book. I love reading all sorts of different genres ...So different. & I appreciate that. I think any book that can take you Wow wee, this is Jessica's duet book. & guess what, GUESS WHAT? She's a Virginian just like me. Love that. LOVE IT!! So Congrats 2 u Jessica!! ON Facebook when you write CONGRATS, you get all sorts of balloons and confetti flying around... so fun. (read through NetGalley) was a real gem (do people say that?) Any who ...I was like yeah, I will for sure check out her book. I love reading all sorts of different genres ...So different. & I appreciate that. I think any book that can take you to a totally different world, make you think, make you feel (think) in a creative, another world, the author's imagination and all that jazz is a perfect kind of book you gotta read. Just so you know this book did suck me into another world and I couldn't put it down. Such a fantastic read. It's full of action, mystery, suspense, and romance. This book doesn't let ya down there!!! Check it out!! Well done! ( ;
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  • Taylor Freeman
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 5 StarsThis book was a dystopian lovers dream! It explored so many different aspects of what our future could possibly become. Everyone in this day and age wants to be faster, stronger, smarter, more beautiful. No one is satisfied just being themselves. Body Parts is a scary thrill ride that I couldn't decide if I wanted off of it or not. It takes you down the path of what can happen if we let our vanity get to out of control. What happens when we no longer care about anything but oursel Rating: 5 StarsThis book was a dystopian lovers dream! It explored so many different aspects of what our future could possibly become. Everyone in this day and age wants to be faster, stronger, smarter, more beautiful. No one is satisfied just being themselves. Body Parts is a scary thrill ride that I couldn't decide if I wanted off of it or not. It takes you down the path of what can happen if we let our vanity get to out of control. What happens when we no longer care about anything but ourselves? Are we willing to do anything to be better versions of ourselves, even if it has a great cost? I don't think we are prepared to pay it.I highly recommend this book and I look forward to other books by Kapp.
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  • Louisa
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing book, with a world I wouldn't want to live in! Loved the characters and the plot, really fantastic to read!
  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    I was fortunate enough to receive an early copy of Body Parts. Suspenseful, romantic, mysteries have always been a favorite read for me and this book filled all three genres. “Suspense” because Tabitha trusts those who run the orphanage she's grown up in. That trust is violently broken when it becomes apparent she was so carefully raised as a provider of body parts to PharmPerfect. This unbelievable shock hurdles her into a world of distrust, even in those supposedly trying to help her. “Romance I was fortunate enough to receive an early copy of Body Parts. Suspenseful, romantic, mysteries have always been a favorite read for me and this book filled all three genres. “Suspense” because Tabitha trusts those who run the orphanage she's grown up in. That trust is violently broken when it becomes apparent she was so carefully raised as a provider of body parts to PharmPerfect. This unbelievable shock hurdles her into a world of distrust, even in those supposedly trying to help her. “Romance” because there is Parker who loves and protects Tabitha as they grow up together in the Center of Excellence. She trusts Parker completely and makes a promise when she leaves the orphanage, one she plans to keep. Then enters Gavin, her rescuer, someone she is attracted to, yet his secrets arouse suspicion and distrust.“Mystery” because Tabitha periodically has flash backs of a life before the orphanage. What happened to the people in her visions? Who is head of all this evil that surrounds her? The only way to find out is to escape, and there seems no way off this gruesome Island of fear! The author does an excellent job of introducing each character so you easily grow to love or hate them. She cleverly heightens the suspense through good versus evil by allowing the later an occasional win.I gave this book 5 stars because this author’s creative use of intrigue captured my interest from the very beginning. The suspense kept the pages turning, the romantic competition added spark, and I couldn’t wait for the mystery of Tabitha’s visions from her past, and the “who” behind PharmPerfect to be solved. I highly recommend this book for young (and older) adults.
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  • Noy Monaco
    January 1, 1970
    Okay, Let me start off saying that I am not thriller reader, but when I started reading this book I just could not put it down, I would say that this book is worth missing two classes and not paying attention to the teacher. I have to say this book should be on every one reading list because it has (with out giving the spoiler away) a LOT of OMG moments, romance, and a fast read (because you would not know that you're finished with the book.) My advice to you is, read this awesome book!
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  • Ramana Ganger
    January 1, 1970
    Body Parts by Jessica Kapp is a chilling read which makes you question society’s perception of perfection, and the way science is heading in regards to flawless beauty. Although exaggerated the correlations between our society’s thirst for flawless outer beauty and Tabitha’s own society is gripping. Our society and beauty industry is dead set on the idea of anti-aging, hair growth, having perfect skin, hair and nails, and the perfect physique. Every models that graces our magazines, are flawless Body Parts by Jessica Kapp is a chilling read which makes you question society’s perception of perfection, and the way science is heading in regards to flawless beauty. Although exaggerated the correlations between our society’s thirst for flawless outer beauty and Tabitha’s own society is gripping. Our society and beauty industry is dead set on the idea of anti-aging, hair growth, having perfect skin, hair and nails, and the perfect physique. Every models that graces our magazines, are flawless and in beautiful physique, which only cements this further. However, while our society is slowly embracing imperfection and accepting that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes and colours, the hunger for perfection in Tabitha’s world is much more extreme.In Body Parts people are hooked on drugs to make them look younger, more beautiful, stronger, and invincible. They are hooked on drugs to the point they would trade anything for them. That is the case for the majority of the people in the story. They are so blinded by the corruption of PharmPerfect, they cannot see what is really happening behind the scenes. If they are, they are too scared to say anything.The fear of, and the strong hold, of corruption is not a stranger to our own society, but at least there are people who are not afraid to speak out, protest, and make a lot of noise until they can no longer be ignored. While the corruption of our society centre around politics and power, the focal point of corruption in Body Parts centres around science, power, perfection, and military. All kinds of drugs are produced by PharmPerfect; drugs to heighten your senses, drugs to stimulate desire and lust, drugs to keep wrinkles away, drugs to grow your hair, drugs to make you stronger, faster, invincible, and so on. It is clear that ego had given birth to PharmPerfect and the characters in this story and suffering for it.If there is one thing that Tabitha’s society, and ours have in common, it is that our society is obsessed with the idea of immortality and increasing our lifespan, has a fear of death, and wants to be impossibly perfect and flawless minus the use of Photoshop.In Body Parts, Tabitha is a likeable character who uses her pain and emotions to fight to save her family, and shut down PharmPerfect. Her courage and ability to control her emotions around the group of rebels that had rescued her is admirable. Parker’s affection for Tabitha is annoying. Despite knowing that Tabitha does not feel the same way, and only sees him as a friend, Parker imposes his feelings onto Tabitha and kind of forces her to love him. Tabitha herself is no angel in this situation as she unknowingly leads Parker on by kissing him and making a pact with him where she promised to give them a go. Taking Parkers need to be loved and to have a loving family, and how long he has been waiting to be fostered into consideration, Tabitha should have been more careful. She should not have gotten Parkers hopes up and should have been straight with him instead.The further I got into the story, I began to question where Gavin’s priorities really lie. He has never been a foster kid at the elite centre, he has his whole life ahead of him so why would he help them. Is it from the goodness of his heart, or does he have an ulterior motive? This made me question whether his feelings for Tabitha are genuine. His secretive behaviour did not help either. However, I did find that he was better for Tabitha because he did not impose his feelings onto her, he gave her space when she needed it and comforted her when she needed it. He was being delicate of her situation and what she was going through. Whereas Parker was only thinking about his emotions, and feelings, and was basing why they should be together on how long they had known each other.Overall, Body Parts by Jessica Kapp is a compelling read that will have you hooked from start to finish, I highly recommend it.
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  • Angel Hatfield
    January 1, 1970
    Tabitha had been orphaned at the age of six and was raised in a Centre that encourages to be in best physical condition to maximize Tabitha’s chances of being adopted No one knows if you turn eighteen what happens to you if you haven’t been adopted. The teen have very little contact with the outside world.They can only watch certain things on t v. . Then at sixteen they tell Tabitha she was finally being adopted but instead of finding a family she wakes up in a hospital. It then shows how Tabith Tabitha had been orphaned at the age of six and was raised in a Centre that encourages to be in best physical condition to maximize Tabitha’s chances of being adopted No one knows if you turn eighteen what happens to you if you haven’t been adopted. The teen have very little contact with the outside world.They can only watch certain things on t v. . Then at sixteen they tell Tabitha she was finally being adopted but instead of finding a family she wakes up in a hospital. It then shows how Tabitha was actually raised for organ harvesting for the rich and wealthy who had ruined their own organs by overuse of drugs supplied by Pharm Perfect. But the rescue team was at the hospital and Gavin and his crew were breaking out. Tabitha joins Gavin’s group. Mary is eight years old but wasn’t rescued before her cornea had been taken and Sasha had been in isolation for three years until someone needed her uterus. Both girls are part of the team now. Now that Tabitha knows the truth about the centre she is concerned about her old friends, One was her best friend Page and there was eighteen year old Parker who completely loved Tabitha but she doesn’t love him. Gavin has devoted himself to saving kids from the Centre but has a perfectly normal background. Ry is always high and Tabitha makes the mistake of accepting drugs she thought were for her heart condition. Kevin is the one who lets Gavin know what is going on at the hospital.Tabitha doesn’t know who to trust. Tabitha knows Kenny is hiding something. Then Tabitha starts falling for Gavin who seems to like her back but Gavin hangs around with his childhood friend Cherry who is beautiful and Tabitha is jealous. Also what about Parker Tabitha agreed to start dating him if they ever got out of the Centre.Tabitha had agreed to start dating. The teens were also taught self defense incase they ever needed it as there were some weird people out there who would be jealous. I absolutely loved reading this book. I didn’t like that humans that had been orphaned were grown to be harvested for their organs and lied to all their lives which I don’t think anyone would. This dragged at times and the book went on too much about Tabitha’s jealousy a bit much. I also thought it wasn’t the smartest thing to let Tabitha go on a mission when she had no training and was traumatized by what had already happened to her. There was a lot of action and I liked that. I liked the plot. This was a well written fun read for the most part. I didn’t really want to put this down. This also seemed realistic. I also loved the characters backgrounds that we were given. I loved the characters and the ins and outs and I recommend.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Body Parts by Jessica kapp. Raised in an elite foster center off the California coast, sixteen-year-old Tabitha’s been sculpted into a world-class athlete. Her trainers have told her she’ll need to be in top physical condition to be matched with a loving family, even though personal health has taken a backseat outside the training facility. While Tabitha swims laps and shaves seconds off her mile time, hoping to find a permanent home, the rest of the community takes pills produced by pharmaceuti Body Parts by Jessica kapp. Raised in an elite foster center off the California coast, sixteen-year-old Tabitha’s been sculpted into a world-class athlete. Her trainers have told her she’ll need to be in top physical condition to be matched with a loving family, even though personal health has taken a backseat outside the training facility. While Tabitha swims laps and shaves seconds off her mile time, hoping to find a permanent home, the rest of the community takes pills produced by pharmaceutical giant PharmPerfect to erase their wrinkles, grow hair, and develop superhuman strength.When Tabitha’s finally paired, instead of being taken to meet her new parents, she wakes up immobile on a hospital bed. Moments before she’s sliced open, a group of renegade teenagers rescues her, and she learns the real reason for her perfect health: PharmPerfect is using her foster program as a replacement factory for their pill-addicted clients’ failing organs. And her friends from the center, the only family she’s ever known, are next in line to be harvested.Determined to save them, Tabitha joins forces with her rescuers, led by moody and mysterious Gavin Stiles. As they race to infiltrate the hospital and uncover the rest of PharmPerfect’s secrets, though, Tabitha finds herself with more questions than answers. Will trusting the enigmatic group of rebels lead her back to the slaughterhouse?An absolutely fantastic read with brilliant characters. Tab it has was my favourite character. I loved how she wouldn't give up on her friends. 5*. Netgalley and diversion books.
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    I actually enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would! I've been in a contemporary mood so it was nice to read a dystopian - one of my all time favorite genres!Body Parts is the debut novel from Jessica Kapp. It tells the story of Tabitha Rhodes who is placed in the center for orphaned children to be adopted. They focus on keeping the kids at their absolute best until their wanted by a parent. Sounds like everything should be perfect after they're cleared for adoption, right? WRONG!Tabi I actually enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would! I've been in a contemporary mood so it was nice to read a dystopian - one of my all time favorite genres!Body Parts is the debut novel from Jessica Kapp. It tells the story of Tabitha Rhodes who is placed in the center for orphaned children to be adopted. They focus on keeping the kids at their absolute best until their wanted by a parent. Sounds like everything should be perfect after they're cleared for adoption, right? WRONG!Tabitha soon finds out that she'd been lied to since the time she was six years old. A decade later, she learns the truth about the island off California that they live on. She meets charming Gavin and the rest of the group that they'd always been told were organ stealers.Jessica was able to put you in Tabitha's mind so well that there's times you won't know who to trust or what to believe. We're kept in the dark about the medication she takes until almost the end of the book. Top that off with not knowing what really happened to her parents and you have a thrilling novel full of mysteries. I'd like to thank netgalley and Chapter by Chapter blog tours for giving me the opportunity to read an e-arc of this!
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  • Randi Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoy mysteries that are medicine related, especially ones that deal with possibilities that seem far-fetched but could really happen now or in the near future as medical technology advances. As a former pharmacist, I also hate Big Pharma and love books where they get what's coming to them. This is one of those books. It is not as medically technical as Robin Cook but it has enough technology to be believable. It is the story of Tabitha and her friends at the Center of Excellence on an I really enjoy mysteries that are medicine related, especially ones that deal with possibilities that seem far-fetched but could really happen now or in the near future as medical technology advances. As a former pharmacist, I also hate Big Pharma and love books where they get what's coming to them. This is one of those books. It is not as medically technical as Robin Cook but it has enough technology to be believable. It is the story of Tabitha and her friends at the Center of Excellence on an island off the coast of California. They are all orphans who train endlessly in order to be in top physical condition to hopefully get the ultimate prize of a family. The Center and the island are owned and operated by PharmPerfect, the largest drug company in the world. They have the perfect pill for everything. What could possibly go wrong? Tabitha's day finally comes but instead of meeting her family she wakes up strapped to a table in a hospital. I am not going to ruin the story for the reader but it is full of action and a little romance with enough diabolical characters that you can't be sure who to trust. I would like to thank Netgalley, the author, and the publisher for allowing me to read this book in exchange for a review. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading more from this author.
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  • D.M.
    January 1, 1970
    Tabitha is hoping to find the perfect family. She has been raised in an elite foster centre. They help children become the best they can. Tabitha literally has a body to die for. She has great lung capacity and is in tip top shape. Everything but her heart is in perfect condition. The centre gives her pills to help that problem though. Everything is looking promising for her future, and it's her time to be called up.A dream family may just be too good to be true. The medicals run some tests to c Tabitha is hoping to find the perfect family. She has been raised in an elite foster centre. They help children become the best they can. Tabitha literally has a body to die for. She has great lung capacity and is in tip top shape. Everything but her heart is in perfect condition. The centre gives her pills to help that problem though. Everything is looking promising for her future, and it's her time to be called up.A dream family may just be too good to be true. The medicals run some tests to check Tabitha is what the centre said she was, and this is where her rescue party turn up. Tabitha doesn't know how lucky she is until they explain the children are used as organ donors.Her new family may not be the one she was expecting, but they are what she needed. They have discovered the horrible secret of the foster centre, and want to save the children.This is a romance novel. Gavin the leader of the rescue party is a love interest of Tabitha's. Her best friend, Parker (from the centre) also wants a chance to be her guy, but who will she choose.Body Parts is an interesting story which is mysterious, action pack and a little disturbing.4 stars out of 5.*ARC received in exchange for a fair review*
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  • J D Abbas
    January 1, 1970
    The premise of Body Parts is chilling in its potential to be more than fiction. With societies focusing more and more on beauty, health, perfection, and longevity, it is not difficult to image the pill-popping, organ-harvesting events in this novel. Also, the idea that some children/people are more expendable than others is an increasingly sad reality. I grew to love the characters in this book as the story unfolded. It was painful to watch Tabitha's dreams for a family shatter, but amazing to w The premise of Body Parts is chilling in its potential to be more than fiction. With societies focusing more and more on beauty, health, perfection, and longevity, it is not difficult to image the pill-popping, organ-harvesting events in this novel. Also, the idea that some children/people are more expendable than others is an increasingly sad reality. I grew to love the characters in this book as the story unfolded. It was painful to watch Tabitha's dreams for a family shatter, but amazing to watch her recover and fight back. The renegade group that rescues her is an interesting mix of misfits and outcasts who are unwilling to accept the underlying premises of their health-obsessed culture. I love the theme of family that runs through the novel, and the willingness and determination of young people to fight back against perverse norms. There is plenty of action, mystery, and love wrapped up in this novel. It kept me hooked from beginning to end.
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  • Michelle Kidwell
    January 1, 1970
    Body Partsby Jessica KappDiversion BooksDiversion PublishingMystery & Thrillers , Teens & YAPub Date 15 Aug 2017 I am reviewing a copy of Body Parts through Diversion Books and Netgalley:Tabitha was raised in an elite foster home, off the California Coast, a place where she would be shaped into a world-class athlete. People would literally kill for her body. Tabitha is swimming laps, and shaving seconds off her mile time, in search of a foster family, the rest of the world seems to be t Body Partsby Jessica KappDiversion BooksDiversion PublishingMystery & Thrillers , Teens & YAPub Date 15 Aug 2017 I am reviewing a copy of Body Parts through Diversion Books and Netgalley:Tabitha was raised in an elite foster home, off the California Coast, a place where she would be shaped into a world-class athlete. People would literally kill for her body. Tabitha is swimming laps, and shaving seconds off her mile time, in search of a foster family, the rest of the world seems to be taken pills that erase wrinkle, grow hair, and give you super human strength by Pharmeutical giant PharmPerfect.Outside the training facility Tabitha's health has taken a backseat.When Tabitha is finally paired, she wakes up immobile in a hospital bed. Moments before she She's cut opened, a group of renegade teenagers rescuer saving her.I give Body Parts five out of five stars!Happy Reading!
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