Perfection (Mad World, Book Three)

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ "Perfection - great name for a great series. I said it once (or twice) and I'll say it again - This series is FANTASTIC!" – Wall-to-Wall Books

Following months living on the streets of Boston, the Wakefield escapees have found a temporary shelter to recoup in after barely escaping from Arlington Station with their lives—but time is running out.

As the troubled teens grow closer and rely on each other for survival, they know the inexhaustible Dr. Lycen is on the hunt. When he shows up on their doorstep with his crimson army, they are forced into action. With limited options, some of them flee to Perfection, a turn of the century living museum that holds more than its fair share of secrets.

Those who travel to Perfection find a new home that promises safety and stability. But is a dangerous adversary pulling the strings behind the scenes?

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ "The Mad World series has reached its third installment, and I've been pleasantly surprised to see it grow and get richer and more layered with each book." – Offbeat YA

As you drive down a rural bi-way near the coast of Massachusetts, you spot a sign for a museum. But this isn't just any museum. Perfection, an idyllic turn the of the century village, brings the early twentieth century to life.

You buy your ticket from a friendly young woman in a long skirt and puffy sleeves and accompany your fellow tourists on a guided tour of the grounds. You pick apples in the orchard. You buy a few postcards at the general store. And you enjoy a pint of cider at the village's restaurant as you watch the sun set over the town hall.

You have no idea what lies beneath the quaint little town's nostalgic charm. You have no idea that in the old farmhouse on the corner of Main Street and Cider Lane, a young woman sews quilts that trap memories. And you have no idea that in the apartment above the general store, a boy crafts pewter figurines that come to life with the warmth of human touch. And you have no idea that, deep below your feet, something incredibly powerful and dangerous is quietly burning, waiting.

Like the dozens of visitors who pass through each day, you have no idea that Perfection is a haven for magic and those who practice it.

Get to know some of the colorful characters who populate the Mad World universe.

Astrid Chalke. Astrid falls in love with Perfection as soon as she's introduced to her three new roommates, all twenty-somethings who enjoy magical art and old-fashioned parlor evenings. Will her plushy new life make her blind to the harsh realities outside (and maybe even inside) Perfection's walls? And will she ever reconnect with Karen, her only remaining flesh and blood relative?

Max Fisher. The grand patriarch of Perfection takes Max under his wing and shows him some of the village's deep secrets. But Max doesn't feel quite like himself in the quaint little town. Is it just a case of the restless teenage blues, or is something more sinister afoot?

Terrence "Teddy" Theodore. While he and his friends were still hiding in Boston, Teddy helped his ragtag crew survive by performing magic tricks on the subway for pocket change. Anyone who knows Teddy knows that he craves drama and the grittier side of life. Could he ever feel truly at ease in an idyllic place like Perfection?

Simon Clevel. As Simon's relationship with Laura grows, he becomes a rock of stability for his friends as they adjust to their new lives. He and Max laugh about how much things have changed, and how much they haven't, as they share a room in Perfection. But is Max changing in strange ways no one could have predicted. And will Simon notice before it's too late?

Laura Spiegelman. Once she moves in to a quiet house on the edge of the apple orchard, Laura begins to feel comfortable in her own skin for the first time in her life. With guidance from the village's resident Elemental, she develops and expands her powers. Has Laura been hiding something formidable beneath her meek exterior?

Lawrence Henning. Though wary of what Perfection might hold, Lawrence starts to feel at home when he begins training with the owner of Perfection's general store. But he also finds himself falling for one of the Wakefield escapees. Does she feel the same way?

Dr. Lycen. Once the Wakefield escapees flee to Perfection, a 1926 treaty limits Dr. Lycen's options for handling them. What will he do with all the free time he suddenly finds on his hands? Will he ever return to his position at Wakefield, or will loose ends continue to plague him?

Karen Chalke. With the help of her friend and private detective, Eugene (who's assisted her in a few of her divorces), Astrid's uptight Aunt Karen is determined to put what's left of her family back together. But she quickly finds her case leading to more than she bargained for.

Henry "Royle" Reveur. The curator of Perfection, Royle is your typical grandpa in a smoking jacket. Just like the quaint town itself, the amiable old man is hiding a quiet resolve that may be tested.

Byron Bergeron. An expatriate from England, the cantankerous Byron is Perfection's resident handyman. When he's not running the general store/tacky gift shop, he's sure to make his opinions known loud and clear.

Lil Mallory. A robust and opinionated woman, Lil is equal parts librarian and bartender. If you need research, or someone to listen to your woes over a pint of hard apple cider, Perfection's matriarch is always there.