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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-05-08 03:49
The Crown (The Selection) - Kiera Cass

This is my least favorite cover of the series because the model's head/neck positioning looks so awkward...

 

Anyway, I was generally happy with the conclusion to the series. I wish Lucy and Aspen had adopted. I guess I can still imagine that they do after the book ends.

 

I remember that in the first book, it's stated that a crown prince/princess is supposed to step up when the monarch feels he/she is ready and not necessarily when that monarch dies, so it was interesting to me that that happens in this book. I hadn't expected it, but it's happier than losing a parent in order to ascend the throne.

 

I also like that she demanded respect from her councilors, though I think anyone with that kind of power should purposely keep people in that position who have very different beliefs, so that he/she doesn't end up surrounding themselves with "yes men" and instead get a variety of ideas and opinions. But respect is vital.

 

Eadlyn has definitely inherited her mother's ability to leap to illogical conclusions in a single bound. She's gently rejected by one suitor and immediately comes to the conclusion that she is unlovable. Girl, chill.

 

I loved Eikko the most, so I'm really happy that he won (and that they had the blessing of Henri because he was such a sweetie). I particularly loved that he was allowed to show emotion and it wasn't used to emasculate him. Boys have feelings too!

 

I'm sad to see the series end, but glad it didn't disappoint. :)

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review 2017-04-24 10:29
The Selection - Kiera Cass

Every time I walk into our local bookstore, I will always notice these gorgeous book covers from The Selection Series by Kiera Cass on the young adult section.  They are so catchy and attractive, they are almost impossible to miss. And every time I look at them, there is something that pulls me to touch them. I am not even embarrassed when people see me petting those books.

 

 

The Selection follows the story of a 17-year-old girl, America Singer. She is one of the chosen girls who are qualified to join The Selection, a competition of girls in which Prince Maxon (Crown Prince of Illea) is going to chose his future wife. But America is already in love with someone else (Aspen). Despite being reluctant to join The Selection and the pressure from her family, a misunderstanding with her lover forces America to join the competition. Later on, she finds herself competing with 34 other girls who are trying to win Prince Maxon’s heart. Moreover, there are group of rebels who frequently attack the palace and threaten The Selection process. Then America finds out that Aspen becomes a royal guard of the palace. With her jealousy arising from the competition and realizing that her first love is also in the palace, how would America deal with all of these? It’s for you to find out. ***zipping my lips***

 

What I really like about this book is the Caste system where each person/family is being assigned with a number based on their status in life. “One” being the highest, which means the Royal family, down to “Eight” being the lowest, which implies the poorest of the society.  This is the first time I’ve read a book with castes so I like it.

 

 

I like America’s personality. I could somehow relate to her but I’m not like her (Does that make sense?). Anyway, I need more of Maxon. To me he’s still a mystery that I’m curious to know more about. The other characters that I am fond of are America’s father, May, America’s maids and Marlee.  

 

This book contains love triangle, so if that is not your thing you might not enjoy this book. I, myself consider “love triangles” as one of my pet peeves, so there are many scenes here that bother me. If I didn’t know the endgame before starting this book, I would not bother with this one. This also reminds me a lot of the US Tv series, “The Bachelor”.

 

 

All in all, it’s an okay read for me. I’m not crazy about it but it is an easy read. The chapters aren’t too long for me so I get to finish this book in the span of one and a half days, which only happens when I’m in the mood to read because I’m not really a fast reader.

  

 

 

#I’m a sucker for gorgeous book covers so picking this up is a no-brainer

 

#Just because I like America doesn’t mean that I don’t get annoyed with her when she acts stupid, which happens more often

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review 2017-03-05 02:19
The Selection - Kiera Cass

I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I had heard that America is annoying, but I didn't find her so.

I wouldn't exactly call The Selection dystopian, as it doesn't really seem any worse than reality. This story is a beautiful conglomeration of elements from The Hunger Games, Matched, Princess Academy,Cinderella, The Bachelor and the biblical story of Esther. I'm sure there are more, but these are the stories I was reminded of as I read The Selection.

The love triangle, in particular, reminded me of those in The Hunger Games and Matched. I love both Aspen and Maxon and have had a hard time deciding which one I want to be with America, just as she struggles to decide. I love the friendship between America and Maxon and at this point in the series, I want America to choose Aspen (despite his hissy fit) and remain a good friend to Maxon.

There were other things that reminded me of The Hunger Games as well, such as the lottery, the payments to the families of the Selected,The Report along with its host Gavril, etc.

The training to be a princess is what reminds me of Princess Academy and I really enjoyed that aspect of it as well.

The gathering of women, some from less fortunate backgrounds, wearing dresses and competing for one man's heart was reminiscent of Cinderella and Esther as well as The Bachelor.

It does contain the common mistake of using "Your Majesty" and "Your Highness" interchangeably, and the also common insistence that "even though EVERYONE says that I'm beautiful, I promise you, reader, I'm not even pretty." So, that was kind of annoying.

I won't pretend this book is excellent quality, but it did its job as entertainment and I really enjoyed it. On to The Elite!

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review 2016-11-01 20:24
The Selection - Kiera Cass
The Selection -

I’d heard about this as being a good read, and then I’d heard it was shallow, so I’d struck it from the list. But then I got sucked into a buddy-read with my daughter who was every bit as horrified as I was at such a cheesy way of choosing a princess, but also, totally gripped by the twists and turns. The world building isn’t awesome, but we aren’t forced to realize that all at once: like the teenaged characters, we’re just starting to get an idea of what is going on and it is a tangled mess in which everyone is forced to make the least-bad decisions they can. Fast-paced and compelling, the whole series sucks you in regardless of your qualms. Made for fun discussions though, talking about dystopias, plotting, world-building, characterization, etc. I wonder how many people grow up and take a good look around and notice that their society differs significantly from what it purports to be? Oh, yeah, all.

 

borrowed copy

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review 2016-10-30 04:48
Book Review: The Selection Stories: The Prince & The Guard
The Selection Stories: The Prince & the Guard - Kiera Cass

Book: The Selection Stories; The Prince & The Guard

 

Author: Kiera Cass

 

Genre: Fiction/Romance/Futuristic/Dystopia/Side Story

 

Summary: Before America Singer was chosen to compete in the Selection… She was in love with a Six named Aspen Leger… And there was another girl in Prince Maxon’s life… Step inside the world of the #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series with these two captivating novellas, available in print for the first time. Also includes additional scenes from The Prince a teaser to The One, a Q&A with author Kiera Cass, and more! - HarperTeen, 2014

 

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