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review 2015-08-23 12:00
The Heir by Kiera Cass Review
The Heir - Kiera Cass

Goodreads Synopsis:

 

Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she'd put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess's life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can't escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn't expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn's heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn't as impossible as she's always thought.

 

 

Review:

 

I didn't think I was going to like this one when I first started it as Eadlyn came across as whiney and spoiled but throughout the book we got to know her more and understand why she is the way she is. I even found myself relating to her character a little bit as I understood her not opening up to the selected right away and wanting to guard herself.

 

I didn't know what to expect from a selection that involved men suitors but it was quite enjoyable! I liked that not all the guys ended up being gentlemen as there were a couple of dodgy characters which made it seem more realistic. I really loved Kile of course! I would have liked more scenes of the two of them together to see their relationship grow as having both grown up in the palace he understood Eadlyn and they could be themselves around each other. It would have been nice to get a few chapters in Kiles POV to really get to know the selected, to see behind closed doors and find out their secrets and opinions. At this point there's really no telling who Eadlyn could choose or if she'll choose anyone but obviously I'm rooting for Kile :P

 

I was really surprised by that ending as I didn't see it coming although I probably should have. I want the next book right now to see what happens! Kiera Cass once again did an amazing job of creating a captivating story that keeps you wanting more.

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text 2015-07-01 08:42
June wrap-up

This will be the first month I'm including tv shows and podcasts as well! June was also a great reading month:

  • Animal Farm (Complete novels #1) by George Orwell 5/5★ review
  • The Heir by Kiera Cass 4.5/5★ review
  • The Wizard Of Oz by L. Frank Baum 5/5★ review
  • Keeping The Moon by Sarah Dessen 4.5/5★ review
  • City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare 5/5
  • Lying Out Loud (The Duff #2) by Kody Keplinger 3/5★ review
  • Looking For Alaska by John Green (re-read) 5/5★ review
  • Anna Karenina (first 175 pages out of 800) by Leo Tolstoy

 

As you can see I'm still reading Anna Karenina. I'm hoping to finish it this month!

 

What I've watched this month:

I've re-watched season 4 of One Tree Hill: it's one of my favorite tv shows and it was all about finish high school which I did last month as well, so it was very sentimental to watch haha.

 

I also started watching Suits and I've completed season 1 and 2. I really, really like this show so far and I cannot wait to continue!

 

I've watched one movie this month: I Love You. Beth Cooper. It's about this guy who has to give a graduation speech and he's in love with this girl but he never said anything to her and now it's his last change to do so. It was really funny! Here's the trailer:

 

 

I also decided to re-watch Gossip Girl. Now I'm on S01E6. :)

 

Podcast I've been listening to:

I've never listened to a podcast, but Karina made a video about her favorites and because I have to walk (I deliver post twice a week) for about 6 hours a week I decided to listen to one. I've listened to the first four episodes of Call Your Girlfriend and I'm loving it so far! Is about two friends/journalists that live a few miles (a few, lol) from each other and they talk about stuff.

 

Hoe many books have you read this month and which one was your favorite? 

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review 2015-06-24 19:33
The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass
The One - Kiera Cass

Synopsis:

 

The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

 

 

My thoughts:

 

After the last book I was a little worried about this book. But I’m happy to report that I liked this book much better than the second book and I’m glad I stuck with reading it. No matter how much I disliked America in the second book.

There is a lot happening in this book, with the selection, the rebels (north and south), families and friends, love and betrayal. This book also seems a lot darker in nature than the last two books, while we still get some humor; we also get a lot of heartbreak. And not just once, and it hits where it hurts the most. There is a lot of loss and we lose quite a few people but there is also some hope, hope of change.

While this book has a happy ending, it takes a lot of grief to get us to there.

 

 

You can find my full review here

Source: snoopydoosbookreviews.com/the-one-the-selection-3-by-kiera-cass
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review 2015-06-22 19:37
The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass
The Elite - Kiera Cass

Synopsis:

 

The Selection began with thirty-five girls.

Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.

 

 

 

 

 

My thoughts:

 

This book has a lot more going on than the first one.

With only 6 remaining girls, we get to know all of them much better and of course there are a few cat fights at this stage of the game.

More and more rebel attacks are happening and most of them are pretty severe. We learn some new fact about the current government.

We had some super nice moments in the book but also some heartbreaking and cruel moments.

Of course with only the elite remaining we get to know a lot more about the royal family itself. Some I should have seen coming but I didn’t because I was to busy looking for other things.

 

You can find my full review here

 

 

 

Source: snoopydoosbookreviews.com/the-elite-the-selection-2-by-kiera-cass
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review 2015-06-22 19:33
The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass
The Selection - Kiera Cass

 

Synopsis:

 

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

 

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

 

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself–and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

 

 

My thoughts:

 

I saw this book a lot of times come up on Goodreads or Booklikes and it pretty good ratings so I finally picked it up and started reading it and I finished the book in under a day.

It is Hunger Games meets The Bachelor (though I never watched that show, but I know the concept of it).

I really adored America, from the beginning she was kind, genuine, smart and funny. I loved that she stood up for herself and did not want to change for anything or anyone. Not even the royal family or Prince Maxon himself, even if it meant she could have a much better live for her and her family.  She even tells him that she is not there for him, and never wants to be with him.  She offers him a deal that if he keeps her there as long as he can for the money for her family, she will help him find the right girl for him to marry. He of accepts the deal and they become friends. But of course she does start to fall for him later on in the book.

 

You can find my full review here

 

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