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4.5 stars to The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass

Published June 14, 2014 by katheryn13

THE SELECTION changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. Now, only one will claim Prince Maxon’s heart…

It’s swoon meets the Hunger Games in the final instalment of THE SELECTION trilogy!

For the four girls who remain at the palace, the friendships they’ve formed, rivalries they’ve struggled with and dangers they’ve faced have bound them to each other for the rest of their lives.

Now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.

America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown – or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realises just how much she stands to lose – and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

 

 

Review:

PRAISE YOU, KIERA! *high fives* I loved that bit in the Acknowledgements! lol

If I had any doubts about how this would pan out, then I wish I could go back to myself three days ago and slap my face. Shake my shoulders and tell me that I’m being silly. I won’t spoil it because it’s a pretty  big ending.

Anyway, America…wow she became so much more in The One. I’ll admit she got on my nerves a bit in The Elite because of her “indecision” over Maxon and Aspen. I mean, really. There is NO comparison. (pssst I love Maxon!) But I could also see her point of view. She’d only ever known Aspen and change isn’t always good, sometimes it’s freaking scary and if you don’t know what’s waiting on the other side, why would you want to change?

There were plenty of sad moments, however in this final instalment. I cried. I know, I know, I try not to. But…those letters. *zips lips* I can’t. You’ll know what I mean if you’ve read it.

I wanted to slap America at one point, though. Her attention to secrecy regarding Aspen was bound to slip at one point and when it did I was ready to start an intervention. This girl…hasn’t she learned anything by now? Secrets aren’t good.

The romance in this is swoooooon worthy and awww man….can i just grafitti my love for Maxon MAXON MY DARLING MY DEAR COME TO MEEEE! (I’m not crazy, I promise!)

I love her family, though. May…however overly giddy, she is a sweetie. Kota bugged me. Such a self-righteous git. Grr. We get to meet Kenna properly this time.

There are also new characters involving the Northern Rebels, and there are some surprises that took me by surprise.

I’m so sad this is the end of America’s story but I will forever love it. Such a roller coaster of feelings. I wish I could be a princess. *sighs*

Kat

5 stars to The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass

Published April 28, 2013 by katheryn13

The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Selection.

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

I’ve gotta say, I haven’t rated a book 5 stars in a long time. (well, it certainly feels that way.) First off, it has felt like a lifetime since The Selection came out, and I only read that a few months ago. So…yeah.

I am in LOVE with Maxon. (But I will try not to be too biased…) Now, although he’s not perfect, and yes he may have done a few…things…that will not be spoiled but must still be taken into account, I feel he is still the strongest choice between him and Aspen.
Aspen, to me, got very clingy. Impatient. And yet sweet in certain moments. He has America’s history, he is her past, the place she knew the most, and felt at home with, but things are changing.  Maxon could be impatient too, but more toward the end, and to be fair, who could blame him? America did get on my nerves a little bit in a couple of parts, but that’s mainly because, a little like in book 1, she was going between the two guys like a yo yo and then she’d get jealous or moan when Maxon talked to another girl. I was like “Girl, you can’t be playing them both, it’s not fair!” but it turns out she couldn’t hear me. *sigh*

The writing as usual in The Elite was great, just as good as The Selection, if not better, and each page sucked me in. There is so much going on, and where one moment I was aww’ing, the next moment I’d be cursing one of the characters. I love that it’s not clogged up with unneeded description and there’s plenty of dialogue – which is, what I prefer in a story. I don’t need to know what shade wall paper there is, or the pattern on the carpet. I want to know who’s walking that carpet and where they are going, or who’s talking to whom, you know what I’m saying? And Kiera Cass delivers this perfectly.
The tension between the final selection of girls is palpable from start to finish and still I want to kill Celeste. I rather think that’s the point of writing her as a horrible person, but still, I’m clarifying my feelings towards her.
It was nice to see more interaction between the other girls and America. Whereas in The Selection, you only really heard or saw them in passing, this time there are actual conversations, delving more into their personalities and just how they are competing. It turns out, America has more problems than she thought.

Now, Marlee. Damn girl, what have you gone and done? We finally find out her secret and let me just say it’s scandalous; but the result, I felt was the epitome of how a Monarchy would react. Nothing goes unseen or unpunished, which is why I’m waiting for the ball to drop on the goings on between Aspen and America. (If they ended up getting married, they would be AA. *giggles*) Yeah bad joke. Anyway, there are many sweet moments and one in particular near the end nearly had me crying. I could feel my eyes welling up, but I willed the tears back in because no, I would not cry. Nope.

There’s plenty of bitchiness, arguments, romance, tears, happiness, fear. Funny moments, too. I mean, the whole package. I didn’t ever want to stop reading, and I hoped the book wouldn’t end but sadly it did and all too soon. :( And now we wait for book 3, which apparently is titled “The One” and I am TRULY hoping it means what I think it means. But knowing Kiera it’s something different. *sigh*

The problem with reading a book so soon after it’s released is you then have to wait forever for the next one.

Definitely worth reading if you enjoyed The Selection, and even if you didn’t particularly like that, you’ll surely love this. I did. I really did. :D

Kat

5 stars to The Selection by Kiera Cass

Published February 15, 2013 by katheryn13

 

Thirty-five beautiful girls. Thirty-five beautiful rivals…

It’s the chance of a lifetime and 17-year-old America Singer should feel lucky. She has been chosen for The Selection, a reality TV lottery in which the special few compete for gorgeous Prince Maxon’s love.

Swept up in a world of elaborate gowns, glittering jewels and decadent feasts, America is living a new and glamorous life. And the prince takes a special interest in her, much to the outrage of the others.

Rivalry within The Selection is fierce and not all of the girls are prepared to play by the rules. But what they don’t know is that America has a secret — one which could throw the whole competition… and change her life forever.

First off, I LOVE being surprised by books. This is one of my many loves. I’d heard about The Selection for quite a while, but like many other books that have “surprised” me, I delayed the inevitable because the cover didn’t “call out” to me. Do you ever get that?
I thought that it was just a younger teens book (not like some or most of the YA books I read that are…let’s say…for the slightly older majority – despite the fact I’m not ACTUALLY a teen anymore. :( ) and therefore wouldn’t appeal to me.
NOW…let me just admit I was wrong to judge this FANTASTIC piece of artwork the way I did. I am sorry to have let it slide on by. I heard it is to be a TV programme and I thought, “Hmm, I wonder what it’s like?”
I asked around and plenty said it was good. But no one told me just HOW good. I can certainly see the Hunger Games comparisons: Girl takes part in a competition with 34 other girls to become the prince’s wife and battles it through hardships, etc. The people of Illea are sectioned into “castes”, etc. But asides from those examples, the rest is completely off the scale!
I adored the relationships between America and her family; and the difference in living style compared to say, her boyfriend, Aspen. And how they judged by what Caste you come from…it’s rather similar to nowadays, and how people judge you if you’re not as well off in finances as some.
It was very interesting to find a Prince like Maxon who was not altogether like you expect. Sure, he first APPEARED like a stuck up git, but he was not in fact, a stuck up git. I loved the changes, and the subtle growing of his and America’s friendship. The story had its ups and downs, and one very big complication that made me want to scream.
There were mild moments of romance, but this, ultimately, isn’t the centre attraction. There’s heavy emphasis on friendship as a whole and you see how many teenage girls behave when in such close proximity to one another.
I am really looking forward to getting my hands on the second book and I really want to find out what happens. I mean, I am thoroughly in love with these characters.

There are tellings of how The United States got to the state it did, and I found it interesting on how almost prophecy like it sounded. I won’t go into detail, but this to me made the story have a bit more depth to it. It wasn’t just a story based in the future for no real reason, in my opinion.

I know I’m just one person, but I can’t recommend this highly enough. You don’t need tons of hot romance or swearing or violence in a book to make it captivating or interesting. This is none of this and still, it held my attention and made me root for a certain person (will not say who because my opinion may change.)
So go out and read this if you haven’t already. It may not be high up there with your most precious novels, but it’s certainly something to enjoy, and who knows, you may fall in love like I did.
:)

Kat