Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Selection

The Selection

I'm just starting to read The Elite which is the second book in The Selection series by Kiera Cass, so I decided to review the first book in the series which would be, you guessed it, The Selection.

Description Provided by Goodreads: 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.

Overall: I would say that this book is like  The Hunger Games, without the fighting, meets The Bachelor, royal edition. The story line was phenomenal, I can honestly say that I did not expect the ending and what came near the ending.  As for America Singer, I liked her character. I got frustrated with her during the end of the book, which I can't give spoilers on why but lets just say that I totally heart Prince Maxon that's why. However, I due have to say that she is a strong character and isn't afraid to speak her mind, which are great qualities that attract me to books and characters. I loved the first book and I'm super excited to start reading the second book, The Elite. 

Ranking: I would rank this book a 9.

About the Author:
I was born and raised in South Carolina, a proud child of the 80's. Also, my dad is Puerto Rican, and my mom is super white. I have neither a Hispanic or Southern accent. No clue why. Growing up, I was awkward. I didn't understand fashion at all (not that I do now) and was never into what was cool while it was actually popular.  But I didn't mind it so much because I had a few really great friends and wonderful outlets. By high school, I was a seasoned dancer, diehard theater buff, and in a chamber choir that at one point was tied for third in the nation competitively...In 2007, my world was shaken by a local tragedy, and I took it pretty hard. Over the course of the following year, I tried a lot of things to get myself together resulting in me sitting down to write a story where my character had to deal with my problems so I wouldn't have to. The distance from my head to the page helped me step back a bit and cope with all the things I was feeling. I ended up not finishing that story because I woke up from a nap with the idea that would become The Siren and HAD to get that written. After I got into the habit of writing, lots of ideas came, including The Selection and handful of others that are waiting their turn.

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