The Selection series by Kiera Cass has been a hot topic for the past few weeks! Everyone has compelled me to read it and I eventually gave in and bought myself the boxset that included The Heir (still unread).
I’ll be giving reviews for each book so let’s get started!
The Selection. Kiera Cass. Young Adult/Fantasy/Romance/Dystopian. 2012. 366 pages. 4 stars. [Source: Bought]
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.
I honestly found this book to be cute! I was interested in the whole The Bachelor vibe and I found myself being swept away by Prince Maxon’s charm and gentlemanly character. America’s character was very stubborn, outspoken, and at times, impulsive that leads her to trouble due to her own stupidity. The ending of this book left me wanting more and I had to say, it was a good start for a series.. but did it have a good finish?
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.
This book was very disappointing for me. From such a promising start to a (very unpleasant) rollercoaster ride, I had to crawl my way through the book and constantly keep in mind that maybe, juuuust maybe, the ending might be worth this horrible experience. The Elite was full of back and forth, of pushing and pulling, stupid decisions, and even more stupid decisions–America, what the hell were you doing?! I was honestly relieved when I reached the end of this book. I would rate it a 0 but I decided to be nice and give it… 1 star.
The One. Kiera Cass. Young Adult/Fantasy/Romance/Dystopian. 2014. 323 pages. 4 stars. [Source: Bought]
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.
After such a horrible middle book, The One has redeemed! America’s character from this point onward had matured significantly in comparison to The Elite. The book’s twists were surprising and keeping me on the edge of my seat. I’ve even had a complete 180 degree turn of thought on one of the supporting characters. From the one I wanted to slap to the one I wanted to hug, Celeste, this one’s for you! If you’re thinking of reading this book, brace yourself for Chapter 29. Nobody warned me and I was left to lock myself in the bathroom so I could cry about it in peace. A beautiful ending, Kierra Cass. Well done!
BONUS! Some of my favorite quotes from the series: