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Friday, July 18, 2014

Review: The Elite - By Kiera Cass

Release Date - April 24, 2012
Publisher - Harperteen
Edition - Ebook (EPub)
Pages - 272
Series - The Selection

Summary - 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.

Review - Can I just start out by saying I think this has been one of my favorite series that I have ever read. Granted I have not read many, this will definitely be in the top. The flow from one book to another is perfect. I stop one and pick up another and can't even tell that I am on to a new book, other than the covers. And can we talk about the covers for these books? I absolutely love them. That is what drew me in in the first place. The model that they got works perfectly for America. All throughout the books they talk about the different dresses that these girls wear to their different events and occasions, and the covers give you a nice idea of what they are talking about. 

Now on the the book itself. WOW! If I had to use one word to describe this book it would be WOW! There are so many things that happened in The Elite, that I never saw coming! The Selection had its moments where it was a little predictable, but let me tell you this one does not. Even all the way to the end things keep happening that you don't expect. The one time I thought I knew what was going to happen was the ending. Knowing that there was another novel coming made me wonder what was going to happen if The Elite ended the way that I thought it was going to, but right at the end, and I mean the last few pages, you get thrown another curve ball that I really didn't see coming. I cannot explain how excited I am to start The One, which is the third and final novel in the trilogy. There are though, two novellas that going along with this trilogy. The Price, which is from Maxon's perspective, and I am sure is going to be good. And The Guard, which I'm sure you have guessed is told from Aspen's point of view. Also this December, they are releasing another novella. The Queen! This was taken from her blog and makes me wonder what she has up her sleeve. 

" I get questions about a lot of the other women in America Singer's life. The maids (of course), Marlee, and (one my personal faves) Queen Amberly. It seems to be quite a mystery to most of us how such a wonderful woman could have ended up with Clarkson. But soon, you'll all know the answer! We're taking you back to the last Selection to see Amberly's story unfold in a new novella!"

Will this be the last or will they continue? I would love to read from the maids and Marlee's perspective! How do you guys feel?

Kiera Cass has done an amazing job writing these books and I can't wait to read many more things from her.  

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Release Date - April 24, 2012
Publisher - Harperteen
Age Group - 12 and up
Pages - 336
Series - The Selection
Rating - 5/5

Summary - 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.

Review - It has been way too long since I have started a book and actually finished it. Three years to be exact and I don't think I could have chosen a better book to break that hiatus.The first thing that drew me to this book was the cover. I was drawn in the first time I saw it. Then I read the description. As much as I loved the cover I really wasn't sure if I was going to like the book. I am not usually a fan of books that take place in a different type of lifestyle, but this one I have come to love. From page one the plot took me in deeper and deeper and deeper. Sometimes it is hard for me to connect with characters but I found myself falling in love with America. At first I wanted her and Aspen to be together so bad but then when she meets Maxon I completely forget about Aspen. Although America does not. As the competition goes on America isn't even thinking about Maxon but she is also trying to forget about Aspen. She is there just to get away and forget and that's exactly what she starts to do but ends up in a situation she never saw coming. It was so hard for me to put this book down. I read it in only a few days. If you are looking for a good romance novel this is a great one to pick up. Kiera Cass does an amazing job at making you fall in love with the characters and draw you into the unpredictable plot.

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