Review: The Selected By Kiera Cass

Let me just start off by saying that I basically devoured this book. Such. A. Good. Read. I was recommended this book by a coworker of mine and it did not disappoint. If you’re wondering what this book is about think Hunger Games (minus the bloodshed) meets the Bachelor.

The setting is a dystopian future where everyone lives their life according to a number in a caste system. A One is royalty while which each increasing number you decrease in status. If you’re an Eight, you’re homeless. The heroine of this book, America Singer is a Five. She’s just an ordinary girl and she’s perfectly satisfied with the life she has already. This all of course changes when The Selection comes around, something she’s not the slightest bit interested in participating. The Prince of Illea must choose a bride. Contestants from all castes may participate in the contest of a lifetime: winning Prince Maxon’s heart. Is America willing to walk away from her old life, her first love Aspen, and fight for a new life?

Despite some of the characters and themes being cliche I overall enjoyed this book. She had such a refreshing point of view. She makes a lot of mistakes and tends to contradict herself at times but what can you expect? She’s a sixteen year old girl in a contest for marriage and a crown. She hasn’t got life quite figured out yet. America isn’t your typical girl and you root for her because of it. I found myself at times angry with her, yet pleased with her, and overall happy with how everything played out. The plot could have used some definition but had some surprising twists. The Selection Series consists of three books. (the first book ends in a cliff hanger) I finished the first within 24 hours and didn’t waste any time at all to finish the series.

For criticism I will say that Cass didn’t spend too much time explaining why things were the way they were. I found myself at times confused about why the caste system was even in place and what made the book a true dystopia. An explanation is tossed in much later in the book but it really just left me with more questions. There are several other details in the book that could have been better elaborated on but since the main angle here was a love triangle everything else was just background.

Finally, I would recommend this book for anyone wanting a read good love story. If you can overcome some of the gaps in the world development of the book then you’ll find a love story pure and simple. I enjoyed how although the romance was almost predictable it still had its challenges and overcame them.

 

Update!!!!

So I just finished reading The Selection by Kiera Cass and let me tell you: It was amazing! I am totally and extremely hooked. 327 pages and I finished it in 24 hours. I am in love and can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series. A full review will be given either tomorrow night or Monday morning as it is currently 1 am and I have work tomorrow. (Why am I even up right now??) If you haven’t read it check it out. Happy Reading!

The truth is…

Ok guys as promised I was to do a review on Double Take. Normally finishing a book takes me no time at all. A few days tops, even less depending on how much free time I have. As excited as I was to read this mystery drama it left me flat out unimpressed. But as a disclaimer I must admit that I have not finished the book in its entirety. It is very rare for me to judge a book without finishing it but this book started off exciting and appealing then quickly slipped into a slow sludge. The story line moved around too much too quickly and too many new characters introduced before I really knew the main characters. I still however plan on finishing the book but it has now been placed on the back burner while I explore other options on my book list. Last month my boyfriend took me Barnes and Noble and very sweetly bought me a new book (little does he know it’s the first in a series and I will be expecting the rest haha). This book puts me back on track with what’s on my list and was highly recommended by a buddy and fellow reader. I’ll be starting The Selection by Kiera Cass. Sorry for the disappointment in my last review but do stick around for better and as always Happy Reading!

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MIA…Again

Took time off again. I’ve just been so outta the loop. In my defense I was in a car accident, I’ve been recouping. But rest assured I have been reading. Also on the hunt for more books to add to my book list. (As if I don’t already have enough lol). Also I have the app on my phone now so I’ll be making on the go posts. Now isn’t that great? Rest assured a review is coming at you sooner than you know it. Happy reading!