Friday, April 12, 2013

Guest Review: The Selection (Kiera Cass)

The Selection (The Selection, #1)
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.

Hardcover, 327 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by HarperTeen (first published 2012)

Kiera Cass

Being married. Cake. The smell of Autumn. Motherhood. Books. Elephants. Back rubs. On demand movies. Actually going out to movies. Faith. Cinnamon rolls. My family. Butterflies. When my kitchen is clean. Crayons. Pink. Tote bags. Dancing. Organizing via color coordination. That my wedding dress was tea length, not floor. Baking. My house. Writing utensils. Paper. India. The sound of water. Making videos. Buttons. The word Episcopalian. Making people laugh. Layering clothes. British accents. Pinterest. Animation. Fireworks. The smell of the Ocean. My wedding rings. Aprons. Reasons to get dressed up. Sex. Pop music. Stars. Taking walks. Daydreaming. Stickers. School Spirit. My friends. Living in a small town. Japan. Singing. Painting my toenails. Pranks/ practical jokes. Painting. Stretch canvas. Costumes. Dipping my fingers in melted wax. Style. Soda. Spending an hour typing at a coffee shop. Musicals. Back to school season. Mopeds. Good hair days. Naps. Not walking up but looking at a beautiful staircase. Driving alone. My ankles. Playlists. Spending entire days in pajamas. Holidays. Telling stories. Spontaneity. Theme parks. Bookshelves. The word copacetic. Boxes. Empty journals. Surprises. Doing things in groups. Doing things alone. Getting real mail. Decorating. Small forks. A good hug. Gift cards. New Years Goals. Going out to dinner. When someone else remembers some great story about me/us that I’ve forgotten. Toy stores. Fireplaces. Breakfast foods. Journaling. Crying for a good reason. Doorbells. Pointless adventures. Voting. My birthday. Reasons to make wishes. Recycling.

I LOVED The Selection! It was the prefect mix of Hunger Games, The Bachelor and my obsession with the royal family! First let me say that this book has the MOST beautiful cover I have ever seen! Huge props to whoever created this masterpiece of a cover..Without even reading the synopsis...the cover IMMEDIATELY grabs you!! Oh and The Tiffany blue with the little tiara, *LOVE*!!!

The reader finds themselves in a future world where the United States no longer exists and a royal family now rules the country know as Illea. The people are categorized into groups numbered One through Eight, with One being the highest. The main character, America, is a Five and earns her living by signing and playing musical instruments. Their family often goes hungry and gets by on very little. America knows that her mother wants nothing but the best for her which means marrying a man ranked higher than a Five. However, America finds herself in love with a Six named Aspen. Immediately the reader wants them to find a way to be together! 

The Prince is now of the age to find a wife and the royal family decides to have a selection competition. All the young ladies who were eligible wasted no time entering their name for the selection. America was pressured by her family and Aspen to enter the competition. She agreed only because she thought she would never be picked for the top 35! When she heard her name called she was shocked! She had made it into the selection and would be leaving her family to live in the castle with Prince Maxon. 

The way of life at the castle surprises America in more ways than one. This is when the reader starts feeling torn, Team Maxon or Team Aspen! Right now I am leaning toward Team Maxon, because I think America would make a wonderful Princess and be able to help her country! Kiera Cass has created a world that you just totally divulge yourself into...I loved every aspect of the story.. I cannot wait for The Elite!!!!!! I will be reading it ASAP! I give The Selection 5 plus stars!!! 

The sequel to The Selection is called The Elite and will be released on April 23,2013 by HarperTeen Publishers.

The Elite (The Selection, #2)
The highly-anticipated sequel to the New York Timesbestseller 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.

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