The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass
Goodreads Summary: 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.
My Review: I cannot believe that I loved this book even more than the first one because I was in love with the first, but I was obsessed with this book. It started right where it left off with six girls left and I still wasn’t quite sure who I was supposed to love more, even though I knew I still loved Prince Maxon more.
Living through a relationship struggle and trying to become the next princess was so entertaining and I loved every second. I found myself squealing and giggling like an idiot again, this is one talented author. I am so in love with Maxon regardless of the countless number of times I got mad at him in this book. Jealously is also one of my least favorite feelings in books, especially when I am the one feeling it because I am living vicariously through the main character. I was jealous more times than I can recall and I did not like that at all but it did make for an interesting story because it wasn’t just boy meets girl, they fall in love, the end. However, I love him. If it were real life I would want to marry him. I would sound insane to anyone who does not know exactly what I am feeling.
There was also one scene in particular that I can’t describe without giving anything away that I could barely stand to read. It was so awful and horrid and barbaric, I can only hope that the last book has a happy ending for those involved. The maids were super adorable and I loved reading about them and their small drama and gossip. The King was insufferable and the Queen was a darling and their odd contrast was interesting to read about. This book also had some action with rebel attacks on the palace and had a few fight scenes which are always intriguing in my mind. I didn’t think those would really fit in but they definitely kept me addicted to the story even more because I love fighting in books.
This book ended and I immediately bought the next one because I could not stop. I cannot wait to read it because I am obsessed and I really hope I have inspired someone to read these books because they are outstanding.
You can buy the Elite here.
The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass
Goodreads 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.
My Review: I have to start out by saying how much I love the covers of every book in this series. They are gorgeous and they made me even more excited to read them.
The book started out with America’s secret relationship with her boyfriend Aspen and everything was about the two of them and their struggles to be together. That was the way that the whole alternate universe was introduced. Basically the United States has a caste system, ones being the monarchs and eights being the homeless. America was a five and Aspen was a six and women typically didn’t marry down. I loved this romantic plot even though it didn’t last that long. I have no idea why I liked it because I typically don’t like romantic plots but the whole forbidden love got to me. The struggle for food and money reminded me of the hunger games and to be quite honest, I thought this book was going to be similar to that one. With a name like “the selection” I thought it was going to be one person alive at the end and I could not have been more wrong.
This book was very similar to Princess Academy in concept besides the fact that the girls could sign up to try to win the prince’s heart. If I knew that at the beginning I can’t say I would have read it, but I am so in love with this book I don’t even know where to begin. As soon as the top 35 girls were chosen and America truly entered the contest I was addicted. I seriously did not even put the book down to eat; it was just that fantastic.
35 girls fighting for the prince and the chance to become a one does not sound very entertaining and I cannot describe in words why I loved the story so much. I wasn’t sure how to feel about Prince Maxon at first because America thought he would be so snobby and act like he was above everyone else, but the more I got to read about him, the harder I fell. I wasn’t sure how I was supposed to feel because America was so conflicted the whole time because she still loved Aspen, but I moved on from that pretty fast so I was thinking I was supposed to love Maxon. Reading about the unfolding of the competition and girls getting sent home and seeing Maxon’s and America’s love grow just pulled me into that world and made me forget about the real world which is my favorite thing in a book. I found myself literally squealing at times which rarely happens but this book brought out the inner girl in me.
I cannot adequately describe to you all how much I loved this book but I recommend it to every girl out there because you may find yourself squealing as I did. Read it and let me know what you think! By the way, for those of you who have read it, I am totally team Maxon.
You can buy the Selection here.
A Demon Made Me Do It by Penelope King (Demonblood #1)
Goodreads Summary: Half human, half demon Liora Greyson just wants to survive her final year of high school unscathed, her dark secret intact. But the walls she’s carefully constructed to keep people out crack wide open once she meets the sexy and mysterious Kieron Ambrose, and he lights her cold world on fire.
But it turns out Kieron has a few dark secrets of his own. Secrets that will either save or destroy her.
My Review: I got this book free on Barnes and Noble for nook during a deal and decided to give it a go!
This is the first paranormal romance I have read in what feels like forever and I am so excited that I read it. When I first started reading it, I didn’t know that the book was going to be about the human and the demon. Their situation is really weird because they share one body and they are awake at different times and it took me a little while to figure out how everything works but I never understood why it is like that. That aspect of the story alone was interesting enough to make me want to read more.
The plot of the book was action packed, romantic, and addictive. Demon hunting is always something I enjoy reading about and having a swoon-worthy guy in it can never hurt. The story line was constantly moving and when the human part of the book with normal plot lines got slow then the demon plot lines picked it up again and kept me completely invested in the story. Kieron was a dreamy guy that appeared in both story lines, lucky me. I have to say that even though it took a while for me to fall in love with this guy and move on past debating whether or not he was a good guy, I did love him. I still probably would have loved him if he was a bad guy because the author did such a good job of writing him.
This book ended too soon, which is good for the author I guess. I was addicted to the story and couldn’t do anything that would pull me out of the world and then it ended. I hate cliffhangers in books because I can never stop thinking about them after I finish the book. I want to read the next ones and find out what happens but there are so many more books on my TBR list that I have to read! Stay tuned.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy and paranormal romance. It is a fantastic read. You can buy A Demon Made Me Do It by Penelope King here.