The Crown (Selection #5) by Kiera Cass
Goodreads Summary: When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.
Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.
My review: this book, though not as good as the previous four, was still amazing. I was stuck to the pages because I had to figure out what happened to Eady and America!
The selected were narrowed almost immediately and I wasn’t surprised at all by who was left in the last few. I loved one of the guys especially and I was completely rooting for him but I was disappointed in the end. I wasn’t a huge fan of how it ended and to me the ending felt kind of weird and sudden but I was happy for Eady anyway! And for the guy she ended up with! It took me a while to get used to her spoiled personality in the last one but she was a lot more fun to read about in this one. For some reason I had a ton of fun reading about one girl trying to choose from a bunch of guys! I guess I can be girly sometimes and I love some good romance.
There were a few twists including a couple of the selected and a certain person who lived in the castle that surprised me but kept me into the story! I can’t say any more without spoiling it but you definitely will be kept on your toes the entire book.
Once again, I fell in love with the story, the characters, the world, and even a boy or two:) Kiera cass has done it again. Don’t even hesitate to read this series if you haven’t yet. I don’t know why it’s so entertaining because the plot is so basic, but I was absolutely addicted and read books 4 and 5 in one day…it’s an amazing series and she is an amazing writer.
You can buy the last book in the selection series, the crown, here.
The Heir (Selection #4) by Kiera Cass.
Goodreads Summary: Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.
But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.
Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.
My Review: I didn’t think there were going to be more books in the Selection series and I was slightly hesitant to read the new ones, especially after rereading the first three and remembering how amazing they were. However, I LOVED this book. Even though it was essentially the same story, I loved being in the point of view of the girl having to meet all of those boys, and not just bring in the point of view of one of the selected. The book was so entertaining and I felt myself living through the entire process myself. I felt kind of bad for wishing I could do something like that sometime…
Eady was slightly annoying and selfish sometimes but overall I think I like her. I’ve never read a book in the point of view of a future Queen and I think Kiera Cass did a great job, as far as I know. I think Eady got better and easier to handle as the book went on. I also really enjoyed reading about what happened to everyone from the original selection. A lot of the people were in it and it was really fun.
The boys….oh the boys. I felt myself liking one of the 35 that I never thought I would. There is also one who doesn’t even speak the same language and his translator is pretty interesting as well…There are a few others that come along and turn out to not be so bad. Less than half of them were cut though so I’m excited to read the next book and find out who wins the selection! It’s confusing having feelings for so many people and I love it, it’s so much fun to read about.
I definitely recommend this book, especially to people who loved the first three books in the selection. You can buy The Heir here.
So I realize that this is a day late but I forgot to post it yesterday, oops:)
I recently reread the Selection Trilogy by Kiera Cass, or I guess what used to be a trilogy, so that I would remember them for when I read books 4 and 5 because I recently saw them on Goodreads.
Warning: this series is highly addictive. I finished all three books in two days. That can either indicate that I have nothing better to do, or that the series was so amazing I just had to find out what happens, even though I have already read them…
First off, I am so in love with the covers of these books and they have to be my favorite covers of any series. About the book now…The characters in this book were amazing. I love the main character, she has so much life and I loved being in her mind. I also loved Prince Maxon and even the rest of the selected and elite. It’s crazy how in love I can be with a fictional character and I love it!! Even though there wasn’t any magic and the plot was fairly basic, it expanded as the series went on and this series is one of my all time favorites.
I want everybody to read this series!!! Well, it may not be much for boys, but girls will love it!!! You can buy the first three on kindle here! I will be reading book 4 in the next few days (unless I am up all night tonight reading it) and as soon as book 5 comes into the library I will be reading that as well! Happy reading!
The One by Kiera Cass
Goodreads Summary: 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.
My Review: The conclusion to this series was beautiful and I loved it.
This book was definitely more political than the previous ones and I think I liked it most of the time. Usually I don’t play much attention to the politics in books but Cass did a great job with making it entertaining and making me actually like it. It reminded me a lot of Mockingjay with the whole politics situation and revolution of the lower castes. It took up a lot of the book understandably because it was down to only a few girls and they were fighting to rule a country.
Now onto the girls. The whole situation kept me entertained for all three books surprisingly. I love how all of the girls were in love with the same guy and were fighting for him but I wasn’t a huge fan of his in this book because of how irritated and jealous I was the whole time. I do not like being jealous in books but the fact that the author could make me feel real emotions for fake characters is amazing. There was one girl in particular that I did not like AT ALL and by the end of the book I wanted to be her best friend and I can’t say who or it would ruin the surprise but I found it hilarious that the author decided to change this character so much.
America was my favorite character throughout the entire series even when she got annoying during the jealous periods. Her inner monologues could get to be too much but they didn’t last long when Maxon came into the picture. Oh, Maxon. I am so in love with him it hurts! Again, he made me sign and giggle and everything stupid and girly. Totally a swoon-worthy guy, especially for a prince.
The ending was fantastic and I was so depressed when I finished the series I didn’t know what to do with my life. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who reads and likes romance and a good friendly competition to be a Princess. I didn’t think it sounded good either, but trust me on this. It is now one of my favorite series.
You can buy the conclusion to the selection trilogy here.
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.