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.
Wow!!! This book blew me away. The Selection hit bookstores on April 24, 2012, and I’ve wanted to read it since then. The cover captivated me and regardless of “not judging a book by its cover”, let’s face, it we all do (why else would publishers put so much effort into them??). However, something kept holding me back. I thought it was just going to tease me, not a real book romance but you know, those book you think you’re going to love that barely touch the surface…yeah, well I was afraid of that. But, earlier today, I bought it! And although it was the Kindle edition, those of you who know me, know I don’t just go and buy books (especially since most the books I read I get for free to review). The only books I really buy are the Urban Fantasy book series I read (yeah, cats out the bag).
But, I have digressed. The point is, I haven’t laughed, giggled, yelled, shouted all in the same, what, 5 hour span (if that) while reading a book in a long time. I absolutely fell in love with America (haha, what a name) yet there were times I wanted to jump in the book and yell at her. But I love/d her, she reminds me a bit of myself and when she said something about wanting to do what’s best for her, instead of “the boys”, I almost melted. Boy do I love me a strong female main character.
Also as someone who, while hating to admit it, loves reality TV, I loved this book because it was like reality book (not as catchy but way better). Cass has mastered a storytelling style that seemed so real. As someone who did theater for years, I naturally see everything as a sort of play and there were times I felt myself reading bits aloud because I could visualize everything so well… the smirks, laughs, slight actions, frightening situations, I saw it all through the eyes of America (haha).
The only part that jolted me a bit out of America’s world was the “history section”, I know, as a writer myself I definitely understand the want to share with our readers history and backstory but I don’t really think it was necessary, at least not for me. However, once again, as a writer, I totally understand now comments made in parts of my WIP about too much history or backstory, it just bogs down the story too much if it’s even a bit unnecessary Yet that just goes to show how amazing a book this is, yeah those couple pages were kinda eh, but the rest, was like living a dream.
Whew, I honestly don’t think I’ve given a book that much praise in a while. I know I say this a lot but I truly believe anyone can fall in love with this story, it just reels you right in. I love it so much that I can’t bear to to read the the next book in the trilogy yet for fear of going crazy since the last book doesn’t come out until May 6, 2014!!! WHY?!?!? 🙁
That being said, I feel good about this series. Now with another similarish (big emphasis on ish) series, The Hunger Games, I was completely wrong about who Katniss ended up being with (yeah, can’t stand Peeta), I was also devastated with the ending, as in bawling especially since I have four younger siblings I adore…it hit way too close to home. Yet with this series, I have hope that however it ends, I won’t end up miserable because I really connect with the main character.
So if you’re in need or want of a funny, poignant, romantic adventure, I highly suggest The Selection and hopefully I’m right about the outcome, if not, no more reality books for me.
**This is a 100% honest review, I bought the book myself :)**
What’s some great books you’ve read lately?