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The Selection by Kiera Cass: A Review

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Published by HarperCollins Publishers

Publication Date 04/24/2012

Source: ARC

 

 

Synopsis

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 the palace and compete for the heart of the 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.-Goodreads

Review

Part dystopian and part reality show-like(think The Bachelor) Kiera Cass comes out of nowhere and creates an almost equal blend of dystopian and romance elements. America Singer is such a strong-willed heroine and a true beauty…you can’t help but to latch on to that first page and keep reading through the wee hours of the morning.

America’s character isn’t whiny (thank god) and yet isn’t too strong either. In dystopian novels, I get a bit leary of the heroine because a character that rarely shows any other emotion other that survival,etc. becomes too unrelatable and static. America is definitely strong-willed but she also lets some emotion seep through her seemingly tough skin. That’s what dystopian novels need and America is a good example of that.

I’m a sucker for a good love story and The Selection certainly has one…or two. The love triangle that ensues between America, Aspen, and Prince Maxon is quite typical for a little while but eventually goes off course into something a bit different, which I found to be totally unexpected and definitely a must. Aside from the love story aspect, the post WWIII take with the caste system adds a nice touch to an otherwise princess tale. The dystopian elements are there, but the princess/fairytale elements is the heavier of the two.

*A T.V. drama based on this trilogy is currently in the works. (Yeah, I’m probably going to watch it)

Overall: Readers who enjoy a good love story will cling to this one while those that are hoping for a more pure dystopian novel will be disappointed as it is an unequal blend of the two…at least for the first book in the trilogy.

My Rating: 3/5 for the book and 5/5 for the cover because it’s amazing!

YA Lit Must Reads

I thought I would give a few mini reviews in one post to basically say that yes-if you tend to like what I review and read here then you should read these too! =]

Embrace by Jessiva Shirvington

Published by Sourcebooks Fire

Out March 6, 2012

Yes, it’s another YA novel about angels and I love it! In this one, Violet Eden dreads her seventeenth birthday because it is also the anniversary of her mother’s death. Suddenly she has a mysterious tattoo going up her arms, awful dreams, and the one person she can count on is keeping secrets from her-like he’s half human and so is she! Oh, and you can bet there is another guy that comes into the picture with sketchy motives too. A battle between fallen angels and those fighting for humanity ensues, but don’t worry, Violet is a strong heroine and never quits fighting. Shirvington’s debut novel is fun and takes a few liberties with the whole fallen angel theme and does a good job doing so.

Anyone who is a fan of lit dealing with angels will like this one a lot!

Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver

Published by Harper Teen

Out February 28, 2012

I picked up Delirium by Lauren Oliver awhile ago and started it but never finished it, so when I got the ARC of Pandemonium I thought that I should give it a whirl again and I’m glad I did. This one picks up right where Delirium left off and you are right there with Lena through all the pain she’s endured. Lena tries to push the old Lena out of her life completely and strives to become an active part of the Resistance. In doing so, she finds herself trying to save Julian (a pivotal character) and possibly falling in love with him along the way.

It’s rare that I like the 2nd book in a trilogy (or series), I’m not exactly sure why but it seems to be a trend with me, however; the ending of this one literally made my jaw drop. If the 2nd book in the series can do that then it’s definitely a good one!

Anyone who has read Delirium or other dystopian novels will surely love these! Give ’em a go!

Nightshade Trilogy (Nightshade, Wolfsbane, Bloodrose) by Andrea Cremer

Published by Penguin Group

Wow. I normally don’t like reading about wolves. Actually, shapeshifting in general is not something I typically go out of my way to read about, but this trilogy is actually quite good! There is Calla and Ren, both alphas of different packs but soon to join and lead their packs together.  Then there is Shay, the boy that Calla saves… As you can imagine, there is a love triangle, but is anything as good without one? Throughout the trilogy, Calla just gets stronger and stronger and the choice between Ren and Shay gets harder and harder. There’s a lot to pay attention to with the Guardians (werewolves) the humans (searchers) and the witches (Keepers), all of which is very intricate and well done.

<Sigh> It’s a good trilogy and I read it pretty quickly because I needed to know what happened next. What’s great about reading this trilogy now is that all the books have already been published, so no waiting between novels is needed! =]

Cheers and happy reading!

Shatter Me: A Review

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in 264 days.  She’s been locked in a cell because her touch is fatal and no one knows why.  In a world where the clouds are the wrong color, birds no longer fly through the sky and disease takes over life, Juliette doesn’t really matter.  Soon Juliette must decide to either be a weapon or a warrior…

The prose is quite interesting in Tahereh Mafi’s debut novel. It’s actually what I adore most about the book.  The protagonist, Juliette, is not the whiney teenage girl that can’t help herself. This girl can actually hold her own, which is very refreshing. Throughout the entire book, Juliette’s thoughts are laid out on the page but what Mafi does to spice up the novel and really make it unique is the use of a strikethrough through many of her thoughts. It makes for an interesting way of letting the reader into a character’s mind. Then there is the love story aspect: I simply cannot resist them! This certainly has a good one, but I’ll let you discover that one on your own.

The overrall premise of the book is quite good as well. It’s a superhero story with a female protagonist. I feel like it may be harder to find your own voice in the YA genre lately, as so many novels seem to be playing off of all the other ones in the genre. What Tahereh Mafi does is all natural, it’s her voice developing a unique idea and standing out from all the rest.

Overall: People who love action, dystopia, and a bit of romance will fall in love with this title. Personally, I think this is better than the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, so if you liked that then I am very confident that you will love this one. Check it out for yourself!