Re-read & Review #6a: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Posted May 22, 2014 by Bee in Memes & Features, Reviews / 0 Comments

Re-read & Review is a feature on Istyria book blog. The basic idea of this feature is that I re-read and review books that I’ve read, but not reviewed. (Or they have a review, but it’s so short that it barely qualifies as a review.) This week it’s a double special again, like I did with Cinder and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.

Re-read & Review #6a: The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection

by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #1
Pages: 327
Published on April 24th 2012
by HarperTeen
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
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Also by this author: The Selection, The Elite, The Elite, The One, The One

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.

5 Stars

I’ve heard people say that these books are addicting. And they really are. And for someone like me, someone who loves fairy tales and romance, even more so. Is this book without it’s flaws? Probably not, but I don’t notice them. I still love this book as much as I did the first time I read it!

The Selection is about America Singer. She lives in Illea, a country formerly knows as the USA. In this country, people are ranked by castes from One, the highest, to Eight, the lowest. America is a Five. The Selection is a way for the Crown Prince to find a bride and everyone wants a shot at being the bride of the gorgeous Prince Maxon. But America’s heart is with someone else. His name is Aspen and he’s a Six. When he breaks her heart and makes her enter the Selection, she never expected to be chosen. So she leaves her home to live in the palace for a competition for a crown she doesn’t want. And then she meets Maxon. And he’s not what she thought he’d be at all.

I do really love these books. They have that Disney fairy tale feeling that I love so much. And to be honest, this one is pretty original for a dystopian. I like the system of the Castes and the world. We got quite a bit of history throughout the story and I liked that. I like knowing the background info. How that country became so different. This story is not about the Selection alone. There’s more to it. There are rebels trying to get into the palace. As of now, we don’t know what their purpose is yet. But I liked that aspect. It gave more depth to the story and the world. It showed that even this new country isn’t as perfect as everyone thinks it is.

“True love is usually the most inconvenient kind.”

I really love America. She’s a very kind, caring and sweet girl. Yeah, she’s stubborn and has quite a temper, but I do love her. I loved how she cared for the maids assigned to her in the palace. I loved how she didn’t want to change who she was for someone else. I loved how kind she was to the other girls, even when they weren’t always as nice to her. Sure she lost her temper a bit on a few occasions, but I would’ve too. Especially with Celeste. I hate that girl. She’s so fake. I did like Marlee and Kriss. The others didn’t really stand out to me, their roles weren’t that big. I did like Queen Amberly from what I’ve seen of her so far. As for America’s family, I adore them. May and Gerad especially. I wish I had a little sister, instead I have three younger brothers and that’s not the same at all.

And of course I’m talking about the boys. There’s Maxon. Gorgeous, sweet, caring Maxon. He really is a sweet and generous person and I adore him. Yeah, he’s a big ignorant about everything, but he’s been very sheltered all his life. He’s very honest and straight forward to America and I like their bond.  Next to Maxon we have Aspen. In the beginning of the book, I liked him quite a lot. I expected to be rooting for him throughout the story. But then he just had to be an idiot and let his pride get in the way. He breaks up with America for a stupid reason. That’s the moment I became Team Maxon. Even though I didn’t even know him yet. Yeah it’s a love triangle, but I don’t really care in this series. I know who I’m rooting for. In my opinion, Aspen doesn’t stand a chance.

Now this is a bit of a spoiler, so if you haven’t read the book yet, I suggest you just skip this and don’t read it. View Spoiler »

I’m glad I re-read this book before going into The One. Next up is The Elite. I do hope I love it as much as I did the first time I read it. If you haven’t read this book yet, you really have to. I hope you love it just as much as I do!

The Selection novella: The Prince

15820748I really liked this little story! It’s basically about Maxon a little before The Selection starts up until after he first met all of the girls. It was nice to learn more about him and how he felt while meeting all of the girls. And especially America. It just makes me want to read The One even more. I need to know how all of this ends! I do recommend it if you liked The Selection and if you want a little more insight on who Maxon is.

Published March 5th 2013 by HarperTeen


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