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: adding book to my fav reads of 2012!
While I could use so many words to describe this book, but I won’t flood you with one word descriptions...so here we go.
gripped me from the opening chapter, I *
* started reading this at work while getting my Nook library organized and it was the biggest *
* I could ever make. I read chapter 1 one while sitting at my desk on lunch, and then, almost went into hysterics while waiting for 5 o’clock to come so I could go home and get my Nook and curl up on my bed and read. I did just that and was so angry when it ended. I don’t just want book two I NEED it, with a need so bad that I’m not sure how I will make it to next year, but I will try.
floored me, her writing and relationship building was by far some of the best I have seen in some time, and with this book she is defiantly making my top loved authors list. When I read the blurb a couple months back I vaguely remembered it until it popped up as downloading on my Nook (I know
you can kick me for that later).
I usually HATE love triangles in a book, but I almost think
took everyone’s feelings into consideration while writing this, she didn’t make your typical, girl likes boy, boy likes girl, girl finds other boy she likes, other boy likes girl, and OH NO boy hates other boy. While she does follow some of that, the book wasn’t centered on it, it was the building of Relationship between America and Aspen and America and Maxon, which is how it should be. Dare I say,
did the love triangle right, YAY!
This was not your typical Dystopian novel, while we are used to being tossed into the horrible society in a dystopian and the carried away through the characters life and learning and growth in their said society, this novel shows you how the society works but then you follow America through her journey in the “
” so little to no grueling battles or fiery towns or running from the law, which is not a bad thing, it was actually quite refreshing if you ask me!
So now I am going to go scream from the roof tops that everyone should go out a buy this book and read it, then, they too can go scream from the roof tops, this may hold us all over until the next book...
Well Done Kiera, well done!
| May 20, 2012 |
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Loved this fluffy book about a future America where every family is given a caste. America Singer does not want to entire the lottery since she has NO interest in marrying the prince, but she's pressured into applying and then she gets selected!
| Dec 4, 2013 |
I am intrigued to see where this series is going to go. This one book in and of itself is not overwhelmingly fabulous but there are some court intrigue questions that are begging to be answered.
| Oct 25, 2013 |
It's like a dystopian princess diaries with a reality TV aspect. And it was good!
| Oct 24, 2013 |
I absolutely fell in love with this book, words can't even describe how great this book is! I was hooked from the first page, best feeling ever! This is my new favorite book. I just felt so much while reading it, America has a lot going on for a young lady and really has a strong head on her shoulders. Love, love, love that they make her stand out in a way that she does not follow and do whatever the other girls do, especially when they're mean or unkind to people. Maxon is just adorable, love how he is just attracted to America, not just in looks but who she is as a person. That is a true love story to me.
I'm not sure how I feel about Aspen yet, I know he was trying to do what he thought was better off for America, but he really hurt her and to just sweep back in her life when she is starting to have feelings for Maxon, just doesn't seem fair. My heart does go out to Aspen, just feel like America and Maxon would be so much better together. I'm super excited to read The Elite and see how everything plays out, I'm hoping it is just as good as The Selection.
I'm a huge fan of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette and a sucker for a love story, so this was right up my alley.”
| Oct 23, 2013 |
I am sick of reading novels that take an ordinary story and turn it into a trilogy. I have been reading lots of YA dystopian novels lately. However I am continually feeling like a chump. I bought the book, it was an okay read, I am invested enough to want to see how it ends, but instead of ending I get slapped with a "to be continued". Apparently I have to insert more money to see the ending.
The selection is a basic YA romtopian (a YA romace novel set to a dystopian/utopian theme). The book has an extremely thin plot. In fact, I bet I can describe the entire book in a paragraph or two. Don't worry about spoilers.. there is nothing much to spoil.
In a dystopian world based on a caste system, a beautiful female singer in the fifth caste falls in love with a handsome cleaner from the sixth caste. Families in such low castes struggle to put food on the table so nobody is going to be happy with this marriage. He breaks it off when his ego gets the better of him. She gets selected as one of 34 women presented to the heir to the throne from which the heir will choose his wife, very similiar to the tv show "The bachelor". She hits it off with the prince until the old boyfriend turns up at the castle as a palace guard. She and prince kiss, she and old boyfriend kiss.... And then the book says 'to be continued'. A very predictable book without the courtesy to provide the reader with an ending.
I kept reading because the characters were interesting. The prince was lovely, despite some of his descriptions being at odds with how he was portrayed. She was a predictable heroine, you know the type that stand out from the crowd by being the only normal person in the room, but still quite likeable. The old boyfriend had no redeeming qualities so don't expect an "Edward vs Jacob" or "Peter vs Gale" calibre engagement from a reader perspective. I suspect the author thinks it is interesting and will drag it out for another book or two.
I adding a new bookshelf "books that should not be trilogies".
| Oct 12, 2013 |
Many problems with this book -- the characters were very one-dimensional, the dialoge didn't feel real, and the plot was fairly boring. Also, I didn't like that the caste system wasn't explained. How did such a ridiculous thing ever come into being in North America, and is it also practiced in other continents of this dystopian universe? If the author was trying for suspense and build-up for the next novel, she just left me annoyed.(Now that I know she can't even take criticism I am even more annoyed. No more books by Kiera Cass for me.)
| Oct 4, 2013 |
I did not go into this book intending to like it.
In fact, I think that I was judging it a bit unfairly before I even began and I approached it harshly when I first started reading it. I regret that now. I regret not letting myself just enjoy the story from the get go. See, I’ve never been a fan of reality television. American Idol never really appealed to me and shows like the Bachelor and the Bachelorette seemed ridiculous. The basic plot of the Selection sounds like it’s just a move to capitalize on YA dystopian fiction and America’s love for reality television.
Which, I suppose that’s exactly what it is. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a decent story on it’s own.
Kiera Cass is a genuinely dedicated writer and I think that dedication alone deserves some credit. Though the Selection is considered her debut novel she self published another novel some three years prior. I respect that. People should be willing to chase their dreams and not give up if it doesn’t work out right away. I also appreciate that this book was well written (for the genre) and that the plot stayed on track from the beginning.
So, now that I’ve explained my personal bias and how that changed, let’s actually talk about this book. Because I really enjoyed it and I think that you will as well.
The premise of the book is that Prince Maxon, prince of Illea – a kingdom grown out of the long fallen United States – has come of age and in standard tradition of Illea, he will take his bride from among the common masses of the country. The main character, America Singer, is one of the girls chosen to compete for his affections.
Illea is a nation divided by a caste system and her family are Fives – just three steps up from the lowest of the low. They are artists and performers and while most people set their sights on advancing to higher castes, America is looking to drop to a lower one. The love of her life is Aspen – a Six from the lower serving class and if she marries him she share his caste and fate. Everything changes when her mother and Aspen encourage her to apply for the Selection. They both want the best for her and Aspen – though he loves her – is very conflicted about their potential relationship and marriage. After all, he loves her. How could he condemn her to his own perilous caste?
Aspen and America have a falling out before she leaves for the capitol of Angeles to join the other thirty-four girls at the royal palace. It’s convenient, sure, but the concerns that Aspen has are actually rather endearing and America’s inability to see them – and the way she holds on to her pain even when faced with royalty and competition – feel like how any young, inexperienced, and foolish teenage girl might react. I liked the characters and I liked the way they acted.
Uninterested in the competition itself and marrying the prince, America instead attempts to befriend him. By staying her family gets desperately needed money as compensation and she can avoid seeing Aspen for as long as possible. (Plus the food isn’t so bad either especially when you know what it’s like to go hungry in those lower caste families.) But, of course, as America and Prince Maxon become closer something begins to form between them. Something more than friendship but not quite at the level of love yet. And America’s feelings for Aspen can’t just disappear overnight – particularly not once she’s forced to face them all over again.
That’s the basic summary.
It sounds a bit corny, I know. All YA romances sound corny. Most of them are. This isn’t necessarily an exception but if you enjoy the genre you should read this book.
I know to some people it might not seem like much but it’s rather fantastic. America – like most YA heroines – is very much meant to be that average girl. The one you can relate to and sympathize with because she could be you. She’s spunky, she makes mistakes. She’s irrational, she says the wrong things. But it all works out. It’s a pretty cookie cutter character design and plot. But it works. If it didn’t it wouldn’t be so cookie cutter. Let yourself enjoy the story and you will come to care about America and the girls in the competition. And you’ll realize that America does the sort of things that you would hope you would do too in such a situation. Like befriending her maids before the other girls, jumping into action when rebels attack, and trying to find the good in a situation that is far from ideal.
The book does leave you wanting and there are some explanations that I hope come in subsequent installments. The world itself is loosely defined and the caste system’s development not very well explained. The rebels who attack the capitol constantly are also a poorly constructed group whose motives seem to be unknown even to the most powerful of characters. And, then, honestly, in that guilty pleasure sort of way I really do want to know more about this dystopian society, the politics, the rebels, and the way the other nations in the world have been reformed. I want to know what happens with America and the other girls, with Maxon, with Aspen.
The Selection is a fun, quick read. It’s everything you should expect out of young adult fiction and romance. Have few expectations and you will not be disappointed. And come in with low expectations and be pleasantly surprised. Honestly, just read it. I don’t say that lightly. If you’re looking for a short, fun read then this is something you can finish and set aside easily this coming holiday season.
| Sep 29, 2013 |
Reason why I will not be reading this or any other book by this author.
| Sep 24, 2013 |
Made it all the way through. Didn't love it, didn't hate it.
Not sure if I'm picking up the next book yet.
| Sep 24, 2013 |
I was really looking forward to this book, especially after friends I trust read and liked it. But the behavior of the author and her agent have made me decide to flounce instead.
| Sep 23, 2013 |
Meh... Basically like a season of The Bachelor only with teenagers and set in a dystopian society. It was entertaining enough that I want to read the next book, but not something I'll be raving about to others. Good mindless reading. The writing was a little more juvenile than i prefer in my YA books, but I supposed the target audience is tween and young teen girls who may not be bothered by that.
All in all, entertaining but definitely did not blow me away.
Check out my full review on my blog, Cherie Reads.
| Sep 23, 2013 |
Solid characters though at times they felt very immature. The prince's dialogue was peppered with a lot of '!" which drove me batty. I would read book two just because I want to see America pick the prince over A.
| Sep 20, 2013 |
The bachelor meets the Hunger Games. I loved this book so much! I would also like to add those that reviewed it in a negative light, remember the target audience... It won't be the same relationship ideals you and your 30 y/o boyfriend have. Smart idea, fun read.
| Sep 20, 2013 |
Just... just... wow.
Review to come.
| Sep 20, 2013 |
For a while, I was hesitant about reading
because the reviews on it were coming from such opposite sides of the spectrum. But the cover has been calling to me for months, and with my final exams ending and this book being on sale at Indigo, I figured that I didn't have anything to lose by reading it.
displays a world that is in many ways, similar to the ages of the past: people were identified in castes, and their lives basically surround the caste that they are born into. Castes range from the highest royalties at one, down to eights, who are usually homeless individuals. America Singer falls into the five, she experiences the difficulties and hardships of lower-class life. America has been in a relationship with Aspen for two years, held secretly due to the consequences that would result, as Aspen is a caste lower than America, and women are not meant to marry to a lower caste. But Aspen breaks her heart, and America finds herself swept into The Selection, which is a competition for the heart of the future of Ilea, Prince Maxon. In The Selection, America finds things that she never thought could be possible for a girl of her low standing: friendship, loyalty, honour.... And unexpectedly, with the person that she though she was destined to hate,
. At least, something that could grow into love.
, and I thought that the relationship between Prince Maxon and America developed both realistically and wonderfully. Their relationship starts off platonic and it was great to see them slowly develop romantically for one another. I couldn't help but fall for Maxon myself. I also liked the relationship that America had with her maids, as she treated them as friends and equals despite her newfound higher ranking. I thought that that was important, for her to stay as she was and not get changed by the Selection, as that was key to Maxon's mother as well.
My complaint is that there was no actual antagonist or "evil" to overcome in the story, although this will probably be touched on in the later books of this series. I also found that it was difficult to relate and generally like Aspen's character, as we don't see the development of the relationship between him and America, we only see it end. I found myself irritated at America for constantly thinking of Aspen, though that may have been because there was not enough Aspen in this first book for me to take a liking to him. I'm hoping that these get addressed in the next book.
I was quite surprised with how I much I enjoyed this book, and I will definitely check out the following books in the series. If you're looking for a swoonworthy love interest and a wonderful story of a friendship that develops into something (maybe) more, then I'd definitely recommend for you to check out
| Sep 14, 2013 |
LOVED LOVED LOVED!!
| Sep 6, 2013 |
Read this at my teen daughters urging. Good plot, good characters; so used to longer adult books that this felt like it went too fast, but at the same time nice to buzz through a book so quickly. Would like to see what this author could do with an older audience.
| Sep 2, 2013 |
Wow did Taylor Swift write a book about being a special snowflake? Full review to come.
| Aug 20, 2013 |
Any fans of The Bachelor out there? If so, you will find this read infinitely more interesting than the show. Prince Maxon is of the age where he needs to find himself a wife, and so the Selection–a competition where one girl from every region of the country is selected to live in the palace and attempt to win the prince’s affection–begins. America Singer finds herself one of the chosen, albeit unwillingly. She’ll have to decide between the boy from back home who/whom (whom sounds correct, but I don’t want to be wrong and sound presumptuous) she still loves, or her growing feelings for Maxon. America’s voice is undoubtedly humorous, and the conversations and interactions she has never fail to amuse me. And reading this, you can’t help but love Maxon (and be frustrated with Aspen, the boy from home). And there was something about reading this that brought me back to when I first read Divergent, some familiarity between this story and that one that I can’t quite put my finger on, but it’s there. Sorry for that incredibly vague statement (because I suck), but it’s a significant feeling to me that I can’t explain adequately (obviously). I only wish there had been a little more action, and for that reason I had to knock it down to a 4.77/5 stars ;)
| Jul 31, 2013 |
When her name is called and broadcast across the screens of a post-depression and war ravaged nataion, America Singer's life changes in more ways than she could ever imagine. Leaving what little she has behind—including a somewhat broken-up family, and her forbidden lover, Aspen—America is then thrust into the world of The Selection, an event that merges Hunger Games-reaping like fate with the competition styles of The Bachelor as women from different castes compete for the crown and prince. As she's thrown into the game, she has only one wish: stay as long as she can so her struggling family can eat well and get their compensation checks. But as she begins to truly understand Prince Maxon beyond the image he shows on screen, she finds herself questioning whether she had already found her true love before The Selection, or if he had yet to be found.
I had first read The Selection over the holidays last year, but am only now getting to my review after having read it through once more as a refresher. It's safe to say that while reading I was thoroughly wrapped-up in the story and world. I really enjoyed some of the characters, especially Aspen and Maxon, but America was a little late to warm up to—for me at least, although she did find her footing toward the end. A no-nonsense girl with a strong head on her shoulders America was unique, and different from the usual characters found in YA. While, at times, she teetered over the edge of becoming a "Mary Sue" she still held her own and ended up being anything but by the end.
I never really cared for The Bachelor (sorry, Y'all!) but I am fascinated with the idea behind it. Combining it with the lottery-ish selection of Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" or more recently, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and we have a winner here. I'm a sucker for romance, though with love triangles I always like to see which side I really end up rooting for. Currently, I'm at a tie with both Aspen and Maxon. Aspen really had me pulling for him at the beginning then Maxon started with his Mr. Suaveness and now I'm confused because she can't have both.
I am not ashamed to admit that I am a cover whore (and a cover snob when the cover theme of the series changes when there are only a few books left, I mean come on! You were RIGHT there!) The Selection has to have on of the most gorgeous cover designs that I've seen, and was one of my top favorites of 2012. (I have to say The Elite is a favorite of mine this year)
The Selection was a really great read and I'm anxious to get to the sequel THE ELITE soon!
| Jul 27, 2013 |
I'm so actively torn, I think this deserves 3.5, but I definitely liked it better than to see anyone vote it as a 3 (even though I, honestly, really think a 4 is pushing it's actual worth). This is a complicated write-up to me
The main characters are amazingly flushed out. I know who the family, and the main characters love interests and friends and I, even, have a fond affinity for the maids, and The Queen, too. I love the first meeting with The Prince, and whole lot of what happend with Aspen in the first third of the book. The pacing is brilliant in those things.
I think my great, weighing deficient is that I feel like we should have seen a lot more of what went on in "The Selection." We should have heard and known about more that went on with the other girls. We should have seen more of the system, more of the happenings, more of the outings, more of the updates. I feel like too much of that was swept under the carpet.
That aside, I'm still vastly looking forward to reading book two.
| Jul 24, 2013 |
See full post @ The Indigo Quill:
Sooooo I noticed this series has become increasingly popular. I received the second book for review, but I couldn't read that one until I read the first one because I'm all dedicated like that. I was the 16th person on hold for this book, so I had high hopes. And I'll be honest, I like pretty dresses, dangit! Sue me!
How do I begin to sum up this book? Well, if The Hunger Games and The Bachelor had a baby, it would be The Selection. Not that it is anywhere as in depth as The Hunger Games, but same idea: instead of districts you have castes (status), people still go hungry, there's a number of people chosen for this big national event (but instead of fighting for her life physically, the heroin fights for her life metaphorically), she must choose between the old guy and the new guy, and the new guy charms her on national television. We have the literary parallels of Katniss, Peeta, Gale, Effie, and Caesar. She even has a little sister she adores, whom I assume parallels Primrose.
Then, of course, we have the whole "Team" thing. Team Maxon or Team Aspen? I guess we could throw in a little Twilight in this retrospect. It probably isn't the most impressive thing for an author to be compared to another series, but let's be honest here Miss Cass, you knew exactly what you were doing!
So then we have The Bachelor who has to choose between 35 girls which one will be his wife and the future Queen of Illea (the reformed version of the United States). It was really weird how unlike a Prince he was. I mean...he called her buddy. Seriously? Did that really just happen? I mean, if the United States ever became a monarchy, I can imagine our royalty would be a little less than regal. Look at our current President. I think sarcasm is his primary language. That's an observation, not an insult. He is obviously a lot less conservative than previous Presidents. But anyway, it was really weird. And if this took place after a third World War and survived a reform, then I would expect it to be a little more futuristic than it was within the setting.
Let's talk about the heroin's name. Okay. "America" could be a cool name. I could dig that. But considering her class was artsy, and she was a singer, and her last name was, in fact, "Singer," I really think we could've done a better job with that one. It's like saying "hmm. I'm from what used to be Constantinople and I'm a muggle. Therefore my name will be Constantinople Muggle."
If I hadn't read The Hunger Games, I *probably* could've enjoyed this a lot more. But like I said, you knew what you were doing Kiera Cass!! However, now that I started, I'm going to have to finish. Maybe it will get better. Maybe it won't, and it'll be like Twilight where the majority of the books I don't even remember because they were significantly insignificant. At least there are pretty dresses. Although I do NOT approve of putting a redhead in a RED DRESS. Dear God, she must've looked like a stoplight. Bad move, Cass, bad move. If you need some redhead fashion tips, just shoot me an email. It's okay. I won't tell anyone. Pink would've been better, BTW. Even teal. Or mint green. Just go consult your new BFF4E, The Color Wheel.
I WILL say that what I have seen of the author herself she seems pretty cool. I would still be her friend.
If you're into literary fads, then by all means read this book. If not, well, do not read this book. I guess there's a novella between this and the second one. I'll try to snag myself copies of both and we shall see what happens, but the setting is pretty...set. I guess my 5 star rating streak of the week has officially been set and match.
Just a side note, I did find the tribute in the beginning to be mildly entertaining.
| Jul 21, 2013 |
I liked it, cant see why it deserves so many one and two stars but each to their own i guess.
| Jul 20, 2013 |
I wasn’t sure what to think when I first picked this up but than my local librarian had recommended this series on her summer read list. Can’t go wrong when the librarian’s recommend a book right?
My librarian was right with this book. I found the idea of being in a competition to vie for a person’s affections to be a little demeaning but when you see the circumstances of the prince’s life in which he is sheltered from the world around him it is understood. Not necessarily acceptable but understood.
This story shows a young girls desire to forget someone who crushed her heart come together in a unusual way. America is still a confused young woman when she starts to develop feelings for Maxon but as the story goes on you see the feelings are genuine even if she has no idea the feelings are there. Her fight with the inner turmoil is commendable. She is in a new surrounding and trying not to lose her sense of self and being while casting aside the preconceptions of who she is and her station in life.
Meanwhile, Maxon (this is a sweet and absolutely adorable male character. Very gentlemanly and when able to be himself he is funny) must find a bride and still be able to live with his choice. He wants someone who will love him and show support but how does this occur when you are thrust together. This young man has secrets and adversity to go through as he finds love and doesn’t know how to deal with it and the young woman he cares for. As he is trying to grow into the man he is to be he is also trying to please all around him and still be an individual.
A compelling story that will have you smile.
| Jul 16, 2013 |
This was a cute fun book. There wasn't a lot of substance and a lot of it was very familiar. The author apparently was inspired by the difference between Esther and Cinderella. This was the perfect summer read, but I wish I had realized it was part of a trilogy before I started.
| Jun 29, 2013 |
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