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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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The Bachelor Meets the Hunger Games: A Must Read for Anyone Who Loves Reality Shows and Dystopian YA Romances!
A dystopian, young adult novel, like the Hunger Games and the Divergent Trilogies, with all of the sinful pleasure of watching a Reality TV Show! Without disputing the symbolism or value of The Selection as literature, I will just say that I found listening to the Audible edition of this book incredibly fun and entertaining and couldn't put my earphones down!
Set in the future, The Selection takes place in a fictional time when all persons are classified by a rigid number caste system with 1 being the highest/best and 8 being the lowest. In this world, a person's caste determines everything from the person's possible occupations to the person they can marry. Amidst this backdrop, Prince Maxim comes of age and is ready to marry. To find his bride, 35 girls are supposedly randomly selected from the kingdom to compete in The Selection in which he will choose his bride. While this is potentially a dream come true for any girl, the one girl in the kingdom who does not wish to be chosen is America Singer. America is secretly in love with Aspen. However, as America is a 5 (artists/musicians of a poor class) and Aspen, a 6 (an even poorer class; members of which typically work as servants) it is a forbidden love which America and Aspen maintain hidden. Aspen, however, wishing a better life for America, encourages her to enter her name in the lottery for The Selection and she is selected as one of the 35 contestants. The Selection chronicles America's struggle to determine what future she really wants; all the while questioning whether she has a choice in the matter at all.
I purchased this Audiobook from Audible a while back, and waited a long time to listen to this one. Wish I had listened to it earlier! I'm now in the middle of Book 2 (The Elite) and am equally loving that one! No doubt I will be shortly looking for the 3rd and last book in the series which is scheduled to be released in May.
Audible Edition: Amy Rubinate does a remarkable job of bringing all of the characters to life in the Audible Edition which truly adds to the total experience! She brings the characters to life by providing equally good, age appropriate voices for both the female and male characters. Additionally, Ms. Rubinate does a fantastic job of keeping a subject appropriate pace to the narration which really adds to the drama and suspense, as well as, romantic tension of The Selection. All in all, I give Ms. Rubinate 5-stars for the narration of The Selection which truly adds to the total experience!
| Mar 10, 2014 |
In the future, the entire Western hemisphere is united in the kingdom of Illea, and when the young prince of the country comes of age, eligible girls are entered into a contest to vie for the chance to be his princess. America Singer, a 16 year old girl and member of one of the lower castes of society, enters the contest only for the chance to earn some money for her family and in spite of the fact that she is in love with a boy from a lower caste. When she is unexpectedly chosen in the Selection, she finds herself thrust into the opulent and competitive world of the palace and questioning everything she thought she knew about the handsome prince. "The Selection" was so much fun to read--it's basically "The Bachelor" with teenagers. I loved America's sassy and sarcastic side, and her budding relationship with Prince Maxon had me turning to mush with every encounter.
| Mar 3, 2014 |
I am a 33-year-old woman but I *love* this series and I am eagerly awaiting the third book. While I do think the back-and-forth between the two love interests gets very old very quickly, I love the marriage of the Hunger Games and The Bachelor for a teen audience. The descriptions of the dresses and luxury are fun to read, as well.
| Mar 3, 2014 |
young love, economic status, social status struggles
| Feb 20, 2014 |
I LOVED this book! I have been waiting a while to read another great book that I simply couldn't put down! This is a bit different from other Dystopian novels as most of it tales place in a palace so it was a nice change from the total distruction books. Also who doesn't love a little forbidden romance and being able to live through the character as she lives in luxury for the first time in her life? This book is not heavy and just a fun read! I really hope the next book in the series doesn't let me down!
| Feb 10, 2014 |
The book The Selection by Kiera Cass is about the future world and a contest to win the prince and the crown. Thirty five girls are chosen at random to participate in the Selection. This is every girl's dream to be chosen but America Sing is already in love with Aspen. He is in a caste bellow her. People are separated into castes, 1 being the highest, such as royalty and 8 being the lowest. Aspen is a six so he is a worker, and America is a five so she is a performer. Of course America is chosen to participate. The Prince, Maxon, slowly falls in love with America and the castle is being attacked by rebels.
This book is very cliché but still very entertaining for a teenage girl. I can guess the ending quickly but every twist and turn in the book keeps me reading it. This was one of the fastest reads I had in a while. I loved the personality of America and that she is intelligent. This is a like a realistic fairy tail with a prince and princess but also with rebels and a bit of reality. I really liked this book.
| Feb 10, 2014 |
Reason why I will not be reading this or any other book by this author.
| Feb 7, 2014 |
Reason why I will not be reading this or any other book by this author.
| Feb 7, 2014 |
This was a fast, cute read. I liked the idea of the royal edition of The Bachelor, though I could have done without the dystopian aspect, which I felt was confusing and weak at best. The writing was crisp and clean and, with the exception of a couple of times where she railed on Maxon out of the blue, the dialogue was believable.
I was disappointed in the ending, which was not really an ending at all. In fact, it says "End of Book One" on the last page, as if there's any question at that point that there are more books coming. The way she left everything hanging really bugged me. I'm fine with sequels or series, but I like to have problems resolved in each book and new problems come up in subsequent books, rather than just interrupting the story at some point in the middle.
So, all that being said, it was a cute read, but if I had it to do over again, I'd wait until all the books in the series were out before starting.
| Feb 7, 2014 |
I bought this book because of the cover (i know, a bit trite but it is a beautiful cover) but found the story to be not quite so pretty. This was definitely the teenager version of the TV show "The Bachelor" - we even have the crying women. I haven't been a teenager for a long time but i enjoy young adult books but even this one stretched my sense of credulity. The plot was weak and the characters one dimensional. Maybe book 2 will be better but i don't think I will be reading it. I gave the first book a try but it let me down - there are too many good books out there that I don't want to waste my time on something that is mediocre.
| Jan 30, 2014 |
hunger games meets the bachelor- I can see why they want to make this a tv show.
| Jan 24, 2014 |
Wow! I'm actually really surprised with the many negative reviews and low ratings people have given this book. Having read this in a few short hours today, I must say that I really enjoyed
and look forward to reading the sequel.
The plot reminded me of [b:Violet Eyes: A Retelling of the "Princess and the Pea"|6609571|Violet Eyes A Retelling of the "Princess and the Pea" (Once Upon a Time)|Debbie Vigui|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1348583363s/6609571.jpg|6803537] in that there was a competition of sorts to marry the prince but not...meaning that there were no actual tests but the girls themseleves competed for the prince' attention. Much depended on the Prince' decision like
. I, for one, am NOT a fan of
or any similar shows but
is full of danger, romance, heartbreak, and true friendship. It also highlights the injustices of inequality based on the Caste individuals are born into and how to move past the shallow and petty system. I loved how the MC, America, was not afraid to do what was right and stood up for others when no one else would.
“Good. Some help. Girls, you will immediately get to the water stores in the back and begin serving refreshments to the royal family and the ladies. Get going, now,” she commanded.
“No.” I turned to Anne and gave her my first real order. “Anne, please take some refreshments to the king, queen, and prince and then come join me.” I faced Silvia. “The rest can fend for themselves. They chose to leave their maids alone, they can get their own damn water. Mine will be sitting with me. Come, ladies.”
I knew we were close enough to the royals that they would have heard me. In my quest to have a level of authority, I’d spoken a little too loudly. But I didn’t care if they thought I was rude. Lucy was more frightened than most of the people in this room. She was trembling head to foot, and there was no way I’d have her serving people half her equal in goodness in her state.
I did struggle a bit in picturing what the world looked like. It is set in the future where they still have cars and cell phones but are divided into working classes that sometimes give the impression of a period of time from long ago...long, long ago.
I just lay there, still. It felt like only a few moments before my maids quietly tapped on my door. I let them in and, as strange as it was, let them dress me. They were just so excited to be helpful, I couldn’t ask them to leave again.
They pulled parts of my hair back with delicate pins and freshened my makeup. The dress—which, along with the rest of my wardrobe, had been created by their hands—was deep green and floor length.
A more than merely entertaining read,
to be read by any and all YA fans. Happy reading everyone! ^.^
| Jan 11, 2014 |
Let’s make The Bachelor into a book series! Well, it wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read, but it wasn’t awful. The names were unfortunate. America Singer….really? The plot moves along pretty steadily. I wasn’t ever sure which guy to root for. I’m still not. I haven’t fallen in love with either guy yet. So she holds the reader arms length from investing too much into either male lead. That is tough to do as an author because you have to give someone for the reader to connect with as well as believe that either guy can be a good candidate for the main’s true love. Most don’t bother too much with convincing the reader of the latter. Unearthly is the exception. Cynthia Hand was able to make me fall in love with both guys fully while I was still unsure which of the two, circumstances would allow to stay together. I feel unsure who Cassia will end up with, but I’m not entirely excited about either guy either. I needed more meat to the men. One she has history with, but we didn’t get enough to love him for it and the other has almost no history but less time with her too so we still don’t know him that well.
I confess to enjoying The Bachelor…a season…or few and it is kind of funny to read and hear situations from the show played out in this book. It does interrupt the flow in some places where I start to feel a bit too close to reality tv than “dystopian” novel.
I’m also unsure of this whole caste system. In all the ways that America is pretty smart and savvy, she doesn’t really question the caste system. Why is that?! How can you see that something is so broken like that and not despise it? I kept reading and wondering if I wanted her to fall in love with the family who propagated and led a system like that. DO I want her to be the princess of Illea when maybe Illea is not the best thing for her own family and friends? I might read the other books to find out. I’ll keep you posted.
| Jan 10, 2014 |
If anyone compares this to
The Hunger Games
I will kill them.
The Selection is one of those books I read because of the cover, like [b:Incarnate|8573642|Incarnate (Newsoul, #1)|Jodi Meadows|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1307385651s/8573642.jpg|13442466] by [a:Jodi Meadows|4116488|Jodi Meadows|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1279560685p2/4116488.jpg]. I honestly don't know what to make of it.
This gets one extra star out of pure whim. (Because I stayed up all night (a recurrent tendency), and then when I read the Acknowledgements, the first line started off as "Okay, just in case you're really busy or tired because you stayed up late finishing, I want to thank you first for finishing my book" and then I had to smile.)
But let me tell you, that was my first real smile through the entire book. I was not impressed with the cornball story or the cheesy prose. Also, there is The Dreaded Love Triangle of Doom, and I didn't know how to feel about either one of the men. It's the same Peeta-and-Gale-Edward-and-Jacob-esque twosome all over again. It could be either, they're equally...let's say interesting.
I'm not even sure I like America Singer, she is so confused. Here's three words for you: Insecure, immature, icing. Yes, you read that right. America is a mixture of sugar and butter.)
Will I read the sequel? I just might. It's like The Bachelor, you know you hate it but you'll end up watching it anyway.
| Jan 5, 2014 |
Thirty five girls are chosen to compete for the hand in marriage of handsome Prince Maxon in the land known as Illéa. America Singer, a musician and member of a lower caste, enters her name in the lottery after her crush Aspen casts her off. She doesn’t expect to get chosen and is surprised when her name is announced. Soon she journeys to the palace to meet the prince and appear in broadcasts with the other contestants. As she gets to know Maxon, her feelings for him blossom, but the Selection is marred by increasingly violent rebel attacks. What do the rebels want? Why does the king suppress the region’s history? And what’s America to do when Aspen joins the draft and shows up as a palace guard?
The world-building works in this novel that’s part fantasy and partly a take-off on reality shows.
As a reader, you quickly become invested in America’s happiness and wonder how she might help the country if she ends up as Maxon’s bride. But his choice isn’t made by the last page. You have to tune in to the sequel to continue the story and might find this tactic somewhat frustrating.
Accustomed to reading romance novels, I would have liked a conclusive ending. It disturbs me that I might have to read two more books to reach a finale, but I like the story enough that it might be worth the wait. I know how I would like this tale to end. I just wish it wouldn’t take three books to cross that finish line.
| Jan 2, 2014 |
I wanted to write this review for a long time because I loved the book and the series so much. I've read it a while ago and don't quite remember all the details so I'm gonna re-read it and then write a full review. It's just a great bookseries.
| Dec 30, 2013 |
Well the world building is a little poor, it was a nice quick read.
| Dec 18, 2013 |
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 |
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