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Monday, March 26, 2012

Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection by Kiera Cass
Expected Publication Date: April 24th, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count: 327 pages
Format: ARC
Source: Borrowed
Purchase: Amazon
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.
I first fell in love with this book because of its gorgeous and striking cover. That girl in a blue dress is just so fantastic and so refreshing compared to all the girls in red dresses that have been around lately. I wasn't too sure about the concept at first, because it sounded a bit cheesy, and the comparison to "The Bachelor" made me cringe since I really dislike that show, but for some inexplicable reason I was so drawn to it! I eventually borrowed a copy from my friend Molli and I couldn't put it down! America Singer is a fantastic and strong female protagonist who will do anything for her family and who doesn't let the world choose for her. The story enveloped me in a blanket of romance, friendship, and competition that has me so excited for the upcoming CW show!

America Singer is on the lower end of the social ladder and her boyfriend Aspen is even lower. When she enters the lottery for a coveted spot in the competition for Prince Maxon's heart she never dreams she'll be chosen. And then she is. Even though America resists the entire situation completely, she decides she's going to make her own decisions. I loved how passionate she is about her family and taking care of them, but also about not being something that she's not. There is a bit of a love triangle, but I actually enjoyed the way it played out. Honestly, I can't really choose between either of the boys, I liked them both so much!

The story itself is rather a loose form of what we know as dystopian. I would say it's definitely a fluffier dystopian novel, but it works. Most of the novel just focuses on Maxon choosing a bride and his relationships with all of the girls. The competition definitely gets heated, and I loved all the catty behavior that goes down! It almost made me want to start watching "The Bachelor"!!! The story itself is pretty fast paced, but there are some slower parts that had me skipping a few pages. Overall, though, I definitely enjoyed what was happening and I can't wait for the next one!

The Selection by Kiera Cass isn't a work of art, nor is it a life changing story, but it's entertaining and the characters are well written. The world building is minute since most of the story takes place in the actual castle, but America isn't afraid to speak her mind and the men in her life are glad to listen. I'm definitely excited to see where Cass is going to go from here, and I'm eagerly awaiting the upcoming CW show! Fans of The Bachelor, softer dystopian, and romantic stories will definitely love The Selection!

16 comments:

  1. I really don't know if I want to read this! I've read super negative reviews, some really positive ones and then some like yours where you're neither hot nor cold on it. Like you I am looking forward to the CW show!

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  2. I am probably going to read this but I'm disappointed you're quite 'meh' on it! The cover looked so promising as well x

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  3. I'm not a huge fan of The Bachelor television show but I think it will make an interesting storyline. I kind of like the idea of the girls going after the Prince. Should be interesting. Some catty name calling is always fun lol I've heard it isn't really dystopian but that's okay. I kind of could use a fluffy read! I am curious about the CW show as well.

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  4. Oh wow, great review! I've been wondering about this one for a while now and I so have to check it out right away! I can't believe it's going to be a show on the CW - that's awesome! Thank you for sharing and giving me my next book that I have to devour! :)

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  5. Awesome review :) I also fell in love with this cover (I mean who wouldn't) and now I can't wait to read it. Also, new show to watch!!! WIN!!

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  6. I can't wait to see the series on CW, either! I'm sure I'll also buy the book. How can I not with a cover like that? Gah! ;)

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  7. Thanks for the great review! I am so excited to read this book, because the cover is so beautiful!

    ~Keegan Shayne

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  8. I was pretty excited for this book and then the drama happened but I think I'm still going to give this book a shot. I think most people were drawn to its cover, it's really striking! I'm glad you did end up enjoying this book. Even though I'm a bit apprehensive towards the book, I'm definitely going to watch the series on CW. Fantastic review! :)

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  9. I am so incredibly excited for this - the cover is probably my favorite of the year! I heard the world building isn't that great, but as you said the story takes place within the palace - so there's really no need.

    Thanks for the great review :)

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

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  10. I pre-ordered this and while it didn't totally rock your world, I am happy to see that you enjoyed it. I love the cover..and i am sad to say that is what caused me to order it..LOL

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  11. This book sounds interesting to me. I do love the cover. I am interested to see the show. I might try to read this book if I get a chance. Thanks for the fab review!

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  12. I've heard mixed things about this book, but with that cover and CW show in the works I definitely want to give the book a try! I could use a fluffy dystopian =)

    Kristan

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  13. oh great review! I've heard some mixed things, but I am very curious about this book. Not sure if I'll buy it or borrow it from the library yet, though. thanks for the review! :)

    Ashelynn @ Gypsy Book Reviews.

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  14. YAY I'm glad that you like it! I can't wait to read it, I loved the cover, but the synopsis pulled me in, It sounds amazing! So weird that her name is America... that may take some getting used to!

    You really redeemed this book in my eyes after reading a bad review... now to wait till I get paid this week and then I'm pre-ordering this!

    -Kate
    Nomalicious Reads

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  15. I'm glad you enjoyed this! I've been reluctant to try this one out, both due to all the ~drama~ and the abundance of negative reviews, but I'm curious enough that I think I will have to pick this up. I'll just make sure it's from the library. Even if it's not life-changing, it might still entertain me, which can be enough.

    Great review. :D

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  16. I'm not usually a fan of the 'pretty girl in a dress' books, but this one sounds amazing. The cover looks wonderful and even the plot sounds good. A little Hunger Games-y, but so what? :)

    Thanks for the review - I've just bumped it even further up my wishlist!

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