The One

Title: The One
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection Series, book 3/6
Genre: Dystopian, Romance, YA
Publisher: Harper Teen

Release Date: May 5th, 2015

Note: This post reviews the third book of The Selection Series. You may like to read the first two books in the series, The Selection and The Elite, before reading this review.

Maxon has narrowed the Selection competition down to the last four girls. Celeste, high and mighty though she be, is a solid choice, and the people’s favorite. Kriss is still there because she genuinely loves Maxon, and he cares for her, too. Elise is really only there still because she has relations in New Asia, which makes her a good option politically.

And then there is America. Maxon decides his next move will be to make his people fall in love with her, just like he already has. If she is to be the future queen, then she must be accepted and loved by the people of Illea.

America, struggling to choose between Maxon and Aspen, has already made up her mind. But has she made her decision too late?

I wasn’t disappointed in the conclusion to the Selection. Cass wrapped things up beautifully and certainly left me wanting more. I don’t want to give too much of the finale away, so I am going to leave it at that. What I will say is, this is one of my favorite book series, and I cannot wait to reread them. AMAXICA!

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The Elite

Title: The Elite
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection Series, book 2/6
Genre: Dystopian, Romance, YA
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: April 23rd, 2013



Note: This post reviews the second book of The Selection Series. You may like to read the first book in the series, The Selection, before reading this review. 

America is now one of the Elite of the Selection – one of six girls left to compete for the love of Maxon, Prince of Illea. While the other girls compete fiercely to be the next Princess, America doesn’t know if this is really the life she wants. She feels something for the prince, but does she love him? And though he is very interested in America, does he actually love her back?

Sadly, as Maxon realizes he may not be able to win over America, he starts to consider his other options in the competition. Now we have to see Maxon pursue and date other girls just in case America decides that she does not love him by the end of it.

To make matters more complicated, her first love, Aspen, has been chosen to be a guard at the palace. This means that he has been elevated from a lowly six to an esteemed two in the caste system, and is now able to see a future with America, where there was no hope before the Selection. America cannot get over what she had with Aspen, and finds herself drawn to him, even during the Selection when she is supposed to be focusing on Maxon. Will America make her choice before it is too late, or will she miss out on the love of her life?

This was an exciting sequel to The Selection, and I couldn’t put it down!

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The Selection

Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection Series, book 1/6
Genre: Dystopian, Romance, YA
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: April 24th, 2012

America Singer is a five. Reluctantly, she enters her name in the Selection, a contest in which one of thousands will be chosen to be the future Princess of Illea – and Prince Maxon’s bride. America is one of the 35 girls chosen to compete for the love of the Prince. From the beginning, however, she is convinced that she will not fall in love with him. She holds back because of Aspen, her childhood sweetheart, and has no room in her heart for this stuffy, boring Prince Maxon.

Happily for us, she is proven wrong about Maxon. Their relationship starts off as a solid friendship. America is honest about her lack of feelings for Maxon, and he decides to keep her in the competition anyway because her family desperately needs the stipend she receives from participating. Their friendship blossoms, and both of them realize that, whatever the future will hold, they will clearly be more than just friends. I must say, I appreciate the pace in which the writer allows their relationship to grow. It does not develop overnight like most classic fairytales, but instead progresses at a steady pace, becoming something strong and real.

I read through this book quite easily in one sitting – the sign of a fantastic book and a mesmerizing writer. I just couldn’t get enough of Amaxica!

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