The One by Kiera Cass: Book Review

“Break my heart. Break it a thousand times if you like. It was only ever yours to break anyway.”

First of all, I have to applaud myself for finally completing the Selection trilogy. I finally decided to try audible, and chose this book to be my free book. I am glad that I saved myself from actually reading it. Anyways, here is my review!

Goodreads Synopsis:

The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

Commentary: This book series had great synopsis, but I don’t think it was executed well. I really felt that there was no point of expanding the novel into a series. It could have been really good as a stand alone book. I see how many people love this book series, but I really felt this series was meh. But, it did have beautiful covers, I’m not going to lie. The final installment of the series was definitely better than the second book. I felt that America was a bit stronger in this book, but just as annoying like in in the second book. I did roll my eyes several times, especially when she realized that she wants Aspen in her life despite loving Maxon. You can’t have both guys America. Anyways, the book did get a bit more interesting since America and Maxon teamed up with the northern rebels. Celeste had the best character development. She is introduced as the Queen Bee of this story, but her fragility is exposed in the last book. I thought it was cute how she and America finally became friends, but I was not expecting her graphic death when the rebels attack. I was sad that she died, she was one of my favorite selection candidate. I didn’t really care for the other girls as much as Celeste. It did surprise me that Chris and America’s father were part of the northern rebels. I did not see that one coming. I had a feeling that Lucy liked Aspen, I was glad that those two ended up together, but I did feel sorry for her other maid Anne and it surprised me that she died as well. When the king was pronounced dead, I was so glad. He was the only character that I found very unlikable. I saw him as the villain of the book. I just don’t understand how Queen Amberly put up with him. He was very abusive to Maxon too! The king just had problems, so I was glad to know he died. I knew that America was going to wait till the end to finally tell Maxon about Aspen. Maxon knew that there was something strange between America and Aspen, and his feelings were confirmed when he caught them in the hallway. In the end, Maxon forgave her when the rebels attacked. Maxon was my favorite character that’s why I kept reading this series, just for him. i felt Aspen was too boring, and America was too indecisive, shallow, and many other things. I did like the ending of the book, and I am sort of considering reading The Heir just to see what happens. I just don’t understand why there will be more books.

Final Rating: 👑👑👑 (3.5)

The Elite by Kiera Cass: Book Review

Goodreads Synposis:

The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.

Commentary: I thought that The Elite was going to be better than the first one…I was wrong. I found myself very frustrated reading this book because of America. I previously mentioned that I felt she was an okay protagonist in the first book, but in this one, words cannot even describe how annoying she was. She kept going back and forth between both Prince Maxon and Aspen…she couldn’t make up her mind. I really felt that this series should have not been expanded into a trilogy nor should have the book been set in a dystopian society. America was spoiled and very conflicted about her feelings for Maxon. She could hardly trust him and had jealously issues, but she would immediately change her opinion about him when he paid her attention. I swear, she acted like the whole competition was about her…I didn’t even think I could finish this book, but somehow I did. Also, she kept getting jealous at Maxon when she was cheating on him with Aspen. How is that justifiable?

I would have preferred this book if Maxon picked one of the other girls besides America. What’s so great America anyways? Then let’s talk about the rebels, I felt that the rebels were built up in this book and it was so disappointing. I really wanted America to be captured by the rebels when they were running after her. They just let her live and that was it. What was that? It would have made for a much cooler series if she was captured and became leader of the rebels, but that’s just me. Then there’s hardly any description for the war happening in New Asia, I don’t think it was relevant to the plot. Aspen is too perfect, and he is a bit boring. He was annoying and had to stop trying to win her back. I didn’t like the love triangle in this book at all. Whenever he and America were together, I wanted someone to spy on them or catch them in the act. That would have been more interesting to read. Before starting this book, I felt that in the second book Maxon was going to find out about them…he didn’t. How does he not know that Aspen is a palace guard? Oh Maxon, its really hard to hate him. He does so much for America, but she doesn’t see his efforts to win her over. There were some good parts such as like Marlee Tames and Carter Woodwork canned by the royals. I really enjoyed that part because the author finally gave a clear answer to why she was so secretive in the first book. I also did like the Halloween party and the reunion with families as well. I don’t think I will reread this book at all, but it wasn’t as bad as the Meyer Dyer series. I think I need time away from this series before reading the last book. I felt it was very cliché…

Final Rating: 👑👑👑(2.5)

The Selection by Kiera Cass: Book Review

Hello readers, I’ve just finished reading The Selection by Kiera Cass. My really good friend Imee recommended me this book! There are going to be spoilers!

 Goodreads synopsis:

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 a palace and compete in for the heart of 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 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.

Commentary: Prince Maxon was my favorite character in the novel. He was lovable, sweet, and very kind to all around him. He was definitely a Prince Charming, he treats all of the selected like a true gentleman. I really had my doubts about Maxon at the beginning of the novel since I thought he was shallow for wanting a Selection, but once I read about his motive to why he wanted one, I thought it was rather sweet. I had a feeling that he had fallen for the protagonist from early on, so I wasn’t surprised that he chose her for the elite. He’s been so kind and romantic to America, though she kept insisting that they stay just friends.

I felt America was an okay protagonist; she wasn’t the greatest nor the worst. I did find Prince Maxon to be the second guy in the novel because America was in a relationship with Aspen from the start of the novel. I did not find the love triangle annoying…yet. I felt that her feelings were indeed very much conflicted for both men. She was in love with Aspen for two years; of course it’s not going to be an easy process to get over him once she was in the contest. I liked the pacing of the book. I am glad that she did not fall in love with the Maxon immediately. Though, I did feel that she jumped to conclusions very quickly. For example, when America spotted Aspen holding the hand of another girl, she quickly believed that he had moved on to another girl after he broke up with her, and luckily, she listened to him once he became a palace guard. But, I really liked that she is humble and did not have to change herself in order to get the prince to like her. She stayed true to herself and her motives are good since her family gets paid in checks because she is in the Selection. She thinks of her family a lot more than herself.

I liked Aspen; I couldn’t hate him because he was so good to America with the little he had. I felt that he had her best interest in mind and he never wanted her to suffer like himself. His caste number was six and America’s was five, he did not want her to live in poverty. He knew that he had to break up with her in other for her to have a better life. He’s a hard worker, sacrificial, and willing to make America happy no matter what. When he spoke of the draft, I did not expect him to become a palace guard. Near the end of the book, he tells America that he still loves her. I was a bit sadden that I know that America will end up choosing Maxon over him.

Celeste had to be the most interesting selected because she started drama and was ambitious. She was the typical mean girl who wanted the prince from the beginning. The royals had no idea that she was cruel to the other girls since she concealed her personality very well. Marlee, is America’s friend in the Selection, and she is the favorite selected of the people. I just want to know why she is in the contest if she does not like Maxon. I had a feeling there was something mysterious about her.

I wasn’t a big fan of the writing. When I was reading the novel, I felt it was more like a fan fiction. I felt that there was more description and not enough dialogue. I was disappointed that the girls did not really have to compete with each other. What I mean to say is that, I felt that the girls were just there. I thought there were going to be contests to win dates, not just lessons on royalty. I wished that the author would have described the relevant girls more. I really felt that there was focus on only four girls: Kris, Marlee, America, and Celeste. Hopefully in the sequel, the author writes more about the six chosen girls left remaining. I was a bit shocked that the prince eliminated so many girls after the rebel attacked the palace. I hope that there is more information about why the Kingdom of Illea has enemies. So far, there are two rebel groups, the Northerners and the Southerners. The Northerners raid the palace more, but are seeking an object or weapon (it has not been revealed yet), while the Southerners are more brutal and violent. I forgot to mention that the book is supposed to be a dystopian. I heard some people call it Hunger Games meets the Bachelor, but I feel its more like the Bachelor because the girls aren’t forced to kill one another like the Hunger Games. Besides, America singer is no Katniss nor a political symbol to overthrow the government. Somehow this book did remind me of Cinderella in a way. Girl goes from poverty and wins the heart of the prince, basically Cinderella. Lastly, I hope the author explains why there are caste systems, and how they were formed. I’m pretty positive that America be the one to win the Selection competition. I’m still going to finish the trilogy, and luckily I’ve stayed away from spoilers on Tumblr. The book is a bit predictable, but I was entertained nonetheless and I can’t wait to read The Elite.

Final Rating: 👑👑👑