The One by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #3
Published by Harper Collins Children's Books on June 5th 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance
THE SELECTION changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. Now, only one will claim Prince Maxon’s heart…
It’s swoon meets the Hunger Games in the final instalment of THE SELECTION trilogy!
For the four girls who remain at the palace, the friendships they’ve formed, rivalries they’ve struggled with and dangers they’ve faced have bound them to each other for the rest of their lives.
Now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.
America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown – or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realises just how much she stands to lose – and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.
The breathtaking finale to THE SELECTION trilogy will make you swoon!
After the Elite I couldn’t wait to read the One, then somehow after a long year of waiting, the book arrived on my doorstep and remained unread for almost two whole months! Which -if I do say so myself- is unacceptable. I think the hype surrounding the book scared me off. I avoided spoilers (which meant avoiding Twitter and Facebook for a while) and ended up not reading the book myself, until now.
The story flowed perfectly. Questions that I carried with me since the first book finally got answered. It was fast-paced, action filled, swoon worthy, and at times heart wrenching.
I don’t think I can say much about the characters that I haven’t said before already. America Singer is still the stubborn, feisty, and brave girl we met in the first book. But this book gave a new meaning to the word fierce. She was fierce, stands up for herself, and finally figures out what she wants. Maxon is still the guy that manages to makes me swoon whenever he made and appearance in the book (which was a lot!). And he as well grows more throughout the book. They were a bit frustrating at times though… View Spoiler »They both refuse to admit their feelings to each other, which led to some annoyance and frustration. I frequently wanted to yell at them to pull themselves together and just be honest with each other for a change. « Hide Spoiler but I guess I can deal with that, after all, we’re all human and nobody’s perfect.
The one thing that I loved above all about the characters was the depth added to the other girls competing in the Selection. The remaining girls become closer, they bond, and become friends, which makes that we get to know more about them. The scenes involving all the girls together were so much fun to read and probably (alongside some scenes between Maxon and America) some of my favourite in the book.
Those last chapters were killing, absolutely killing, and it made me love the book even more. I don’t know how I expected the book to end, but of all the endings I’d imagined, this one never crossed my mind. I won’t spoil the ending for you, so if you want to know what I’m talking about, get yourself a copy and find out! It was every bit the conclusion to this series that I could’ve hoped for! Questions were answered, the characters were as good (if not better) than before, and the romance was adorable and as swoon-worthy as ever. Loved it!
The Elite by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #2
Published by HarperTeen on April 23rd 2013
Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.
America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.
Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.
I’m just gonna say this first: WOMAN! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU! PICK MAXON ALREADY!
Now we’ve gotten this out of the way I can continue with the actual review. This book had me on an emotional roller-coaster ride (as if the sentence above isn’t proof enough of that). The Elite was mostly what I thought is was going to be: romantic, exciting, but I think most of all conflicting and confusing.
I still think the entire Selection itself is kind of ridiculous. I mean girls competing for a guy’s heart? That’s a bit sick… You shouldn’t have to compete with other girls for a guys heart. I mean, in the Elite there are six girls left and Maxon does god knows what with those girls behind America’s back. Like kissing Celeste. -You heard that? Yeah that was my heart breaking.
Also America’s indecision irritated me a bit. In the first book I could still understand, but please just make a choice already! For Aspen and Maxon’s sake AND for mine! It’s not really fair for either of us! (yeah I sound like a whiny brat … I know). I mean, I understand that she is confused about how Maxon behaves, but every time something goes wrong she hides behind her feelings for Aspen. That’s just not cool. Oh and she should tell Maxon about Aspen cause I can already tell you that’s gonna become one big disaster…
Now this might all sound real negative, but truth is it’s not, cause there’s nothing about the book that I hate. I just disagree with some of the things that the characters do, and to tell you the truth those are also the things that makes this book so damn good. I love America’s attitude. I love Maxon, even though he can be incredibly stupid, I simply love the Elite!
There’s some big ass things going on in this book! I don’t want to spoil anything because I want you guys to actually read the book yourselves. So I’m just going to blurt out some things that won’t make any sense.
Your royal highness The King, I think you’re a freaking bastard!
Celeste (I swear to you I’m going to bash that girls head against the wall one of these days!)
And that’s all I have to say about that! This book had my emotions all over the place and I can’t believe that I have to wait another year for the third book, but I seriously am in love with this series!
Kiera Cass, you’re one hell of a writer! and please, please, don’t make me wait another year!
“The look in Marlee’s eyes was triumphant, and the smile hiding behind her cup of tea said, ‘Gotcha’!”
“It turns out I’m absolutely terrible at staying away from you. It’s a very serious problem.”
I just loved the quotes above. They made me laugh and I couldn’t help but to include them here. Especially the first one, the way Marlee makes America tumble into a trap help her realize something she’s so stubbornly tried to deny. It’s true friendship if somebody is able to do something like that for you and I think its part of why I like this quote so much. To me it represents true friendship.
“You know that you’ve found something amazing, and you want to hold on to it forever; and every second after you have it, you fear the moment you might lose it.”
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #1
Published by HarperTeen on April 24th 2012
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 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 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.
To tell you the truth, I usually don’t go for books like The Selection, the whole princess thing going on didn’t really appeal to me. So imagine my surprise when my best friend gave me this book for my birthday. I dare say she knows me well, so I started reading it. Imagine my even bigger surprise when I fell in love with this book.
First of all, the cover is absolutely beautiful. No doubt about that. It’s all pretty and it was the first thing that got my attention. Cause a book with a cover like that has some expectations to live up to (don’t worry it totally did!).
The thing that attracted me most was the story itself. I’m a big fan of The Hunger Games and Divergent, so I dare say that I love some action in the books I read. But I found that the lack of action and violence in The Selection didn’t put me off at all. The opposite actually, it was quite refreshing to read. There is of course the case of the rebels, but they can’t really be compared to the action in the books mentioned before.
Also, I enjoyed America as protagonist. Even though she isn’t the most memorable of protagonists, I like how America’s situation about loving Aspen and Maxon is totally realistic. She doesn’t just blindly fall in love with the first guy that comes around the corner after Aspen breaks things off with her. She is honest about her feelings and struggles with her feelings.
Then when I started rooting for America and Maxon to become a couple, Aspen comes along again. Result: Frustration and a major cliff-hanger at the end of this book.
“True love is usually the most inconvenient kind.”
“I hope you find someone you can’t live without. I really do. And I hope you never have to know what it’s like to have to try and live without them.”