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Monday, March 5, 2012

Jaime's Review of The Selection by Kiera Cass



The Selection
Kiera Cass
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publication Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Harper Teen
ISBN: 0062059939
Source: ARC from the publisher
Rating: Liked



From Goodreads.
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’ve seen The Selection compared to The Hunger Games and quite frankly that bothers me because all Dystopian novels are not like The Hunger Games; just like vampire books are not all like Twilight! That being said I can see where a small part of this book could be compared; there’s a TV show in the story with an enigmatic host who interviews the girls but, that is where the comparisons end in my opinion.

I liked this book I wouldn’t say it’s a favorite but the story is really cute and I enjoyed the characters. I’ll admit I wasn’t a big fan of the MC’s name but I liked her characteristics so I could overlook it. I really loved both the male leads Aspen and Maxon they were both genuine good people and as hard as the situation was they tried to make the best of it. I did enjoy the Bachelor aspect to it I’m not a fan of the TV show but I think Kiera created a version that incorporated the TV show in a fairy tale way that made it work.

I decided on a passage between Maxon and Mer (I prefer her nickname lol) that I found quite funny.

His expression was affectionate but guarded. “I’ve met nearly every woman in this room, and I can’t think of one who would make a better friend. I’d be glad to have you stay.”

My relief was inexpressible.

“Do you think,” Maxon asked, “that I could still call you ‘my dear’?”

“Not a chance,” I whispered.

“I’ll keep trying. I don’t have it in me to give up.” And I believed him. It was annoying to think he’d press that issue.

“Did you call all of them that?” I nodded my head toward the rest of the room.

“Yes, and they all seemed to like it.”

“That is the exact reason why I don’t.” And I stood.

Maxon was chuckling as he rose with me. I would have scowled, but it actually was kind of funny. He bowed, I curtsied, and I went back to my seat.

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12 comments:

  1. Great quote! I'm not a big fan of the Bachelor tv show either but I think it will make a great story in this book. The only thing I dread is the love triangle. I will want her to be with her first love but this prince guy sounds sweet too. I'm looking forward to the book!

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    1. Yeah both guys were really cool but her first love Aspen is completely swoon-worthy ;)

      -J

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  2. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Jaime!

    And I always compared The Hunger Games (which I hadn't read) to The Running Man, which sounded exactly like it, but apparently is much different. So I know all about incorrect comparisons.

    I do agree about the name, but I bet it works for this book.

    From your review, though, it reminds me of this Chick Lit book I read.... Anyway, I love the cover. And I traded for an ARC so I may read this one, if not I'll just buy it and see...

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    1. lol it was good but there are others I need you to read first so don't push it too high up your tbr ;)

      -J

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  3. thanks for the review and its coming up soon to read :)

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  4. I'm glad to finally see a positive review for this book. Despite some things I'm worried about with this book in particular, but I'm still looking forward to it. The cover is WOW. Great review.

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    1. I've seen other positive reviews for it. I don't let the drama dictate what I read. I think that it's ridiculous that anyone would.

      -J

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  5. Great review...but I think I'll hold off on reading this one anytime soon.

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  6. I was iffy about this book because of the reality show aspect (I loathe them) and Hunger Games comparisons (haven't read the series and have zero desire to, though I do like other dystopian novels) so you're review was really helpful, thanks.

    And I agree about the name, her nickname is much better!

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    1. Hey Kristin! Thanks for commenting! Yeah I like some raelity shows but not the dating ones. And I really hope you reconsider and read The Hunger Games that series was amazing :)

      -J

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