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The Heir | Kiera Cass

“You can be brave and still be feminine. You can lead and still love flowers. Most” “importantly, you can be queen and still be a bride.”

Synopsis: Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible. Continue reading The Heir | Kiera Cass

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The Selection Stories | Kiera Cass

“It was dark, so I couldn’t make out much of her face, but she had brilliant red hair, like honey and roses and the sun altogether.” 

Breakdown:

  • Book: The Selection Stories
  • Series: The Selection Series, Book 0.5 & 2.5
  • Author: Kiera Cass

Synopsis:

Two novellas set in the world of The Selection series, The Prince and The Guard that both offer captivating views into the hearts and minds of the two men fighting to win America Singer’s love. Before America arrived at the palace to compete in the Selection, there was another girl in Prince Maxon’s life. The Prince opens the week before the Selection begins and follows Maxon through the first day of the competition.

Raised as a Six, Aspen Leger never dreamed that he would find himself living in the palace as a member of the royal guard. In The Guard, readers get an inside look at Aspen’s life within the palace walls—and the truth about a guard’s world that America will never know.

REVIEW:

So this post is long overdue. I read this book ages ago but was reluctant to write a review about it since theres nothing much to say. However, my need to be perfectly thorough and organized got the best of me, so here we go.

This book contains two short stories about Prince Maxon and Aspen. So I will review each one individually.

The Prince:

Talks about Maxon, of course. We get a glimpse of his life before the Selection happened. I think this shows an interesting and adorable side to him. We find out more about his imperfections and his relationship with his sweet mother, horrible father and his only friend, Daphne. It was also exciting to see Maxon’s first impressions of the girls and how he handled the situation on their first meeting. Overall, he gets a 4 stars rating!

 

The Guard:

Talks about Aspen, who is America’s first lover. This novella talks about his life as one of the Royal Guards. I initially didn’t like Aspen, after reading this, I still don’t. It’s just boring and uninteresting to me.  This gets 1 star.

Bonus:

This book contained the full list of the Selection girls as well as The One sneak peak. Since I read this book after reading The One, it really didn’t mean much to me. The list was a nice touch though.

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Final Rating:

☆☆

“But i’ve seen a lot of people let the bad around them make them hard or stubborn. In the end, they miss the chance to make their world bette because they only see the worst in it.” 

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The One | Kiera Cass

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

Breakdown:

  • Book: The One
  • Series: The Selection Series, Book 3
  • Author: Kiera Cass

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.”

It’s a bit better than the second one, >The Elite<  but still. Maybe it’s just not for me? Maybe I’ve grown old and tired of simply reading about a love triangle with no other plot line? But after reading only a few chapters, I was already thinking one thing, Finish. I.need.you.to. finish.

SPOILERS

It’s not that it’s boring, it’s that it is? There isn’t much that goes on, we keep shifting back and forth between the exact same thing, love Maxon or don’t love Maxon. Tell him or not tell him about her feelings. You really can’t write a whole trilogy based on just that. It’s boring and frustrating especially when you know who she’s going to end up with anyway. I’m just soo annoyed over the whole thing. I can’t even recommend it as a light read because it’s just plain. No humor, no proper love scenes, no action. It’s just, just. 

MAJOR SPOILERS

To sum it all up. In the first 30 chapters, nothing much happens at all. Just the basic love drama and photo ops like in the last two books. But then suddenly, in the last 5 chapters everything happens! Like, am I supposed to suddenly believe that Aspen and Lucy are madly in ‘love’ and devoted to one another? Since when? The only signs we got hinted that they were ‘barely’ friends and starting to know each other but then in the end they are in love? If anything it should’ve been started to like each other and you can see the bundles of love slowly but surly blossoming in the air but staring deeply into each others eyes with nothing but undying love and devotion is a huuuge jump from “Mer I can’t give up on you, I’ll always be there for you..bla bla” Ugh, utter and complete bullshit!

Secondly, I was very shocked with Celeste’s death. Honestly, it was one I never expected to happen. And the way it happened was also surprising enough as well. I had to reread that part at least 3 times to fully understand what it meant. Don’t worry I won’t spoil that for you, you’ll just have to read it yourself!

One good thing that happens is something America does in the book. She was constantly being challenged by the awful King and in one notable moment she stood up and defended her beliefs in front of the entire nation. I won’t give away the exact thing that happens but all I’ll say is it was very brave of her to stand up against justice, and the way she handled the situation was befitting for a queen. For those of you who are curious, i’ll only say it’s in page…

I also feel that there are A LOT of things that were left untouched. Such as the southern rebels being suddenly subdued? Northern rebels being in the palace during the attack? How and why? Her fathers double life and secrets? Why it was suddenly revealed to us if there wasn’t going to be a follow up? Who did and who didn’t survive the attack? Why it was suddenly assumed that there were no more rebels? And those were just from the top of my mind. I personally feel that all those plot lines could’ve been fleshed out more to make everything so much neater and cleaner. Honestly, instead of spending all that time in discussing America’s ever changing feelings, we could’ve had so much side action to keep us going.

Anyway, apart from that mess, the ending was great, although very much expected but still surprisingly fun. Honestly the only thing that was worth reading was the last 5 to 6 chapters. Starting with Prince Maxon’s adorable love letters all the way to they’re I do’s. So obviously a snippet of those romantic letters had to be included, enjoy!

“America, my love, you are sunlight falling through trees. You are laughter that breaks through sadness. You are the breeze on a too-war day. You are clarity in the midst of confusion.

You are not the world, but you are everything that makes the world good. Without you, my life would still exist, but that’s all it would manage to do.

You said that to get things right one of us would have to take a leap of faith. I think I’ve discovered the canyon that must be leaped, and I hope to find you waiting for me on the other side.

I love you, America.

Yours forever,
Maxon”

Anyway my review for the series as a whole is a B+. It would’ve been a solid A if it wasn’t split into three useless parts. I’m confidant that if the book was made into one novel it would’ve been exciting, thrilling, romantic, lovely and light-hearted. Since, the 2 parts out of the three were sadly very useless anyway.

I have to admit though, this book was filled with lovely romantic quotes that just made my heart beat faster. All in all, I would not recommend this series to anyone to read. It will falsely raise their hopes after the first one only to have it slowly crushed with the second two. Unfortunately, I already bought the entire 6 book series so you have the other three book reviews coming up. Hey, if i’m going to suffer then so are YOU! 

Find my last two book reviews of this series here:

For Eedlyn’s selection:

 

Final Rating:

☆☆

Maybe only read the last five chapters…

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August 2017 | Monthly Wrap Up

Welcome September! And Goodbye August! Hello red leaves, the cool breeze and flying scarfs. Hello Fall!

Reading in this past month of August has been very lucrative for me. I managed to finish a whooping number of books. Well, at least what qualifies as “whooping” for me which is eight books this August! Without even planning to. Since I’m currently on vacation and my siblings are busy living in their own world, I’ve had a lot of free time in my hands. Continue reading August 2017 | Monthly Wrap Up

The Elite | Kiera Cass

Breakdown:

  • Book: The Elite
  • Series: The Selection Series
  • Author: Kiera Cass

Summary:

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.

My Review:

hmmmm, how can I say this without being rude?

I love the author. I love her work, its great what she’s doing. I read the first book, The Selection and reviewed it >here< which garnered a very positive reaction from me. I was highly anticipating this sequel but alas, it was not what I hoped for.

You can probably tell from my set up that I really didn’t like it. Like really. This review is going to be very short, because they’re isn’t much to talk about.

The entire book involved nothing but America’s ever-changing feelings between Maxon and Aspen. This girl had a change of heart like a million times throughout the entirety of the book. And that about sums up the plot of this sequel. That’s it. We’re done.

This trilogy could’ve easily been a duo. The Elite provided no new ‘adventure’ or ‘plot’ and served no purpose but further progress the story that could’ve been easily summed up in a few chapters.  For some reason, both males in this weird and semi-non existent love triangle, lost all glamour and feeling. They became emotionless robots without any personality. It became apparent that their only purpose in life was to be at America’s every beck and call.

I am extremely disappointed at The Elite. I really enjoyed The Selection and was very much looking forward to reading this.

And there you go…1/5 stars. My lowest rating ever.

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Final Rating:

★☆☆☆

Meh..

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