Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Title: The Selection

Author: Kiera Cass

Publisher: Harper Teen

Release Date: April 24th, 2012

Date Read: May 7-8, 2013

When we got the letter in the post, my mother was ecstatic. She had already decided that all our problems were solved, gone forever. The big hitch in her brilliant plan was me. I didn’t want to be royalty. And I didn’t want to be a One. I didn’t even want to try.

First Impression: You can read all about my very first impression here.

I thought it was dumb.

I was wrong.

When I picked it back up, I did it because I ran out of books and I still hadn’t finished this one. I flew through it in about a day, because it gets so much better than that first chapter. I thought it was going to end up being a vapid, pretty girl’s version of The Hunger Games- with a love triangle. But, as I read further, I really liked it. I got to know the character more than the first few pages, and I was glad I picked up the book again.

Things I Liked: The relationship between all of the contestants was an interesting one to read about. It’s like being backstage on The Bachelor (I am assuming this, because I have never seen it), and it was fun to read. I think that kind of writing takes a little effort too, because the author really needs to study group dynamics in a competitive setting. I was angry and happy and confused by some of the girls, and I loved it. I would have hated it if the book wasn’t told from America’s perspective, but it really was nice seeing it through her eyes. I also really loved that there is a dash of politics in here. Royal secrets, questions about the end of the U.S. as we know it, all that. It is a theme that becomes increasingly important, and increasingly interesting.

Things I Didn’t Like: I am not sure that I like the love triangle. Love triangles are ridiculously overdone, but somehow they always feel like a necessary part of YA lit. I think that this book could have stood without the love triangle, but I don’t know how it plays out in the rest of the series, so I won’t write it off (so punny) just yet.

Overall: I reallllly liked it. That being said, my first impression really sticks with me, so I can’t give it 5 stars. I know that I am not the only one to feel this way about the beginning chapters, but I do wish the others would finish the book.

Rating: 

fourstars

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Pre-Ordered

I both love and hate pre-ordering books.

love that I will get the books I pre-ordered on the very day they are released.

hate that paying for them in advance feels like paying to be reminded of a book that isn’t even out yet and an already-missing-sum from my bank account.

 

What I have pre-ordered so far:

1. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

2.  Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi (no cover yet!)

This one is the second novella in the series, right between Unravel Me (#2) and Ignite Me (#3- not yet released.)

3. The Guard by Kiera Cass

This is also a second novella, right between #2 and #3 of The Selection series.

Both novellas don’t come out until December. How will I stand the wait?!

Do you guys have anything pre-ordered that you are just dying to get your hands on? 

Should I have something else on my pre-order list?

*I just remembered a I should have pre-ordered The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines, #4) by Richelle Mead, which comes out in November.

Oh, Hey June!

Photo by Chuck at Nastyhot.com!

Photo by Chuck at Nastyshot.com!

So, I guess it’s June now. This summer is really sneaking up on me! But, I’m going to do my first ever month wrap up. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t post a whole lot in the month of May. But, I did read. This month has been a little crazy for me between my college graduation, trying to find full time employment, and just general things. But, anyway, here is a Monthly Recap!

Graduation

First things, first. I graduated college. Say what? That’s right ladies and gents, I now have a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies with  a concentration in Public Mediated Communications and a minor in Psychology. People are always going on and on about how time moves so quickly and you can’t blink and blah, blah, blah. But seriously, where did the last four years go?! It seems like just yesterday that I was buying up every dorm item I could get my hands on and stressing about what kind of roommates I would have. Those four years probably took the most effort out of any other four years of my life, but they were definitely the most rewarding. Some people are all like “I can’t wait to graduate! Get me out of this school!” But, that was totally not me. Although I most definitely do not miss homework and research and all that jazz, I really miss going to class. I was a communications major, so I participated in a lot of awesome debates and generally great discussions with some really passionate people, and I am definitely going to miss it. But, if I get my way (I better), then I will definitely be going back to school and pursuing a Master’s Degree. So, check back in with me in a few years. Here are some of my favorite photos from graduation:

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Posts This Month

Remember when I told you that I didn’t really post much last month? Well now is where you will really notice.

I posted this review of Matched by Ally Condie. Overall it was an okay book, but it didn’t really live up to all of the hype for me. If you are bored, by all means pick it up! But, if you have a stack of books to read and the one after Matched has you all excited, then read that one.  I gave it 3.5/4 stars.

My only other post for the month of May was basically a post telling you all of the reviews that are coming, but I have yet to get around to. You can see that here. This is a pretty hefty list, but I have reviewed one of them so far! Woo!

Books Read This Month

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Since I didn’t do a good job posting last month, I will spare you my monthly stats… Check back in soon for a review of Fever by Lauren Destefano!

HAPPY JUNE!

Reviews To Come!

Hi guys, I’m really sorry that I haven’t posted in forever, but I’m back on the grind! These are the books that I have left to review:

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Fever by Lauren DeStefano

Beautiful Darkness by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Sever by Lauren DeStefano

Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

The Magnolia League by Katie Crouch

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Chaos by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia

The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Have any of you read this book? When I initially previewed it on Amazon, I was excited to read it and immediately added it to my Wish List. Then, around a month or so ago, I finally got around to ordering it. When it got here, I cracked it open, started reading, read two chapters, and put it down and I have not picked it up since. I am not usually the type to put a book down before I have at least gotten a quarter of the way through it, but this one just seems to predictable and did not catch my interest. I am disappointed, I really hoped it was going to be a good book. However, I know I will pick it up and attempt to read it again someday.

Have you had this experience before? If yes, what books? Has anyone read this particular book and can offer me any insight?