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

Review: The Magnolia League By Katie Crouch

Title: The Magnolia League

Author: Katie Crouch

Publisher: Poppy

Release Date: May 3rd, 2011

Date Read: April 16-18, 2013

By birth, sixteen-year-old Alexandria Lee is a rightful if unwilling member of the Magnolia League– a long-standing debutante society in Savannah, Georgia. Alex is the first in decades to question the Magnolia League’s intentions, yet even she becomes entangled in its seductive world. The members enjoy youth, beauty, and power…but at what cost? As Alex discovers a pact between the Magnolias and the Buzzards, a legendary hoodoo family, she unearths secrets–some deadly–hidden beneath the glossy Southern veneer.

First Impression: Sometimes it takes you a few pages to really get a first impression. I was so impressed by the first couple sentences that I took a picture to send to my friend that recommended the book to me. Here is that picture:

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I literally don’t like sweet tea for that exact reason. I used to work at McDonald’s, and they use a pound of sugar for every 4-5 gallons of tea. It’s gross (to me). And that is why I decided to finish this book no matter what.

I know that some of you might not agree with me (my husband loves sweet tea), but I don’t care. This book hooked me because of that sentence. And because it’s about Southern Magic. I capitalized that because it should be a genre. For real.

Things I Liked: Lately, I have been loving books about southern magic wielders. Witches, voodoo queens, all of it. I like everything from Sarah Addison Allen books to the Beautiful Creatures series. I can’t really explain it all that well, but the characters are sassier. And I like that. I also like when you see these southern towns from an outsider’s perspective, and that is another reason I liked this one. And the sass and bossiness that can only come from southern debutantes.

Things I Didn’t Like: Some of the secondary characters. Some of their actions didn’t make a lot of sense when I thought about the information previously given about that character. That kind of lack of cohesiveness makes me angry, because it seems like the author only paid attention to the main character. However, I will admit that since this is a series, I am sure to learn a little more about that character’s personality and motivations that may explain their previous actions.

Overall: I like it a lot, but I don’t know if I loved it. However, I will definitely read the rest of the series.

Rating:

fourstars

Dear YA Lit: I Have A Bone To Pick With You

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My problem is with your leading ladies.

My problem is that almost all of them are the same.

This is what I have noticed about a lot of YA’s leading ladies:

1. All of them have messy hair.

2. They don’t realize that they are beautiful, and it undoubtedly takes a very specific male to point it out.

3. They are very reluctant to fall in love, or are simply too oblivious to see when a guy likes them.

4. They are always very easily embarrassed , especially in situations that should not end in embarrassment.

And this one gets to me the most:

5. They always remember to wear lip gloss. Ummm, what? Lip gloss is literally the last thing I remember when I’m getting ready? Chapstick, yes. Lip gloss? Absolutely not. These girls can literally have 2 minutes to get ready, and instead of brushing their hair or their teeth, they grab their lip gloss and go. Crazy people.

 

Anyway, that’s the extent of my list for now. I am absolutely positive there are things I’m forgetting.

Do you have anything to add?