Wednesday, March 14, 2012

My Thoughts: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Published: HarperTeen (4/24/12)
Pages: 327
Format: hHardcover
Series: #1 of ?
Source: Borrowed from Ginger
GR Summary: 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.
My Thoughts: So, as everyone knows, The Selection has been described as the lovechild of The Bachelor and The Hunger Games. Well, I've never seen The Bachelor, but I HAVE seen Rock of Love. And I know that women on a mission for their alleged prince charming (or aged rock star) will stop at NOTHING when it comes to victory.
Catty girls? Royalty? Rebel armies?! THE DRESS FROM THE BARBIE CAKE I ALWAYS WANTED WHEN I WAS A KID!? (But never got. Fail.) Count me the eff in.

Yes, let us all chuckle at "America Singer." She is a musician. Go figure. That's where I stop laughing, though.

America gets ripped away from her secret true love, a man of lower number than her (think different decks like Jack & Rose. DAMN those social class differences, always getting in the way of epic romancin') because she's chosen as a qualifier for Prince Maxon's heart. Basically, all these pretty girls get brought to his crib, dressed up real nice, and have a go at convincing him why she'll be the best princess ever. Except America is all "I don't think so," and gets a little physically violent and a smidge lippy. THAT IS HOT. He's the prince, after all, and he's used to getting what he wants. Challenge accepted. But surprise, surprise. The prince is a decent guy! In fact, I might want to wine & dine this book.

I wasn't expecting The Selection to be this much fun. I went into this with an open mind, regardless of all the pre-release talk, and I got exactly what I wanted: brain candy. Kiera Cass is quite evil to end the book where she did and, if I'm being honest, it felt a little incomplete to me. ALL BUILD UP. But the intrigue is in full-force and I can't wait for the EXPLOSION that the sequel will surely be.


  1. I am so excited for this book! Also, I FINALLY GOT A BARBIE CAKE!! It only took 30 years. And it totally looked like the cover!

  2. EXACTLY. This book is amazing and I'm dying for book two. And THIS TIME??? I like both dudes. I can't choose.

  3. I will say, the cover of this book has always caught my eye. I think it's amazing.

    I haven't read the book but I imagine one day I will (if I find time lol). Great review!

    Jenny at Books to the Sky

  4. Haha! I have never seen The Bachelor either but if you can compare it to the likes of Rock of Love I am all in! I also love that picture of the barbie cake! I wonder if the designer of that dress had the barbie cake in mind...
    Anywho, great review! I have been looking forward to reading this and your review just makes me even more excited. I am glad you enjoyed it as well.

    Darlene @ Leather Bound and Lovely

  5. OMG I was a HUGE fan of Rock of Love! That show was so awful yet so amazing all at the same time. I can't wait for The Selection TV show... I see skype/text viewing parties in the future :)

  6. It actually sounds pretty good! I'm definitely not a fan of those love game shows with all of the drama, but this sounds so much better. Plus, that cover is so darn pretty. Great review!

  7. What do you think of its potential as a TV show?

    anyway glad to hear you enjoyed it, I might have to give it a chance after all, IDK, IDK the whole TV show thing turns me off tbh!

  8. This is the first review of The Selection that actually makes me want to read it! Love the look of your blog.

  9. Ohh I love the cover to The Selection! Your enthusiasm makes me want to read it even more. Thanks for the review!

    Stop by Gripped into Books sometime :)

  10. If you would have told me I would have made you a Barbie cake for your bday this week! OK, probably not, but I would have thought about it!

    As you well know, I am in love with this book. Agreed that it was all setup, but with all the romance and intrigue, I was in! <3

  11. I haven't been interested in this book really, until I read your review.

  12. I KNEW that dress looked familiar! Why is it that none of us ever actually got Barbie cakes? :(
    Anyway, I am so stoked for The Selection! The fact that you loved it is making me even more excited. It's up next on the TBR pile! :)

  13. GAH. I'm. not. sure. I don't know if I can read this one without feeling disappointed, because I had so much anticipation for it and I've heard that it doesn't quite live up to expectations, AND YET... I can't help but feel drawn to it. Maybe if I look at it as just plain fun, then I won't feel as let down as others have...


  14. I NEED to read this!! Especially after reading your review! (:

  15. I'm still a little on the fence about this one.

    BUT, the whole Rock Of Love comparison gets me because I LOVE trashy TV forever and ever and ever.

  16. I'm looking forward to reading this book. I'm not usually all about the hype, and this book has a lot of it, but I'm very intrigued at the idea of a The Bachelor type dystopian. Thanks for your review.

    JJ iReads
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  17. I went into it with slightly low expectations and ended up really liking it. I had a few issues...(the names) but it was one of those guilty pleasure, addicting reads for me. Great review!