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.

17 comments:

  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!

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

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  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

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  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

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  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 :)

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  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!

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  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!

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

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  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 :)

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  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

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

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  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! :)

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  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...

    Asher

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

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  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.

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  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
    Book reviews and more from an e-book lover

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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!

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