The One by Kiera Cass

When this was first published, it was meant to end the series. Thank goodness for me, there were two more published after. But for now let’s just focus on this novel.

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.

Review

I love this series so much. Sure it’s predictable, but seriously what young adult novel isn’t. It wasn’t totally predictable, there were plenty of twists and turns.

Finally, America is trying! And not for Aspen either. And well King Clarkson is still being a pain. But America trying is seriously the funniest thing to happen. Oh my gosh, finally a formal introduction to some important characters.

The fact that in this book Kiera Cass was still able to shock us is pretty great. After all, things were a little more than frustrating thanks to America not making up her mind. And I think the biggest shocker in The Elite was the whole Marlee thing. There was not one, not two, but THREE huge events that truly shocked me.

I have to say, out of all the endings where there is a war (because it’s dystopian), this was pretty mild. But at least the main characters weren’t killed off…I’m looking at you Divergent. And by the time I got my hands on this series, there was a new book going to be published. So more Maxerica yay!

But seriously, this was such a quick read. There was some intrigue, a couple of betrayals, a battle of sorts, and a happy ending. What else is there to ask for? Well besides a peak into their future.

I hope you enjoy this novel and continue on with the rest of the series.

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The Elite by Kiera Cass

I absolutely love this series. In case you were wondering, it is the sequel to The Selection. And things just get crazier.

Synopsis

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.

-Via Goodreads

Review

So stuff goes down in this series and this is only the second book. Actually it’s a trilogy so stuff moves pretty quickly.

America and Maxon are getting closed. A few more girls have been eliminated. More attacks from the rebels. A few parties thrown by the royal family. Oh we get to meet Maxon’s aunt. But through all this, there is still a love triangle.

I’m beyond frustrated with America. Like girl make up your mind. And just because you’re upset about something that isn’t Maxon’s fault is no reason for you to go and be a pain. Literally, America was like “oh I want to be with Maxon” and then something would happen between them and she decides she wants to be with Aspen instead.

So, I have a little problem with an event that transpires in the middle of the series. Like why Marlee?!?!?! I really liked her. AHHHHHH!!! Needless to say, it was bad. And what does America do? She throws a tantrum and pushes Maxon away.

Don’t even get me started on the ending! I got to say, King Clarkson is so not my favorite person. OOOOH we are also informally introduced to the northern rebels. And the Italian royal family….plot thickening.

I really love this series. But Kiera Cass, did you really have to make the love triangle such a huge part of this? And why is America behaving this way? It was really irritating and is totally cliche. If this was made into a movie, it definitely wouldn’t pass the Bechdel Test.

This was probably the hardest of the three novels in the series to get through. What kept me going was 1) Maxon, because even if she doesn’t choose him, he’s been so sweet and he will forever be one of my favorite book boyfriends, 2) what are the rebels that are only ransacking the palace after, 3) is this the end for Marlee? What’s going to happen?

Well I’m grateful all the books were published by the time I began reading this series. And while the main character does get a bit on my nerves, it was such a great novel. And honestly, at some point in a series, the main character is going to irritate us at one point or another.

It’s a quick read, there’s another book, and lot’s of drama. What isn’t there to love? I hope you enjoy the story. And check out all my other book reviews for something new to read.

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The Selection by Kiera Cass

So in case you have read my reviews for The Queen and The Prince, they both lead up to this. The beginning of a hilarious story. Let’s begin.

Synopsis

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 a palace and compete for the heart of 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.

-Via Goodreads

Review

There’s so much to say about this novel. I don’t know where to begin.

Main characters are America Singer and Maxon Schreave. Told in first person from America’s point of view. It is a young adult dystopian novel, and true to all the other YA Dystopian novels available this is also a romance.

America is a very stubborn character, and she’s also a little prejudice. Then again she does live in a world where the caste you’re born into determines what you can do with your life.

Speaking of castes, I’m not sure how their system works but I think I got the general idea of who belongs to which castes.  Ones are the King, Queen, and their family. Twos are the entertainers, like movie stars, pop stars and models. Threes are educators, and I’m guessing other white collar jobs. Fours are the factory owners and their families, even if they work in the factories instead of owning them, like Amberly’s family. Fives are the artists, like painters, sculptors, musicians, etc. Sixes are the blue collar jobs like housekeeping and other manual labor. Not sure what sevens or eights are.

Anyhow, back to America. She is just hilarious. No seriously, between her first encounter with Maxon, the incident that occurred on their first “date”, and other events that transpired between her and Maxon, I was dying of laughter. Also, she was a little predictable, or at least the novel was. She also doesn’t really care about castes, which is clearly portrayed through her actions.

Onto Maxon, shall we? Okay he is such a cutie-pie. And completely the opposite of what America was expecting. For someone who was raised with everything, he is so humble. It’s very hard not to like him, even though America clearly doesn’t at the very beginning. He has such a complicated relationship with his parents, I give him props for not being all screwed up.

I have a love-hate relationship with love triangles, and while I see the need for them, it’s just really annoying and it drags the story on a lot longer than it needs to be. That being said, I’m about to go into my native tongue, Spanish, because it’s the best way to describe this. Why does this intrometido feel the need to come and ruin her current happiness after he broke her heart? Like en serio? Who does that? Pero como puede quierer ser sancho? I’m so done.

So I’m really excited to see how this story continues because it has quickly become one of my favorite YA dystopian series. I hope you enjoy this novel and fall in love a wonderful series.

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The Prince by Kiera Cass

I have to admit, it’s one of my favorite series. And I love re-reading it! There’s so much I missed the first few times around.

Synopsis

Before thirty-five girls were chosen to compete in the Selection…

Before Aspen broke America’s heart…

There was another girl in Prince Maxon’s life…

Don’t miss this thrilling 64-page original novella set in the world of the New York Times bestselling novel The Selection. Also features a teaser to The Elite, Kiera Cass’s hotly anticipated sequel to The Selection.

-Via Goodreads

Review

It’s very rare when I find a book told in the male perspective. And when it does, I just wish it will be a great read. And this novella definitely was! I am a die-hard #TeamMaxmerica, for obvious reasons. And reading Maxon’s point of view is the best thing.

So this is set a few weeks before the actual novel started. And Maxon’s birthday is being celebrated. How fun! We definitely get to see more of Maxon’s relationship with his parents. And we get to see how sad the life of a royal really is.

Okay, so there’s a girl, from all the other countries that still exist, that is in love with Maxon. She makes a whole big deal about it. Not only that but it also proves that Maxon doesn’t understand how to deal with crying women. Which is totally hilarious.

This is a funny novella, but it’s very short. This novella was published before The Elite, so it could be read before then or even before The Selection, since it does take place right before that novel started.

It’s a good little preview to how great this series really is. This is such a quick read and I truly hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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The Queen by Kiera Cass

I love this author! And I’ve previously reviewed one of her books fairly recently. This novella was actually published after the original book but it is actually a prequel. And it’s become one of my favorite series.

Synopsis

Before America Singer’s story began, another girl came to the palace to compete for the hand of a different prince….

Don’t miss this digital original novella set in the captivating world of Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series. This prequel story takes place before the events of The Selection and is told from the point of view of Prince Maxon’s mother, Amberly. Discover a whole new Selection with this inside look at how Maxon’s parents met—and how an ordinary girl named Amberly became a beloved queen.

-Via Amazon

Review

It’s actually quite interesting to see how different Amberly was from America Singer. Not only that but it also gives a little background knowledge on Amberly and Clarkson. It’s kind of interesting to see how their story was a huge contrast to their son’s.

Amberly is one of those characters that you just can’t help but to love. She’s so strong for a character that  is seemingly sickly.

While she is a genuine character, I’m not sure if any fan should aspire to what she felt for Clarkson. It felt like it was almost an obsession she had.

And Clarkson is the same as he’s always been. And if you want to confirm this, you should read this series. And while it’s a good idea to read this before reading The Selection. But it could honestly be read anywhere during the series.

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Captive by Aimée Carter

I am a huge fan of this series. In case you are curious about it, check out my review for the first book, Pawn. And the cover art is amazing! So book two, let’s get started!!

Synopsis

The truth can set her free.

For the past two months, Kitty Doe’s life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate Lila Hart, the Prime Minister’s niece, in a hostile meritocracy on the verge of revolution, Kitty sees her frustration grow as her trust in her fake fiancé cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoat rebels she is secretly supporting keep her in the dark more than ever.

But in the midst of discovering that her role in the Hart family may not be as coincidental as she thought, she is accused of treason and is forced to face her greatest fear: Elsewhere. A prison where no one can escape.

As one shocking revelation leads to the next, Kitty learns the hard way that she can trust no one, not even the people she thought were on her side. With her back against the wall, Kitty wants to believe she’ll do whatever it takes to support the rebellion she believes in – but is she prepared to pay the ultimate price?

Review

I just love this author’s work. There’s betrayals, secret identities, secret relationships, a rebellion. This world that Aimee Carter has created is insane. Don’t even get me started on Elsewhere.

Okay quick recap. Kitty (main character) was bought by Daxton (the antagonist) and was Masked to look like Lila Hart. Lila and Lennox (a.k.a. Knox) are engaged and a part of the Blackcoat Rebellion, led by Celia (Daxton’s sister). Augusta (Daxton & Celia’s mother) was behind the Masking. Kitty is forced to impersonate Lila. We find out Lila is alive and just hiding. Augusta dies and we learn that Daxton isn’t really Daxton.

Got all that? That’s okay, it took me two readings for Pawn for me to grasp it all. Well this novel picks up a few weeks after the ending of Pawn. Lila is back in hiding but Celia is with her because what better way for mother-daughter bonding to occur? So basically Knox is now in charge of the rebellion. Not-Daxton is now a priority for the rebellion because…. WHO TF IS THIS PERSON??

Anyway, after an unauthorized mission, Kitty gets caught and sent to Elsewhere. A mysterious place that no one really knows what goes on. To be honest, after reading about how the, I don’t know what they’re called but I’ll just call him the mayor, mayor runs the whole place, I’m actually terrified of this place.

The whole time she’s there I keep thinking that there must be something else going on because A, Knox promised he would keep her out of there and B, Elsewhere is scary. And to be honest, there’s one person that is really important to who Kitty is.

Seriously this place is crazy. There’s a cage for fighting, and it’s to the death. There’s a factory that basically collects body parts for the people not in Elsewhere. And why are the elder sent to live here? It makes no sense, but this is Aimee’s world so I’m just gonna let it go.

The ending! This is a trilogy so cliffhangers. Needless to say, there’s a full on war because it is a dystopian series. And I kind of wanted to kick Knox’s butt because he was being a jerk. Although…. is there a real relationship for Knox and Kitty?…. hmmmm.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. It’s a quick read and the characters are entertaining as hell.

 

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Pawn by Aimée Carter

In case you don’t know this author, she wrote the Goddess Test trilogy. I totally love that series and will do reviews of those books later on. Either way, I love this author’s work. And this is YA Dystopian so all the more entertaining. So let’s begin.

Synopsis

YOU CAN BE A VII. IF YOU GIVE UP EVERYTHING.

For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.

If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister’s niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.

There’s only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed …and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that’s not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she’s only beginning to understand.

Previously titled Masked.

Review

This is one of my favorite series. Not because of the main character, I find her a little annoying, at least in this book, but because of the story. And with the election of Donald J Trump as our new president, many fear that it would lead to some kind of dystopian novel. While that isn’t exactly the case, this novel is still very entertaining to read.

It is narrated by Kitty Doe. She is an Extra, in this dystopian world, an Extra is the second child a family cannot afford to take care of but have enough resources to make sure the child isn’t sent to Elsewhere. I am not entirely sure what exactly Elsewhere is, but I do know that some of the ruling class, i.e. the Ministers of the Union, go hunting there and not for the type of game you would normally think.

Can we talk about how horrible the Hart family is? Seriously! Lies, murder, AND blackmail. Who does that? Well I guess apparently the Harts do. While most series have a single villain, this novel has multiple. Knox, Celia, Daxton, and Augusta. Mostly because they’re all trying to manipulate Kitty in their own way. What are those ways, you ask. Well you’ll just have to read it to find out.

While I’m all for female main characters, I am not a huge fan of Kitty at this point. Sure she’s gone through such horrible things, but seriously why, oh why, does she have to be so whiny about it. Not only that but she seems like such a selfish character. Don’t get me wrong, she does have some redeeming qualities, but they’re just hard to find among all her not wanting to be manipulated. Among those redeeming qualities is knowing when to do something for someone other than herself.

Along with this being a dystopian novel, where the character all fight to change the government, it wouldn’t be a true young adult novel without a little romance. It appears to be between the main character and the boy she grew up with. Although, it wouldn’t really be this way, because with dystopian novels you never know.

And then there’s Knox, Lennox Creed is his real name but he is always referred to as Knox. I’m getting mixed signals from the guy. Like is he really trying to help, what is he all about? Is he gaining affection for Kitty? I honestly don’t know, but he seems to be the one that always believes in her.

But cliffhangers are a serious part of my obsession with book series. The cliffhanger for this book made me want to get the next book right away.

There’s so much that happens and I can only go on about it so much without spoiling certain things. But while the main character, a 17-year-old girl mind you, is a little pessimistic, this novel is a great read. While it is not very popular, it is one of my favorites. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves to read young adult dystopian novels.

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