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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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

To be honest with you, I only bought this book because of all the hype the show was creating before it was released on Netflix. That being said, the book did not disappoint.

Synopsis

You can’t stop the future.

You can’t rewind the past.

The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.
Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

Via Goodreads

Review

If you have already seen the Netflix Original show, the only differences between the book are: Hannah’s parent’s involvement, the lawsuit, and how long it took Clay to finish the tapes.

If you haven’t, disregard everything I just said. This is a type of novel every young adult or parent should read. Yes it does deal with difficult topics like suicide and rape, but the main point of the novel is to show us readers that every action does have a consequence. It also shows us that a person can appear to be fine but there are so many things going on in their minds that we can never really know how they’re feeling.

I don’t think the novel fully captured what the people, that caused Hannah to feel that way, were going through. I’m sure they  behaved a certain way because there were other factors.

As a young woman, just a few years out of high school, this novel was particularly difficult because yes there were two rapes that transpired during the novel. That was hard to come to terms with because that happens so frequently yet is under reported for fear of being blamed and even worse shamed for something that isn’t their fault.

Jay Asher created various situations that could occur at any given moment, in any city, in real life. While it is a fiction novel, it is very realistic in these situations. We hear about an accident caused by a drunk driver all the time. We sometimes participate in the ostracizing of a classmate and don’t realize that what we’re doing is wrong.

All this being said, I also don’t think that Hannah placing the blame on those twelve people was by any way okay. She was isolated and had no support. She also had a condition that does affect thousands of people every day: depression. For anyone to say otherwise doesn’t understand it. The counselor and teachers, as much as they try to help, often don’t recognize the signs or are improperly trained to help someone in these situations.

It isn’t really a novel that is easy to get through. It’s very dark and the themes are very adult-like, but I feel that young people, particularly middle schoolers and high schoolers, show read this and have real conversations with their parents about what is going on in their lives.

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The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

This is the sequel to Bloodlines. And it continues the story of Sydney Sage. Any more info you need, just click the link. Without further ado, let’s get started.

Synopsis

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. Alchemists protect vampire secrets – and human lives.

Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California – tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formorly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.

But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age-old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and her sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi – the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that – special, magical, powerful – that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Braydon, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else – someone forbidden to her.

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she’s supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she’s been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.

Should she trust the Alchemists – or her heart?

-Via Goodreads

Review

I absolutely love, love, LOVE Sydney. She is absolutely hilarious, and so relatable. And I love that Richelle Mead decided to include some of the fan favorites from the original series. Meanwhile, there are some new, interesting characters.

What I love most about this series is the hilarious characters and all their intertwined relationship. Seriously, Angelique is one of my favorite characters. She’s like a wild Rose. Trey is just the funniest. First he thinks Sydney is out to destroy him, academically that is, then he tries to set her up with one of his friends, then he’s involved with the whole Sonya situation. I can’t keep up with everything.

Dimitri and Adrian at odds, not surprising since Rose is involved. Eddie is avoiding Angelique because… um things are just awkward with them. Jill and Micah are at an odd place. So are Sydney and Adrian. But Adrian is seriously the best. I mean really he does several things just to spend time with Sydney. Sure he’s being manipulative as hell, but that is the only time he actually gets to spend with her. My absolute favorite scene in the entire book, which is also a sad scene, is when Sydney and Adrian are at his apartment and the lights go out due to the storm.

So Trey setting up Sydney…. hilariously awkward. Sure the dude kept up with her intellectually, but in matters of the heart, not so much. And can someone please applaud Adrian for calling Sydney out on her almost sort of eating disorder.

Okay, I’ve been avoiding talking about the whole Sonya issue. Basically she was kidnapped by a group of crazies who at one time or another were connected to the Alchemists. Dimitri and Eddie save the day and Sydney uses her “magic” Ms. Terwilliger keeps bugging her about. If you want to know more, pick up a copy at your local Barnes and Noble or from the links below.

I have such a fun time every time I read this series. The characters are wacky and they somehow end up in random situations. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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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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Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

This series is the spin-off to one of my favorite series, one that i’ve now re-read about 4 times, Vampire Academy. I’ve reviewed the first two books in that series, Vampire Academy and Frostbite. I do have to point out that I am seriously a huge fan of Richelle Mead. I’ve read all of her young adult series and novels: Vampire Academy, Bloodlines, Glittering Court and Soundless. I have also recently started to read her adult series. Anyway, let’s get started.

Synopsis

I wasn’t free of my past, not yet.

Sydney’s blood is special. That’s because she’s an alchemist – one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. But the last encounter Sydney had with vampires got her in deep trouble with the other alchemists. And now with her allegiences in question, her future is on the line.

When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir – the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir – is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill’s guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the unlikeliest of places: a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one.

The Moroi court believe Jill and Sydney will be safe at Amberwood Prep, but threats, distractions, and forbidden romance lurk both outside – and within – the school grounds. Now that they’re in hiding, the drama is only just beginning.

(Via Goodreads)

Review

Okay my friends, for those of you who have read the entire Vampire Academy series and haven’t heard of this series, or don’t really know what this is about, this is set in the exact same world with some of the characters from the original series as well as some new ones. Who doesn’t love that?!

As you can already tell, the story is going to focus on Sydney and her struggles with the Alchemists after what happened with Rose back in Russia in one of the Vampire Academy novels. And quite honestly, I feel like this novel was such a great introduction to the new plotlines introduced in this novel as well as the ones that were left unresolved in Last Sacrifice.

And the best part of this novel? Adrian, of course! You guys know exactly who I’m referring to. Also, I can’t forget the Rose and Abe cameos. One of my absolute favorites of the new characters is Ms. Terwilliger. She’s absolutely hilarious. And with every series there has to be at least one villain in each book. In this particular book, it’s another alchemist. How shocking, NOT!

Anyway, it’s different reading Sydney’s point of view, just because she’s so socially inept. But she is seriously one of the most relatable female characters out there.  I totally recommend this novel because it is so much fun to read, there are so many plot twists, and some of the characters are absolutely hilarious. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, if not more.

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The Season by Jonah Lisa Dyer & Stephen Dyer

What originally caught my attention about this book was the cover. It has such interesting cover art, don’t you agree. But also, it seems like it would be hilarious. Let’s begin, shall we?

Synopsis

She can score a goal, do sixty box jumps in a row, bench press a hundred and fifty pounds…but can she learn to curtsey?

Megan McKnight is a soccer star with Olympic dreams, but she’s not a girly girl. So when her Southern belle mother secretly enters her in the 2016 Dallas debutante season, she’s furious—and has no idea what she’s in for. When Megan’s attitude gets her on probation with the mother hen of the debs, she’s got a month to prove she can ballroom dance, display impeccable manners, and curtsey like a proper Texas lady or she’ll get the boot and disgrace her family. The perk of being a debutante, of course, is going to parties, and it’s at one of these lavish affairs where Megan gets swept off her feet by the debonair and down-to-earth Hank Waterhouse. If only she didn’t have to contend with a backstabbing blonde and her handsome but surly billionaire boyfriend, Megan thinks, being a deb might not be so bad after all. But that’s before she humiliates herself in front of a room full of ten-year-olds, becomes embroiled in a media-frenzy scandal, and gets punched in the face by another girl.

The season has officially begun…but the drama is just getting started.

-Via Goodreads

Review

So I originally read this novel during the summer of 2016. And I was amused. This reminded me so much of Pride & Prejudice, but funnier.

This time around, I couldn’t help but think that the book was going to quote some of the most famous lines from P&P. But then there was a twist. There was always a twist to what I thought would happen.

The novel follows Megan, a hilarious character with a little naivete and a whole lot of sarcasm. She’s a little difficult to like at the very beginning, a little selfish, reminding me a little bit of Sam Kingston from Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall.  Actually, several characters call Megan out on her selfishness, which makes Megan think about her actions. But by the end of the novel, she grows a lot, not losing her sassiness even after the debutant business.

This novel is basically Pride & Prejudice but very modern. Megan is basically Elizabeth Bennet, Julia is a combination of all the other Bennet sisters, and Abby, their cousin, is basically Charlotte. I mean really. Julia goes through a whole scandal with an ex-boyfriend that caused many problems for their family.

And then there’s the Mr. Darcy, Mr. Bingley, and Mr. Wickham of the classic novel in this rendition. There’s Andrew Gage and Hank Waterhouse, these guys are the Darcy and Wickham of P&P. And their rivalry is super obvious when they are in the same room.

I actually enjoyed reading about the whole debutante society in Texas. I get the feeling that it’s a lot more intense than it seems in the book. Between several dozen parties, school, soccer, and this whole debutante thing, how does this girl have time to have a relationship? Seriously, though. I mean I can barely handle being a full-time student and a part time employee. I don’t know how Megan handles it all.

Hank Woodhouse is a piece of work, to say the least. But it does give the classic tale of what happened in P&P a more modern, and risque, take. I actually love a lot of the characters from this story.

This was a fun read, I wasn’t sure if it was Young Adult or if it was adult, because it does have some very risque topics that aren’t often in many YA novels.

But I do hope you enjoy this novel and have a fun time with this modern take on a classic.

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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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