Genre: Young Adult (Dystopian/Fantasy Romance)
Date Published: April 24, 2012
The Blurb: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.
The Selection is the first book in The Selection Series by Kiera Cass. I loved this book! It hooked me in from the very beginning. I felt like I was a part of this world, and I was completely and willingly lost within it. America is a strong female main character. She has her own mind. She's stubborn, funny, and has a little bit of a temper. She was great. I thought the personalities of Aspen and Maxon were similar in a lot of ways. The big difference I saw was Maxon seems more like a man already, while Aspen still seems a little boyish. Although I have a feeling that will be changing before too long whether he wants it to or not. I'm rooting for Maxon though. He's handsome, strong, and funny. He's also responsible and fully cares about his kingdom even if he hasn't learned everything about it yet. His interactions with America were so much fun to read. Together, they really compliment each other. I'm hooked on this series already. I have to know what happens next! The Elite, book 2, is in stores today!! I just may have to swing by the book store on my way home tonight!
Check out my review of the two other books in this trilogy!
Being married. Cake. The smell of Autumn. Motherhood. Books. Elephants. Back rubs. On demand movies. Actually going out to movies. Faith. Cinnamon rolls. My family. Butterflies. When my kitchen is clean. Crayons. Pink. Tote bags. Dancing. Organizing via color coordination. That my wedding dress was tea length, not floor. Baking. My house. Writing utensils. Paper. India. The sound of water. Making videos. Buttons. The word Episcopalian. Making people laugh. Layering clothes. British accents. Pinterest. Animation. Fireworks. The smell of the Ocean. My wedding rings. Aprons. Reasons to get dressed up. Sex. Pop music. Stars. Taking walks. Daydreaming. Stickers. School Spirit. My friends. Living in a small town. Japan. Singing. Painting my toenails. Pranks/ practical jokes. Painting. Stretch canvas. Costumes. Dipping my fingers in melted wax. Style. Soda. Spending an hour typing at a coffee shop. Musicals. Back to school season. Mopeds. Good hair days. Naps. Not walking up but looking at a beautiful staircase. Driving alone. My ankles. Playlists. Spending entire days in pajamas. Holidays. Telling stories. Spontaneity. Theme parks. Bookshelves. The word copacetic. Boxes. Empty journals. Surprises. Doing things in groups. Doing things alone. Getting real mail. Decorating. Small forks. A good hug. Gift cards. New Years Goals. Going out to dinner. When someone else remembers some great story about me/us that I’ve forgotten. Toy stores. Fireplaces. Breakfast foods. Journaling. Crying for a good reason. Doorbells. Pointless adventures. Voting. My birthday. Reasons to make wishes. Recycling.
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