The One by Kiera Cass

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THE ONE

The Selection changed America Singer’s life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Iléa, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen—and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she’s made her choice…and she’s prepared to fight for the future she wants.

Find out who America will choose in The One, the enchanting, beautifully romantic third book in the Selection series!

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I read all of ‘The Selection’ books in three days but work life has taken over, forcing me to abandon my blog. I have miss it! First of all throughout this book I was still shipping Maxon and America hard.

“Break my heart. Break it a thousand times if you like. It was only ever yours to break anyway.”
“Shhh,” I urged.
“I’ll love you until my very last breath. Every beat of my heart is yours. I don’t want to die without you knowing that.”
“Please don’t,” I choked.

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I like how within this book America really wanted to be with Maxon, I felt like it was just them against the world. Especially when they would go against the King’s orders and just live within the moment, in their own little bubble. I am a hopeless romantic okay! I sort of wish I was America because I personally would not mind living in a castle, wearing extravagant  dresses and fighting to be a Princess. What I really appreciated about America was that she stayed true to herself, she did not get lost within all the drama and became submissive to the King, she stood up for herself.  I was literally screaming at the book like ‘YES America! You go girl.’  

Just like the other two books, this book was easy and enjoyable to read. America’s strong and stubborn inner monologue once again compelled me to keep reading and relate to her, it also created a comedic element to the writing. This book answered the questions that The Selection triggered…’who are these rebels?’, ‘what do they want?’ etc every character within this series such as Maxon, Aspen and America evolved throughout this book which make love them even more.

This book got serious quick…America made up her mind, people died, America was injured, the power of the King was a dominant feature and the selection itself got intense.

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This book was also emotional! One of my favorite characters died within this book which absolutely broke me, however I understand that it allowed the story to swiftly move on. One death I was really happy that it happened because the character angered me throughout the book, which made me want to jump into the book and slap them.

I do not want to riddle this review with spoilers so if you have reads this book please comment below because I would absolutely love to discuss this book further.

The Elite by Kiera Cass

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THE ELITE DESCRIPTION 

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, she is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

ce014-ilovethisbook As this book proceeded to grasps my attention and heart I fell deeper and deeper in love with Kiera Cass’s world she wonderfully created through impeccable writing. (Do not get me wrong, this book will not join the literary cannon and be respected by all but for a quick, enjoyable read it is really good) .

I could feel America’s feisty and stubborn personality oozing from the page, which intrigued me to the point where I could not move, eat, drink  or sleep  until the book was finished and I could start the next one.  I absolutely love reading series because they allow me to fully invest into the characters and become emotionally attached, which furthers my enjoyment.

This book once again follows the protagonist America Singer as she goes on a journey of self discovery while taking part in ‘the selection’. This time there are only six girls continuing to fight for Maxon’s heart, in order to become a One, lead the country and become a Queen.  Within this book the reader gets glimpses into Maxon’s relationships with the other girls through the perspective of America due to the fact the book is written from her perspective. This device once again allowed me, as a reader to get closer to the protagonist due to the dramatic irony which allowed me to know more about America than any of the other characters, especially Maxon with regards to Aspen. Although this perspective limited my opinion of the other girls because my judgement was clouded by America’s strong opinions, I really liked her internal monologue.

Although I do prefer dystopian novels such as ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘The Divergent Series’  I did enjoy reading these books they were; easy, fast pace and captivating.  The only thing I wish that was different was the tension and importance of the rebel attacks, I wanted more.

              WAYS THAT THIS BOOK IS SIMILAR TO THE HUNGER GAMES

  • The story contains a love triangle. One girl and two boys; one boy from original life and the other one someone new.
  • There is a competition where people are eliminated in order to win and become richer etc.
  • Both books include an uprising in which the people are inspired by the fearless and strong  female protagonists.
  • The selection has a caste while  The Hunger Games has different districts and the characters within the books are judged based on their district/caste.

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I am still infatuated with Maxon! TEAM MAXON.

THE SELECTION BY KIERA CASS REVIEW…

 

I am in love with America Singer! 

So, this morning in the car back from Bristol I casually started reading The Selection by Kiera Cass and now I have finished it. Straight up I will say that I absolutely loved this book and cannot wait to read the others in the series. If I am not too exhausted after I have finished this blog post I think I might start the second one!

It was just SOO good! Extraordinary! Amazing! Captivating! America is one of the most relatable characters, I instantly thought ‘wow I love you, we could totally be friends’ 


BOOK DESCRIPTION BELOW… 

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. Less


I am just on a THE SELECTION hype at the moment, sometimes I go a few weeks without reading and then I read a book like this, that completely and utterly captivates me and it reminds me of how much I actually love reading!

The story line to this series is so clever, the rating system reminded me of books such as THE HUNGER GAMES AND DIVERGENT which I also find so fascinating! I think they present the society divides in a really clever, entertaining and thought provoking way.

This dystopian novel really captured my attention, the glitz and glamour that surrounded the royal family enticed me and made me want to be part of the selection, I would love to wear beautiful gowns like the ones that were so elegantly crafted by exquisite description.

However the hard hitting brutality that surrounded the lower rankings also makes me think and in conclusion if I was in America’s situation I would work my hardest to win over the Prince in order to provide my family with a comfortable life. Her selflessness made her a honorable characters, while her sarcastic and suborn personality made the book easy to read and funny!

I am sorry to any Aspen fans out that but after reading the first book I am definitely team Maxon! He is sweet, awkward and caring.

I don’t want to give too much of the story line away because I want everyone to experience it on their own; if you enjoy other dystopian novels you will definitely enjoy this one! Please go and check it out, you won’t regret it! Go and fall in love with Maxon and American! 

I would rate this book 5/5 because I am now hooked and cannot think of anything else other than the perplexing questions that haunt the ending of the book. Who will she choose? Will she win? Ahhhhhh…I love it when books leave you begging for more information. Please comment below if you have read the book and enjoyed it.