Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Book Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
First Published: April 24th 2012

Genre: YA, Dystopian
Pages: 327
Rating: 4 out of 5
Thirty-five beautiful girls. Thirty-five beautiful rivals…
It’s the chance of a lifetime and 17-year-old America Singer should feel lucky. She has been chosen for The Selection, a reality TV lottery in which the special few compete for gorgeous Prince Maxon's love.
Swept up in a world of elaborate gowns, glittering jewels and decadent feasts, America is living a new and glamorous life. And the prince takes a special interest in her, much to the outrage of the others.
Rivalry within The Selection is fierce and not all of the girls are prepared to play by the rules. But what they don’t know is that America has a secret — one which could throw the whole competition… and change her life forever.

 At a Glance:
When I first found out about The Selection, I felt no attraction to it. I mean, princesses and pretty dresses? Not a thing for me, or any guy. 
But I'm glad I had a chance to read it. It turned out to be a fun book to read. Though, I know that there is something bigger behind the scene, that Kiera Cass is keeping it from us. Hopefully, we'll get to it in the second book.

There was quite a lot romance. 35 girls and 1 boy. You know where this is going. The private moments between America and Maxon were nice written. 

Not a lot of it. If you are looking for a book with all-the-time action, this isn't for you. I used to be crazy for books that had a lot of action. But now that I've read a few that aren't all action paced book, I've started to chance my opinion.

America Singer is a good heroine! And let me tell you something, I hate that some of you are talking about the name so much, and how much you hate it, WITHOUT even having read the book. I think that this name fits perfectly for her. Read the book and you'll find out the history behind it.

Maxon is one of my favorite male characters. I don't need to say more about him. Definitely, not your typical YA male character. 

Things I liked:
The chapters with the history lessons. All that made up history is super awesome.
When a certain Aspen re appears in the book.

Things I hated:
Sometimes I hated Kiera Cass' writing style. I don't want to talk about it a lot, but sometimes it wasn't the best.

Would I recommend it?
Yes, I would. Mostly, to girls, but if you look past the pretty dresses, it's a good book for everybody.

4 out of 5 stars

*note: From this review on, this is the way I'm going to review books. I won't use the essay form anymore, because I think this is an easier way to write them, and at the same time get to the point without talking alot.


@HarleyBearBooks said...

If you like action books you should read Article 5. I agree with your review. This book was a fun read and I hope more is released in book 2!

Inklings Booklings said...

I had my eyes on this book for quite some time, I'll have to check it out! I like the new concept of your reviews, it really is easier to read and more to the point.

Inx from Inklings of two booklings :)

Maji Bookshelf said...

I found the writing style to be OK, but I didn't like how she portrayed Maxon and how he spoke in this weird old english style.. and America.. ugh don't get me started on her.. if the book is said to be a mix of The Hunger Games, then you expect ATLEAST a bit of action... but nothing.. However I get what you mean on how the author is keeping something big from us and will probably reveal it in the second book.

great review,
- Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf