But that DRESS, though ^^ Review: The Selection By: Kiera Cass

Posted July 10, 2015 by Keionda Lei Lewis in Romance ♥ / 27 Comments

But that DRESS, though ^^ Review: The Selection By: Kiera CassThe Selection
by Kiera Cass
Also by this author: The Elite, The One
Published by HarperCollins
on March 26th 2013
Genres: Girls & Women, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
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.


I have to admit it started off a tad bit slow. But maybe it was because of the dialogue…or lack thereof.

Or maybe it’s because les love triangles and I have a strange relationship which was the main reason why I was so hesitant to read this book in the first place. 

Me: “I really should read this book because everyone seems to lurve it.”

Me: “Yeah but….but I don’t wanna.”

Me: “And why is that?”

Me: “There’s a love triangle.” Obvi.

Me: “……and?”

Me: “What if the guy I fall for doesn’t win? Then I’ll be all depressed and blame the book.”

Me: *Contemplates it..* “Yeah. You have a point.”




Picture the beginning of Hunger Games when Katniss had to go through all the interviews, meeting people, only in this story there’s frilly dresses I would like to wear in my dreams. But, I LOVED the concept of this story and how there’s virtually ONE girl that will in the end win the heart of the handsome Prince Maxon. —> I AM IN LOVE WITH HIM. 

At first I wasn’t sure who the prince was going to choose so I was hesitant to swoon too hard over him. 

 I really loved the fact that all of the girls got together and there was little to no girl drama in here. Like you would expect that being in a competition for the prince’s heart. I was pleasantly surprised. AIN’T NO BODY GOT TOME FOR THAT.

In the end, America has a big decision to make an I LOVED going through different scenes and seeing how STRONG and COURAGEOUS she was. 


♥America- She’s so strong and brave. If I was in her shoes and was forced to be whisked away from my home, the love of my life, and family I would have gone nuts. Like for realies. Yo.

I loved how she was just HERSELF. Aint no frontin’ her way.

Aspen– I’ll admit, I didn’t want to like him only because of the fact that I JUST FEEL IT IN THE CENTER OF MY BEATING HEART  he’s not going to be the one America ends up with. (Er, well, I don’t THINK he will) But, I still swooned when they were together and plus, I still have some sort of connection to him because he is America’s first love. 

♥Maxen– Ooooooo Maxen. I immediately connected with him. Although I didn’t want to at first because I kind of expected him to be stuck up and stuffy but I was pleasantly surprised that he was THE FRIGGIN COMPLETE OPPOSITE! *Me swoons. Me swoons.*


Untitled6LOVED the chemistry between Maxon and America. I just knew these two were destined for awesome-filled things when they first met in the garden. 


Untitled6I also loved how I could visually imagine everything in my mind easily. I could imagine America with her frilly dresses and all the decorations, the garden where America and Prince Maxon frequented. *Winks at you again*


Untitled6Haha, That moment where America accidentally slilpped up and called the prince by his name without using his “Princely title.” Then the crowd gawked at her but then she stared back at them like, YEAH. I DID IT. NAH WHAT?BECAUSE SHE COULD. SHE IS A BOSS LIKE THAT.



888Hmm. There wasn’t a whole lot of what I didn’t like, BUT if I am being forced to choosing something, I’d say the fact Prince Maxon had to go around with other girls and take them on dates. I felt for America. This chick gets all of my sympathy cake, because I personally, being the spoiled brat (not really) that I am, I wouldn’t have stood for it. *stomps foot* 


This book teaches about being yourself, even when being yourself is your very last option and can get you into a lot of trouble. It also teaches about strength, courage, and finding yourself. I DEF.  recommend this book. In fact, I also recommend you and I get together, eating some strawberry cake and discussing how much we love this book? Or would you prefer a slice of le Red velvet?







                                      Over to you:

Have YOU read the Selection? Did you love it as much as I did? What are some books that are similar to this series? Ohhh, and most importantly, vanilla or strawberry cake?





27 responses to “But that DRESS, though ^^ Review: The Selection By: Kiera Cass

  1. I have the first three books in this series but I haven’t read them yet. I’m definitely planning on it. I like the concept, and the author is Christian–which automatically makes her my girl. Great review!

  2. I haven’t even tried to read this series yet. Simply because of the fact that the girls have to compete for the affection of a guy. That immediately turned me off. I know there are other cool aspects, but that one thing deterred me from even going near it.

    • Girrllllll this is what turned me OFF from this series for SO LONG. I was like…I’m not about to read a book where the girls are FORCED to enter a competition for a PRINCE and then have to win his affections that way. BUT, I read it and my opinion completely changed! 🙂

  3. How bout strawberry cake! Still on the fence about this series myself, I know you love it but it almost sounds like the girls and the prince are all too perfect. If your gonna put a lot of girls together there WILL be DRAMA, its in our blood! lol. But seriously, I’m thrilled you liked this one so much, you starting on the next one soon?

    • But seeeeee Lanie,there wasn’t a lot of drama between them . (Well in the second book there kind of is) I’ve already finished it and now on the third. Miss reading it with you though. 🙁 Are you ever going to give it a go?

  4. I am not a big fan of love triangles, but I also don’t avoid them anymore like I used to. I usually am happy with how things work out even if I was for the other team. I really enjoyed this book as well and I likd the concept of how all the girls are battling for the prince his heart. And indeed America is just herself and I liked that, she didn’t try to be different than she was. I also expected the prince to be stuffy and I was gladly surprised when we found out he wasn’t. I also could vividly imagine all those girls in their ebautifull dresses. It’s just such a fun book :). Great review!

    • Can I just say I’m IN LOVE with Maxon?? I kind of liked Aspen at first but then Maxon quickly took his place! Plus, I too have a thing for all the frilly dresses and now want one!

  5. I haven’t read this book yet, but it is on my TBR because I mean, that cover though. And dresses YAAASSS <3 I love when books make me think about clothing I want to wear as well. This sounds like a pretty girly book with it mostly being focused on love and all that, but I think I will like it. I hope I will, that is ^^ Great review, girl <3

    • YAAASSSS indeed Olivia! Hehe At first I was like: NO. I’M NOT READING THIS. Mainly because it was about a competition and stuff. But yes! I want those dresses only if if to play dress up in them! ^.^

  6. The cover of this one is lovely! I’m not sure if I’ve heard of it before…I’ve definitely seen that cover, but have not read any reviews that I can recall. Hmmm. I might just have to add it to my TBR, I am curious! Great review 🙂

  7. Not sure this is for me, but I’ve learned my lesson about saying ‘never’ since I’ve read several books now that I thought I would hate and love them. The premise is interesting, for sure. Glad you loved it, Keionda!

    • Girl, I didn’t think I was going to like it either, but SURPRISE! hehe I did! 🙂 I think you should give it a try out. It’s nothing like the Lux series *giggles* but it’s definitely worth the read for sure! ♡

    • *NODS*Those dresses are gorgeous, aren’t they??I just stare at the covers even though America’s posture is kind of weird. And YES, love triangles are a big turn off for me although this one…I don’t mind as much. 🙂

  8. <– Doin' a little dance. I am reading this now as a buddy read and am also planning to follow up with the others like you are. I am enjoying it so far, and although a bit slow very early on, I am finding the pace spot on now that I am further in.

  9. I really liked the chemistry between Maxon and America and just the overall cuteness of the romance. I felt that a lot of things were left unexplained and that not much happened in this book! I hate the love triangle, but I love the cuteness of this one 😉 Nice review!