by Kiera Cass
Also by this author: The Selection, The Elite
Published by HarperCollins
on May 5th 2015
Genres: Girls & Women, Love & Romance, Royalty, Young Adult
The beautifully romantic third book in Kiera Cass's #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series! The One will captivate readers who love dystopian YA fiction and fairy tales, and is perfect for fans of Veronica Roth's Divergent, Ally Condie's Matched, or Lauren Oliver's Delirium.Entering the Selection changed America Singer's life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she arrived at the palace, 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.Includes a sneak peek at The Heir, the highly anticipated fourth book in the Selection series!
Hola, my sweet little bumblebees!
I feel really bad to say this, but this book kind of….well, it fell flat for me. I’m not saying it wasn’t a fun time but that it just….well I put it down a couple of times and then didn’t read it for days in between at a time. And pfft, I can read your minds: but I thought this book gave you THE CHILLS, ^^hence the title of this post. And IT DID. Besides all that, it still DID.
I still loved the cool parties, the dresses, and the AWESOME character development of ALL CHARACTERS.
I’m still surprised to say there was only tiny multi-colored sprinkles of girl drama in this book. (Shocker) because DUH, all those females under the same palace?? Pfft. I would have laughed had you told me there wasn’t any drama in this book.
Surprisingly enough, the drama came from the king of all people. He was the main source of the problem. So in between fighting for Maxon’s love, America has to come back stronger and lift her chin up high to the king. –> Which…. kind of would have freaked me out if I was her.
Chills rushed through me when all the girls of the Elite came together and held hands as one. Together they were stronger and there was nothing the king could do about it. IN YO FACE YOUR HIGNESS.
It was still a little hard to connect to the characters but I believe it’s the writer in me that’s judging them too harshly? Idk you guys, but I have a lot of expectations or maybe I’m just picky. —>
yeah, definitely that.
†America: I loved how arrogant/cocky she became! She didn’t care what anyone thought nor did she care about the king’s approval. She stood toe to toe with him SO MANY TIMES so I was kinda freaked out for her. She had some awesome character development and I was so glad to see her grow into herself. She could have been more confident sometimes but gosh…to go up against the KING!? The one man that can cut your head of and ask questions later?? (I don’t think he can really cut your head off… but still, yo.) America really grew some woman balls in this one. –>Someone give this girl a freaking CAKE. She can have ALL CAKE. I NO COMPLAIN.
†Maxon: I loved how devoted he still was to America, given her many faults, given how “plain” she was compared to the other girls. To him, looks didn’t matter; it was all about who she was in the inside that made him fall for her. (A very redeeming quality I find to be rather irresistible in a guy ;))He’s also super patient with her through all the annoying times she kept bobbing back and forth with her feelings for him.
†Aspen: I would have really liked to have seen more of him but I knew the direction the story was heading from the moment I started reading it. I won’t give away anymore details. 😉
† Celeste: The change in her. WHAT THE WHAT?? She gave a 100 percent turn around… Like, I wanted to give this girl a pat on the back and a virtual handshake/hoorah. Huge change in this chick. Who would gave thought? Huh.
I won’t name all of the girls (You have been spared.) but just KNOW that they all made a huge turn around and all had each other’s back and the character development in ALL characters was AMAZEBALLS!
†The King: BAD MAN. YOU’RE A BAD, BAD MAN! He gives America an unnecessary, crazy amount of extra drama she didn’t need in her life and HE was the main cause of all her stress and worry.
†The Queen: I loved her but at the same time I do believe she could have exerted her power a little bit more. I don’t know, stand up to her husband? Something. I mean yeah, he’s the king and all but….don’t just sit by and do NOTHING.
I loved the character development in all the characters. –> As I have said one million times. Between The Elite, whereas in the beginning they didn’t know each other and became almost enemies, in this one it’s a full on girl hoorah.
I enjoyed finding the messages in these books. I think the one from this one could have been a long the lines of: “Be yourself and push onward even when that seems like the last possible thing you should do.” -Keionda
Overall, this was an awesome read, despite some slowness in the beginning. Mrs. Cross, I applaud you because you know how to not only write a book but also what it takes to deliver a good one into your readers hands. Sooooo, tank you. Tank you very much.
If you’re looking for some awesome character development, some angst sprinkled with some tender moments, this IS the book for you. 😉
Over to you:
How much drama in a book can you stand? Are you going to consider reading this series? You should. Or, have you in fact already read it, in which case, let’s fan girl together in the comments!