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Book Review – The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection by Kiera Cass is the first book of the Selection series. It introduces us to the world of Illéa in which thirty-five girls are given a chance of lifetime. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous prince, Prince Maxon.

The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection by Kiera Cass
The Selection, #1
April 24th 2012 by HarperTeen
Genre: Young AdultRomance
336 pages
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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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.


Finally got the chance to read this book! There’s been so many good review about this series from some fellow book bloggers and from my friend who was the one who suggested it to me a very long time ago. That said, even if I don’t want to expect a lot, I can’t help it.

When I started the first chapter, I was very delighted because I love the writing style. And when the story we’re laid out, I was kind of confused about the numbers and all but when it was explained, I can’t help but be reminded of The Hunger Games series, *wink.

I’m not usually fond of princess stories but surprisingly, I am enjoying what I am reading. Also, during the first three or four chapters, I was so into Aspen and I am really digging his secret relationship with America. It’s like a Romeo-Juliette kind of love story and you know me, I’m a hopeless romantic *wink.

I actually like 85% of the story and I thought I’m going to feel the same way until I reach the ending. Don’t get me wrong, it was really good but it just didn’t give me the feeling of pulling an all-nighter just so I could finish it. Ofcourse I finished in just one sitting but I am really ok with going to bed without having to finish it first. I was about to rate this book 4-stars but after the last chapter, I changed my mind. I am giving it a 3.5 stars instead.

For the characters, I actually like both Prince Maxon and America. And ofcourse you already know my fascination for Aspen but it didn’t last long. It’s a long story and I guess because of that, my attention transferred to the Prince and eventually, I ended up liking him more as the story progresses. Princes are always portrayed perfect, so what I like about this book is that we’ve got to see the other part of Prince Maxon in which he’s far from perfect. It also didn’t help that he’s a gentleman and a good listener. What else could you ask for eh?

And yes, since I mentioned three characters, it means to say that there’s a love triangle. Love triangles don’t always work for me and for this one, I DON’T LIKE IT. I just can’t!

This was my first time from Kiera Cass but I absolutely love her writing style. Despite the fact that I’m not fond of princess stories, I genuinely enjoyed this story except the ending (to be precise, I hate the love triangle part).  Aside from fighting to win the prince’s heart idea, I am sensing that there’s a lot more to this series than it let on and I am really interested to discover what it is. I am interested to know more about the war and the rebels and I think there’s something fishy going on on that part. That being said, I am still very interested to continue this series.


About the Author

Kiera Cass

I am a graduate of Radford University with a B.S. in History. I grew up in South Carolina and currently live in Christiansburg, Virginia with my electrical engineer hubby, car-obsessed son, and princess-loving daughter. I’m a #1 New York Times bestseller, woohoo! I’m also a valued customer at my local cupcake shop.

Things I hate:
When people fail to use turn signals, flying, salads.

Things I love:
Office supplies, boy bands, desserts.

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