Friday, May 15, 2015

Title: The Elite
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection Trilogy, book #2
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: April 23, 2013
Source: Purchased
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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, and 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.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

I partially listened to The Selection, but the audio was crap, so I finished it in Kindle and decided to continue the series in the same format. While I really enjoyed The Selection, The Elite was my least favorite of the bunch. 

You see, America needs to get her shit together. I mean really, figure out what the hell you want and stick with it. She was very indecisive and it kinda pissed me off. Especially because both Maxon and Aspen were getting the run around. 

I did like it over all, but the first was better. I tend to no like the middle books as much for some reason. But it had my attention and even though America was annoying me, I still could not put it down. 

Title: The One
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection Trilogy, book #3
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: May 6, 2014
Source: Purchased
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The Selection changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. And now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.

America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.

From the very first page of The Selection, this #1 New York Times bestselling series has captured readers' hearts and swept them away on a captivating journey... Now, in The One, Kiera Cass delivers a satisfying and unforgettable conclusion that will keep readers sighing over this electrifying fairy-tale long after the final page is turned.

I loved The One! I started it pretty much right after reading The Elite, and America had been getting on my nerves. but in this book, shit gets real.

I'll be honest. I read these weeks ago and never got around to writing the review, so I'm at a loss for words. These are not blow your mind memorable books. They were entertaining though.

A lot goes down. There are some pretty intense moments, and I was all up on it. My only complaint is the ending felt a bit rushed. I feel like there are parts that I missed, and maybe I did. Maybe it's just me, but I felt like the conclusion could have been written a bit smoother.

Aside from that, this was a fun little series. I see there is a 4th book that came out, but I'll wait a little while before jumping into that one.

If you aren't looking for an earth shattering read, but just for a bit of fun cattiness, these might be for you! :)

About the author:

100 Things I Love:

Being married. Cake. The smell of Autumn. Motherhood. Books. Elephants. Back rubs. On demand movies. Actually going out to movies. Faith. Cinnamon rolls. My family. Butterflies. When my kitchen is clean. Crayons. Pink. Tote bags. Dancing. Organizing via color coordination. That my wedding dress was tea length, not floor. Baking. My house. Writing utensils. Paper. India. The sound of water. Making videos. Buttons. The word Episcopalian. Making people laugh. Layering clothes. British accents. Pinterest. Animation. Fireworks. The smell of the Ocean. My wedding rings. Aprons. Reasons to get dressed up. Sex. Pop music. Stars. Taking walks. Daydreaming. Stickers. School Spirit. My friends. Living in a small town. Japan. Singing. Painting my toenails. Pranks/ practical jokes. Painting. Stretch canvas. Costumes. Dipping my fingers in melted wax. Style. Soda. Spending an hour typing at a coffee shop. Musicals. Back to school season. Mopeds. Good hair days. Naps. Not walking up but looking at a beautiful staircase. Driving alone. My ankles. Playlists. Spending entire days in pajamas. Holidays. Telling stories. Spontaneity. Theme parks. Bookshelves. The word copacetic. Boxes. Empty journals. Surprises. Doing things in groups. Doing things alone. Getting real mail. Decorating. Small forks. A good hug. Gift cards. New Years Goals. Going out to dinner. When someone else remembers some great story about me/us that I’ve forgotten. Toy stores. Fireplaces. Breakfast foods. Journaling. Crying for a good reason. Doorbells. Pointless adventures. Voting. My birthday. Reasons to make wishes. Recycling.

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