Mini Reviews- The Selection Series

Hey everybody!

I’ve read the Selection Series* multiple times, and I honestly have no idea how I haven’t reviewed them on my blog yet?! Especially because my latest re-read was in June of this year (and it only took 2 days).

*It’s important to note that I am only talking about the original trilogy… not The Heir or The Crown

My reviews are all spoiler free, but if you haven’t read the whole series yet, you might not want to read the reviews for the second two books (unless you want to know some of the stuff that happens in the selection… then be my guest!)

Some quick facts:

Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: April 24th, 2012 (The Selection); April 23rd, 2013 (The Elite); May 6th, 2014 (The One)
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Dystopia
Synopsis:

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.

Goodreads: The Selection, The Elite, The One
Amazon: The Selection, The Elite, The One

So let’s get started!

Book 1- The Selection

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The Selection is exciting from beginning to end.

American Singer doesn’t want to be a part of The Selection. She doesn’t want to marry Maxon and become the Princess. But her love for Aspen accidentally gets her thrown into the world that she so desperately wanted to avoid. And then the unexpected happens: she likes it. Dun dun dun….

This is definitely one of the more “trashy” YA books, but it is SO GOOD! This is a great book to read when I need to get out of a book slump, and it’s a quick read too!

I love America as a character. She is strong willed and hilarious, and has a deep appreciation for food that is all to relatable! And, what I love even more: she loves and wants to support her family. Oh, and both her parents are alive (unlike So. Many. Other. YA. Books.).

There definitely is a love “triangle” (angle? idk) going on in this series, but it doesn’t annoy me as much as they usually do. America’s feelings are valid. And she’s not wishy-washy (for example, she doesn’t say things like: “Oh I like Asher, but I like Maxon, oh my gosh what am I going to do? My life is so hard. Boo hoo”).

Overall, this book is just plain amazing, and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a cute, quick read (although you’ll probably want to pick up the next book right after you finish this one!!), and anyone who loves dystopia and romance!

I am going to give The Selection five out of five hearts!

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Book 2- The Elite

16248068There are only 6 girls left in the Selection. Tensions are high, and the stakes are even higher.

America needs to choose: Aspen, the boy she has loved for years, or Maxon, the Prince she might love.

The Elite is full of drama, both from The Selection, and from the Rebel threat that seems to grow with every day. This book is just as exciting and fast paced as the first one.

As America begins to take on more duties in the palace, she also begins to learn more about what the Rebels want and what her connections are to their goal.

If you read the first book and loved it, I definitely recommend you continue the series! You won’t be disappointed!

I am going to give The Elite five out of five hearts.

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Book 3- The One

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There are three girls left in The Selection, and the time has come to choose a queen. America Singer knows that Maxon loves her, but before she commits to the crown, she has to sort out her feelings. Does she love Maxon, the prince who has snuck into her heart, or Aspen, the boy she has loved for years but broke her heart?

Meanwhile, the Rebel attacks are getting worse, and America is caught up in the middle of it. She discovers that she is connected to the rebels in more ways than one, and she uncovers secrets about her country’s history in the process.

The One is a stunning conclusion to The Selection trilogy. It is fast paced and exciting, and keeps you on the edge of your seat and guessing until the very last chapter!

If you have read The Selection and The Elite, I highly recommend you read the conclusion!! Also, if you haven’t read this series and love YA dystopia/romance, try it!!

I am going to give The One five out of five hearts!

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Have you read this trilogy? What did you think about it? Tell me your thoughts in the comments!!

Thanks for reading!!

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YA Series Recommendations- What are your favorite series? What series are not worth the read?

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Finding a new series to dive into can be a hard and daunting task. Series are a big commitment. They are scary. And more often than not, they get shoved down to the bottom of a TBR because who has time for that?

What are you talking about? Obviously people read series.

Obviously. But think about it for a minute: has there ever been a series that you put off reading for so long and then when you picked it up you were like “why did I wait so long to read this? This is amazing.” ???

If your answer is “no, does that really happen to people? Hah puny mortals.” then get out of here what are you doing you wizard/god

wait, actually on second thought please come back and teach me your secrets because I need them

But seriously, what is the purpose of this post?

Well:

We are gathered here today to join John and Jane in holy… oops.. wrong place

We are gathered here today to discuss great YA series and inspire each other to finally pick up that amazing series and stop missing out! I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite YA series, and then we can talk about them and you can tell me what your favorite series are and then we can all be sprinkled with pixie dust that will make all our responsibilities go away so we can read forever.

Or something like that…

So what counts as a series? Basically anything with more than one book. So douologies through 100 book series (if such series exist). Or at least that’s my definition of a series, so I’m rolling with it.

My YA Series Recommendations (in no particular order):

Anna Dressed in Blood (Duology) by Kendare Blake

I will never not recommend these books. They are amazing. The end.

Red Queen (Quadrilogy) by Victoria Aveyard

I’m not sure if this series is going to stop at 4 books, but that’s all I know of for now, and based on the ending of King’s Cage, I think the fourth (still unnamed book) is probably going to wrap everything up.

This series is one of my favorite dystopias, and I can not wait for the fourth one to come out! It is gripping and exciting. There are powers, princes, rebels, high stakes, and heart wrenching events. If you love dystopia, this is not one to miss.

Ruby Red (Trilogy) by Kerstin Gier

I regard these books as the best time travel books to grace the planet. Good luck convincing me otherwise.

The Selection (Trilogy) by Kiera Cass

I adore everything about this trilogy. I know that technically The Heir and The Crown exist… but I don’t really consider them a part of this (do you?). Plus I’ve only read The Heir and I don’t really think it lives up to the glory of the original trilogy.

This series is so adorable and swoon worthy!! And it’s a quick read, which is always a plus!

Throne of Glass (6 books? 7? More?) by Sarah J. Maas

So remember in the beginning of this post when I said something about putting off a series for wayyyy too long and then being like “why did I wait so long?” Yeah so that’s pretty much this series.

I’m only on the second book as of right now, BUT ITS SO GOOD I HAD TO PUT IT ON THIS LIST. Seriously this writing is some sort of sorcery. Don’t deprive yourself of the amazingness.


Okay so that’s it for my list.

Are there more amazing series out there?

Obviously. That’s where you guys come in! I want to hear what your favorite series are!

28962906And, also, there are of course series that are just starting. As in only the first book has been published as of now. Like Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. SOOOO GOOD.

But I tried to only include complete or almost complete series on this list, so if anyone decides to start one of the series I recommend, you won’t be stuck waiting for the rest of the series to come out (which could take years).

Because binge reading rules!

But also support new authors. Because that is important.

But what about the series that are not worth the read?

Well, I’m sure that ever series has it’s fans. And, a lot of people like the series that I had a lot of trouble reading. But, here is a list of series that I could not get in to. Just remember that these are my opinions, and if you like any of these series that is great and I’m glad that you were able to find something in them that I wasn’t.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Trilogy) by Ransom Riggs

I don’t have anything against this series (I actually kind of enjoyed the first book… kind of), but I could never bring myself to pick up the second book. I just don’t think this series is worth reading.

Shatter Me (6 books) by Tahereh Mafi

I don’t want to say I hated the first book of this series….

A lot of people enjoy this series, but I can’t figure out why for the life of me. I just can’t stand anything about it.

Girl Online (Trilogy) by Zoe Sugg (Ghost Writer Siobhan Curham)

These books are the bane of YA. I don’t know why they exist. The first book was so cringey that I could barely finish it.

The Maze Runner (Trilogy? Not really sure at this point) by James Dashner

The Maze Runner was actually a DNF. I tried to read it several times and never got past the middle of the book. I watched the movie, too, just incase that would inspire me to finish the book… but I didn’t really like the movie either.


Anyway, that’s it for this post!

What are your can’t-miss YA series? What series are not worth the read?

Also: if you make a post similar to this one, link me in it so I can see it!

Thanks for reading!!

Summer Vacation Book Tag- Original!

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I’ve done it! I have made my first original book tag!

The theme of this tag is Summer Vacation because (duh) its summer. I tried to make the categories as summer themed as possible, and I hope you like them as much as I do!


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A New Book You Have Been Waiting To Read

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This book, guys. This book is SO GOOD! I luckily didn’t have to wait as long as some people to read this (because I received an ARC), but even waiting for the ARC to come in the mail felt too long! This book, which takes place in the summer, is so cute and romantic, and a summer read that you definitely do NOT want to miss!

And, guys, it’s out now. So what are you waiting for?

(Read my review here)

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A Book That Leaves You Wanting More

30038855Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

I did not want this book to end. It was beautiful and heartbreaking, and as soon as it was over I just wanted to go back and read it over. Honestly everything about this book was so perfect. The only thing I would change about this book would be to add some kind of epilogue to find out what happened next. This is another summer-must-read!

(Read my review here)

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A Book Where The Romance Is *On Point*

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Man oh man. This book was so adorable. This is yet another summer must-read that absolutely swept me off my feet. It was so romantic that it almost killed me. ALL THE FEELS WHERE THERE. ALL OF THEM. And seriously guys if you are looking for an amazing summer romance that supernatural elements, look no further. This is the best one. The end.

(Read my review here)

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A Book You Were Excited For But Didn’t Live Up To Your Expectations

18692431Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I had SUCH HIGH HOPES for this book. Its synopsis is amazing. The movie trailer was beautiful (and Nick Robinson *sigh*). Everything was lining up to make this story perfect.

And then FLOP. I was SO SAD. I wanted this book to be amazing. It had all the promises to live up to my expectations. AND THEN IT DIDN’T. *sobs*

(Read my review here)

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A Fantastical Book That Transported You To Another World

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THIS BOOK.

I was no longer in my living room. The end.

Seriously, this is one of the most beautiful and magical books out there. I was transported to a fantastical world complete with jinn and some super adorableness and lots of trouble. If you are looking for a vacation but don’t know where to go: GO TO THIS BOOK!!!

(Read my review here)

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A Dark Book That Was Light Up With Streaks Of Beauty

28962906Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

This book is just the perfect mix of darkness and beauty. The book, of course, has a very dark theme, and is riddled with graphic murders and a race to find the crazed killer. But the writing and characters and adorable flirtations just filled this book with streaks of beauty that were just too perfect.

(Read my review here)

 

visiting friendsA Book Or Series That You Can’t Get Enough Of

8835379Ruby Red Trilogy by Kerstin Gier

I have read this series time and time again, and whenever I am in a book slump, this is the series I read to get out of it!

These books are so heart pounding and exciting and swoon worthy and adorable. I love the characters so much, and every time I reread this series I fall in love with them all over again!

(Read my review for Ruby Red here, Sapphire Blue here, and Emerald Green here)

 


So there you have it! My summer vacation book tag. I am going to tag these bloggers:

• Emily @ Caper Reads

• Jordan @ The Heart Of A Book Blogger

• Emma @ The Book Crunch

• Stephanie @ Teacher Of YA

• Angel @ Avid Reader

I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

If I didn’t tag you and you want to do this tag, feel free, and leave your links down at the bottom so I can check them out!!

 

Book Review- The Red Queen

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The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Published by Orion on February 12, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Dystopia, Science Fiction
Pages: 383
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This is a world divided by blood-red or silver.

The poverty-stricken Reds are commoners, living in the shadow of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from the Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Then Mare finds herself working at the Silver palace, in the midst of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

After having this book recommended *ahem, shoved in my face* multiple times by multiple people, I decided I should probably just read it- so at least I could tell people to back off if I didn’t like it. But, I was actually really surprised by this one.

I’ve been trying to move away from the dystopia book, mostly because after a while they just all sound the same. Maybe that’s why I enjoyed this so much- because I haven’t read a dystopia in quite some time.

Anyway, I’d be lying if I said that this book doesn’t remind me of others. It reminded me A LOT of The Selection series (which I also enjoyed, so I didn’t mind that at all), and had some similarities to a bunch of other dystopias, like the Hunger Games (the whole area/fighting aspect), and pretty much any dystopia where the main character finds out they have powers.

I loved the characters in this book, and the depth they had to them. Yes, some of the *ahem* not as important characters were a little one sided *ahem* Evangeline *ahem*. But for the most part, the characters were interesting and some had some very surprising sides to them.

The one thing that really sets the Red Queen apart from other dystopias was the theme repeated throughout the book: Anyone can betray anyone. It was so relevant throughout the story, and I felt like it really tied the events of the book together.
BUT THE END. OH THE END!!!!!! I wont spoil anything, but that just threw me for a loop. UGH. WHYYYYYYYY.

Anyway, I would definitely recommend this book to people who love YA, The Selection, and/or dystopia (or are looking to get into/back into dystopia). But just be sure to have the second book on hand, because if you are anything like me then you’ll have about two seconds to breathe before your nose is buried in the Glass Sword!

I am going to give Red Queen four out of five hearts.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

The Pixar Book Tag

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I was tagged by Lauren @ Comma Hangover  to do the Pixar Book Tag! I grew up watching Pixar movies, and now that they have such a great bunch of movies lined up to come out, it is only right to participate in the Pixar tag! What better way to celebrate the amazingness?

So, without further ado, lets get down to business:


Toy Story

A book where you wanted the characters to come to life.

Am I allowed to say every great book ever? Cause I want more characters to come to life than people I actually know….

8112318So I decided on the characters from The Candymakers by Wendy Mass. I chose them because (1) that would mean there would be some pretty amazing candy made that just sounds so amazing and (2) there would be no force trying to end the world like in so many of the other books I read. So you go ahead and choose your reason.

Also, I have a feeling that the kids in this book would be pretty fun to hang out with… there would definitely be a lot of laughs and a lot of sugary fun!


A Bugs Life

A character that goes through a transformation.

Considering that in most books a character goes through some kind of transformation, I decided to go with an actual physical transformation… not just a change in personality, outlooks, or attitude.

13589580I am going to go with Brooklyn from What the Spell. In the beginning of the book, Brooklyn turns 16 and is finally allowed to use her powers (ya know, cause she is from a family of witches). So like any 16 year old girl, the first thing she decides to do is completely change her appearance. She goes from a shy mousy girl to a total bombshell overnight, and that is just where the journey begins.

Brooklyn also goes through a bit of a personal transformation, but it is all started by the change in appearance (and the powers obviously, but that’s not the point here).


Monsters Inc.

A strong/scary character that develops a soft side for someone else.

9378297This one was actually pretty easy. I’m going with Cas from Anna Dressed in Blood.

So Cas isn’t a bad character in any way (he’s actually the protagonist), but in the beginning of the book he pushes people away and refuses to get close to them. He just wants to do his ghost killing (sending off?) job and move onto the next one.

Then comes Thomas. And Caramel. And Anna. The rest is history. Cas learns to let people in, and when he does it’s beautiful. So I wouldn’t say that Cas develops a soft side “for someone else” per say, but he does develop a soft side, so that’s good enough for me!


 Finding Nemo

“P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way Sydney” A book that has an address or quote that’s burned into your memory forever.

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The first thing that came to mind was Harry Potter, because not only is 4 Privet Drive, Surrey an address I will never forget, the books have a lot of great quotes.

One of my absolute favorite quotes comes from Hermione: “Books! And Cleverness! There are far more important things-friendship and bravery…”


The Incredibles

Coolest book family.

Percy-Jackson-The-Lightning-Thief-Original-CoverPercy Jackson. He has quite possibly the coolest family ever.

First of all, his father is POSEIDEN. That is awesome. But that also makes a bunch of the Olympians (and other gods) related to him in some way, and all their kids… which kind of makes the biggest, most powerful extended family of all time.

Oh, and not to mention the monsters. I mean, not all of them are good, but there are a few like his Hell Hound and Tyson the Cyclops. Oh! and don’t forget the horses! And Pegasus (pegasi?). And all the other cool horse things.


Cars 1, 2, and 3

A book that keeps getting sequels you feel are not needed.

10507293For all the great books that don’t get sequels, there are all those books that don’t need sequels and get them anyway.

My choice for this one is The Selection Series by Kiera Cass.

Don’t get me wrong here, because I absolutely loved The Heir (I still haven’t gotten to read The Crown), but the original three books didn’t need a sequel. They ended really well.

That being said, in this instance I am really happy we got more of these books! And the covers… oh the covers!


Ratatouille

A book featuring a non-human/humanoid.

1183379Hmmmmmmmmmm. Now that I’m thinking about it, I haven’t read a lot of non-human/humanoid books lately. That’s pretty sad on my part.

I think I am going to have to go back to my middle school years and say The Warrior Series by Erin Hunter. Or rather, the Warrior Series’ (plural).

These books were my life for years. I had every single one all the way up to the third or fourth series when I started to grow out of them. But man those cats were a lot of fun to read about. They had some amazing adventures in there!


Wall-E

A book that made you lonely.

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This book made me so sad and heartbroken and empty inside. I mean, I did really love the book-it was amazing-but it was so deep and it just made me want to be around all my friends and never let them out of my sight.

I have to admit, the first name that came to mind for this question was Gayle Forman, because her books kind of have that same effect, but I think Jay Asher wins on this one.


Inside Out

Name a book that could be one of your core memories.

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18879761A core memory. That’s a tricky one. There are a lot of really deep books out there (like the above mentioned Thirteen Reasons Why) that could all be core memories just because of how emotionally jarring they  are.

I am going to go with a Gayle Forman book for this one: I Was Here. This book starts out with a suicide, and ends in the most beautiful way possible. It’s definitely a book that is going to stay with me forever, so I guess it could be one of my core memories.


And there you have it! The Pixar book tag!

I’m not going to tag anyone specifically (mostly because I have no idea how many people have already done it), but if you haven’t done it and you want to, then consider yourself tagged and don’t forget to leave me a link so I can see your answers!

Book to Movie Wishlist Tag

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I saw the Book to Movie Wishlist tag over on twistinthetaile and immediately knew I had to do it! There are so many great books that I would love to see turned into movies.

The rules of this tag are simple: list 5 books that you would like to see turned into a movie. So without further ado, lets begin!

1. Those Girls by Lauren Saft

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I think Those Girls would be an amazing movie. There is so much drama, revenge plotting, and emotions that it would keep audiences transfixed until the end. Also, all the characters are so realistic that bringing them to life would be amazing.

2. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

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Anna Dressed in Blood would be one of the most amazing horror movies ever. Seeing Cas, Anna, and the rest of the crew on screen would be magical. I feel like the movie could be a disaster if it were made poorly (just like any great book turned movie), but with the right crew and cast, it would be amazing.

3. Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

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Unraveling might just be my all time favorite book, so turning it into a movie is definitely a dream of mine. Janelle and Ben would kick some serious behind in this fast paced action/sci fi movie. I’m certainly keeping my fingers crossed for this one.

4. The Selection by Kiera Cass

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Actually, I think the whole Selection series would make an amazing movie series. The reality TV style setting of the books would translate over very well to a movie (in my opinion, of course). The characters are all so well created that bringing the to life is not hard to imagine. I really would love to see this one happen!

5. I Am The Weapon by Allen Zadoff

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There is so much action, mystery, and excitement in I Am The Weapon that it is hard not to want to see it as a movie. I kind of imagine Boy Nobody as a cross between Ethan Hunt and Jason Bourne. This is another one I will definitely keep my fingers crossed for.

So what do you think of my list? What books would you like to see as movies? Let me know in the comments below! Also, if you decided to do this tag on your blog, leave me a link so I can check it out!