Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

The SelectionTitle:  The Selection (The Selection, #1)
Author:  Kiera Cass
Format:  Kindle
Genre:  Romance (with a hint of Dystopia)
Source:  Personal Copy
Published:  April 24th 2012 by HarperTeen
My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

From Goodreads.com

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 the palace and compete for the heart of the 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

Wow. Swoon. Wow.

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Oh, wait! That’s probably not good enough, is it? When I first saw the cover of The Selection AGES ago on someone’s “Waiting on Wednesday” I knew I had to read this book. The cover alone is gorgeous. But I make it no secret that I’m a reality TV junkie, especially? The Bachelor!!! So this book sounded like it was written for me! (Of course, that means I would probably be disappointed with it, but I was prepared for that.)

Luckily? I was blown away. I started this book and from minute one I was captivated. I could not put this one down! And sure, there were predictable moments. (At 84% I commented on goodreads: “No!!!! I saw this coming…” ) But that didn’t make this book any less enjoyable.

The number one complaint I’ve heard about this book as I read other reviews is that the world-building isn’t very good. And admittedly, it’s not the greatest. But that doesn’t matter, not in the slightest. This book is so fluffy and delicious – I even saw one review compare it to Cotton Candy, and that is PERFECT!

As I read this, sure I thought there could be a bit more world building – and there is one scene in particular where they are having a history lesson of sorts, which kind of made me roll my eyes. But really? This book is about the Selection – the contest to win the heart of Prince Maxon! And for that purpose alone? This book is absolutely wonderful.

You can’t help but fall in love with these characters. America is sweet, honest, spunky and down to earth. From moment one, you want her to have the guy (whoever that may be in the end!) And you feel her emotion; her pain and you fall in love with Prince Maxon along with her.

And the boys? HOLY CHEESE! I can’t decide which of them I liked more. Ok, I can. Aspen broke my heart, and for that? I have to say that I adore Prince Maxon, although at times I found myself wondering if he was too good to be true!

The secondary characters are every bit as colorful and lovable/loathable. The other contestants fit into the reality show niche very well (and I gave them the faces of my favorite –and least favorite – Bachelorettes) and the Lady America’s maids were wonderful. Her family was perfect, and played their roles well.

I really could just go on and on about how much I loved this book. At 84% done I realized this was going to leave me angry at the end. Angry because I wanted more, and now? I have to wait. A really long time. (I don’t do well with patience! *lol* )

I would definitely recommend this book, but probably not to hardcore fans of Dystopian settings. I’d recommend it more for anyone looking for a fluffy, feel good read with a strong-willed protagonist. And absolutely, to fans of The Bachelor!!

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