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.what I had to say about The Selection:
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.
"On a serious note, I adored The Selection by Kiera Cass..."
"America is slow and thorough in her realizations, but she’s honest and as up-front with herself as she can possibly be while wading through her confusing and angsty feelings..."
"This love triangle between Maxon and America and Aspen is destined to bring pain and scars, because the two guys who come to mean so much to her are both genuinely good guys, both worthy and beautiful choices in their own ways..."
"The Selection by Kiera Cass has touches of dystopian in the caste system and its effects on the citizens, and in the rebellion that’s attacking with a vengeance those who uphold that system... Really, though, The Selection by Kiera Cass is more about the actual Selection than anything else, and the budding romance that develops as a result..."
what others had to say:
"I thought The Selection was a bit slow to start, but once it did, the storyline and characters kept me glued to the page...I liked America Singer as a character (the name, not so much); she’s strong, composed, and compassionate. The friendship she develops with Prince Maxon is comfortable and real. Her heartache over Aspen is believable and I felt emotionally torn along with her..." ~Jen (A Book and A Latte)
"The world Kiera Cass has crafted was just magical and I was swept up in it in an instant. I loved every moment of it – I loved that America was from the caste that was artists..." ~Erica (The Book Cellar)
"America is also honest with herself, and that honesty is apparent by the end of the book. The ending (which is NOT a cliffhanger) shows her courage, sense of adventure and ability to keep a level-head... side-note: I’m not a fan of the love triangle, and in this case it’s really killing me – I like them both!" ~Girls in the Stacks
"I loved the story in The Selection so much. It was just a ton of fun – and dystopians aren’t usually fun, per say. I liked idea of the caste system a lot and the idea of competing for the Prince’s attention. It was a combination of The Bachelor and Cinderella..." ~Tara (Hobbitsies)
"I wasn't expecting The Selection to be this much fun. I went into this with an open mind, regardless of all the pre-release talk, and I got exactly what I wanted: brain candy. Kiera Cass is quite evil to end the book where she did and, if I'm being honest, it felt a little incomplete to me. ALL BUILD UP. But the intrigue is in full-force and I can't wait for the EXPLOSION that the sequel will surely be..." ~Jen (Makeshift Bookmark)
a little worried by all the positives?
"So what IS The Selection? I thought it was a light read that heavily focused on the competition of 35 girls vying for the affection of Prince Maxon. It had the typical mean girls, pretty dresses, makeovers, and gossip. I wish more time had been spent developing the girls, and perhaps their provinces at the same time to flesh out the world of Illéa, but it was still easy to get swept into their drama..." ~Steph (Poetry to Prose)
And decide for yourself!
And NOW for THE GIVEAWAY:
Because YOU - or a majority of you - voted for The Selection as this month's Bloggers' Choice, and because Kiera was swamped this month with all the release buzz promotion, I AM GIVING AWAY a copy of The Selection to EVERYONE (so long as the Book Depository ships to your shipping address. You can find out by clicking here! and finding your country's name on the list.)
Official Giveaway Info:
- you do NOT have to be a follower
- there are extra entries available
- all entrants must be at least 13 years old or older
- giveaway deadline is May 28, 2012
- read my Contest | Giveaway page, as well as my Privacy Notice
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