Monday, January 26, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: The One (A Selection Series Book) by Kiera Cass

Original Review December 12, 2014
Originally updated January, 26, 2015
Follow up to Review February 14,2015

The One

December 12, 2014

January 26, 2015 (updated review)

This is part of a series. "The One" is a compelling drama. Think futuristic version of "The Bachelor" that's what this is. It's a young adult fictional love story.

The book has a hardened King, a hopeful set of wannabe princesses, and a possessive set of suitors. America is the main character, she is obtuse, exhausting, secretive, rude, an idealist, and full of head games. Her secrets have secrets. It's annoying.

The main character is always trying to do the right thing at the expense of logic, reason, or strategy. From the first book to this one I don't know whether to root for her, the rebels, or her love interests. Every book expands on the characters and flushes out their various secrets.
Favorite Books Best of Books Award by DesaraeV

I'm only a few chapters into this book. Hoping this book isn't a cliffhanger. The last couple left off with terrible cliffhangers. You are left in suspense with all new questions and very little answers.
I highly recommend this series. Click here to buy it on Amazon (yes I make a couple pennies if you use this link to purchase the book, but supporting my reading habit means I'll write more reviews)

noun: cliffhanger; plural noun: cliffhangers; noun: cliff-hanger; plural noun: cliff-hangers
  1. an ending to an episode of a serial drama that leaves the audience in suspense.
    • a story or event with a strong element of suspense.
      "the game was a cliffhanger right up to the final buzzer"
    1. cliffhanger or cliffhanger ending is a plot device in fiction which features a main character in a precarious or difficult dilemma, or confronted with a shocking revelation at the end of an episode of serialized fiction.

Book Description

 May 6, 2014
The three books of the #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series are available together for the first time, along with the first two novellas in the series. Perfect for gift givers and for fans new to the series, this is the only way to get all five stories in one bundle.
The Selection:

35 girls. 1 crown. The competition of a lifetime. Kiera Cass's bestselling debut is a lush and romantic tale about one girl choosing between two loves—and two very different lives.

The Elite:

35 girls came to the palace. Only 6 remain. In this sequel to 
The Selection, America Singer has grown closer to Prince Maxon and is among the top six contenders for his heart—but she isn't sure she's ready to be a princess.

The One:

35 girls entered the Selection. Only 1 can win. In this thrilling third novel, America must finally choose between Prince Maxon and her first love, Aspen—but her time to choose may have run out.

The Prince:

This novella takes readers inside Prince Maxon's world before the Selection began, when there was another girl in his life.

The Guard:

This novella takes readers inside Aspen's world as a guard at the castle, where he is forced to watch his true love fall for someone else.

The Favorite:
While America Singer's heart was torn between Aspen and Prince Maxon, her friend Marlee knew exactly what she wanted—and paid the price. Revisit the captivating world of Kiera Cass's #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series in this digital original novella. Told from Marlee's point of view, this all-new 64-page story returns to the fateful Halloween when Marlee and Carter were discovered and reveals how that night—and Prince Maxon—changed their lives forever. The Favorite also features a teaser to The Siren!  The Queen & The Favorite:

Before America Singer's story began, another girl came to the palace to compete for the hand of a different prince…. Don't miss this digital original novella set in the captivating world of Kiera Cass's #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series. This prequel story takes place before the events of The Selection and is told from the point of view of Prince Maxon's mother, Amberly. Discover a whole new Selection with this inside look at how Maxon's parents met—and how an ordinary girl named Amberly became a beloved queen. HarperTeen Impulse is a digital imprint focused on young adult short stories and novellas, with new releases the first Tuesday of each month.

The Heir:
Kiera Cass's #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series has enchanted readers from the very first page. In this fourth romantic novel, follow Illéa's royal family into a whole new Selection—and find out what happens after happily ever after.
Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon's heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn't expect her Selection to be anything like her parents' fairy-tale love story...but as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn't as impossible as she's always thought.
A new generation of swoonworthy characters and captivating romance awaits in the fourth book of the Selection series!

Follow Up

February 14, 2015

Each book, until the last one, always has a cliffhanger. I hate cliffhangers, but the series is finally over (the last book came out in 2015) so buy the entire series at the same time and you will not care. Unfortunately, I read these books before they where finished. So, I was left without endings or answers. The plot thickens that takes drastic and dramatic twists. I ended up disliking and liking characters who you may find unexpected. I'm afraid to say too much so that I do not spoil it.

Other Books I Recommend:

From the Same Series:

The Selection Series Box Set: The Selection, The Elite, The One Paperback

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