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The Heir & The Crown by Kiera Cass

 

Once again, I couldn’t help but immediately start the next book after finishing The Heir. So I’m reviewing the last two books in the Selection series together like I did the first three together in my last review.

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The Heir Summary:

Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon-and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection-no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry just may capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her… and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.

The Crown Summary:

When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illea to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.

Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairy-tale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimesthe heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn much make a choice that feels more impossible-and more important-than she ever imagined.

Review:

I was really excited to read these books. The first three in the series were just so awesome. I was very intrigued to see the life that America and Maxon had made together. Sadly, that was the best part of the book. Being able to read about America and Maxon again was by far the best part of these two books. Their  daughter, Eadlyn, was exactly what she seemed she would be. A freaking princess. Honestly, she was kind of a brat for most of this book. Some instances I could understand, like with Josie, another girl living in the palace. Josie is like the little sister Eadlyn never wanted, always taking her things and retuning them ruined. I personally know what that is like, so I totally understand the bratty behavior when it comes to Josie. But her complete refusal of the Selection when Maxon suggests it really annoyed me. The Selection was suggested as a way to distract the public from the unrest and the drama going on among them. As the future Queen she should have agreed right away that it was a good way to stall for time while they tried to figure out a better solution to solving the issues the public were having. Instead the Selection made it worse because most of the population didn’t particularly like Eadlyn. She comes across as a cold and impersonal character. While we, the readers, get to see that she is emotional, she’s just very good at hiding it and putting on a brave face, some of the ways she reacted to the peoples dislike of her really irked me. She used the boys in the Selection to try to boost her popularity. By the end of The Crown I definitely grew to like her more, but it was hard to get over that initial irritation with her. She’s a complex character and we get to see her grow in so many ways. It was just frustrating watching her deny herself so much happiness because of how she thinks she’s supposed to act and portray herself.

The other thing I wasn’t a huge fan of in these two books was that it had a few repetitious ideas from the first three books. Yes, they were slightly different, sometimes I felt like I was reading the same book over again.

There were many good things about The Heir and The Crown. I absolutely adored Eadlyn’s three brothers. It made me very happy to learn that Maxon and America had four children. I also really enjoyed getting to see more of Maxon and America twenty years in the future. Maxon was the king he always wanted to be. And America’s fears about becoming royalty were totally unfounded. She was loved by her people probably even more than they loved Maxon’s mother, Amberly, before her. I was very happy knowing that their love story turned out exactly how it should. I also enjoyed watching them be parents. Giving Eadlyn advice about theSeletion and dropping hints about their own Selection.

I wouldn’t say I didn’t like these two books, but I’ll probably wait a while before I reread them. I won’t try to shove them down your throat either like I tend to do with books I really loved. But I will say, that if you liked the first three books in The Selection Series, then you should give The Heir and The Crown a chance. Maybe you will like them more than I did.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.

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The Selection, The Elite, The One by Kiera Cass

Hello readers!
I read the first three books in The Selection Series so quickly that I decided to review them all together. I couldn’t seem to make time to review each book before I started reading the next one.

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The Selection Summary:
For thirty five girls, the Selection is the chance of a life time. The opportunity 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, and leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she begins to realize that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
The Elite Summary:
The Selection began with thirty five girls. Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever-and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?
America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want- and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.
The One Summary:
The time has come for one winner to be crowned. When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere near close to the crown-or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, 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.
Review:
I loved this series. I am actually a little surprised I could control myself enough to write this review before I start the next book, The Heir. When I realized that the next book is about the next generation of Prince Maxon’s family I had to stop myself and write this review, or I wouldn’t ever end up writing it.
I love Kiera Cass for this series. I’m very excited to read her other book The Siren. I haven’t heard anything about it, but from her writing in these three books I’m sure it’s wonderful. Each page was filled with amazing details and descriptions. The settings were easily pictured, between the palace and the many other places this story took us to. But my favorite was the details of what the girls wore. Thirty five girls were competing to become the next princess and of course had to dress accordingly. I loved all the beautiful dresses they got to wear; they were explained so clearly at times I felt like I was the one wearing them. This is something that’s important to me with the books I’m reading. When I read I like to be taken away into the story. I have to know every detail, in as much detail as possible. Cass definitely gave that to me in these three books.
So this dystopian themed series had an interesting history as to how their current situation came around. It gave an almost realistic history with not one, but two World Wars. This was interesting to me, because I totally see it as something that could happen to America.
Now, my favorite part, the characters; America Singer is the main character who enters into the Selection because of pressure from her mother and from her secret boyfriend. She’s shocked when she’s picked to move to the palace and participate in the Selection. Before she leaves she has a huge blowout with her secret boyfriend. Which left me very hopeful for no love triangles, but man was I wrong. I liked America very much because she never stops being exactly the person that she is. Even when she tries to follow through with something she doesn’t believe in, she just can’t seem to quite do it. Even though she’s making certain members of Maxon’s family very angry, she can’t help but to stick to her morals and to what she knows to be the right thing. That’s something I really admired about her. The only thing I didn’t like about America was that she waited way too long to be straight up with Aspen, her secret boyfriend from before she was a part of the Selection. She gets so many chances to tell him that she’s not in love with him anymore and just doesn’t and it really irritates me because she only just makes things more complicated for herself.
Aspen was very sweet at first. With his and America’s secret treehouse meetings, they were adorable. But then they broke up and that should have been the end of it. I like Aspen at the beginning of The Selection and towards the end of The One, but in the middle he really just annoyed me. He was always there, making things more complicated when they really didn’t need to be. I don’t know who told these authors that we readers like love triangles, but I can’t stand most love triangles.
I loved Maxon pretty much as soon as we met him. His relationship with America is something I really liked. They started out as friends because she wasn’t over her feelings for Aspen yet. That’s how all relationships should start. As friends. The more these two hung out, the closer they got and the more both of their feelings grew for one another. Maxon was usually very clear with America about his feelings towards her, but at the same time giving her the space she needed to figure out what was going on in her head too. He was ever hopeful that she would return his feelings so they could be together. I think what I liked most about their relationship is that neither one was really ever afraid to speak their mind to the other. Because they started as friends, they had an openness to talk to one another as equals and I think that was really important for these two characters. Maxon is someone I would have liked more detail on, I would have enjoyed seeing thing from his perspective sometimes. I feel like we only got to know him along with America, but much of that they were arguing about silly things and while she has forever to get to know him, we didn’t.
The rest of the girls from the Selection were all good additions to this story. While a few of them were the stereotypes you can expect when you get a large group of girl, it seemed to work. The more girls that got eliminated the closer the remaining girls became. I really enjoyed seeing the last four girls become very close. We got to read about new sides of some girls that weren’t terribly pleasant for the first part of this story. Of course I also have to mention how much I adored Queen Amberly. She was probably my favorite, after America. She was the winner of the last Selection and played a big part in these books, from advising the girls in the beginning to obviously starting to care for them towards the end. She was a great balance to her not to enjoyable husband, the King.
Overall I really enjoyed these three books, The Selection, The Elite and The One. I would suggest them to anyone who like princesses, or anyone who watches the Bachelor, or anyone who loves a good love triangle.
Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading. To play along, answer the following three questions and share a link to your post in the comments on her page. Enjoy!

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What are you currently reading? 

Amanda- I’m currently reading The Selection by Kiera Cass. I read the first three book in this series a  few years ago, and recently a few more have come out. So I’m trying to collect and reread the whole series.

Antonia- I’m currently reading (about to start technically) Soldier by Julia Kagawa. Amanda and I both blew through the first two books in this series when we discovered them and I absolutely had to go get this one once it came out. I can’t wait to see where these amazing characters go next.

What did you recently finish reading?

Amanda- I recently finished reading The Belgariad and The Malloreon by David Eddings. These were given to me by my roommate to read and I’m so glad he suggested them. They took a while to read because there’s ten books combined into four large books and there’s so much detail and adventure in each book. If you’re a fantasy lover this is definitely a series you need to read.

Antonia- I just finished The Witness by Nora Roberts. This is my favorite of all her books and I read it about once a year.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Amanda- The next book on my list is The Elite by Kiera Cass. Like I said I’m trying to reread The Selection Series because I enjoyed the first few books that Ive already read.

Antonia- Next I plan to read The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine. I recently discovered this from a Top Ten Tuesday (Thank you, Caitlin!) and when I was at the bookstore the other day I couldn’t resist getting it.

What are your answers to these three questions?

Happy Wednesday readers!