Review: The Crown – Kiera Cass

Review: The Crown – Kiera CassThe Crown by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #5
Published by HarperTeen
Published: May 3rd 2016
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three-stars

When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa 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 fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.

I don’t really know how to review this one. I guess The Crown was bittersweet for me. I’m not quiet about the fact that I call The Selection series my book crack. The first three books basically destroyed me and my sanity and I loved them even when I hated them. I was addicted and still kind of am. Then came The Heir which added to the addiction a tad, but it wasn’t as strong as the first three. And finally came The Crown, the end of my addiction. I was excited to still be in the world with this characters and sad to let go at the same time. Sadly though I thought the last book of the series was the most disappointing and I’m now left wondering if I should have let it go at The One.

My problem with The Crown was I wasn’t as emotionally invested in Eadlyn and her suitors as I was in Maxon and America’s journey. I enjoyed her and some of her companions but that love and addiction wasn’t there and I think that just mad me sad in the end. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the book and finding out how it would all go down, but I just ended up liking it and not being over the moon in love. I did have any crazy emotional reactions to anything Eady did which just disappointed me.

All in all I did really love the series. Is it for everyone? Definitely not. But it is a reading experience I will never forget. I was captivated by these characters and the world. But I also know when enough is enough and it’s time to say goodbye to them and wish them well.

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Review: The Heir – Kiera Cass

Review: The Heir – Kiera CassThe Heir by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection, #4
Published by HarperTeen
Published: May 5th 2015
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four-stars

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 always thought.

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To be honest I thought I was done with The Selection series after The One. Not because I didn’t want more, but because I thought I wouldn’t get more. I had resigned myself to the fact that my book crack series was over. And then The Heir was announced and I was so happy. More of my favorites, more of Illéa, more royals and more dresses. I didn’t really even care what the book was about, I was just happy I got more. But then I read the description and that happiness became excited because I was going to get to read the story from a different side but with different characters. And although I didn’t love The Heir as much as the trilogy, I really really enjoyed it.

 DO NOT READ FURTHER IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE FIRST 3 BOOKS!!!

The Heir takes place many, many years after The One. America is the Queen with Maxon her prince. They have gotten married and had a family and have changed Illéa for what they hoped was the better. But with tensions high they try to think of a way to bring the country together; they bring back The Selection. With their oldest already in a relationship Maxon and American convince his twin Eadlyn to begrudgingly take part in the process that brought them together. Eadlyn now has to do what her father did and date all these boys she has no intention of marrying, or does she? As the selection moves on Eadlyn learns more about herself and her parents than she ever expected. And who know, maybe love will happen after all.

actionThe thing I liked the best about The Heir was the story. I have always been one of those people that wants to read the other side of things. Like I would love to read Anna and the French Kiss from Etienne’e POV or Divergent from Four’s. Although The Heir isn’t Maxon’s take on the selection it is the other side of America’s story in a different kind of way and I loved that. Getting to see the struggles Eadlyn had and thinking about how Maxon must have said the same kind of struggles was fascinating to me. But I also love that it was a completely different story as well. That really worked for me.

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Being back in Illéa was amazing, and in the palace even better. It was a comfortable setting but it had also changed as a country and as a palace. Maxon’s parents were long gone and he and America had made it a home for them and their family. It was fun to see the two of them as the adults with the heavy responsibilities. And Illéa had also transformed. America did some of the things she wanted done in the first three books. I loved seeing how they worked in actuality and not in theory.

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I guess this is where I didn’t love the book as much. Eadlyn. Oh Eady. She is a touch egg. She is nothing like America and doesn’t have the charm of her father. She is spoiled and bratty and entitled. She really makes it hard for you to like her whenever she says almost anything. But on the other hand you can respect her. And you appreciate some of the things she does realize about herself. She just isn’t what you would expect the daughter of Maxon and America to be like. And the suitors were definitely interesting. I liked some more than others, one in-particular, but I don’t want to say more and give any of them away. 😉

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All in all I thought The Heir was great. It had that same fun quality of writing that Cass put out in the first three books. It told a great story but in a fun way with interesting characters that may get on your nerves but are still interesting and perfect for the story. The end was a doozy for sure and it will make you want to know what happens to wrap the story of Illéa’s favorite family. Come on Book 5, don’t make me beg.

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Review: The One – Kiera Cass

Review: The One – Kiera CassThe One by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #3
Published by HarperTeen
Published: May 6, 2014
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five-stars

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 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.

Never in my entire life have I read a series of book that has given me more anxiety than The Selection series. The Selection was a minor case of anxiety. The Elite pushed it to a whole new level, to the point that I missed my train stop and wanted to throw the book a time or two. And then there is The One. If I thought the nerves were bad for The Elite I was 100% wrong. The pit in my stomach reading The One was astronomical. I mean seriously Kiera Cass, seriously!

The One is the final chapter in the story of America Singer, a girl from a lower numbered caste that has been selected to vie for the affections of the Prince and heir to the throne, Maxon. What started out as America entering the Selection for her family, and her once boyfriend Aspen, has turned into America actually developing feelings for Maxon. As time has passed she had opened herself to love him but she isn’t sure about everything that comes with it. With Aspen in the castle as a guard continuing to push his affections on her and the rebels trying to bring the monarchy down, not to mention the fact that the king hates her, America has to really take a hard look at herself and the life she wants to live. She has to decide if she is truly ready to be the one.

Book crack, book crack, book crack! Anyone that knows me knows that is what I call this series. I mean I know it’s bad for me yet I need my fix and love the feelings it gives me. And feelings it does. Honestly, I can’t tell you it is the best series ever written or that The One played out how I hoped and that everything was answered. What I can tell you is that I love every freaking thing about this series. I love the good, the bad, and the ugly. And there was a lot of ugly in The One. America and Maxon have this way about them that makes me completely crazy. Most of the time I want to shake both of them because they are so infuriating. But honestly, I love them. I know, I’m a mess. That’s what this series has done to me.

Look, I know this review doesn’t really say much about the series or about The One. I could go into specifics about the plot and I could go into things I thought worked and didn’t work and I could talk about who, if anyone, America ended up with. But they would just be words that gave the series away. Honestly, I can’t explain my love of this series and the feelings it gave me and how The One wrapped everything up. All I can tell you is you will either love or hate this book, love or hate the series. I just so happen to be on the love side of things.

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Waiting on Wednesday – The One by Kiera Cass

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Title: The One (The Selection series)
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: May 6, 2014{purchase}

theoneDescription: The Selection changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. And now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.

America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the competition approaches its end 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.

*Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It is a weekly meme that allows you to share a book you can’t wait to read!
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The Selection Series

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I’m not usually one to completely gush about a cover. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good cover as much as the next one, but I usually squeal in my chair over it. But Today I don’t do it because if you know me you know that The Selection series is my straight up book crack. Those books can get me worked up like no other book. I missed my train stop reading The Elite! So when I saw the cover of The One had been released today(here) I had to share my love and show off the gorgeousness of all three together. Honestly I have never seen Red, White and Blue look so pretty on a book! I can not WAIT until I can have this whole series on my book shelf! Come on May 2014!!!!!

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