Friday, May 25, 2018

Book Review: The Selection

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection, #1
Pages: 327
Acquired: Bought
Rating: ★★★


Goodreads Summary:

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 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. 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.


 My Thoughts (If you have not read the book there may be spoilers!):

I know I’m super late on The Selection Series train, I’ve been focusing more on college than reading books the last couple years, so I’ve been reading older books and series that I never started! Starting this year, I hope to read more of the older books that I have been meaning to get to that have been sitting on my bookshelves for a while now.

            Let’s start with the main character, America Singer! I really enjoyed reading about her character, I liked that she wasn’t one of those girls who sees a handsome guy and then falls head over heels for him within the first 5 minutes of meeting. She had realistic attitudes about being heartbroken and being put into a whole new environment where she had to figure out what she wanted for herself before she can decide what guy she wants to be with. With that being said, yes there is a start of a love triangle in this book between America, Aspen (the guy that broke her heart but was also America’s first love), and Maxon (the crowned prince). I felt that the love triangle was mehhh…. I was more on Team Maxon the whole time so for me it was more of a simple budding romance story between America and Prince Maxon with Aspen on the side trying to see if he still had a chance.

            Speaking of Aspen…I didn’t really like his character as much. He had America at his fingertips ready to marry him before the Selection even started and he pushed her away due to his own insecurities and pride. I feel that if you find “true love” you should try to make it work regardless of your thoughts or worry about the future. I feel that he was too concerned with the future instead of the present and that cost him.

            I did like the competition aspect of the story, I felt that the Selection was an interesting take on the Bachelor meets Royalty spin. I liked that this book also brought in the little parts about Queen Amberly and her family and how the Selection affected her as well. It was good to see that they didn’t portray her as some mean and bitter queen that let power get to her head and strip her of some of her compassionate qualities. I’ve been seeing a lot of books that focus on the Queen being mean and evil rather than nice, regal, and caring like Queen Amberly.

            I’m interesting to see how the remaining 6 contestants in the Elite will fair in the next rounds of the competition for the guy and the crown. I’m curious as to what Marlee is going to decide, being that she is the people’s favorite and if that will alone give her an edge because the majority of the country seems to be pulling for her in particular. It is always nice to have a country that likes their princess and eventually their queen. Celeste also is one of those characters that I am interested in seeing more of her schemes and deceptive tricks to keep herself in the competition and inch closer and closer to getting that crown. 

            America definitely has some competition and some personal choices to make between Aspen and Prince Maxon. The next installment in the series, The Elite, will surely answer many more of my questions about how the story will continue to unfold and I am definitely interested in continuing on with this series! 

4/5 I would recommendJ

If you have read this book, let me know your thoughts below!!


Friday, December 16, 2016

2015 Book Challenges

Disregard: This an old post I never posted.  :)

2015 Goodreads Challenge: 40 books 

 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10

11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  19  20

21  22  23  24  25  26  27  28  29  30

31  32  33  34  35  36  37  38  39  40

***Read 14 books in 2015.

(Fairytale) Retelling Reading Challenge 2015

The Daily Prophecy
Here are the details:
  • The challenge runs from January 1st – December 31st 2015.

  • The goal is to read fairytale retellings, but if you want you can also pick other retellings. It’s up to you what you count as a fairytale. Here are a couple of books you can pick from: my bookshelf with fairytale retellings and Fairytale lists on Listopia. You can read Middle Grade, Young Adult and Adult books for this challenge. Obviously, the book doesn't have to be published in 2015 and re-reads count.

  • There are 6 different levels you can aim for:
    -Prince Charming: 1 – 4 books.
    -Magic mirror: 5 - 9 books.
    -Big bad wolf: 10 – 15 books.
    -The wise princess: 16 – 20 books.
    -Wicked fairy Godmother: 21 – 25 books.
    -Bluebeard: you are killing it! 26+ books.
I'm slightly amending my challenge to mainly include any type of classic retelling (not limited to only fairytale retellings).

My Progress: Prince Charming: 3 books.
1. Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1) - Josephine Angelini (Illiad/Trojan War Retelling) My Review!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

"Get to Know Me" Tag (21 Questions)

So I've seen this tag around a couple places and figured it was about time to get this blog back up and running with a fun tag! My second year of college has been insanely crazy and stressful so I needed to put blogging and reading on the back burner for a while, but hopefully since finals are about 2 weeks away afterwards I should hopefully have more time to blog and read and get back to a normal routine.

**I have no clue who created this tag, so there's no link to the creator, but I think it may have started on Youtube.**
This tag is pretty simple, there's 21 random questions that tell you more about me in the form of fun questionnaire!

Let's Get Started....

1. Are you named after anyone? Yes actually, my dad. His name is Eric... add an "a" on the end and Viola!... Erica it is! :)

2. When was the last time you cried? I'm normally not a very emotional's probably been well over a year since I've cried over something serious... otherwise tv shows will sometimes cause that tiny stream of tears to fall...uhh wait...did I really admit that....

3. Do you have kids? No.

4. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself? Definitely! I think I'm a pretty cool person to be friends with if I may say so myself!

5. Do you use sarcasm a lot? YES. Guilty. Haha its definitely a part of my personality.

6. Will you ever bungee-jump? UMMM NOOO! I mean I'm all for living life to the fullest... BUT... not exactly to that extent... 

7. What’s your favorite cereal? CINNAMON TOAST CRUNCH... that is all.

8. What’s the first thing you notice about people? Their eyes... then their mannerisms and behavior. I'm definitely an observer, so I love to watch people and get an idea of how they are as a person from a far....hope that made sense :)

9. What is your eye color? Brown.

10. Scary movie or happy endings? Happy Endings.... but Scary Movies if I'm not alone....

11. Favorite smells? Coffee... I'm addicted and also fruity or spice- scented candles.

12. Summer or winter? Winter! Or Fall. I love layering and also fall/winter fashion. Boots, Sweaters, Scarves, etc.

13. Computer or television? Computer, hands down! I can do all the things with a computer, INCLUDING watch TV so it's the best of both worlds.

14. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home? On vacations I've traveled to South America but that's the furthest.

15. Do you have any special talents? I can roll my tongue into a 3-leaf clover, and I'm also double jointed... if that counts.

16. Where were you born? Mississippi.

17. What are your hobbies? Shopping...compulsively.... organizing and running my Etsy Shop, running my book blog. ( plug, painting/drawing, and also I'm getting back into crocheting. 

18. Do you have any pets? No, but I can definitely see a puppy or two in my future!

19. Favorite movie? A couple of favorites.... Deep Blue Sea...Mirrors...Bridesmaids... Dumb and Dumber... The Breakfast Club... and a lot more! 

20. Do you have any siblings? Yes… 3 younger brothers and 1 younger sister, from my parents' separate marriages.

21. What do you want to be when you grow up? For now... a Dermatologist! I really interested in the field of medicine, so I believe my mind is set for now.


I tag Anyone and Everyone!! Leave your link in the comments below and I'll be sure to check out your post!