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.
The Selection Summary:
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. 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.
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 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 likes princesses, or anyone who watches the Bachelor, or anyone who loves a good love triangle.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.
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