The One by Kiera Cass

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Title: The One
Author: Kiera Cass
Published: 
May 2014, HarperTeen
Genre: Young adult dystopia
How I got the book: I bought it

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 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.

My Review:

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I bought this book along with the second novel, The Elite. As soon as I finished the second book of this main trilogy, I immediately picked up The One and quickly finished it in a day.

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America and Maxon still had a rocky relationship in this novel. It was beginning to get annoying again and then the truth came out about Aspen and America having a previous relationship before Maxon came into the picture. That gave some conflict between Maxon and America and it was awesome. Not that I liked seeing them fight, but it’s part of who we are.

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The major plot of this one was for Maxon to finally choose a wife. And honestly, I thought America was actually going to lose for a while. Which was cool because I didn’t realize how much I rooted for her until I thought she wasn’t going to win. Also, I think it would be kind of cool if the protagonist didn’t get the guy in the end. However, with these kinds of novels, we all know how everything ends.

The final battle scene brought everything home. People died who I didn’t expect to get killed off and honestly, it hurt when they got killed. Due to spoilers, I don’t want to say too much on this matter, but it was nicely done.

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Kiera Cass, as I’ve said in my previous reviews, has such a way with words. The characters could have been stronger, but the ending was perfect for the series as was the final battle scene. Everything was so intense in the last few pages and I was on the edge of my seat for the majority of the book. I would read Cass’s work for the rest of the my life.

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While this book still wasn’t as good as the first one, The Selection, I still absolutely enjoyed the book as a whole. Everything was wrapped up neatly with a nice bow on top. The ending was perfect and each and every character throughout the trilogy had some sort of ending, which was nice to see.

The One by Kiera Cass gets…
5-stars5 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote:

“The best people all have some kind of scar.” –Kiera Cass, The One

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The Elite by Kiera Cass

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Title: The Elite
Author: Kiera Cass
Published:
HarperTeen, April 2013
Genre: Young adult dystopia
How I got the book: I bought it

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.

My Review:

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I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book as soon as I finished the first one, The Selection. I went out right away and bought this one and the third book.

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The characters disappointed me in this book, I have to admit. As much as I love Maxon, America, and Aspen, they all seemed to get on my nerves, America especially. America flip-flopped between Aspen, her first love, and Maxon, her current love. While I understand those feelings, they recurred throughout most of the novel and it got really old really fast. She egged both Aspen and Maxon on secretively, which wasn’t fair to either one of them. Aspen didn’t care about America’s situation and only cared about getting her back for himself which seemed selfish to me. Poor Maxon just has no idea what was going on behind his back the entire time. He only knew something was up because America was always moody towards him.

That’s another thing: America was a jerk to Maxon for most of the novel. She got jealous every time he hung out with the other girls from the selection as though he was cheating on her. However, she never told him she loved him and Maxon needs to do what’s best for him and what he feels is right. He wanted America, but she kept pushing him away. When she got jealous, she went crawling back to Aspen and would end up fighting with Maxon.

It was a vicious love triangle, one I didn’t care to follow.

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Maxon has narrowed 35 girls down to six. He has to keep eliminating them until he gets down to one, the one he wants to marry and become queen. Except, as I mentioned before, most of the book surrounded itself around the love triangle between Maxon, Aspen, and America. That, to me, seemed to be the main plot and it didn’t do anything for me. I’m all for love triangles, but I felt as though this was carried on for far too long.

 

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Kiera Cass has a wonderful writing style. The novel is told in first person through America. She really brings out America’s personality and you see the world through her eyes. The world Cass created is awesome and while I would never want to live there, it certainly is an interesting place to imagine. With that said, Cass has made such an interesting tale through a fictional world and beautiful writing.

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Between some of the characters and the writing, this was definitely a good book. I thought the first one was much better, but this book didn’t stop me from reading it in one sitting and then picking up the third book right away.

The Elite by Kiera Cass gets…
4-stars4 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote:

“You’ve changed me forever. And I’ll never forget you.” –Kiera Cass, The Elite

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The Selection by Kiera Cass

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Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: Young adult romance/fantasy
How I got the book: I bought it

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 Review:

 

I’m not one for romance, but the cover certainly caught my eye as did the title. Upon reading the blurb on the back I had a feeling this book would be one those “fairy-tale” type love stories and I guess, in a way, it kind of is.

It’s set in an alternate universe where Cass rewrote history to fit the fantasy antics of the story. And I have to say, what a world she created. The way the world works, its rules, and the kingdom is so well put together. I would never want to live there, but it’s a brand new place to explore inside my mind.

America is chosen as one of the 35 selected, but unlike any other fairy-tale she doesn’t want this. She’s only doing it for the money to help out her family. Of course, despite her not wanting to marry the prince, they become close anyway.

Most of the book was American trying to get used to “princess” life living in the castle with the other girls and the royal family. It was all interesting as we learned what the new life would be like alongside America.

Speaking of America, I had issues with her name. A lot of the characters have interesting names (one is named Tiny), but I just thought America was weird. Later in the book, her name is explained and it makes sense. Cass really thought of everything.

The overall plot is interesting and as the book was closer to the end, I was on the edge of my seat. A twist came along that I was not expecting. While I’m not a huge fan of love triangles, this one is working and I don’t know who to root for.

I loved the characters. America has a great relationship with her maids, which is nice to see. The prince has his own unique personality that is both prince-like and boy-like. America is headstrong and isn’t afraid to go after what she wants or tell it like it is.

Overall, this book is well written in a wonderful fantasy world with amazing characters. I can’t wait to read the next book!

The Selection by Kiera Cass gets 5 out of 5 stars.

Favorite Quote:

“But he sat way too rigidly in his chair. He looked so uptight. His clean hair was too perfect, his tailored suit too crisp. He seemed more like a painting than a person.” –Kiera Cass, The Selection

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