True love is usually the most inconvenient kind.
-Kiera Cass, The Selection
I totally forgot to post a review yesterday. I thought about pretending like yesterday didn’t happen and waiting until next week to post a review and nobody would even notice… but then I felt guilty and decided to post a day late instead. 😀
Today’s review is on The Selection by Kiera Cass. (As promised in Wednesday’s blog).
I haven’t read the last book, The Crown yet, so this review is going to be on the first three books which are based around America’s story.
I don’t know why it took me so long to read this book. Everyone was reading it. Someone even came up to me in a bookstore and tried to get me to buy it. But I didn’t read it until just a few months ago.
And then I read the first four books in a week.
So, here are my thoughts. Spoilers ahead, so if you haven’t read the book, then…
It took a while for me to get into the story. I didn’t care much for Aspen. I know he ended up being a cool guy, but he was just so shady when he broke up with America. I don’t know if the author wanted me to think America even had a chance with him, but I definitely never felt a connection. I was thoroughly disgusted when she made out with him in the palace. Their relationship just wasn’t believable. But I’m glad he ended up being a good guy and that they stayed friends.
I love the first and third books the most. I love how America enjoyed music. I love her and Maxon’s relationship. (Although I thought their first meeting in the garden was bordering on the edge of cheesy.) I love that these books are a combination of The Bachelor and fairy tale and that they take place in a very believable dystopian world. I felt the stab of betrayal as if it were my own when Maxon told America she was going home. *crying emoticon* And I was so incredibly happy when he chose her.
Maxon had a good character, I felt. I mean, trying to pull of a noble, loyal guy when he’s trying to choose a wife out of a bunch of girls had got to be hard. Maxon needed to stay open to the other girls in case America decided not to choose him, but he wanted her. And then when he actually was falling for some of the other girls, the story just kept me hooked. Also, I thought all five books were about America, so when someone posted that she hated who the main character picked in the last book (meaning The Crown, not The One), then I literally thought America was going to choose Aspen, and I HAD TO KEEP READING to make sure that didn’t happen. Thankfully, she chose Maxon.
If I had known what these books were about—that the first three books would have been like a season of Bachelor, I probably wouldn’t have jumped on them. Not because I don’t like Bachelor, (I actually watch it every year, but because I wouldn’t have thought anyone could pull of a trilogy so much like the show, and do it well. So, well done, Kiera Cass.