May 20, 2012

Review: Kiera Cass - The Selection

Kiera Cass - The Selection

Pub Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Harper Audio
Format: CD 8hr 7min
Age Range: Young Adult

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 the palace and compete for the heart of the 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.

I checked this out from the local library. Here is my honest review:

This is like The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor. And it's GOOD. :o)

I got seriously sucked in. It took a bit, but I really started to want to live IN the book. That usually means that I'm enjoying it so much that no one should talk to me or interrupt. And that was the case. This book isn't necessarily original, but it's freshly written and highly entertaining in the suspense and "who's gonna get the girl" kind of way. 

I definitely recommend this book is you like cliffhangers, too. It's a series, so obviously it has to continue, but DAMN I wanted to know who wins! I figured this was a totally predictable story, too. And it kind of is.. but then I was shocked by someone showing up at the palace when maybe I shouldn't have been. That's okay because I wasn't expecting it, and I love that stuff. 

The MC is called America.. and it was amusing every time someone addressed her. I pictured them making the statement to the country. "But that's not fair, America!" "I just can't do that, America." Those aren't exactly quotes from the book, but maybe you're understanding what I mean now.. lol. I didn't like that she was so wishy-washy though. Does she want to be with Aspen? With Prince Maxon? Who knows. she doesn't know. Oy. It'll be interesting to see how this goes!!

Notes about the audio book: I really enjoyed the narration of this novel. Amy Rubinate does a fantastic job doing all the different voices. She speaks well and seems to pronounce things correctly. I always appreciate that! So if you're not sure about audio books, this might be a good one to start with.

Bottom line: Check this book out! It's fun and serious at the same time. Thoroughly enjoyable.


4 / 5 book sharks!


  1. I really hope to get to it soon, so I'm really glad you enjoyed it so much! Thanks for sharing - lovely review! :)

    Fictional Distraction

  2. I've been thinking about this book for a while now. Not sure if I want to buy it, but I'll certainly try and borrow it from the library if I can.

  3. I liked this one, too, Mickey! I'm glad I read an ARC because I'm not sure I'd consider it a book I HAVE to buy. But it was cute, heart-warming, and serious all at the same time.

  4. Hah! Glad you liked it/ I heard mixed reviews on it and The Selection is just sitting on my shelf, waiting to be open and read. Lol. Great review!:D

    Fara @ Tumbling In Books

  5. As everybody mentioned, there are so many mixed reviews about this book. Not sure yet if I'm going to read it. Thank you for great review!

  6. I read this in book form and LOVED it. I'm not usually a fan of cliffhangers but this one didn't bother me too much. Can hardly wait for book number 2!


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