If you haven’t read The Selection series, I wouldn’t read this review because there are spoilers for the series… You have been warned!
It’s been a while since I have read The Selection series, but I had been eagerly awaiting the release of Happily Ever After since I first found out about it. I originally thought this was just going to be two short stories (The Queen and After The One) so I was over the moon when I realised there was much more! I’ll give a little review for each story and then an overall :)
The Queen: I really liked this short story. I was weary of Amberly in the books because I didn’t trust her at first, but then I started to really like her and I like her even more after reading her story. I loved seeing a different side of the King, and more of how their relationship developed. He was exuded dominance and authority, but he was definitely a lot nicer and you can see why Amberly made the choices that she did. I also just love anything to do with The Selection world, so this novella definitely met my expectations.
The Prince & The Guard: I didn’t read these novellas because I have already read it. Reviews for both here.
The Favourite: This was by far my favourite novella in the whole book! I loved Marlee, but honestly who doesn’t? I really liked seeing the whole caning scene from a different perspective, and I really enjoyed the flashbacks to when she and Carter met and how they got together because you don’t get that in The Selection series. I also really loved how it would jump forward to different scenes from the books to get a different perspective. AND I especially loved when shows you how events in The Heir came to be, it honestly made me so happy. I just can’t even. I don’t normally have much emotion when reading books, but this literally made me so happy I cried. It was a bit intense. I would recommend this whole book for that one story alone!
Scenes from Celeste: I know a lot of people liked Celeste even though she was horrible, but I really didn’t. I didn’t even care when a certain something happened in The One to be honest. Although after reading these three scenes, I can definitely have some sympathy for Celeste. I’m really glad Cass decided to include these particular scenes, you really do get to see a side of Celeste that is only very briefly touched on in The Selection.
The Maid: This was another story I was not expecting in this bind up! I was pleasantly surprised. To be honest in the books I didn’t really pay much attention to Lucy and Aspen in the books, but I really loved this story. It gave a lot of insight to what was going on, especially since it was barely touched upon in The Guard. I would have liked to have a bit more about Lucy and maybe what happened after this story ended, but overall I’m happy with it.
After the One: This was the one I was most excited for when I first heard about this book and it definitely did not disappoint. I was a bit confused at the start of it, just because I didn’t know when it was but I would have loved to have seen this as the actual ending. It was beautiful and it wrapped everything up perfectly. Honestly, every single thing I wondered what was happening after “The One” was answered in this bonus epilogue.
Where are they now? This was a nice addition that I also wasn’t expecting. Although to be honest, I didn’t really care, but it was nice to know all the same!
Overall: What can I say? I freaking loved this bind up! It was everything I wanted and more!! I loved the illustrations that were in it, they were honestly just perfect. I would have loved a few more though. I am a bit disappointed that the map wasn’t in the paperback edition though. I think that was a bit rude to only include it in the Hardback version but that doesn’t affect my opinion of the book so it doesn’t even matter.
I also thought that the little descriptions Kiera gave before each short story was a nice touch. I really enjoyed finding out the reason each one was written and what she personally got out of it. And as always, Kiera Cass’s writing was just amazing. So easy to read and just so engaging. I loved every moment of this book and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to anyone who even remotely liked The Selection series. And if you haven’t read it yet, then I highly suggest that you do.
Really the only complaint I have is that I want more of everything! But in particular, I would absolutely LOVE a whole book about Marlee and Carter. I’m a bit sad knowing there’s only one more book left. I know everyone is complaining about this all being for money and I don’t understand the big deal to be honest. Why would anyone complain about getting more content about these characters? I’m sure only people who didn’t like it would and even then, why should you even care? I went on Goodreads to see what other people thought of the book and I think I saw about 2 actual reviews, the rest were all people complaining about Kiera Cass being money hungry by releasing new bloody content! I’m probably a hypocrite by even mentioning it but it’s just so annoying. I’m all for Kiera Cass to keep writing Selection stories!
My Rating: ★★★★. 75 / 5 (I wanted to give it a 5, but I didn't like The Guard... so yeah no)
Ivy, a talented tattoo artist who spent the early part of her twenties on the move, is finally looking for a place to call home. She thinks she might have found it in San Francisco, but all that changes when she witnesses a terrible crime. She’s ready to pack up her things yet again, when a random encounter with a stranger keeps her in the city, giving her reason to stay after all.
That is, until Ivy discovers that their encounter wasn’t random. Not at all...
Format: ARC Paperback, 340 pages
Genre: New Adult Romance
Acquired from: Simon & Schuster
Published: October 27 2015
RRP: $19.99 AUD
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This book can be read either in the series or as a stand-alone.
I don’t really know where to start with this review. A few weeks ago I read Chasing River (book 3 in the Burying Water series) and I really enjoyed it. It wasn't a favourite but it was a decent NA (New Adult) novel. When I was sent Surviving Ice to review I didn’t think it would be something I would like, but as the release date was in two days (now today), I thought I should give it a go. And I am so glad that I did, this book was everything I want in a NA novel and more!
I loved the characters. In Chasing River you are introduced to Ivy as she is living in Dublin working in a tattoo shop, and to be honest I didn’t like her. That was part of the reason I wasn’t looking forward to Surviving Ice. But you really get to see a different side to Ivy and she is so much more likeable. I loved her sense of humour, and even though she’s portrayed as being a real tough chick, she really doesn’t seem like it.
Then there was Sebastian. I loved him. I loved the dynamic between him and Ivy and I loved reading from his point of view. I can’t explain why I liked Sebastian so much, but he was just a really great character. I loved how he was written and I felt like K.A Tucker did a really good job of writing from his point of view. I would love to see a whole book just about Sebastian he was that good.
One thing I really like about K.A Tucker’s books (so far), is that it doesn’t have the same formatting as other NA novels. Normally they start off all happy, then some big crisis happens and they spend half the book trying to fix it and then they all live happily ever after. But with this one, right from the first page it’s go go go. There was never a dull moment in this book and I loved it. It was very fast paced which I also liked. Another thing I loved about this book, was how the characters didn't dramatise everything and they didn't break up over the most ridiculous things. I can’t remember the last time I read a NA book that hasn’t done that.
My only problem with Surviving Ice was that I felt like the ending was very rushed. When it was starting to wrap everything up, I was shocked that there were less than 20 pages until the end. I think another 20 pages or so and it would have been perfect.
Overall, I cannot recommend this book enough. If you like books that have romance, suspense, humour and a strong female character, then Surviving Ice is definitely for you. Don’t be put off by the tattoos and the drama like I was, this book is so much more than that.
K. A. Tucker is quickly becoming one of my favourite New Adult authors! I'm excited to read more of her books. I'm actually reading Ten Tiny Breaths by her and so far, it's just as amazing.
My rating: ★★★★.5 / 5
*This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
P.S. Thanks for the help with the new layout Nicky :)
These are the top ten books I’ve read that I would love to see be made into a movie (one is already a movie but they did such a crap job of adapting it I think they should redo it). I won’t be holding my breath for any of these though…
The Duff by Kodi Kiplinger: I know it’s already a movie, but it was so shit I want them to redo it, and stick to the book this time. The book was just so great and had such a meaningful message to it, I just honestly don’t understand why they would ruin it.
The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg: I read this last year, and I remember thinking what a great movie it would make. It’s a bit fuzzy now since it’s been a while but I do still think it’s a good concept.
The Selection by Kiera Cass: I just love this book series so much, it needs to become a movie or TV show ASAP. I know that they started filming a show for it, but they changed so much that when they aired the teaser for it they gave up on it because everyone was so pissed off. I’m really glad too because I watched it and I don’t think I could have handled it if they had gone through with the changes they made to it. So I think they should make it a movie and actually stick to the book and the characters personalities. I seriously don’t understand why they would change something like that. The characters are the whole reason I like the book in the first place. I just can’t.
A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall: This would be such an interesting movie. Basically this is a love story told from the perspective of everyone except for the couple. I don’t know how they would do it but I’m sure they can figure it out and it will be great.
I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella: Think Bridget Jone’s Diary or Love Actually or some other British rom com. I would love to see this as a movie (obviously otherwise I wouldn’t have included it in this list). It’s got everything a good rom com needs. It’s got humour, romance, drama, not sure what else but it’s got it! Well really it only needs Romance and Comedy (which it does) so it would be perfect.
Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino: I’m surprised at how much I loved this book, but it would make a great movie. I keep saying that for each one but it’s true. It’s like a modern “The Notebook” except there’s a happy ending. Wouldn’t that be nice? I feel like it’s definitely got the feel of The Notebook crossed with maybe the modern feel of The Intern. It’ just a great book and would be a great movie and I think it should star Chris Evans and Lilly Collins. Yes? Yes.
To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han: I really think the world needs a movie like this. This girl writes letters to all the boy’s she’s loved before (duh) and then doesn’t send them. She just keeps them in a box so that she can remember how she felt and all that jazz. Anyway, then the letters get sent out and she has to deal with all of that. I can’t say why because of spoilers, but I think it would be such a nice feel good movie that you can go see with your friends.
Landline by Rainbow Rowell: First of all, this is the best Rainbow Rowell book I’ve read to date, so if you haven’t read it yet I suggest you do so. I can’t really explain the book but basically, this woman is work obsessed and ends up staying home instead of going to her in laws house with her husband and kids (her marriage is already in trouble so this doesn’t help). So anyway, she goes and stays with her mother’s house and when she uses the landline to call her husband, instead of getting present husband, she gets her husband from the past and it sort of reminds her why they fell in love in the first place. Honestly that’s a really crap explanation of the story but it was really good and as I’ve said for every other one, it would make an amazing movie. These directors really need to get on that.
Bared to You by Sylvia Day: Honestly I ran out of books I wanted to be made into movies. I really loved the Crossfire series. I did hear that it was going to be made into a TV show but this was over 6 months ago and there’s been no news since. I feel like if they made 50 Shades of Grey into a movie, there’s no reason why they can’t make this one into a movie too. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the 50 Shades of Grey book, but the Crossfire series just has so much more depth and plot, I just think it would transfer to the big screen much better than 50 shades. Although I really didn’t like the 50 Shades movie so no doubt they’ll ruin this one too. As they always do.
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