Sorry for the blurb but I just couldn’t begin to explain what this book was about in a way that anyone besides myself would understand.
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.
Let me first start off this review by saying I abso-freaking-lutley LOVED this book. I wasn’t expecting to like this anywhere near as much as I did, so I am so very pleasantly surprised.
I first heard about this book last year I think, from my friend Jemma who was having a complete meltdown while reading The One. Back then I immediately deduced that this book wasn’t for me. But for some reason, I decided to start reading it the other night and I am so glad I did! That blurb really doesn't give the story justice.
All of the characters were really interesting too. I’m not normally one to like the secondary characters, but the maids in this book are just Frantastic (ha! See what I did there Nicky?!?!). They reminded me of the maids from the second Princess Diaries movie
I loved the character development in America. Although I do see where everyone is coming from saying she is selfish etc. but I really like her, and I can definitely understand why she did some of the things she did. And also, she knows she has flaws, she even says so herself!
“Was I the only one who saw how flawed I was? I was unrefined. I didn’t have it in me to be bossy or overly organized. I was elfish and had a horrible temper, and I didn’t like being in front of people. And I wasn’t brave.”
See?? And apart from the whole leading the guys on thing she's got going on, I think that America is just a really nice person. Which I was surprised to find considering all the people that just despise her.
I was originally going to give this book a 10/10, however there is a love triangle. I hate love triangles. Therefore, minus .5. Apart from that, there isn't a single negative thing I could say about this book. It was really well paced, very easy to read, America was very relatable, the story line was interesting, the romance with Prince Maxon was just on point, and it was just thoroughly entertaining to read.
I'm sure there is plenty more I could rave about, but less is more so I shall leave it at that.
Book: 9.5/10 (check out my rating scale)
Format: ePub, 389 pages
Publisher: Harper Teen
Favourite Quote: “Everyone here looked like a One. I looked like a Five in a nice dress.”
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