The Crown ||||| Review

Title: The Crown (The Selection Series #5)

Author: Kiera Cass

Genre Themes: Royalty, Romance, DystopianFuturistic

Date Published: May 3rd, 2016

Cover Rating: 4/5

Buy: The Crown

Synopsis: Eadlyn didn’t think she would find a real partner among the Selection’s thirty-five suitors, let alone true love. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and now Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more difficult—and more important—than she ever expected.

 


I actually got this book from Barnes & Nobles, and it came with a poster that had this cover on one side, and The Heir cover on the other. Totally off-subject, but I was happy enough about it to point out.

 

Eadlyn’s character development was incredible. If you look back at her in the beginning of the fourth book, she’s completely different. In a weird way, I’m proud of her.

 

I expected more from the romance aspect, so that was a bit disappointing. It bothered me enough to take away a star, but not enough for me to dislike the book, or take it away from the author.

 

I loved the ending, and wouldn’t change a thing about it. In my copy, I also got an extra chapter, titled: 6 years later…

and that was very, very fulfilling. I’m not sure if that’s in every copy, but it was in mine. And it was awesome.

 

All-in-all, it was an amazing ending to the series, and I wouldn’t change a thing.

 


Kiera Cass is the #1 bestselling author of The Selection series. Her first book – The Siren – was self-published in 2009, before being re-published in 2016.

Find out more about this author, including website links, on her Author Page: Kiera Cass

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Shatter Me | Review

Title: Shatter Me (Shatter Me Trilogy #1)

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Genre Themes: Futuristic Dystopian, Romance, Sci-Fi

Date Published: Oct. 2, 2012

Cover Rating: 4.5/5

Buy: Shatter Me

Synopsis:  No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever.


I’d heard of this book, and everyone seemed to like it, so when I saw it at the library, I decided to pick it up.

And I loved it. Loved it.

 

The writing was intriguing, and very easy to get into without being childish. I finished it in two days.

 

I liked Juliette. In the beginning, she kinda reminded me of Gollum. Now hold on – I don’t mean in how she looked or acted. I mean in the way she speaks. That very ‘bordering-on-insane’ kind of ramble. But I liked her personality and spark.

 

The supporting characters were good as well – like Adam and Kenji – and I liked Warner. I don’t like him with Juliette, but I like him as a character. He’s very…understandable, I suppose. As a villain, he’s very unique.

 

The ending came way too soon! (I say that from a Fangirl point of view, so not in a bad way). I can’t wait until the hardcover box set comes out and I can have all of these books on my shelf!

 


Tahereh Mafi is the Iranian-American author of the Shatter Me series and one of my new favorites. She is married to fellow author Ransom Riggs and is currently residing in Santa Monica, California.

 

The Heir |||| Review

Title: The Heir (The Selection #4)

Author: Kiera Cass

Genre Themes: Futuristic, Dystopian, Royalty, Romance

Date Published: May 5th, 2015

Cover Rating: 4.5/5

Buy: The Heir (The Selection)

Synopsis: Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story…but as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.

The Selection | The Elite The One


I finished this book in two days. That’s how much I like it.

Also, I adore this cover. I really do. I think it’s my favorite out of all the selection books.

 

I loved Eadlyn. She is just so…I don’t even know how to write it out (if you were with me I’d use a series of hand motions and facial expressions to convey my feelings). Eadlyn – first of all – has a unique name that’s actually pronounceable! I mean, really, how often to we know right off the bat how to pronounce a unique name? Almost never. So this was definitely refreshing, while also being something new to me.

Eadlyn is also a self-improving character. Once she sees (or is told) what’s wrong with herself, she goes to work to fix it. She doesn’t rely on others to fix it, and I appreciate that. It’s also very fitting to her characters as a royal and future queen.

 

There was a relatable quote in here, and I just had to stop and mark the page so I could bring it up again. It made me go “Ah-Ha!”

And that line is:

 

“Fun math is an oxymoron.”

 

Eadlyn and I could not be in more agreement.

She also said something else, a little later. It was a line I just loved reading in this book (not a spoiler – read on with confidence!)

 

There is a part where Eadlyn is getting ready for the Report and she decides to use one of her own dress designs to wear that night.

Then, when she shows up at the studio, she says one of the most self-empowering things I’ve seen in my reading experience so far:

 

“…it was possibly the most beautiful I had ever felt.”

 

She didn’t say “Most beautiful I’ve ever looked”, but “Most beautiful I’ve ever felt”.

I loved that, and I feel like it sends a message to girls like me, who are my age, more than anyone else. I’m in that stage of life where I’m trying to find myself, and figure out just what my ‘beautiful’ is. This is something I really wish I saw more of in YA books, and just books in general.

 

The ending of this book makes me glad that I own the final book in the series. It ends at a really bad point, so I could just put that book down and pick up the next one right away.

I highly suggest that even if you weren’t a fan of The Selection series, you pick up this book. It’s as good, if not better.

 


Kiera Cass is the #1 bestselling author of The Selection series. Her first book – The Siren – was self-published in 2009, before being re-published in 2016.

Find out more about this author, including website links, on her Author Page: Kiera Cass