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COLLABOREADS | A Book in a Series

August 22, 2017

So once upon a time, I had a blog. Then I lost access to it because my email changed. Then I started a new blog, promptly abandoned it, moved to California, and started a new life. And here we are! I’ve been planning to come back to blogging for a while, but haven’t quite gotten my things in order to actually do it. I’m still not officially back, but I couldn’t help but link up with Collaboreads this month.

This month’s prompt was A Book in a Series. I recently finished the The Selection by Kiera Cass, which is the first of a series of three books. I’ve read all three over the past few weeks. There are two other companion books that take place later and are currently sitting at home waiting for me, but these three are a complete series. I’m going to talk about the first one! I previously tried to listen to the audiobook of this but I hated the voice, so I never got past the first chapter. Happy to say reading it myself was a much better experience.

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.

RIVETING.
What part of this series could you NOT get enough of? I loved that this book was a Cinderella fairy tale meets The Bachelor meets Hunger Games. I was absolutely one of those kids that dreamed of being a princess one day (when I wasn’t convinced that I was actually a princess taken away from her real parents, that is) so it was really nice to read about girls vying to become a princess. I found this book really easy to read – I think I flew through it in 2 days – and the others in the series just as easy. It’s definitely more of a fluffy type of book than any serious literature, but it was the exact escape I needed these past few weeks.

ELEMENTS.
How did you relate to/care for the characters? What’s your thought on the plot line and twists and turns? I both loved and hated all the characters. I really liked America’s devotion to her family. She entered into The Selection because she wanted to do something for them, and when she gets picked, she remains true to herself while still thinking of how she can help her family. There are some plot twists that definitely surprised me. I don’t want to give specifics because I can’t remember which of the three books each twist was in, but I distinctly remember at one point actually gasping out loud as I was reading.

ASSOCIATE.
What other books are like this one? If none, did it remind you of a particular TV or movie with its themes and characters? Does it serendipitous-ly line-up with things going on in your life or the news right now? I can’t think of any specific books, but I googled and found this list! I think any book where the society is organized into castes would apply. It’s a bit of fairy tale mixed with a “falling in love” reality show mixed with the dystopian elements of something like The Hunger Games. This doesn’t line up with anything in my life but it was certainly a great escape from the current news!

DESIGN.
You know you judged these books by their covers. What did you think of them? How did they relate to the contents of the novels? And the font and layout of the pages? I like the cover design a lot! I like that all the books in the series coordinate but are a bit different. The dresses are gorgeous and definitely set the scene for what’s found inside of the book. I don’t remember anything specific about the font and layout, so I assume they were fine but nothing special!

STARS.
How many out of five do you give this book? Would you recommend this book to a friend? I’d give this four stars and recommend it to a friend looking for some fun escapist literature. It’s nothing amazing, but I really enjoyed the story and flew through all the books, which is why it gets four stars.

Next month’s prompt is to read a book published within the last month (so I’m guessing between now and the linkup on September 26), which is perfect for me because I’m getting a brand new book delivered from Amazon today! We’ll see if I can manage to get some more posts written between now and then, otherwise I’ll see you on September 26!