Book Review: The Queen by Kiera Cass (A Selection Novella)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 14 and up

I felt that this book wasn’t really relevant to the whole series besides adding some background to the story of the current queen. However, I still enjoyed¬†the book! The story was very well written and I loved all the characters. I wouldn’t recommend reading this book before reading the series but it’s definitely fun reading after!

Queen

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Amberly is one of the contestants of the Selection. She has loved the prince for as long as she can remember and getting selected was a dream come true. When she starts getting closer to the prince, her health problems start acting up and are getting in the way of her dream.

Will Amberly get selected?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: The Queen: A Novella (Kindle Single) (The selection)

My 2015 Reading Challenge: The Halfway Mark

So it’s been exactly six months since I’ve announced my 2015 Reading Challenge, so today, I decided to post an update on how it’s going. In addition, my parents are no longer participating in this challenge ūüė¶ but I would still like recommendations for books in the categories that I have not read yet.

As of now, I have finished 12/30 books in my 2015 Reading Challenge. However, school’s out now so hopefully I will be able to write more reviews!

 

A book that makes you cry- The Fault In Our Stars by John Green and Maybe One Day by Melissa Kanter

A book involving a fly

A book recommended by a friend

A book in your house you still haven’t read- A Good American by Alex George

A book more than 500 pages- The Iliad by Homer

A book that’s okay for all ages

A book with a person you find cool

A book set in high school

A book with some bad reviews

A book that looks like a snooze- Dear Anjali by Melissa Glen Haber

A book you can finish in a day- Wheels Of Change by Darlene Beck Jacobson

A play- Diary of Anne Frank (at school)

A book set during Christmas

A book written by an author with the same initials

A book your mom loves

A book with a love triangle

A book with a one-word title- Smile by Raina Telgemeier and Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

A book that’s actually a bother

A book written by a female author- North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley

A book more than 100 years old

A book with a cover of gold

A book that got published this year

A book about your greatest fear- Coraline by Neil Gaiman

A book based on a true story

A book that’s a little bit gory

A book written by someone over 50

A book with a character that’s shifty

A book with non-human characters- Barron’s Dog Training Bible by Andrea Arden

A book involving some actors- Finally by Wendy Mass

AND… A trilogy to sum it all uppp!- The Selection trilogy by Kiera Cass

Book Review: The One by Kiera Cass (Book three of The Selection series)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 14 and up

I found this book to be the most exciting out of all three in The Selection series and I can’t wait to read The Heir next which is the fourth book in this series that¬†I actually didn’t know existed until the author tweeted about writing a fifth one!!

The One

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America has made it to the top three contestants- however, now she will be put to the real test.

America has to see her fellow competitor flogged when she falls in love with a guard at the palace. America is afraid of confessing her love for Aspen in case the same happens to her. When America tries to rescue her friend from the flogging, she is stopped by Maxon. Later she confronts him about the injustice of this rule but he says that there is nothing he can do about it and even if there was, he would be afraid to cross his father.

America is outraged by this and she demands to go talk to the king himself about it. However, she is not in the king’s good graces and Maxon points out that any further arguments could cause her to be eliminated from the Selection or even worse, be sentenced to death.

In addition, Maxon almost finds out about America and Aspen’s relationship. America is scared that she and Aspen will be flogged, or worse, executed. Maxon approaches her and tells her that he loves her,¬†but her duty will be to him and only him if she marries him. She will have to forget about all others and she will have to obey his parents. America is uncertain and Maxon gives her a few days to sort out her thoughts.

Who will America choose: Aspen or Maxon?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: The One (The Selection)

Book Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass (Book 2 of the Selection Series)

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommendation: 13 and up

I felt that a fair bit of this book was redundant and that this book could easily be added into The One (The Third book of the Selection series) and it wouldn’t make that big of a difference.

The Elite

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America has made it to the top six girls in the Selection- an elaborate process determining the future queen of Illea. America’s love, Aspen, has become a guard in the royal palace in order to get closer to America but the prince and future king, Maxon, is vying for her as well.

America realizes that Maxon loves her and will choose her above all other competitors if only she impresses her parents and manages to win the hearts of the people of Illea. The problem is that Maxon’s father had rigged the Selection to have the richest¬†girls from all countries and then a few random lower-class girls who had no chance.

However, the king had not counted on a lower-class girl to make it so far in the competition and he doesn’t know what to say when Maxon announces that he is in love with America. Moreover, America continues to defy Maxon’s parents and Maxon doesn’t know what to do with her.

One moment, she’s calm and composed like his future wife and the next, she’s on the television¬†explaining her project about how the caste system is treacherous and it should be abolished.

Will America be chosen as The One?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: The Elite (The Selection)

Book Review: A Good American by Alex George

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Age Recommended: 14 and up

I found this book very interesting because it was from a third-generation’s point of view. This meant that every character in the book was referred to as: my aunt, my grandmother, my mother, or my grandfather. This is also one of the only books I have ever read that has such well developed characters, which¬†made the book more enjoyable.

A Good American

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Frederick and Jette have moved to America from Germany in hopes of starting over. Jette is pregnant with Frederick’s child and her mother disapproves but Jette and Frederick are madly in love. They will do whatever it takes to stay together. The two of them take all of their family’s money and move to America.

Jette and Frederick end up building a new home and a new life in New Orleans where Frederick works at a bar and Jette takes care of their children, Joseph and Rosa. Later, Frederick is unsatisfied with the American efforts in the war so he enlists to fight in the army in hopes of becoming a true American.

Jette is distraught when Frederick enlists and she refuses to talk to him. When Frederick leave he writes her letters every day- letters that remain unopened… Meanwhile, Joseph and Rosa are growing up and their own stories are being written by fate. Joseph falls in love with a girl who doesn’t know he¬†even¬†exists and Rosa is destined to be duped by her love.

Moreover, the bar/restaurant is finally doing well and Jette is doing all that she can to ensure a happy life for her children. The family finds hope in their music as their family has a natural talent for singing. However, the Prohibition is leading to¬†rising¬†debt and money being tighter – their future is very uncertain…

Will the family survive?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: A Good American

Book Review: The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommendation: 13 and up

I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed the one before it because this book was extremely confusing and the ending of this book made no sense whatsoever.

Winner's Crime

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Kestrel is getting married in order to honor a deal that she made with her father: in six months, she would either enlist or marry. Her father made this deal, knowing that Kestrel valued her freedom and would never want to be married. However, he underestimated her hatred of the army and her refusal to enlist.

So now, Kestrel is getting married to the prince of a far away kingdom in hopes of becoming the future queen and escaping the impending war in other countries. However, the high court brings far more action than what Kestrel expected.

Moreover, Arin has become the leader of the group of rebels. He is plotting the downfall of the royal family but one thing stands in his way: Kestrel- the girl who can see through any lie. Arin follows a path of manipulation, trickery, and deception to worm his way into the royal court.

What will Kestrel and Arin’s fate be?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy)

Book Review: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 13 and up

This book was very captivating and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series: The Winner’s Crime!

Winner's Curse

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Kestrel: Kestrel is the daughter of a wealthy ruler of a large kingdom. She loves to gamble with older men and she always beats them in cards. However, her father has always wanted her to join the military. She makes a deal with her father- at the beginning of spring, she will either enlist or marry. One day, Kestrel’s friend, Jess, drags her to a slave auction and Kestrel ends up buying a slave whose name is Arin.

Arin: Arin is a slave with a dark secret and mission that cannot be spoken of. His previous owner has sold him for his stubbornness but his new one will buy him for it.

Kestrel forgets about Arin as soon as she gets home but eventually, the two of them become friends. However, Kestrel realizes that her heart wants to be more than friends with Arin. However, Kestrel cannot marry a slave and she learns that Arin has a sweetheart.

To add to her problems, the enemy of her father is gaining power and Kestrel is worried for the safety of her people. Her dad is training her to be a military leader as well and Kestrel is scared of the responsibility that the title will bring with it.

Will she be able to handle all that is going on in her life or will she break under the pressure?

 

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy)