The Selection by Kiera Cass (The Selection #1)

April 2, 2018

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. 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, leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want and living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks. Then America meets Prince Maxon and she has to re-evaluate everything she thought she was sure of.

I forgot I had picked this up recently and finished the second half a few days ago. It’s basically exactly how everyone describes it but more exaggerated – cheesy, cheesy and did I mention cheesy? There are so many cringe-worthy moments, ridiculous names and “please don’t”-situations but for some reason that I will never fully understand, there is entertainment to find here as well. Maybe there is just some sort of comfort in a cheesy and predictable story next to all the amazing books out there with twists and turns you don’t see coming, intricate relationships and sad deaths your heart bleeds for.

Here we have all the cheesy “goodies” of a love triangle, mean girls, Cinderella, the handsome Prince etc. To get some action in the story, there’s a few rebel attacks but it’s so poorly executed and ends up being a situation where a bunch of girls hide in a cellar, then gets up again and continue gossiping over dresses. What?

I’m a bit sad I didn’t like The Selection, when many of my friends and favorite Booktubers seem to dig it but I have to be honest and not write reviews to please others. The story does have some entertainment value and I can see how it’s an easy break from stories with a lot of depth, but it is in no way a good book so ultimately I’m giving it a pretty low score and considering whether it’s worth it to continue the series.

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