Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Heir by Kiera Cass

Selection #4. HarperTeen (May 2015) Library
Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she'd put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess's life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can't escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn't expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn's heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn't as impossible as she's always thought.


I didn't think I could possibly love anyone more than America, but her daughter proved me wrong. I love that she can have a short temper like her mom and is stubborn like her too. I love her growth and the kindness in her. I love her pettiness and her warmth. She's amazing and seriously she must end up with Erik or I will be devastated.

You know right away that Eadyln is out of touch with the people and is a bit of a brat. I kept on calling her a brat out of affection because I knew that she was going to grow out of that and become a truly wonderful person. She has all the confidence of the world. She's independent and courageous yet with guys not so much. She has so many walls built up and she slowly is getting them torn down.

“I only have one heart, and I'm saving it.” 

It was a thrill to see America and Maxon all grown up with their friends by their side. I really enjoyed seeing the differences in all their kids. Their names are even weirder than you can imagine: Eadlyn, Ahren, Kaden, and Osten. Ahren is affectionate and funny, Kaden is serious and a true royal and Osten is a mess and so mischievous.  

While I was reading the story I couldn't believe how many boys I ended up thinking that Eadlyn could end up with. As Eadlyn let her guard down she learned and cared about these group of boys and it has made it for a guessing game with who she should end up with.

“There are some things you don't learn about yourself until you let someone else into the most intimate places of your heart.” 

Erik is my top pick. He is the best and he's not even in the competition! He's a translator for Henri who adores Eadyln, is a sweetheart, and very polite. Erik is also a sweetheart and very caring and for reasons I'll keep to myself I think he should be by her side.

Kile lives in the castle and has grown up with Eadlyn. They both are always irritated with each other, but something starts to happen when they come together that's endearing. I feel like he's the obvious choice but who knows? 

“When you know who matters most to you, giving things up, even yourself, doesn’t really feel like a sacrifice.” 

Hale seems to get her right away. He enjoys things that she does and is once again another sweetheart. Whoever she picks I can guarantee they are going to be a nice person. Although, there is Ean who is unlike anyone else. He is very distant and I don't know what his deal is. I think he's very similar to her now that I think about it so he might be a surprise. There are more boys that have come to the mix that I'm sure she and I will find something special in. I know for now who I think will be right for her but then in the grand scheme of things they would have to be willing to support her as queen and I can't tell if anyone is ready for that.

“I kept thinking that I couldn't live my life for other people, that love was nothing but chains. And maybe it was, but so help me, I needed these chains.” 

Who do you think Eadlyn should end up with?
What qualities would you want in a partner if you were going to be Queen/King?

The One by Kiera Cass

The Selection #3. HarperTeen (May 2014) Library
The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.




America has decided what she wants or to be more precise whom she wants - Prince Maxon. America was unsure if she wanted to be a princess and be with Maxon in The Elite. This time around she has grown more confident that she knows what she wants and she wants to be with Maxon. But after all the distance she and Maxon have been dealing with - will she lose him to someone else?

I remember mentioning in my review of The Selection that America isn't a girl who makes a bunch of problems for herself. I'm redacting that statement because boy does she make things difficult for herself. She makes these impulsive decisions that get her in trouble or feeling humiliated. I can't help love her for her impulsivity. She really became herself again when she figured she wanted to be with Maxon. She grew more in the whole series than I could have hoped for. Looking back there were so many mistakes made that made her journey all the more rewarding.

America, you are full of nothing but bad ideas. Great intentions but awful ideas.

There is a whole lot of drama that goes on with America and the other Selected. She feels like she's losing Maxon and the others are taking over. Meanwhile, rebellion in Illea has grown worse and there are different views in what should be done. I feel like everything has become clear with what the rebellion means and how crucial it is to quell it. The Selected and the kingdom are in more danger as the competition continues and Maxon must finally make a decision into what his future will hold.

Though I still occasionally questioned my desire to be the princess, there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to be Maxon’s.

I'm satisfied with how everything came to a close. I'm thrilled that the Selection series is continuing with two more books. I can't wait to read The Heir. I've been avoiding it because I don't want The Heir to end if that makes any sense. I'm about to take the dive now because I can't wait anymore.

Have you read any good stories about princes or princesses?

Sunday, August 9, 2015

The Elite by Kiera Cass

The Selection #2. HarperTeen (Jan. 2013) Library
The Selection began with thirty-five girls.Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America's chance to choose is about to slip away.




The competition for Maxon's heart and the crown has been narrowed down to six. America is still on the fence with her feelings between Maxon and Aspen. She is constantly confused, crying, or generally providing aches in my heart as she decides what she is going to do. I was anxious the whole time, but I couldn't help understand America's POV. She had a lot to consider especially since it's clear to me that in some way she's the one who will change everything. She's the one who really cares and will take action.

There was much more of Aspen in America's life which urgh. I can't really explain my feelings with all that happening. America is just so unsure where she stands with Maxon and if she could pull off being a princess. Now I'm unsure of where she stands with anyone! I understand her feelings, I really do. I just couldn's help but want her to make her decision to stay or go.

In the rebellion/war front I got to learn more about what was happening and what it meant to the citizens of Illea. There is a secret and it's a good one. I don't know how it's all going to be handled yet. Some pieces of the puzzle filled in nicely, but there are some things missing. The whole picture isn't there. It's all going to surface and one way or another I feel like my girl America is going to find a way to save her country. I'm convinced and no one can tell me otherwise. I'm ready for The One. The suspense in The Elite has been too much. I need to know how this story is going to progress.

 Have you ever read a book that you just really need to know how it's going to end?

The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection #1. HarperTeen (April 2012) Library
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.


All I can think of to try to describe The Selection is the Bachelor in a dystopian world. Now that may be eye roll worthy for a lot of people but the competition took a back burner in my mind while reading The Selection. Why?

America Singer. 

Just one of the oddest named protagonist I've read in a while but someone who is caring towards her family and friends, tries to be honest, and has a rebellious heart. I got to know her before she is picked as one of the thirty-five selected to win over Prince Maxon's heart. America always tried to be supportive and sweet towards others but made sure her voice is heard. She isn't overly dramatic and doesn't get herself in a bunch (bunch being the operative word) of problems - thank goodness. She isn't annoying or thinks she's a special snowflake. She doesn't mention how different she is from everyone and the book doesn't imply that is what makes her better than everyone. She's just a girl in love before she gets chosen. She doesn't want to be Queen. She's been chosen by mistake. Then she gets close to Maxon and slowly she thinks that maybe this whole competition isn't so bad.

"True love is usually the most inconvenient kind."

Maxon is considered to be a stiff when America first describes him. He turns out to be caring, protective, sweet, and overall the best guy. I was giddy the first time they met because I knew from their first words to each other that I would love them together. Also, he talks properly and it's pretty adorable when he has a mischievous look in his eye. *Sigh*

"I hope you find someone you can't live without. I really do. And I hope you never have to know what it's like to have to try to live without them."

And then there is Aspen, America's secret love. He's a caste below her and that is a bit of a tense subject with him. Aspen is tough and takes care of his family as much as he can. He has a lot of pride which I wasn't particularly fond of. Aspen and America are undeniably in love.  I just can't help but lean towards Maxon right now because there is so much interaction between him and America that I just want them married already.

The government is having some rebel trouble and there is a war going on. There is also what I think is a secret that is going to come out soon, but I haven't the faintest idea what. There's a bunch of tension sure to come in The Elite. I have all this nervous energy because of a certain situation. I can just imagine how The Elite will play with my emotions. The cruelty of it all...

The Selection isn't a book you should pass up. The characters, romance, and rebellion left my mind occupied and wanting more. *Runs and grabs The Elite*

August 2015 Reading Road Trip Link Up


Sorry for the extremely late link-up post. I hope you all are loving the end of summer. Sigh...Anyway, good job getting those challenge books read Bev @ My Reader's Block and Sue. I was able to review only one of my challenge reads.

Books Reviewed:


Pie - Pennsylvania

 Make sure to link up your review updates below using this format:

State (Book) @ blog/twitter/goodreads. 
For example: Florida (Because of Winn-Dixie) @BooksOnHerMind


If you want to check out what this challenge is all about you can go hereThanks to all who are participating! Remember if you need help ask and I will answer.

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Monthly Wrap Up: July 2015


Reading:

I went full on crazy in July and reread most of the Percy Jackson series so I could finally finish his and the other campers story.


Favorite Read:

Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens - An emotional read that has the perfect characters. Simply amazing.

#FitReaders:

Finally, I've worked out a substantial amount. My calves are in recovery because of the cardio workouts I've been doing. I've had to modify my workout routines so my calves can recover properly.

Friday, July, 24th - Thursday, July, 30th:

Workout Videos - 100 Rep Lunge Challenge // Brutal Butt and Thigh Workout (Won't be doing these for a while)

Cardio Workouts Total - 1 hour and 46 minutes 

Water Intake Total - 416 oz of water (I'm actually drinking around 60 oz of water every day!)

Steps Walked: 5,424 (This is three days of tracking my walking on an app that isn't the most accurate... but I thought I would give it a try. My calves have been in pain so I've been resting mostly so that's what I equate this number to.)

Bookish Plans:

I'm planning on finishing two series hopefully this month and reading a bunch of books I planned on last month. Also, I need to up my game with reviews and bookish posts. 

How did July treat you?
What are your bookish plans this August?