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Book Review: The Selection series by Kiera Cass

Hello Readers & Friends,

I want to talk about The Selection series today. I read the first book a while ago and wrote a review about it here. As I have mentioned a few times before, this series is my one true guilty pleasure. I read the first one to see what the hype was about and then just bought the rest of the series straight away, giving pretty much all of them 4 star reviews.

They are not literary masterpieces, with complex twisting storylines and 3-dimensional characters. But what they are is wonderfully fun, easy to read, engaging and totally enjoyable, which is why they are considered a 'guilty pleasure' read. They are so predictable, but it doesn't make it any less fun getting to the end.  Like a Netflix-own Christmas film.

I actually thought it was a 5-book series, and when I got to the end of The One (book 3) I realised it's actually a trilogy and two side-stories. The abrupt ending to a series that I thought I had two more booksworth was a bit devastating for me, I had a bookhangover for sure. Because I relied on these books to get me out of readings lumps and to turn to after my heavy reads, so having to say goodbye to the main characters I thought I had two more books of was a sad time.

What I loved:

The mushy, girly, ridiculous romance. The unflawed Maxon and the whole Love Island-style competition concept.

Maxon and America's relationship. It was just fun and easy to read and I was always rooting for them - how could you not?

Celeste mixing the character type up a little bit.

The teen rom-com-movie-style makeover scenes. In particular the photoshoot in The One.

What I didn't love:

They introduced these rebel groups and that storyline never really went anywhere. It could have added another dimension to the end of the book, bus as it ended we never really found out what happened to them or what their intentions were. I would have loved more books going into what happened when they tried to *SPOILER* undo the caste system.

The unrealistic way that Maxon and America dealt with the rebels. It would have been a good way to add another layer of tension to the storyline but it never really happened, everything was just very easy to fix or manage.

I would recommend this to anyone looking for a fun pick-me-up YA fantasy. If you liked The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton, you'll probably like The Selection.

C x 


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