I am so very very sad this is the last book in the series. I know it seems weird that I like waiting for books, but I do. It's a guilty pleasure of mine. But I am also glad I get to see what finally happens in the end and how Oliver will end this amazing trilogy that I've waited on since day one.
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Publication date: June 19 2012
Pages: 394 (hardcover)
Review: I know there’s always that saying. You know…the one that says to never judge a book by its cover. I try to keep that in mind while I am browsing the shelves at my local bookstore. But, of course, the books with the AWESOME covers always pop out to me whenever I find myself walking down the aisle of many books. Soulbound has one of those covers I am just instantly attracted to. In my experience, the books that have girls holding swords (well, it’s technically a katana) on the cover signals something truly awesome inside of said covers.
I now promise to live by that every time I walk in a bookstore.
Heather Brewer is such an amazing writer. I’ve read her Vladimir Tod Chronicles and the Slayer Chronicles as well. When I heard she was going to have a book with a kick-butt heroine in it, I almost passed out. My point is Brewer’s writing is magnificent. She doesn't write about how blue the sky looks today or how fresh the grass smells and she doesn’t go on and on and on about something we honestly don’t care about. Indeed, like most authors only do these days. She writes about what is really going on inside the character and they way she views what’s going on around her. I’ve never read anything where the main character has felt so real and vibrant.
I love (JUST LOVE) how amazing the protagonist, Kaya, is. She’s rude, impatient, stubborn, and brave amongst her fear. She is a Healer who was raised two Barrons and in Kaya’s world, that's pretty much punishable by death. Healers go to Barrons. Two of the same kind cannot be romantically involved. Her parents had eloped and raised Kaya in a small village called Kessler. Kaya is soon taken away from her family after a horrid Grapler (the evil King Darrek’s monsters who do his every will and kill people) attacked her village and takes a loved one away from her. Kaya then vows to do anything to protect her family when she is soon whisked off to the Shadow Academy after being blackmailed to become a student there. Kaya’s life at the academy was one I’ll never forget, full of intrigue, lies, and betrayal. I feel like it couldn't have been written any better, so much so it’s almost as if I attended the school myself.
The contrast between the two main male roles was well thought out and was just what it needed. Trayton is a rule stickler and Darius thinks Protocol should go fakk itself. I will say they are both amazing.
In this stunning new series, Heather Brewer shows what it's really like to feel fear, to stand against all odds, and to succeed among it all.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Publication date: April 24 2012
Pages: 337 (hardcover)
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 the palace and compete for the heart of the 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.
Review: At first I will honestly say I hated The Selection, so much so I almost slapped it back down or threw it across the room for its stupidity. The beginning (I am now warning all of you that have not read this book) is a blatant copy of the Hunger Games, but a very very very very girlier version all the same and maybe minus the arena. Well, if you count fighting (or in America’s case, not really fighting) against thirty-five girls in a palace as the arena then good for you! I sat there thinking WHAT THE HECK? WHY DID I SPEND MY MONEY ON THIS MADNESS?!? But I decided to look at some of the reviews on Goodreads and saw that my fellow YA bloggers thought the same, said it turned out great in the end.
That indeed is true.
America Singer is strong willed, witty, normal, and totally humble with her apparently beautiful appearance. (She’s told at least a million times how amazingly gorgeous she is. It gets annoying.) I like her. At first I just wanted to murder her and chop her up into little piece (woah, violent much?) but I refrained. I’m glad I did. America may be a very flawed character, but aren’t we all? That made me like her that much more.
America’s family is such a normal and realistic family that I have to give huge props to Cass. Most families in other books give you sort of a dream family, where the parents love the children with all their hearts blah blah blah. I don’t know many families out there that act like that. Not even my family. America’s mom fights with her to join the Selection because they need the money; she fights with her because she thinks she knows what’s best for America. But of course, that isn’t what America wants or needs.
I will agree, it gets a lot like the Bachelor in the end and even though I’ve never been a fan of the show, those scenes in the book made me really want to hate it. I mean, sharing one guy with thirty-five girls would be insane. Even if you really didn’t like him or want to for that matter. As you read on the girls start to wear on you though and some of them you love to death, others you want to murder as well. I think America handled everything well.
America doesn’t want to be queen, she doesn’t want anything. She wants to be free of all of it, the caste, the Selection, all of it. But love opens her eyes up in the end. She realizes that you’ll never be free of the past, but you sure darn can make a future.
After all of this (me trying to murder a fiction character and her rivals) I think Cass did an amazing job and even after all the HG paraphrasing, she really did create an original story worth reading. I will definitely be waiting on the sequel.