It was time to find a princess for the prince of Illea. That was not going to be an easy task. For generations, a Selection was held, which meant thatIt was time to find a princess for the prince of Illea. That was not going to be an easy task. For generations, a Selection was held, which meant that 35 of the most eligible girls from different provinces were selected to participate in a game of sorts to win the heart of the prince. It’s supposed to be a dignified affair, but when a crown and a handsome prince are involved, playing fair may not always be graceful.
For America Singer, receiving an invitation to the Selection was not a high priority. She didn’t want to be a princess, in fact, she was content to remain a five and marry her first love, Aspen. Even though Aspen was ranked as a six it didn’t matter to America. Being selected, especially as the One, would elevate her family and present a wonderful opportunity for her. America acquiescence from the pressure brought on by her family and Aspen. Being selected was a long shot and something she felt strongly was never going to happen, until unbelievably it did.
Would America’s beauty and musical talent win the top prize or will her rebellious nature and love for Aspen get in the way?
I thought this was a cute book. It was very reminiscent of the TV’s Bachelor or Bachelorette. The characters were well developed. America had a feisty and endearing quality that was similar to Katniss from the Hunger Game series. I enjoyed America’s and Prince Maxon’s relationship, but of course like most YA books there is a love triangle. I definitely want to read “The Elite” and see where Kiera Cass takes this story. I’m interested to find out the back story to the rebel invasions and Marlee’s possible secret. There were some predictable things that happened in the last few chapters, but overall I was pleased with how it ended, because it left you wanting more. Though I have an aversion to love triangles, I have to admit I’m intrigued to see who America picks or if, Prince Maxon even chooses her ...more
I'm sorry Rachelle, I really tried to like this book. I hated the story, the main character, and the secondary characters. I try to find something toI'm sorry Rachelle, I really tried to like this book. I hated the story, the main character, and the secondary characters. I try to find something to like about each book I read and usually I succeed. Sometimes, I've even hated a book until the end and then, it all seemed worth the sacrifice. There just wasn't any redeeming qualities with this one, plus the ending was the reason I rated this one star instead of two.
**This review my contain some spoilers**
This book was about a girl, Miranda or was it Amanda. I can't even remember and I just finished the book the other night. Of coarse, she had so many names who could keep up. Anyway, Miranda was in a witness protection program, hence the multitude of names.
This book boils down to this: she falls in love with one of the people responsible for her being in witness protection and for her parents being killed. She only knew him for four days mind you. She tries to loose her virginity to him to only be rejected; however, Miranda decided at the very end of the book to save that virginity because she can't loose it to Johnathon.
Everything about this book was one long drawn out cheesy ball of mess. The dialogue was so "lifetime" movie special. I bet there is a tv movie just like this book. The plot came right out of a soap-opera manual.
I could go on, but I would rather stop now. ...more
I thought this book was amazing... thought provoking, and disturbing.
I read this book for my book-club, unfortunately I was unable to finish readingI thought this book was amazing... thought provoking, and disturbing.
I read this book for my book-club, unfortunately I was unable to finish reading it by the time we meet. I learned what the main premise was from our meeting. I was only about 45 pages into it by that night, so the next day I went back to page one. I think having the knowledge of cloning from the beginning changed my reading of the characters, the subject matter, and the story overall. I can't help but wonder, if the author had revealed that aspect of the story much earlier in the book would reader's reactions be different? I think possibly.
I think there are so many levels and depth to Kathy's story. I really enjoyed her narrative. It was childish and mechanical, but given her circumstances I can see why she would sound that way.
It's hard to write everything I'm feeling and thinking, because one thought leads to the next, and then jumps to another and back again. The whole question of whether clones have souls or not boggles my mind. Actually, my head hurts with all the things running around in there.
Do they have souls... well, who knows. It is just a book after all. I can believe they do or not. The thing is by starting the story from when Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy are children and walking through their lives like that... knowing they love, are jealous, get angry, and have all the other feelings and reactions "humans" do. I can't help but think yes they do have a soul.
There is that underlining question, that they were taught to feel and react that way, but aren't we all. It's just a matter of perspective.
Anyway, I thought this was a fascinating topic. This story will stay with me for a very long time, and like my friend Kerry wrote, because this book will stay with her, she gave it five stars. That is my reasoning too.
I also cried like a big baby at the end and had a very ghoulish dream. I was very off kilter this morning because of it.
Well, this book really had me thinking. I didn't expect a lot that took place, which is a good thing. What I enjoyed about this book most was the narrWell, this book really had me thinking. I didn't expect a lot that took place, which is a good thing. What I enjoyed about this book most was the narrating. Both sisters shared memories from the summer that changed their lives. It wasn't just a one sided story.
One of the other elements I really liked about Rebecca Rasmussen's writing was all the emotions she pulled out of me. I had a strong reaction to some of the characters (mainly Milly) and the plot. I'll explain more below, because there will be spoilers.
There were two situations that worked on my feels most from this book and that was what happened between Bett and Milly and Twiss' dad. I really didn't see that coming. I even had to go back through and reread some passages, because I felt like I over looked some things. Like, I didn't see the signs. Honestly, I thought that there was going to be a scenario between Bett and Asa (well, there was in a different way). I keep waiting for that to happen. That's why I was taken so off guard when it was their dad.
The other thing that took me for a loop and made me so mad, was Milly giving up Asa and handing her over to Bett. I was like, "Come on. This can't really be happening. Not after everything." Well, it did happen. I thought Milly's saint like qualities were taken too far. Nevertheless, it probably wouldn't have been as good a book, if it had ended the way I wanted. Happy ever afters don't always sell a book. Sadness does.
Speaking of sad. I felt sorry that the two sisters spent their lives together, but alone. I know it's perfectly okay to not get married. Being married doesn't always bring the ultimate happiness. But, neither sister got what they wanted: Milly a family and Twiss an advantageous life traveling.
I kept asking myself which sister am I? Am I Milly the self-sacrificing saint or Twiss the selfish adventurer. Martyrdom doesn't look good on me. I'm the selfish type, because I would have taken Asa's hand and run away...
I didn't know who to feel sorry for the most in this book. I ended up not feeling sorry for anyone. They each made their choices. The only character that got her way was Bett.
I was going to pick this book for my book-club, but at the last minute I spazed out and changed my mind. The reason why, was because of these sectionsI was going to pick this book for my book-club, but at the last minute I spazed out and changed my mind. The reason why, was because of these sections at the end of each chapter where Meg Howrey changed the point of view. A majority of the book was narrated by Luke; but then, Howrey would through in the third person perspective. I hated that. Why change?... It wasn't necessary. Howrey did a really good job describing what was going on through Luke's eyes. It disrupted the vibe of the book.
The other thing I didn't care for were the paragraphs where Howrey digressed into these philosophical and scientific rants. I don't mind philosophical thinking, but in this book it came off as boring.
I did have a hard time with some of the subject matter too. I'm a Christian so it was hard for me to read that Luke didn't believe in God. Or that he didn't believe he had a soul. It didn't take away from my overall like of him as a character, it was just a hard topic to digest.
What I loved was the story between Luke and his father. It was sweet, until the unexpected ending. I wasn't totally prepared for the conclusion. I also really enjoyed the secondary characters. At times, Luke's two sisters dominated the pages. The whole cast was developed really well. The story and the characters more than made up for the things I didn't like. That's why I ended up giving this book four star instead of less.
I hope the girls from my book club still read this book some day, because it was worth it. ...more