I saw several “It’s like The Bachelor + Hunger Games” reviews before I received an ARC of The Selection, (courtesy of the awesome girls at the DAC ARC...moreI saw several “It’s like The Bachelor + Hunger Games” reviews before I received an ARC of The Selection, (courtesy of the awesome girls at the DAC ARC Tours home) and I was wary. I loved the Hunger Games (ok, I loved Catching Fire. But I really really liked the trilogy as a whole). I don’t love The Bachelor.
But, oddly enough, the book The Selection most reminded me of was Lauren DeStefano’s Wither.
Both are/have: Post-apocalypticish Dystopian Girls in fancy dresses Girls living in castles (both MC girls living in castles against their will) Princes (or prince-like dudes) you’re supposed to have sympathy for, even though there’s… The Other Boy Potential/Actual Big Bad Guys
While I was reading The Selection, I just kept going back and back and back again to Wither, so much so that I feel like I might have meshed the two together in my head. (I’ve since unmeshed them, because I just finished DeStefano’s Fever… and I’ll have more words on that book later.)
For the most part, I liked The Selection. I felt like America Singer is a strong backbone for the book. I feel like both Aspen and Prince Maxon are legit love interests- meaning I didn’t immediately dislike either of them, or distrust their intentions. Hellooooo, love triangle! As with the Hunger Games, some of the character names are a tad on the silly side (and there are also Caesar Flickerman- and Effie Trinket-esque characters). As with The Bachelor, there are catty, back-stabbing, alliance-forming girls galore… which turned out to be more fun than I thought it would be.
I’m already looking forward to the second book. I want to see America rise to the challenge of the Selection process, I want to see how the girls continue to interact with each other, I want to learn more about the outside invaders, and I want to see which handsome fella America ends up with!(less)
Greg Gaines tells you right up front that M&E&tDG is not a fluffy, feel-good cancer book. I thought he was lying, but he was not. Me & Ear...moreGreg Gaines tells you right up front that M&E&tDG is not a fluffy, feel-good cancer book. I thought he was lying, but he was not. Me & Earl is not a fluffy, feel-good cancer book. But it IS a really funny, (though Greg would certainly disagree) poignant, cancer book. Greg, Earl, and Rachel are great, well-drawn characters. Greg is my new favorite hardly-even-likable fictional high schooler. I love the bond Jesse Andrews create between the three of them, and the way they relate to each other, and the way Greg reacts to the world outside his head. (less)
I loved The Peculiars. It was my first foray into steampunk (though some have suggested its not quite steampunky enough), and it was a great introduct...moreI loved The Peculiars. It was my first foray into steampunk (though some have suggested its not quite steampunky enough), and it was a great introduction into the genre. Lena Mattagascar is a heroine I constantly rooted for (instead of wishing she'd grow a backbone, or get into some action, or kiss the guy already). I enjoyed the pacing of the book and the characters and mythology woven into it. (less)
I'm not sure where I thought "He's Amish, she's English" would end up, but it wasn't what I got. Temptation started with a classic premise: forbidden...moreI'm not sure where I thought "He's Amish, she's English" would end up, but it wasn't what I got. Temptation started with a classic premise: forbidden love. While not exactly Montagues and Capulets, neither Noah nor Rose's families are supportive of their new love. Temptation was a quick read with slightly less-than-memorable characters. I hate writing negative reviews of this book, because my own tastes certainly aren't that of the intended audience: 16-year-old girls. The book didn't end in a way I was happy with, but maybe Hopkins can pick it up and make it better with the second (and third?) book. (less)