It's always a bad idea to say "I'll do a proper review later!" because you end up not doing one, often enough. But I definitely needed to give this boIt's always a bad idea to say "I'll do a proper review later!" because you end up not doing one, often enough. But I definitely needed to give this book a few more words than what I had left below. I was one of those who had never heard of Winston Graham, though I guess the name "Poldark" does ring a faint little bell. I still had no idea what the book was about. I saw it featured in a Book Depository 50% off sale, and so felt impelled to find out what this series was all about.
Little did I know it was such an epic series with something like 11 books in it. I've only read the one so far, and I loved it. It made me laugh and also made me swoon. The supporting characters are a great strength of this book, though of course Ross and Demelza provided more than enough intrigue to keep me hooked. But I love the quirkiness of the supporting characters, like Prudie and her "craw'ers" (lice), and Jud and his "tedn right, tedn fair, tedn British" (to paraphrase).
I'm very much looking forward to getting back to this series with book #2. I've just taken a break to finish off another series first.
**spoiler alert** These two books were quite different to the original trilogy - there was far less threat of imminent death and destruction, and no "**spoiler alert** These two books were quite different to the original trilogy - there was far less threat of imminent death and destruction, and no "climax" in which a major character met their demise. It was still an intriguing story. At first I thought I was Team Kile, but I could totally see why Eadlyn fell for the guy she fell for - Eric is definitely swoonworthy. It did feel a little bit like a whirlwind romance that unfolded very quickly, but at least it wasn't love at first sight.
I did really enjoy these two books, however I wouldn't say they were as gripping as the original trilogy was....more
**spoiler alert** This was a great read, just like the first three in the series - it was fun reading about a girl who had to discover the brutal trut**spoiler alert** This was a great read, just like the first three in the series - it was fun reading about a girl who had to discover the brutal truth about herself (e.g. she's a bit unlikable actually) during the Selection she begrudgingly agrees to.
During this read I was pulling for Kile, though I also could see an intriguing side to Erik. Since I'm now nearly done with Book #2 I can't much remember what happened during this book. I guess it wasn't particularly eventful if you compare it to the first three books, in which people are constantly under threat of death or injury due to the rebels. I still enjoyed this book - but kept waiting for some huge disaster to happen. It didn't, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. ;)
**spoiler alert** I enjoyed this third book in the story of America and Maxon, equally to book #2, though this one might've had a slightest edge due t**spoiler alert** I enjoyed this third book in the story of America and Maxon, equally to book #2, though this one might've had a slightest edge due to the sheer amount of action that occurred. I was glad that things got resolved within the group of Elite, and very saddened by what happened to Celeste at the peak of the action, but what a relief that it all worked out in the end.
I thought it was maybe a bit convenient that Aspen's unrequited crush was killed off in the end. I was also really exasperated with America for taking so long to tell Maxon about Aspen - in fact, she took so long that she didn't even tell him before he found out himself. But I guess that's a common plot device.
I would like to say I was disappointed to find "we'll have to make due" in this series, as it's meant to be "make do" if we're being really correct about things. But other than that, I don't have much to complain about. Great trilogy that gripped me from for at least 2 / 3 of the journey.
I liked this one better than the first one, as it was no longer just America struggling with her choice - it was also Maxon struggling with a choice oI liked this one better than the first one, as it was no longer just America struggling with her choice - it was also Maxon struggling with a choice of his own, and America realising she had to figure out what was going on in her head and heart.
I really enjoyed the development of the plot line with the Italian family, the rebels, etc., and was gripped by those aspects of the story too.
Oops, I forgot I finished this one! Another great episode in the Debt Collector series here - I was fascinated to learn more about the Madam and whatOops, I forgot I finished this one! Another great episode in the Debt Collector series here - I was fascinated to learn more about the Madam and what she's really up to with her 'business'. Now I just want to see what Lirium ends up deciding to do, after he's got himself out of his current predicament in #4! Hope we get to see more of Apple Girl & the kids....more
This series was recommended by a friend, who said she devoured them over a short week-long stay in a holiday resort. I was quite eager to get startedThis series was recommended by a friend, who said she devoured them over a short week-long stay in a holiday resort. I was quite eager to get started on book #1, as a result.
It's been quite a wait between finishing this book and writing up the review. So I'm not entirely clear on what I was feeling when I did finish it. I do know that at the time, the next two books in the series had not yet arrived at my place from Book Depository, so I had to read something else in the meantime. I'm still reading that "something else" (book #3 in a trilogy), but soon I'll be ready to jump into the next book in the Selection series.
Back on point, perhaps? I did enjoy this read, however I'm not the biggest fan of love triangles, so I guess I was maybe bordering on 'bored' when it came to America and her lurve woes. It doesn't help that I'm not particularly sold on either America's love from back home, or the Prince. I don't seem to have any feels either way. So maybe I need to read on, and figure out whose team I'm on!
The writing was good and I did find myself gripped (a little bit) by the bitchy drama of a post-apocalyptic reality show. But you might say I wasn't totally enthralled and engrossed. I think one thing that might be bothering me slightly is that there doesn't seem to be much romantic struggle for America, except that she is into two guys and they're both into her (woe is her). Anyway, maybe book #2 is what it will take to get me really sucked in. Time will tell!...more