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Book Review: The One by Keira Cass

The One

Screen shot 2014-10-12 at 21.34.53The wait is finally over. The Selection is coming to a close. America is sure who Maxon will choose as his bride.

Or does he? The Selection is down to four girls, and as tensions rise within this love competition, they’re just as high outside of the palace. The war is getting worse. The enemy keeps pushing for the end of the castes and the royal family. Maxon’s caught in the middle. Between choosing a bride and learning to lead his country, all eyes are on this pretty boy prince. Who will he choose? How will the country react?

I’ve absolutely adored The Selection series. I didn’t want to, but I gave up about two chapters into the first book. There is just magic within these stories. The idea is simple: the story of a girl that doesn’t actually want to be a princess, but she cares about her family. America comes from good stock. For a teenager it’s no wonder she can’t decide what her heart wants at seventeen. She doesn’t buy into the fantasy of the future, which makes her actions more understandable. 

Also, for those that have read this book. Celeste. If anything, finishing the series alone for Celeste. 

Cass doesn’t hold back in this conclusion. I waited months before reading because I wasn’t ready for the series it end. But end it is and Cass does a wonderful job. I can’t wait to see what she writes next!


Book Haul: April/May

I haven’t done a book haul in a bit. I haven’t been on a buying kick for a few months due to work and the internship, but then, loads of authors came to town! 

Best decision ever! 

Now my bookshelves are organized according:


signed/not read

not signed/read

not signed/not read

I have a lot of reading to do.

Here’s what I snagged this month and where they are on my shelves…

Book haul

The Circle by Dave Eggers – Signed/Not Read

Where’d You Go Bernadatte? By Maria Semple – Signed/Not Read

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – Signed/Read

The One by Keira Cass – Signed/Not Read

Miss Peregrine’s Home of Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – Not Signed/Read

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs – Not Signed/Not Read

Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris – Signed/Read

The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore – Signed/Not Read

Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris – Signed/Not Read

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor – Signed/Not Read

No more library books until I get through this haul! (We’ll see how long that lasts….)

Freshly Published: May

Oh my goodness what a month for new YA books! 

Ok, I’m going to do something a bit different this month. A new format! It’s going to go like this: First I’ll cover stand alone books, then series debut’s and last, continued series without summaries (don’t want to spoil anything!). Let me know how you find this format!


Stand Alone

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

(don’t you just wish that was a G?)

We Were Liars Cover

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

 Series Debut’s

Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Dangerous Creatures Cover

From the world of Beautiful Creaturesa dangerous new tale of love and magic.

Ridley Duchannes is nobody’s heroine. She’s a Dark Caster, a Siren. She can make you do things. Anything. You can’t trust her, or yourself when she’s around. And she’ll be the first to tell you to stay away-especially if you’re going to do something as stupid as fall in love with her.

Lucky for Ridley, her wannabe rocker boyfriend, Wesley “Link” Lincoln, never listens to anyone. Link doesn’t care if Rid’s no good for him, and he takes her along when he leaves small-town Gatlin to follow his rock-star dream. He teams up with a ragtag group of Dark Casters, and when the band scores a gig at a hot Underground club, it looks like all of Link’s dreams are about to come true.

But New York City is a dangerous place for both Casters and Mortals, and soon Ridley realizes that Link’s bandmates are keeping secrets. With bad-boy club owner Lennox Gates on her heels, Rid is determined to find out the truth. What she discovers is worse than she could have imagined: Link has a price on his head that no Caster or Mortal can ever pay. With their lives on the line, what’s a Siren to do?

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthors of the Beautiful Creatures novels, are back to cast another magical spell. Their signature blend of mystery, suspense, and romance, with a healthy dose of wit and danger, will pull fans in and leave them begging for more.

After the End by Amy Plum

After the end

She’s searching for answers to her past. They’re hunting her to save their future.

World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They’ve survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there.

At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.

When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie.

Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she’s trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.

Continued Series

The One by Keira Cass

The Selection #3


The One Cover

Seriously, just SWOON over that cover!

Take me On by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits #4

Take me On Cover

I am loving this series, and I was surprised to learn that McGarry continued it. More like thrilled really, her writing is awesome and I love how the series gives other characters their own story but in the same ‘framework’. This should be just as good as the others. 

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Mortal Instruments #6

City of Heavenly Fire

I haven’t read this series myself yet, but this is for my mate that keeps getting me to jump on board! 

That’s it for this month! Are there any others you’re excited for? Let me know!

August Reads

So much to read! So little time! 

August Reads

I’m cracking down on getting through my challenges – I’m hitting some unusual titles this month and trying to get through my slowly dwindling library stack:

Vortex by K. J. Kincaid

The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George

Lock and Key by Sarah Dressen

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

A Need so Beautiful by Suzanne Young

Stolen by Vande Velde

The Selection by Kiera Cass


Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink