Review: The One by Kiera Cass

the oneThe One by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #3
Published by HarperTeen on May 6th 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 323
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars

The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

what i thoughtWhy did I wait until now to read this? That is beyond me. I read 50 pages the night before and read the rest the following day. I. COULD. NOT. PUT. THIS. DOWN!

Kiera Cass (as I’ve already said previously in my review for The Elite) is a very talented writer! I have fallen completely in love with this series from start to finish. Yes, I’ve had some major problems with our main character, America, but words cannot describe my love for this series. I haven’t had a book that I was really invested in that I pretty much read in one sitting in a while. For that, I congratulate Kiera Cass on.

The one thing that drove me the most crazy was America’s indecisiveness. This drove me crazy to no ends. One minute she’s dead set on becoming princess and Maxon’s wife, the next she swears she’s going home. THIS DROVE ME BONKERS! This is my only complaint about the whole series, other than that, complete perfection.

I adore Maxon. He’s a complete sweetheart and has definitely won me over in terms of book boyfriends. No, he’s not my favorite (I’ve already got the top 3 permanently taken), but he’s definitely up there on top book boyfriends. He treats all 5 girls with so much respect as well as the country. He thinks about them before himself and really tries his best to make everyone comfortable.

I also really loved America’s maids! They are incredibly sweet!! I think my favorite of the 3 is Lucy because of her shy attitude. She’s incredibly sweet and I loved her ending.

I’m excited to see this continue in The Heir, because I’m most definitely not ready to let this go!

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“Your eyes look like chocolate,” I mumbled.
He smiled. “And yours look like the morning sky.”– page 129

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“Celeste walked up, as strong as I’d ever seen her, and whispered something into Maxon’s ear.

When she was done, he smiled. “I don’t think that will be necessary.”

“Good.” She left, closing the door behind her, and I stood to take whatever was coming.

“What was that about?” I asked, nodding toward the door.

“Oh, Celeste was making it clear that if I hurt you, she’d make me cry,” he said with a smile.

I laughed. “I’ve been on the receiving end of those nails, so be careful there.”

“Yes, ma’am.”– page 193

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“And there we were, in the background of it all, holding on to one another. The Perfectionist, the Sweetheart, the Diva . . . and me.” — page 213

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[spoiler]“America, my love, you are sunlight falling through trees. You are laughter that breaks through sadness. You are the breeze on a too-war day. You are clarity in the midst of confusion. You are not the world, but you are everything that makes the world good. Without you, my life would still exist, but that’s all it would manage to do. You said that to get things right one of us would have to take a leap of faith. I think I’ve discovered the canyon that must be leaped, and I hope to find you waiting for me on the other side. I love you, America. Yours forever, Maxon”– page 288[/spoiler]

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“Break my heart. Break it a thousand times if you like. It was only ever yours to break anyway.” ― Kiera Cass, The One

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“The best people all have some kind of scar.” ― Kiera Cass, The One

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Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass

the eliteThe Elite by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #2
Published by HarperTeen on April 23rd 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
four-half-stars

The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.

what i thoughtOH. MY. GOSH. How I’ve missed this world! I read The Selection late 2013 and just never picked this up. I even attended a signing for Kiera Cass and 3 other authors the day The One released. Still didn’t read it. I’m absolutely kicking myself for waiting SOO long! Words cannot describe how obsessed I got while reading this. I’m not a big fan of America, most of the time I just want to slap her for some of the decisions she made. Once I started this, I seriously could not put the book down! I was going crazy. All I wanted to do was just read this. I was getting very paranoid and very angry when I couldn’t find a copy of The One at Half Price Books that day (luckily Target loves me and knew I needed it ;) ).

Prince Maxon is now left with 5 girls to choose as a wife. All of them exceed great qualities as a wife for him. But he really only has eyes for America. But with America still deciding who she wants, Maxon or Aspen, Maxon starts to look elsewhere. Now with the possibility of the other girls instead of just America, she has to fight for who she really wants, stay and become princess or go home. Who will she choose?

Kiera Cass is one of those authors that immediately draws you in the second you pick up the book. Everything is so vividly described that you feel as if your right there in America’s shoes watching this all play out. She’s a very gifted writer! You feel attached to everything in this story, the characters (sometimes America), the world, the writing, everything! I’m so glad I picked this book up and continued because I forgot how much I really enjoyed The Selection and how much I was missing this world. Words cannot describe how obsessed I am with this series at the moment!

As I’m writing this review, I’ve already read and finished The One, but am very excited to see more of story continue!

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“You know that you’ve found something amazing, and you want to hold on to it forever; and every second after you have it, you fear the moment you might lose it.”– page 62

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“Darling, you’re perfect.”– page 80

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“Sometimes I feel like we’re a knot, too tangled to be taken apart.”– page 213

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Waiting on Wednesday (#29): The One by Kiera Cass

waiting on wednesdayWaiting on Wednesday is a meme created by Breaking the Spine in which on Wednesdays you post a book that you are waiting to be released.

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the oneThe One by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #3
Publishing by: HarperTeen on May 6th 2014
Genre: Dystopia, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 336

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The Selection changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. And now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.

America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

From the very first page of The Selection, this #1 New York Times bestselling series has captured readers’ hearts and swept them away on a captivating journey… Now, in The One, Kiera Cass delivers a satisfying and unforgettable conclusion that will keep readers sighing over this electrifying fairy-tale long after the final page is turned.

Is this considered cheating when I tell you that I’ve only read the first one?? :) Yeah, I’ve only read the first one… BUT! I really did enjoy it and I’ve been wanting to continue on for quite a while now, just haven’t gotten to it. But I definitely am excited for it to be released! :D

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring 2014 TBR

top ten tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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This week’s theme is ‘Top Ten Books On My Spring 2014 TBR List’.

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This is in no particular order.

Most Anticipated Releases of the Spring:

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1. City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare: I’m so beyond not ready for this book! Everything I’ve been hearing about it is making me very nervous and scared!!! :(

2. Sweet Reckoning (Sweet Trilogy #3) by Wendy Higgins: I adore this trilogy so much and I can’t believe it’s about to end! I’m not ready to let Kaidan go yet! :(

3. The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass: I still haven’t read The Elite yet, but I’m still rooting for Team Maxon!

4. Panic by Lauren Oliver: A couple of big BookTubers are holding a read-a-long in March, and I’m hoping to join in to read this!

5. Sea of Shadows (Age of Legends #1) by Kelley Armstrong: I read The Summoning back in January and I really enjoyed it! I can’t wait to see what this one is about!

Books I Own/Want That I Haven’t Read Yet:

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6. The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa: I love vampires. I still can’t believe I haven’t read this yet!

7. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: I don’t need to say anything.. I’m already ashamed as it is. I’m just not ready for tears and heartbreak yet!!

8. Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2) by Leigh Bardugo: I recently got this and I’m SUPER excited to read it!

9. Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi: A lot of my BookTube friends love this trilogy and I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet!

10. Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare: After finishing Clockwork Angel back in January, I found THE BIGGEST spoiler in Clockwork Princess… So safe to say, I’m not ready to continue on just yet. :(

Top Ten Tuesday: New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013

top ten tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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This week’s theme is ‘Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013’.

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This is in no particular order, just selected from when the pictures were uploaded to my blog. :)

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1. Rainbow Rowell– I’ve only read Fangirl so far by her. But, I do plan on reading Attachments and Eleanor and Park as well as Landline when it comes out in 2014. :)

2. Tahereh Mafi– Okay, I love her… This series is definitely one of my favorites. I’ve never been so torn between two guys before.. Wow..

3. Wendy Higgins– I just love the Sweet Evil series for so many reasons.. My biggest reason is Kaidan.. <3

4. Ransom Riggs– I LOVED Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children! I’m so excited for Hollow City!

5. Susan Ee– I don’t think I’ve read any or many angel books before, but I LOVE what Susan Ee has done with these angels!

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6. L.P. Dover– I LOVED Love’s Second Chances so much! I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did. I definitely had a lot of tears while reading this!

7. Alexandra Bracken– This series…. Wow. LOVE it.

8. Kiera Cass– I’ve only read The Selection so far, but I did really enjoy it and I’m super excited to read The Elite and The One when it comes out.

9. Cassandra Clare– I can’t believe I waited this long to start The Mortal Instruments and that I have STILL yet to read The Infernal Devices… What is wrong with me!?

10. Jennifer L. Armentrout– Wow… I’ve only read Obsidian so far in the Lux series. I own all 4 including her contemporary, Wait For You. She’s definitely a favorite author of mine for sure.

Top Ten Tuesday: 2014 Release I’m Dying To Read

top ten tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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This week’s theme is ‘Top Ten 2014 Releases I’m Dying To Read’.

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1. Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi– Oh my gosh… Hurry up February!!!

2. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge– Okay, a Beauty and The Beast re-telling!? Do I need any further explanation!?

3. White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout– I LOVE Jennifer L. Armentrout… Enough said.

4. Landline by Rainbow Rowell– This book doesn’t come out til July, but she’s one of the biggest authors in YA today.. Am I wrong? :)

5. Uninvited (Uninvited #1) by Sophie Jordan– I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about this book!

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6. Hollow City (Miss Pereguine #2) by Ransom Riggs– LOVED the first book! Super excited for the second! Can’t wait to get my hands on it!!

7. The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass– Still haven’t read The Elite, but I love this series! :)

8. After the End (After the End #1) by Amy Plum– I own her first book in the Die for Me series, but just haven’t gotten the chance to read it yet, but it sounds amazing!

9. Alienated (Alienated #1) by Melissa Landers– I’ve already talked about this book in a W.O.W post. :)

10. City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare– Guys… I’m TERRIFIED for this book! All of Cassandra Clare’s tweets are freaking me out!!! :(

Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get My Hands On

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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This week’s theme is ‘Top Ten Sequels We Can’t Wait To Get Our Hands On’.

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Sorry that I didn’t post my Top Ten last week. I completely forgot that it was Tuesday and that I needed to do a post. By the time I realized that I forgot it, it was too late to do it.

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Considering that I’m so far behind in reading, I’m going to post books that have already been released, but I haven’t read yet. There is a couple that aren’t released yet though.

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1. World After (Penryn & the End of Days #2) by Susan Ee– I LOVED Angelfall! It was soo creepy and I COULD NOT put the book down!

2. Hollow City (Miss Pereguine #2) by Ransom Riggs– If there weren’t pictures in Miss Pereguine’s Home for Peculiar Children, I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much as I did. I’m so beyond excited to see what happens next!

3. Never Fade (The Darkest Minds #2) by Alexandra Bracken– I just finished In Time (which is the novella) yesterday and I’m DYING to know what happened. There’s a major cliff hanger in both The Darkest Minds and In Time. I’m absolutely OBSESSED with this series.

4. Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy #2) by Wendy Higgins– Okay, I can not stress how much I am in love with this series… Anna– the main character– is my clone. Not joking! I’m DYING to find out what happens and I’m surprised I haven’t already read it yet!

5. Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout– I read Obsidian a few weeks ago and I’m still obsessing over this series… Enough said!

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6. Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth– I’m so late in this series! Everyone has already finished Allegiant and I still haven’t even opened Insurgent yet…

7. Trusting You (Second Chances #2) by L.P. Dover– I LOVED Love’s Second Chances and I’m really excited to read this story!

8. Flawless (Pretty Little Liars #2) by Sara Shepard– I’m obsessed with Pretty Little Liars. I’ve been watching the show ever since it premiered and I finally started the series. I read the first book back in July I believe but just haven’t gotten around to the second one yet.

9. The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass– I LOVED The Selection. Such a great book! I read it back in July I believe but never got around to picking up The Elite yet. I’m really hoping to pick it up soon though.

10. Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi– This series is just.. WOW. I can’t even process how I feel about this series! It’s amazing!