The Betrothed by Kiera Cass

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Book cover of The Betrothed by Kiera CassThe true tragedy of publishing is that successful authors are given a free ride to publishing their next book, regardless of the quality. Kiera Cass skyrocketed to fame with the publication of her series, The Selection. The original trilogy was a fun romp, mixing elements of The Bachelor with all the dystopian clichés – they weren’t the most groundbreaking books, but they were perfect for relaxing on a beach with. However, every book she has written since then has been a decline in quality. Finally, with The Betrothed, Cass has finally reached the point where her books have become a waste of paper.

When King Jameson declares his love for Lady Hollis Brite, Hollis is shocked—and thrilled. After all, she’s grown up at Keresken Castle, vying for the king’s attention alongside other daughters of the nobility. Capturing his heart is a dream come true.

But Hollis soon realizes that falling in love with a king and being crowned queen may not be the happily ever after she thought it would be. And when she meets a commoner with the mysterious power to see right into her heart, she finds that the future she really wants is one that she never thought to imagine.

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The Crown by Kiera Cass

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Honestly, I’m not sure why I finished this series. Sunk Cost Fallacy? Blind hope? Regardless, I pushed through and finally finished The Selection series 8 years after I started it. Was it worth it? Absolutely not. The first three books of the series were a fun, park-your-brain-at-the-door combination of The Bachelor meets The Hunger Games – nothing outstanding but pretty entertaining. For some inexplicable reason, the author chose to extend the series to follow the daughter of the two original leads as she goes through her own Selection. I had hoped that maybe the series would end on a high note – but The Crown set an all time low for the series – a waste of time at best and a waste of paper at worst.

When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.

Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.

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The Heir by Kiera Cass

An unlikeable protagonist, a complete lack of stakes, and barely a trace of plot – The Heir sets a new low for series continuations. There’s been a trend lately of authors continuing series after a several year gap (Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, literally any series that Cassandra Clare has written). Sometimes, revisiting an existing series can be a fun way to expand a universe and allow the author to skip over some of the world building and dive straight into a story. The Heir turned out to be a poster child for the importance of knowing when to leave well enough alone.

Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.

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The One by Kiera Cass

After enjoying The Selection for the superficial novel that it is, and really not liking The Elite, I’ve finally arrived at the end of The Selection trilogy. Going into it, I wasn’t expecting to like it very much. Sadly, it lived up to my expectations and was an obnoxious ending to a poorly executed series. Save yourself sometime and watch a series of The Bachelor instead, it has more character development and complex storytelling than all of the books in this trilogy combined.

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.

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The Elite by Kiera Cass

It’s been almost six years since I last read The Elite the first time. I recently decided to reread the entire series (since I didn’t have to wait at my local library to get copies). While the first book is a fun and light read, this sequel takes itself even more seriously, but doesn’t really gain any gravity or change its tone from the first book. There is a total lack of consequences in this book, which really made the plot more boring knowing that nothing bad would actually happen to any of the characters.

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.

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