Book Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Okay, so this review was originally just going to be over the first book of the Selection trilogy (The Selection) by Kiera Cass, but then I finished the second book (The Elite) and I’m not sure how this is going to go.

First off, I LOVE this series! Both books, which are the only two published so far, are wonderfully written. The story is interesting, fun, and unique, although sometimes a bit predictable. The heroine, America Singer, lives in a futuristic US-Canada-Mexico mashup country called Illea. It is run by a monarchy, with castes underneath to determine what kind of job and life the citizens have. There are undertones of rebellion throughout the books, but one cannot help but fall in love with Prince Maxon alongside America. This happens when, through a lottery that might not be so random after all, she is selected to compete in a “Bachelor”-esque competition for the heart of the Prince, which she originally objects to due to her comfort as a lower-middle class citizen, and because of her forbidden love with Aspen, the boy from the caste below her. Here the love triangle is set up, and while I know which boy I want America to end up with, she, as of yet, does not.

The characters are developed well. From America to the King to May, we learn plenty about each of them to understand their actions. From a literary viewpoint, this work was excellently crafted. There is enough suspense to carry the reader through, but not so much it is unbearable or too little so that I wouldn’t care about what happens next.

I definitely recommend reading this series! 5 stars from me.


New Beginnings

I hope this doesn’t come off as really cliche, but here it is January, and it seems like a good time to talk about starting over. You know, sometimes things in life just don’t work out the way you expect them to or think they should. Realizing this has happened is an opportunity to improve your life by changing what isn’t working. Sometimes this means physically cleaning the house, changing your mindset, or just looking for other options. Change doesn’t have to be frightening, sudden, or bad. Something that is changing in my neck of the woods is Senater Tom Coburn stepping down early as he deal with cancer, which means that the first election I will vote in will be for his replacement. I was excited when I heard that James Lankford is going to run for the spot, and as of yet seems to be the only person who has officially filed to run. I have been a fan of Lankford since his began his run for the House of Reps. You can slap a stereotype on me if you like because of my mid-southern traditional values and conservative beliefs, but I am all for the reforms and decisions Lankford has brought up in his time in the House, and hope that he will be able to continue fighting for an educated and Biblical interpretation of how the American government is meant to work.