After nearly two years of book series burn-out, I've finally started getting into them again. It's a good thing, too, because most novels are part of a series now. The latest series I've completed is The Selection by Kiera Cass: six books in two weeks. So, for today's Rambling, I'm going to share my thoughts about the series. As with my movie reviews, I plan to keep it spoiler-free with a brief synopsis, what I liked, and what I didn't like.
The series takes place in a dystopian United States that is called Illea. Instead of fifty states, Illea consists of thirty-five sections. Illea is a monarch ruled by a king and queen who have one child: a handsome prince. Think Cinderella meets The Bachelor, and that's the basic storyline with a lot of intrigue added for good measure.
What I Liked:
America Singer ~ She's the protagonist, so the reader is supposed to like her. She's a redheaded spitfire and an all-around strong, relatable young woman.
Marlee ~ Aww, Marlee! She is definitely my favorite supporting character. She shares America's strength, and I'm glad her story resolves the way it does. I'm also glad to have heard things from her viewpoint in Happily Ever After.
Aspen/Maxim ~ I love/hate these characters equally. They're both sweet; they're both jerks. They're both dynamic characters (they change over the course of the series).
The Romance ~ There's just enough to keep it interesting, but not so much that it's sticky-sweet and sappy.
The Twist ~ This series truly is a dystopian Cinderella, and I like that. It's unique.
Erik ~ He doesn't appear until The Heir, but he is so charming. I think he should have been the male protagonist throughout the entire series.
What I Didn't Like:
Eadlyn's Storyline ~ It felt forced and rushed. The last two books focus on her story. They're good, but not as good as the others.
The Cliffhanger at the End of The Heir ~ Really? A cliffhanger like that? The other books ended in ways that made you want to keep reading, but the cliffhanger at the end of The Heir was super frustrating.
If you like Cinderella (which I do) or The Bachelor (which I don't, honest!), then you will LOVE The Selection series. If you enjoy a good, sweet, clean, romance, you'll enjoy it as well. Just be prepared to read ALL six books. You won't be able to stop with only one!
Until the next post . . . keep smiling!