Series Review: The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

I don't usually finish a lot of book series. To me, the longer a series goes on, usually the worse it becomes. There are a few exceptions to the rule, but usually not. This series has some good and some... not so good, reads. I only finished this series because the books were short and easy to read.

The Selection - For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

This was the book that started it all. I fell in love with the characters and the whole concept of the selection process. It was a fun read.

The Elite - 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.

The story continued in The Elite with the last few girls who were still in the selection. We learned more about Prince Maxon and his main squeeze America. Things start getting dicey with rebel unrest and with the story line. For some reason Maxon and America couldn't keep things together.

The One- 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.

I really felt like everything that happened in this book, could have been combined into the last book. There are still several girls left in the selection. Not as many of them were eliminated as in the first book and things still seem to be going south for the main characters. They just don't seem to be a good fit for each other.

The Heir - 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.

We have three books that could have been combined into one. How many times are Maxon and America going to breakup! The unrest with the rebels has come to a head and all hell breaks loose in this book. If only the main characters could keep their sh*t together. 

The Crown - When Eadlyn became the first princess of IllĂ©a 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.

This book didn't even really need to be written. It follows the daughter of Maxon and America many years later. Eadlyn is so disconnected from her emotions that it makes it hard for me to fall in love with her character. The selection is still a thing, but its been gender swapped and the writer portrays most the boys like nasty little pervs. It really felt flat for me and wasn't needed in my opinion. 

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