by Kiera Cass Published by HarperTeen
on May 3rd 2016 Genres: General
, Girls & Women
, Love & Romance
, Young Adult
, Young Adult Fiction Pages:
Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series has captured the hearts of readers from its very first page. Now the end of the journey is here. Prepare to be swept off your feet by The Crown—the eagerly awaited, wonderfully romantic fifth and final book in the Selection series.In The Heir, a new era dawned in the world of The Selection. Twenty years have passed since America Singer and Prince Maxon fell in love, and their daughter is the first princess to hold a Selection of her own.Eadlyn didn’t think she would find a real partner among the Selection’s thirty-five suitors, let alone true love. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and now Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more difficult—and more important—than she ever expected.
It’s not over until she has an engagement ring on her finger and a young man destined to be a prince by her side. Choosing a husband is never an easy task, especially for Princess Eadlyn. With her mother’s recent medical emergency and other unforeseen obstacles thrown under her feet, the princess continues on with her Selection and even learns what it means to truly love both a person and her own country.
The Crown was a very anticipated book of mine. I didn’t absolutely love the first four books, but they’re quick and fun, and this particular book wasn’t an exception. It’s a little sad that this series is over and there could have been much more to the events in this book because some things weren’t quite enough or properly fleshed out. The ending was cutesy and even heartwarming, however, it doesn’t stop me from feeling like it was rushed. Eadlyn, although I liked her just fine in The Heir, was enjoyable. She’s intelligent, strong, and a little unsure of herself. I’ll miss her. As for who she ended up choosing, I’m only just okay with it. I would have preferred someone else. Despite all of that, I’m satisfied enough.
by Thomas E. Sniegoski Amazon Published by Simon Pulse
on May 31st 2016 Genres: Girls & Women
, Science Fiction
, Thrillers & Suspense
, Young Adult Pages:
Sidney and her friends must race to find the origin of a storm that has hit their small island home—turning every animal into savage weapons—in this suspenseful thriller from New York Times bestselling author, Thomas E. Sniegoski. The future is looking bright for Sidney Moore as she as she gets ready to leave the small island of Benediction behind for one of Boston’s top veterinary schools. Only a few small bumps in the road to navigate before she can go—her father’s recovery from a debilitating stroke, and her own guilt for ending her relationship with her high school sweetheart. But she’s always been strong willed, and she’s not about to let anything stop her from achieving her goals. Now a storm is bearing down on Benediction, a hurricane that will bring devastating winds and rain, rising tides...and something else. Something deadly; something that will transform all the things that creep, crawl, and flutter into instruments of terror and death. The future is looking bright for Sidney Moore…if only she can survive the storm.
Everything was normal on Sidney Moore’s island home of Benediction, at least until the storm came and then it wasn’t. Animals, from smallest bugs to once friendly dogs, have gone erratic and are attempting to kill every human in sight. It’s a nightmare come into reality and Sidney along with her friends must find answers for this hellish phenomena while trying to keep each other alive.
The only word that perfectly describes Savage overall is bizarre. It was a really bizarre book to read and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The ending and the cause of the entire event(s) was really something I didn’t expect (there was only a very brief explanation and it was open-ended, so there is most likely going to be a sequel, otherwise it just doesn’t work in my opinion). Animal lovers may feel uneasy with violence towards and from animals, but if that’s not the case with you then it’s easy to be drawn into the story to see what happens. I’m not 100% sure what I think of the book other than it was okay, but it feels like it’s missing something, and the reason behind the animals turning on humans didn’t feel like it belonged to this book. I don’t want to say it was random, but it sure felt like it.
Anastasia and Her Sisters
by Carolyn Meyer Published by Simon and Schuster
on April 7th 2015 Genres: Europe
, Girls & Women
, Young Adult Pages:
There’s a heavy price to pay for royalty in this compelling—and true—story of Anastasia Romanov and fellow grand duchesses of Russia, from an award-winning novelist.It’s summer in 1914 and the Romanovs are aboard the Standart, the Russian royal yacht. Tsar Nicholas, Tsaritsa Alexandra, their four daughters, and the youngest child, Tsarevitch Alexei, are sailing to Romania to meet Crown Prince Carol and his parents. It seems like a fairy tale existence for the four grand duchesses, dressed in beautiful clothes, traveling from palace to palace. But it’s not. Life inside the palace is far from a fairy tale. The girls’ younger brother suffers from an excruciatingly painful and deadly blood disease, and their parents have chosen to shield the Russian people from the severity of the future tsar’s condition. The secrets and strain are hard on the family, and conditions are equally dire beyond the palace walls. Peasants chafe under the burden of extreme poverty and Tsar Nicholas’s leadership power weakens. And when the unthinkable happens—Germany declares war on Russia—nothing in Anastasia’s world will ever be the same.
Anastasia Romanova was the youngest and the most well-known daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, due to the fact of the many stories and speculation which suggested she had somehow managed to escape a grisly death. The hope of her surviving that horrific day had lasted through generations, even I had hoped so when I first read about Anastasia as a child in elementary school, still young enough to expect only happy endings. The story of Anastasia (and even that of Anne Frank) was so eye opening and yet so heartbreaking.
It’s been years since I’ve read something about Anastasia, so when I saw that Carolyn Meyer had written this book, I grabbed it. Carolyn Meyer has a way of making history come alive through her writing, providing historical details through the eyes and ears of people who are often just seen as mundane names in a history book. I knew what the outcome would be (obviously), but still I felt emotional about the way these young women, their family, and loyal friends met an end that, in my opinion, was really unnecessary.
If you’re a fan of the Romanov family and of the incredibly talented Carolyn Meyer, Anastasia and Her Sisters is a must read.
by Kiera Cass Abebooks Amazon Published by HarperCollins
on May 5th 2015 Genres: Girls & Women
, Love & Romance
, Media Tie-In
, Young Adult Pages:
Kiera Cass's #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series has enchanted readers from the very first page. In this fourth romantic novel, follow Illéa's royal family into a whole new Selection—and find out what happens after happily ever after.Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon's heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn't expect her Selection to be anything like her parents' fairy-tale love story...but as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn't as impossible as she's always thought.A new generation of swoonworthy characters and captivating romance awaits in the fourth book of the Selection series!
The Heir is officially my favorite Selection book! I don’t know how Kiera Cass does this, luring me in every time with each new installment. I believe I rated the other three books between 3-4 stars, but they’re fun, quick reads. It’s like being addicted to your favorite candy.
In this book, we meet Maxon and America’s precious babies. One of them, of course, is Princess Eadlyn who is having her own Selection. The first female to do so. She is also the first female who will one day rule the country by her own right.
She was such a spoiled brat, but I loved that about her. All princesses can’t be kind, soft spoken, little pretty things. A good deal of Eadlyn’s problems, although, did come from misinterpretations of her personality. She came off as somewhat cruel and distant to the public, when that wasn’t really what she was like or intending to be seen.
Maxon and America were such a cute couple. I loved all their moments together. They’re such good parents, but I think they spoiled their babies a little too much. Especially Eadlyn, I mean she’s supposed to be eighteen years old, and she is just now learning about some things she should have already known.
My favorite guy of the whole group was Henri. He was so adorable and perfect. I hope she chooses him, or maybe the translator. All the other guys can go, even Kile. I just felt like everyone else was there just to use Eadlyn for money and position, and Kile wants leave the palace, so away with them.
And that cliffhanger. Man, that really burst my happy bubble. I need another book ASAP.