Monday, June 9, 2014

Review | The One by Kiera Cass

Review | The One by Kiera Cass" class="ubb-image alignleft">The One by Kiera Cass
Published by HarperTeen on May 6, 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
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The highly anticipated conclusion to Kiera Cass's #1 New York Timesbestselling Selection series, The One will captivate readers who love dystopian YA fiction and fairy tales. The One is the perfect finale for fans who have followed America's whirlwind romance since it began--and a swoon-worthy read for teens who have devoured Veronica Roth'sDivergent, Ally Condie's Matched, or Lauren Oliver's Delirium.

The Selection changed America Singer's life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Illéa, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen--and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she's made her choice . . . and she's prepared to fight for the future she wants.

Find out who America will choose in The One, the enchanting, beautifully romantic third book in the Selection series!

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As someone who fell in love with The Selection series from the moment I started reading the first book, the anticipation I felt for the final book in the series was well known by anyone close to me. Of course, the moment I got my copy of The One, I struggled between wanting to dive in and have my questions answered and not wanting it to end. Like any good series though, it must always come to an end. Even when we wish it didn’t have to.

The Selection series, for me, was much more than just another awesome YA series to add to my growing library. It’s the first YA series that I’ve really been able to bond over with my mom. My mom has never been one to read anything other than books by Danielle Steele and Norah Roberts, so when we discovered The Selection a little over two years ago at YALLFest, it was hard to pass up. I was just surprised that my mom was getting as excited over reading it as I was. And  when she finished The Selection, she gushed and gushed about it and we discussed what we thought was going to happen in the next book. Basically, it’s been a great series that has brought my mom and I closer together in the terms of reading. So thank you, Kiera Cass. My mom and I adore you and your books. 🙂

Now, let’s talk about The One. Oh my heavens. What a great ending to a great series! I honestly thought I had it all figured out, but Kiera definitely took me through a few twists and turns that I wasn’t expecting. I loved the relationships in this series, and especially this book. Everyone, Celeste especially, seemed to grow and develop in ways I wasn’t expecting. It was great to see the relationships being shaped and transformed right before my eyes. All throughout the book I felt a sense of closure for the series and there honestly isn’t anything I wish Kiera would have done differently. I know some authors get bashed for not ending their series the way we would want them to, but I’ve always been a strong believer that the author knows the hearts of their characters and knows just what to do to end a series. Sure, I may not like what they do all the time, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion. In this case though, as I read the epilogue, I smiled and teared up a bit because I felt like I was there and taking part in the ending of this journey for America. In other words, I felt The One was simply perfection.

If you have yet to start this series, I encourage that you do. It’s the perfect summer series read! If you do end up reading them, I’d love to hear your thoughts once you’ve finished!

Five out of five stars!

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