Rate That Cover: The One

So today’s rate that cover is the cover for the third and final book in the selection trilogy, The One. and here is the cover

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absolutely beautiful cover that matches the series perfectly. i called that it would be a white dress and i’m stunned by how beautiful it turned out. this is a series full of beautiful covers and i will not deny that the cover was the reason i first picked up the selection.

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but Kiera Cass was not finished there the cover for the selection stories was also released and is also quite beautiful and matches just enough to tie in to the rest of the series while differentiating itself from the main covers

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The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf ~ Ambelin Kwaymullina

(The Tribe #1)

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Rating 4.5 Stars

Blurb

The Reckoning destroyed civilisation. Rising from the ashes, some people have developed unique abilities, and society is scared of them. Guided by the ancient spirits of the land, Ashala Wolf will do anything to keep them safe.

When Ashala is captured, she realises she has been betrayed by someone she trusted. When her interrogator starts digging in her memories for information, she doubts she can protect her people forever. Will the Tribe survive the interrogation of Ashala Wolf?

Review

I only read this book on the suggestion of someone and I have learnt to always follow her suggestions. this book seemed like just your average futuristic battle against the bad guy but once you get half way through it was amazing, (not telling why) I willingly admit this book made me cry and I am a little dissapointed that now i have read it I can’t read it for the first time again because it will never be the same. This is the sort of book that once I finished it I very nearly turned around and re-read it.

Quotes

“I walk among my enemies. But I carry my friends with me.”

 

“Death is a great transformation. But it is not an end.”

 

“There will come a day when a thousand Illegals descend on your detention centres. Boomers will breach the walls. Skychangers will send lightning to strike you all down from above, and Rumblers will open the earth to swallow you up from below. There will be nowhere to hide, nowhere to run, and no way to stop them from freeing every single Illegal in this centre. And when that day comes, Justin Connor, think of me.”

Next Book

No word as to what Book 2 is yet only that there will be one. I will keep you in the loop because this is one of the best books i have seen from an Australian author since John Marsden with Tomorrow When The War Began.

The Elite

The Elite ~ Kiera Cass

(the selection #2)

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Rating 3.5 Stars

Blurb

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Iléa.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

Review

while i did not enjoy this quite as much as the first this is where i feel the Real story is beginning. taking the light frivolous beginning that was the Selection, the elite twists it into something dark. while i must admit i was surprised by some of Maxon’s actions he did always come through in the end and at no point in this book did my loyalty to him change (which is more than i can say for America). She was all over the place and i am getting sick of her to-ing and fro-ing (JUST PICK MAXON HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE FOR YOU). The ending was a shock and i just could not imagine it happening … that being said there were quite a few things that shocked me (even if i may have guessed they would happen). unfortunately some of the magic of the selection was lost, (despite the fact i am still firmly team Maxon) the prince has lost some of his shine, and America’s insecurities and indecisiveness was making me want to slap her (although not as much as i want to slap Celeste) America defiantly has it in her to be a princess but she needs to let go of Aspen (as it does not seem she actually wants him anymore anyway plus he hardly believes in her) and learn to trust Maxon… although admittedly with him still dating 3 other girls i can understand why she doesn’t.

Quotes

“Love is beautiful fear”

“It turns out I’m absolutely terrible at staying away from you. It’s a very serious problem.”

“Sometimes I feel like we’re a knot, too tangled to be taken apart.”

“You know that you’ve found something amazing, and you want to hold on to it forever; and every second after you have it, you fear the moment you might lose it.”

Next Book

The Next and Last book in this Series The One (book #3) is expected to be released on the 6th of May next year

personally i am hoping for a white dress on the cover (you know bridal and all that)

Also By This Author

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The Selection

The Selection ~ Kiera Cass

(the selection #1)

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Rating 4.5 Stars

Blurb

In a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels the Selection is the chance of a lifetime: to compete for gorgeous Prince Maxon’s heart. But for America Singer it means turning her back on her secret love, and leaving home for a prize she doesn’t want.

Then America meets Maxon and all her plans start to crumble. Can he life she’s always dreamed of compare to a future she never imagined?

Review

i have to say this is a great beginning to what i hope will be a great series. and i enjoyed this book just as much on the second reading as i did on the first. the idea is wonderful with a dystopia based both on reality TV shows such as the bachelor and on older issues such as caste systems. this leads to the book balancing perfectly between past and future strengthening the feel of a fairytale throughout the book.
defiantly Team Maxon and i think Aspen needs to get over it, HE let
HER go not the other way around plus (despite the name, which admittedly did not annoy me quite as much on the second read through) America would make the perfect princess. that being said i do hope we see Aspen getting a happy ending because he, and his family deserve it.

Quotes

“. . .true love is usually the most inconvenient kind.”

“I hope you find someone you can’t live without.I really do. And I hope you never have to know what it’s like to have to try and live without them.”

“You get confused by crying women, I get confused by walks with princes”

“If you don’t want me to be in love with you, you’re going to have to stop looking so lovely. First thing tomorrow I’m having your maids sew some potato sacks together for you.”

Next Book

 The Elite (book #2) was released in April

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Also By This Author

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Cinder

Cinder ~ Marissa Meyer

(Lunar Chronicles #1)

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Rating 4.5 Stars

Blurb

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Review

Gahhh Are you kidding me? THAT is how you end it? the only thing worse would be if you ended it 3 pages earlier.

I must admit it was a horrible moment when i realized there was not enough pages left to finish the the story, because despite the fact that i knew this was the first book in a series i was expecting more of an ending to this fairytale. instead i am left with a cliffhanger that leaves me hunting down the second book that i was not smart enough to get my hands on BEFORE i started reading this one

This was one of the most original Cinderella retellings i have read with the perfect balance of fairytale magic and wonderfully cruel dystopian backdrop hinting at the traditional dark Grimm’s tales. i have never been a huge fan of cyborgs or androids, so despite my usual love for retellings and the glowing reviews i was initially wary starting this book but i was pleasantly surprised with the book being everything that was promised and more

Cinder was a surprising complex character and i must admit it was nice seeing a Cinderella with a backbone. As for prince Kai i was glad to see where this was one of the instances where the “Prince Charming” character was a little more developed however i was a little disappointed when he seemed to follow stereotypes and discriminatory beliefs when the truth came out. I am hoping it is only fear and he will snap out of it by the end of the next book. he is probably just a tad too self-sacrificing but in an emperor that may not be a bad thing.

The two other things i loved about this book were the exerts from the original tale and the introduction of the characters i can only presume to be the stars of the upcoming books. while it doesn’t mean much for this book it will dramatically improve the flow of the series.

Quotes

“Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.”

“I’m sure I’ll feel much more grateful when I find a guy who thinks complex wiring in a girl is a turn-on.”

” ‘Why would the prince dance with me?’
‘Because you won’t have grease on your face this time.’ ”

Next Book

after this book there is book #1.5 The Queen’s Army

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and of course book #2 Scarlet

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