Review: The One by Kiera Cass

Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Pages: 323
Format: Hardcover
Source: Bought
Series: The Selection, #3
Genre(s): Dystopian, Romance
Synopsis from Goodreads:

The highly anticipated third book in Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series, The One will captivate readers who love dystopian YA fiction and fairy tales. The One is perfect for the fans who have followed America’s whirlwind romance since it began—and a swoon-worthy read for teens who have devoured Veronica Roth’s Divergent, 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!

After much anticipation for the finale to The Selection series, I am happy to say that The One was a satisfying conclusion.

It started off a little slower than I was expecting, but it soon picks up, politics and rebellions being a larger part of the storyline than in the previous two books. There’s definitely more action and excitement surrounding events other than The Selection itself, which I really liked.

Of course romance remains the main aspect of the story. I was very happy to find that the America in The One is much more decisive than the America of The Selection and The Elite. She finally made her choice (took her long enough!) but I was glad to see that she came to her conclusion quickly.

Although this did lead to a predictable ending, BUT I was okay with that. The fact that America finally made a decision made me SO happy as a reader. I was so glad she finally figured out what was right for her.

I wasn’t really partial to either Maxon or Aspen (I spent my fair share of time loving them both!), but I can honestly say that all readers, whether Team Maxon or Team Aspen will be satisfied with America’s choice. The One had a very “happily ever after” ending, so I don’t think anyone will be too disappointed.

Overall, The One was a cute, fun, and happy ending to a series that I’ve really enjoyed! Those of you who are wary to start reading straight dystopian would be perfect for these books, or even those well-read in the genre. The Selection series makes for a fun and light story that everyone is sure to enjoy!


Tea Time Rewind #70 – Book Boyfriends!

Welcome to my first Tea Time Rewind post, in which I share my thoughts on the topics discussed during this week’s Tea Time with the fabulous ladies from Team Epic Reads! For those of you that don’t know what I’m talking about, head over to the Epic Reads website and explore! You’ll like what you find, I promise you! 😉

Probably won’t do this all the time, but I wanted to spread the word – it would be AWESOME if you guys watched and did rewinds too!


Today’s Discussion Topics:

  1. Favorite opening lines from books: Mine would have to be first lines of Harry Potter and the Sorcer’s Stone, not because I like the writing or even the wording, but because I can remember them by heart. After rereading the book so many times I can recite it like the Pledge of Allegiance.

    “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of Number Four Privet Drive were proud to say they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”

  2. Favorite graphic novels: I’m a graphic novel newbie! I’ve only read one graphic novel, and small parts of others while at the bookstore just browsing. They were Game of Thrones ones, so not a story new to me, but I did love the artwork!
  3. Who’s your YA lover? Gosh, this can’t be a question with just one answer for me. Basically name a book and I can tell you a guy that I’ve fallen for. I’m going to have to go with the brothers, Conrad and Jeremiah from the Summer series by Jenny Han. They were the first guys that made me swoon way back in middle school, and still do to this day!
  4. What book world would you want to be an amusement park? While watching the show today I immediately thought to myself, “How cool would an Under the Never Sky themed light show be for a park?!” I don’t know what else it would include but, hey! it’s a start. My other thought wasn’t really too creative, but a Night Circus amusement park. AH I would probably die if it actually happened. It would be so amazing…*sighs*

Watch today’s episode yourself!

So, do any of you lovely readers watch Tea Time? What are your thoughts on today’s topics? Let me know!

xo, emily

Waiting on…The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date:
February 10, 2015
Synopsis from Goodreads:

The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.

In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning.

why i can't wait

This book sounds like it has one of my favorite things in YA books these days: kick butt heroines who don’t take anyone else’s BS. The whole idea of female being “scarce” as the synopsis says is really creepy, and scary to me, being that I’m a girl. I can tell that this one will be filled with action, but chilling all the same.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

xo, emily

Exciting Publishing News: “Alloy Entertainment Launches New Digital-First Imprint with Amazon Publishing”

Yesterday I was sent a very mysterious email regarding a new program with a major publishing company, including three authors: Heather Hildenbrand, Tracy Banghart, and Aimee L. Salter. Now, I haven’t read any of their books yet (I plan to SOON!), but I knew that this was some news that I wanted to be a part of! I am so happy to be a part of getting to announce this exciting news on my blog about the new program, and of course the first three books that are being released by this new Imprint!

Here’s a blurb from today’s press release about the new program with Alloy Entertainment and Amazon Publishing:

Today, Amazon Publishing and Alloy Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Television Group, announced a digital-first imprint that will focus on young adult, new adult and commercial fiction. The new imprint, named Alloy Entertainment, will be part of Amazon Publishing’s Powered by Amazon program.

Alloy Entertainment acquired the books based on the unique voices of the authors and originality of the stories. The company worked closely with each of the writers throughout the publishing process in an effort to gain the widest possible readership. The books will be published under the Alloy Entertainment publishing banner, which currently includes more than 75 New York Times bestsellers.

Now, I’m sure what all of YOU are really excited for (and me too!) are the first books, released today, by the new Imprint…

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Top Ten Authors I Own the Most Books From

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

Top Ten Authors I Own the Most Books From

  1. J.K. Rowling / 11 books – Harry Potter series, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Quidditch Through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Casual Vacancy
  2. Cassandra Clare / 8 books – First 5 books in The Mortal Instruments series, First 2 books in The Infernal Devices series, The Shadowhunter’s Codex
  3. Amanda Hocking / 7 books – The Trylle Trilogy, The Watersong series
  4. Julie Kagawa / 6 books – The Iron Fey series + the e-novellas
  5. Sara Shepherd / 6 books – The Lying Game series
  6. Michael Scott / 6 books – The Secret’s of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series
  7. Michael Grant / 5 books – First 5 books in the Gone series
  8. Pittacus Lore / 4 books – The Lorien Legacy series
  9. Jenny Han / 4 books – The Summer series, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
  10. Jennifer E. Smith / 4 books – The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, This is What Happy Looks Like, The Geography of You and Me, You Are Here

What authors do you own the most books from?

xo, emily