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!

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Update: I’m back from vacation!

Oh how I’ve missed typing blog posts, reading other blogs, and chatting with you guys! I had a lovely time on vacation, but taking that week off made me realize just how much blogging has become a part of my life and how much I love it. I’m so happy to be back and I’m ready to pick up with the blog right where I left off.


The Vacation

While away, I read less than I was hoping to (only about two and half books in total), but I did get to spend a lot of time with my friends from another country that I only see once a year, which was amazing. I started Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston but I just wasn’t feeling it so I put it down about halfway through. I visited the local indie store which I’ve come to know and love, and bought (after a HUGE recommendation from my friend), Stolen by Lucy Christopher and DEVOURED it. When I say I devoured it I mean I stayed up until 12 at night finishing it. I plan to post my review of it Monday and as soon as I write this post I plan to dive right in to writing my review. I have lots of love for that book, but you’ll find out why on Monday. 😉 Then, I still wasn’t in the mood for Frozen…I wanted something with a little more romance. SO, I read The One by Kiera Cass. EEEE! I really enjoyed the conclusion to the series and I cannot wait to review it for you guys! I had to hold in my giggles while reading. That’s all I’ll say at the moment.

I was trying to upload/embed pictures I took from Instagram while away, but WordPress is acting up… SO, you can visit my Instagram to see a few pics I took while away!


The Books

Although I only bought one book while away, I stumbled upon a few review copies that I just couldn’t resist…

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  • The Empress Chronicles by Suzy Vitello (Netgalley)
  • Zac & Mia by A. J. Betts (Netgalley)
  • The Legacy by Necole Ryse (blog tour)

In other news…

  1. WordPress – I was alerted by the wonderful Patty @ Imaginative Minds that WordPress is shutting down blogs that frequently post promotional posts such as guest posts, blog tours, book blasts, etc. I was really nervous although I’d only had 2 posts that fell into that category. I’ve since renamed them and/or put them on private, but I’m still nervous about what WordPress plans to do. As soon as I got home I exported all my blog’s content and looked a little more at what qualifies to be taken down. This link, if you scroll to the bottom, will show you the kinds of blogs that are subject to be taken down if WordPress is notified about your content. Here’s what is mentioned specifically about book blogs:

    Book tour blogs: Blogs that consist of scraped, pre-written content, as opposed to original book reviews, for the purpose of promoting books and driving traffic to other promotional and giveaway sites.

    I’m still not quite sure what my next move is. I’ve set up a Weebly account and snagged the domain of the same name here but .weebly.com instead. I’ve been trying things out there, and while I like it, I love WordPress, and I can’t see myself leaving anytime soon.

  2. Go “Behind the Blogger”! – The lovely Caroline is spotlighting Books & Cleverness and I on her blog, The Attic Reviews today! I’d like to give a HUGE thank you to her for giving me the opportunity to be featured on her blog! Go and check out her blog, too. You’ll love it! 😉
  3. Rachel @ Confessions of a Book Geek is “Sharing the Bloggy Love!” – She’s started writing these wonderful posts in which she features other blogs and bloggers she has come to love reading and telling her readers a little bit about them! I was featured, but I also discovered so many other awesome blogs thanks to her post! I love what you’re doing Rachel! ❤ Yvo @ It’s All About Books is doing something similar, too! Make sure to check out both of their posts and continue to spread the love!
  4. Blog Awards?! Oh my! – Yvo of It’s All About Books and Victoria of Coffee. Write. Repeat. both nominated me for the Liebster Award! I couldn’t be more grateful and I thank you both SOOOO much! ❤ Unfortunately, as I’ve been away I’m just trying to catch up on normal blog things, so I don’t think I’ll get to writing a post. But that doesn’t mean I’m at all ungrateful. I wish I could reach out and give you both a hug! 🙂
  5. “Renewing Excitement” – Alena @ AlenasLife wrote a wonderful post about how she was inspired by fellow bloggers to pick up some books that have been just sitting around, unread, for too long. I’m so happy that I’m one of those bloggers that inspired you to do so, Alena! I hope you find some gems in the forgotten depth of your bookshelf! 😉

How have YOU been?

I’ve felt so out of touch while I was away, and I want to know what’s been going on with you! I’d absolutely LOVE it if you linked me some of your favorite posts that either you wrote, or read from another blogger, that I’ve missed while  I took the week “off.”

I missed you all so much more than you could know and I am SO HAPPY to be back and blogging and reading my butt off! 😀

See you VERY soon!

xo, emily

Week in Review: July 13th

Week in Review

Week in Review is a weekly post in which I wrap up what’s happening in my life, in books, and in blogging (inspired by Anna @ Anna Reads)!

What I Did:

IMG_4340I’ve spent a lot of time this week getting ready for my vacation which is fast approaching and I’m VERY excited about. I’m hoping to read a lot as I have two 5-hour car rides and the whole week to meet up with some friends and just enjoy and relax! I did go to the pet store to start picking up some kitten things as my little kitty will be arriving either the last week in August or the first of September. The store was actually hosting a shelter with a bunch of volunteers and I inquired about becoming one and they said they were in need of cat-loving people, so now I’ll be volunteering ever Saturday with kittens to help them find loving homes to be adopted in! What a great way to spend two hours of my Saturday! I did spend a good chunk of time reading outside, though. I love to enjoy the weather when I can…

Links I Loved:

Books I Added to My Shelves:

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Bought:

The One (The Selection, #3) by Kiera Cass – OMGOMGOMGOMG I finally have this in my clutches. I’m so excited I just couldn’t resist the bargain…I must finish and see who America chooses!!

Recently Finished and Currently Reading:

I finally read Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (review linked below) and I absolutely adored it. You guys that raved about it were all so right! Thanks for making me read it sooner! ❤ I’m now currently reading A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall. Me right now: AHHH CUTENESS. That is all.

On My Blog:

I hope you all had a wonderful week! I’d love to hear all about it! 🙂

xo, emily

Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List

There are SO many books that I really want to read this summer so narrowing it down to 10 will be a little tricky… Many of these books are ones that I’ve had sitting on my shelf or eReader for a sad amount of time that I want to read. Also this list is completely random and unordered.

***Prepare for some sass below. I was in a sassy and sarcastic mood when I was writing this post last night.***

1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I’ve been meaning to read this one for such a long time! I’ve heard awesome things about it, plus it’s by Ransom Riggs who is also awesome. So obviously the book must be awesome, too.

2. Paper Towns by John Green

I got this one last summer and still haven’t read it. I live in shame.

 

3. Pandemonium & Requiem by Lauren Oliver

I seriously cannot believe I haven’t finished this series. I’m hoping I’ll be re-motivated to binge read these last two after watch the un-released pilot of the TV show when it’s released on Hulu this Friday! I’m SO excited for it, by the way!

4. Fear by Michael Grant

I can always count on these books for some action and entertainment. Michael Grant, you are too good.

5. A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin

I’ve heard this is kind of a filler book…I’m nervous I won’t be able to get into it. But I shall push through.

6. The One by Kiera Cass (and the novellas)

I really just want to read all the swoon-y kiss-y scenes. I don’t have a preference for guy, I just want to swoon and see who she picks! (Is that shallow of me?)

7. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

WARNER.

 

8. Through the Ever Night & Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

Another series I can’t believe I haven’t finished. What is my problem with not finishing series that I LOVED the first book?!

9. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

While everyone else was freaking out that CoHF came out, I was freaking out that I finally bought my paperback copy of CoLS. Side note: does anyone know the release date for the paperback of Clockwork Princess?

10. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Bring on the Peter Pan feels. I’m not ready, but bring ’em.

What books do you have on your summer TBR list? Let me know in the comments!

xo, emily

Top Ten Book Covers I’d Frame As Pieces of Art

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

Top Ten Book Covers I’d Frame As Pieces of Art

My inner graphic designer was crazy happy with this week’s topic! Here are some of the covers I think are the most beautiful!

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