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Decision Paralysis: The Elite by Kiera Cass

I’m always excited when there is even a spark of romance in a book I’m reading, so it’s no wonder why I am such a fan of Kiera Cass’ Selection series-romance! I recently finished the second book, The Elite and I’m craving book three!

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 Illea. 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 The Elite by Kiera Cassof 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.

I really enjoy reality type shows like “The Bachelor” (although I rarely watch it) or “House Hunters” where the characters have to choose between multiple options by the end of the show. There is something deeply interesting about observing someone else make a decision. I’m always intrigued by what factors they consider as the options are weighed and, in the end seeing what they considered to be the most important. I think this is where the main interest is for me with this series; I want to know what choice will ultimately win for each character.  Also, there is some big time romance!

The Elite picks ups exactly where The Selection (see my review) left off. America Singer is one of six contestants left in the competition to win Maxon’s affection and become Princess of Illea. America is struggling to make a choice- is her heart in the competition (with Maxon) or does it still belong to her first love (Aspen)? As someone who has a difficult time making even insignificant decisions I totally understand where America is coming from. She is enjoying herself more than she thought she would in the palace, but sometimes wonders if she is really the right girl for the job. I get this and I do love America, however I found myself very frustrated with America’s waffling throughout the story. She wants Maxon’s attention is surprised by her jealousy over the other girls, but continually sneaks off with Aspen when no one is looking. She’s hot and she’s cold. It really does just make a reader want to throw something at her! But, when I really sit down and think of it, America is smack dab in the middle of a highly stressful situation and who wouldn’t get decision paralysis if your choices had so much riding on them?!

So, America is a little annoying, but I really got into the way Cass added a little more depth to the story with all of the politics, rebellions, and dark family secrets. The story is obviously still focused on the competition of the Selection, but now there are other factors to consider which clearly add more stress to the situation. This made it much more than a YA version of “The Bachelor”. Plus we get to know a little bit more about Maxon’s backstory and his relationship with his parents, which I want to know more about. But don’t be alarmed by the addition of darker things, there is still a lot of romance going on, thanks to that love triangle America can’t seem to wriggle herself out of!

If you’re like me and you enjoy romance and a good reality-show-like vibe, then you need to get your hands on this series. The Elite is just plain romantic fun and I seriously don’t know how I’m going to wait until May to read the final book!

Author: Kiera Cass

Publisher: Harper Teen (April 23, 2013)

Format: Hardcover

Length: 323 pages

Series: Second in The Selection trilogy

YA/MG: YA

Buy the Book: The Elite (Selection)

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Waiting on Wednesday: Landry Park

Happy Hump Day!

As usual, it’s time for Waiting on Wednesday (hosted by Breaking the Spine).  Each week this event gives bloggers the opportunity to talk about an upcoming new release that is on our radar.

When a book is touted as “Downton Abbey meets The Selection”, I’m all in. According to the blurb on Goodreads.com Landry Park by Bethany Hagen is the love child of Downton Abbey and The Selection.

In a fragmented future United States ruled by the lavish gentry, seventeen-year-old Madeline LLandry Park by Bethany Hagenandry dreams of going to the university. Unfortunately, gentry decorum and her domineering father won’t allow that. Madeline must marry, like a good Landry woman, and run the family estate. But her world is turned upside down when she discovers the devastating consequences her lifestyle is having on those less fortunate. As Madeline begins to question everything she has ever learned, she finds herself increasingly drawn to handsome, beguiling David Dana. Soon, rumors of war and rebellion start to spread, and Madeline finds herself and David at the center of it all. Ultimately, she must make a choice between duty – her family and the estate she loves dearly – and desire.

Ohhh I so hope this one turns out to be as fun of a read as it sounds! I get simultaneously nervous and excited when a book is compared to another favorite of mine. So fingers crossed that Landry Park, which is scheduled for release on February 4, doesn’t let me down!

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: Stolen Songbird

Welcome back BookTasty Friends!

Well, let’s talk  about an upcoming new release that I’m waiting for! This week’s Waiting on Wednesday title is Stolen Songbird, a debut, by Danielle L. Jensen.

For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time Stolen Songbird by Danielle L Jensenenough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined.

Cécile has only one thing on her mind after she is brought to Trollus: escape. Only the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time, wait for the perfect opportunity. But something unexpected happens while she’s waiting – she begins to fall for the enigmatic troll prince to whom she has been bonded and married. She begins to make friends. And she begins to see that she may be the only hope for the half-bloods – part troll, part human creatures who are slaves to the full-blooded trolls. There is a rebellion brewing. And her prince, Tristan, the future king, is its secret leader.

As Cécile becomes involved in the intricate political games of Trollus, she becomes more than a farmer’s daughter. She becomes a princess, the hope of a people, and a witch with magic powerful enough to change Trollus forever.

Goodreads is describing Stolen Songbird as a book for fantasy lovers who enjoyed titles like Seraphina and Graceling, which I totally did. To compare a book to those fantasy giants is a pretty big deal. Hopefully, this one will live up to such high claims!

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of YA fantasy, so I’m definitely going to give Stolen Songbird a go and I hope it ends up being as good as the summary makes it sound! We do have to wait until the April 1 release date though!

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Book Trailer of the Week: Mystic City

Book Trailer of the WeekHello!

Whew!

It’s been a LONG time since I’ve posted a Book Trailer of the Week!

Seriously. Things have been super busy.  Life and work got in the way, but then technology issues happened too.  Blech. Well, that’s over with and the book trailers are back! WhooHoo!

Mystic City by Theo LawrenceThis week’s book trailer is for Theo Lawrence’s Mystic City.

Aria Rose, youngest scion of one of Mystic City’s two ruling rival families, finds herself betrothed to Thomas Foster, the son of her parents’ sworn enemies. The union of the two will end the generations-long political feud—and unite all those living in the Aeries, the privileged upper reaches of the city, against the banished mystics who dwell below in the Depths. But Aria doesn’t remember falling in love with Thomas; in fact, she wakes one day with huge gaps in her memory. And she can’t conceive why her parents would have agreed to unite with the Fosters in the first place. Only when Aria meets Hunter, a gorgeous rebel mystic from the Depths, does she start to have glimmers of recollection—and to understand that he holds the key to unlocking her past. The choices she makes can save or doom the city—including herself.

Doesn’t it sound like an interesting sci-fi/fantasy read?  I’m already interested reading the summary, but the trailer makes me even more intrigued!

Also, I completely think the cover for Mystic City is pretty cool. It always catches my eye when I see it online! I love the sparkly lights in the background.   If Mystic City sounds like something you’d like it was just released on October 9, so you can make your way to the store as soon as possible!