Years ago, I was browsing through my school library when I came across a gorgeous picture of a girl in a ballgown. Intrigued, I picked up the book, and I am happy to report that I did not put it down until the last sentence. This book was The Selection by Kiera Cass. Since then, I have avidly been awaiting the following books year after year, pouncing on them the minute they came out. I almost had a meltdown when the last book in the series, The Crown, came out earlier this month.
You might think that these are just some boring, “girly-girl” princess stories, but this is not the case. Both of the main characters, America and her daughter Eadlyn are strong independent women who are at first unwilling to take a chance at love. However, through a process known as the Selection, where the sovereign picks his/her spouse from a pool of 35 suitors, both women are able to find love, albeit in unexpected places. Kiera herself has described these books as a cross-over between a reluctant Cinderella and an Esther from the Bible retelling. Sound intriguing yet?
One of my favorite things about these books are the tones. I love how all the books are in first-person point of view, which gives the reader an interesting perspective. The books are relatively lighthearted, although they do sometimes deal with somewhat graver topics, such as hunger and an extremely prejudiced caste system. I also love the companion stories that Kiera has written, which retell certain scenes from the main books from another character’s perspective, adding a few twists. Speaking of twists, Kiera makes sure to add enough twists and turns in her book that just when you think you know how the book will end, something completely unexpected happens! She certainly keeps you guessing until the very last sentence. Finally, the characters that Kiera has written are for the most part extremely lovable, even when they may not seem like it at first.
In conclusion, I highly recommend this series to anyone looking for a fun read and/or a break from fantasy. I love these books to pieces and I definitely do not know what to do with myself now that they are over! *cries*