Did you ever dream of becoming a Princess? Did you envision your fairytale starting with Prince Charming and a stunning dress? Well then join me as we travel through Illea and meet the lovely ladies of the Selection.
Queens and Kings and Crowns and Gowns and all the magic one can associate with a Monarchy – well atleast what my mere mortal mind does anyway. This series took on an unique perspective on the “every girls dream” fairytale. Follow the story of the lively redhead, America Singer as she enters the Selection to stand a chance to become the future Princess of Illea.
With an easy to follow narrative, I was blazing through this story, needing to know EVERYTHING! I was hooked from the first chapter. I wound up reading 6 books in two days. I fell in love with the story, the characters and the writing, feeling like I lost a member of my friend circle when this series ended. I honestly pictured myself in the women’s room, sitting amongst the girls and feeling the tension. The emotive language is some of the best I have encountered.
What I loved most about this series is that character development takes place at a realistic pace, and the author takes great care of showing the inner turmoil that her main characters go through. Ever book has minor conflicts, that build into the greater, overarching conflict of the series. This is usually what separate a great series from a mediocre one.
Although the series can be split in a trilogy and a duology, with a novella collection – I highly recommend reading every single one. Even if you are not a fan of the Bachelor (I know I am definitely not) you will still fall in love with this action packed romance.
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined
The Selection began with thirty-five girls. Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?
America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.
“The best people all have some kind of scar.”Kiera Cass, The One
The time has come for one winner to be crowned.
When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.
Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.
But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.
Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.
When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.
Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.
About the Author
She is a graduate of Radford University with a B.S. in History. She grew up in South Carolina and currently lives in Christiansburg, Virginia with her electrical engineer hubby, car-obsessed son, and princess-loving daughter. She is a #1 New York Times bestseller, woohoo! And also a valued customer at my local cupcake shop.