The Selection: Chapter 1

FontCandy (58)Reading and Reviewing The Selection chapter by chapter.

Let’s do this.

Note: direct quotes will either be bolded or put in block quotes.


What’s the name of our protagonist? America. Yes, like country.
And she sings. Guess what’s her last name is. Singer.

FIRST PARAGRAPH:

WHEN WE GOT THE LETTER in the post, my mother was ecstatic. She had already decided that all our problems were solved, gone forever. The big hitch in her brilliant plan was me. I didn’t think I was a particularly disobedient daughter, but this was where I drew the line.I didn’t want to be royalty. And I didn’t want to be a One. I didn’t even want to try.

Οkay. Let’s keep that in mind and see how strong her resistance would actually be. Because, I honestly couldn’t think of anything worse than to wear expensive gowns, play pretty and be treated as a princess.

But, before I judge her, let see her reasons:

beyond the potential danger… you’re going to be a princess and you’re going to have many guards to keep you safe.
hurt my heart to even consider… again, it’s so painful to be treated as a royal.
things in this world that I loved… did anyone tell you to stop loving them? Hypothetically, you’re going to do whatever you want.

AM I THE ONLY SEEING THAT HER REASONS ARE RIDICULOUS?

Then, we get to read the letter that invites any woman between sixteen (isn’t that a little bit young?) and twenty to meet and marry the prince. But, princes aren’t supposed to be married to princesses in order to make alliances and expand their lands? Even in fairytales, Prince Charming’s father wanted him to marry a royal and not a commoner.

I think the Selection was meant to draw us together and remind everyone that Illéa itself was born out of next to nothing.


Sigh.

That’s ridiculous.
Who want’s to have a powerful nation? No one!

Half a page later, the family debates if America is pretty, like if anyone cares.

“If I’m so lovely, how come no one ever comes by to ask me out?”


Hold on – I need a moment to recover.
Okay.

Let’s start a list of America’s characteristics:

  • pretty average
  • stubborn
  • annoying

We’re doing great so far. I think that this book is going to waste my time – I can feel it.

the orphan queen review

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THE ORPHAN QUEEN BY JODI MEADOWS
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When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others.
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I really had high hopes for this book, because I found the summary to be very interest with a complex magic system and the plot sounded like something I hadn’t read before. I was totally wrong. It was a complete disappointment from start to finish.
First of all, the book starts and we don’t get introduced to the main character -who also is the narrative of the story- until the end of the first chapter. It was so hard for me to get into it and I felt like there was a prequel that I should have read in order to understand what was happening. I had just started reading and it felt like I was already in the middle.
The most exciting and interesting thing in the plot line are the least explored and that is the world building and the magic system. There’s zero world building and the only thing we can get close to that is half a page of Wil teaching to Ospreys what wraith is. I was so annoyed that I wanted to stop reading it, making me thinking ‘Why am I reading this?’. This is for sure the worst introduction to world building I’ve ever read.

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Now, let’s talk about the plot. Ohh God. Everything was unbelievably predictable. By the half of the book you already know who the Black Knife is, which ruins everything. The dialogs between the characters haven’t any real interest and I think they exist because it’d be boring to have only narration in a 300 pages book . I could easily skip pages and still not miss a thing.
The story is as simple as that:
Want to take back your kingdom? Just pretend you’re a princess from another land and go there as a guest. Want to know their secrets? They’ll tell you. “The Indigo Kingdom is so kind to us. Whatever we require for our reclaiming of Aecor will be provided.” Need their secret map? They’ll give it to you. “On my way out, I glanced again at the wall map, and the mysterious scribbles on the western border of Liadia. They read confidential and debated.” Like, seriously?
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And most importantly, what the fuck happened with Wil taking back her kingdom?

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It was so clear to me who the Black Knife was and I’d be surprised to discover that I was wrong. Even though he could easily have tried to kill her, he didn’t. Their whole relationship between the Black Knife and Wil made me cringle, because it wasn’t realistic. They both have feeling for each other or at least they have a connection from the beginning  even though they are strangers. But, the thing that annoyed me the most was that Wil didn’t realize who the BK was, when she talked to him. Seriously? How much can he alter his voice?
To be fair, the ending surprised me and probably it’s the only thing I liked in this book. I didn’t expect Tobiah to put his duty over ‘love’, because he could easily broke off the engagement. But I guess if he wasn’t, there wasn’t going to be another book.

13555517_1059922634092326_71961055_oOverall, this book was irritating beyond my comprehension. It had so much potential to be so good and it failed. I’ll definitely not be reading the next book. I really liked the ending though , even though it was a cliffhanger but everything else doesn’t make sense.

your bookish identity

It’s been a while since I first saw this tag on a blog and I found it very interesting. So, here I am doing it now and I’m so excited.

Here are the questions:

  1. What dystopian/fantastical world would you live in?
  2. Who would your partner be?
  3. Who would your godly mother/father be? [Percy Jackson]
  4. Would you be a downworlder or nephilim? [The Mortal Instruments]
  5. What house would you be in? [Harry Potter]
  6. What faction would you be in? [Divergent]
  7. What would be your daemon? [Golden Compass]

Let’s do this!

What dystopian/fantastical world would you live in?

This is definetely the easiest question anyone has evaaaa (haha) asked me. Harry Potter and Howgarts and I don’t think that I should explain why. Magic, wizards and witches..


Who would your partner be?

I guess it means a romantic partner and it’s really difficult to choose. But, I’m going with the easiest one.My immediate answer would be Mr. Darcy -people who know me will probably be laughing hard right now- but if I can’t think of anyone else right now if though there are so many options.

Who would be your godly mother/father? [Percy Jackson]

Either Poseidon or Athena. Since I was little I loved these two gods, not only because I find them the most useful ones, but also they represent something I love. Water and wisdom.

Would you be a downworlder or nephilim? [Shadowhunter world]

Oh, it was so long since I read these books, but I guess I would be a downworlder.

Which house would you be in? [Harry Potter]

I’d done the Pottermore test when it was first created and I was Ravenclaw and I’m sure if I do it now i’ll have the same result. I think it suits me, even though I have characteristics from all houses.

Which faction would you be in? [Divergent]

84584858_350x350Either Candor or Erudite. I’m definitely a divergent though.

What would be your daemon [Northern Lights]

I haven’t read the books, only saw the movie which I loved.But this one is an easy pick. My daemon would definitely be a snow leopard. They are beautiful, strong, and fierce.

People I tag: Thuong, Candy, Xandra and anyone else who wants to do it.
I’d love to see your answers!

All this has nothing to do with me review

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ALL THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ME BY MONICA SABOLO*
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When journalist ‘MS’ interviews the mysterious ‘XX’ for a job at her magazine, she hires him straight away – because he’s gorgeous.
As one date leads to another, her obsession spirals. MS finds herself writing letters to Facebook (to see if XX can tell how many times she views his page), to her phone company (can they delete messages she regrets sending?) and to XX’s favourite author (who is dead), whilst the object of her affection remains aloof, a moodily seductive Vespa-riding urbanite.
All This Has Nothing To Do With Me is an exposé of a broken heart. With full access to MS’s photos, diary extracts and emails, it documents MS and XX’s relationship from jubilant start to painful finish, and lays out her life – and past – for our scrutiny.
Highly original, extremely funny, and darkly moving, this is an unputdownable glimpse into the depths of one woman’s psyche.

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In this book we see the painful -and sometimes pointless- process of dealing with unreturned love. Instead of reading her feelings,the pictures and emails made me feel like I was the one with the broken heart, having MS life.
The reason I loved this book is because of the roller-coaster feelings that gave me. I laughed and got embarrassed reading about the things she does or how she responses to XX, not to mention that her diary extracts reminded of my own diary when I was a teenager -but I guess that what MS is. I also cried in the end and felt relieved.
For me, this book isn’t anything like I’ve read before and it was hard to put down. It’s not the kind of book that tries to charm you from the first page and I’m not sure it’s for everyone but if I think it’s worth it.

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It’s semi-autobiographical.

One quote I really liked:
Indeed what is more pathetic than a notebook filled with sweet chestnut leaves radiating the macabre scent of decay?

This book won France’s Prix de Flore 2013.

Imagine a more sophisticated version of Bridget Jones, or let’s say Bridget Jones meets Amelie.

*this book was sent to me by the publisher and Lousie
in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

The Dreaded Reading Slump

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I hadn’t read anything for two months and it was sad. I did have excuses though:
1. Finals were approaching
2. Lazy
3. My TBR didn’t look inviting

I wanted to read, but you know, I couldn’t find any books to read. I decided it’s time to read Station Eleven; it was good, I liked the first two chapters and the premise was amazing, but then it died. I don’t know what happened, I was in page 50-something and all of a sudden I wasn’t interested in this anymore. I tried to find something else and I picked up Glass Sword, but again I didn’t care about these people at all.

I had given up on book reviews so long ago that even now I can’t remember when it was the last time I wrote one. I had also stopped writing on my blog and didn’t watch booktube videos anymore. The passion for reading had abandoned me.

Until..a few days ago. I finished the last episode of Reign, I didn’t know what to do and I thought that I should try reading something and see how it goes. And it worked. I picked up Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen and before I knew it I was on page 100-something. I loved it and reminded me why I fell in love with books in the first place. I honestly couldn’t put it down, I had to find out the ending. I stayed awake until 6am just to finish it and reading 471 pages in one sitting felt like reading a novella.
Since then, I read every day. I watch booktube videos every now and then and I even decided to start this blog.

So, for those who have the same problem -I’m now addressing to you- don’t feel guilty or stressed about losing your passion for books, it’ll come back eventually.  Pick a book you loved before or you know that you’re going to like and start slowly. Everything will be as they were before.

The Edge of Dark Review

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Jane believes in keeping her promises, but a deathbed vow sets her on a twisting path of deceit and joy that takes her from the dark secrets of Holmwood House in York to the sign of the golden lily in London’s Mincing Lane. Getting what you want, Jane discovers, comes at a price. For the child that she longed for, the child she promised to love and to keep safe, turns out to be a darker spirit than she could ever have imagined.

The Edge Of Dark follows the lives of two different people set in different centuries. At the beginning of the novel, we see Roz as a child and the incident that caused her parent’s death. Years later, Roz returns in York to work as events director at Holmwood House, when at the same time, truths about her family come out. The only problem is that memories begin to come flooding back, but what if the memories are not her one but a woman’s called Jane who lived more than four hundred years earlier?
Jane is the eldest daughter of a butcher who lived in York in the 1500s. As a father he’s anxious to get his daughter married and when he finds wealthy Robert Holmwood, he push her into this. Soon, she discovers that he’s not what she expected and she longs for a child of her own. But Jane’s desire to be a mother eventually grows so strong that she makes a promise she could live to regret

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This book is a brilliant historical time-slip. There’s a sense of supernatural, mystery and romance, Pamela Hartshorne has written three novels of of this type, but this one is the first I read. Honestly, I didn’t expect it to be so thrilling as to make me want to read some of her earlier works.
As a fan of historical fiction, loving the story set in the past was inevitable. Jane’s story is heartbreaking and for a strange reason, she reminded me a lot of Eyre; her life and the way it’s described that she isn’t beautiful.
The transitions between past and present felt natural and smooth, even though I couldn’t predict when they were going to happen. I think that the scenes where Roz is slipping into 16th century are so masterfully written that they flow seamlessly, almost like watching a film. Their connection and Roz’s past are skillfully revealed and Pamela’s writing made it easier for me to love the story.
It’s totally a page turner and unputdownable. It gave me a book hangover that I couldn’t read anything else for a few days. You know it’s one of those books when you’re so eager to finish, but at the same time I didn’t want it to end.
I haven’t mentioned it yet but how beautiful the cover is with this Tudor’s necklace.

*this book was sent to me by the publisher and Lousie
in exchange for an honest review.