|Serena enjoys an audiobook |
on her Kindle
|Available at audible.com|
"But why?" you ask. "You have piles and piles of ARCs you need to read for review!"
Indeed. But by Friday of last week, my eyes were so very fatigued that I just didn't think I could read anything--yet I still hungered for a story to whisk me away. (There may have been hormonal fluctuations involved. Let's just say, my family may have wanted me whisked away, too...) So, I opened the audiobook file on my Kindle (yes, you can listen to audiobooks on this magical device!) and perused the eleven or so titles I had downloaded over the past few months. The Selection caught my eye. I mean, look at that cover. And the tag line? "35 GIRLS. 1 CROWN. THE COMPETITION OF A LIFETIME." Oh, yeah, bay-bee. I'm there.
Here's what it's about, from the description at audible.com (and HarperCollins Publishers):
For 35 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, and 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.
By now you should be fairly tuned in to my love of anything that resembles a fairy tale (this does), my willingness to give YA dystopian novels a shot (this is dystopian, too. What? Yep.), and my weakness for awesome, princess-y book covers (self-explanatory.) This book delivers all that and more.
I gave a good portion of my weekend to listening to this story, and I'm not ashamed to admit that I took it with me in the car on errands and found myself, earbuds inserted, in the recliner well beyond 1:30 a.m.both nights. Come Monday morning, my eyes were rested and I was trawling www.amazon.com for book 2: The Elite --cuz that baby is going to be on my Kindle as soon as payday rolls around! (the e-book version. Even though Amy Rubinate is an excellent narrator, I just can't wait to inhale this book, so I'm going to read it for myself. And just so you know, I couldn't quite resist downloading Kiera Cass's novella, THE PRINCE, which is a Maxon-starring prequel! *squee* I started it over my lunch break.)
Both Ashton and Maxon deserve Book Boyfriend posts, but as of the end of Book 1, with the triangle now fully formed, I will freely admit that I am full-on Team Maxon, even if America can't seem to make up her mind.
Have you read The Selection? (Or, like me, listened to it?) Which heartthrob boy are you rooting for to get the girl?
STORY: 4.5 stars (you might notice 4 stars on my goodreads.com rating because I "read" the audio, not the "book")
CONTENT: rated EDGY for a few heated kissing scenes and rare mild language
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