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Book Review: The Crown by Kiera Cass

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The Crown | Selection #5 by Kiera Cass

The five-book series ended and I am so sad for I have to be on the lookout of another book. Not that, it should matter much because there are so many amazing books to explore, but tell me how do you select one to suit your palette.

So here goes my musings on completing The Crown. But first my rap on the point that even if something is bad, it gets so addictive over time, that you cry yourself hoarse once it ends because you are scared for the future, for yourself, like how will you live after that one goes away. And you know what happens later – you miss out on so many amazin experiences. The Selection series started as an easy-peasy book to read, then slowly progressed to something I would not have picked up otherwise. However, I have to say that the protagonist of the last two books, Eadlyn was hundred times better than America. And that love can be found in most unlikely of places where one least expects and especially when one is not trying at all. So, in conclusion enjoy the series till it lasts and all the best for you finding your one true love!!

Keep watching my blog for reviews of more books which I pick up at random unless someone really really recommends it. Cheers!

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
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:
Kiera Cass is an American writer of young adult fiction, best known for The Selection series. She graduated from Radford University with a degree in History. She grew up in South Carolina and currently lives in Blacksburg, Virginia with her family. In her spare time, Kiera enjoys reading, dancing, making videos, and eating unhealthy amounts of cake.

Twitter: @KieraCass
Website: www.kieracass.com

Rating: 7/10
Genre: Young Adult
Book Name: The Crown (The Selection #5)
Author: Kiera Cass
Pages: 278
Publication Year: 2016
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Book Review: The Heir by Kiera Cass

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The Heir | Selection #4 by Kiera Cass

The first three books had pretty girls romping the palace grounds, but this one only had one such but with 35 suitors to be selected as prince/king. It is not too much to imagine, if you know the concept of swayamvar, the practice of choosing a husband, from among a list of suitors, by a girl of marriageable age, practiced in India in ancient times. Want more examples from Indian epics – Rama-Sita, Arjun-Draupadi etc. But here in this book, it was like the suitors were parading like fools.

If you had thought Ms.America was a bitch, be welcome to meet her daughter, who is even more haughty having grown up as a princess, or as it would seem to the outside world. There is nothing wrong in not wanting to marry since one has not yet found her prince charming, or think that none such exist, but extending it to one complete book was too much for me. However, the character sketch of different suitors was pretty good and if the book had a little more substance, I would have rated it higher than the first one of this series – The Selection.

Keep watching my blog for reviews of more books which I pick up at random unless someone really really recommends it. Cheers!

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
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.

About the author:
Kiera Cass is an American writer of young adult fiction, best known for The Selection series. She graduated from Radford University with a degree in History. She grew up in South Carolina and currently lives in Blacksburg, Virginia with her family. In her spare time, Kiera enjoys reading, dancing, making videos, and eating unhealthy amounts of cake.

Twitter: @KieraCass
Website: www.kieracass.com

Rating: 7/10
Genre: Young Adult
Book Name: The Heir (The Selection #4)
Author: Kiera Cass
Pages: 323
Publication Year: 2015

Book Review: The One by Kiera Cass

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The One | Selection #2 by Kiera Cass

If you want to know my preference of the 3 books part of The Selection series, I will rate the first one the best followed by third one (this book The One) and then at the very bottom is the second book (The Elite).

So finally in this book, Ms. America overcomes her indecisiveness over her love interests, but she still does not let go of both options till the very end. I mean why. How much more bitchy you can be. I really hate such girls. But had I been one such once? Shhh…

But I will tell you what – I will recommend this series for the truly young adults – which means below 20 years of age or if you still live in a bubble wrap world where it is okay to play with someone else’s feelings with no entanglements. And if you think you are grown up, then pick it at your own peril. I for one, have grown up from such stories, for example 2 States, a Bollywood masala movie based on Chetan Bhagat’s book which was too much for me to digest four years back and has crossed all limits now.

Keep watching my blog for reviews of more books which I pick up at random unless someone really really recommends it. Cheers!

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
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.

About the author:
Kiera Cass is an American writer of young adult fiction, best known for The Selection series. She graduated from Radford University with a degree in History. She grew up in South Carolina and currently lives in Blacksburg, Virginia with her family. In her spare time, Kiera enjoys reading, dancing, making videos, and eating unhealthy amounts of cake.

Twitter: @KieraCass
Website: www.kieracass.com

Rating: 6/10
Genre: Young Adult
Book Name: The One (The Selection #3)
Author: Kiera Cass
Pages: 323
Publication Year: 2014

Book Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The Elite | Selection #2 by Kiera Cass

If you are following my blog, you already know what I think about the first one in the series The Selection and it is not bad. If not, just skip to the previous book review and you will come to know 😉

Let what the circumstances be when I picked the first one in this series, reading this book was purely intentional for I really wanted some cheesy stuff and to feel young once again. Haha. Just kidding, I have crossed 30 but not that old either. This book focuses only on love triangle and nothing else – traces of the competition which was so much talked about in the last book has simply gone away and we are left with the dilemma of who Ms. America loves! Are teenagers confused about the ultimate love of your life? Yes, I mean even the older ones are too. However, in a book, I do not want only this. At one point in my life (5-15 years back), I had loved Twilight and Vampire Diaries where yes, love triangle was there, but there was much more. However, this book simply turned out to be a dampener.

Keep watching my blog for reviews of more books which I pick up at random unless someone really really recommends it. Cheers!

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
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.

About the author:
Kiera Cass is an American writer of young adult fiction, best known for The Selection series. She graduated from Radford University with a degree in History. She grew up in South Carolina and currently lives in Blacksburg, Virginia with her family. In her spare time, Kiera enjoys reading, dancing, making videos, and eating unhealthy amounts of cake.

Twitter: @KieraCass
Website: www.kieracass.com

Rating: 5/10
Genre: Young Adult
Book Name: The Elite  (The Selection #2)
Author: Kiera Cass
Pages: 336
Publication Year: 2013

Book Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The Selection by Kiera Cass

So what do you do when you cannot sleep one night because of anxiety? Me? I select a light book to read where I do not have to harp on nuances. The day I selected this book was 18th Feb at 2 am, yes, at an ungodly hour. And regarding why only this book is because I had liked the cheesy cover being shown repeatedly in the one of the book photography groups I follow on Instagram.

I know any of you as my regular followers may be wondering how I am going to rate this book since this is the sort of book I have not read in ages. However, it was ok-ish for a change and it helped me cruise through that anxious night. The Selection is a typical chick-flick book, one which soon may be translated into a TV series, if not yet picked up already to cater to teens. Yes, this is a book to appeal to teenage girls, what with love fights and cutey dialogues and knowing myself, I would have liked it much much better once!

Keep watching my blog for reviews of more books which I pick up at random unless someone really really recommends it. Cheers!

 

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
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.

About the author:
Kiera Cass is an American writer of young adult fiction, best known for The Selection series. She graduated from Radford University with a degree in History. She grew up in South Carolina and currently lives in Blacksburg, Virginia with her family. In her spare time, Kiera enjoys reading, dancing, making videos, and eating unhealthy amounts of cake.

Twitter: @KieraCass
Website: www.kieracass.com

Rating: 8/10
Genre: Young Adult
Book Name: The Selection (#1)
Author: Kiera Cass
Pages: 336
Publication Year: 2012

Book Review: The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

Once in a while you want to read a light happy-go-lucky book just to counter the effect of earlier books you had read. And I found my happily ever after in the book The Bookshop on the Corner, also known as Little Shop of Happily Ever After.

It is a story of how when life puts you down, in a way, it is giving opportunity to change the track of your life and that too for good. But let us not talk about the story-line more and give it all away other than that for book lovers, it is a must read. The moment I opened this book, the introduction by the author brought a biiiiiig smile on my face (like I do when I remember Jalebi advertisement – Main ghar chhod k jaa raha hun, koi mujhe pyar nahi karta…par mummi ne toh garma garam jalebiyaan banayi hain… Jalebi… Dhara Dhara suddh Dhara, and jaana toh hai magar bees pachees saal baad translated in English to a cute kid leaving home who gets attracted to come back for he gets to know from his uncle that his mom is making a very tasty sweet dish) since it talked about the ways the author steals moments to do, wooaahh, none other than reading a book. Oh, I could correlate to so many!

In fact, to be truthful, I liked everything about the book since even the cheesiness was in small doses and exactly to the right amount of my liking. In short, do read this book to follow the passion of your life, which may be a love interest, a hobby or your job. I can assure you won’t be disappointed. Cheers!


And while we are on the subject of passion, let me tell you about a startup Indiavaale, a social e-commerce startup that creates home and lifestyle products by innovating Indian crafts, the brain child of Mrs. Anuradha Sangal and Mrs.Tanvi Sangal from Dehradun who were passionate about supporting craftsmen. And for this, the co-founders have traveled from Khurja in UP to Raghurajpur in Odisha in pursuit of artisans whose cause Indiavaale could support. Check out indiavaale.com to know more!

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Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
Nina Redmond is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion… and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loved is no more.

Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile—a mobile bookshop that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling.

From helping her grumpy landlord deliver a lamb, to sharing picnics with a charming train conductor who serenades her with poetry, Nina discovers there’s plenty of adventure, magic, and soul in a place that’s beginning to feel like home… a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending.

About the author:
Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including ‘The Little Shop of Happy Ever After’ and ‘Summer at the Little Beach Street Bakery’, which are also published by Sphere.’ Meet Me at the Cupcake Café’ won the 2012 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, as was ‘Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams’, which won the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2013.

Twitter: @JennyColgan
Website: www.jennycolgan.com

Rating: 9/10
Genre: Chick Lit
Book Name: The Bookshop on the Corner
Author: Jenny Colgan
Pages: 368
Publication Year: 2016
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