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Book Review: Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories by R.J.Palacio

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Auggie & Me Three Wonder Stories by R.J.Palacio

I guess most people would have read the book or seen the movie Wonder starring Julia Roberts. Or, if not, at least would have heard of the same. Still no? Then please head over a book stall or wherever you can find the book or the movie; it is a must must read/ watch. I had read the book Wonder after seeing the trailer of that movie which was a work-in-progress then. Since then, I had seen the movie and was left wanting for more. Till now, I was making do with books similar to this book. However, you know just two days back, I found three separate Wonder stories collectively know as Auggie & Me and you can imagine my happiness.

Though many may feel that this book is not as good as Wonder, but still it will cater to all those who wanted to know more about the side characters, and R.J.Palacio answered the inquisitiveness through the perspectives and narration by characters Julian (the bad guy in the previous book), Charlotte (one of the three welcome buddies of Auggie when he had joined school) and Christopher (Auggie’s friend who had moved to different place and is just mentioned as a name in the previous book). And Auggie, as you can understand, is a side character in these tales. If you want me to select the best of the lot, it is Shingaling narrated by Charlotte; there is so much depth shown in her character.

And like Wonder, it has some good lines:

Every person’s story weaves in and out of someone else’s story.

And when good friends need us, we do what we can to help them, right? We can’t just be friends when it’s convenient. Good friendships are worth a little extra effort!

One of the things I miss the most about being a little kid is that when you’re little, all the movies you watch have happy endings. Dorothy goes back to Kansas. Charlie gets the chocolate factory. Edmund redeems himself. I like that. I like happy endings. But, as you get older, you start seeing that sometimes stories don’t have happy endings. Sometimes they even have sad endings. Of course, that makes for more interesting storytelling, because you don’t know what’s going to happen. But it’s also kind of scary.

I knew it would be the way it had been after the sleepover. Like we had taken a secret trip together. A voyage that no one else knew about. And when we returned from our journey, we each went back to our own homes. Some friendships are like that. Maybe even the best friendships are like that. The connections are always there. They’re just invisible to the eye.

One mistake does not define you.

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

Maybe he knew it and maybe he didn’t, but for someone like me, words like that are worth all the medals in the world.

Sometimes it’s good to start over.

Oh, I can just go on and on… I loved this book as much as Wonder to be truthful since it showed we, without any special quality to distinguish, can be the main characters too. So after you as a reader are done with Wonder, go ahead with these as well – a must read for children and adults like.

Book blurb:
Wonder tells the story of Auggie Pullman: an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face, whose first year at school changed the lives and the perspectives of everyone around him.

Auggie & Me is a new side to the Wonder story: three new chapters from three different characters – bully Julian, oldest friend Christopher and classmate Charlotte – giving an insight into how Auggie has touched their own lives. Thought-provoking, surprising, infuriating, heartbreaking and heartwarming, Auggie & Me is a must-read for the thousands of readers who loved Wonder.

About the author:
R.J. Palacio lives in NYC with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. For more than twenty years, she was an art director and graphic designer, designing book jackets for other people while waiting for the perfect time in her life to start writing her own novel. But one day several years ago, a chance encounter with an extraordinary child in front of an ice cream store made R. J. realize that the perfect time to write that novel had finally come. Wonder is her first novel. Since then, she has written several books – Auggie & Me (combined The Julian Chapter, Pluto: A Wonder Story, and Shingaling: A Wonder Story), 365 Days of Wonder, and We’re All Wonders.

Raquel J. Palacio / R. J. Palacio is a pseudonym of: Raquel Jaramillo.

Twitter: @rjpalacio
Website: rjpalacio.com
Email: rjpalaciowebmail@gmail.com

Rating: 10/10
Genre: Young Adult, Children Book
Book Name: Auggie & Me (combined The Julian Chapter, Pluto: A Wonder Story, and Shingaling: A Wonder Story)
Author: R.J.Palacio
Pages: 303
Publication Year: 2015
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Book Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

You know what the book To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before reminded me of – of that of 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher (click on hyperlink to check review of this book). Although I started reading this book by Jenny Han because of the super popular Netflix movie by the same name which was based on this book itself, it was not the sole reason. My Instagram wall was flooded with quotes from this book, imaginary letters to Peter Kavinsky (one of the characters of this book) in Terribly Tiny Tales and so on. And like 13 Reasons Why (also made into Netflix tv series), I did not like that book either, though I will still rate this book by Jenny Han a little notch better. As you know I am not in favor of reading silly teen books, but once in a while I give in to the hype and later regret why did I do so. But let my so negative words not discourage you from reading this book.

This is a book recommended for teens specially to feel the love among characters (and characterization of friend-zoned person, love triangles, the most popular guy/girl and so on) and those looking for light short stories. Sample below these dialogues from the book (by the way, I loved the dialogues in this book which made it seem like I would have written them myself at some point of time but feels like that moment was ages ago. Ah, those innocent college days):

When someone’s been gone a long time, at first you save up all the things you want to tell them. You try to keep track of everything in your head. But it’s like trying to hold on to a fistful of sand: all the little bits slip out of your hands, and then you’re just clutching air and grit.

Do you know what it’s like to like someone so much you can’t stand it and know that they’ll never feel the same way? 

If love is like a possession, maybe my letters are like my exorcisms.

Note: I would have loved this book tremendously had I read it 10 years back 😉 wink wink.

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Book blurb:
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

About the author:
Jenny Han is a Korean-American author of young adult fiction and children’s fiction. She is best known for writing Shug, The Summer I Turned Pretty series, co-author of the Burn for Burn series, and most recently, the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy. She is a former children’s bookseller and children’s librarian. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

 

Twitter: @jennyhan
Website: jennyhan.com

Rating: 5/10
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Book Name: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Author: Jenny Han
Pages: 355
Publication Year: 2014

Book Review: The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Percy Jackson and the Olympians The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Two months back, if you remember, I had for the first time read Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz (click here to read review of the first book Stormbreaker in its series). Now, it was time for me to go back even more in time (as in childhood fantasies) and read Percy Jackson which the author started by telling these stories to his kid. Hey, I too wish to do the same once my son grows up to that age, all the time hoping that he too would like books and stories like me.

The writing style, plot, characters, fantasy world, I mean I found everything perfect in this book The Lightning Thief. I wish that I should have discovered it while I was crazy with Harry Potter and it used to take a year for the next book to be released. Oops, I just remembered this book was released when I had joined college. But no one is too grown up, right? I am still reading these kind of books and why not? For I have to start building up good book repositories for my son. Just kidding, he is not even four months old.

So, back to the book, the language is kept simple for a 8+ old kid, but the flow is streamlined in such a way as to make it easy for even parents to read to smaller kids. Check out few of the quotes below (which are like quotations that can be put on walls as well):

Knowing too much of your future is never a good thing.

Where’s the glory in repeating what others have done?

Suspecting and knowing are not the same.

In fact, there is an illustrated version also available for this book as well as movie adaptation is there. So what you waiting for. Grab at least one for your kid. Or for yourself. You will love it 🙂

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Book blurb:

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena – Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

About the author:
Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over twenty novels for young readers, including the Percy Jackson series, the Kane Chronicles, the Magnus Chase series and the Trials of Apollo. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre – the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children’s fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.

Today, eighty-six million copies of his books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 37 countries.

Website: rickriordan.com
Twitter: @camphalfblood

Rating: 9/10
Genre: Young Adult
Book Name: The Lightning Thief
(Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1)
Author: Rick Riordan
Pages: 375
Publication Year: 2005

Book Review: Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

Book Review | Ethereal Jinxed | Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

If you are my blog follower, you must be aware that I am following through the list of similar books to the famous Wonder (Julia Roberts stars in the movie with the same name). Click here to check out this list. The earlier book reviewed was Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper and the next in line, the review for which is being written below is Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine.

As per Wikipedia, Asperger syndrome (AS), also known as Asperger’s, is a developmental disorder characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. It is a story told through the eyes of a 11-year old girl and hence some portions of the story are repetitive, but which makes it highly impressive. The book helps in realizing the behavior patterns of Asperger’s and that such disabilities should not be made fun of. The book does not only talk of disability, but of overcoming loss and of overcoming prejudices (in the book, for relative of an anti-social person which can be extended to prejudices of caste, creed, color and so on).

The dialogues and quotes are worth memorizing, and even you as a reader could relate to it. For example, sample this (and this is my the favorite part):

Sometimes I read the same books over and over and over. What’s great about books is that the stuff inside doesn’t change. People say you can’t judge a book by its cover but that’s not true because it says right on the cover what’s inside. And no matter how many times you read that book the words and pictures don’t change. You can open and close books a million times and they stay the same. They look the same. They say the same words. The charts and pictures are the same colors. Books are not like people. Books are safe.

The character sketch of Caitlin, the protagonist is supposed to be accurate for the author herself has a kid having Asperger’s. By the end of the book, we can correlate with the struggle parents have of raising such kids; let’s not add more to their concern by educating our children to be empathetic and kind.This should be one of the must-read books of kids/ adults of 10+ age.

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Book blurb:
In Caitlin’s world, everything is black or white. Things are good or bad. Anything in between is confusing. That’s the stuff Caitlin’s older brother, Devon, has always explained. But now Devon’s dead and Dad is no help at all. Caitlin wants to get over it, but as an eleven-year-old girl with Asperger’s, she doesn’t know how. When she reads the definition of closure, she realizes that is what she needs. In her search for it, Caitlin discovers that not everything is black and white—the world is full of colors—messy and beautiful. Kathryn Erskine has written a must-read gem, one of the most moving novels of the year.

About the author:
Kathryn Erskine spent many years as a lawyer before realizing that she’d rather write things that people might actually enjoy reading. 

She grew up mostly overseas and attended eight different schools, her favorite being the Hogwarts-type castle in Scotland. The faculty, of course, did not consist of wizards, although… how did the headmistress know that it was the wee redhead who led the campaign to free the mice from the biology lab? 

Erskine draws on her childhood and her second childhood through her children for her stories. She still loves to travel but nowadays most trips tend to be local, such as basketball and tennis courts, occasional emergency room visits, and the natural food store for very healthy organic chocolate with life saving flavonoids.

Twitter: @kathyerskine
Website: kathyerskine.com
Facebook: @kathryn.erskine
Email: kathy@kathrynerskine.com

Rating: 9/10
Genre: Young Adult, Children Book
Book Name: Mockingbird
Author: Kathryn Erskine
Pages: 235
Publication Year: 2010

Book Review: Stormbreaker (Alex Rider #1) by Anthony Horowitz

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Stormbreaker (Alex Rider #1) by Anthony Horowitz

Why is it expected of an adult to read only serious adult-like stuff? What if someone had missed many good books in their growing years because it was not famously written in newspapers, magazines, basically which had flooded the market or their school library did not stock them? Simple, just read these whenever you get to know. You will love it 🙂

So while I had read Famous Five, Nancy Drew and Harry Potter series, I had missed out on Artemis Fowl (review of one of its book posted here) and Alex Rider ones. I do not exactly remember how I came upon Alex Rider Stormbreaker but it was there on my Kindle and since I was bored with a book I was reading (name of that book is shhh since I do not know I am going to even complete it; why to waste precious time when there are so many books to choose from. Of course this is completely my view, some are fanatic about completing any book they start off), the cover image looked enticing and glad I was!

So even if the storyline seems unreal, hey, we are reading fiction after all and that too written for the kids, the protagonist Alex being a teenage spy forced into saving a world destruction like situation while thinking on his feet makes him someone teenagers would want to be. Tell me are not we fascinated with superheroes and James Bond, so why deny kids their own superstar! Read it, gift it and recommend it especially for your/ friends’ kids post 10 years of age. Remember to enjoy reading every time you pick a book and only this should be the motto.

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Book blurb:

They told him his uncle died in an accident. He wasn’t wearing his seatbelt, they said. But when fourteen-year-old Alex finds his uncle’s windshield riddled with bullet holes, he knows it was no accident. What he doesn’t know yet is that his uncle was killed while on a top-secret mission. But he is about to, and once he does, there is no turning back. Finding himself in the middle of terrorists, Alex must outsmart the people who want him dead. The government has given him the technology, but only he can provide the courage. Should he fail, every child in England will be murdered in cold blood.

About the author:
Anthony Horowitz is one of the most prolific and successful writers working in the UK – and is unique for working across so many media. Anthony is a born polymath; juggling writing books, TV series, films, plays and journalism. He was awarded an OBE for his services to literature in January 2014.

Anthony has written over 40 books including the bestselling teen spy series Alex Rider, which he adapted into a movie that was released worldwide in 2006. The Alex Rider series is estimated to have sold 19 million copies worldwide. He is also an acclaimed writer for adults and was commissioned by the Conan Doyle Estate and Orion Books to write two new Sherlock Holmes novels.

Website: anthonyhorowitz.com
Twitter: @anthonyhorowitz

Rating: 9/10
Genre: Young Adult
Book Name: Stormbreaker (Alex Rider #1)
Author: Anthony Horowitz
Pages: 256
Publication Year: 2000

Book Review: Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Book Review | Ethereal Jinxed | Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

I had read Wonder almost a year back when Julia Roberts starrer movie trailer was released. Oh by the way, most times I read book first and then see the movie like Namesake, The Girl in the Train etc barring only a few exceptions like Raazi (book name Calling Sehmat). But you ask me how I came to pick this book. Go on, ask ask. So it so happened that I came across a list by bookbub for those who liked Wonder and this book Out of My Mind was numbered 1. Click here to check out this list. You must keep watching my blog for more books out of this list.

Cerebral palsy is a term used to describe a set of neurological conditions that affect movement. It is the most common form of childhood disability and as such, we should make kids aware of them so as not to make fun of such affected children or adults alike. The way Sharon deals with this sensitive issue is amazing and so natural. The characters are flawed, just as in a real life situation, which makes it a delight still heartbreaking to read, but more so the latter. You cannot stop empathizing with Melody the protagonist  (hampered with all kinds of movements) and as a reader, would want to lessen her burden of non-communication. I cried in a few scenes. However, without me giving anything away, let me tell you this is not a sad story and you will feel like a character seeing Melody from your own eyes. It is the story of Melody, her family, her so-called friends and other disabled kids – a story which you should read again and again to the kids you know to make them aware of such disability without being preachy because you know some things done unknowingly can affect others for years.

Oh, and I am eagerly waiting to see the movie adaptation, in case in future it releases.

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Book blurb:
Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom – the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know it – somehow.

In this breakthrough story, reminiscent of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, from multiple Coretta Scott King Award-winner Sharon Draper, readers will come to know a brilliant mind and a brave spirit who will change forever how they look at anyone with a disability.

About the author:
Sharon M. Draper is a professional educator as well as an accomplished writer. She has been honored as the National Teacher of the Year, is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Awards, and is a New York Times bestselling author, with Out of my Mind staying on the list for almost two years.

Actively involved in encouraging and motivating all teachers and their students as well, she has worked all over the United States, as well as in Russia, Ghana, Togo, Kenya, Ethiopia, Bermuda, and Guam, spreading the word about the power of accomplished teaching and excellence in education.

Twitter: @sharonmdraper
Website: sharondraper.com
Facebook: @sharonmdraperofficial

Rating: 10/10

 

Genre: Young Adult, Children Book
Book Name: Out of My Mind
Author: Sharon M. Draper
Pages: 295
Publication Year: 2010

Book Review: Let It Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle & Maureen Johnson

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Let It Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle and Maureen Johnson

I had tremendously liked the book The Fault in Our Stars (check its review here) written by John Green and when my best friend suggested for me to select Let It Snow, I dilly-dallied a little but in the end, thought to give it a try. But my my, was I not disappointed! Where I was so emotionally involved in the former book, the latter just touched me superficially.

Ok, let me be straight (ya I am, just kidding) – I am not in favor of reading silly teen books, but there was a time in my life I devoured such books like crazy. So, this is a book recommended for teens “only” and those looking for light short stories. This is not a novel in the correct sense of word, but as the cover pic says “three holiday romances” around Christmas, a collection of three short love stories connected together in the last one. The last one is the worst, but let us ignore that.

Silly, stupid romances, none of them memorable is my conclusion of the book. So enough about the story-line, the way the book is written is interesting since three different popular writers have attempted to make it likable enough (my friend had loved it) and it is a good enough effort.

 

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Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
An ill-timed storm on Christmas Eve buries the residents of Gracetown under multiple feet of snow and causes quite a bit of chaos. One brave soul ventures out into the storm from her stranded train and sets off a chain of events that will change quite a few lives. Over the next three days one girl takes a risky shortcut with an adorable stranger, three friends set out to win a race to the Waffle House (and the hash brown spoils), and the fate of a teacup pig falls into the hands of a lovesick barista.

A trio of today’s bestselling authors – John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle- brings all the magic of the holidays to life in three hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and kisses that will steal your breath away.

About the author:
John Green’s first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His next novel, Paper Towns, is a New York Times bestseller and won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best YA Mystery. In January 2012, The Fault in Our Stars was met with wide critical acclaim, unprecedented in Green’s career. The praise included rave reviews in Time Magazine and The New York Times, on NPR, and from award-winning author Markus Zusak. The book also topped the New York Times Children’s Paperback Bestseller list for several weeks. Green has also coauthored a book with David Levithan called Will Grayson published in 2010. The film rights for all his books, with the exception of Will Grayson, have been optioned to major Hollywood Studios.

Twitter: @realjohngreen
Website: www.johngreenbooks.com

Rating: 6/10
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Book Name: Let It Snow
Author: John Green, Lauren Myracle & Maureen Johnson
Pages: 352
Publication Year: 2012

Book Review: What not to do if you turn Invisible by Ross Welford

What not to do if you turn Invisible by Ross Welford

Many people in my reading group had recommended 1000 year old boy by Ross Welford. As soon as I read the book blurb, I understood that this author writes such books which are happy go lucky type and can be classified in a category that my son can also read in future. Too much future planning (ho gayi naa) when my little one just turned a month old today!

So, I searched in my Kindle whether I have any book available with me by this author and lo and behold, yes, and that one was What not to do if you turn invisible. How cool! I mean the name itself sounds so interesting while the book was even more so.

Written in a language easily understandable by a 10-year old kid (if they can read) or even younger (if you want to tell it as a bedtime story), it is just perfect. How one becomes invisible, well the book doesn’t touch upon that. But hey, even Harry Potter had invisibility cloak, but did we question the fantasy world. Here, the reference is at least to some unknown scientific experiment. Sample this for an instance (written in my own words): we close our eyes and our visibility goes away because our eyelids come in front of our eyes; but what if you are invisible; even if you close eyes, you will still be able to see everything, because well, eyelids are invisible too.

And even if you are older, you need to pick this up as a fun read.

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Book blurb:

From the author of the unforgettable bestseller Time traveling with a hamster comes another surprising, beautiful and funny novel about a child who, by disappearing, will write herself into your heart forever…

Turning invisible at will: it’s one way of curing your acne. But far more drastic than 13 year-old Ethel Leatherhead intended when she tried a combination of untested medicines and a sunbed.

It’s fun at first, being invisible. And aided by her friend Boydy, she manages to keep her extraordinary ability secret. Or does she…?

When one day the invisibility fails to wear off, Ethel is thrown into a nightmare of lies and deception as she struggles to keep herself safe, to find the remedy that will make her seen again – and solve the mystery of her own birth…

 

About the author:
Ross Welford was a journalist and television producer before becoming a full-time writer. He lives in London with his wife, children, a border collie, a hamster, and several tropical fish.  When not writing, he tours the UK talking to schools, libraries and book clubs.  He has appeared on panels at literary festivals including Hay-on-Wye, Cheltenham and Edinburgh.

Website: Rosswelford.com
Twitter: @rosswelford

Rating: 9/10
Genre: Children Fiction
Book Name: What not to do if you turn Invisible
Author: Ross Welford
Pages: 400
Publication Year: 2016

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

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
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