Book Review: The One by Kiera Cass

Title: The One
Author: Kiera Cass
Paperback edition, 336 pages
Published: May 6th, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
4/5 stars
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15844362-the-one

Summary:

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.

Review:

“35 girls entered The Selection. Only one can win”
How do I explain my feelings?
I always love the selection covers. But so far this is my favorite. The dress is so beautiful. But the only thing I hate from this series is how the title spoil the story for us. Like the selection, America entered the selection. The Elite, America is still competing as an Elite. The One? Well you guess it yourself.

The selection will be forever on my favorite series list. I really like the unique idea of 35 girls competing to be the queen. I know most kingdom use arranged married to gain more power. But in this book, the prince get to choose the finest girls from the country. 35 girls.

Now, this book. I really like this book. But I kind of hating america in this book. He’s using Aspen as a safety net and that’s so selfish. But in the end, i’m glad everything work out just fine even after Maxon found out about Aspen.

Celeste. In this book we get to see the real Celeste. And honestly, I feel attached to her. And then, in one short paragraph, as I quote:

I watched in confusion as a red-marked guard walked up behind Celeste and put a bullet squarely through the back of her head.

She killed her. Kiera Cass killed Celeste in one short paragraph which contains only one sectence.
What’s the point of showing the real Celeste and then kill her???

Queen Amberly and King Clarkson. I see that Clarkson has to be killed so Maxon could be a king. But I rather have him survived, Maxon explains everything to him, and watch him trying to control Maxon (but ofc he can’t anymore) As for Queen Amberly, I feel really bad for her. She almost got her daughter. So close. She’s been the nicest person in the palace, the one who accepts the girls and guide them through the selection process. She’s gone now. Who’s going to give America advice about being a queen when she need it?

This book is a rollercoaster of emotions. I feel hatred, sympathy, sadness, loss, grief, love, happiness, loyalty, and friendship through the pages, through the story and the character. I loved every second of reading this book, and this series will have a special place in my heart.

Thank you so much Kiera Cass for the amazing journey and experience with America.

Book Review: Goddess by Josephine Angelini

Title: Goddess
Author: Josephine Angelini
ebook edition, 432 pages
Published: May 28th, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
5/5 golden, glowing, burning stars
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17909863-goddess

Summary:

International bestselling author Josephine Angelini concludes her action-packed Starcrossed trilogy with Goddess—a romantically-charged page-turner that Newsday raved was a “clever reworking of Greek mythology.”

After Helen Hamilton accidentally unleashes the violent gods from their captivity on Olympus, she and her friends must imprison them before their thirst for war—and blood—take over the world. But the gods’ fury already has a body count, and time is running out. With Lucas Delos’s life hanging in the balance, and their once-solid group of friends now divided, Helen must face this battle alone, while also deciding who has her heart—Lucas, or the possible Tyrant, Orion.

With a masterfully-woven plot and epically-high stakes, the compelling twists and turns in Goddess will leave readers completely spellbound.

Review:

This book is such a perfect ending for this amazing trilogy. This trilogy itself has been an emotional rollercoaster ride. I fell in love with starcrossed, dissapointed in dreamless, and fell in love (but this time, harder) again with this book. I even think I love this book better than starcrossed. I get attached with the characters and I feel sad for them if I remember how things used to be between them in Starcrossed.

I always love Greek mythology, and this book has everything that sums up Greek mythology: plot, scheming, backstabbing, starcrossed lovers, arrogant gods, and of course, tragedy. The story is beautifully written, it hooks me up right from the start and it made me almost stayed up all night to read this book. I cried and I cheered because of Hector. And, I freaking love the ending. No love triangle. Helucas, and Orion found his own girl. It almost provides happy endings for all the characters. Almost.

If you love Greek mythology this trilogy is a must-read for all of you. For me personally, this trilogy will always on my favorite series list.

Book Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Title: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Author: Jenny Han
Paperback edition, 368 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: April 22nd, 2014
3/5 stars
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18051352-to-all-the-boys-i-ve-loved-before

Summary:

Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series.

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?

Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

Review:

I’ve wanted to read The Summer I Turned Pretty for quite a long time, but I haven’t got the chance. So when I saw this book, I picked it up instantly. 
Lara Jean kept the love letters she wrote for all the boys she ever loved. She wrote the letters as a way to forget them, to let go and move on. She never intends for those boys to read them. So when someone mailed her letter, things get messy.
For the first few chapters, Lara Jean is very childish and naive, that I think her little sister is more mature than her. She’s so childish about everything that sometimes I don’t believe that she’s 16. Then there’s her older sister, Margot. I get it that she had to take the mother role ever since their mother’s death, but I think she’s so bossy and she’s a hypocrite that I don’t even understand how Lara and Kitty could look up to her.
Then, there is Josh. Everybody loves Josh. Well, not me. He’s Lara Jean’s sister’s boyfriend and ever since Margot’s leaving he’s been trying to get Lara. Sure, they broke up before she went, but you don’t move on to your girlfriend’s little sister. Then he recieves her love letter. Things get awkward and he kept asking about the letter which forced Lara Jean to fake a relationship with Peter Kavinsky.
Peter Kavinsky is kind of a jerk at the beginning, but he turns out to be a very sweet guy and easy going. Oh and he also recieved Lara’s letter. I love this kind of fake relationship story, where the characters must spend their time together and eventually fell in love with each other. 
Peter and Kitty is my favorite characters from this book. I like this book as an easy, light romance reads, but it also very family oriented. And the ending isn’t that much of cliffhanger, but still leaves me wondering about who she’ll ends up with. I really can’t wait to read the sequel! (And I really wish she ends up with Kavinsky)