Lost Review: The One by Kiera Cass

 

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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.

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5/5 Stars

Do yourself a favor and make sure you read the dedication. Be still my heart. ❤

From the very beginning of the Selection series I was rooting for America. Yes, the books are about love but really they’re about America embracing her heart to truly discover the powerful woman she is inside. These books are about more than a fairytale love story, they’re so much more than that. America is that girl inside of all of us, passionate, occasionally hotheaded, confused, and unwilling to take the risk of putting herself out there, too scared to bear her soul for fear of rejection. When it comes to everything BUT her heart, she’s fierce, brave, and throws herself into the chaos. She’s willing to risk everything for her nation and it is her devotion that makes her a true heroine. 

I’ll be real with you. America makes some stupid decisions. She gets jealous, she isn’t always 100% on morals, and yeah, she does some unsavory things, but her imperfections make her all the more real and someone you can get behind.

I wasn’t always a fan of Maxon. He was robotic, borderline creepy on occasion, and the way he said dear always made me cringe. For the first time in the whole series, I started to feel something for Maxon and truly see him as America’s equal. He has depth, character, there’s so much passion that wasn’t as pointed in the other books. He’s complex, wounded, has a past, and that dark side that he hides makes him all the more attractive. He’s vulnerable and interesting, more so than I originally thought. Plus, the way he feels about America. Swoon city. 

The plot was lively. Some sections were slow, but as the unrest and unhappiness among the classes rose, the danger skyrocketed. You never know when the next threat will hit. 

That scene. No spoilers, but holy bearing of heart and soul. Melt. YOU WILL MELT. 

Romantic reading, 

Jordan

 

Cover Reveal: Guardian of Secrets by Brenda Drake

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This cover reveal is brought to you by Entangled TEEN & YA Interrobang!

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Release Date: February 7, 2017

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Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens.

Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it.

And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him “ex,” since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia.

Maybe. If she survives.

Brenda Drake’s thoughts on the cover:

I had an idea of what I wanted the cover of Guardian of Secrets to look like the entire time I was writing the story. I was delighted (I might have screamed) when the cover showed up in my email and it was EXACTLY what I’d imagined. I love that it’s blue since part of the setting of the book takes place in a cold climate. I’m thrilled the couple is on it, too. They resemble the characters I’ve created in my mind perfectly. The cover is so beautiful, and I’m beyond excited to share it with everyone!

Exhilarating reading, 

Jordan