March Top Picks

March was a pretty good reading month for me. I read 16 books, and only one of those did I rate below 4 stars!! Keep in mind these aren’t books necessarily published in March, or even this year, but books that I’ve read in March.

So, here’s my top 5 ~

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Review ~ The One

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Title: The One

Series: The Selection #3

Author: Kiera Cass

Publication Date: May 6, 2014

Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Dystopian Romance

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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My *****5 Star***** Review

LOVED this series! Oh, there were definitely plenty of times that I wanted to jump in and knock some sense into both America and Maxon, but hey, that’s expected.

What I didn’t expect was some of the high-intensity moments of violence that added so much to the plot.

Oh, but we all know the heart of this story revolves around America, Maxon, and Aspen. I won’t spend a lot of time talking about the other stuff.

So, I’ve read from a lot of reviewers that America frustrated them most in this book. It wasn’t that way for me, though. While she certainly had me pulling my hair, it was Maxon that I really wanted to stand up. It’s always been clear to me that America has just been waiting on him to do so, and I’m old fashioned like that – I agree! He steps up, she follows. Anywhoo, this all built and built to one powerfully dramatic climax where Maxon had me totally swooning! He’s just AMAZEBALLS like that!

Now back to the other, we get a lot of new explanations and answers as to the revolution, but we’re still left with lots of questions. The ending reminded me of Twilight like that. But, with The Heir coming out, I expect to get more of those answers. Can’t wait!!

Happy Reading,

Alison

The Sunday Post ~ 3/22/15

The Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @

Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~

It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

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Teaser Tuesdays #21 ~ The One

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today my teaser is from ~ The One

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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.

From page 99 in Hardcover

I stood as tall as I could manage. “I’m not just going to sit here. I’ve been chased by rebels once already, and I’m fine.”
“But those weren’t Southerners,” Maxon countered.
“I’m going,” I said. “And we’re wasting time.”
“To be clear, no one agrees with you.”
“To be clear, I don’t care.”

I love heroines that are tough! I’m not talking all alpha female, but I don’t like them to be wussies. America doesn’t disappoint!

I can’t believe I just now got to this book. It was the book I looked most forward to last year, but never read. Go figure!

Well, I’ve rectified the problem, and now I’d actually like to start the series over. I loved it that much! I’ll be posting my review in the next couple weeks!

Be sure to share your teasers!!

Happy Reading,

Alison

Stacking the Shelves #22

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

Library Haul

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The Selection Stories by Kiera Cass
The One by Kiera Cass
The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
Everneath by Brodi Ashton

For Review

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Kindle Purchase

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So, that’s my haul this week. I devoured Confess. It’s not my favorite CoHo story, but it didn’t disappoint! I just made my trip to the library this morning, so I’ll be reading those soon. I’m still reading Rules for Riders that I added to my kindle last week for review. After I finish it, I’ll start Angelfall.

What did you pick up this week???

Happy Reading,

Alison

Waiting on Wednesday #6

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that highlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

I’m eagerly waiting on:
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The Selection changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. And now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.

America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the competition approaches its end 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.

From the very first page of The Selection, this #1 New York Times bestselling series has captured readers’ hearts and swept them away on a captivating journey… Now, in The One, Kiera Cass delivers a satisfying and unforgettable conclusion that will keep readers sighing over this electrifying fairy-tale long after the final page is turned.

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Why I’m waiting:
The Selection is by far the best dystopian series I’ve read since the Hunger Games. After finishing the first book, I immediately ran to get the second. Now I’m left suffering until next May!! I’m a real fan of dystopian, but it’s hard to find good dystopian novels that are well-written or don’t sound like knock-offs. Any recommendations??

If you’re participating, make sure sure to leave my your link! If you start following while you’re here, let me know and I’ll follow back!

Happy Reading,

Alison