Thursday, 28 May 2015

Review: The One - Kiera Cass

Title: The One
Written by: Kiera Cass
Published by: Harper Collins
Edition: Kindle
Pages: 323
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository

The Selection changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. Now, only one will claim Prince Maxon’s heart…

For the four girls who remain at the palace, the friendships they’ve formed, rivalries they’ve struggled with and dangers they’ve faced have bound them to each other for the rest of their lives.
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 realises just how much she stands to lose – and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants. 

The selection series comes to an end with the final instalment, The One, and let me tell you it takes you on another whirlwind journey as we finally find out who Prince Maxon will choose. Just like the rest of the series, The One picks up straight after The Elite left off, America is even more danger than ever as she tries to juggle the contest and the backlash of her actions. I was eagerly anticipating this instalment in the series because I was really excited to see how things were tied together and how things ended. 
'Bravery hides in amazing places.'
While I enjoyed the series as a whole I did get extremely frustrated with it in places so when it came to this book I was just hoping and pleading that things were going to work out the way I wanted them too.  And they did, but there were still moments when I was just shaking my head with annoyance because there was still so much back and forth with the characters that you just wanted to bang their heads together and get them to see clearly without all the dilly-dallying. 
'The best people all have some kind of scar.'
Which is where my main frustration lies with this novel. It was extremely drawn out, to a point when it made the pacing slow, and there was a little too much focus for me on the romance. I mean what happened to the cute and gooey friendship that catapulted the relationship between Maxon and America, it just disappeared and was replaced with a back and forth, will they or won't they, relationship. A relationship I was starting to fall out of love with, if it wasn't for Maxon it definitely would of collapsed for me, but it was completely saved by the ending. The ending and conclusion of this novel had me in tears. It was so extraordinarily sweet and swoony that it increased my love for the book to unaccountable levels.
'You are not the world, but you are everything that makes the world good.'
All in all, if I had to sum up this book, and this series, with one word it would have to be...addicting. That is the best way I have of describing it because no matter how frustrated I got with the characters I could literally not put this book down. It was like it was calling to me to be read because I just had to find out how things would end, would Maxon get his happily ever after? would it end in war? what will happen to the other elites? Every single question I had, I had a burning desire to find out the answers. In conclusion this book is super fun to read and extremely entertaining, so if your looking for a series that you can just fly through then I would defintely give The Selection series a try.

The One (The Selection, #3)