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The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Set in a dystopian America, society is divided into a caste system where9780062059949_p0_v1_s260x420 your lifetime occupation is determined at birth and few are privileged. The only opportunity for escape from the struggles they face on a daily basis is The Selection. A competition between 35 girls selected from each of the areas across America, to compete to win the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon and become a princess.

For most girls and their families, The Selection is a chance of a lifetime; but, for ironically, America Singer, being chosen among the Selected would be a nightmare. America doesn’t want the glittering gowns and priceless jewels. She would rather hope for a happy married life with her secret boyfriend Aspen, who is a caste below her and try not to get caught.

When America is selected and meets Prince Maxon, she learns that the plans she originally had might not be what she really wanted after all, and the life she always dreamed of might be lacking in compared to a future she is gradually beginning to imagine.

A Hunger Games meets The Bachelor; Kiera Cass set the stage perfectly for her trilogy. Hosting a strong female lead, two completely different males fighting for her heart, and a backdrop of political undercurrents and violence, The Selection is my top pick for YA in 2013.

 

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Posted by on July 16, 2013 in Book Review, Books

 

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The Scorpio Races- Maggie Stiefvater

Winning is not the only prize in the life or death Scorpio races

Each November, a life and death race is held along the beach of a small island of Thisby- The Scorpio Races. The horses are not ordinary thoroughbreds; rather they rise out of the water and prefer to eat flesh over hay. The stakes are high, but the purse and the pride of winning tempt the riders to enter every year, despite the prospect of death.

Eighteen year old Sean Kendrick is as quiet as he is fearless, and as the returning champion he and his red stallion Corr are favorites to win again. Kate “Puck” Connolly, is a stubborn orphan as fiery as her hair. She had no intention of entering the Scorpio races, especially on her gentle island horse Dove, or as the first female, but dire financial circumstances leave her no choice. Thrown together by fate, Sean and Puck both have a lot riding on their winning, including their lives, but only one can win.

Stiefvater, weaves as action packed plot seamlessly with the mythological water horses and the islanders of Thisby. Filled with strong characters and beautiful scenery, the plot is more than the races, it is about love, loss, family, loyalty and courage.  The Scorpio Races is a fascinating storyline that will have readers glued to the pages as they race alongside Sean and Puck to finish.

Recommended for readers age 13-17.

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2012 in Book Review, Books

 

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