April 10, 2012

Blog Tour: The Selection, Top Ten Reasons to Read It and Author Interview

The Selection by Kiera Cass
Release Date ~ 4/24/12
Format ~ ARC
Publisher ~ Harper Teen
Source ~ Starry Sky Books
Purchase: The Book Depository
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself- and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
 Top Ten Reasons to Read The Selection
  1. It's like The Hunger Games in a sense that it's a competition that the entire nation watches and roots for their favorite of the selected. This book is perfect for those who want to read books like The Hunger Games but don't like a ton of violence in their reads! 
  2. It has an awesome main character, America, who I really admired and rooted for. You can't help falling in love with her! 
  3. The love triangle. Sometimes I don't like love triangles, but this book has one that will make you change your mind A TON. Are you Team Maxon or Team Aspen, you ask me? I really don't know... but I'm starting to lean toward Maxon. He's a better person.
  4. Humor! Many dystopians lack comic relief, but this one was has plenty of "LOL moments", especially during America's and Maxon's scenes.
  5. Everyone in America's world has a number between 1-8, with 1 being one of the most important citizens, and 8 being next to dirt. (America is a 5, the entertainment class.) I felt like that really completed the dystopian world.
  6. It has great morals about family, loyalty, and love. Like I said in reason #2, I really admired America, for how she dealt with all of those.
  7. The plot. This book has a great plot that keeps the pages turning!
  8. The setting! Like The Hunger Games was very lush and detailed. It went from glittery palaces to the slummy living space of America's family! It was really interesting and showed to comparison between the classes nicely.
  10. The cover. Yes, I know, I'm shallow. But just look at it!!! *swoon*
If you were selected to be part of the competition, how would you think you'd do?
Poorly. Firstly, I eat like a five-year-old. I'd be sending back the lobster and asking for cereal. Second, I only enjoy dresses in a limited capacity. And... yeah, I'm just way too nerdy for it.

I read in your bio that you did a lot of acting, is that going to help you when working on the TV series for THE SELECTION?
I don't think I'll be doing any acting myself, but it did help when it came time to read the script. I already understood the way it was laid out, so that was handy!
Kiera Cass is a graduate of Radford University and currently lives in Blacksburg, Virginia, with her family. Her fantasy novel the siren was self-published in 2009. Kiera has kissed approximately fourteen boys in her life. None of them were princes.
Thanks to Kiera for the fun interview answers and to Harper Teen for allowing me to be part of this fun tour! 


  1. I had no clue what this book was about until now. And now I actually want to read it. My wishlist just grows and grows... (:

  2. I had this book on my to read list and now I really can't wait to read it! I also loved the questions she answered. I have to admit I eat like a 5 year old too!

  3. YAY! The Selection is being made into a TV show! CW this fall! *jumps up and down* Oh, and your 10 reasons are cool but shallow. *shakes head* I'm disappointed in you, Benji. xD

  4. I love the cover. And I think more people eat like five-year-olds than public admit it. I could live off of cereal, bread and candy!

  5. I just fond out about this book and I'm adding it to my TBR list. It seems so perfect for me! Aaaa, I'm so happy you posted it here! And it's the best cover I have seen so far this year. For sure.

    Disincentive @ (read, watch, listen) - reviews

  6. This book is just beautiful. I am very excited to read this one and can't wait for it to be released so I can pick it up asap. I work with children every day.....so I also eat like a 5 year old...lol.

  7. This sounds awesome! I love the concept and it's great the characters are so interesting:)

  8. This book sounds really interesting I will definitely be adding it to my list

  9. Haha! The cover would be my #1 reason for reading it, closely followed by the blurb *wink*. I really want to see this on my bookshelf very soon! Thanks for the lovely post and interview:)

    Sarah Bibi Setar

  10. This sounds so good and I cant wait to read it!

  11. This sounds like an interesting read.

  12. This books sounds amazing. Thanks for the great review!

  13. Can I just say that I don't even care what the book is about because I love that cover. So I'm totally agreeing with your number 10 :)

  14. Thanks for the review as I wasn't really sure if I wanted to read this book or not. Now, after reading your top 10 reasons why I should, I am definitely going to read it!

  15. I am unbelievably excited to get my hands on this book.

  16. I've been seeing this book around but I had no idea what it was about. It actually sounds like a very interesting book. I enjoyed the Hunger Games so I'll definitely be giving this one a try.

  17. I'd love to read this book, and I also love the cover! (=

  18. Kiera Cass has created a very interesting world, she has blended current social issues into a very believable future. Cass's world might not be as dark and horrific as other's in the young adult dystopian genre, but the struggles are the same. Yet, within it is the one girl and a chance to be a princess, something most of us want deep down inside, ever since we watched our first Disney movie. It was just refreshing. When reading dystopian sometimes you can be weighted down with the sheer enormity of the situation the hero or heroine finds themselves within. That the world has just gone mad and you are there to witness this life and death struggle. 'The Selection' was not like this. Not to bring up Disney again, but if they were to make an animated princess dystopian -- this would be the one. Hopefully you won't be disappointed.

  19. Those are all really good reasons. And, yeah, the cover is awesome :) I saw the video of the photoshoot for the cover, and it was pretty cool.

  20. I was on the fence about whether I wanted to read this book, but not any more. I'm headed out to get it! Thanks!


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