Book Discussion: The One

Book Title: The One

Author: Kiera Cass

Genre: YA Dystopia

(Audiobook)

★★★★ (3.5 stars)

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.
– Goodreads

*Do not read this discussion if you haven’t read the first two book in the Selection Series.*

This series goes from a love-I-don’t-know-how-many-angles to a love-quadrilateral to a love-triangle. It’s just like a reality tv show – loads of dramas and yet highly entertaining. It is a fast read and I’ll recommend to anyone who couldn’t invest time in a big book.
 
Characters

America

I like how America’s able to stand up for what’s right, even if it defies the King. She is courageous and I love that, however, she could be really irritating and annoying. She keeps saying to herself that she needs to tell Maxon about Aspen, and then when the opportunity comes she’ll be like ‘nah not now’ (Seriously?).

Celeste
She changed drastically. I’m glad that she’s now everyone’s bff, but the personality flip is kind of unnatural.
August and Georgia
I want to know more about them! They seem cool 😛
Maxon
Do you think he’d be extremely guilty if he chose Kriss as his wife? Like I just don’t understand how could he change his mind so quickly. At least give America some time to explain and perhaps postpone the engagement (please?)
 
The Plot

It’s very predictable. We all knew that America would be ‘the one’ from the beginning of the series.
YA Dystopian
This book is classified as ‘YA dystopian’, however, It focuses on the romance and the drama, neglecting the world outside the palace. Sure, The One mentions more about the rebellion activities than the first two book, but it’s just not enough.
When I found out that America’s father was a rebel, I was aching to know how it’d affect the plot. How about Kriss? What would happen if America told Maxon about her? Paige, the poor girl on the street – what happened to her afterwards? She literally just pop out for a few seconds and disappears.
I wish Kiera Cass could put more effort in showing the dystopian society instead of focusing on the romance 😦 It’d make the series stands out from other princess books.
(I haven’t read the novellas yet so I might have missed something. )

 
Being Yourself

At the beginning of the book, America suddenly got the idea to be trashy –
‘Oh I should be the one who act first’
*three seconds later*
‘Yup I’m going to seduce the prince’
*a day later*
‘Oh my gosh it was so embarrassing’
*a couple of pages later*
*everything’s normal again as if nothing has happened*
I guess Cass wanted to bring out the message of ‘being yourself’, but the scene feels detached from the whole plot.

 
Audible
I hadn’t listen to any audio books before this one so I don’t know if the narrator did a good job or not. But I did enjoy her ‘Maxon’ voice 🙂
 
The Ratings
You might be wondering –  why on earth would I still give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars if I kept on ranting? The thing is, I’m absorbed in the story. As I’ve said before, this is a reality tv show, and what do reality tv shows do to you? They put superglue on you. Same with this book – even though it has quite a number of flaws, the story’s able to grab my attention. It’s a page-turner (though they’re no pages for me to turn haha).

Also, I understand that the focus of this book is on the romance, not the society. Even though I wish it includes more dystopian elements, I still really enjoyed it.

The Selection Series

The covers
They are beautiful! It’s rare for me to say this as I generally don’t like covers that has real people on it.

The Heir
The next book in this series is going to be released on the 5th of May, 2015. (More details here) I think I’ll read it someday but I won’t rush and get a copy when it’s released.

So what do you think of The One?

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Way We Bared Our Souls by Willa Strayhorn

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Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine

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My ‘waiting on’ pick this week is:

 

Book Title: The Way We Bared Our Souls

Author: Willa Strayhorn

Publication Date: 22/1/2015

 

If you could trade your biggest burden for someone else’s, would you do it?

Five teenagers sit around a bonfire in the middle of the New Mexico desert. They don’t know it yet, but they are about to make the biggest sacrifice of their lives.

Lo has a family history of MS, and is starting to come down with all the symptoms.
Thomas, a former child soldier from Liberia, is plagued by traumatic memories of his war-torn past.
Kaya would do anything to feel physical pain, but a rare condition called CIP keeps her numb.
Ellen can’t remember who she was before she started doing drugs.
Kit lost his girlfriend in a car accident and now he just can’t shake his newfound fear of death.

When they trade totems as a symbol of shedding and adopting one another’s sorrows, they think it’s only an exercise.

But in the morning, they wake to find their burdens gone…and replaced with someone else’s.

As the reality of the ritual unfolds, this unlikely group of five embarks on a week of beautiful, terrifying experiences that all culminate in one perfect truth: In the end, your soul is stronger than your burdens.
– Goodreads

 

Holiday Gift Guide for Book Lovers!

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Dobby is free! 

 

I’m done with school YAY (well technically not since I still have two days of school and extra lessons during the Christmas Holiday). But anyway, at least I can chill and read and BLOG!

I apologise for the lack of posts 😦 From now on I’ll be able to post more (hopefully) and I’ll end my short hiatus with *drumroll* Holiday Gift Guide for Book Lovers! (I hope it’s not too late :P)

*Disclaimer: none of these are mine

 

1. DIY Harry Potter Kindle Covers

 

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This is great for kindle-lovers! You can change the design too – recreating his/her favourite book cover or writing a great book quote on it are some of the alternatives.

 

2. DIY Hand Warmers

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Make a book-shaped (is this even a word) or any book-related shapes for book lovers! Or keep it simple for family and friends 😀

 

3. DIY Hunger Games Tote

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Again, you can print anything you want on it. I just think it’s a great gift idea for book lovers since we always go book shopping.

 

4. DIY Printed Candles

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Printed candles + book + bed = perfect night

 

5. DIY Sharpie Mug

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Mugs for hot chocolate! (and a book YES)

 

I hope you enjoy these DIYs (and maybe get some inspiration/ideas from them). Happy holidays and I’ll see you in my next post!

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

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Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine

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My ‘waiting on’ pick this week is:

 

Book Title: The Darkest Part of the Forest

Author: Holly Black

Publication Date: 13/1/2015

 

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?
– Goodreads

 

November Wrap Up

My first ever audio book! (Book discussion coming up soon 😀 )
 
 

I participated in the #BookBlogWriMo hosted by BookBumblings! It was a great experience and I’m glad I was able to finish them all! (Although some of them were late (opps))

 
 

School:
November was filled with test and I am sleep deprived (keep dozing off in class :P). Despite the overwhelming schedule, I managed to squeeze in some time for programming!
 
Audible:
In August, I decided to create a free Audible account. I then ditched it because I kept falling asleep listening to the Hunger Games (I thought that audio books weren’t my cup of tea). Three months later in November, I was told that US$14.95 was charged. Shocked, I went on the site and realised that 3 credits were given to me. I had no idea when my free account had changed into a Gold Membership account and why I had no knowledge about it. Anyway, at least I got to download some audio books.
  
I’d have read nothing this month if I hadn’t download and listen to The One. My eyes are always too tired after school – I don’t want to read anything. Now I could just listen to it with my eyes closed (or multitask).

 
 

Music:

  

Movie:

The soundtrack and quotes from this movie are great! I even made a wallpaper for my desktop:
interstellar
(I know this quote is not originally from the movie)

 

We used to look up at the sky and wonder at our place in the stars, now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt.

 

Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.

 

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