The Prince (The Selection #1.5) by Kiera Cass


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Publication Date: March 5, 2013

Before thirty-five girls were chosen to compete in the Selection . . .

Before Aspen broke America’s heart . . .

There was another girl in Prince Maxon’s life. . . .

Don’t miss this thrilling 64-page digital original novella set in the world of the New York Times bestselling novel The Selection. Also features a teaser to The Elite, Kiera Cass’s hotly anticipated sequel to The Selection.

 Review –
This is The Selection and The Elite told from the point of view of Prince Maxon.

The Guard (The Selection #2.5) by Kiera Cass

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Publication Date: February 4, 2014

Before America Singer met Prince Maxon . . .

Before she entered the Selection . . .

She was in love with a boy named Aspen Leger.

Don’t miss this digital original novella set in the captivating world of Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series. This brand new 64-page story begins just after the group of Selected girls is narrowed down to the Elite and is told from Aspen’s point of view. The Guard also features a teaser to The One, the thrilling third novel in the Selection series.

Review –

This is just a novella told from Aspen’s point of view.



The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass


Book Description

Publication Date:April 23, 2013

Kiera Cass’s The Elite is a must-read for fans of dystopian fiction, fairy tales, and reality TV. This sequel to The Selection will enchant teens who love Divergent and The Bachelor. In America Singer’s world, a bride is chosen for the prince through an elaborate televised competition. In the second book of the Selection series, America is one of only six girls left in the running. But is it Prince Maxon—and life as the queen—she wants? Or is it Aspen, her first love? The Elite delivers the adventure, glamour, political intrigue, and romance readers of The Selection expect, and continues the love triangle that captivated them.

Review –
So now we are down to six girls and human nature tells us that means trouble.
There is a lot more action in his book, with the rebels breaking through the kingdom’s defenses, a lot of torture and girl-fighting. The caste system is better explained and we see that the King is very controlling even of the Selection.
America is leaning toward Maxon but then he does a stupid thing and kisses Celeste, America’s least favorite of the remaining girls.  I like the Prince but I don’t trust him.  Another lovely cover.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum


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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a children’s novel written by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W. W. Denslow. Originally published by the George M. Hill Company in Chicago on May 17, 1900, it has since been reprinted numerous times, most often under the name
The Wizard of Oz, which is the name of both the 1902 stage play and the extremely popular, highly acclaimed 1939 film version. The story chronicles the adventures of a girl named Dorothy in the Land of Oz. Thanks in part to the 1939 MGM movie, it is one of the best-known stories in American popular culture and has been widely translated. Its initial success, and the success of the popular 1902 Broadway musical Baum adapted from his story, led to Baum’s writing thirteen more Oz books.
The original book has been in the public domain in the US since 1956. Baum dedicated the book “to my good friend & comrade, My Wife”, Maud Gage Baum. In January 1901, George M. Hill Company, the publisher, completed printing the first edition, which probably totaled around 35,000 copies.
Records indicate that 21,000 copies were sold through 1900. Historians, economists and literary scholars have examined and developed possible political interpretations of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. However, the majority of the reading public simply takes the story at face value.
Review –
This was offered as a free audio book so naturally I listened to it and found out many things I did not realize.
!. The movie is very very very different from the book.
2. Dorothy’s show in the book are silver not red.
3. The Tin Man in the book is the WoodCutter and was once human.
4.There were many creatures in the book that didn’t make the movie cut, one being   a kingdom of field mice.
5. In Oz you had to wear green spectacles that were locked on so you would think everything was green.
6. The Flying Monkeys would grant three wishes to anyone that possessed the golden cap
and so on and so on.
I couldn’t believe it. There was so much more to the story than the movie showed.
If you think you know The Wizard of Oz, think again.
Pick up a copy and read or listen  and you will be amazed.

The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass


Book Description

Publication Date:April 24, 2012

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 a palace and compete for the heart of 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.

Review –

I loved this story.  It is a cross between The Hunger Games and The Bachelor. There is a love triangle even though Aspen finds that hard to believe but you can see that America truly cares for both men even though that are as different as night and day.  Looking forward for the next installment. Oh yes, I love the cover.