noun – a man who is not and has never been married
6.8 millions viewers tuned into the 17th season premiere episode of The Bachelor! I can safely say that I was not one of them since the whole concept makes me want to gag. However, it does make me realize that my latest book find will be a popular choice as well.
Keira Cass’s novel The Selection is a cocktail of The Bachelor shaken and stirred with the story of Esther. The resulting novel is a delicious concoction of friendship and cattiness, romance and responsibility, patriotism and treason — and dare I say, possible true love.
In futuristic Illéa, the beloved Prince Maxon must select his bride from a group of 35 young women randomly picked from his country. The girls come from all different socials castes, ranging from the wealthy #1’s to the slave labor #7’s. The girl of his choice will one day rule the kingdom with him as Queen of Illéa.
America — the main character’s name not the country — is madly in love with Aspen, a handsome young man from the #6 caste. But that’s a problem. America is a #4 caste and a soon-to-be member of the Prince’s “selection girls.” She despises the whole idea of the country’s way of choosing a queen, but finds herself applying for the chance to be a part of The Selection for reasons totally out of her control.
Mix the drama of 35 girls in a castle vying for the attention of a prince with some terrifying attacks by revolutionaries, and readers have got a book full of page turning situations. The leading man is good-looking, smart, chivalrous, and best of all, clueless about women. His character makes us wish we were wearing America’s shoes. Cass’s simple writing style and character love-attractions and obstacles (there’s more than one), make this book a sweet treat of a read and will leave you longing for more. And fortunately, the reader won’t have to wait long for more. The sequel entitled The Elite hits bookstores on April 23rd.
I might not tune into The Bachelor, but you can bet I will be sitting down with the sequel to The Selection on the day it premiers.
P.S. Aren’t these book covers gorgeous!