I read The Selection series a few months ago, and loved it! I recommended the series to my younger sister, Nicky, who read and loved it (I think I’m the best older sister ever).  I convinced her to do a co-review with me, and here it is! We both highly recommend the series, and think you should definitely read it!

About Book 1:

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.


Our Review:

Nicky: Don’t you absolutely love the covers of The Selection?

Me: YES. They are definitely among my favorites. Have you seen the cover for The Heir yet?

Nicky: Absolutely! It’s probably my favorite out of them all.

Me:…Okay, then. Which was your favorite book out of the three?

Nicky: The One was phenomenal. I reread it about five times.

Me: I know. I was there. I live with you, remember?

Nicky: Oh, yeah. Which did you like best?

Me: I’m with you on The One. One word: Maxon

Nicky: He was the better part of the love triangle. Ugh, Aspen was so dramatic and obnoxious. I wanted to whack him in the face with one of those whack-a-mole hammers.

Me: That’s…bloodthirsty. But yes, Aspen was very irritating. He felt very clingy, and emotional. I definitely preferred Maxon because he was a lot nicer, and I thought he and America were a better match.

Nicky: Speaking of America, what kind of name was that? Weird. Despite her unfortunate name, she a strong heroine. At the beginning of the The Selection she was too whiny, thoughy. BOO-HOO you have the chance to marry a prince. I’m practically sobbing with pity for you.

Me: She was a lot better at the end, though! I thought America (agreed: unfortunate name) matured quite quickly, which was definitely a plus! (Although not quickly enough to tell Aspen to move on with his life already).

Nicky: I felt like he was constantly following America around like a lost puppy. Even when he saw the consequences of being with America during The Elite, he continued putting her at risk and trying to have a relationship with her.

Me: Agreed! But enough about Aspen. You mentioned that your favorite book was The One. Is there any particular reason for that?

Nicky: I liked The One because it had a lot more action, and I thought it did a very good job of finishing the series.

Me: I was really surprised to learn that there would be another book (The Heir, coming May 2015). I thought everything was resolved! Still, I’m excited to learn more about America’s daughter (the protagonist of The Heir) even though it might be weird seeing America as an adult.

Nicky: I NEED IT ASAP. I’m totally dying to read it, because I can tell that it will be an awesome book. I hope America’s daughter, Eadlyn, will have a story as interesting as her mother’s (I still can’t get over the fact that America will be a mom, and an adult). I love this series!

Me: Can we agree here that by recommending The Selection to you, I am officially the best older sister ever?


Me: Fine. But we can at least agree that The Heir will be awesome?

Nicky: *whacks  with pillow* Yes. But I am still the best sister.

Me: Let’s not be crazy here. Who would you recommend this book to?

Nicky: If you like fantasy/ dystopian books, and some–

Me: Oodles

Nicky: Yes, oodles of romance, then this book is for you!

Me: And even if you don’t like these things, READ IT ANYWAYS. *tosses book at you*

Have you read The Selection series? Are you planning to?

10 Comments on Spoiler-Free Co-Review: The Selection Series (with my sister)

    • Samantha
      February 2, 2015 at 7:08 pm (2 years ago)

      Aren’t they the prettiest?

  1. Fari @My Little Corner of Books
    January 31, 2015 at 8:16 pm (2 years ago)

    Everyone seems to love love LLLLUUUURRRVVVEEE this series! I gave Selection… 4 stars, I think? But the rest of the series just went down down down for me!!!!! D: I gave both the Elite and the One 2 stars… *shakes head* I don’t even know how I feel about the Heir, I’m certainly not as excited as some people though… *pouts* America annoyed me throughout the entire series, Aspen made me want to throw him off a cliff and hope there are jagged rocks at the bottom (yes, mean, I know. Whatever XD) and I NEEDED TO KNOW WHAT’S UP WITH THE REBELS!! We didn’t learn that! D: The thing is, I think this trilogy could’ve been an awesome ROMANCE but Cass decided to add a dystopian edge but she didn’t really commit as much to it. That’s what brought that down. If you’re going to add Dystopian problems, you better FIX those dystopian problems… *sigh* Also, SPOILER but the rebels seemed so harmless most throughout the whole trilogy and then in the One, they kill half the castle INCLUDING SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER the king… convinient, isn’t it, that Maxon now won’t have to face the King’s wrath and can be king himself? I think Cass just took the easiest routes for the dystopian problems.
    But I gotta agree, the covers are GORGEOUS!!! *dreamy sigh*
    You know, if I ever write a review (rant) about the Selection, I’ll just copy-past this comment!! XD

    ~Fari 0:)
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    • Samantha
      February 2, 2015 at 7:11 pm (2 years ago)

      I totally see your point. There were a few things that I thought were the easy way out, but STILL, I really liked the series.

  2. Emily @ Loony Literate
    January 31, 2015 at 9:23 pm (2 years ago)

    HAHA GREAT REVIEW. “I live with you, remember?” I’ve co-reviewed with my younger sister before…although we don’t really have the same taste in books. But it’s still a lot of fun! Continue your book-pushing 😀
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    • Samantha
      February 2, 2015 at 7:08 pm (2 years ago)

      *pushes books very, very hard*

  3. Lara
    February 1, 2015 at 12:52 am (2 years ago)

    I read them and thoroughly enjoyed them all, but I don’t know how I feel about another book coming out… I mean, I am looking forward to it, I’m just wondering how far Cass will go before she finishes the series. I’m glad you guys enjoyed it, I like these discussion sort of reviews 🙂
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    • Samantha
      February 2, 2015 at 7:08 pm (2 years ago)

      I had similar thoughts are first, but i’m still very excited for the next book. I’m glad you like these reviews!

  4. Natalie
    March 31, 2015 at 11:31 pm (2 years ago)

    I was reading the Selection but my Kindle Fire broke when I dropped it 🙁 (not the screen it just won’t start up) so now I can’t finish it! Why?!? I love the last icarly gif. I might get a new Kindle Fire for my birthday in may though 🙂

    • Samantha
      April 4, 2015 at 6:43 pm (2 years ago)



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