The ‘Significance’

i’ve had quite an enjoyable last 2 days i’d really have to say.  i’ve found myself completely wrapped up in ‘The Significance‘ series by Shelly Crane.  it’s something else!

I really like when characters aren’t sooo far fetched that you can’t relate to them, and when the story line is fantasy enough without going overboard.  What’s not to love about a couple finding each other ‘imprinting’ and finding themselves with all sorts of obstacles in their path.

i know that a book or series is good when i can picture it as a movie (ala twilight style i guess).  this is one of those.  I read ‘The Significance’ in about a day and a half, and then ‘Accordance’ and ‘Defiance’ in less than a day, and i just read the 3 chapters of ‘Reverance’ this AM.

I think that it’s a really sweet sentiment that’s built in this book that sometimes things really aren’t what they seem, and that there’s an ‘outsider’ who can use their perspective to change the world for the better.  just ironic of course that she’s not really an outsider huh?  i can’t wait for ‘Independance’ to come out later this year i think….to wrap up the series.

now i’m having my own ‘withdrawls’ and will have to find something new to read.  lucky for me Shelly Crane has several other series out that i can tap into, and my ‘to read’ list is pages and pages long.

Review: The Selection (Selection #1) by Kiera Cass

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Title:  The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher/Year:  Harper Collins Publishers, 2012
Length:  327 pages
Series: The Selection #1

Overview

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.

My Thoughts

I don’t know why i’m ever surprised anymore – but sometimes i still get that little shock/surprise.  I just started/finished ‘The Selection’ by Kiera Cass  and i really really enjoyed it.  that’s not where my surprise comes from since i kind of had a feeling that this book would be right up my alley, but it’s more to the point that it’s already being made into a TV show on the CW.  i think that it’ll do well, i just hope that it doesn’t give people and impression of the plot line since book 2 isn’t even out yet

the surprise that i keep getting though as well is that if you read about reviews on the book online, they call it very Hunger Games-esque and i’m not sure that i agree with that.  Let’s talk similarities:

  • it’s dystopian
  • there’s a class/caste system in The Selection that i suppose can be compared to the Districts in Hunger Games
  • There’s a love triangle

to me, that’s where the similarities end.  now onto the differences:

  • there’s a royal family who’s trying to keep the new country in order amongst threats from rebels
  • the ‘competition’ aspect is about finding love – not killing each other
  • the main character ‘America’ doesn’t consider herself to be super tough and have the ability to excel against her competition like Katniss did.  she actually kind of even takes herself out of contention so that she doesn’t have to fight (which is what i would do cause you know that’s how the winner is always determined)

anyway, i’m anxiously awaiting the next book, and kind of wished that i lived in NZ or Australia since i think it’s out there already, and and book 3 might be out there already too.  here…book 2 not until next year i think….

so to take it back to the topic at hand – I’m rooting for the book vs. the TV show which i know that a lot of eager readers find to be the case too.

You are getting VERY sleepy…..but you can’t stop reading

it’s really becoming a problem for me i think when i find books that i feel i just HAVE to keep reading even when it’s 3am and i’m exhausted that i can’t even function.  and especially when i’m at work the next day and i’m no good to anyone.  well……

 

I managed to finish BITTER BLUE by Kristin Cashore and i hate to say it but it was worth staying up late for a couple nights just to finish it in about 3 days 🙂  my issue now is that i’m imagining that all the rate in the subway here are really ‘monster’ rats and i keep trying to see silver and gold fur.  that’s kind of gross since NYC rats really are monsters…and not in a good way.

i feel just a little let down though – which is sad.  i wish that more was developed in the story and that there were certain relationships that were talked about more .  if you haven’t read it yet…then SPOILER ALERT!!!

how can we read about Queen Bitterblue losing her virginity to Saf, and then they barely even see each other let alone touch after that?  anyone else disappointed?  when things like this happen, i kind of wish that the author had more of a definite intention of writing a follow up and what i’ve read on Kristin Cashore’s blog is that it’s not certain at all.  i wish that it were more like a Katsa/Po thing where you know that they are in love and that even though they split up for months at a time, you know they will return to each other.

i kind of also want to know what’s going to happen when the 2 worlds are merged…the Dells and Monsea etc.  that would be interesting.  and how come we had the bomb dropped on us that Madlen was Dellian but that’s about all that’s said about it?  she never eluded to the fact that the stories that Leck told were true….or even hinted at anything…at least nothing that i picked up on.

regardless – it was worth my sheer exhaustion over the past couple days, and now it’s on to the next book, since i’m just not happy until i can escape into the next world/story/fantasy . 

Cliffhangers

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you know a good author/book when you’re reading reading reading and you can’t seem to put the book down, and then all of a sudden it’s like you’re SMACKED in the face because the book has ended with a major cliffhanger.

Veronica Roth and Insurgent is that example right now.  It took me just over 2 days to read the whole thing and i’m really happy to say that i didn’t figure it all out while i was reading which is my biggest problem.  it’s kind of hard for me i think because my mind jumps ahead to figure out what the twists are going to be and what’s going to happen in the ending that sometimes i rush through what i’m reading to just GET THERE.  With Insurgent, i really wanted to read it all through quickly of course, but at the same time, making sure to catch all the details since there was a lot going on.

what kind of always leaves me feeling a bit depressed after reading such great books though, is that i always wish that i could be that creative and have a story like that holed up in my brain just waiting to come out – but it never happens that way does it?  i like to consider myself to be relatively creative, but i wonder if i’d have it in me to write a story like Divergent/Insurgent, or well…just about anything great that’s out there.

aside from lack of personal creativity (clearly) is the notion that i just realized an author to one of my new favs Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi is really young.  she’s an AMAZING writer yet she’s sooo young.  i don’t know how she did it/does it, but that takes a lot of talent (for lack of a better word).

anyway, now i’m 1/3 of the way through Kristin Cashore’s Bitterblue and that’s going to be yet another one that i have to stop myself from trying to figure out before i get into it.  i’m already 200 pages in and I wish i knew the twists and turns that i know i’ll figure out if i just read patiently.

 

FINALLY…..

It only took about 18 hours, but FINALLY – my day has turned a corner and i’ve FINALLY been able to download both Insurgent by Veronica Roth and Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore.  now all i really have to do is finish the last 30 pages or so of Incarceron and i can get started on my long awaiting sequels!

the question now becomes – what do i remember of each story – and what can i mange not to confuse?  it’s really funny when you think about the aspects of a story that you really hold on to and then what you take to other stories when you’re awaiting sequels…and then what you’ve managed to work into your real life like the books ARE REAL.  (aren’t they?) 

yea – i know – i’m not making sense – but this is what happens when you’re trying to make sense out of thoughts and have toddlers screaming at you about ‘stuffins’ or ‘dabba dabba’

i’ve got a lot of reading to FINISH and a lot of reading to START – so FINALLY yes FINALLY – i’m going to get to it.  here i come #DivergentNation – #INSURGENT and #BITTERBLUE!