Series Wrap is a mini-feature where I sum up what I loved and loathed about a particular series upon completion. The rules are simple: I must have read and reviewed ALL books in said series and the series must be completed by the author. These posts are seperate from reviews.
About The Selection Series
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.
Favourite Character/s: None.
Favourite Pairing/s: None.
Favourite Cover: The Selection.
Favourite Book: The Elite.
Why I liked this series
Quick reads with a light and fluffy plot. What I enjoyed most about these three books was the competition side of things – finding out which girls were staying and which were going. Despite my myriad of problems with the characters and pairings, I was able to get through each book relatively quickly.
Why I disliked this series
I didn’t like any of the characters or the pairings. Maxon/America annoyed me to no end. I’ve never read a more back-and-forth couple and even when they were sort of together, Maxon was kissing the other entrants, calling them ‘sweetheart’ and dating them. I realise this was the nature of the competition, but I just can’t swoon over that sort of relationship. As for Aspen/America? Well considering how much Aspen kept guilt-tripping America, this one bombed for me too.
I just can’t stomach America as a character, so even if both guys were perfect, I wouldn’t want her with either of them. What a hypocrite she was! She hates on Maxon and gets jealous when he spends time with the other entrants, meanwhile she’s skipping of with Aspen for secret nookie in Maxon’s palace. And when she realise she’s in love with Maxon she resolves to never let go over Aspen, either. On top of all this, she keeps so many secrets from the ones she loves.
I had other problems with this series, too. I wasn’t a huge fan of Kiera Cass’s writing style. It felt a little juvenile at times. The characters kept going around in circles, never really advancing or growing up emotionally. Just when I thought America’s whining was over, she was back to wondering if Maxon really cared about her at all. Same situations, different variables. The series never really left that slump despite a three-book journey.
As for the conclusion of the series, it as all a little too convenient to me and the characters never really grew into their own to overcome the problems that had plagued them for three books.
Would I read this series again? No.
Would I recommend this series? It’s hard to say.
This series in one word: Mediocre.