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The Selection by Kiera Cass "required" summer reading

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The Selection Kiera Cass The Selection is a book good enough to keep you up all night... with a love triangle that's believable, bite-your-fingernail thrills, and futuristic fantasy. My love/hate relationship with a great book is that while I savor every word, I hate reaching the last one!  When I finish a great series like The Hunger Games, I immediately look for the next big thing. And this is it: The Selection by Kiera Cass had the same "OMG - when's the next book coming out - I can't wait" impression!

I picked up The Selection by Kiera Cass, and all I can say is you should too. Now. Today.  Kiera Cass writes beautifully and creates a world in which you just lose yourself. Ok, I better back up and tell you a little about the plot:

When there is an upcoming prince is in need of a future wife, there is a "contest" that takes place called the Selection. This contest is where the upcoming prince, or Prince Maxon, randomly chooses thirty-five girls from all social classes to compete to be his wife. When the girls are chosen, they are removed from the path that was decided for them before they were born. They then live in a fantasy world to "fight" to become Prince Maxon's future wife and the Queen.

America Singer already has a boyfriend, Aspen, and doesn't even want to be part of the Selection. Her secret boyfriend convinced her to at least try for it and once chosen she isn't sure what to think. It gets complicated once she is selected because she actually likes Prince Maxon and realizes she might enjoy the life she's learning about.  She has some decisions to make....

All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book. At first I was reluctant to read it, because I'm not into "futuristic" books, but this wasn't just another dystopian fantasy. Although it had a similar romantic plot line to The Hunger Games with a love triangle, it's not really that similar, except that it's a sensational book... and I'm DYING for the 2nd book to come out (Spring 2013, we think)!!!  The story line pulls you in and the The Selection is nearly impossible to put down, so I didn't and just read through the night... honestly.  Get it, read it, let us know what you think!  And if you are looking for other great summer reads, we definitely recommend On The Line and Queen of Kentucky.