The Wrath And The Dawn/The Rose And The Dagger Dual Review || Whilst I Shriek Praise For Renee Ahdieh

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I suppose it is somewhat of a surprise when I acknowledge that I really like the Wrath and the Dawn…because when authors decide to write about aryan/persian/arabian settings and characters, they unfortunately do not ever get close to hitting the mark of accuracy. It is always particularly irksome to me if authors try to go for not-first-world cultures and it seems as if they don’t know what they’re writing about other than the fact that they wanted to write about a culture that will bring diversity to their book.

However, the Wrath and the Dawn was spectacular and I had almost no arguments. I guess I can recommend this to my mother and then be proud of my heritage. Then I will somehow find a way to tell my mum that I ransacked her closet to get her jewelry and traditional clothes. Well, I ambushed my closet as well. The book photo shoot in the end, was still very fun. Salwar here, ghagra choli here, SHOWER EVERYTHING WITH JEWELRY BASICALLY. *minimal spoilers follow*

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The Heir

My Rating: 

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Basic Info:

Title: The Heir

Author: Kiera Cass

Genre: YA Romance/Dystopian

Series: 4th installment in The Selection

Paperback price: $9.99

Followed by: The Crown

Preceded by: The One

Goodreads Synopsis:

Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.

Review:

This was the fourth book in the Selection series and it left in a big cliffhanger. This book takes place 20 years after America Singer’s Selection and it is from her daughter’s perspective, Princess Eadlyn. Eadlyn has her own Selection to calm the rebelling society, but she is not interested in finding a husband.

*WARNING: SPOILERS MAY BE AHEAD, READ AT YOUR OWN RISK*

I really thought that the book was no better than America Singer’s story. I especially did not like Princess Eadlyn nor did I enjoy reading from her perspective. Eadlyn is selfish, arrogant, and very, very false as a character. Much like her mother, who’s only resolve to everything was crying, Eadlyn had the same air of disappointment she brought with her.

As for King Maxon. I thought he really got better. The character development was excellent, it is implied in the story that the society does not overthrow the monarchy because America and Maxon lead it, but if Eadlyn were to step up, they would overthrow it.

I thought Eadlyn had to change with so many things, and through all the choices she made in her head, everything she said, everything she thought about, everything we learn from the past–it got me shaking my head while reading the book. No, Eadlyn. Just. No. Eadlyn did not consider any of the Selected boys as a true love. She was completely overthrown by the “weight of it all” which conquered her thoughts for the majority of the book, as did America’s between Maxon and Aspen.

I loved seeing America Singer as a mother. She is softened, she is strong, she is well-paced, and she is confident. All the attributes that she lacked in the previous books (making me wonder WHY Maxon chose her) now are far more identifiable.

Overall, I have to praise Kiera Cass because the book started out excellently! Unlike her other books in the Selection series, the first starting with straightaway romance, the second starting with America’s uncertain feelings, and the third starting with America’s stupid attempt at something or the other, this one started beautifully, drawing the readers in at once. We found out a little about her past:

**MAJOR SPOILER AHEAD**

I COULD NOT HOLD MY breath for seven minutes. I couldn’t even make it to one. I once tried to run a mile in seven minutes after hearing some athletes could do it in four but failed spectacularly when a side stitch crippled me about halfway in.

However, there was one thing I managed to do in seven minutes that most would say is quite impressive: I became queen.

By seven tiny minutes I beat my brother Ahren into the world, so the throne that ought to have been his was mine. Had I been born a generation earlier, it wouldn’t have mattered. Ahren was the male, so Ahren would have been the heir.

(Implied that they are twins)

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Anyways, I thought that this book was an average read. However, I can’t wait for the fifth novel because this one ended on an upsetting cliffhanger. I really want to finish up the series, because Kiera Cass had GREAT plots but upsetting characters, and though each and every book has its ups and downs, and even though this series had HUMONGOUS ones, I would still love to complete the series.

So anyways, there it is! My review for The Heir. I fairly enjoyed and so I’m giving it 3/5 stars.

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The Elite

My Rating: 

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Review: 

The second book in the Selection series; I don’t think it is better or worse.

America takes an awful lot of time dragging on and on about how she cannot stand to choose between Maxon and Aspen. I felt like a slug, moving slower than sluggish. The rebels continued to pop in unexpectedly, and America continues to displease the king and be naive and selfish. So. The usual.

The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?
~Goodreads

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.

America Singer, make a choice! This book was somewhat more vivid then the others. America’s feelings were infuriating in this book. Aspen, or Maxon? I don’t care! Choose! America took up nearly 300 pages dragging on and on about how she still had feelings for Aspen and she didn’t want to pick Maxon so soon. Maxon was the only person I could stand. But still, not quite. He continued to love America even after she did everything that I think is possible to seem like she doesn’t love him.

**SPOILERS AHEAD**

Kiera Cass, please, why are you trying to make America into something she is so not?

I felt this book was very slow. A lot of it was just narration on America’s feelings. However, the only action was the rebel attacks, and there was a lot of new information where princess-training was involved. The princesses had training as to how to prepare the palace for guests, and it involved choosing decoration, food, flowers, drinks, and the theme over all. The Elite were given a time limit as to preparing for guests.

When the guests did come, however, I felt like the Italians were one of the good things in th ebook. Vague, but strong, and they differed from the other characters in the book. Princess Nicoletta, the itaian princess was my favorite character by far. She proved to be a loyal friend, and she was very warm, and she was so kind to America, I knew America did not deserve it.

One of the strongest parts of the book, the parts where you thought of America as a good protagonist, was when Marlee and Officer Woodwork got a caning (basically a whipping, exactly what happens in Catching Fire) because they were caught in love. America was forced to watch in person with so many others, and when it happened, she fought for her friend. She faught the guards to get to Marlee and try to stop the caning. From this point on, it was easier for me to relate to America. Yes, she acted rashly, but she also did what was right with a second thought.

Another interesting part of this story was the part where the Elite had to come up with an individual project that they woul carry out if they were selected queen. I thought that this book had some pros as opposed to the Selection. America, however, makes a stunning choice for a project which I greatly approved. America wanted to dissolve the castes, to create equality between everyone in the country. Kiera Cass made up for all of America’s unrealness and unkndness in this part. You found out about how deeply America cared for her country, and it was one of the better qualities you see in a protagonist.

However, of course, the King is furious and demands Maxon throw America out. This part was actually touching. Maxon refused to, and the King was about to force America to talk to him in private, when Maxon interfered, knowing what would happen, and went with his father. When Maxon comes out to talk to America, BAM! there is a rebel attack. You see Maxon is struggling to walk and he is holding a box full of something, and he cannot make it to the royals hideout. America and him hide in a servants hideout while the guards fight the rebels. Then it is revealed that the King had whipped Maxon and Maxon had a severa gash across his back. America, of course, ends up bandaging and cleaning it. And then *clears throat*

In the end, America is about to leave the palace when Maxon tells her that she is allowed to stay, because he told the king that she saved him in the rebel attack. Only now does America realize how much she wants Maxon, and finally, she decides to start trying, which may make the One a much better story.

**SPOILERS ENDED**

This book had its ups and downs, but it was not better than or worse than the Selection. I felt like the characters who were introduced newly deeply affected my opinion, and I also found it more easy to read from America’s eye, found it more familiar.

I didn’t like when she dragged about how she had feelings for both boys, this love triangle was too unreal and snobby, and with all the other Elite Maxon was dating as well, the hwole thing became a complicated make-out fest. How strange.

So this book was the sequel to The Selection. It quite really made me hope for the One to be better. Kiera Cass, end America’s Selection with a good story.

Lots of love and books,

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