‘Tis the Season Book Tag

With only one more day until Christmas I figured I better hurry up and do this ‘Tis the Season Book Tag! Thanks to Eve Messenger’s OtherWORDly Endeavors for tagging me!

 1. Do you have a favorite winter read?

I don’t really read based on the seasons.

2. Find a book with blue on the cover!

I don’t really know why a blue cover is on a Christmas related list? Why not red or green? But anyways, this is one of my favorite books this year.

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3. Find a book you’d use as the star on a Christmas tree!

I’m totally stealing Eve’s answer and going for an angel on top of the tree instead of a star and I think this cover is beautiful (wish I was more impressed with the actual story, though…)

4. Pick one fictional place that would be perfect for a winter vacation!

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Luna, because it doesn’t snow on the moon. Although, so far (luckily for us), I’m really enjoying this weather we’re having right now. Yesterday I wore short sleeves and no coat – two days before Christmas in Ohio!

5. Pick one fictional character you’d take with you on your winter vacation!

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Kaz Brekker. Because he’s my favorite new character of the year and I would take him anywhere.

6. Name one book on your wish list this year!

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Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

7. Favorite holiday drink, treat, & movie?

Drink – Cinnamon Dulce coffee (my mom just discovered these Starbucks K-cups and my whole family is obsessed with it now)

Treat – Buckeyes (I’m from Ohio! And you can’t go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter!)

Movie – All I Want for Christmas (from 1991 with Ethan Embry and Thora Birch – and I just realized I haven’t watched it at all this year!)

Feel free to tag yourself if you’d like to do this! Thanks again, Eve, for tagging me!

Review: The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass

The One (The Selection, #3)

Synopsis from Good Reads:

The Selection changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. And now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.

America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

From the very first page of The Selection, this #1 New York Times bestselling series has captured readers’ hearts and swept them away on a captivating journey… Now, in The One, Kiera Cass delivers a satisfying and unforgettable conclusion that will keep readers sighing over this electrifying fairy-tale long after the final page is turned.

After the train wreck that was The Elite, I did not have high hopes for The One. However, while I wasn’t blown away, I was pleasantly surprised with this final installment of The Selection.

It starts out with a lot of the same – America and Maxon having a sweet moment just to have it ruined. And so on and so on. America says once, “I walked away, angry with Maxon for making me feel this way…and angry with myself making things so much worse.”I was also quite annoyed with this.

The rebel subplot is much more prominent in this book and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. In the previous books I thought it was an unnecessary distraction and that the outcome for it was a little obvious. While my suspicions were confirmed in this book, I think Cass handled it well – much better than the first books.

The pacing was a little slow and it felt like most of the action was packed into the last few chapters. However, I enjoyed the character development of the rest of The Elite and especially Celeste, who was previously my least favorite character. I also really liked the series of letters that Maxon wrote for America.

Overall, I found The One to be a mostly satisfying ending to The Selection. If you’ve already started the series, I would recommend that you read this. It was far better than the last book!

Rating (out of 5):
Plot: 3
Characters: 3
Readability: 3
Enjoyability: 3
Overall Average: 3 stars