The end is here! The end of The Selection series by Kiera Cass that is. At first, I thought that meant the end of amazing books with beautiful dresses on the cover, but then along came The Jewel, and I am happy to say my heart lifted. Just look at how stunning these two titles are:

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Look at the pretty dresses!!!

OK. Now that I got that out of my system, I can actually address the content of these two charming lovelies. I’ve been a fan of The Selection by Kiera Cass pretty much from the beginning. I read every single word on every single page and it felt as luxurious as binging on bon bons. These books are a treat. They are light, fluffy and delicious. The One ends the story of America Singer, a would-be queen thrust into the spotlight by a lottery.

After finishing something as amazing as The One none of my other books were quite living up to my expectations. I tried some old favorites, and a few new e-ARCs. I just couldn’t make myself suffer through a sluggish predictable novel with a bland boring cover. Then I found The Jewel and it was like walking into a candy shop.

Violet isn’t going to marry a prince. She hasn’t been entered into a contest. Instead, Violet has been chosen to give birth to a royal. She’s been swept up from her grungy dirty home and away from a life of scrounging and constant hunger. She’s been educated and fed and clothed all with the understanding that one day she’ll be a surrogate in The Jewel. She’ll live a life of luxury, that’s the deal. But, Violet doesn’t know quite what she’s gotten into, and by the time she realizes the stakes are high for getting out.

These are dystopian reads designed to cater to girls. I know that, and I still love reading them. The social dynamics are so messed up in these books. There are some truly unhealthy relationships going on. Maybe they are a product of the messed up worlds in which they all live. In both books there is a caste system in place, a hierarchy, and a weird monarchy at the top. Both books have rebels and all of that drama is set in a shiny backdrop of privilege and wealth.

Everyone that likes sparkly things should read The Selection series, and when you are done and all the world seems dark in contrast try The Jewel. If you are anything like me, you’ll be looking for another good read! You might have to wait, but The Jewel is my top pick for what to read next

 The Jewel is scheduled to be released on September 2, 2014.

Thanks to Edelweiss, Amy Ewing and Harper Teen for an e-ARC of The Jewel.

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