Here's the summary from Goodreads: The Selection changed America Singer's life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Illéa, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen—and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she's made her choice . . . and she's prepared to fight for the future she wants.
What I Liked: 1) I love these characters. I have from the beginning, although in book 2 I had some issues with America. I guess I'll start with her. Author Kiera Cass has done an amazing job showing America's growth throughout the the series. It is so easy to believe that her participation in the Selection is making changes in her because Cass shows us with every chapter just how much America's thoughts and desires shift. 2) The relationship the final girls form. I was truly surprised at how close the girls get in the final weeks. I appreciate that Cass took the time to fully explore and develop those relationships when she could have easily ignored it and just focused on America's relationships with Aspen and Prince Maxon. They spend a lot of time together as the weeks in the castle stretches on, and it gives the reader a chance to really get to know them and see how they become friends. 3) I love Maxon. Actually, Maxon has grown a lot throughout the series. I've always thought he was a sweetheart, but he gets a lot stronger as the books progress. He gradually begins to take on some of the qualities from the girls he's getting to know, and growing into someone who could be a leader. 4) We changed up the setting a little bit. That was unexpected, and I don't want to go into detail because I don't want to give anything away, but after spending so much time at the castle between the first two books, it was a nice change of pace. 5) The ending. When I finished this book, I called my sister (who had already finished it) and just said "Oh my gosh, I don't think it could have ended any better!!" Okay, there were some things that I wish hadn't had to happen, but I think that they ended up being necessary to the story. Every question was answered, every story line tied up with a nice little bow. This book was like a present for me.
What I Didn't Like: Nothing!
Overall Thoughts: I LOVE THIS SERIES! It's funny, because I think it's similar to the show The Bachelor (obviously there are some differences) which I have never really gotten into. The character development is excellent, and the plot lines kept me engaged from book one all the way through the final page of The One. Kiera Cass's ability to bring the characters to life is probably my favorite part of the story. I've heard a rumor that we may get some more stories from this world, and I for one can't wait to see what else she'll come up with!
My Rating: 5 shots