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janusvielle

The Blair Book Project

Hello! I'm Janus. I am a 3D Graphics Artist by profession, and a proud Book Addict - i mean Enthusiast, and Blogger. I'm very much into Young Adult and Fantasy genre but I open myself to reading other genres from time to time. I run a blog launched as The Blair Book Project on Blogger, where I post entries such as my book reviews and other book related articles. I obviously got the name of this blog for the movie "The Blair Witch Project," why the name you may ask? I have no idea! I just thought it had a good ring to it. Ha! Ha! I post reviews twice a week and I regularly participate in book memes and features that readers and blogger all over the globe share their book interests (i.e. In My Malibox, Top Ten Tuesdays, etc). I have 230 GFC Followers. My blog has over 37,000 pageviews history and have roughly 200 page views per day. I have written over 267 reviews since my span of blogging. I am also an avid Instagram user, with over 350 followers, where I post pictures mostly of books I'm currently reading, books I got for review, galleys, purchased from bookstores, etc. (Statistics as of March 2013). My book reviews are not exactly "reviews" in a sense because I simply just type down what I feel about the book. What I write is solely my opinion and should not be taken as a definite basis of how the book is to be judged entirely. We all have different likes and dislikes so please do understand that although I'm very optimistic about the books I read, there will be negative comments towards those that I don't find suiting for my taste. BLOG URL: http://theblairbookproject.blogspot.com/ GOODREADS ACCOUNT: http://goodreads.com/janusvielle AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/AFAGLA0UYBOMH?ie=UTF8&ref_=ya_56 INSTAGRAM: @janusvielle

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The Selection. by Kiera Cass

The Selection  - Kiera Cass I was drawn to The Selection’s cover the minute I saw it on Goodreads, as many readers have mentioned, it is quite captivating. But the big question is, is the story just as captivating? If you ask me, the synopsis didn’t really give me the urge to read it. Probably because, I know there weren’t any ass-kicking to occur (really it’s not that kind of book). I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I do not normally read slow paced books, but with the promise of a dystopian world encased in The Selection, I thought to give it a go. Although I did start on it thinking it was just another book to pass the time, and not expect too much from. So the reading begins... My initial thought after reading the first few chapters was: “Is this going to be like that reality show, The Bachelor?” which I am not exactly a fan of. But knowing how that show went, it really did sound freakishly similar: The prince of Ilea is to choose his bride from amongst the 35 girls sorted from hundreds, even thousands who wishfully wanted to be part of the Selection. Yup, definitely The Bachelor.Readers are introduced to the harsh life of America Singer, who well, sings for a living. That’s quite a pun by the way. While many girls want to get into the Selection, and get the chance to change their lives, America wants nothing more than to stay where she is and be with the boy she loves, Aspen. But fate is cruel and decides to let her become a part of the one world she does not wish to be at. After being left heartbroken by the one person she least expected to hurt her, she falls into giving the Selection a shot. As it turns out, the Prince isn’t as bad as she thought he would be... I don’t know exactly how I feel about the characters in this book. They’re recognizable enough, but with so many names going around, some of the minor characters get confusing when they pop up here and there, it’s as if I don’t recall seeing them the first time, or I did see them but I forgot which role they played. As for the love triangle brewing between our three leads (America, Maxon and Aspen), I don’t know who to root for. They’re both okay. I think Maxon deserves the chance to prove himself worthy of America, and although Aspen’s character has been tainted with what happened at the start of this book, he deserves just as much to redeem himself and win America’s heart. But they don’t have that much character depth to make me either eagerly want this guy to be chosen or torn between who I want America to be with. I just wish that the world of Ilea was explained further. I didn’t fully understand what the caste system was and how that came about in the first place. I also don’t get the rebels, what exactly is their agenda? Vague, much? And if anyone is going to tell me that it is because it will be explained in the next book, well way to go making me incredibly clueless. They could have at least given a brief history on how that all began. I didn’t get the description on the difference of the two rebels either, again pretty hazy. As expected, this book was a little too slow for me, but somehow I still found myself enjoying it. I’d like to see what happens next.For more of my reviews, please visit my blog: The Blair Book Project @ www.theblairbookproject.blogspot.com