Book Review: The One

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Title:  The One (The Selection #3)

Author: Kiera Cass

Pages: 323 pages

Plot: The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, 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.

Favorite Quote: “Leave it to you to find beauty in something others would say ruins a day.”

This is the final (third book) in the Selection trilogy. You can read my reviews for The Selection here and for The Elite here. This book carries on the story right where the previous book ended. ‘The One’ embarks the growth in America’s character. She holds on to her beliefs and values even though she goofs up majorly. No mistakes made by her can overshadow the strength of her character. She shines through the book for the stand she takes. Maxon finally learns to trust. He lets down his guard, opens up like never before and starts sharing his thoughts and feelings. The development of America’s and Maxon’s characters was the highlight for me. Their relationship matures and deepens with passing time, and it becomes evidently visible that they are made for each other.

Rebels had been a part of the plot since the beginning. The earlier two books did mention the rebels, but this book throws a better insight at their purpose. The twist of the rebels makes the book interesting and breaks the monotony of the selection.

The flow of the story is quite unsurprising but as far as the series finale is concerned, I am quite content with the way things turn out in the end. I would defiantly recommend this book to those who have read the first two parts and are contemplating on reading the third one.

Ratings: 3.5/5

PS: I loved the covers of all the books. They were one of the reasons why I choose to read this series in the first place. 😉

 

 

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Book Review: The Elite

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Title:  The Elite (The Selection #2)

Author: Kiera Cass

Pages: 336 pages

Plot: 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?

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.

Favorite Quote: “Sometimes I feel like we’re a knot, too tangled to be taken apart.”

This is the second book in the Selection series. Read my review for the first book The Selection here. The Elite starts of exactly where the previous book ended. The girls have been reduced from thirty five to six. Maxon has to pick a queen and America has to choose between Maxon and Aspen.

This book like earlier one is high on drama, bitchiness, jealousy, revelation of dark secrets and cut throat competition. There is a very interesting love triangle between America, Maxon and Aspen. There are many heart touching moments between America and Maxon. Those are easily the highlights of the book for me. I honestly wanted America to take a decision but I think I will have to wait until the next book.

I don’t know why I am so into reading this series but I am definitely going to read third book ‘The One’. Over all, the book is a very quick and a fast read just like the previous one. It can be easily devoured in two to three hours. If you are looking for some romance and love triangles with a lot of drama and jealousy, this book is for you.

Ratings: 3/5

 

Book Review: The Selection

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Title:  The Selection

Author: Kiera Cass

Pages: 336 pages

Plot: For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Favorite Quote: “True love is usually the most inconvenient kind.”

I had contemplated a lot before picking up this series. I am kind of done with these sorts of books but the series became so popular that I had to read and find out what the hype is all about.  This is the first book in The Selection Series.

The book is plotted in the fictitious world of Illea where the humans are divided by their caste number from one to eight, eight being the lowest. Their jobs and lifestyles are also determined according to the caste they belong too. America Singer our protagonist belongs to caste five which consists of artists, musicians, singers, etc. The country of Illea determines the next queen who is to marry Prince Maxon by a process of selection. While participating in Selection is a dream come true for most of the girls, it is a nightmare for America Singer, but she does it anyway. As it turns out America manages to strike a deal with the Prince and starts to like the palace after all.

The process of Selection and the rounds of elimination are filled with excitement, bitchiness, competition, etc.The plot is quite predictable but still a delightful read. I loved the relationship America and Maxon shared. There is not much substance in this book; it is not going to enrich your life in anyway. But it will definitely entertain you. I will be reviewing the other books in this series, so stay tuned! J

Ratings: 3/5

Book Review: Only Love is Real

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Title:  Only Love is Real

Author: Dr Brian.L.Weiss

Pages: 192 pages

Plot: HAVE YOU LOVED — AND LOST — SOMEONE ACROSS TIME?
In Brian Weiss’s bestseller Many Lives, Many Masters, nearly one and a half million readers met Catherine. In a hypnotic trance, Dr. Weiss’s young patient summoned memories of many past lifetimes, demonstrated an astonishing ability to transmit transcendental messages, and turned the life of a respectable psychiatrist upside down.
CAN YOU FIND YOUR SOULMATE AGAIN?
Now Dr. Weiss takes his research one breathtaking step further. He portrays two strangers, Elizabeth and Pedro, who are unaware that they have been lovers throughout the long centuries — until fate brings them together again. He shows how each and every one of us has a soulmate whom we have loved in past incarnations and who waits to reunite with us now. And he opens up entirely new worlds for all of us everywhere, based on a single, powerful truth…

Favorite Quote: “If you rely exclusively on the advice of others, you may make terrible mistakes. Your heart knows what you need. Other people have other agendas.”

This is my third book by Dr Brian Weiss and I become more and more fond of his narration with each book. This book is a real life experience of soulmates reuniting over lifetimes. Elizabeth is a young attractive woman who is finding it difficult to overcome the loss of her mother, who was her biggest confidant. She has a tendency to choose men who are wrong for her. Pedro is a handsome young man who has the world at his disposal but can’t get over the death of his brother. Both of them resort to Dr Brian Weiss to help them overcome their troubles with the help of Regressive Therapy. Both of them have their regressive sessions individually and with time they get better with therapy. Dr Brian Weiss realizes that both Elizabeth and Pedro have common memories and he finds out that both have travelled lifetimes together. Theirs is a cosmic match.

The book explains the concept of soulmates which is not just about love but about the bonding between souls that is eternal. Your soul mate can be anyone your lover, brother, mother, friend or anyone. The experiences he shares about life beyond death, souls travelling through lifetimes to learn certain virtues lead me on.

The essence of this book will sync in completely only when one reads the book. I would recommend this book to all the people who believe in soulmates and reincarnation.

Ratings: 3.5/5

 

 

Book Review: Same Souls, Many Bodies

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Title:  Same Soul, Many Bodies

Author: Brian.L.Weiss

Pages: 240 pages

Plot: How often have you wished you could peer into the future? In Same Soul, Many Bodies, Brian L. Weiss, M.D., shows us how. Through envisioning our lives to come, we can influence their outcome and use this process to bring more joy and healing to our present lives. Dr. Weiss pioneered regression therapy — guiding people through their past lives. Here, he goes beyond that to demonstrate the therapeutic benefits of progression therapy — guiding people through the future in a scientific, responsible, healing way.

Through dozens of case histories detailing both past-life and future-life experiences, Dr. Weiss shows how the choices that we make now will determine our future quality of life. From Samantha, who overcame academic failure once she learned of her future as a great physician, to Evelyn, whose fears and prejudices ended after she envisioned prior and forthcoming lives as a hate victim, Dr. Weiss gives concrete examples of lives transformed by regression and progression therapy.

In Many Life, Many Masters we see Dr Weiss unveil the regression therapy and with ‘Same Souls, Many Bodies’ he narrates his case studies with the progression therapy. I had loved Many Life, Many Masters and had to read this one. This book takes us through the various case studies of patients having problems which they have not only experienced in this life, but problems that are being carried on since their past lives. I am a strong believer in existence of souls and the cases in this book appealed to me. The book is easily understood by the people like me who are interested in psychology but have never studied it as a subject. The groundbreaking work in the field of psycho therapy is sure to deeply affect peoples’ lives as they strive toward their future.

If you are someone who believes in journey of souls and a keenly interested in psychology this one is for you. But I would strongly suggest you read Many Life, Many Masters before devouring this one.

Rating; 4/5