Back in the day (Dane Cook says that's a Wednesday), I was asked to review a self-published book, The Siren, by Kiera Cass. The cover and premise looked cool so I said sure. I'll be honest, it took me a while to actually read the book because it was self-published and I'd been burned by these before. Once I picked it up and decided to take the plunge, however, I fell in love with this book. This is one of those stories that even now, years later, still has stayed with me. I can remember the feel of the book and the emotions that it pulled out of me. I remember thinking, "Wow, this is one talented author," and, "What a unique story!"
But I digress. What was this wondrous thing that stopped me in my tracks today? I received an email from Amazon stating that Kiera Cass had a new book out.
"Really? But I haven't heard anything from her since the release of The Siren."
Well apparently Ms. Cass has been under my radar and found herself an agent. She has a new book set to be released from HarperTeen, April 24, 2012!
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 the palace and compete for the heart of the 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.