Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection, #1
Genre: Dystopian Romance?
Source: from library
Overall Rating: 4/5 stars
The Selection by Kiera Cass
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.
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Title: The Fire
Author: John A. Heldt
Series: Northwest Passage, #4
Genre: Time Travel Adventure/Romance
Age-Range: 13+ (upper young adult/adult)
Era: 2000s/1910s (Contemporary/Edwardian)
Setting: Northwest America
Publisher: John A. Heldt (self-published)
Source: from author (in exchange for honest review)
Rating: 3/5 stars
Content: 3/5, not recommended for anyone under thirteen. Mild language, only occasionally. Some violence/death/thematic elements, but nothing gory or frightening. (SPOILERS NOW) I expected there to be another out-of-marriage sex scene, but there was more description this time (it was very no-details and fade-to-black in the last two books I read by Mr. Heldt, and although it wasn’t very detailed and it didn’t go too far … still not a fan). I was disappointed. Also, they didn’t get married, although they would have if they could have. There were also several mentions of visits to prostitutes, and one of the main characters would have become a prostitute, but she was rescued before she actually … *awkwardness* (END OF SPOILERS)
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Title: A Constant Heart
Author: Siri Mitchell
Series: Against All Expectations, #1
Genre: Historical Romance (with Christian themes)
Age-Range: 14+ (mature teens and adult)
Era: late 1500s/Elizabethan
Publisher: Bethany House
Source: bought (with birthday money) on Kindle!
Rating: 4/5 stars
Content: 3/5. This is so hard to describe. There was sexual content, but nothing (not even kisses) was described! However, this is an arranged marriage story set during Elizabethan times. If you’ve studied that era … well, it was crude and people were … painfully honest about the marriage bed, etc. So … ask your parents, I suppose. It depends on the teen’s maturity level. No violence or cussing.
Cover: 3/5. That … is an interesting pose. And I’ve never loved when the author’s name is bigger than the title. But otherwise, good!
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Title: To Win Her Favor
Author: Tamera Alexander
Series: A Belle Meade Plantation Novel, #2
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Age-Range: Upper Teens/Adults
Era: early 1870s
Setting: Kentucky, USA
Rating: 4/5 stars.
Content: 4/5. Not for anyone under 13 due to sexual content (well, more like innuendo, but …)
To Win Her Favor by Tamera Alexander
A gifted rider in a world where ladies never race, Maggie Linden is determined that her horse will become a champion. But the one man who can help her has vowed to stay away from thoroughbred racing for good.
An Irish-born son far from home, Cullen McGrath left a once prosperous life in England because of a horse racing scandal that nearly ruined him. He’s come to Nashville for a fresh start, hoping to buy land and start a farm, all while determined to stay as far away from thoroughbred racing as possible. But starting over proves harder than he’d wagered, especially when Maggie Linden’s father makes him an offer he shouldn’t accept yet cannot possibly refuse.
Maggie is certain that her mare, Bourbon Belle, can take the top purse in the annual Drayton Stakes at Nashville’s racetrack––the richest race run in America. Maggie only needs the chance to prove it. To give her that chance, and to save Linden Downs from being sold to the highest bidder, Maggie’s father––aging, yet wily as ever––makes a barter. His agreement includes one tiny, troublesome detail––Maggie must marry a man she’s never met. A man she never would have chosen for herself.
Cullen and Maggie need each other in order to achieve their dreams. But their stubborn, wounded hearts––and the escalating violence from a “secret society” responsible for lynchings and midnight raids––may prove too much for even two determined souls.
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