01 / 04 / 15

Mini Reviews: The One & Finnikin of the Rock

The One
(The Selection #3)
by Kiera Cass
YA – Romance, Dystopia

No improvement at all from the previous books, as I had already expected. This series is clearly not for me, though I admit that it was indeed sort of a guilty pleasure. The plot if there is even one in this series is non-existent and the character development is totally lacking. Moreover, I’m so tired of reading about how kind America is or how beautiful she is because if I came across just one more praise for her I swear I would go crazy and throw this book against the wall.

Needless to say, The One is completely focused on romance and the book ends in the most predictable way. 300+ pages are spent on literally nothing. NOTHING I SAY. Nothing other than America being confused and indecisive as usual (it’s an old story, I know). Nothing other than America and Maxon getting along then suddenly having a ridiculous fight over unnecessary things and then one of them realizing they are wrong and then the making-up happens. Repeat the cycle. Really, just as things became slightly more bearable this book just HAD to pull off something that got on my nerves. Frustratingly shallow. Yes, that’s how I would describe this book in two words.

I really don’t understand the need for a fourth book in the series. A. Freaking. Fourth. Book. (Titled The Heir in case you don’t know.) Maybe there will be a fifth book about their son as an adult being in The Selection again. The cycle can be endless.

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Finnikin of the Rock
(Lumatere Chronicles #1)
by Melina Marchetta
YA – Fantasy

Yeah, the book seemed like a let down at first. Well, not a huge disappointment because the characters were okay and the world building was admittedly solid, though I was having troubles getting into it. But luckily I made the right decision of continuing and GAHHHH IT GOT MUCH MUCH BETTERRRR.

I really like how Melina Marchetta portrayed the exiles in this book. I could sympathize wih their pain and struggles. Needless to say, the social justice issues are very believable and handled expertly. I particularly like seeing depiction of family relationship a lot of times throughout the book. Whether it’s a brother protecting his sister or fathers willing to sacrifice anything for their family’s safety especially the daughters…in those moments I felt something tugging at the strings of my heart and that’s when I knew that the author had successfully delivered the message to her readers as she had intended.

One particular scene that had me in tears:

“If we challenged or resisted,” Jorge of the Flatlands told him, “the bastard king’s men would return the next day and say, ‘Pick one.’ ” The man fought back a sob. ” ‘Pick one you love to die. If not, you sacrifice your whole family. Your whole village.’ ”
“Men were on their knees begging, ‘Take me. Take me instead,’ ” Roison of the River explained.
“We would sit and discuss our plan, Finnikin,” Egbert of the Rock whispered. “We would work out, as a family, who we would choose to die alongside us if we were forced to decide. Better to make the choice as a family, rather than in moments where there would be no time for good-byes.”
“So men would choose their sons?” Finnikin asked, sickened by the idea of Trevanion having to make such a decision.
The man looked at him with tears running down his face. “No,” he said, shaking his head. “No fathers would leave his daughter behind to be raped and abused. We chose our daughters. Always our daughters.”

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First reviews posted in 2015! I read these books last week though. I was too lazy to take notes so these reviews were based on my thoughts immediately after finishing the books.

To be honest I haven’t read a single book until today but I will try to change it this week. I was busy marathoning Ansatsu Kyoushitsu >__<

24 Comments

    The Selection books are all extremely similar. Which is good when you enjoy them, but not so good when you’re hoping for something more. I’ve always stayed away from Finnikin of the Rock because I hate the cover *hides*

    1. Lol, don’t worry, Celine! I don’t think it’s the most gorgeous cover either. But the inside is what’s more important, right? 😉

  1. I enjoyed The One even when it was so stupid HAHAH It was so fun to read it. HAHAH But it was a bit too convenient for our MC when everyone just died and she became queen-WTF was that all about HAHA

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    1. I couldn’t help but to enjoy a few parts too, Chyna xD I admit that I liked Maxon haha 😛 The storyline as a whole series is predictable though…and the romance ughhh :/

  2. I both hated and loved The Selection. I completely understand why you don’t like it because it is poorly written and the characters ugh…My friend bought me Finnick of the Rock but I still haven’t gotten around to it. I’m glad you liked it but i doubt I’ll get around to it.

    Great review xx

    1. Thanks, Francoise! Yeah, the most of the characters aren’t likable or three-dimensional… Finnikin is a great story if you enjoy high fantasy books 😀 It’s a bit heavy but I personally think it will be worth it to read it in the end.

  3. Agh darn – this is why The One has been left unread on my shelf. I’ll still try to read it but just for the sake of finishing the series. I’m unsure about The Heir too despite the gorgeous cover. Anyway, I totally wanna read Finnikin of the Rock. I’ve yet to read anything by Marchetta!

    1. Yeah, I guess I will do the same with the fourth book. No matter how much I dislike this series, somehow I still want to finish it. Awww I’d like to see you try Finnikin, Hazel! I often see you reading contemporary but the only fantasy series I know you love is Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus >_<

  4. I haven’t been hearing very good stuff about The Selection series, especially for The One, so I don’t think I’ll be checking out this series after all. :/ I want to know how it got so popular if the plot was awful and the characters so bland, honestly. And lol, is it mean if I say that I never would have expected any development from a character called America in the first place?? *facepalm* Characters with places for names just rub me the wrong way. Hahaha, hey, people do anything for money, right? 😛

    FINNIKIN! It’s been on my shelf since forever, but I just haven’t found the time to get to it yet. I mean, I did manage to read the first couple of pages when I first got it, but it was kind of slow-moving, so I put it aside and started another book instead. But everyone I know seems to have loved it so far, and I just can’t resist an epic fantasy book.

    And any book that makes you cry is a good book, in my opinion. ;D

    1. Yeah it’s bad review after bad review… But those bad reviews were (surprisingly) the ones that made me start this series in the first place. I just wanted to know why people disliked it so much lol.

      Bwahahaa America! I still can’t picture anyone with that name. Seriously though, I just tried imagining someone named from a city in my country and they sounded even more ridiculous! Cibubur, Cianjur, Palembang, Sidoarjo…OHMYGOSH I CAN’T STOP LAUGHING XD

      Yeah, I totally understand if you felt bored with it! I was also like that in the beginning. It is difficult trying to get into a new fantasy world completely unfamiliar to us. Takes a lot of time adjusting and remembering the names.

      THAT’S TRUE. I rarely cry while reading, so it was definitely a plus for me ^^

  5. I didn’t read the review for The One because I’m not there yet, but I saw the star-rating and waaaah. So sad it’s a disappointment. 🙁 BUT ERMAGERSH I LOVE FINNIKIN! I’ve read it twice and I plan to reread this year too. XD I agree though, the beginning is boring and hard to get into. But the ending is so so epic I literally falil over that book. Flail insanely.
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    1. OMG YESHHHH FINNIKIN!! HIGHFIVE CAIT!!! I don’t think I will have the time to re-read it BUT I JUST WANT MY HANDS ON QUINTANA RIGHT NOW ASGHJKHGSJHDKSDS I WILL ORDER IT NEXT TIME

  6. YES YES YES TO FINNIKIN!! Omg Kezia, wait until you get to Froi and then Quintana, it just gets even more intense and THE FEEEEELS. I’m so glad you liked it in the end 😀

    1. Everyone here seems to love Finnikin <33 So glad it got the love it totally deserves! I'm looking forward to Froi and Quintana! Froi is my fave character here I really wanna read his story ^^

  7. “I’m so tired of reading about how kind America is or how beautiful she is because if I came across just one more praise for her I swear I would go crazy and throw this book against the wall. ” <- this pretty much sums up to me. I still can’t believe that it has fourth book? (or was it a spin-off?) either ways I really don’t care anymore. I wanted to try Finnikin of the Rock but I don’t think I’ll like it but I’m happy that you did.

    1. Sigh, I won’t be surprised if there’s a FIFTH book, Mitchii -_- I’m not supposed to compare here, but this reminds me of Cassandra Clare… Though I admit I like Clare’s work better.

  8. So glad to hear Finnikin got better. …as for that Selection book I totally couldn’t read the first – not with a name like America lol.

    1. Yep, the ridiculous name hahahaha. There are actually names even worse than America in the books. Like, a girl named Tiny Tuesday and a queen named Amberly Station *facepalms*

  9. Man, I really don’t like The Selection books but for some reason I can’t stop reading them. I still haven’t read The One and I know it’s going to be more boring crap yet I still want to buy it and read it. Why?????

    As for Finnikin, I also struggled at the start. Thankfully I kept going like you did! The world just got more amazing the more I read! I’m so glad you liked it!

    1. SAME HERE, BEC. I just know it will be as bad as the previous installments but I still wanna finish this series. It is a bit of a guilty pleasure, I admit… A few hours of my life I can never get back will be spent on the book again…

      Yes, I agree! The last few chapters were PURE AMAZEBALLS I CRIED D: Lots of touching and realistic scenes that I could picture easily. Marchetta is really talented! I can’t wait to read Froi!! 😀

  10. Ugh I am so over The Selection series. I didn’t end up reading The One and it seems that I didn’t miss out on anything. I AM SO FED UP OF AMERICA TOO. I cannot believe there’s a fourth book ._.

    yaaas finnikin!!! I didn’t like it all that much at the start either but it totally grew on me over a few more chapters. I still need to read the sequel though!

    Great mini reviews, hun! <33

    1. IKR. I’m guessing money plays a part in this case. I WANT to be over with the series but unlike you, deep inside I still have a tiny tiny desire to read the rest of the series. >_< Same here, Mel! I hope we can get our hands on the sequels soon! <3333

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