I wasn't sure what I was getting into when I started this... I judged the book by the cover because it looked pretty.... And they are turning this into a movie.... I was pleased with the story, it sucked me in and now I'm stuck... Onto the next one
This whole series was a page turning easy listen that kept me entertained for hours (I listened while I traveled long distances for work and in earphones while I ran). The characters make the story - there is a varied cast, and many of the characters are dynamic, and the story touches on each character's growth through the eyes of the protagonist as her world-view changes and she grows up. A large part of that growth is understanding herself better - her capabilities and strengths in particular, and what she wants out of life and what it means to love. It's not going to be mandatory summer reading literature, but it sure is fun to read/listen to.
My first impression was that Elizabeth Bennett and Katnis Everdeen had been merged. As the book progressed the similarities weren't quite as obvious but still there. America is pretty likeable as a character. My biggest complaint, and it's not that big, is the narration. I read a lot of YA books because I enjoy them, but the narrators don't seem to pack as much punch as narrators for adult books. I understand the voice has to be age appropriate but there doesn't seem to be as much feeling. All and all it was a good read and I will continue reading.
this book is so good it reminds me so much of the bachelor but with royalty. given the making out and kind of sexual references I would say it's probably better suited for 13 and up. but it is pretty subtle so somebody under 13 can probably get away reading it okay. I love the kindness of The Prince and America's battle between whether she loves Aspen or the prince. as much as I like Aspen I like the prince much more.
This story feels like a mix of princess diaries, meets the bachelor, meets hunger games. Not a super original idea, but the story is interesting enough I want to continue the series.
Narrator is neither the best more the worst I've heard. She doesn't distract from the story.