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Publisher's Summary

Thirty young women. A handsome prince. A battle to the death.

Water is scarce. Deserts have taken over the land. Nuclear war has devastated humanity. Humans live in walled super cities to keep out the irradiated. The land that was formerly known as America is divided into kingdoms ruled by royal elites. 

Born into the lowest Echelon of the Kingdom of Phangloria, 16-year-old Zea Calico faces a life of hunger, thirst, and toil. The only way out of this drudgery is revolution, and Zea is desperate to help the cause. 

When the palace calls for candidates to compete to marry Prince Kevon, Zea joins the Princess Trials to search the palace for weaknesses. 

The trials should be a fairytale of sumptuous meals, ballgowns, and romance, but one misplaced word causes Zea to attract the Prince’s attention. When Zea uncovers the man beneath Prince Kevon’s public facade, she is at risk of falling in love and losing sight of her mission. 

But the televised beauty pageant turns deadly, and Zea must fight for survival. 

Perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and The Selection, this exciting tale of courage, intrigue, and betrayal will have you listening for hours.

©2020 Cordelia Castel (P)2020 Cordelia Castel

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Didn't think I would enjoy at first

This was so much like the selection in the first 10 chapters. After that the story started to remind me much of the red queen. Especially in the class system and the different sectors. But I like that it focused less on romance and more on this Zia's experiences during the selection. Can't wait to see what happens in the next book.

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What I thought about it

This was my first book read by this author though I found it to be quite good. Though in few parts the story became familiar to others I read and not as thrilling as other parts. Without that in mind I would 100% recommend, just keep in mind some point will seem familiar.

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A Guilty Pleasure Read

The book was a fun guilty pleasure read. I had a lot of fun reading it, but there are some odd, cheesy scenes that were meant to be dramatic or romantic but were just funny to me. I got a kick out of ranting to my husband about the funny bits and the intricate plot line. I wouldn't say this is a great book, but if you want a fun, interesting read, then this is it!

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I couldn’t stop listening !

The characters were very well developed and it was very suspenseful. Nothing else existed until I finished this book!

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Great Story that kept me hooked

If you like The selection,and The Hunger Games, and even Divergent, ten you will like this book. It has a main Character who is strong but also still needs help. She is beautiful but not overly so. And it has enough action and a bit of violence to keep it incredibly interesting!

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Action packed but lacks the love story

I wish there was more of a love story. The book is action packed in the second half. The reader is great.