Genre: Paranormal Romance
Recommendation: yes, especially to those that like The Hunger Games style reads and also enjoy stories about unrequited love, love from a far, unexplained chemistry and forbidden attraction.I think it will appeal to those looking for a book that builds up the possible relationship between two people slowly, subsequently increasing the anticipation you get waiting for characters to FINALLY get together.
Age: 18+( sexual themes and situations)
Type: multi-book series
Summary: This was a fun read. No insta-love but there is insta-attraction. + well developed characters + interesting ( while not original) plot + a like-able heroine +moves quickly so you don’t get bored +builds up to something sexy that has yet to come.
“I tried to make it sound as if I’d picked Darafina on a whim, but out of all the women in my harem, she was the only one with hair nearly the color of my dark angel’s. I’d never been particularly attracted to Darafina before, but now the thought of her hair spread out over the crisp linens on the pillows..”
Twice a year, the alien Lord Toric demands a selection of human women between the ages of 18 and 20 to compete for a place in his harem. Maya must get through just one more selection and then she can marry the man of her dreams. She should have been safe, but when a young woman who was supposed to compete dies the day of the selection, Maya is forced into the competition.
Thrown into the fight of her life with no preparation, Maya must shed her innocence and win Lord Toric’s favor. And there is only one winner in the competition. The losers will be sacrificed. Will she survive the first round, or will she pay the ultimate price for her inexperience?
The Selection by Jayne Faith is the introductory book to her series titled Sapient Salvation. This story begins on a futuristic earth where our planet has been discovered and subsequently targeted by multiple alien species vying to conquer and invade. Somewhere along the line a group of advanced humans,the Calistans, who lived on earth centuries before and left to explore and inhabit other planets where they became far more evolved than the humans known today, showed up like knights in shining armor and shielded the Earth from the impending destruction. According to their sacred texts they are tasked with protecting the earth from all others until they have won the battle and can re-inhabit the planet alongside humans.
The price humans pay for protection amounts to something very similar to the Hunger Games. Twice a year, several males and females between the ages of eighteen and twenty are selected to leave Earth and participate in multiple trials with the ultimate goal of survival. The female winner earns a place in Lord Toric’s (the leader of the Calistans) harem while the male is held in a position of similar esteem as a head servant. We don’t know what happens if you lose but the general feeling exuded is that losing is really REALLY bad. In true Hunger Games style, these trials that have to be overcome can be deadly. This is a battle of the fittest to earn a place within the ranks of a superior species.
This book follows Maya, one of the selected as she is forced to leave her family and fight for the attention of a man she cannot stomach. Lord Toric is the end game and the ultimate prize.He also happens to be super attractive, exotic and different than expected. Instructed on how to speak, stand, act and behave in order to please the Calistan people, Maya brings us with her through her experiences and her fight to stay alive and gain favor. All the while attempting to dodge the dangerous consequences of competing against people willing to do anything to be the chosen.
The way that this book ends, guarantees the need for additional books to follow this one. So cliffhanger positive. Believe me I checked, the next one is out and that is what I am doing as soon as I am finished writing this! I will be honest, the first thing I thought looking at the cover was that this book would be all about the sheet scorching, sweat inducing sexy time one would experience getting hot and heavy with a hot Alien king from way over yonder. ( Don’t judge me I’m from Texas). I was so wrong. This book, although VERY similar in some aspects to the Hunger Games, was so fun to read. Lord Toric’s character has depth, emotion and has experienced things that make him complex and cunning. You are able to see the events from both Maya and his POV so you get the whole picture. There is very little romance happening but you get a taste of the emotions building between the characters that is slated to be further explored in the next installment.
Overall this book is appropriate for 18+ as the content is of a mature nature. This series is one to check out if you enjoy some action with your romance, a heroine with a backbone and a cast of characters that are conniving and cut-throat.
Disclaimer: I obtained an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much Jayne Faith and Christine Castle for letting me venture into your world for a while.