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Book Review: Select by Marit Weisenberg (Spoiler Free)

Monday, October 30, 2017


October 30, 2017

"Is a perfect love worth more than a perfect life?" - Marit Weisenberg, Select

This book is a treasure.

An absolute treasure, I tell you. I read this book in less than 48 hours and I can tell you that I never wanted it to end. Select is fast paced, full of romance, and just one of a kind. I can tell that I will be reading this over and over again and definitely recommend it to anyone of any age because, well, it is a familiar story with a unique twist and a thrilling take on the unknown and interesting. That probably made zero sense, but I think you'll get it if you read this book.


The synopsis from Goodreads: Coming from a race of highly-evolved humans, Julia Jaynes has the perfect life. The perfect family. The perfect destiny. But there’s something rotten beneath the surface—dangerous secrets her father is keeping; abilities she was never meant to have; and an elite society of people determined to keep their talents hidden and who care nothing for the rest of humanity. So when Julia accidentally disrupts the Jaynes’ delicate anonymity, she’s banished to the one place meant to make her feel inferior: public high school. 

Julia’s goal is to lay low and blend in. Then she meets him—John Ford, tennis prodigy, all-around good guy. When Julia discovers a knack for reading his mind, and also manipulating his life, school suddenly becomes a temporary escape from the cold grip of her manipulative father. But as Julia’s powers over John grow, so do her feelings. For the first time in her life, Julia begins to develop a sense of self, to question her restrictive upbringing and her family prejudices. She must decide: can a perfect love be worth more than a perfect life?

I received this book for a Storygrams Tour and I didn't know what to expect. I finished a book and then decided to read the first chapter of this book just to get started and I ended up reading the first half of it that night. Julia Jaynes is a fun and complex character who I would love to be best friends with. Not only is she a superhuman, but she doesn't seem to have the Hive Mind as the others in her group do which makes for an amazing story.

"With the music reverberating through me, I felt like I was in a dream state. It began to rain, and there was nothing to do but surrender and get wet." - Marit Weisenberg, Select

I was considering making this review spoiler filled as I just want to fangirl about the book, but I don't want to ruin the book for everyone. Oh and this book is a part of a series and the ending....you're going want to read the next book as soon as it is published.

I would say Select is a contemporary with elements of fantasy because yes, it is about superhuman people, but the plot is focused on the people and the relationships that are formed. John and Julia especially have one hell of a connection from the start of the book until the end. But it isn't just about the romantic relationship because I really enjoyed the relationship Julia has with her younger sister Liv and the very strange and complex relationship she has with her father. There are so many questions that still need to be answered and it is driving me crazy that I don't have the next book yet!

At the beginning it can be a bit confusing because all of sudden these people have these abilities and you sort of think they live in a cult...but eventually there is the big moment of understanding and everything makes sense and you want to know EVEN MORE! I liked that Weisenberg wrote this internal struggle for Julia that conflicts with the external one and it all comes together to create a thrilling ride of a book.


The group of superhumans themselves are fascinating. The group all live near each other and have a pack mentality that makes them very protective of each other, but Julia is the bastard daughter and if you are a Game of Thrones fan then you know that bastards aren't usually regarded as equal. Julia is kept at arm's length a lot of the time even though she is just as powerful as the rest of her "family". I think the punishment that Novak gave Julia of going to public school was the best thing he could have done to her. Not just because of John, but because she got to realize that there is more to life than her family and even more out in the world. However, that doesn't mean she doesn't struggle because she really does want to go home. It's the all the new things that could hold her back.

"In the hush around me, I felt the shared privilege of seeing something miraculous." - Marit Weisenberg

Weisenberg writes fluidly and beautifully. Every scene when abilities are shown were well crafted and very descriptive. I never felt confused when reading about their powers. She was able to produce emotional responses from me and made Julia and John feel more like friends rather than just names on a page.

Even though the book is set in Modern-Day Texas, there is this Dystopian feel to the group themselves. They are obviously more advanced in many ways and it feels so foreign when Julia is with them than when she is with John. Speaking of, I absolutely LOVE John Ford. He is a fun character with a great family and he doesn't just go along with what Julia says, he questions everything and that makes him a joy to read. I am so excited to see where his story goes.

I wish this book was longer, but I also think it ended just where it was suppose to with all the right cliffhangers. I cannot decipher what will happen next, but I am hoping to be as surprised as I was with book 1! I give this book 5 stars and WILL BE READING IT AGAIN! I encourage you to read this because it may just become a new favourite of yours!

Thank you to Storygrams for letting me help promote Select and giving me a new favourite!

Happy Reading!

- Haley

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