Book Review: Select, Marit Weisenberg


“Confidence meets I-don’t-give-a-shit meets calm” ~ Marit Weisenberg, Select

By: Marit Weisenberg

Length: 352 pages

Rating: ☆☆☆☆


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 was very fortunate enough to receive this book through NetGalley. Remember I mentioned NetGalley not to long ago in this Blog —> For the love of ebooks, this will be my first ARC that I’ve reviewed and blogged about. So let’s begin.

We have Julia Jaynes who only wants to solidify that she the spot in the ranks of it’ exclusive families. You might be saying you shouldn’t have to solidify your spot in your family and that true but this is not your typical family. They are elite, they excel at everything and anything. Well, when word starts to spread and the FBI have been trying to locate you and match the ties to an ancient tribe from Peru, Novak (Julia’s Father) decided to train a few teens while the others training is put on hold. Wierd right? But times are tough and he is trying to find a way to keep his family growing and safe.  Julia’s  “unfortunately” draws the short end off the stick and is with the “Lost kids” ( the kids not receiving training) and apparently if you don’t receive training or expel your magical self in some form you break out with this weird rash (Gross) , but it also gives you the feeling that they all seem to give off this goth vibe. I find it a little odd. Anywho… Julia gets stuck in the middle of an incident and for some reason ( revealed at the very end of the book) she is exiled so to speak to live amongst the people of the world.

Reading her trials in which she has faced pretty much on her own since she is not to communicate with anyone in their exclusive bloodline. She is essentially thrown to the wolves to fend on her own. This is where it gets interesting. Did you ever want something you can have… Like most people when told no don’t do that it just makes you want to more. Julia was told not to use her powers to blend it but she can’t control them. They are magnifying on their own.

Julia is faced with problem after problem, ranging from dealing with her family, the loss of her sister who had since been the golden child, her childhood crush, and struggling to find who she herself is in a world in which she was told would use them as lab rats if ever exposed. So naturally, like any good book, she meets John, John Ford… And guess what he notices her too…..They remind me of Romeo and Juliet, meant to be but forced to stay apart.  The growth of their relationship is very hot & cold, really hot and cut off ( one thing I didn’t like ).

By the end of the book, Julia must choose, Life without repercussion in a place described as Eden or a life of aloofness while following her heart.

This book is interesting and I would have rated it 5 stars but the drag of the relationship and triangles ( yes multiple) became redundant. Another reason was that even if you removed the fantasy aspect of this book it would still stand on its own. That’s not a good thing in my eyes. If your world that you created revolves around how special a person or group of people are and that can be removed and you’re still standing with a decent book something was missing because I can extract a chunk of a storyline.

And for this while, I haven’t read anything about this being a series I do believe that it may be and you have Victoria ( the stepmother ) to thank for that…. And I surely would read a book 2 because frankly no matter what side Julia chose there is more to this story.


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  1. Great review. I love that you said if a writer spends a lot of time creating a backstory and plot that revolves around special abilities or powers, but all of that could be removed and you still have a full “young adult” novel, then what was the point of spending all that time end effort creating the special abilities.

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  2. The way you described the characters make me feel that they might be real (difficult to believe given the plot summary), but it sounds like something I might choose to read when I have the time!


  3. This book sounds amazing. Definately sounds movie or Netflex worthy for the supernatural elements. I’ll have to check out Chapters and pick me up a copy.


  4. The exclusivity of a race sounds interesting, as does the Romeo and Juliet style. It may keep another reader. It sounds like a book good for a teenager.


  5. I think the hot and cold, followed by really hot and cut off…that would totally throw me off too! I’m not sure I could deal with that 🙂 Sounds like a true romeo and juliet situation. And pretty interesting overall.


  6. I was reading your review till the end to see what Julia chooses but alas! next time 🙂 I would love to read next series of this book just to find that out 🙂


  7. Great review!! This book looks so interesting and I would love to check this out. Will definitely put this on my book list to read.


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