17 May 2013

{Book Review} The Elite

By: Me My Shelf And I | 17 May 2013 at 10:08 AM | | | | | |

The Elite Cover

The Elite
The Selection #2
Author: Kiera Cass
Pages: 336
Release Date: April 23, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: ARC
Rating: 4 Birds

The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller, The Selection.

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

Last year, I read this book, THE SELECTION by Kiera Cass and absolutely loved it! It was an instant favorite so yeah, I was pretty much dying to get my hands on THE ELITE! I managed to get an ARC of THE ELITE and of course, I immediately dove into it!

Again, Kiera Cass was able to keep me completely captivated from beginning to end! While it didn’t quite live up to THE SELECTION (but really how could it?), fans of THE SELECTION will be pleased with its sequel.

The field of girls has been narrowed down drastically but that doesn’t mean that things have gotten any easier for the girls in the elite. If anything, the claws have came out even further!

After America finally realized her feelings for Prince Maxon at the end of THE SELECTION things were complicated by the sudden reappearance of Aspen. Immediately, America is even more confused about her feelings. She knows she cares for Maxon but is she really Queen material? No one other than Maxon really seems to think so.

The one thing that really irritated me in this book and caused me not to love it like I did THE SELECTION was the fact that I felt both Maxon and America took a step back as far as character development goes. Maxon, who I believed was really making progress in growing and learning about the problems in his country, suddenly, takes two steps back. A couple of bombs are dropped and even though they are later explained I was still a little disappointed in how things were handled. Worse, America completely overreacts and further complicates things. Both Maxon and America both made me want to pull my hair out!

However, the elements that made me fall in love with THE SELECTION were still present. Cass continues to create a story that readers can’t help but love and a love story that just might rival that of Cinderella and Prince Charming…as long as Maxon and America can quit being so stubborn!

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3 comments:

  1. Oye, I am seriously looking forward to this book because I <3<3<3 the first, BUT... Oh well. I'm still going to read it. Who am I kidding, lol. Great review! Insightful :)

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  2. I LOVED this book, but I totally agree on how frustrating America was. I was annoyed that the love triangle just kept going. I wanted her to just choose one of them already. I would gladly take the one she left behind for myself. LOL I'm definitely reading the final book in the series. I HAVE to know how it's going to end!

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  3. I really want to read these books. I just love the covers (like pretty much everyone else)
    Great review!


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