Book Review: The Elite

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Title/Author: The Elite by Kiera Cass
(The Selection #2)

Genre: Young Adult, Speculative Fiction, Romance

Published: April 24th, 2013 by HarperTeen

Hardcover, 323 pages

How I Got This Book: Anxiously awaited for it to appear on the library hold shelf with my name on it

Why I Picked It Up?: I am one of those readers who found The Selection to be an entertaining and fun read. So, DUH! I wanted to read the next one!

Book Jacket Blurb: “The Selection began with 35 girls. now, with the group narrowed down to the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s love is fiercer than ever. The closer America gets to the crown, the more she struggles to figure out where her heart truly lies. Each moment she spends with Maxon is like a fairy tale, filled with breathless, glittering romance. But whenever she sees her first love, Aspen, standing guard, she’s swept up in longing for the life they’d planned to share.

America is desperate for more time. But while she’s torn between her two futures, the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want–and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.”

My Review of this Work:

Disclaimer: Their will inevitably be spoilers for the first book in this series, The Selection (My review is right here). And their are some minor spoilers in this review for The Elite, mostly due to my rant. But nothing major is spoiled, especially if you have read The Selection.

So, I am a reader who enjoyed The Selection. I loved the girly entertainment in bachelor-drama form, and I liked it even more on the second read! I have been looking forward to what was going to happen next in the lives of America, Maxon, Aspen, and the kingdom. So imagine my surprise when I just ATE The Elite up in a couple of hours–I just couldn’t help it! I am addicted!

The Elite delves more into story development–character development, world development, and, of course, relationship development. And, for the most part, it was really great! I really like the realness of Maxon and America, despite the bachelor-type situation. They go through ups and downs while they are learning more about each other, and I really liked that. Also, we finally got to see a little bit more about why the world is the way it is. I am hopeful that book three will continue to answer the questions I have about this world. I also find America behaving in a very believable way for the situation she was forced into. Though she may not be my most favorite heroine ever, I do like her and want to see her happy!

Unfortunately, I am EXTREMELY biased in terms of this love triangle. I have many strong feelings. So prepare yourself.

Rant time:

AHHHHHHH STUPID ASPEN! He is SO not a winner! He is taking emotionally vulnerable America and manipulating her to come back to him. And how is he doing this? By making her seem like the bad girl–

“I feel like I’ve hurt you so much. I don’t understand how you can still possibly be in love with me,” I confessed.

He shrugged. “it’s just the way it is.–page 122

HELLO?!?! HE ABANDONED HER because of pride, which I understand why. But still, HE did it. SHE did NOTHING but be selected for this royal tradition. And yet, somehow, Aspen has convinced her into thinking she has done the hurting, that she has done the abandoning, all because she is falling for a guy who is NICE! SHEEEEEEESH!!

/Rant time

ANYWHO….

Ultimately, I read this series because I enjoy the premise. I love the addiction factor, and I love how fun and entertaining this series is. And The Elite was better than The Selection for me, which gives me HIGH hopes for The One. I cannot wait for that book to come out!!!

My Bookshelf Rating:

4shelf1A Fourth Shelf Book!

The Elite took the fun and entertaining momentum from The Selection and built upon it from beginning to end! There is a lot more character development with America and Maxon, and the world that they live in is revealed a little bit more, too. I found myself being thrown into extreme emotional distress while reading. What this story lacks in depth it makes up for in entertainment and enjoyment, and sometimes that’s just as important to me! I couldn’t put this one down! Must be my love for The Bachelor, eh?

Love and Boy Meets World,
Jennifer

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