Friday, March 29, 2013

Review: The Elite

Title: The Elite
Author: Kiera Cass
Pages: 336
Release Date: April 23, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen

Rating: 4 Cows

Goodreads Description:

The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestsellerThe 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.

My Thoughts:

If you have been reading my blog at all you know that The Selection by Kiera Cass was one of my favorite books of 2012. So yeah, I was pretty much dying to get my hands on The Elite! Somehow, (I’m still in shock as to the how) 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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  1. Oh my goodness gracious, weren't they annoying?!?!? At times I thought America's reactions were warranted, but most of the time I just thought she was being silly.

    Hahahaha, I love how you didn't even mention Aspen. He's of no concern to you. Me neither. :)

    Rachel @ Paper Cuts

  2. EEK So jealous you got to read this already. Cannot wait for it!

  3. Great review. I need to check out this series.


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