The Elite – Book Review

  • Title: The Elite
  • Author: Kiera Cass
  • Series: The Selection
  • Genre: Young Adult
  • Format: Kindle
  • Source: Own
  • Reviewed by: Emma – The Accidental Writer – Guest Reviewer
  • Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Description: 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.


Review:  

After enjoying The Selection more than I anticipated, I have to confess I found this one to be very vanilla. Nothing really captured my imagination or moved me on an emotional level. Well, other than the negative emotions that America engendered in me due to her insufferable ignorance, indecisiveness and blatant stupidity. Everything that made her a likeable character, someone you rooted for in The Selection, seemed to have been eradicated and replaced with a contrived love triangle, a girl who doesn’t seem to mind kissing two guys and a fairly hard to read but spineless prince. It felt to me like this book is filler, stuffing, to pad out what should probably have been one book, maybe two, into the holy grail that is “The Trilogy.”

All that being said, the writing’s not bad, very simplistic and easy to read and the story finally got going in the last 20%. I probably will read book 3 at some stage, mostly to find out what, if anything, is going on with the rebels.


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The Selection ~ Kiera Cass

  • Title: The Selection
  • Author: Kiera Cass
  • Series: The Selection #1
  • Genre: Sci-Fi, Dystopian, YA
  • Format: eBook
  • Source: Own Copy
  • Reviewer: Soo
  • Rating: 3 out of 5

Description:  For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself–and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Review:   I’m not a huge fan of the lead character’s name, America. Nor is the world believable. I would cut out the history lesson that’s dropped into the story towards the end. Regardless of all that, I really DO like America. I had a great time reading about how she learns and adapts to be worthy of a Prince. I’m definitely on Team Maxon!

A story about a girl who chooses to follow her heart and see where it will go. It’s not easy to open your heart. It’s not easy to admit that you’re still in love with someone who let your love go. It’s even harder to admit that you may care for more than one person. Come along on a journey with America and find out what she goes through to follow her heart in the Selection.