April 03, 2013

Review: The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass

The Elite (The Selection, #2)


The Elite by Kiera Cass
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Expected publication: 
April 23rd 2013 
by Harper Teen


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
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          Review:


Whew this was a super conflicting book for me- and in a good way. I devoured this book in one sitting and am so happy about the route this book is going.America is not someone who will let others push her around and I appreciate that.

Let me get this out of the way first- there are many people who are against this series and who find this series to be dystopian-lite and frivolous with all of the dresses and girly competition. I suppose I should feel guilty for loving this series- but I don't. At all. I am ENJOYING the world that the author has created and am enjoying a book that isn't drowing in such a heavy and depressing dystopian storyline that I feel miserable reading it. And ... I LIKE reading about fancy dresses. I like reading about masquerades, balls, and afternoon teas. I am so glad that others are able to make their opinions known and feel so strongly- that is fine with me, but I respectfully disagree- I love this series! Is it the most profound series I have ever read? No. But I find myself biting my nails, eagerly turning pages to find out what happens next. The Selection and The Elite are similar to Downton Abbey and Once Upon a Time for me- they are soap operas that are drama filled and beautiful and keep me on the edge of my seat.

All that to say, the relationships in this book? I wanted to throw the book a few times! Seriously. AND I have decided to change teams- I am no longer on team Maxom. He doesn't deserve America. And America- whew did she make some mistakes in this book. I loved the drama and all of the interactions between the characters. The dialog was excellent and the pacing was absolutely perfect. Sadly to say, the abuse that this book took from me was a little unfair- it really went through the ringer while I was reading it. I absolutely can't wait for book three- I just hope I don't have to wait another year for it!


Guest Reviewed by:

Amanda @ Short & Sweet Reviews




16 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review. My daughter who is not into frilly dresses really liked this too. So did I. So don't feel guilty. We're both looking forward to reading this.

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  2. I like this book and cover photo because in interesting book.

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  3. This book looks great will have to add to my TBR.

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  4. This is definitely the next series I'm starting!

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  5. I usually don't read reviews to sequels before I get a chance to read the book itself. Because of the spoilers. But I couldn't help it today.

    I TOO like the glitzy balls and all so the frills are fine with me. Welcomed even.

    But did you just say you're no longer on team MAXON (you spelt his name wrongly dear)?? OMG NO! what happened?? Please don't tell me she is choosing what's his face Aspen!? NOOO....

    Or....is there a new male character coming in? Hehe....

    Thanks for the brief yet interesting review!

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  6. I usually don't read reviews to sequels before I get a chance to read the book itself. Because of the spoilers. But I couldn't help it today.

    I TOO like the glitzy balls and all so the frills are fine with me. Welcomed even.

    But did you just say you're no longer on team MAXON (you spelt his name wrongly dear)?? OMG NO! what happened?? Please don't tell me she is choosing what's his face Aspen!? NOOO....

    Or....is there a new male character coming in? Hehe....

    Thanks for the brief yet interesting review!

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  7. Dystopian "lite" sounds good to me! I get weary of all the heavy and depressing stuff.

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  8. I cannot imagine anyone reading or writing dystopian fiction. It's such a downer.

    annfesATyahooDOTcom

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  9. I really like your style of writing reviews. Funny and entertaining! Thanks!

    Marie @ Marie's Bookworm Blog
    http://www.mariesbookwormblog.blogspot.com

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  10. Great review, sounds like a great read! Love the cover too!

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  11. Excellent review, I like the honest opinion that you gave. I'm not a girly girly but I do like the gowns, balls, masquerades and afternoon teas. You sold me on the book wanting to read it when you said, " I find myself biting my nails, eagerly turning pages to find out what happens next. The Selection and The Elite are similar to Downtown Abbey and Once Upon a Time for me- they are soap operas that are drama filled and beautiful and keep me on the edge of my seat". And beside what you said, I love the cover on the book! Definitely want to read these two books. Thanks!
    Donna Harris

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  12. This author is in my to read pile hope to get to her books soon.
    Joelle from:
    http://angelswithattitudebookreviews-joelle.blogspot.com/

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