Young Adult Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass

The Elite (The Selection, #2)

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.

Title: The Elite
Author:  Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection
Publisher: Harper Teen
Format: ebook
ISBN: 0062059963
Genre: Young Adult
Release date: April 23rd 2013
Number of pages: 323
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I was so anxious for this book that I devoured a novella and was left unhappy about the waiting for the next one. Sometimes the worst part is wait for the next volume.
 
I devoured this book, but was left really sad, because for once I have no idea who America will chose, I an only hope it’s Maxon because he is my favorite and he showed a good side on this story, plus he’s trying to change some rules. We also got to see some very disturbing scenes of the monarchy and a few questions were answered about the rebels.
 
I kept waiting for something bad to happen and when it did was so big that I was really afraid for America, but things are more disturbing than ever and I’m afraid that the final book will have some bad things happening. America was really out of league with her latest stunt, but I liked how she fought until the end, and I get the feeling she really likes Maxon. So yay and I can’t wait for more.

SERIES IN ORDER

#0.5 – The Prince
#1 – The Selection 

#2 – The Elite
#3 – The One (Expected publication: 2014)

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Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection (The Selection, #1)Title: The Selection
Author:  Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection
Publisher:  HarperTeen
Format: ebook
ISBN: 0062059939
Genre: Young Adult
Release date: April 24th 2012
Number of pages: 327

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.


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I finished this book and was surprise with how much I liked, even when I usually hate a cliff. I can’t wait to see who America will pick and I cheering for Maxon, he’s better and never lied to her.
 
America is a sweet girl that had to grow up sooner and help her family, but still helps people and is actually all alone, since girls are a bickering group that doesn’t understand her.
 
This book brought me several references from another similar book released lately. The almost kidnapping she suffered to participate in a reality show was actually really good. At points the society reminded me from The Chemical Gardens series with all the poor’s people suffering without anyone giving a damn.
 
The reality show part reminded me about the Bachelor and it’s not a bad thing, but I think Maxon should pick a girl to go home every week. The book was a bit slow at that part, because not all girls were introduced to us, but were commented during some points, a bit confusing for me. Sometimes the gangs reminded me of Hunger Games, because I think the royal family is hiding something and maybe Maxon doesn’t know, he’s young, but the people know about a lie and they are trying to find a way to expos them.
 
I liked the book and will definitely read the next one.
 
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SERIES IN ORDER

#1 – The Selection
#2 – The Elite (Expected publication: April 2013)
#3 – Untitled (Expected publication: 2014)