Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Elite by Keira Cass (review)

The Elite (The Selection, #2) 
The Selection: The Elite  (2)

By Kiera Cass


Genre: Romance, Young Adult, Dystopia, Chick-Lit
Published April 2013
 Pages: 323
Publisher: HarperTeen
 
 
 
 
Summary:  "The Selection began with thirty-five girls. Now, with the group narrowed down to the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's heart is fiercer than ever--and America is still struggling to decide where her own heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen, who she always thought was the one?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want--and America's chance to choose is about to slip away."- Taken from Goodreads
 
 
 
Review:   This is such a guilty-pleasure read series for me.  I read this book twice in one week just to make sure I absorbed every last detail and could start to analyze what will happen in the last book.  This was such a fun read, I can gush for quite awhile.

I know this series has a lot of contractions for readers.  Yes, there is a LOT of drama.  The same old love triangle between America, Maxon and Aspen is far from over.  In fact, it is stronger than ever in this book.  Yes, America drove me crazy with her indecisiveness and bouncing back and forth!  Yet it is the way Kiera Cass presents the story to us that sucks me in past those annoyances, into the very center of a rich world. 

This book is also a bit darker than the first one which is nice.  While the first books had me on a fluffy cloud of giddiness while reading this one kept me right where I was but completely riveted to what was unfolding.  King Clarkson is a piece of work!  And I have a funny feeling this book just scraped the surface of his true character.  And Marlee, oh Marlee!  I love her character!  We also get a lot more information on the rebels.  The attacks are stepped up and secrets revealed.  This has me questioning a lot of things for the last book.  I have a few theories and suspicions although these suspicions has me very concerned for certain characters...

And now for the romantic drama.  We last left off with Maxon utterly devoted to America, Aspen pinning after her and America was finally willing to focus on Maxon.  Well situations and Maxon's behavior turns America into a yo-yo of emotions for both guys.  While I like Maxon, certain actions and responses (or lack thereof) really throw America into a spin.  Hence, drama! 

So while this series is very frivolous in many ways, they is a level of depth.  The fairy tale-esque style to it all has me addicted.  Honestly, it is not easy to explain.  All I can say, is check this out.  You may love it, you may hate it.  For me, it sent me to a happy place in my mind that I didn't want to leave.  
 
 

27 comments:

  1. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen, who she always thought was the one?

    This sounds just like my life - I may have to pick this up.

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    1. I would never want to be as torn as she is in this book over them. Love it as a book but that would be too much drama for me. I'd have to just drop both guys for awhile.

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  2. I've heard so much about this series and author. The covers are so beautiful, so I'm always tempted to pick up the first in the series when I'm in the library. I think I will next time I see it. :) Thanks for the review!

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    1. I hope you enjoy it. The first one is a fun, fluffy , fast read.

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  3. Although I don't read very much dystopia,I really want to read this trilogy!
    The covers are wonderful :)
    Thank you for the great review!

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    1. It is a VERY light dystopian. Just certain lifestyle aspects.

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  4. Great review. I love this series. Wait till you read The One. <3

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    1. Thanks! I did. I liked it but the ended came as a rush a bit.

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  5. You hit the nail on the head. This book is 100% guilty pleasure material. And I loved every second. Yeah, I was angry at all three members of the triangle, and at the King and the other girls, but I didn't care. I just loved it! And I loved The One, too! I would absolutely have no problem picking up whatever book this author has for us next, and having no doubts about being able to enjoy it! Thanks for the review!

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    1. I agree. This may be far from great literature and more drama than is sane but it is just so much fun!

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  6. I love the covers from these books. They just call to you, and I can't wait to read them. Good review :)

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  7. Such a great review! I'm really excited to read it so I will definitely start right away.

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  8. I kind of dislike it immensely, but I'm happy when people enjoy books that can take them out of your head. I love the cover though :D

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    1. Sorry you didn't like it. It seems to be a love/hate book with little middle ground.

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  9. I always stick up on popularism series so I'll have something to read when I know I need a good fall back or am coming out of a a book hangover. This one is mixed but it is still sitting on m kindle. Great review though nu made me excited about it again and the cover are very pretty so u know I would prob buy it a away. Lol.

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    1. This book has ha lot of either hate or love from readers. I loved it but I can't make promises to others as I can see why one might hate it too. I hope whenever you read it you love it. :)

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  11. Thanks for the awesome review! I have all 3 books in the series but I've only read the first one which is The Selection so far. I liked it and hopefully the story will get better along the way :) I did hear that America Singer can be really annoying. I'll just have to find out myself lol.

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    1. She can be. I just keep telling myself how young she is and how teenagers sometime react emotionally. Otherwise though it is really good.

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  12. I was iffy about reading this series but your review has me leaning towards picking it up. The covers are so pretty and remind me of the Luxe series by Anna Godbersen.

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    1. I have yet to read that series. I hope you enjoy the Selection series. I know it has very mixed reactions.

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  13. I wasn't sure about this series when I first saw it but your review has me curious to check it out. The covers are so pretty and remind me of the Luxe series by Anna Godbersen. That series is a period Gossip Girl, one TV show that is pure guilty pleasure.

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  14. The covers are amazing but the books not so much.. I hated America in the first two books but I'm curious about the ending..

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  15. I've put this series on hold but reading your review makes me want to check it out immediately. :D

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