Monday, April 15, 2013
The Elite by Kiera Cass
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.
I absolutely loved The Selection, and have been patiently (or not-so-patiently) waiting for The Elite. Once I got it, I started reading right away. It left off right where the last book did, and I easily jumped back into this world that I has missed. I know there is a lot of controversy over this series, but I loved The Elite and did not want to put it down.
This love triangle is driving me crazy!! I just wanted to scream at American through a lot of the book. You need to be with Maxon!!! Why are you interested in both of them? Is it even a contest when you have Maxon? I just don't get it. I want to be a part of The Selection just to spend a day with Maxon.
One big thing that I loved about this book is that we get to know the other characters much better. There are only six girls left, so we really see them a lot. It is fun to read about each of the girls' personalities. We also get to know America's family, her maids, and the king and queen on a deeper level. I loved how Kiera slowly revealed more and more layers of all of the characters. It was really cool, and I feel like I have a better idea of the story now. The only thing that I am frustrated about is that this book still has no end in sight. I am dying for the next book. All it really did was prolong the suspense.
Have y'all read it? What do you think?