*SPOILERS FOR THE SELECTION*
Description (from Goodreads): *Spoilers for The Selection*
The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?
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.
Title: The Elite
Author: Kiera Cass
Page Count: 323
Series: The Selection Series #2
How I Got This Book: Bought
I seriously can’t get enough of this series…
This book, just like The Selection, is so entertaining. If you have not yet read The Selection then I suggest you click out of this review and go read that book. If you are looking for insight review-wise for this series, you can go read my review of book one in this trilogy. (Trilogy? Series? I don’t even know any more…) If you haven’t read the Elite, you can stick around for a while, but the entire review has spoilers for the Selection, given that it is the second book.
Anyways…I just LOVE these books. Some people can be very picky with these books, but I just love everything about them. They are so funny and entertaining. They are romantic and just a lot of fun. It took me about one afternoon to read The Elite. But it was a good afternoon.
I am going to stop blabbing now and just jump straight into the review. 😉
So, the first thing that I want to talk about is the relationship aspect of the book. I did like the relationship between America and Maxon a little more in the first book because of the friendship aspect. The whole tone of the story kind of changes now that it is a serious relationship, versus America being there as a friend. But, that is what these books are about, a cute romantic story, so I expected it to be this way. I do still really like the way the relationship is handled in this book, though.
One thing that has really shocked me about these books, but mostly this one, is how vividly Miss Kiera Cass paints the pictures. The way that she describes things just enables the reader to picture things. The different settings, the different rooms, the different people. (Even though, for some weird, unknown reason, I picture Celeste with blonde hair…)
The next thing I want to discuss is something that I am sure you can find in every other Selection Trilogy (series?)…America Singer’s indecisive abilities. Every time she is with Maxon she basically forgets that Aspen exists. And every time she is with Aspen, all she can think about is what a jerk Maxon is. But this whole series is centered around a love triangle, so it is to be expected, but she is just really, really bad at making decisions…America kind of gets an idea in her head and then she can’t see past her roadblock of an idea. A lot of misunderstandings occur because of this…
There is one more thing that I want to say before the non-Elite readers have to leave. The first being the predictable quality of this book. Yes, the overall plot is very predictable. Why would Kiera Cass write an entire trilogy of books where the main character is in this competition to win the throne, and then have her lose the Princes heart at the end? Exactly. There is no way she would do that. That would literally be the most anti-climactic thing in the history of ever. (Also, the titles of the books tell you something, hehe.)
On the same topic of the predictableness (I made up that word in my Selection review…can you tell?) in this series, even though the overall, big picture of this series is very visible from basically the first chapter of the first book, the smaller things throughout the books are not. I was surprised quite a few times throughout this book especially.
Well, if you have not read The Elite, yet, then I suggest you scroll down to the bottom of this page if you want goodreads links, my overall rating, and some other fun stuff. But for right now I am going to have a super spoilery section for this book. Just keep on scrolling until you see the red warning that the spoilers are over. Bye! See you at the bottom of the page!
*SPOILERS. I REPEAT, SPOILERS. IF THE ELITE BY KIERA CASS HAS NOT YET ENTERED YOUR HEAD VIA NOVEL THAN YOU SHOULD PROBABLY SCROLL DOWN UNTIL YOU SEE A RED WARNING THAT THE SPOILER FLOOD HAS DRIED. SPOILERS AHEAD. YOU WILL BE SPOILED FOR THE ELITE IF YOU KEEP ON READING.*
So, we’ve all read the book, right? Good.
I am going to start off this review with the one thing that got on my nerves a little with this book, America thinking she was going home. I mean, I get it, if I was in her situation, I would be worried, too. But she continues to think that, even though Maxon explains to her that she isn’t going home a thousand times. And so then, at one point, she thinks she is going home so hard that she risks everybody in the palace’s life, essentially, because she wanted to go out with a bang. She got so angry at Maxon for sending her home, even though he said that he wouldn’t, that she basically sends herself home, and endangers the palace.
I also think that she was the one causing all of the trouble in the relationship. Well, mostly. I mean, she did find Maxon with Celeste that one time, but then she proceeds not to listen to him when he tries to explain. If I were in that situation, I probably wouldn’t either, but it was kind of throughout the whole book. Every time there was a misunderstanding between Maxon and America, she would think that she was going home. And, while Maxon kept trying to talk it out, she just kind of moped and prepared herself for the blow. But it was more of an undercurrent than a part of the story. I still think that America is a wonderful, strong character that can think for herself when she needs to.
Also, America should be really thankful that Maxon still trusts her even a little bit. I mean, every time he would share a secret with her, she would spill it. Which leads me into my next topic.
This next thing here you might have heard before. And I am writing this review before I read The One, so this is just a guess. Ever since the first book I wondered if America’s family had anything to do with the rebels. Now I am even more suspicious. Isn’t it ironic that only after America tells her dad about the book, we start to see the rebels stealing books? And after she shows the book on live TV there is a ginormous, castle ravaging, Northern AND Southern rebel attack? I think so…I am not exactly sure how they are related, but it just feels like they are. In some way, at least.
And Marlee! I did not see that coming. Both her caning and her redemption. Also, when America attacked Celeste for bad-mouthing Marlee, I thought that she would at least get in serious trouble. It would have been one thing to say something rude back to Celeste, or yell at her, or even throw one punch, but the fact that America tackled her and continue to try to tear her apart seemed like she was trying to get kicked out.
And now we come to the part of the review where I praise Maxon for all he’s worth, and shun Aspen for everything he’s NOT worth. (He is not worth a lot.)
So. Maxon. Yes. Maxon. He is always so gentle and caring to America and Aspen is not. Maxon encourages her to try new things and tells her that she would be one of the best queens/princesses to ever queen/princess. And Aspen walks up to her and tells her, TO.HER.FACE. That she would fail and ruin it if she was stupid enough to even try to be queen. JUST SO HE CAN HAVE HER TO HIMSELF. Maxon gives America so much time and patience, even when she doesn’t return it, and Aspen gets a little upset that she needs to think things through because he shattered her heart and he mauls her face. Maxon takes the verbal beatings that America gives him, because he loves her. Aspen throws a tantrum when she even looks at him wrong. Maxon would never do anything to endanger America. Aspen continues to beg her to sneak around to meet him repeatedly even though it could mean public humiliation, becoming and Eight, and a world of pain and misery not only for himself, no, but for America, too.
Maxon agrees to keep her around no matter what, even if she just wants to be friends, hang out, talk, and tease each other. Aspen begs her, and begs her, and begs her to apply for the Selection, then whines like a baby the whole time she’s there. Maxon treats America’s heart tenderly whenever he has the control to do so. Aspen breaks up with her “for her own good” (lying goat…) and then he begs for her heart when he knows that all it will do is endanger her. Confuse her. Hurt her. Oh my…I just thought of something…what if Aspen betrays her? Like, turns her in for having a relationship with a guard, or something…?
This has been: Maxon is an angel, Aspen is a pig. 😉
So, the last thing I want to say before I close up this review and send you along on your merry, bookish way is THE ENDING OF THE FLIPPING BOOK. For a while I thought that she was actually going to get kicked out, and then I remember, “Oh, wait. That can’t actually happen…” So I was really confused at how America was going to dig herself out of this one. I had a mini heart attack when the king was yelling at her, because up until those last few chapters of the book, I thought that he was a good guy, just tired and strict. But then when he beat Maxon and yelled at America I knew that I was very, very wrong.
For those of you who have read the book: What did you think of this book? Do you like America or not? Do you have anything to say about this book? If so, tell me in the comments below! I would love to hear from you! Please mark your spoilers for both the Selection and the Elite so we don’t spoil the noobies. Also, please no spoilers for the One, yet! If you don’t want to talk in the comments feel free to tweet me or comment on my Instagram!
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Well, that’s all I really have for this review! Thank you for reading it! I hope you enjoyed and I will have another post up soon!
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