Monday, October 14, 2013

Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass

The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass
Rating: 5 wine glasses

America is still in the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart while Aspen searches for a chance to regain America’s. 

I finished this book in almost a day because I can't get enough of this series. The beginning of The Elite repeated a lot of small details which I just read in the Selection, regardless I still enjoyed every page. My favorite parts are America and Maxon's intimate discussions.
“You know that you’ve found something amazing, and you want to hold on to it forever; and every second after you have it, you fear the moment you might lose it.”
Then there is the beautiful Halloween Party. Things are just so perfect that I knew it was too good to last. No sooner than I thought this than I had tears running down my face. I won't say anymore about the situation that caused this but if you read the book you will know what I am talking about because the very pain and hurt America feels, I felt it transposed onto me.  I did like that you find out more about the history of Illéa and the original monarch, Gregory.

This book made me distrust Maxon a little bit more, but at the end of the day I still want America to be with him. While reading this book I did questioned whether Aspen really loves her or just wants her for himself, which is weird because I am usually fighting on the side of the protagonist’s first love. However, I feel like America is growing, changing and developing her own opinion of the world while Aspen expects her to be the America who left for the Selection months before. America is a jumble of who she was and what she has become. Reflecting now, I do believe Aspen loves America, but like Gale in the Hunger Games, he expects her not to have changed and for things to be as they once were.

My heart goes out to Aspen, but at the same time I was taken back when he told America that he doesn’t think she could be queen. Rule #1 for Winning Back the Girl of Your Dreams: Believe she can conquer the world and back her up whatever she does. My thoughts are #1 he is blind to this new America that is blooming right before his eyes. #2 He doesn’t want to imagine her as a queen/princess because that means she ends up with Maxon and not him. #3 He thinks this role would strangle and crush her. I am tempted to read the novella, The Guard just to find out what his reasoning is and get a better understanding of him, but I am going to wait until the third and final book, The One, is released so I can just finish the whole series at once.

America was very indecisive in this book and rash in her judgment/reactions. It could be frustrating at some moments but it did keep the book interesting and realistic. I am more indecisive than I like to admit so I really have no room to judge.

I cannot wait for The One’s release. I really hope to see more physical action between Maxon and America in it even though Maxon is too much of a gentleman for that to happen...well he is most of the time.

This is the second book in the Selection series. Check out my review of book one, The Selection.

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