Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Elite: a review

(Don't forget to stop by for my post "In which Emily plans for an alien invasion"

Author: Kiera Cass
On Goodreads
Info: Harper Teen, copyright 2013, 323 pages

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.

~Goodreads Description

The Breakdown
The Selection left us with six remaining girls and a war raging outside of the palace walls.  America is trying to figure out her feelings for Prince Maxon and reconcile them against her feelings for her ex-boyfriend Aspen who is now a guard in the royal palace.  Meanwhile, things are getting tense with the other would-be princesses and the castle is still getting ravaged by revolutionaries who are out to destroy the royal family.  As America and Maxon spend more time together, their chemistry is hard to ignore, but America soon finds that there is much she doesn't understand about being a princess and much she doesn't like about the role Maxon in often forced to play.

The Not Awesome
Thought I'd better start with this category first this time.  One things I really dislike about series is the recap.  I believe that the author should leave it to the reader to read (or re-read) the first books in a series.  Time is wasted on recaps.  Get on with the action/story already.  Geez o'pete I started to go crazy when we were still recapping halfway through.

The Awesome
Okay.  I feel better getting that off my chest.  Now for the awesome that really doesn't come until the end of the book...America is starting to find her backbone!  Sure she's always been stubborn and forthcoming about feelings, but now she's starting to realize that there is so much more at stake and the position of princess holds endless opportunities.  And shouldn't it be enough just to make sure Celia doesn't win?

A decent sequel, at least towards the end of the book.  Tensions are rising, there's a new "villain" to watch out for, America has some competition for the crown, and Maxon is still dreamy.  Check out The Elite by Kiera Cass.

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