Re-read & Review #6b: The Elite by Kiera Cass

Posted May 22, 2014 by Bee in Memes & Features, Reviews / 5 Comments

Re-read & Review is a feature on Istyria book blog. The basic idea of this feature is that I re-read and review books that I’ve read, but not reviewed. (Or they have a review, but it’s so short that it barely qualifies as a review.) This week it’s a double special again, like I did with Cinder and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Read my review of The Selection here.

Re-read & Review #6b: The Elite by Kiera Cass

The Elite

by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #2
Pages: 323
Published on Published April 23rd 2013
by HarperTeen
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
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Also by this author: The Selection, The Elite, The Selection, The One, The One

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 Iléa.

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.

4 Stars

The Elite is the sequel to The Selection and while it had a few flaws, I still loved it. I loved it the first time I read it and I still do. This is one of the better sequels I’ve read so far, that’s for sure! This review will contain minor spoilers for the first book.

The Elite starts of almost right after the events of The Selection. The girls are narrowed down to six. They are The Elite and America is one of them. Prince Maxon seems to only have eyes for her. But the rebels grow more violent every day and America’s rivals are bent on taking her down. And then there’s Aspen who makes everything more confusing than ever.

The best thing about this book was the story. There was a lot more to it! The rebel attacks are more frequent and more violent than before. Some events in this book had me crying and sobbing like crazy! So many emotions, much more than in the first book! Also, I loved getting to know Queen Amberly a bit better. She’s more in the story now that there are only six girls left. And the letters! I especially loved the letters America got from her dad. They made me tear up every time.

“From the beginning, I’ve really only looked at you, wanted you.”

Of course, Maxon is still his gorgeous self. He did man up a bit though. Really liked that. And it was about time too. He’s the future King, he needs to be tough on some parts. And I was completely on his side all the way through this book. That brings me to the parts I didn’t like as much. America was a bit annoying in this book. She kept changing her mind towards Maxon. It was frustrating! I get that she goes through a lot in this book, but you can’t keep playing with someone’s emotions like that. I think it would’ve been better if she didn’t have Aspen to deal with too. I still don’t like him. If he hadn’t broken up with her in the first book, I might have rooted for him, but I don’t. I just want Maxon to be with America and live happily ever after. Despite all that, America does stay true to herself and what she believes in. Something I do really love about her.

Here is a spoiler-y part, so if you haven’t read this book yet, just skip it.
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The Elite is great sequel to The Selection, flaws and all. These books really are addicting. I just need to know how this dystopian fairytale ends! This book didn’t let me go and had me hooked the entire time. I read it in one sitting, late into the night. Again. Now, finally, on to The One!


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5 responses to “Re-read & Review #6b: The Elite by Kiera Cass

  1. I only skimmed this review because I recently purchased The Selection on audio. I’ve had it on my shelves FOREVER and I decided I was never going to get to it if I didn’t get the audio route. Fingers crossed I enjoy it! I know there are a lot of back and forth reviews for this series, so I’m a little hesitant, but it’s one of those books I just feel like I HAVE to read. 🙂

    Lisa @ Lost in Literature recently posted: Audiobook Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

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