***As always mild spoilers may follow***
Rating: 4 stars
Pub date: 23 April 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins, HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance
Format: hardcover via library
Status: Book two of The Selection trilogy
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.
Wow. Once again I was completely sucked into America’s world. The Elite was even better than The Selection. I can see how people are frustrated by this series. Two incredible guys vying for your affections? One seems like the perfect choice then does something completely harebrained. If you aren’t into the story, it could quickly turn you off. I, however, do like the story, but I won’t hate on those who don’t!
The action picks right up from The Selection. By action, I do mean action as well as a lot of drama. I HATE real life drama, but the drama in The Selection series is so fantastic! The complexity of the world increases a bit, so the intrigue ramps up. This still isn’t an overly complex world though and that still doesn’t bother me. More of the history is revealed and things start to make more sense. The victors write the history is definitely a theme that must be remembered while reading! The populace doesn’t know the full history of their nation and that’s the point. I’m confident even more of the history will be revealed in The One!
At the end of The Selection, I was Team Neutral over the boys. After The Prince, I was leaning more to Maxon. Through all of The Elite, I flipped back and forth. Kiera does a great job keeping the characters human. The guys screw up, America screws up, circumstances screw things up.
America continues to fight to stay true to herself, which is more than some of the other girls can say. She’s definitely not one to take things lying down.
Marlee — oh Marlee.I so almost lost it over Marlee. She’s definitely another girl with a backbone and sticks to her heart’s desire.
I was very happy to get to see more of the queen. It makes me more excited about her upcoming novella! I hope to see even more of her in The One.
Things I kind had an assumption about in The Prince totally turned out to be true and it absolutely broke my heart! I just don’t see how — ugh! SPOILER. UGH! Just no. No. No. No. No. For shame. >.<
The attacks are ramping up and so are my nerves. The more things happen between Aspen and America, the more nervous I am about Maxon’s reaction. You know THAT has to hit the fan before the end!
Very well written like The Selection, even if it’s focused more on the romance than the dystopian aspect. I’m still completely okay with that. I breezed through much like I did The Selection. I’m excited to read The Guard and see how it all goes down in The One. Who will she choose? Will the caste system end? So many things I must know NOW. All in all, a good and entertaining read. I recommend it more to romance readers than strict dystopian readers, but still a good dystopian even if it’s not as dark!
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100 Things I Love:
Being married. Cake. The smell of Autumn. Motherhood. Books. Elephants. Back rubs. On demand movies. Actually going out to movies. Faith. Cinnamon rolls. My family. Butterflies. When my kitchen is clean. Crayons. Pink. Tote bags. Dancing. Organizing via color coordination. That my wedding dress was tea length, not floor. Baking. My house. Writing utensils. Paper. India. The sound of water. Making videos. Buttons. The word Episcopalian. Making people laugh. Layering clothes. British accents. Pinterest. Animation. Fireworks. The smell of the Ocean. My wedding rings. Aprons. Reasons to get dressed up. Sex. Pop music. Stars. Taking walks. Daydreaming. Stickers. School Spirit. My friends. Living in a small town. Japan. Singing. Painting my toenails. Pranks/ practical jokes. Painting. Stretch canvas. Costumes. Dipping my fingers in melted wax. Style. Soda. Spending an hour typing at a coffee shop. Musicals. Back to school season. Mopeds. Good hair days. Naps. Not walking up but looking at a beautiful staircase. Driving alone. My ankles. Playlists. Spending entire days in pajamas. Holidays. Telling stories. Spontaneity. Theme parks. Bookshelves. The word copacetic. Boxes. Empty journals. Surprises. Doing things in groups. Doing things alone. Getting real mail. Decorating. Small forks. A good hug. Gift cards. New Years Goals. Going out to dinner. When someone else remembers some great story about me/us that I’ve forgotten. Toy stores. Fireplaces. Breakfast foods. Journaling. Crying for a good reason. Doorbells. Pointless adventures. Voting. My birthday. Reasons to make wishes. Recycling