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The Elite (The Selection #2)

By 12:26 pm

By Kiera Cass 

If you have not seen my review on The Selection please click here first! 

- Goodreads -
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

Review - May contain spoilers if you have not read The Selection 

I just finished reading The Elite and my mind is blown. I honestly didn't know what to expect from this book as I have heard many reviews with different opinions. Some said that The Elite was not as good as the first novel and I have to agree. I did not enjoy it as much but it still left me turning page after page. This review is going to be really hard to write as I found that I both hated and loved this book so if I don't make any sense...bare with me.

I don't really need to start off with the cover because we all know that The Selection series always have the prettiest covers. So I'm going to jump straight into the things I did not like about this book. As we know from The Selection there is a love-triangle going on between America, Aspen and Maxon. I really don't like love-triangles unless they're really well written and I found that this one just grew more annoying by the minute. I could hardly stand it in the first novel and this book just took it that next step further.

America's indecisiveness gets worse in this book and I feel like her character changed. She used to be quite a strong character considering the madness going on with the competition. She makes a lot of stupid mistakes in the first book but at least you can tolerate them as they're easily forgiven. In this book she makes big stupid mistakes that jeopardise  a lot of situation. For a smart girl she is very stupid. I also find she's selfish and foolish and she doesn't give people a chance to speak and explain the situation. I was just appalled about how she treated Maxon...ahh I'm trying not to spoil. Anyway I basically think she is making it harder for herself and she is letting everyone make her second guess herself.

Aspen...I absolutely hated him in this book. It just felt like every time everything was going fine, he had to come and just make her second guess herself by saying something. He was a nuisance and I just hope that he does something stupid to make America realise that Maxon is the better choice. To me this love-triangle is very weakly set up as it's obvious she is going to choose Maxon. But these are just my opinions obviously.

I also felt really sorry for Maxon. He is trying to make the situation better but America never let's him get a single word in. I felt like he could have stood up for himself a little more and be like "No America, you need to hear me out." I just feel like there is so much that we don't know about him and she's not giving him the chance. Not only does he have to deal with her but he has to deal with family issues and just the whole role of being a prince.

In the next book I am really hoping that the whole Selection ordeal is done and it's going to be focusing more on the rebel attacks and the war. The rebel attacks were like in The Selection  I thought they were weakly done and I am always hoping for something more. I don't know what could happen but I feel like it could be more realistic because all they do is end up trashing the palace and it makes it feel less threatening. And the whole thing with the Northerners and the Southerners confuse me, are they both allied with each other or not. Are they both fighting for the same goal. I don't know I guess all our questions will be answered in the next book.

Overall I think it was good but not at the same time. It was well written and everything but it's just all these things that add up to make you not like it but love it. To be honest I don't see how this story is going to end in a trilogy and I just hope the Kiera Cass has something up her sleeve to just mind blow us all. I think that the next book will seal the fate of the series as to whether I enjoyed it or not. I know this is a very harsh review and I hate to do that to book but this is only my opinion. Even though I have mixed emotions on this book I still think it was a good and quick read.

My fave quote:
"If there's one thing I've learned from being in the Selection, it's that some girls have a frightening killer instinct. Don't let the ball gowns fool you," She finished with a smile. 



  1. I haven't read this but I keep seeing this everywhere! Kiera Cass is coming to the Philippines on August for a book signing and I want to go!

    1. Oooh you're so lucky. Hopefully you get to meet her!

  2. Great Review Francoise! This sounds amazing and I'm so excited to read it. Sounds like I'm going to want to bitch slap America, oh well you gotta do what you gotta do.

    - Sunny @ A Sunny Spot Blog

  3. Everyone is talking about The Selection! Glad you enjoyed it on the whole! Great review! :D

  4. My feelings on this were sort of similar but I only rated it 2 stars because it really annoyed me. I'm hoping The One picks it up.

    Thanks for stopping by A's review!

    Bec @ Ransom Reads