The Elite – Kiera Cass

the eliteThe Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass
Published April 23
, 2013 by HarperTeen
Source: purchased

The Selection was pure candy for me and The Elite was its darker, richer cousin. The Elite still had its fluffy romantic moments but Cass delved deeper into the world where such things as the Selection are necessary. The Elite had much more world builder that I never realized The Selection lacked. There is not only more information about the caste system but more about foreign lands, as well as their problems or successes.  On top of this information there is also a great look into what life is like being a royal (and I will tell you it is not all pretty dresses and tasty food). America and the other Elite get put to the test not only to prove they are worthy of Maxon’s love but being called a princess.

I read multiple reviews and saw that many people had a problem with America’s character in this book because they felt she was not as strong as she was in The Selection. I agree and disagree with this. America only bothered me when she would get wrapped up in being with one of the boys and then completely forget about the other. She has a problem with trusting Maxon. He would constantly tell her to trust him and the next second she would be upset with a choice he made. This would then push her towards Aspen and thus love triangle. Other than that I felt she was a strong, fierce character who stood up for what she believed in and stayed true to herself. Yes she has her flaws but what character doesn’t?

This is one love triangle that I love! At this point in the series I trust America (and Cass) to pick correctly in the end. In my eyes there is not a wrong choice. That being said I am still totally team Maxon. First off he is a prince and secondly he is just a good guy. I will say there was one scene in particular between him another member of the Elite that upset me though. Oh Maxon why can’t you be real!

Favorite Quote – It wasn’t like I made his world better. It was like I was his world. It wasn’t some explosion; it wasn’t fireworks. It was a fire, burning slowly from the inside out.

Kind of spoiler-y but a few book three thoughts…I found out the title to books three (The One) before reading The Elite and I thought it was spoiler-y but it is totally not! I also (accidentally) saw on Twitter that he picked Kriss and I was like “WHAT, he picks someone in book 2 and its NOT America!?”…alas that was incorrect. Does anyone else feel that Kota (America’s older brother) is going to play a role in The One?

Rating

5star

ALSO! Kiera Cass and company are coming to Chicago area soon so keep an eye out for a giveaway this month for some wonderful stuff!!

The Prince – Kiera Cass

the prince

The Prince (The Selection #0.5) by Kiera Cass
Published May 5, 2013 by HarperTeen

Source: purchased

There is a rising trend of novellas in the YA genre and I have to say I love it! I think it is so wonderful that authors have the ability to give us a nugget story to tie us over between books while sometimes gaining a different view on certain scenes.

The Prince novella is about Maxon and takes place before and during the beginning of The Selection. I really enjoyed Maxon’s POV but I have to say this fell short for me compared to the full length novels. In the beginning we see Maxon’s interactions with a foreign royal his age who happens to be a girl. Living in the palace prevents Maxon from not only having friends his age but also interacting with girls. It was great to see some of The Selection from Maxon’s POV but this did not supply a large amount of important information where I felt it was necessary to read.

I would recommend picking this up if you loved The Selection and/or like Maxon otherwise this is not required to read before picking up The Elite.

Rating

4star

The Selection – Kiera Cass (audiobook)

the selectionThe Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass
Narrated by Amy Rubinate

Audiobook released April 24, 2012
Source: library

I fell in love with The Selection when I first read it about a year ago and I knew I had to reread it before picking up The Elite. I saw that my library had the audiobook in their collection and I checked it out. I am still just as in love with the story and the characters as I was the first time around! The narrator had a bit of a robotic voice overall but when she was absolutely enchanting when narrating dialogue. I found myself chuckling at some of Prince Maxon’s lines that weren’t particularly funny but hearing them spoken out loud just tickled me (wow, can I sound cheesier?) I would totally recommend this book to both those who have read The Selection as well as those who are new to the series.

For those who don’t know The Selection is about a girl named America Singer who enters a competition called the Selection. The Selection consists of 35 girls from different castes (aka different classes of society) competing for the hand of the Prince as well as the title of Princess. America is reluctant to enter because she has a secret love at home but understands that her family could use the financial support that comes with being part of the Selection. I have heard it called The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor and I usually don’t agree with comparisons but this one is totally relevant!  America is a great main character who I can’t help but like.

Rating

5star