Series: The Selection #2
The Elite (The Selection #2)
by Kiera Cass
Genre: YA, Dystopian, Romance
Format: I received an a copy through Around the World ARC Tours in exchange for my honest review.
Expected Publication: 04.23.13
Midnight Minute: America was one of the last girls standing in the competition for Prince Maxon’s heart, but fewer girls means shiz is getting real. And the rebels are closing in.
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.
~ I felt like the cut from 35 girls to just 6 was awfully severe, especially since this is only the 2nd book in the series- but then the fist culling on The Bachelor always troubled me too. I may be a tad too sentimental about stupid crap. But really, true affection takes time to build up, Maxon!
~ I don’t watch The Bachelor anymore because it got hella fake, but I was hooked for several seasons (the first one I watched was Charlie O’Connells season. I was really rooting for him and baby nurse Sarah). But all of the crap that I began to hate about the tv show (the incredible fakeness of it and pretty much all reality tv anymore) isn’t in The Selection series. I get all the pretty, petty girls in elaborate dresses vying for a hottie’s attention. Plus it’s got political intrigue!
~ Is there anyone out there who is Team Aspen? Because I didn’t like at all in the last book, and in The Elite my feelings are more ambivilant. Sometimes he seems cool, but then he’s putting America in a extremely dangerous position anytime he talks to her, so that’s very uncool. I kind of want him to just hook up with someone else or imprint on a toddler (just kidding! Because that’s gross!).
~ When the Prince asks you to keep something secret, you protect it like Frodo protected the one Ring. Hell, if Prince William or Prince Harry told me a secret, I’d keep it. And I’m not even English. In fact, I’m sure some of my more militant Irish ancestors would be mighty displeased with me, but I’d still keep my mouth shut.
~ America, meet everyone’s favorite toy, the yo-yo. Ya’ll have a lot in common this book. One minute America is all about Maxon, then Aspen, then Maxon, then Aspen, then Roberto, then Maxon… just joking. There’s no Roberto. Just making sure you’re paying attention!
~ I don’t know if I love all the awful names in this series, or I love how awful they are. Seriously, Officer Woodwork? And don’t get me started on all the jokes I can make out of America’s name.
~ I really liked Elise in this novel, although she steps up her game as a rival for Maxon’s affection. I’m also in total agreement with her over the caning vs. death debate. I’ll take caning any day of the week over death. Unless it was every day, and then eventually I’m sure the death choice would start looking good.
~ I really love America’s relationship with her dad- he truly loves her and believes in her. Her mom remains a bit of Mrs. Bennet though.
~ Now that we’re into the second book it becomes clear that being the Princess will be a difficult and, at times, unpleasant job. But that maybe Mer just might be what Illea needs.
~ Maxon’s parents are the polar opposites of Mer’s- his mom’s is wonderful and his dad is a tool. Too bad he’s King.
~ America drove me nuts this book, and seriously Aspen is kind of stupid for putting up with her. And she’s completely hypocritical too… but I still love the chemistry between her and Maxon, so I’m willing to overlook her yoyo tendencies for now. Although, her hypocrisy might not make her Princess material, but she’s got a good shot at a political career.
~ This series is a giant soap opera, and I love it.
~ The rebels continue to be all mysterious and murderous. I’m a little afraid that I’m going to be disappointed with their storyline, but honestly I’m just here for the competition.
~ The Palace security continues to be the worst.
~ Much drama in this book, and the plot moves steadily on. I really loved the task America and the other girls are given in this book, even more would have been nice though.
~ I heart this series. It’s not perfect, it’s a little shallow, Mer drives me nuts, but I’m hooked.
Prince Maxon- my favorite point in the love triangle. He actually calls America on some of her shiz, which just makes her (and me) love him more. Sigh.
Aspen- He doesn’t ski, so I’m not sure what’s up with his name, but he’s there for America whenever she deigns to call on him.
Anne, Mary and Lucy- America’s maids. Still really like them. They remind me of the mice in Cinderella.
Officer Woodwork- one of the palace guards.
Queen Amberly- I really just picture her as Julie Andrews. I love Julie Andrews.
King Clarkson- It’s beginning to dawn on me that he’s not particularly thrilled to pass the torch of leadership onto his son…
Adele- the Queen’s sister. She doesn’t have a huge role, but I liked her so she goes on the list.
Gavril Fadaye- reporter for the Illea Capital.
Mr. Singer- America’s dad is perfection. She also has a cute little sister, I forgot to write her name down, but she’s an adorable moppet.
Marlee- Mer’s friendly competition, she’s got secrets of her own.
The rest of the Elite:
Kriss- the airhead
Elise- the brain (and now the competition)
Natalie- the four (sorry I didn’t write anything else down about her)
Celeste- the mean one
First, I love that Maxon takes America to a super secret hidden room, and that it contains books and computers.
The biggest Midnight Moment came when Maxon takes his shirt off for America- but not for the reason ya’ll are thinking. Get your minds out of the gutters!
If you liked the first book, then The Elite is a must read. Yes it was frustrating, but it’s the second book so you know the love triangle is only going to heat up and stakes are just going to get higher. That’s the job of Book 2. I gave it a five star on Goodreads simple because you can’t do half-stars and I devoured this book. It probably would have been a five, but I wanted to smack/shake America through out most of this book.
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The Elite (The Selection #2) gets a Midnight Book Rating of:
The Prince: A Selection Novella
By Kiera Cass
Before thirty-five girls were chosen to compete in the Selection…
Before Aspen broke America’s heart…
There was another girl in Prince Maxon’s life…
Don’t miss this thrilling 128-page original novella set in the world of the New York Times bestselling novel The Selection. Also features a teaser to The Elite, Kiera Cass’s hotly anticipated sequel to The Selection.