Book Review: The Elite by: Kiera Cass

The_Elite_CoverThirty-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.

Summary from Goodreads.com

Found myself mostly annoyed with this second installment. Was not my favorite book almost like a down grade from the first.

Characters

  • America: If she didn’t spend all of her time wasting on which guy she could have been with this trilogy, this series could have ended in two books and been a much more enjoyable reading experience.
  • Aspen: Please leave the castle, that’s all I have to say. Due to his annoying presence I feel like America can’t have her full potential experience as a competitor during the Selection. I don’t think I’ve ever had such a negative experience with a character.
  • The King: Is it sad that I like the king at the end? No? Well okay then. When he shares a conversation with America, I swear that was my favorite part of the entire book, because we get to see an emotion other than whiny, sad, or confused.
  • Maxon: Kind of glad he built a bridge and got over his little America stage and found a happier place. Still sad though that the nice guy is finishing last again in this book and I hate that America still plays him.

 

Main Conflict

  • The main conflict shifted more towards the competition and the so called “love triangle”. We get to see the girls actually brawl it out with a major girl fight which was nice to read about. About half way through the book I felt a tension rose that necessarily wasn’t there before. At times it was nice to feel America get tense and her boots shaken about the whole ordeal. And then the love triangle. Once in the book I counted a six page difference where she made up her mind on who she wanted to be with. This was more towards the book which ended up getting on my skin. I wished the characters could be more realistic or that America would get caught with Aspen already and leave the palace.

 

Author’s Writing Style

  • I feel like the author’s writing style is overall bland. I wished that it could become more poetic throughout the entire book. The only part where I think Cass as a writer took time is when she wrote what Maxon said and all his heartfelt lines.

 

Other Feelings

Love Triangles

  • Holy cow do I have a lot of feelings and emotions about this topic in general and in this story. After I finished a chapter about how America was head over heels in love for Maxon, not even a page later she would be back thinking or even hanging out with Aspen. Towards the end of the novel I see her pull away and make more of a decision of who chase after, which was nice to finally make more of a decision. But for goodness sake I can’t stand the way Cass writes this love triangle.

 

Final Thoughts

  • After enduring and finishing this book I would have to rate this a 2.5/5 stars.Even though this book dragged on for forever and ever with the constant whining, I still somehow magically liked the ending and I how no clue as to why that would happen. I decided to rate this book a 2.5/5 stars. It would have been 3 stars but oh goodness America is to blame for that star rating with her love triangle of not making up her mind and acting like a two year going through their “terrible two stage”. While Maxon on the other hand did everything right. He saw opportunity as America was being distant and he took full advantage for it! And Aspen… lets not even go there. What an irritating little shit head who just either needs to run away from the castle OR gets special treatment and magically gets killed off by one of the rebel groups. I don’t know if I will be picking up the third book.

 

Book Review: The Selection by: Kiera Cass

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For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Summary from Goodreads.com

Meh. The one word that described my reading progress throughout this book. This read was neither the best or worst.

The Setting

  • The setting for this particular book described by goodreads.com is YA and Sci-fi/Dystopia. I got the YA feel even though it felt more middle grade to me, but the Sci-fi/Dystopia part? Ummm what the heck. I got that society has fallen and everything is a mess with a war going on. To myself I felt no Sci-fi Dystopia feeling what so ever besides the Caste system and the “rebel” fights. Other than that I did not get a feeling for Sci-fi or Dystopia.

The Main Characters

  • So here’s a little throw down on what characters I like/dislike. America: sometimes enjoyable, but mainly annoying and winy. Why she’s SO in love with Aspen? I have the slightest clue. Aspen: jerk. Prince Maxon: charming, enjoyable, and my favorite character.

The Main Conflict

  • That’s cool if America wants to rebel against her parents and not want to join the Selection, but I wished we could follow a different character’s POV… (cough cough Prince Maxon). If we followed his POV I think that this could be a pretty cool novel but with the winy chick handling this story was not okay. Anyways I felt the main conflict was boring and hopefully it gets more enjoyable through the following books.

Other Issues

  • More chick fights/Competition

I wished this book had more competition and girl fights. You’re fighting to be there and be the feature princess/queen of Illéa. Maybe I got my hopes to high for this aspect I was looking forward to.

  • Sucky foreshadowing/Very predicable

I found this book very predicable at times (like the ending). It made for a lack in suspense and not very climatic.

Final Thought.

  • This book was not what I expected. I thought there would be a lot more girls fighting and crying, rather then some girl in a horrible love triangle. This is one example of a book where the love triangle thing just does not work with the story (at least in my opinion). I wished I could have liked it more but I didn’t not. So with all the crap I had to deal with throughout this book, I ended up giving a 3/5 star review for this book. Yes I had a lot of cons, but I still enjoyed it enough to get through it along with my fav character, Prince Maxon, who helped made this an enjoyable read.

 

Current Thoughts on Reading…

So this month has been ultimately crazy. With projects on projects and prom, I’ve been busy up to the brink. But here’s the bad thing that comes with all of this craziness, no reading time what so ever. Yeah, I haven’t enjoyed the books I’ve read this year and lack of free time is not helping my feelings for the books that I am currently reading. I just feel reading is more of a chore than a fun free time activity for myself.

For the next month I plan on reading a bunch more. My last day of school is quickly approaching which brings the positive side; more time to read! I’ve picked a few books from my contemporary section so that hopefully this can get me back into my love for reading. The books are…

1.   Eleanor & Park by: Rainbow Rowell

1. Eleanor & Park by: Rainbow Rowell

 

 

 

 

 

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2. My Life Next Door by: Huntley Fitzpatrick

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3. Twisted by: Sara Shepard

 

 

 

 

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4.   And continue reading A Geeks Guide to Dating by: Eric Smith

I don’t know what’s up with my reading lately and I think I just need to take a break from all distractions and school work to just feel no pressure at all, and get back into the swing of my love for reading.