The Elite The Elite (The Selection #2)
Published by , on April 23, 2013
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Format: Audiobook
Pages: 337

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. (Goodreads)

The Selection series is a total guilty pleasure for me! I get the same feeling while reading this as I do when I watch reality TV, or read a mass-market romance novel. And I totally mean this in a good way!

I enjoyed The Elite even more than the first book, and I don’t say that often about sequels. Yes, there was even more romance triangle drama in it, which I was worried about, but I liked how America handled it. Though she’s really torn between Maxon and Aspen, she compared all the aspects of her decision, and thought through how each will impact her life. There’s also more politics in this installment, and action as the rebel attacks become more frequent.

My favorite relationship in The Elite is between America and her father. I loved seeing them interact, which isn’t often, but their strong relationship is nice to see in YA… I just love her Dad! I also liked seeing the dynamics between all the Elite girls still living at the Castle.

I listened to the audiobook, and sadly for me, the narrator did not work for me. Though it didn’t keep me from enjoying the story, the author’s voice grated on my nerves. I thought America sounded like an airhead, and I don’t consider her one at all…

Fans of Kiera Cass’s debut, The Selection, will not be disappointed with The Elite! I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a fun read, romance, and doesn’t mind a light dystopian. I’m really looking forward the series conclusion, The One, which releases in spring 2014.

4 Stars

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