Saturday, May 11, 2013

REVIEW: The Elite by Keira Cass

I read this book a few days ago, but I needed some time to let it sink in before I could write my review on it. I love and hate it when books do that to me. They are so good and so well written that they literally blow your mind and leave you speechless and hungry for more. Unfortunately, we have to wait until next April to find out what happens next. (I may have to reread both The Selection and The Elite a few times before then, just so I can live vicariously through America and Maxon.)

Kiera and myself 🙂 HI KIERA!

But anyways, obviously this post is all about The Elite, the sequel to Kiera Cass’ The Selection novel. If you haven’t read The Selection yet, DO IT. I came across it this past November at YALLFest in Charleston, SC where I met Kiera Cass and fell in love with her bubbly personality. She is so fun. I’ll never forget standing in line and and seeing the excitement on her face when she realized just how long the line was for people to get their book signed by her and then proceeded to stand in her chair to take a picture of the line. 
She is just awesome. I hope to meet her again someday soon and personally would LOVE to go to a One Direction concert with her. Haha. 🙂

Okay, okay, back to the book….

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.

The Elite is a little darker than The Selection but so incredibly good. I literally couldn’t put it down! Seriously. I read it in 8 hours and hated when it ended, but I must be patient. The One is expected to come out April 2014. I am most definitely all for Team Maxon, but there is a little part of me that loves Aspen as well. It’s hard to tell what will happen, but what I do know is, you see a different side to Maxon in this book than you did in the first. Both Maxon and America show a little more vulnerability;  Maxon dealing with his relationship with his father and the pressure that comes with running a country and America with her struggles of wondering if she is fit to be a princess and eventually queen. It is a book filled with so many emotions; fear, hate, love, anger, and so much more. I have so many more questions after reading The Elite and I can only hope I get all of the answers when The One comes out. 
Most definitely 5 of 5 stars!

Happy reading!

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