24 April 2013

Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass

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 received an e-arc copy of this book from Netgalley and I was so excited! The Selection was the first book I read this year and it was amazing! I was so excited to read The Elite and it didn't disappoint. I actually decided to read this on a whim. I hadn't been reading a lot and I though what better to get me back on track than a sequel I've been dying to read. I definitely made the right decision because as soon as I started this, I just couldn't put it down. I loved The Selection, but The Elite was just superb!

America was amazing in this book. Although there were moments when she started to annoy me with the Maxon/Aspen thing, I just absolutely love her character. She's so genuine and nice that I find it hard not to like her. She's got a determination about her when it comes to what she thinks is worth fighting for and I admire her for it. She'll do whatever she can to get her point across - even if it means endangering her place. I love her attitude and her whole character. She's probably one of my favourite female characters.

I loved learning more about Maxon in this book. I didn't think it was possible to love him more than I already did, boy was I proved wrong. We got an insight into Maxon's family life and I really felt for him. Having no one to talk to about it and no one to tell because of how scared he is made me just want to hug him and tell him everything was going to be alright. He's so sweet and caring that I just couldn't believe that it had happened to him. There were a few moments where I felt like Maxon needed a punch in the face to get him back on track, but for most of the book  I loved him.

Aspen is just not a character I care about. I hate him, his relationship with America and the fact that he's interfering with Maxon and America. Can he not just get lost already? Clearly America loves Maxon and Aspen is just making everything awkward and making her doubt her decision. If he just left, America would be able to tell Maxon exactly how she feels about him and forget all about Aspen. He just won't let her move on!

If you couldn't tell, I'm Team Maxon all the way! :)

Like I said above, I just don't see Aspen and America going anywhere. But Maxon and America? You can just tell that they're destined to be together. The compliment each other and when (when not if) they get together, they're going to do great things for Illea. They'll also make such a cute couple because they are so perfect for each other.

There was a lot more action in this book. The rebels became more determined and I'm still really interested to find out what they want! America had kind of an idea what they were after, but we still don't know if it's true or not. Guess we'll find out in the next book!
Maxon's father is a piece of work too. He's such a horrible person. I actually despise him, and I really hope he dies in the next book. He deserves to.

The storyline was more gripping and more interesting because it was down to the final 6. There were a few twists that I didn't see coming and that part with Marlee? I was in shock. 

And then there was the ending. The ending had me squealing with joy! I'm so excited for the last book now! I can't wait! This book definitely deserves:

I actually can't wait for the last book now! And we have a name - The One - and the name made me even more excited! Roll on 2014!


  1. Yayy glad to hear this is really good! I liked The Selection too, it was fun and had me laughing a lot. I just received The Elite as well so I can't wait to start reading it!

    Miss J @ Miss Book Reviews

    1. The Elite is just as good as The Selection, probably even better. There's just a lot more going on in The Elite :)
      I hope you enjoy it! :D