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The Elite (The Selection) Hardcover – April 23, 2013
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Rating: 4.5 Stars
So when we left off we had just went from a large group of girls down to the Elite, and only six to boot as Maxon didn’t want to keep anyone around and in danger unnecessarily. Things heat up in the competition for Maxon’s heart as he girls are now expected to learn and do more of what a princess would. America has to figure out where her heart is, with her first love Aspen who broke her heart but came back for her. Or Prince Maxon, whom she has real feelings for but isn’t sure of everything that comes with him, like the crown. She wants time to try and make her decision but as things progress time may be against her and she may lose her ability to choose.
In book one I was not very fond of her interactions with Aspen once he came to the palace. I was happy that he got out of where he was and it turned out well for him and I even understand in some part his reasons for breaking her heart. I was even happy that it might give her closure but instead it opened up a new can of worms. While she was developing real feelings for Maxon she now had her first love waiting in the wings which wasn’t fair to either to either guy even if Aspen was aware and Maxon was technically dating many girls at once. Morality aside it was risky and stupid to keep talking with him like that and sneaking moments. As we move forward though and things happen outside of the control and understanding of America she is forced to see the not so pleasant side of ruling and she isn’t pleased. Upset and pulling away from Maxon and the crown leads him to waver in his certainty of her and look more seriously at the other girls. Which adds even more flames to the fire that is the mess of emotions.
Character wise I still really liked Maxon though he had some moments where I was with America in being uncertain. His reasons make sense and paired with his inexperience they are almost sweet but he expects her to understand his faults and missteps in that area but doesn’t always offer the same with her in regards to the other girls and politics. Still I was firmly Team Maxon. Aspen on the other hand I enjoyed as a character and I loved his support and loyalty to his country and America but I didn’t approve of what he was doing in trying to win her while she was in the selection. It is against the rules and the risks are much too high. America was still nervous and unsure and relatable if not a bit indecisive which got to me a bit more on reflection than it did in the moment.
With the girls being so few now we really got to dive more into them and who they are, along with what they were there for. Some suspicions were confirmed others enlightened. Also can I say how much I still love Marley! The bond forged between her and America was on point for me and something I think that was needed in the otherwise cattiness that occurs in the situation. Special note also to America's maid, Ann, Mary, and Lucy were also so much fun. The way America interacts with them and they are with her, true confidents who would do anything for her and she for them seeing them as people. It kind of helps keep her grounded in the opulence of the palace.
I really liked the aspect of including the rebels and learning more about the country as a whole. I always suspected something was off but this did kind of catch me by surprise. Maybe because of how insane it was and how honestly I think it could have played out. How this way of life really happened. We also get to know more about other countries as well from the dignitaries coming over to visit and interact, each group unique with their different customs and preferences on being handled. Also seeing the girls step up and have more responsibility was good to see who shined and who failed.
Still really enjoying the series and I'm excited to continue on in the series, I have them all (accept the newest one) waiting for me on my shelf. I'm excited to have finally started this series. While I wish I had been up on the series before hand so I could have enjoyed all the talk of them I also like not having to wait so there is that!
When she plays her cards in an impulsive, politically naive way, on national television, Miss Singer draws the attention of the King. If she had uncertainty about his impression of her, she now has direct knowledge. How will this game play out? Who of the elite five will win the Prince? Look forward to Book Three this fall.
The Elite- Kiera Cass
The kingdom has gotten a lot smaller. 29 people smaller to be exact! Six girls remain in the selection. The Elite. Marlee, Kris, Natalie, Elise, Celeste, and America. Maxon and America spend more time together it seems like in each page of the book. Maxon invites all the girls family over for dinner one night. At the dinner America dances with both Aspen and Maxon. At the dinner America basically tells Aspen they will never be together again and the dances with Maxon. This is a SPOILER Maxon basically tells America they are going to get married! SPOILER OVER The next day there is an elimination. Or there was supposed to be anyway. When America wakes up she know there is bad news. There are only five girls. SPOILER Marlee was caught with Carter Woodworker which is against the rules. Marlee and Carter are whipped for there consequences, and castes as eights. America runs through the crowd trying to reach her best friend. Who Maxon was forced to place the punishment of whippings SPOILER OVER. The 6th girl was gone. Gone forever. America starts thinking about her and Aspen. And if they were even caught holding hands for the slightest second, they could both die. Maxon wouldn't do that though. Right?The elite is a book with a choice. The choice is made, but will it come true. Will the girl have to take his word for it. Will they get married. Is his words more powerful than a ring! America loves her maids, they are a blessing. And quite good friends. Anyone who read the first book knows America is a stubborn person. She won't rest until she gets what she wants. America and Kris are assigned to welcome to the Italians to Illea. America becomes good friends with Nicoletta. Nicoletta talks to America about the people of Illea are unhappy. Unhappy about jobs, caste, and the rebels. Nicoletta tells America if she does become Queen Italy and Illea could become good friends. And Italy would support Illea. Maxon leaves with the King to take care of business. America realizes how difficult it is to have Maxon not in the palace. Rebels start targeting the selection girls families. Threating to kill them. America gets ready to go home, at least for a while. She thinks back to he times with Maxon. She can't go, she won't go.
Okay, so the selection is my favorite series of all time! But I have to say this was my least favorite book in the series. That doesn't mean it's a terrible book! No, no, no! It is amazing! And is still in my top 20 all time favorites! I get asked a lot what's my least favorite, and I answer honestly The Elite. And for some reason everyone think that means it's a terrible book! It NOT! Please do not think that! It's one of the best books I've ever read! Okay, now that we got that out of the way! I'm giving this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 Stars. I did take of one star because, I can't give every book give stars, and I wish we would have seen a little bit more of how Maxon interacted with the other girls! Okay, so first the cover! Who doesn't love it! No one! I loved the action in this book, even though it was really sad! It was fun to see America interact with some people outside of Illea like the Italians. And of course it's always fun to read about Maxon and America! Over all I loved this book! It was SOO good! I am very dearly attached to America! Sometimes I really to wish I lived in Illea 😋! Please please please go out and read this series! I promise I does not disappoint!