Archive | November 2013

The Elite by Kiera Cass

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Hardcover
323 pages
Published April 23rd 2013
by HarperTeen
      The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Selection.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. 

This Book Contains: Abuse, Romance, Love, Violence, Love Triangle and Corruption.

My Thoughts:

Wow!  This book was just WOW! I can’t begin to do this book justice.  This book had the shock factor thru out it. I didn’t see some of the things coming in this book.  I really enjoyed the Selection but The Elite was just fantastic.  I was a little upset with America because of her lack of forth-rightness in this book.  She seemed to change once she realized her feelings for Maxon in this book.  She was more cautious which made her jump to conclusions more.  I was glad to see her get her fire back and speak her mind.

I wasn’t surprised by the control the king had but I was by his violence.  I am more in love with Maxon’s character now more than I was before.  His need to make things better for his people and knowing how to achieve that just made him so much more special in my eyes.  The brief insights to how the kingdom is ran and why the rebels are entering the castle has me more intrigued than ever.

I think everyone should give this series a try.  I think almost everyone will end up a fan of the series.  It has love, romance, political intrigue and a dystopian society.   I know I was more than pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoy it and can’t wait to get my hands on the final book.

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The Selection (The Selection, #1) By Kiera Cass

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

Hardcover
327 pages
Published April 24th 2012
by HarperTeen

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.

This Book Contains: Romance, Violence, Friendship, Competition, Rebellion and A Love Triangle.

My Thoughts:

I don’t know what I was expecting from this book but what I got was so much more.  I never thought I would enjoy this book this much.  I was never a huge fan of reality shows so, when I saw that this was compared to the Bachelor I thought that this was not really for me.  Boy was I ever wrong!   I loved the main character I found her to be smart and full of life.  She always let her emotions get the best of her and in away that is what I think I liked the most.  I love the fact that she wasn’t a push over and was willing to say what was on her mind.   I am very similar in nature so I could so see myself in her place. 

Over all this book had so much more going on than just the just some contest to find the next princess.  There were rebels storming the castle threating the royal family.  There were also, a love triangle going on which complicates the matter.  If I had to choose at this time I would have to choose the prince.  Although, I have to say one of my favorite quotes in the book is when America tells Aspen that she chooses herself instead of one of them.

I think that anyone who loves dystopian would really enjoy this book.  I also think people who enjoy romance, royalty and love triangles will enjoy this book.  I really think this would be a very enjoyable read for just about anyone.  It is a really good start to what I see as a very intriguing series.