Today is another Wednesday and I will be reviewing the second book in the Selection series The Elite. This book is quite good and I think it is… well you’ll find out what I think in the review now won’t you 🙂
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.
As the second book in the much loved series, I think it follows on the story well. America is almost certain of Maxon’s feelings and intentions but she is at a loss about her own. With six girls left, the heat in rising and it’s not long before something happens that can change everything.
The thing that makes this book one of my favourites is the pure fact that at this stage, you feel like you know the main six girls left in the competition as well as the two boys featured as well. America’s maids also contain a major part in the story as well. At this stage, Kiera Cass is able to focus on the sole things that knock the remaining girls out instead of forcing Maxon to send home masses at once. You also get a better feel for palace life. In the first book, America is introduced to the glamorous and sparking side of being a princess but in this sequel, you are introduced to the harsh, business side of things. As well as the temptation of both boys, America’s feelings and thoughts jump right off of the page.
I like the pace of the book and how, even though it only happens over the course of a year or two, you feel like the pace is perfect. There isn’t much I didn’t like about it. If I had to say one thing, I would say that I think that America and the story could’ve explored some of the minor characters lives as well to create a more rounded image. Queen Amberly is also a very vague character which could’ve been explored more.
Overall, again a very fairy-tale story but a great book. I like how the main part of book is set in and around the palace. It allows you to get a feel of the place and helps to provide a very vivid image of the scenes.
Thanks for reading and see you on Friday 🙂