Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Teen Tuesday: The Elite by Kiera Cass

From Goodreads.com:

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.

 Well. I am beginning to tire of the trend in YA or Teen literature to follow the trilogy format. Why? Because, in the second book, the female protagonist, in this case, America Singer, becomes a muddled fool. Do I love Prince Maxon? YES! wait, the next chapter - Do I love Aspen, who's always been there for me? YES! And on, and on, and on. By the end of the book you want Prince Maxon to pick Kriss and be done with it.

Saying that, I will tell you that I stayed up till 2 AM finishing this book, only to find out that I will NOT find out America's choice until book 3. The details of the pending revolution are quite unbelievable and not fleshed out well at all. The real story is....will it be Prince Maxon or Aspen who wins America's heart? If she really wants Maxon, however, she is making a lot of tactical errors in the Selection competition. The last one, (no revealer - spoilers) was too over the top for me. If I were him - I would have booted her myself.

Still adore these covers though!

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