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Сначала их было тридцать пять. Теперь их осталось всего шесть. Это Элита. И битва за сердце принца Максона разгорается с еще большей силой. Но чем ближе Америка Сингер к тому, чтобы завоевать корону, тем чаще встает перед ней вопрос: кому в действительности принадлежит ее сердце — Максону или Аспену? Ведь каждая минута, проведенная с принцем, похожа на дивную сказку. Однак Сначала их было тридцать пять. Теперь их осталось всего шесть. Это Элита. И битва за сердце принца Максона разгорается с еще большей силой. Но чем ближе Америка Сингер к тому, чтобы завоевать корону, тем чаще встает перед ней вопрос: кому в действительности принадлежит ее сердце — Максону или Аспену? Ведь каждая минута, проведенная с принцем, похожа на дивную сказку. Однако при встрече с Аспеном, ставшим королевским гвардейцем, девушка вспоминает о том, как они с любимым строили планы о совместной жизни. И пока героиня пытается разобраться в своих чувствах, время неумолимо бежит вперед и работает против нее… Впервые на русском языке!

30 review for Элита

  1. 5 out of 5

    Eve

    So, you see my rating, and you're probably like, ONE STAR? And my answer is yes, one star. I spent a good hour thinking about a reason, any reason to rate it two, but I can't. This was just one books of those books that was not my cup of tea. Which, by the way, is extremely disappointing, considering that I really did like the first book. *sigh* I don't like to bash books and insult the author, but I will say why I did give it such a low rating, in a hopefully non-rude way. *My Opinion. Just a So, you see my rating, and you're probably like, ONE STAR? And my answer is yes, one star. I spent a good hour thinking about a reason, any reason to rate it two, but I can't. This was just one books of those books that was not my cup of tea. Which, by the way, is extremely disappointing, considering that I really did like the first book. *sigh* I don't like to bash books and insult the author, but I will say why I did give it such a low rating, in a hopefully non-rude way. *My Opinion. Just a reminder, in case you're thinking about ripping me apart.* My Opinion is.... Nothing happened throughout this book. I literally spent 319/323 pages reading about America's ever-changing feelings for Aspen and Maxon, which, by the way, was by far one of the most infuriating and unrealistic love triangles I have ever read about. How, please tell me, did Maxon still "love" America after how uncaring she was towards his feelings? I understand that she was still kind of confused about her supposed "feelings" for Aspen, but after the fourth or fifth time she led on, and then proceeded to reject both boys, I would've just given up. There was no excuse for her to be angry that Maxon was seeing the other girls. He deserved to love someone who would reciprocate that emotion, even it that "someone" was Celeste. Or Kriss. Or even freaking Aspen. *plot twist, Aspen and Maxon are in love* (i ship it) Besides the constant push-pull of America's emotions and how indecisive and clumsy she was with the two boys' hearts, the dialogue. Oh, the dialogue. And the dreadful CRYING. Every. Other. Page. That aside, I felt as though the characters were robots. There was no realistic motive behind any of their interactions, whether those interactions were verbally or physically. It felt like a bad sitcom. Everything was scripted (which it kind of is, in a sense), nothing felt realistic or raw, and if I had to read the work WONDERFUL one more time I was going to FLIP. When is Cass's birthday? I'll get her a thesaurus. I was honestly so close to throwing this book at the wall in frustration but as much as I despise some books I simply cannot because it's still a book and my whacked out brain believes they have feelings so THANK YOU KURT The number of facepalms this book and I shared was astronomical. I have a bruise on my forehead. Dear America: I have other things to say, but they'd just be negative towards the book, and I think I've said enough derogative things. But OH MY GOD I COULDN'T STAND THIS A disappointment in the end. I rarely do this, but do to the aggravation this book put me through and how much chocolate I had to eat to get through this (i blame you, The Elite, for the approximately 50 pounds I gained), I won't be reading The One. Or maybe I'll wait to see if that one is better. We'll see. If you enjoyed this book, good for you! I wish I did too. If you didn't, I feel ya. I will say something nice about this book, and that is that this series has seriously the prettiest covers ever. Too bad there isn't a separate rating for books covers. I normally hate when you see the character on the cover too, because they usually turn out looking different than how I picture them in my head, but this one is an exception. So, pretty dress? Too bad that doesn't make up for well, everything else. I'm going to go eat more chocolate and watch criminal minds to make myself feel better. *please don't kill me for writing this review* *I'm actually a nice person I swear* *gives you some of my chocolate so you won't hurt me* Um hello update: 170 likes?! What?! How?! Who paid you guys to do this?! I'd like to thank my parents for giving me this extraordinary opportunity (even though they don't know I'm on this website *rebel*) and Kiera Cass for writing a hellish semi-not-good book so I had the chance to complain about it. And the guy in the mall who gave me a sugar cookie taste tester, just because. *gives you ALL the chocolate* Update what the heck ah: 258 FREAKING LIKES OMG I DO NOT UNDERSTAND THIS GIF BUT IT UNDERSTANDS ME Update: 350. Likes. Update. Again. I'm starting to become slightly overwhelmed (lol "slightly", more like horrifyingly) by the amount of likes this post has accumulated. It's scary that you all are reading my writing, and it's scary that some of you actually like it? I guess? My audience usually consists of myself/the very select number of people who take the time to actually read something I wrote. So, without getting all freaking gushy and gross, thank you for taking the time to read my review/put up with my madness. I really appreciate it. And if you didn't like my review, ha ha ha ha too bad so sad! Go complain about my juvenile writing while I bathe in my 400+ likes. UPDATE What the actual fudge is going on here? 682 likes? SIX HUNDRED AND EIGHTY TWO? Do you even know how big a number that is? Do you? DO YOU? To celebrate the absolutely insane amount of attention this review has received, I shall go forth and eat 682 pieces of chocolate. As one does when existing in an exciting time like this. Also: HOLY SHEEEEEEEEET! *gives you all cyber hugs and kisses* *also kisses to ma haterz* *you aint got nothing on me* *sashays away* Update: HI I HAVE NEGLECTED THIS REVIEW AND DID NOT REALIZE THAT THIS GOT OVER 1,000 LIKES?!?!?!? ARE YOU FORREALZ?!?!?!!? YOU ALL ARE LOVELY PEOPLE AND I HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL LIFE FILLED WITH UNICORNS AND CUPCAKES AND ZAC EFRON. STAY FABULOUS. THANK YOU.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mitch

    For what it's worth, I actually liked The Selection. Sure, it suffered from a major bout of shoddy world building and desperately needed a plot beyond just the game show slash dating elements, but if I had to blurb it, I'd go with something like this: "Frivolous and silly, The Selection is nonetheless an enjoyable timekiller with its Bachelor-like elements and inability to take itself too seriously." The Elite on the other hand... ugh how do I even begin to describe this mess? Let's see... America For what it's worth, I actually liked The Selection. Sure, it suffered from a major bout of shoddy world building and desperately needed a plot beyond just the game show slash dating elements, but if I had to blurb it, I'd go with something like this: "Frivolous and silly, The Selection is nonetheless an enjoyable timekiller with its Bachelor-like elements and inability to take itself too seriously." The Elite on the other hand... ugh how do I even begin to describe this mess? Let's see... America: I love Maxon. No Aspen. No definitely Maxon. *Maxon does something needlessly cruel in dramatic fashion* America: I hate Maxon. *runs off to see Aspen* *For unexplained reasons, she has second thoughts about Aspen* America: Aspen who? I love Maxon. *Maxon does something needlessly cruel in dramatic fashion* America: I hate Maxon. *runs off to see Aspen* *For less unexplained but equally convenient reasons, she has second thoughts about leaving Maxon* America: Aspen who? I love Maxon. (At this point I'm just too irritated to continue copy/pasting) Is anyone else seeing a pattern here? Like maybe the plot is just one big, long, stretched out love triangle? A poorly done love triangle at that? One that isn't even resolved? I don't know, I didn't really mind The Selection because the Bachelor-like elements (in other words, the catty contestants), while stereotypical, were somewhat amusing, but this is just messed up relationship melodrama between chapters of America replaying her emotional baggage in her head over and over and over again, and it's... unimaginably boring? Indescribably pointless? Frustratingly annoying? Where'd evil Celeste go? Plus some other (somewhat random) observations, because this is not a book that's inspiring me to write a coherent review: - What Happened to the Bachelor-style Competition?: Personally, that was the only draw of the first book. Yes it was cheesy. But so what? The Selection was terrible as a dystopian, but at least it had that, so it wasn't a complete loss. The Elite seems to eschew the only thing that made the first book bearable in favor of the aforementioned love triangle - why? - The World Building, Redux: Even from The Selection, we should know world building is not this series's strong suit. Still, while I admire Kiera Cass trying again, this time with more about the history of Ilea, some conspiracy involving the first king's diary, and stuff about the caste system and foreign diplomacy, all of it is so simple to the point that actually reading about it feels more painful than watching a Miss America contestant discuss world geography. - The Rebels of Complete Fail: I get it. Actually, I don't. There are the Northerners. There are the Southerners. It's implied they want something. But when the biggest plot development is a scrap of crucial information incompetently left in the hallway just conveniently for America to find, WTF? - Maxon & Celeste: What the heck? No. Just no. If I were on the fence about the rest of the book, last straw dude, last straw. Anyway, I wasn't expecting anything more from The Elite than shallow, petty drama. And somehow, it still fails at even that.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Monica :)

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  4. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    It turns out I'm absolutely terrible at staying away from you. It's a very serious problem. Tears! Love-triangles! More tears! Whining! Even more tears! Annnd....honestly, that's pretty much it (Could we make it one chapter without her dissolving into tears? No? Fabulous. ) Picking up where we left off, America is in the "Elite" (the top 6 of the Selection - aka the Bachelor/Princess Diaries mashup). She's joined by Celeste (the B*tch), Marley (the best friend), and three other totally forgetta It turns out I'm absolutely terrible at staying away from you. It's a very serious problem. Tears! Love-triangles! More tears! Whining! Even more tears! Annnd....honestly, that's pretty much it (Could we make it one chapter without her dissolving into tears? No? Fabulous. ) Picking up where we left off, America is in the "Elite" (the top 6 of the Selection - aka the Bachelor/Princess Diaries mashup). She's joined by Celeste (the B*tch), Marley (the best friend), and three other totally forgettable girls - who must still be there solely to keep the book going. Prince Maxon is in love with her but *gasp* America can't decide between super-hot-and-super-rich-royalty and super-hot-and-down-to-earth-soldier. Annnnd, that's all there is to the plot. There's some filler here and there (rebels, crocodile tears, party planning, crying fits, plots to overthrow the government, unrestrained sobbing) but honestly, there's not much. It's mostly America whining over one boy then the other. Followed by some eye-rollingly-awful quotes. Like this: Love is beautiful fear. And this: Sometimes I feel like we're a knot, too tangled to be taken apart. And this: All I want is your promise to stay with me, to be mine. Sometimes it feels like you can't possibly be real. Promise me you'll stay. I had a hard time getting into this one. The first book was fun - it was fluffy and a bit weak in the plot department - but it was the kind of book you can just sink into and enjoy. This one...not so much. The writing felt stiffer and the dialogue had me cringing so much. America's only emotion was bawling and even then, I wasn't very convinced. The plot just circled from one boy to the other. I really feel like 250 of the ~300 pages could've been cut and nothing would've changed. Maybe even the whole book. Audiobook Comments Read by Amy Rubinate - and no complaints there...well except for Queen Amberly's accent. The novella starring the queen had her in a very thick, native "Honduraguan" accent but in another novel her sister sounded extremely "Southern Belle" while in this one Amberly just sounds so middle-American. Is consistency too much to ask? Blog | Instagram | Twitter

  5. 4 out of 5

    Emily (Books with Emily Fox)

    This series is like junk food. I know it's not good for me. I'm not even sure I'm enjoying it.... But I can't stop!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    All right, boys and girls, I’m back for round two. A year late, but I’ll try to get to The One right after this. In my review of The Selection, I already covered the larger issues this series has. I’m just going to go through this book roughly chronologically and list all the places I eyerolled so hard I saw my brain. Sometimes, I grew extra eyes just so I could side-eye this book some more. (ETA: This list will continue to grow as I complete my reread) 1. REBELS. Seriously, palace people. GET SOM All right, boys and girls, I’m back for round two. A year late, but I’ll try to get to The One right after this. In my review of The Selection, I already covered the larger issues this series has. I’m just going to go through this book roughly chronologically and list all the places I eyerolled so hard I saw my brain. Sometimes, I grew extra eyes just so I could side-eye this book some more. (ETA: This list will continue to grow as I complete my reread) 1. REBELS. Seriously, palace people. GET SOME SNIPERS ON YOUR ROOF. You have guns. I know you have guns, you said so right there. Also, rebels, build some freaking bombs so you’re not just hurling bricks at windows, it’s not that hard. In general, I find Cass’s understanding of rebellion to be very hilarious. In our modern world, especially in America, “rebel” has a fairly positive connotation, I think because of the way the US clings to its past as badass rebels against those effete Brits. Nowadays, rebels are generally called terrorists, because terrorism has a purely negative connotation. The author seems unwilling to use the word however, due to a (spoiler for The One), but that’s what the government should be calling them. When you want people not to sympathize with a group of insurgents, you label them terrorists. Why doesn’t this government do that? Oh right, because it’s run by a pair of idiots. (Btw, if you’re interested in asymmetrical warfare as it actually works and has worked, I like Invisible Armies by Max Boot. Smart guy.) 2. UNINTENTIONAL MISOGYNY. America is so special out of all the girls because she’s the only one who hasn’t dreamed of her wedding, except for one tiny detail: her dad giving her away. Oookay. Way to fly your misogyny flag, ‘Murica. (Is it okay if I call you ‘Murica?). Women aren’t property anymore that need to be “given away.” This conversation is especially awful in light of what DOES happen at the end of The One. 3. 'MURRICA: America is a terrible, terrible person. She seemed mostly harmless in the first book, but now she’s just an actively horrible human being. She can’t understand the “difficult” reports she’s supposed to study (that’s fine, I don’t always understand complicated economic or foreign policy), but instead of making an effort to learn, she literally says, “I couldn’t bring myself to focus on it.” Your heroine, ladies and gentlemen. The future Princess and Queen of your country. You really want this lazy, aggressively stupid, willfully ignorant chick as your leader? Can you imagine Michelle Obama or Kate M being like, "lol it's too hard I'm not going to read it." Then she goes on TV to give an opinion on these reports she doesn't study. Reports about the war. A war in which people die. No, America, you should not be a princess if literally your only basis for making decisions is, "Celeste says the opposite thing, so I'm going to say this thing." Our heroine also makes fun of Marlee for not being able to learn her scales in ONE WHOLE WEEK. Pianists practice their scales for years. Even after they stop just playing scales, they still practice etudes forever. Seriously, couldn't the author be bothered to learn something this basic? 4. HALLOWEEN: Yes, I know it’s supposed to be sweet and romantic that Maxon revived a holiday just for his special snowflake America. It’s not, and America, as a Five, shouldn’t think so. He’s literally wasting money and resources (when people are starving) to have a fancy party for America, and if she was fit to be a princess, she would have shut that down. It’s very Marie Antoinette, and we know how that story ends in the real world. 5. THE FUTURE: This vision of the future is a Tea Party conspiracy theorist's wet dream, crossed with a dose of Randian money worship. China takes over the world and a rich businessman buys their way out. Okie doke. I don’t even know how to begin to deconstruct all of Gregory’s nonsensical diaries and the history of the American State of China. I have a lot of things to say about this, but all of it would be academic and boring, so I’ll confine myself to, if the Chinese ever do try to invade, America, launch your nukes. You have like 40 times as many. 6. FOREIGN RELATIONS LOL WATS THAT: I feel like the author has a very limited understanding of the way official functions are planned. There is no reason why the girls can’t have party planners and country experts to help them out while preparing to host the Germans and Italians. The State Department (or Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or any similar department that every major government everywhere in the world through history has ever had) has staff on hand specifically for this kind of situation, let alone the staff that the White House/First Lady has. It would have been far more interesting to see the girls have to take charge of a team of people, because that would be showing their leadership skills. Whatever, I can’t even get too worked up about this or else my head will explode, but it demonstrates such a shallow understanding about the way the world works. Anyway, foreign relations doesn't merely involve hosting a party for your guests, though that's a good first step. Important decisions get made here. Alliances are formed. America, however, doesn't bother telling us why these foreign dignitaries are here. Her whole focus is on throwing a better party than the other team. Which is not unimportant, but her inability to see beyond that is a mark of incredible self-centeredness, which is a terrible quality in a future leader. Seriously, why are these people here? How can they help? Are we talking money? Armies? What??? Why don't you know anything, America? 7. SOME WORDS OF PRAISE: The diction and writing in this book is much improved from the first one. At least there were no menacingly twirled forks. Gold star for effort. FAQ Q: If you hate these books, why do you keep reading? A: I’m a glutton for punishment. Also, they are unintentionally hilarious. Like, laugh out loud in public hilarious. Q: I like these books, does that make me a bad/stupid person? A: No. Read whatever you want, lord knows I do. I am interested, however, in why you like the book. Leave me a note! Q: The Selection is the best book ever and I hope you die. A: If this is how you deal with opinions that disagree with you in real life, you’re in for a lot of disappointment. Q: It’s just a book/fantasy/dystopia/whatever, get over it. A: I demand quality from my fiction. Why don’t you?

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stacia

    7-1-2012: 3:48 PM. Yay! It has a name! I'm so excited for this book! 8-7-2012: 4:19 PM. Why does this have likes?! Haha. I can't wait for the cover! I heard Cass has seen it! Of course, I'd prefer to have a male on the cover. Not JUST a male, maybe a well-dressed Maxon (with his face concealed [I hate when publishers put non-concealed faces... It makes me feel like I have to picture the characters like on the covers]) with America in his arms. Or maybe the Elite girls in pretty dresses. 7-1-2012: 3:48 PM. Yay! It has a name! I'm so excited for this book! 8-7-2012: 4:19 PM. Why does this have likes?! Haha. I can't wait for the cover! I heard Cass has seen it! Of course, I'd prefer to have a male on the cover. Not JUST a male, maybe a well-dressed Maxon (with his face concealed [I hate when publishers put non-concealed faces... It makes me feel like I have to picture the characters like on the covers]) with America in his arms. Or maybe the Elite girls in pretty dresses. I just hope it's more than a girl, like on The Selection. Don't get me wrong, I loved that cover, I just want more! 10-2-2012: 10:49 PM. Is everyone excited about the cover reveal on the 17th?! I know I am! 10-4-2012: 5:01 PM. Okay... They revealed the cover early. I'm a little... disappointed. Don't get me wrong, it's beautiful, but it's just... the same has the first one? If this book is supposed to be wrapped around the Elite Three, shouldn't there be more than just America? BUT THAT DRESS IS BEAUTIFUL, AT LEAST. 5-9-2013: I FINALLY got my greedy little hands on the copy of The Elite and what can I say...? WHEN IS THE NEXT ONE COMING OUT? It was absolutely brilliant reading this novel! You may want to clear your whole schedule because once you start reading, stopping to do anything else will annoy you! Without further interruption, here is my review of this gem. (: 4 out of 5 stars! Cover As you may or may not have read in my sweet ramblings at the the top here, I'm... not a huge fan of the cover but I won't complain about it- ok, yes I will- it's SIMPLE and I simply wanted more. I do not like the non-concealed face of the woman and the dress is just... I don't even think this dress went along with any of he dresses in the story! BUT, nevertheless, it looks absolutely lovely sitting next to The Selection on my bookcase, so I'll give it that. General Summary In this installment of The Bachelor meets The Hunger Games meets Twilight .... No, just kidding. (; In this installment by the lovely Kiera Cass , Prince Maxon has to decide between the final girls left in the selection, or better known as the Elite girls. All the while, America, our lovely heroine, is still trying to debate on who she wants to be with- Prince Maxon or Aspen- or better yet, The Crown or her Childhood. Along the journey, America has to watch as Prince Maxon tries to fall for the other girls (breaking MY heart) and the girls are set out to do tasks that a future queen would likely do- such as a project (and America's idea is... scandalous to say the least). In the mix of all the lies, love, betrayal and... whippings comes the horrible rebels who are after something... something to do with books. Something, America has to figure out. Opinions, General Fangirl Squealing, and Spoilers PRINCE MAXON I LOVE YOU. Well, aside from my pure and complete fascination and devotion towards Maxon, the book was,... so-so. I did like it a lot better than I did the first (hence the 4 stars), though it WAS lacking and I couldn't help but get a bit annoyed with America's "I love Aspen. No I want Maxon. But Aspen is safe. But I love Maxon. But I don't want the crown..." blah blah blah blah BLAH. And there wasn't much Maxon to even begin with. I mean, he was there and he was all lovey dovey and mushy and brilliant, but most of the time it was just America talking about him. Only for Aspen to ruin it. Now, I'm not an Aspen hater, I'd respect it if America ended up with him, but I wouldn't like it at all. I just don't think he is encouraging enough towards America. He wants her to be brilliant- but as long as he is somehow involved. He wants her to do this and do that and be herself but be quiet and respectful and he doesn't think she can handle the Crown? No. That is not someone I want to see America with. She's a bright, young girl and I'd love it if someone who is encouraging of her ideas would be with her. Celeste... Celeste, Celeste, Celeste... You and I had problems in the first book, ma'am and I told you to back off Maxon and just blend in with the background (and for the most part you honored that) but you HAD to go and pull that little thing with Maxon, you dirty girl. I wanted to reach into the book and give Maxon a shower since you had your hands all over his Prince-lyness. /glares at her/ I'm happy for Marlee, at least. I'm going to miss her. (: And what of these rebels? What are you guys after... And King Clarkson... I'm watching you... Leave America alone. Her idea was splendid! All in all, the book was lovely, not everything I had hoped for because there are still A LOT of unanswered questions (and I mean A LOT), but I'm hoping Cass can wrap them up nicely in The One . I'm hopeful it'll be a brilliant series. AND I HOPE THE COVER FOR THE NEXT BOOK IS GREEN (hint hint Miss Cass, if you're reading this).

  8. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    2.8/5 Stars ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ “Love is beautiful fear” Guys. Where do I begin? This book was such a disappointment, compared to its predecessor. Don't get me wrong, I flew through it in a couple of hours. Right now, as I'm writing this review, I have read The One and I know who America ends up with, how the book ends, everything. These books are so addicting and such a guilty pleasure, I want to scream. Kiera Cass is not a good writer, but her books captivate you. I still want to throw this fucking book at t 2.8/5 Stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ “Love is beautiful fear” Guys. Where do I begin? This book was such a disappointment, compared to its predecessor. Don't get me wrong, I flew through it in a couple of hours. Right now, as I'm writing this review, I have read The One and I know who America ends up with, how the book ends, everything. These books are so addicting and such a guilty pleasure, I want to scream. Kiera Cass is not a good writer, but her books captivate you. I still want to throw this fucking book at the wall because it frustrated me to no end! I would never throw a book anywhere though, because, for me, books have feelings, BUT THIS PARTICULAR BOOK COULD DRIVE ME SO CRAZY WITH REPULSE THAT I WOULD DO IT. WATCH ME DO IT. When I read the first book, I said I wouldn't judge it harshly because of its content. But now I FEEL WRATH THAT I WANT TO EXPRESS. The Selection began with thirty-five girls. Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen? America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America's chance to choose is about to slip away. America was good character in the first book. I didn't mind her, you could say. In this book, I WANTED TO THROW A BRICK ON HER FUCKING HEAD. I want to throw so many things when it comes to this book, I wonder why. SHE WAS SO INSECURE AND INDECISIVE AND CHILDISH AND PETTY IN THIS BOOK. And I thought I was an indecisive person. All her good qualities from the first book completely vanished in this book. She was like a whole different character. I DON'T GET IT. Did the author fucking forget her own protagonist? THE LOVE TRIANGLE . This is the worst love triangle I have ever witnessed, if we even can call it that. BITCH CHOOSE. The whole book was basically this: Chapter 1 : Oh I love Maxon! *heart* *heart* *heart*. Let me put on my fucking tiara, imma rock this princess business! Chapter 2 : Nah. Princessy shit not for this chick. Imma go with my safe previous love Aspen. WHO NEEDS LOVE WHEN YOU CAN HAVE COMFORT AND A DUDE WITH THE PERSONALLY OF A POTATO??? THIS WAS THE BOOK!!! Each meeting she had with each character she changed her mind! I wanted to slap her off the Earth! This book was constant back and forths, indecisiveness, and cringiness. Everything would be resolved if they just TALKED TO EACH OTHER! YOU BOTH LOVE EACH OTHER JUST SPEAK!!! I WANT TO TEAR MY HAIR FROM MY HEAD. PLS KILL ME AND BURY THIS BOOK INTO MY WORST ENEMY'S FUCKING GRAVE. AAAAAAAAAAAAA. This isn't a love triangle. We all know who she's gonna choose. And gurl, pls. Maxon was hooking up with Celeste, so what? You're the one to talk! YOU KEPT STEALING KISSES WITH ASPEN IN THE FIRST BOOK. And Maxon is in a fucking competition and he needs to choose his girl! He should know how each girl is... you know... in the flesh department too. AND ALL YOU SAY TO HIM IS "Oh no no, bae, I don't want you, but please come after me so it can feed off my insecurity" FUCK OFF. I truly feel that Aspen is the most useless character in the entire face of the Earth. He's just there to bring conflict into America's life. He's more stale than a loaf of bread 🥖 🍞 I haven't seen anyone being #teamAspen. Was anyone #teamAspen when this book came out? I'm truly curious cause this book is older than my grandma. Maxon though... MY BAE. You made some shit choices in this book BUT I STILL LOVE YOU JUST KEEPT BEING BEAUTIFUL AND PERFECT. #teamMaxon The politics in this book were more prominent. Which I found ridiculous. We all know this book isn't about politics. Kiera Cass honestly has no knowledge about how shit works. I know jackshit about politics, but some things were so obvious! Chapter 1 : Oh REBELS REBELS HIDE HIDE HIDE YOUR CHILDREN Chapter 3 : REBELS AGAIN THEY HAVE GUNS THIS TIME AW Chapter 5 : SUDDEN ATTACK THE REBELS ARE HERE BITCHES Chapter 7 : You again? Chapter 9 : Ugh. LIKE??? We had so many rebel attacks that it got boring and repetitive soon! What was even the point? Doesn't this castle have any means of security? For realz now? It was so cringy and unnecessary, I kept forgetting this book is supposed to be a dystopian so quickly. This isn't the purpose of this book. The politics are done terribly, just let it be a contemporary. Also... WTF AMERICA??? WHAT WAS THIS WHOLE SPEECH WITH THE CASTES? She wanted to make a dramatic outro by ruining people's lives in the process. She didn't even know her shit! The King asked her a question and she was like "Nah dk dawg" like??? Study your shit because you decide to destroy a whole country. And don't chicken out when things don't go your way. I was certain she would get kicked out of the contest for this. She should've. Maxon showed her some top secret books that no one should know she had, and she WENT AND SHOWED THEM ON FUCKING NATIONAL TV. WAY TO GO. Ugh. I'm annoyed. What else happened in this unnecessary book? Ah. The Elite. We got Celeste, still a fucking glorious bitch, Kriss, who is relevant now apparently, Marlee, who was the best out of everyone and didn't get what she deserved, Natalie and Elise, who are just... there. We basically didn't get any character development for these characters, except Marlee and Kriss. Celeste is still a bitch, the other two just... exist and Marlee had the worst fate anyone can ever have. And Kriss suddenly became a rival to America for Maxon's affection. Out of fucking nowhere. I mean??? I don't even remember her in the first book, tbh. She annoyed me. Such a sugar coated little princess. Ugh. Overall, this book had no purpose to exist. Having read the final book in the series as well, I can tell you it could all be one book. One less frustrating book. This is definitely the worst book of the series. I was rolling my eyes throughout the whole thing. All the character annoyed me, at one point or the other, to no end. The plot was nonexistent, the love triangle a hot mess, the character development with no sequence. I would give it a worse rating, if not that these books are so addicting, but so bad. I don't know how Kiera Cass does it in this department, the plot is bad, the characters annoying, the world has no coherent building, the writing is nothing special, and yet, we all can't stop reading them. Mysteries of this world. Anyway, till the next one, very soon, K BYE!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jessie

    Warning: Mild Spoilers Ahead. Do not read if you don't want to be spoiled. Please read at your own risk. Actual rating: 2.5 stars This is not a dystopian, This is a book centered on a love triangle. Believe it or not, I did like The Selection, but this book, unfortunately, did not live up to its predecessor. The reason why I enjoyed The Selection so much was because of the similarities to the TV show The Bachelor(which I watch, occasionally). I personally think adapting the competition into a book Warning: Mild Spoilers Ahead. Do not read if you don't want to be spoiled. Please read at your own risk. Actual rating: 2.5 stars This is not a dystopian, This is a book centered on a love triangle. Believe it or not, I did like The Selection, but this book, unfortunately, did not live up to its predecessor. The reason why I enjoyed The Selection so much was because of the similarities to the TV show The Bachelor(which I watch, occasionally). I personally think adapting the competition into a book was a nice idea. Even though it was predictable, cliched and pretty cheesy, I still had a lot of fun reading it. But this book, as I said, annoyed me to no end. The crucial element that made The Selection worth reading was gone, and replaced by the MC's constant insecurity issues and a back-and-forth love triangle between our dear America and Prince charming Maxon Schreave + First love Aspen Leger. First things first, the plot. As you can tell, the main storyline of the series is about a competition named The Selection, in which the palace picks out the new princess for their country, Illea. The Selection is actually a live show broadcasted to all the citizens of the country, and is one of the biggest celebration events of the country. In The Selection, the selected has to interact with the prince, and if the prince dislikes someone, he can kick her out of the game. At the end of the first book, the number of girls in the running was reduced from thirty five to six, also known as The Elite. Our main protagonist, America, is one of the girls who remained in the competition. Moreover, she's the one the prince adores and wants to marry, but as you can guess, it's not so simple, because America is also in love with her first love, Aspen, who turned out to be one of the guards in the palace. Basically the plot of this book is about Maxon trying to convince America to be with him, while America doubts Maxon's sincerity and her ability to be a princess. And at the times when she believes that Maxon is "just like the others" or "playing with her feelings", she just runs to Aspen for comfort. And so this brings us to the love triangle. The love triangle never bothered me in the first book, mainly because it was obvious she's going to end up with Maxon, and there wasn't much of Aspen. But in here, America was constantly going back and forth between Maxon and Aspen. (Ha, their names rhyme!) While she fell in love with Maxon, and wanted to stay with him, she fell victim to her insecurity and went hot and cold towards Maxon. And when Maxon went to find out if he could like the other girls, in case America leaves him, she just kind of used Aspen for comfort. Her insecurity and doubting bothered me a lot. I mean, why can't she just choose someone already? It's not like she doesn't know what she wants, she just kept on acting stubborn and wouldn't forgive Maxon for something he didn't do, EVEN THOUGH SHE WANTED TO. What the hell? There was never a need for a love triangle, because we all know who she'll end up with, and therefore the "love triangle" is really just America's denial issues. The plot also "centered" on the rebel attacks. THAT IS A LIE. Here's what the premise promised. "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." Did we really get that? Not really. As described above, the rebels were supposed to be "violent" and powerful enough to "destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending", but in truth, the rebels only showed up for around three chapters or so. AND ALMOST NOTHING HAPPENED. Sure, the rebels killed people. But no one major died, except maybe the sister of one of the Elites, which is still unimportant. Now now, don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to say that those people's lives aren't important. I meant that the rebel attacks isn't the spotlight of this book, it is the LOVE TRIANGLE. The rebel attacks is just mostly there. Yes, it did influence the main characters' lives, but not much. It's mostly just a secondary plot. So why did I say that nothing happened? Because despite that, all they really did was "damaged the walls of the hallways of this magnificent palace", which really counts as nothing. Plus, there was this scene towards the end of the book, in which America and Maxon were stuck in a safe house together during a rebel attack, and they basically had this romantic night and sorted things out. So I wouldn't really consider the attack of the rebels as "destroying her chance at a happy ending", but more of a "creating an awesome chance at spending a night together with a prince". Here's another thing, towards the end of the book, America discovered that what the rebel really wants was books. Yes, BOOKS and Gregory Illea's diary, I'll get to that later, but that really doesn't make any difference. WHAT KIND OF REBELS WOULD WANT TO STEAL BOOKS? That is just ridiculous. The worst thing is that, America found out about that sooo late, whereas I noticed it when I was around 50% in. It was OBVIOUS. Why, you ask? WELL BECAUSE THE REBELS ONLY TOOK THE BOOKS. Okay, so there was another scene when there was another rebel attack, and America had to run to a tree and hide up there. And when one of the rebels passed, she noticed that the rebel was carrying loads of books, ONLY. I can't believe how she can be so *coughs* smart. Her IQ really amazed me. And there is something a whole lot more ridiculous than that. That is, when the rebel walked pass her, she (rebel) fell and noticed America holing up on a tree, and you know what she (rebel) did? SHE BOWED. WHAT THE FUCK? *sigh* Sorry for the swear word, I just...couldn't help myself. Now, the characters. In The Elite, America Singer, our very own protagonist, is unbearable. I really can't stand her doubts and insecurity and constant break downs. I actually thought she was an okay character in The Selection. Although annoying at times, I did like how she brought a change into the palace and actually treated her maids, her friends nicely. That's why I don't get how she suddenly turned into a coward. She kept on saying that she isn't princess material and doubts her own abilities. And she also kept on thinking that the other contestants are better than her (or their place in the caste system are higher, she's the lowest!), and that she doesn't get how Maxon could love her when there are so many people who's a lot better than her willing to throw themselves to him. What's worse, she kept on crying. Whenever she is faced with some minor conflicts (*weeps*Maxon doesn't like me, he likes Kriss*sobs*), she just starts CRYING! THAT is something I cannot stand. I really hate it when heroines break down when faced with a minor problem. Here's another thing I can't bear, the oh-I-want-answers-but-I'm-too-afraid-to-ask thing. There are a lot of times when America was wondering about something, and kept wanting to ask about, but just wouldn't. The reason is either I-decided-that-I-didn't-want-to-hear-it or I'm-too-afraid-to-hear-him-say-it or I-don't-want-to-intrude-someone's-privacy. MY GOD, AMERICA! If you want an answer, JUST FUCKING ASK! This is not a good way to keep people in suspense. It usually just frustrates people. So, please, don't ever do that again! *Ugh, see what you did there? You just made me swear AGAIN.* I have to give Kiera Cass some credit. Although America's annoying as hell, I actually liked America a lot better than Juliette, so yeah...thanks for not letting me hate the MC! ;) The only time I liked America was when she presented this report about wanting to destroy the caste system to the whole country. That is a really brave act. It's reckless, so what? I like it. But then everything went downhill again. She started begging for Maxon to forgive her, but the reason she said all that was because she decided she didn't care what anyone think. *sigh* The irony. I really hate it when I finally like her more, then she does something hypocritical. I have to admit, I loved Maxon in The Selection. He was this awkward sweet prince who never entered a relationship, and is naive and hot as hell. But in The Elite, he turned a bit too serious. There was some problems he could've avoided if he would just talk to America. I believe that communication is really important if you want to maintain a relationship. There were things he shouldn't have held back. Plus, I really don't like the fact that he also likes Kriss, one of the other contestants. Maybe not as much as he likes America, but I guess I'm just biased. I mean, America can like two people at once, why can't he? But...it's hard to explain, but I just don't like it. Anyway, I really think he should've proposed when he wanted to, there wouldn't have been so many issues if he had. Aspen. Well, I never really liked him, except maybe at the beginning of The Selection. The thing is, he actually told America that she's not fit for a princess. He said something like "I just don't see it in you". And that led to America's self-doubting. I really don't think he should've said that even though he was jealous/honest, whatever. It's just not...nice. I mean, why can't she? Everyone can if they're willing to try. He really shouldn't have discouraged her. Despite all that, I kind of feel bad for him. He's the guy who America turns to when there are problems between her and Maxon. And that's WRONG. America shouldn't have led him on when there wasn't really a chance for him, therefore I feel bad for him. I do hope that he finds his own happiness in the last book. The secondary characters. Marlee. She's one of the characters I actually have nothing against, if not like. There's not A LOT of her in here, though. But her big reveal did have a huge impact on everything. Celeste. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE HATEFUL BITCH? She was pretty boring in The Elite, she never did anything evil again. I never thought I'd say this, but I kind of miss it. Kriss. She turned into a pretty important character in this book. Mostly because Maxon likes her, AND THEREFORE I DON'T. I'm sorry, but I just don't like the idea of Maxon liking someone else at the same time. Other than that, I don't really have anything against her, I just think she's too optimistic to be real. The other girls. They're mostly just there. But one of them DID say something pretty mean. Elise, another contestant, actually told America that they weren't friends and that she wouldn't EVER help her because they were in a competition. While I can understand that, I just don't get why she has to say it out loud. That's just HARSH. The maids. I liked them in The Selection, but while I still like them here, I just don't like them as much. They were nicer in the first book. I promised I'll write about this, and here it is. Gregory Illea's diaries. They're basically about how Gregory gained enough power to build this country. It turns out that this "saint" everyone loves, is a douche. He's pretentious, and power hungry. He made the caste system (Yes, there's a caste system!) just so he could get more power. But I don't get why the rebels want his diaries. I hope it's explained in The One. Despite this hateful review, I DON'T hate this book. There were just parts that annoyed me. I seriously don't know how many times the book made me roll my eyes, but I still enjoyed the reading process, just not as much as the first book. This was a HUGE disappointment, but I will be reading The One. I'm just really curious about how it will end, although the title says it all. This is the most lengthy review I've ever written, please do bear with me if there's any grammar mistakes, as I've just finished typing this! I *might* be adding more thoughts if anything new occurred to me, I've finished this book for three days already, and there are just things I really can't think of, so I may be editing this again sometime in the near future. I apologize if this review offended anyone, this is just my honest opinion.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Christine Riccio

    I raced through this book because I love the concept and where the story seems to be heading, but OH MY GOODNESS America was so frustrating. I discuss the whole thing in depth in my booktalk here: http://youtu.be/m7UHt8a4G9g

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kat O'Keeffe

    America is such a frustrating protagonist, but these books are so fast and addictive I CAN'T PUT THEM DOWN. Onto The One...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    This is what the first book did: I don't know how Cass is going to stretch this into a trilogy. I honestly don't. Unless this has another beautiful cover I can't resist, I'm going to avoid this book like the plague. Update 7/23 So... I finished this book. It was just as awful as the first, if not worse. It's worse in that it tries to develop a love triangle and makes a bad name for women everywhere. America decides to love whichever guy is in the room and then forget him the moment he leaves it. This is what the first book did: I don't know how Cass is going to stretch this into a trilogy. I honestly don't. Unless this has another beautiful cover I can't resist, I'm going to avoid this book like the plague. Update 7/23 So... I finished this book. It was just as awful as the first, if not worse. It's worse in that it tries to develop a love triangle and makes a bad name for women everywhere. America decides to love whichever guy is in the room and then forget him the moment he leaves it. The book attempts to explain what happened and to contribute to the whole dystopian aspect, but the explanation is extremely weak, given through the ever-cliche diary from a really old dead guy who happens to be very important. I can't say that men are given a very good image either, though. Maxon talks about how much he loves America while consorting with other women and trying to make himself "feel good," which is literally how he justifies it. And of course, we see how he has a troubled past brought on by a violent upbringing. I didn't find any part of this book enjoyable, but I want to finish this series and find out what the hell actually happens. None of the characters have struck me as anything but fickle and one-dimensional, with the exception of Aspen. He remains constant, though in a very shallow manner. It's not about how the author has been horrible, anymore. This book is bad. Exceptionally bad. If I haven't ever questioned how the publishing industry works, I am certainly questioning it now. The writing style is stilted and sounds as if it's catering to elementary schoolers. The plot is not developed in the least, and the characters have all been built to fit some sort of mold, but they can't even seem to accomplish that. All in all, this series lacks class and cohesiveness, attempting to throw out twists that absolutely contribute nothing. Originally I started reading this to get over the pain that Siege and Storm had instilled in me, but now it's just created this little pit of disgust in my stomach. Bleeech.

  13. 5 out of 5

    emma

    sweet holy lord. this goddamn book, my guy. The pitch for this reanimated corpse of a sequel must have been like, "Ok, so it's global bestseller The Selection, except immediately THROW AWAY any traces of entertainment or cuteness or fun. We don't need it. Oh, more? Okay. Um. Keep the love triangle stuff. Actually, you know what? Make that TWO love triangles. Fangirls love that, probably, based on my semi-offensive one-dimensional view of the average YA reader, who is only in it for fictional depi sweet holy lord. this goddamn book, my guy. The pitch for this reanimated corpse of a sequel must have been like, "Ok, so it's global bestseller The Selection, except immediately THROW AWAY any traces of entertainment or cuteness or fun. We don't need it. Oh, more? Okay. Um. Keep the love triangle stuff. Actually, you know what? Make that TWO love triangles. Fangirls love that, probably, based on my semi-offensive one-dimensional view of the average YA reader, who is only in it for fictional depictions of total babes. Except hold the babe status. Make them annoying. You know what? Make EVERYONE annoying. And get rid of the plot." Spoiler alert: I WASN'T INTO IT. But most importantly, yes, you heard me. Not one, but TWO love triangles. Sidenote: terrible overdone "spoiler alert" joke aside, this review ain't gonna have nothing but spoilers. A spoiler frenzy. Teeming, spilling, drowning with and in spoilers. Prepare yaself. The main point of drama in this book is that America’s BFF for no reason, Marlee (in the future, everyone has a normal name but with a funky spelling change) is discovered gettin’ her sexy on with a guard. Which, because the girls are officially the ~property of their dumb-named country, Illéa~ (don’t get me started on either count), is illegal. Woohoo! Awesome! Ya girl (or technically ya girl's girl) and her side-bae-who-just-became-bae get whipped. Not the, like, oh-they-love-each-other-and-actually-respect-one-another's-opinion-when-making-decisions-how-wild kind of whipped, but actually literally whipped. Like, with a whip and everything. The whole nine yards. Very chill and fun! Here’s the thing about that. America is ALSO having a side-bae fling with a guard (this book even steals storylines from itself). But her choice is legit just between Aspen (said guard and also the most annoying and least attractive individual on the face of the earth) and Maxon (the almost-king who used to be hot and is now a whiny baby). Like, she's just constantly pondering HOW she can make the INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT choice between two rich hotties. While hundreds of people in her country die and millions live in poverty. But what I'm trying to say is SHE HAS A CHOICE. Like, if she chose to leave the Selection, she could just marry Aspen. And it’d be fine. I don’t even think they’d lose their ranks. (People getting socioeconomic caste assignments is pretty much the only change from current-day America to this dystopian America. And by "America," I mean the country, not the incredibly illogical name choice.) At first she doesn’t leave because she wants that moneyyyy honeyyyy, but then she’s all, Maxon is totally hot!!!!! I’m going to show my feelings by being jealous and petulant and mean and stupid for the remainder of the series!!!! But all of this is to say, Marlee could have literally left at any point and just gotten it on with Carter (her less-horrible-but-somehow-even-more-boring version of Aspen) until the end of time. No exile, no stripping-of-caste, no public!!! whipping!!! This book is dumb. Another fun trope we get is that thing of an inexplicably evil girl. Like, just some teen who is more villainous than any YA fantasy bad guy. Which, don't get me wrong, a teenage-girl evil genius sounds AMAZING to me (book idea? filing it away), but not! like! this! If I read about one more girl who is evil just for the sake of bringing down other girls I am going to lose it!! (What small amount of "it" I've managed to hold onto.) But the second requirement of this horrific unoriginality is that the mean girl MUST be instantly, stupidly, with-no-reason-or-explanation-ly redeemed in the next book. (Next-book spoilers, I guess, but really it’s all very predictable.) In this book, Celeste puts GLASS in someone’s SHOES. She BEATS her MAIDS. She is horrible to everyone around her!!! One, there is no one like this in the world, and two, WHY WOULD SOMEONE LIKE THIS BE REDEEMED JUST FOR GETTING SOMEWHAT HUMANIZED. Guh. Another amazing cliché that I love so much it is so near and dear to my heart: when characters say, "Oh, insert name here, you are SO FUNNY! Truly an Office-era Steve Carell or Aziz Ansari when he still did stand-up in terms of your consistent breadth of humor" when NOTHING. FUNNY. HAPPENED. America isn't funny. Maxon is not funny. No person or moment in this book is funny or fun, because this series is where humor and entertainment and joy and amusement go to die, drowning in the vast dark oblivion of human suffering and hopelessness and terrible tropes. There’s also some really fun dumb stuff in here, beyond even the amazing-ness of a purposeless public whipping. So, like, a lot of this book focuses on a conflict perhaps - dare I say - even More Important than thirty girls competing for the affection of one wealthy asshat???? (I know. Really bold stance by me. I'm just speaking my truth.) The maybe more-important thing: There are two separate rebel forces who NONSTOP attack the castle. It’s really cute honestly. The two lil gangs of pals take turns and somehow time it for whenever the current jealousy-based conflict within the castle is even dryer than it was when first introduced!!! The Office always gets me. Anyway, one of the forces (one is creatively called “Northern rebels” and the other is artistically referred to as “Southern rebels” - no I do not remember which is which) is violent and the other is not. There’s this amazing subplot where America and Maxon are like, “I think the not-as-meanies are looking for something!!!???” and their evidence includes such subtleties as torn-out drawers, books astray, papers searched through, and everything but a neatly printed letter from the nonviolence brigade stating their mission to find a thing, but everyone else is like DON’T FRET YOUR SILLY LITTLE HEADS YOU GOOFBALLS!!! YOU TWO GO PLAY!!!!! GO BE MAD AT EACH OTHER!!! MAKE EMMA'S HAIR TURN GRAY!!! (Did I not mention the frighteningly targeted breaking of the fourth wall?) That’s not even what I’m desperately trying to overcome my own personality to get to, though. When one of the rebel squads comes thru (I don’t even remember if it was Team War is Harmful to Children and Other Living Things or Team Let’s Nuke the Castle, but does it really matter), they paint threatening things on the wall. I’m going to say that again. They Paint Threatening Things On The Wall. This would already be funny just based off the fact that arts and crafts is rarely scary, even if the person doing it has a big knife in one hand and a Magic Marker in the other, but to clarify: These badasses carried paintbrushes and containers of mud and paint into the castle. There was a conversation wherein the head badass was all, Dear, sweet children of my heart, don’t forget your mud and paint! We want them to be really scared today! And it’d be so gross if you got stuff all on your hands so bring paintbrushes too, okay? Love you! Oh, man. Another really stupid thing is that Maxon entrusts America with a top-secret book about the founder of the new version of America (again the country, not the person - wow you could almost say her name is dumb) and he’s like, DON’T TELL ANYONE. NOT YOUR MAIDS. NOT YOUR FRIENDS. NOT EVEN YOUR F*CK BUDDY GUARD I DON’T ACTUALLY KNOW ABOUT. So America does the logical thing and brings the diary onto national television. Our little genius! But my hatred of this book, beyond how dumb it is, comes down to three main things. One, it is so boring. It is so boring that even clarifying why it is boring would be boring. Two, I CANNOT OVERSTATE THE FACT THAT THERE ARE TWO LOVE TRIANGLES TWO OF THE WORST TROPE TWO COPIES OF A PLOTLINE LITERALLY NO ONE LIKES TWO RELICS STOLEN STRAIGHT FROM YA INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLERS RELEASED BEFORE 2010. Do you know what this also means? TWO CHARACTERS BEING JEALOUS OF EACH OTHER FOR THINGS THE OTHER ONE IS ALSO DOING AND LASHING OUT AT EACH OTHER EVERY DOZEN PAGES FOR AN ENTIRE BOOK. IT MAKES NO SENSE I PRAY FOR DEATH SOMEONE PLEASE TAKE ME OUT OF THIS LIFE OF SUFFERING. And three: That fresh mother-f*ckin' girl hate. Would you like two quote-examples? Perfect, that's exactly the number I wrote down beyond the page number (too lazy and traumatized to look in the book). One: “None of the other girls could have outrun them [them being the nice-guy rebels, who America actually didn’t truly outrun], I don’t think.” Two: “You have to be able to see that under all that makeup, and the push-up bra is nothing but a girl who wants to manipulate you to get what she wants.” Wait, hang on...oh my god, you guys. I just got a call...it's official. Yes. If you wear a flattering bra or a significant amount of makeup, it's clearly a disguise and it's not going to prevent you from landing on the National Register of Conniving Ditzes. Personally, I'm turning my bras into fun hats and melting my mascara down for war paint. Bottom line: (to the tune of the “bananas” part of Hollaback Girl) this book is bad, it’s bad, B-A-D-B-A-D bad! -------------------- PRE REVIEW HOW WAS THIS BOOK EVEN WORSE THAN THE FIRST ONE. and how am I halfway through The One and finding it even worse than this? review to come if I can ever pull myself together

  14. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Monroe

    "My feelings about Maxon. Maxon's feelings about me. Whatever was going on between Aspen and me. And my feelings about actually becoming a princess." That quote up there is all you need to know about The Elite. It's genuinely painful to read. It's worse than The Selection because, for all its flaws, it was a debut. I'm willing to cut debuts a little slack. Sequels are when writers start finding their footing, both in terms of plot and writing. Let's start with the first. Plot, what plot? It's al "My feelings about Maxon. Maxon's feelings about me. Whatever was going on between Aspen and me. And my feelings about actually becoming a princess." That quote up there is all you need to know about The Elite. It's genuinely painful to read. It's worse than The Selection because, for all its flaws, it was a debut. I'm willing to cut debuts a little slack. Sequels are when writers start finding their footing, both in terms of plot and writing. Let's start with the first. Plot, what plot? It's all about America's feeeelings, about Maxon, about Aspen, about becoming queen—which she doesn't want, because she's not like other girls. Celeste is still a slutty bitch because God forbid we get some actual depth to her character. Marlee—does anyone really care about Marlee? She's a half-baked supporting character, whose most prominent moment is defined by how America reacts and its impact on 'Mer and Maxon's relationship. The servants, who America cared so much about in the first book (BECAUSE SHE'S NOT LIKE OTHER GIRLS), barely make an appearance. You can literally copy and paste the rebel invasions from The Selection, and nothing would change. They have so little impact on this story, it's laughable. No one important can die, nothing is allowed to disturb America while she agonizes over her feeeelings. I still refuse to believe America somehow became a monarchy. Its foundation was built on overthrowing a monarchy. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets when an orange muppet with a wig became president nine months ago. You mean to tell me they laid down and took it when a general crowned himself king? A family dictatorship along the lines of North Korea, I might be able to accept. But then that would mean dealing with icky issues like destructive weapons and torture and inhumane prisons, and stuff like that can't possibly be authorized in this Candyland dystopian. Kings and princes, on the other hands, are nice and safe and dreamy. America continues to take her stupidity to new heights by brandishing a historical diary—which she was warned not to tell anyone about under any circumstances, because she's not supposed to know about it—at a presentation broadcasted live to the entire nation and in front of the king and queen. But who cares? This is Candyland dystopia and she'd never suffer any real consequences. (view spoiler)[And I was right. (hide spoiler)] She has more important things to worry about, like her feelings. By the way, why doesn't the Selection test the girls on concrete things like diplomacy and language and political science? The sexist social structure only requires the queen to be pretty and soft-spoken, but she has some form of political duties. We saw in the first book that the queen has to greet dignitaries from other countries. Surely that requires some form of schooling. There are some instances where the girls are required to demonstrate these skills, but they're far and in between. And they're always rushed in favor of gagging romantic scenes (which we somehow we need every fucking dialogue line of, including the color of his eyes). Part of me thinks it's deliberate, so Cass doesn't have to do research or dedicate hours to thoughtfully plotting an intellectually intricate scene. The dialogue just makes me cringe: "The sky is blue, the sun is bright, and Aspen endlessly loves America. It's how the world was designed to be. Seriously, Mer, you're the only girl I ever wanted. I couldn't imagine being with anyone else." You'd think a book so rooted in romance would put some actual effort toward its defining feature, but it's cheesy and cliche. Maxon is probably the one character I give a shit about, even though his backstory has been done a million times. (view spoiler)[What is with this YA dystopian wave and fathers whipping sons? Divergent had it, The Immortal Rules had it. (hide spoiler)] I feel for him, this young man trying to juggle the desires of the public and his parents with his own. And he calls America out on her bullshit. Anyone who does that is cool with me. Aspen is blah. All he cares about America, and he has no personality outside of her. Some things I liked, such as America calling out Maxon for saying he loves her, but essentially cheats on her every day with the Selection, or the line she gives Aspen about not wanting their relationship to be out of default. It saddens me, because there stands the amazing fierce heroine America could have been and the clever intriguing story this could have been, if it weren't weighed down with the frivolity and ridiculous romance. It might appeal to the traditional target audience for YA: 12-16. But these days I'm looking for something that respect its older readers. My review of The Selection

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nasty Lady MJ

    Note: I kept the advisory review because the trolls loved it and I think anyone who is thinking of reading this book SHOULD read the warning first. To see full review click here. Disclaimer: Obviously, I do not own the Disney princesses. If I did I would be at Disney World right now living the dream instead of writing this during one of my very limited study breaks. And now a word from the Disney Princesses... We here at the Magic Kingdom full of princess want to make something clear to you, America Note: I kept the advisory review because the trolls loved it and I think anyone who is thinking of reading this book SHOULD read the warning first. To see full review click here. Disclaimer: Obviously, I do not own the Disney princesses. If I did I would be at Disney World right now living the dream instead of writing this during one of my very limited study breaks. And now a word from the Disney Princesses... We here at the Magic Kingdom full of princess want to make something clear to you, America Singer is not a princess. Because I'm the only princess that likes to read or one of the only few that can read I've been dubbed to discuss this fraud of a princess. All I have to say, Beast (or should I say Adam because that's what Disney Wikia says his human name is) better buy me a whole library after reading this. Sigh.... What is a princess? A princess isn't just someone of royal birth. Here at Disney there has to be something special, something unique about you that makes you search for more. In my case, it was my intelligence. Most women in my time period were happy being Gaston's bimbo. I was not. Another example, Ariel wanted to be human in a world full of fin lovers. And even Snow White, was...well, pretty and ran away from home. Okay, maybe America is a little more competent than Snow. Um, or maybe not. Because really, Snow cares about those dwarves. I suppose you could make a claim America cares about her maids or maybe that Marlee girl, but that's just to tell her how pretty she is and how Maxon loves her. She doesn't even know how interact with other girls without being mean to them. Obviously, she's never seen Sophia the First. Then there's the history of her kingdom. Her world. It just doesn't make any sense to me. I know I come from fictional France where people speak English unless they're saying Bonjour! But we still had social issues. With women being told they couldn't read. Princes not knowing how to take care of their kingdoms and being changed to hairy monsters leaving the rest of us to go around singing and wanting something more. Well, it made sense in my movie. I think a better princess's world to talk about would be Mulan's. Fictional China, though slightly offensive, was well formed. The fact that the society was male dominated was heightened throughout several of the plots and subplots of the movie. Conflict arouse becuase of society's rules-i.e. Mulan felt like an outcast because she couldn't get a man and cut off her hair because women weren't allowed to join the army. To sum it up, there were reasons for her actions. In The Elite.... Not so much. Much of the world building seems thrown together and none of it makes any logical sense. Maybe it's because I've been reading too much Plato lately or have watched the news (yes, we get CNN at the Magic Kingdom-don't tell anyone), but the way Illea was formed, the way its society works, its history is illogical. And yes, I've heard the Stephanie Meyer it's fiction excuse. And living a fictional existence myself, I am entitled to call bull shit on this one. Heavens, did I curse? Don't tell The Mouse, okay? Alright, it's back to scholarly Belle. How is this book illogical? Well, my dear readers let's talk about how Illea was formed. Or should I say how the United States fell apart. China overtook America when the US didn't pay their debts. Counterintuitive much? But America didn't pay back their money, shouldn't China invade? Um, not if they want their money back or don't want to get nuked. Seriously, China would not be stupid enough to do that. Plus, do you really think the UN would go along with that? And hello, America has nukes? Must I reiterate that. Probably everyone would be dead if the two started battling each other. God, I feel like Jeff Golblum from Independence Day. So, not becoming for a Disney princess. If that's not bad enough, then there's the actually forming of Illea. The explanation is weak at best. A former country that was brought on freedom, is probably not likely to accept a caste system just because some dimwit who claims he's king says so. There's usually no social political issues at work here other than the king not liking you. Really? You don't think you're going to have any oppression other than these random Rebels who have apparently no power base but run around amok. Completely random into the palace. Multiple times. Multiple times! I'm a princess. I'm supposed to like fluff, but this is just too much You know what we do at Beast's (I meant Adam's) castle when we have intruders well throw them in the dungeon. And you don't get out until your daughter decides to take your place... Trespassers don't get past the Beast. And you know what, Illea really needs a Beast. That kingdom lacks authority. You'd think that a king like Clarkson who likes to kick his son around would be a bit of an authority figure but no....He just barks a bit and then everything is okay. Which makes you wonder... Or would make you wonder if something happened in this book. Really, nothing happened. You know how every princess has an adventures. My adventure was falling in love with a beast and dealing with a crazy stalker, Cinderella had to deal with that evil stepmother, and even Pocahontas had an adventure-sort of- though it mostly consisted of looking like she was a perfume model. What is America's adventure? Sitting around getting groomed all day and reading a dead king's diary that's just sitting around there for her to read even though it's more incriminating than The Pelican Brief (now, that's a good book). I guess wouldn't mind so much if the rest of the book wasn't so misogynic. We princesses get a bad rap for being anti-feminist which I think is ridiculous. I mean, sure we might all get the guy and live in a big castle and not have to worry about getting a real job, but we all (well, most of us) have goals and ambitions. Well, more than this girl. And you know what really annoys me, America doesn't realize how backwards she is. While she rambles on and on about how the king who wrote his diary objectified his daughter to something that was similar to what America herself was going through, America doesn't recognize that her parents essentially did the same thing to her. It was perfect moment for reflection and instead of utilizing it Cass...well, excuse the horrible pun, castrated it. This moment should've been a part of realization. Instead, Cass uses it as a stupid plot point. I really don't understand why people think America Singer should be a princess. Princesses aren't just supposed to look pretty. Maybe we Disney princesses seem overly old school in our frilly gowns, but honestly we're pretty kick ass. Even old school princesses had their moments. Cinderella, for example, had the gall to go to the ball. Aurora snuck out. Snow White ran away from home. And you have to say there are other princesses out there fictional and real princesses that kick ass. Princess Leila, Princess Mia, Princess Diana. Those are only a few. All three of these women did more than just look great. And while Mia and Leila were fictional characters, they influenced a lot of people. Really, America, you are not a princess. Advisory Review: No. No. No. No. Get the picture. I won't read this unless I somehow get a copy for free like I did the first time. The first book was horribly written, full of plot holes, plus poor characters. And seriously, do you think I want to read a book by an author/agent who calls reviewers derogatory names. I have to comment on the cover. Seriously, that's the cover another pretty dress. At least they got the pose semi right this time (she's not sniffing her own B.O.) but the model just looks so lifeless. She is so not smizing and it doesn't help that her hair sort of clashes with the dress. JMO though. Note, trolls are not tolerated. I get that people have different views of books. But this is my opinion pure and simple. I am writing it, quite honestly, to remind myself why I don't want to buy or read this book in the future. If you have a problem with it write your own review, but this is my opinion.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne

    OMFG IT FINALLY HAS A COVER!!!! First off I must say that that is a stunning dress! Hmm which dress would you say is better? Oh gosh, I can't choose! There both so pretty! Although I do like the red colour more. Now on to the real thing I want to talk about. I'm so freaking excited for this book! I really loved the first one, in fact I loved it so much that I read it while I was at an amusement park. In fact I was so sucked in that I started reading it in the line-ups and I kept wanting to read it OMFG IT FINALLY HAS A COVER!!!! First off I must say that that is a stunning dress! Hmm which dress would you say is better? Oh gosh, I can't choose! There both so pretty! Although I do like the red colour more. Now on to the real thing I want to talk about. I'm so freaking excited for this book! I really loved the first one, in fact I loved it so much that I read it while I was at an amusement park. In fact I was so sucked in that I started reading it in the line-ups and I kept wanting to read it even while I was on the rides. I couldn't concentrate on anything until I finished and luckily I already read most of it at home so there wasn't that much to go. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens with that awkward love triangle and hopefully more plot twists. Also with the contestants narrowed down so much there's probably going to be a lot more... hmm, how should I put this... bitchiness. There, that's a good word... kind of; I also could have gone with competition but meh. And you know what, I'm not really sure what to expect besides the competition and love triangle in terms of plot but hey that's just one more thing to look forward to. But now I have to wait patiently like a good little girl for this to come out. check my blog if you want: Story Envy

  17. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    Why is this series so addictive. WHY?? America is so much more obnoxious, indecisive, and all around THE WORST in this book which makes it a 3 star, but the rest was pretty great. I pretty much LOATHE the show The Bachelor, and this book felt a lot more like that than the first book, so that was not super great. If you like that kind of thing, THERES A LOT OF JEALOUSY TO GO AROUND SO HAVE FUN! However, the overall story and worldbuilding is still pretty great, and I'm sure there will be something Why is this series so addictive. WHY?? America is so much more obnoxious, indecisive, and all around THE WORST in this book which makes it a 3 star, but the rest was pretty great. I pretty much LOATHE the show The Bachelor, and this book felt a lot more like that than the first book, so that was not super great. If you like that kind of thing, THERES A LOT OF JEALOUSY TO GO AROUND SO HAVE FUN! However, the overall story and worldbuilding is still pretty great, and I'm sure there will be something big happening with the rebels in the next book. THINGS BESIDES THE SELECTION YAY!!! America and Maxon have their moments where I really like them, but most of the time I hate them, but I love to hate them? I don't understand it. There's just something about these books that gets me worked up enough to yell at the characters and *literally* face palm at their stupidity. If any book gets me that passionate it's worth the reading experience! For a sequel, this wasn't the best, and definitely wasn't as good as The Selection, but still an interesting piece to the story. Looking forward to AMERICA ACTUALLY MAKING A FREAKING DECISION in the next book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    leni

    one minute of silence for the book i just buried in my garden.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Josu Grilli

    Vale. Bien. No estaba preparado. Mira que al principio (en plan, como las cien primeras páginas) no estaba muy seguro de que The Elite me fuera a gustar tanto como The Selection. Tenía bastante claro que lo estaba leyendo a buen ritmo, pero que en realidad nada me estaba sorprendiendo y que lo leía porque no sé, la Cass es muy diva. Pero, sinceramente, no me esperaba lo que ocurre después. Esta reseña contendrá spoilers, así que lo siento si querías saber qué me ha parecido sin leer ninguno. Te Vale. Bien. No estaba preparado. Mira que al principio (en plan, como las cien primeras páginas) no estaba muy seguro de que The Elite me fuera a gustar tanto como The Selection. Tenía bastante claro que lo estaba leyendo a buen ritmo, pero que en realidad nada me estaba sorprendiendo y que lo leía porque no sé, la Cass es muy diva. Pero, sinceramente, no me esperaba lo que ocurre después. Esta reseña contendrá spoilers, así que lo siento si querías saber qué me ha parecido sin leer ninguno. Te digo que en resumen podría decir que The Elite es inesperada. Y ahora, entro en spoilers. Varias situaciones, como lo que ocurre con Marlee y el guardia o el encontronazo que tiene America de Maxon y Celeste me tuvieron tal que así: No me esperaba para nada que las situaciones se fuesen a tornar así de serias. Para nada. De verdad que lo de Marlee me pilló totalmente por sorpresa. Me olía que algo iba a pasar, porque no creo que la autora se dejase páginas y páginas para ver lo maravillosa que era esta chica y lo buena amiga de America que era para nada. Y en efecto, cuando se descubre todo el tinglado que tenía Marlee (que ole ella por liarse con el guardia, eh, que si pasa del culo de Maxon me parece muy normal) me quedé de piedra. O sea. Encima con el guardia, del que conocemos cómo son las cosas por Aspen. Y buah, el momentazo de America levantándose gritando intentando que todo acabe para ella mientras la azotan. DIOS MÍO. Juro que estaba nervioso perdido. Y que encima luego veamos que Maxon ha ayudado a Marlee por America. AY, MI CORAZÓN. Otra de las cosas que más me ha sorprendido ha sido sin duda el encontronazo calenturiento de Maxon. Porque no me esperaba PARA NADA que Maxon tuviera el mínimo interés en Celeste, y menos del tipo sexual, cuando se le ve tan... no sé, yo no le veía en plan así. No sé si me entendéis. Y claro, yo estaba superindignado con él porque ESO NO SE LE HACE A MI AMERICA. Pero sin embargo, después, cuando está dando sus explicaciones, quería matarlo. Sí, sí. O sea, cuando están encerrados en la habitación secreta con el ataque de los rebeldes y Maxon está diciendo que si America no quería nada con él porque estaba distante, que él se iba a arrimar a otras que le dieran también lo que necesitaba. Y yo en plan: ¿HOLA AL MACHISMO? A punto estuve de cerrar el libro cuando encima veo que America lo acepta. LO ACEPTA. Vale. Yo a todo esto estaba superindignado pero al momento siguiente, America recapacita y se da cuenta de que ella ha hecho exactamente lo mismo con Aspen. Y fue tan zas en toda la boca que me eché a reír. En efecto, Kiera Cass, eres una diva. No me había dado cuenta del detalle. Se nota que la autora juega con eso de 'qué malo es el hombre que se lía con otras' pero realmente no ves mal que America lo haga hasta ese momento. O sea, de verdad, no lo había pensado y yo ya culpaba a Maxon. En general, The Elite ha sido una novela que va ganando fuerza y que nos deja las puertas a The One superintensamente abiertas. MADRE MÍA. Las últimas páginas con el rey amenazando a America y destrozándola. Joder, eres un puto cabrón. Y me gustan mucho las criadas y que vayan a organizar una estrategia. Sinceramente, lo que abre esta segunda novela para la tercera es mejor que lo que dejó abierto el primero. Eso me gusta; ver esa progresión en una misma trilogía. Sin duda, The Elite está a la altura de The Selection al no parar de sorprender con tantos giros en la trama (que hay más de los que he comentado, pero esos sin duda, son los que se llevan la palma).

  20. 5 out of 5

    Pang

    Reading this book felt like Gossip Girl on royal caste. lol! The Elite has many things, drama, dark secrets, intense competition, betrayal, treason, and annoying girls issue.. Firstly, I started reading this book with fun. The Halloween party! and Maxon is so sweet as usual! *dream up* Later on... everything started to roll down the hill. Every. Main. Characters. change from the first one. It’s so hard to decide who the boy I want America to end up with. I’m team Maxon since the first one but in t Reading this book felt like Gossip Girl on royal caste. lol! The Elite has many things, drama, dark secrets, intense competition, betrayal, treason, and annoying girls issue.. Firstly, I started reading this book with fun. The Halloween party! and Maxon is so sweet as usual! *dream up* Later on... everything started to roll down the hill. Every. Main. Characters. change from the first one. It’s so hard to decide who the boy I want America to end up with. I’m team Maxon since the first one but in this book, sometimes I felt like America is not *click* with Maxon. :P her confusions is annoying! lol! but sometimes they're cute together. :D nah.. I love all the characters. They have both bad and good sides inside them in this one. Aspen Leger Aspen is good to America. He understands her. Love her. Care about her. He will fight and wait for her. That’s good points. But the bad points are...... After Maree’s situation. He said bad words against Maxon to sway America’s heart to take her back. ‘he’s bad, America.. he’s actor..’ blah blah blah.. made me Ugh… -_- and his lovey-dovey secret things with America behind Maxon back kinda treason to me. I get that they love together, but when it gonna stop? We all know the rule well! Prince Maxon It’s quite hard to say that I like Maxon’s character in book 1 or book 2 more! hahaa Let me explain…. The Selection.. I love Maxon in the first one. He is sweet, adorable, caring, understanding, and dreamy. But his character kinda over-perfect to me. Then in the Elite.. he change.. Something wrong with me, I LIKE Maxon’s character in this one!! he changed and not too good to be true like before.. His character has flaws. He is still caring and understanding, but he did the bad thing that made me shocked. lol! He is less openly to America. It makes his character kinda suspense to me. And he has his tortured side that made me *faint* I love and enjoyed his character. That’s weird but it is. (view spoiler)[When Malee and Carter’s bad situation I was like.. Me: Maxon!! You have to do something! Mazon: He ignored and let it happen. It’s the rule. Me: I like that you’re loyal to your responsibility and duty, but they are not villains!! This is too cruel. Maxon: *indifferent* It’s the rule that can’t avoid. I have some bad feeling with Maxon then, and torn between team Aspen and Maxon. ); But I always think he has to have his good reasons and then the truth reveal…. *Geeeez* that’s it! My prince. loyal to his responsibility, duty and court. But not that’s cruel. decide to make the best choice for his people. (hide spoiler)] Except this... he kinda suspense and enigmatic to me. I don’t know why? lol! He is less openly to America but he will tell her everything if she asked, and he did the BAD thing! The thing he did with Celeste made me WHAT??? But I always think that you have reason, right? Maxon. I didn’t hate Maxon because I always consider the truth that.. (view spoiler)[AARList's Donna Shelton posits that it's more difficult to forgive a Beta hero because "when they 'do wrong' they are betraying not just the heroine, but their own values." She adds that an Alpha hero behaving similarly is more consistent with his "Alpha nature, we expect it, and his redemption is all the sweeter." On the other hand, she writes: "When the Beta hero acts out he just disappoints us. We readers tend to find unacceptable [behavior] that seems inconsistent with how [a character] has been developed/portrayed. Making a Beta hero behave badly without it seeming inconsistent with the character is probably harder than portraying the same behavior convincingly in an Alpha hero." Credit: refer from.. This (hide spoiler)] I like bad boy, bad hero. When bad hero or playboy hero do the thing like Maxon did. I didn’t hate them. I understand their characters. and Maxon have reason for his action that I accept. (view spoiler)[ It's hard to okay when good guy/beta type like Maxon turn bad. But to me, I do like his character's development in this one. Maxon's character has background. Maybe it's my expectation to see his character develop in the sequel. :P I love the way he handle America when she is annoying, though. lol! I like Beta hero like this. He Wait for her. Understand her. Don't beg or chase her when she is annoying. little Angry to her and let her. lol! their tension is addictive :P but I could see Maxon is great to calm himself! ;P (hide spoiler)] And Maxon’s tortured side made me *swoon* When I know the way his father treat cruelly to him in the last part of the book made me love him even more. :') (view spoiler)[He was beaten by the King for protecting America! *swoon* <3 (hide spoiler)] his character is interesting than the first one. I think. :P Except the bad action he did, his good actions, the way he care America is dreamy as usual. America Singer I have like and hate feeling with her character. hahaa I didn’t hate her, but it’s just America is annoying! All the book, America was like.. Maxon! Aspen! Maxon! Aspen! Maxon! Aspen! Ugh…. Her confusions between these two guys are annoying as hell. The thing I like about her in this book is the interview scene in last part of the book that she wants to eliminate castes. I felt that she is brave. Fighting America!! :P Although, the characters annoy me, but the plot is still fun. It’s kinda Gossip Girl to me, I don’t know why. lol! still enjoyable read to me. Can’t wait for the next one!! (^^D)/

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    I told you America.......those vipers who can wear 7-inch heels are deadly. Honestly, who cares if it's only down to six girls now??!! They're still vipers. They can still walk on crazy heels without breaking their feet. They're still WOMEN WHO WILL CHALLENGE YOU TO A CAT-FIGHT. Now you guys see how dangerous and how awesome this book is. America still fights with herself and others for Maxon, but honestly, she still doesn't even know where her fricking heart lies. So, I mean, to pile on deadly gi I told you America.......those vipers who can wear 7-inch heels are deadly. Honestly, who cares if it's only down to six girls now??!! They're still vipers. They can still walk on crazy heels without breaking their feet. They're still WOMEN WHO WILL CHALLENGE YOU TO A CAT-FIGHT. Now you guys see how dangerous and how awesome this book is. America still fights with herself and others for Maxon, but honestly, she still doesn't even know where her fricking heart lies. So, I mean, to pile on deadly girls, along with 2 guys who break her to bits.........sort of hard to figure out your life, ya know?? Just two words: READ IT. :)

  22. 4 out of 5

    manda

    24 Apr. '13 Bad news: I didn't like it Good news: I finished it in one day to relieve me of my boredom at work Better news: I liked it more than The Selection. Or maybe that's simply because I knew what to expect, so my hopes weren't high to begin with? Still want that tiara. I've full on ranted discussed about characterization in my review of the first book, and since the special cookie that is America still suffers from the same problems, I won't be going into characterization in this review. If 24 Apr. '13 Bad news: I didn't like it Good news: I finished it in one day to relieve me of my boredom at work Better news: I liked it more than The Selection. Or maybe that's simply because I knew what to expect, so my hopes weren't high to begin with? Still want that tiara. I've full on ranted discussed about characterization in my review of the first book, and since the special cookie that is America still suffers from the same problems, I won't be going into characterization in this review. If anyone wants to know every little problem I had with America, I will just direct you to my first review. I'll get the good stuff out of the way first, before I bag this book to the gutters: 1) Purely as a romance, this book was alright . Kiera Cass ought to stick to writing YA romance. Keep the dystopia / politics / other-elements-that-require-cohesive-and-logical-world-building to the pros, alrighty? Or at least ... I don't know ... plan it out a little better? I'll get to that later. Cass can really get me sucked in and riled up about the romantic tension in her book. This was not true for The Selection, but some bits really did get to me in The Elite. For instance, what America caught Maxon doing -- and ended up forgiving him for? -- that pissed me off. I actually found myself screaming in my head, what an asshole! jerk! Pick up your bags and leave, America! Right now! 2) America was actually a slightly better character . I still didn't like her, but at least she grew a pair. I would have at least waited until the Queen was out of the room, or chosen a less physical way to stand up for her beliefs, but the bottom line is, at least she wasn't such a doormat this time. And I think those were the only redeeming qualities I could find. Well, those two and the fan art. (view spoiler)[credit: tumblr (hide spoiler)] But now, on to the ugly. What really lost this for me was one of the things I briefly mentioned in my review of the first book: The Worldbuilding . It seems Cass did not learn from her previous book. In fact, having found some measure of success from it, she follows the same formula. I assure you, nothing is different. The rebel attacks is one such example. I think in this book there were about ... three? four? attacks to the palace. All of them within close timing to one another. Even America notes this herself-- How was it possible that rebels had gotten into the palace two days in a row? Two days in a row! Had things gotten so much worse on the outside since the Selection had begun? --as if the author wanted us to know she realizes it doesn't make sense for it to happen, but any logical explanations are brushed aside and made to seem irrelevant simply by our main character acknowledging this discrepancy. I also have to add that, during one scene, we actually come to see that the rebels are young adults themselves. So let me just rehash this just in case I'm not analyzing it correctly: - four rebel attacks within short time frames - at least one attack managed to cause casualties - time and time again the alarms were resounded only after the rebels had penetrated into the palace - the rebels may as well have been children for their youth - there is no sign of the King making attempts of chasing/capturing the rebels to actively prevent future attacks - there is no sign of any improvements upon the security of the palace. In fact, each time after the rebels attacked, the event is not even discussed between the Elite, or even the royal household. So not only is Iléa governed by a tyrant, he is also an incredibly stupid tyrant who utterly fails at the security of his own home. How a King that cannot even protect his own palace walls manages to keep hold on an entire Kingdom baffles me. But as if having ridiculously forced rebel attacks was not enough, just as it was in The Selection, nothing actually happened during the attacks! Sure, everyone comes out of hiding to find the walls sprawled with: WE ARE COMING. Oh I am just shaking in my undies. Sure, some guards and nameless servants were killed during the action. But none of the characters who mattered were ever in any sense of danger, making it rather useless to be honest. If you don't believe in the absolute uselessness of Cass' attempts of having us worry for her characters -- take the scene where Maxon and his father flies off to New Asia[*] to resolve some sort of conflict. Upon their arrival, a brief paragraph was given on how they were never found ... and then, a few pages later, we were told they were heading back to Iléa. No harm, no other mention of the conflict. What a massively useless side plot. [*sidenote:] really? New Asia? Well done blocking an entire continent covering almost 9% of the Earth's surface and comprising of over fifty different sovereign states and dependent territories into one massive entity under one kingdom. Another odd thing I found about the worldbuilding is how utterly ridiculous it was that every new country in this book is a Kingdom. I simply find it hard to believe that many, many years into the future, our world would have devolved into Sovereign Monarchies. Italy is a Monarchy. Germany is a Monarchy. NEW ASIA the bloody whole CONTINENT I assume is under one Monarchy. You see all that? That's Asia. No country in their right mind would let the whole thing unite under ONE GOVERNMENT holy shit. I'm Asian and I'm terrified at the thought. I'll end this review with a list of my pet peeves. The names. -America Singer sounds pretty tame compared to the whole lot. -Woodwork brings me straight back to high school. -Markson now this is just getting annoying. -Maxon Schreave *snort*. -Amberly Station Schreave sounds like a monopoly property card. aaaaand my personal favourite: -King Clarkson BAHAHAHAHAHAHA [note:] the amount of effort evident in my brilliant photoshop job corresponds to the amount of credit I give to this book. 21 Oct. '13 Is that America? Has she always been a ginger? Ah well.... At least she isn't sniffing her own armpit in this one. > My review of The Selection > My review of The One you can also read more reviews over at my blog

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ivana

    TEAM MAXON! TEAM MAXON! TEAM MAXON! TEAM MAXON! TEAM MAXON! TEAM MAXON! TEAM MAXON! TEAM MAXON! TEAM MAXON! TEAM MAXON! TEAM MAXON! DOWN WITH ASPEN! DOWN WITH ASPEN! DOWN WITH ASPEN! DOWN WITH ASPEN! GRRR! 2013?! *turns off caps lock* omg, can't wait! EDIT: Wow, America. Did you seriously... woooow. I waited almost a full year for this book and you just went ahead and acted like Bella. Stringing around these two boys when it's achingly obvious who you're going to pick. I feel like every book is a Twilight despite TEAM MAXON! TEAM MAXON! TEAM MAXON! TEAM MAXON! TEAM MAXON! TEAM MAXON! TEAM MAXON! TEAM MAXON! TEAM MAXON! TEAM MAXON! TEAM MAXON! DOWN WITH ASPEN! DOWN WITH ASPEN! DOWN WITH ASPEN! DOWN WITH ASPEN! GRRR! 2013?! *turns off caps lock* omg, can't wait! EDIT: Wow, America. Did you seriously... woooow. I waited almost a full year for this book and you just went ahead and acted like Bella. Stringing around these two boys when it's achingly obvious who you're going to pick. I feel like every book is a Twilight despite the fact that this book had a relatively original idea. I just.... I just can't. I pray that Maxon picks you only for the reason that Celeste is a dumbass bitch who carries more about her closet than the people and that's all I'm saying. #done

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie (Bookfever)

    This is going to be a tough review for me, be warned. Last summer I read The Selection and I loved it. I thought the whole idea of a story like this was really original. I loved that it was like The Bachelor put into a dystopian book. I saw a lot of positive reviews about it so I figured it would be positive for me too. So I had to read The Elite also of course and I must say (obviously) I'm rather disappointed by it. Actually a whole lot disappointed. I really wanted to like this book, more so t This is going to be a tough review for me, be warned. Last summer I read The Selection and I loved it. I thought the whole idea of a story like this was really original. I loved that it was like The Bachelor put into a dystopian book. I saw a lot of positive reviews about it so I figured it would be positive for me too. So I had to read The Elite also of course and I must say (obviously) I'm rather disappointed by it. Actually a whole lot disappointed. I really wanted to like this book, more so than some others because The Selection was so good for me. Maybe I had to high hopes but I wanted to enjoy this. The fact that I didn't was a big disappointment because I just wanted this book to be done and over. And that's just never good with any book. I was so frustrated with pretty much everything and every character in The Elite. First of all, America. What was up with her? She kept running back and forth between Maxon and Aspen. It was literally one page she was loving on Maxon and the next she was crawling back to Aspen. Girl, no, just no. The whole book was like this. All about that stupid love triangle. I can like love triangles if they are done well but in this book it has got to be one of the most terrible I've ever read about. And what was up with her decision making? I could hardly follow her train of thought. Doesn't she think at all? At least the one thing that I didn't totally hate was how America was able to read Gregory Illea's diary. What a jackass he was. That's the only thing I want to know more about. Is the diary what the rebels are after or is it something else? I used to love Maxon to bits and pieces but this book ruined him for me. I didn't like him one bit. I guess that The Selection is some sort of game and Maxon has to be sure that he makes the right decision but please, I can't stand the whole thing. Dating all these girls, messing around with him. Ugh! No wonder America got so jealous. And really, Maxon, Celeste? REALLY? The only thing that's not totally awful is that I can sort of understand him a bit, with everything his father (who is a totally pyscho by the way) puts him through he wants distractions but there are other ways. I did feel sorry for what America witnessed at some point... Aspen still is some sort of vague character for me. He wasn't that much in the book but also not totally absent. He did some pretty nice things for America but after what happened to Marlee I can't understand why both him and America would take such huge risks. They are asking to get caught! And no, it doesn't mean that when I'm no longer team Maxon that I'm suddenly team Aspen. I can't pick any teams in this book because they both suck. I'm team America, get the hell out of there and work on yourself, please. The remaining girls in The Selection are definitely on my black list. Especially Kriss. I can't stand her. I get that America messed up and that suddenly Kriss and Maxon got close but it was all so awful to read about. And Celeste, I need her to leave already. There were some rebel attacks again. Wonder what that's about. It's awful but I'd rather read about them attacking the palace and have some action at least than America going back and forth with her two guys. Seriously. But even with the few attacks, we don't know anything. So yeah, frustration everywhere for every character. I was also quite disappointed with the author's writing. And I'm not saying this to bash her or anything. I don't even like giving a book this low a rating because I barely do that. But I couldn't get over it. I didn't like the writing at all. It felt rushed and I can't remember I hated it this much with The Selection. What happened I wondered. I missed action. A lot of them. You'd think because there are rebels, they should've been more of that than there was. Sadly enough it wasn't so. And I really disliked the ending. Literally nothing happened throughout this book. Nothing. I am so disappointed! At least the cover is beautiful and it was a fast read. Overall, The Elite by Kiera Cass was a huge disappointment. Everything from the frustrating characters to the lame plot to the weak writing, it all felt rushed. I wished I had liked it a lot more, but sadly enough I didn't. But I decided I will read the third book once it comes out because I want to know the ending. I hope it won't disappoint me again.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Μaria Vrisanaki

    Το πρώτο βιβλίο τελειώνει κάπως... Με την Αμέρικα που βρίσκεται σε φάση μα θαρρώ πως θα τα μπλέξω απ'την Κική και την Κοκό ποια να διαλέξω, τον καημένο τον Άσπεν να περιμένει, να την περιμένει την αγάπη του όσο και να χρειαστεί και τον Μέιξον να είναι αστατος πολύ και όπου θέλει (μάλλον σε όποια θέλει) να πηγαίνει. Συναντιέται με τη μια, φιλάει άλλη, μπαλαμουτιαζεται με παρά άλλη... Και όλα αυτά συνεχίζονται στο δεύτερο. Καμία εξέλιξη, καμία πρόοδος,καμία αλλαγή, ενώ κάθε φορά που η Κιρα θέλει να Το πρώτο βιβλίο τελειώνει κάπως... Με την Αμέρικα που βρίσκεται σε φάση μα θαρρώ πως θα τα μπλέξω απ'την Κική και την Κοκό ποια να διαλέξω, τον καημένο τον Άσπεν να περιμένει, να την περιμένει την αγάπη του όσο και να χρειαστεί και τον Μέιξον να είναι αστατος πολύ και όπου θέλει (μάλλον σε όποια θέλει) να πηγαίνει. Συναντιέται με τη μια, φιλάει άλλη, μπαλαμουτιαζεται με παρά άλλη... Και όλα αυτά συνεχίζονται στο δεύτερο. Καμία εξέλιξη, καμία πρόοδος,καμία αλλαγή, ενώ κάθε φορά που η Κιρα θέλει να ανεβάσει κάπως τους τόνους λέει "βρε δεν βάζω αντάρτες να μπουκάρουν στο παλάτι;" Τι σκατα φρουρούς έχει αυτο το παλάτι που κάθε δύο μέρες μπουκάρουν αντάρτες, απορώ. Το σπίτι μου είναι πιο ασφαλές. Ούτε εγώ δεν έμπαινα μεσάνυχτα χωρίς να με πάρουν είδηση όλοι. Οι μόνοι εισβολείς είναι οι κωλοκατσαριδες. Χμμμμ, τώρα που το ξανασκέφτομαι, προτιμώ τους αντάρτες.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins publishers and Netgalley.) This is book 2 in the ‘The Selection’ series, and picks up where book 1 left off. The 35 girls of ‘The Selection’ have been reduced to just 6, and it’s time for America to not only work to keep her place in the game, but to also make a decision as to who she really wants to be with – Prince Maxon, or her childhood sweetheart Aspen The competition is also heating up, (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins publishers and Netgalley.) This is book 2 in the ‘The Selection’ series, and picks up where book 1 left off. The 35 girls of ‘The Selection’ have been reduced to just 6, and it’s time for America to not only work to keep her place in the game, but to also make a decision as to who she really wants to be with – Prince Maxon, or her childhood sweetheart Aspen The competition is also heating up, with some unexpected events, and more rebel action. What do the rebels want? Who will be sent home next? And who will America choose? Beautiful and captivating, this book had me from the very first page! I loved ‘The Selection’, and I was so excited to finally have a copy of ‘The Elite’ to read, and I really was not disappointed. America continued to be not only the underdog of the competition, but also the one who truly seemed to have captivated the prince’s heart. Her heart seemed to be in the right place in that she was always doing what seemed right to her, even if the things she did endeared her more to the lower castes than the king. The romance in this book was quite sweet, but I really wanted America to just make a decision and stick with it! It seemed obvious how America and Maxon felt about each other, so the fact that he was off flirting with the other 5 girls in the selection, and she was still making out with Aspen was a bit annoying! I really wanted Maxon to just propose, and send the other girls home instead of them constantly seeming to play games with each others feelings. America also wore something which linked her to Aspen which for me was a really stupid thing to do, and the way she kept asking for more time was irritating too! I have to say that if America and Maxon don’t end up together by the end of this series I will be really annoyed! I liked the storyline in this book, and although America was a little immature and indecisive at times I couldn’t help but love this story. I don’t know what it is about these books but I really love the way they are written, and I actually think that ‘The Elite’ was better than ‘The Selection’! Overall; I really loved this book, and although America had her faults, I hated to put this down! Can’t wait for book 3!!! I want it now!!! 9 out of 10.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ade

    -_- I HATE YOU. I HATE YOU SO FUCKING MUCH. THERE IS NO WORD IN EXISTENCE THAT IS STRONG ENOUGH TO DESCRIBE MY HATE FOR YOU. I'll make a simple list letting you know all the things you need to know about this book: 1) America is a conceited skag 2) America has no idea what love actually is 3) America is rash and does stupid shit before she understands what's actually going on 4) Maxon is a douche 5) Maxon doesn't know what love is 6) Aspen is also a douche 7) Aspen doesn't know what love is 8) Aspen is -_- I HATE YOU. I HATE YOU SO FUCKING MUCH. THERE IS NO WORD IN EXISTENCE THAT IS STRONG ENOUGH TO DESCRIBE MY HATE FOR YOU. I'll make a simple list letting you know all the things you need to know about this book: 1) America is a conceited skag 2) America has no idea what love actually is 3) America is rash and does stupid shit before she understands what's actually going on 4) Maxon is a douche 5) Maxon doesn't know what love is 6) Aspen is also a douche 7) Aspen doesn't know what love is 8) Aspen is reckless and his recklessness could get people killed, but he doesn't give a fuck because he's in luuuuuuurve. 9) Everyone is stupid except for Marlee 10) Don't read this book. It's shitty.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Zoë

    I flew through this book in less than 24 hours, taking me out of my pitiful reading slump! Even though I enjoyed reading this book, it was frustrating at times. I found myself annoyed at how America was acting and how her relationships with Maxon and Aspen played out. I felt like we were stuck in a cycle of America's erratic behavior and overcritical thoughts towards Maxon. Also, I am seriously wondering why Aspen is still there because I don't see any passion between them like I do with Maxon. I I flew through this book in less than 24 hours, taking me out of my pitiful reading slump! Even though I enjoyed reading this book, it was frustrating at times. I found myself annoyed at how America was acting and how her relationships with Maxon and Aspen played out. I felt like we were stuck in a cycle of America's erratic behavior and overcritical thoughts towards Maxon. Also, I am seriously wondering why Aspen is still there because I don't see any passion between them like I do with Maxon. I liked how we got to see more of the world outside of the castle and how the society was formed and hope that we get to see more later. Overall, I enjoyed The Selection more than the sequel but still look forward to the next book to see how it all plays out.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Theresa ♫

    AUGUST 16, 2013: THIS IS GONNA BE ONE RANTING REVIEW COMING RIGHT UP. (My before-read review of this book is BELOW my after-read review, so scroll down to look there, if you'd like. ^-^) AUGUST 19, 2013: SPOILERS. This book is full of freaking spoilers. SPOILERS EVERYWHERE. SPOILER. SPOILER. SPOILER HERE AND THERE AND EVERYWHERE. IN THE AIR. I DON'T CARE. I HAVE HAIR. I LIKE BEARS--I dunno, that could be a new song. :D ....But seriously, this review is full of spoilers. I. HATED. THIS. PIECE. OF. (*salg AUGUST 16, 2013: THIS IS GONNA BE ONE RANTING REVIEW COMING RIGHT UP. (My before-read review of this book is BELOW my after-read review, so scroll down to look there, if you'd like. ^-^) AUGUST 19, 2013: SPOILERS. This book is full of freaking spoilers. SPOILERS EVERYWHERE. SPOILER. SPOILER. SPOILER HERE AND THERE AND EVERYWHERE. IN THE AIR. I DON'T CARE. I HAVE HAIR. I LIKE BEARS--I dunno, that could be a new song. :D ....But seriously, this review is full of spoilers. I. HATED. THIS. PIECE. OF. (*salgangasidlgfhgadsflaihgksdfasdsdf) This is going to be a full on rant. And some of you might think I'm crazy, or way too picky, or an "angry person whose head explodes like a volcano just from reading a book", but AYE. DON. CARE. AYE DON CARE. (Get it?) I read the author's about me and acknowledgements. She seems COOL. She has spunk, she's out there, she's just . . . SPUNKY! And I love spunky. But this lady, who's spunk I admire, happened to write a book that I can say IS ONE OF THE WORST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ. EVER. And no. I've never read Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. I was unfortunate enough to read Blue Moon by Alyson Noel, which was a big load of doodoo, and this book and that one TIE UP PERFECTLY IN HORRIBLENESS. Welcome to the fo-shizzle shelf, you misfitted book. So if you're a fellow review reader who LOVED this book, you're probably sitting there thinking, "Wow. Theresa's review for today is gonna suck because I TOTALLY DISAGREE, THIS BOOK IS AH-MAY-ZING." and that's okay! But you can never get me to ever think this book was gem. It was "bloody awful". Compared to a gem, this book was merely loose change, and I'm really, really disappointed. REASONS THIS BOOK EARNED THAT ONE SPARKLY STAR: Because it wasn't a "zero-star" book, it was a ONE STAR. It earned that one star. Why? Because in my opinion, this writing is really, really not that bad. THE WRITING, not the story. The story . . . . well, we'll get on to that in a second. But the WRITING was okay. It wasn't overly detailed, like "My mouth slowly turned into a curl as I gently pressed the greasy keys of my computer's keyboard. I sighed and tediously fluffed my hair as I typed, 'My mouth slowly turned into a curl as I gently pressed the greasy keys . . .'" IT WASN'T LIKE THAT. It had a pretty good flow going. So WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED???!! (*Ahem) Well, I should mention this one really whacko sentence that made me sort of snort. I don't know what page it was on. But America was describing Maxon, and she said, and I quote: "He launched himself into a run." ....He launched himself. He LAUNCHED himself. Not to tease or taunt but that sentence made me picture him with rockets under his shoes like Astro Boy. Reasons why this book flew across the room (as in . . . . . I chucked it. FOR REAL.) 1. Love triangle. This was the worst . . . the worst love triangle ever. Even worse than the human-vampire-werewolf one that I assume everyone knows. It was. THE WORST. And I'm not trying to be mean when I say worst, but it just made me so angry and frustrated. America Singer was emitted into the Selection to compete for a guy. Prince Maxon Shubalubadoo (forgot his last name but remembered it started with an S) is the prince. Aspen is the first boyfriend of America. AFTER TWO GUYS AT A TIME?! America, you horndog. NO! NO NO NO MAXON IS THE HORNDOG HERE. (But I will get to that in a second.) But get this. In book one, Aspen freaking breaks up with America because America is in caste 5, and he's a caste lower than she is, so that would only bring her down. AND because she's going to the Selection for the prince. That is effing stupid. YOU DON'T JUST GIVE UP THE GIRL YOU LOVE FOR THAT! Just because she's going to the Selection?! 35 freaking girls, THERE'S A CHANCE SHE WON'T WIN! It just made me so mad how he could give her up like that. Then this (sasjflasijgadfslsadf) shows up at the castle as a guard. TO MADE THE BOOK MORE DRAMATIC, OOH. LA. LA. But apparently this guy still. loves. America. SO WHY DID YOU LET HER GO IN THE FIRST PLACE, YOU TURD?! Maxon. In the first book, I thought he was alright. But then I realized why I do not like "The Bachelor" the show. It's like he's dating a bunch of girls at once! He could be kissing all of them! He goes and tells America "I will choose you, I will choose you. ONLY IF YOU WANT ME TO CHOOSE YOU, my dear!" Hah. Let's just read and see what he REALLY does. You see, I didn't mind Maxon for a while . . . until he literally started crushing on one of the other girls. (JEEZ, I hope I didn't spoil anyone there . . .) YOU LIED TO AMERICA, you turd-in-a-bucket. YOU. LIED. TO. HER. HOW. DARE. YOU!!!! Even though I think America is . . . . . . a pretty big ditz, I STILL HATE HOW HE CHANGED HIS MIND LIKE THIS. He didn't keep his word. He didn't. Keep. His. Word. "Oh, my dear America, I only want you!" That's not a good example of a lover! WHAT THE HECK?! It would have made more sense if America noticed that and used it as a factor of elimination in her should-I-choose-Maxon-or-Aspen contest, but America didn't notice a thing. She was stupid enough to still keep him in the running for her HERO. Through the book I was BEGGING this girl to just see Maxon's B.S. YOU SHOULD BE WITH SOMEONE WHO ONLY WANTS YOU! Who only wants you? Maxon has to make a choice. LOOK AT FREAKING ASPEN! He's freaking waiting for you. You've been together for 2 years. YOU HAVE MEMORIES. To top that all off, you don't have to struggle with being a princess! (Which I should mention, in the story, America almost decides not to stay in The Selection because she thinks she's not fit for a princess. OH-KAY, FINE! Go to Aspen then! He's STANDING RIGHT--OVER--THERE!!! *rips hair off of head in pure and utter frustration.) I mean obviously she and Aspen still love each other, even though Aspen is still a dummy for dumping her in the first place. (This all wouldn't have happened if it weren't for you, Aspen. THANKS. THANKS A LOT.) I might just seem like one of those fangirls who are raging because I'm on "Team Aspen" or whatever. NO. I'M NOT ON ANY TEAM! I want to smack Aspen as much as I want to smack America and Maxon ALL TOGETHER. So 2. America was frustratingly, irritatingly, hair-pulling-out-ingly STUPID. What does this teach the reader, huh? That's what I think books are all about. THEIR LIFE LESSONS IN THE STORY. America is struggling between choosing a guy she's been in love with for 2 years and a prince who's "dating" 5 other girls besides her! WHICH ONE SHALL SHE CHOOSE! You know what? You know what? (*growls) Aspen, just go find another girl. There was this quote in this very book, I SWEAR, and I forgot what page it was on. But Aspen says to America something along the lines of: "I know I'm smart. Because I am smart enough not to fall for a stupid girl." Are you smart, Aspen? ARE YOU? REALLY? Hmm. I plead to concur! 3. What kind of love lesson does this story teach?! The three of them are all practically cheating on each other. America. You are cheating on Aspen with Maxon. America. You are also cheating on Maxon with Aspen. (AND BEHIND HIS BACK! Oh my my my.) AMERICA. You alternate kissing one and the other through the pages. HOW DO YOU NOT FEEL THE GUILT INSIDE YOU! (Sorry, guys, I just really, really, really hate cheating. And I always feel uncomfortable when someone likes 2 people at once. DID YOU KNOW if you want 2 people, you actually want neither of them? LET ME EXPLAIN. Lets pretend you are choosing between PRINCE A and PRINCE B. Prince A doesn't have feelings for you. But Prince B does. So you tag along with Prince B and say "Okay! I'll just choose Prince B!" and you're all dandy and fine! UNLESS YOU LIKE PRINCE A BETTER THAN PRINCE B. If that is the case, you should say you like Prince A. Because nothing, I repeat NOTHING is crueller than dating a person when you like someone else more. NOTHING IS CRUELLER than making someone a "plan B" or a "Safety net in case you get dumped by the first guy".) So America likes both of these guys at the same time. HOW. I don't know how you can love two people EXACTLY THE SAME. There must be one of them that you love more, and you have to figure that out. BUT WHY WHY WHY DO YOU IGNORE HOW THEY TREAT YOU?! Why do you take so long to choose when it's obvious who you SHOULD choose: the guy you've been in love with LONGER or this newer guy you just met because of a COMPETITION that's also been dating 34 other girls? HUH?! HUH, AMERICA?! Or maybe . . . maybe it's the kind of story that follows after "You can't be in love with 2 guys. Because if you were really in love with the first guy, you wouldn't have fallen for the second." UGH. Confusing. So so confusing now. I dunno. I'm not capable of liking two people at once, because once I am really in love with someone, it's impossible to see anyone else that could possibly be better than him. That's what falling in love means, isn't it? So have you guys ever heard of the youtube series, "How It Should Have Ended". GO WATCH THEM. NOW! I'll freaking give a link to their channel! WATCH THESE!! The Selection: The Elite should be made into one of these. Because I'm not trying to rewrite the story or anything, but think of it like HISHEdotcom would. HOW THE SELECTION SHOULD HAVE ENDED: Aspen: "America . . . . America, I came all the way from (wherever we live) to see you . . . . to tell you how much I love you. I'm still here, baby . . . I'm still here. I still love you so much." America: "But . . . you dumped me." Aspen: "It was a mistake, America." America: "I've found someone new though." Aspen: "I would never choose anyone over you, America! NEVER!" Maxon: "I like you America. AND I like this one other girl, too, AT THE SAME TIME. Just like how you like that lonely guard over there AND ME at the same time! Perhaps you deserve that!" *wink wink* America: "Wait a minute . . . . Maxon, you told me you only wanted me." Maxon: "It's a competition! ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN! It's like the Bachelor, REMEMBER?" America: "Oh . . . that's right." Maxon: "Besides, you're not the only girl I've kissed, you know." Aspen: "You're the only girl I've kissed America! I love you! Come back with me! Let's be together, I CAME ALL THIS WAY. JUST FOR YOU. I AM HERE FOR YOU!" Maxon: "You'll have a chance at my kingdom if you stay with me." America: " . . . Wait a minute. This is a love story. It's supposed to teach the readers SOMETHING ABOUT LOVE. Love doesn't care about kingdoms. Love doesn't care about being the highest caste, or being princess, or marrying a beautiful prince. Love is about being there for someone, someone being there for you. Love is about ONE OTHER PERSON that makes you feel like your heart is going to burst--JUST ONE OTHER PERSON. Love shouldn't have to compete. Love should be solid and obvious. Aspen, you and I have loved each other for so long. Maxon, I don't have that history with you, and besides, you like someone else. How can you truly love me . . . if you love someone else at the same time? Aspen . . . I realize who really loves me." Aspen: "Really?" America: "I choose you Aspen! Let us have a happy ending together! SPARE THE READERS A BOOK #3!!" (Aspen and America flip off Maxon together, and then they link arms and skip into the sunset.) OR it can happen like this: ALTERNATE ENDING Aspen: " . . . I'M HERE FOR YOU!" Maxon: "You'll have a chance at my kingdom if you stay with me." America: "Wait a minute . . . this is a love story. It's supposed to teach the readers something about LOVE . . . . . . . . . Aspen, you dumped me for a stupid reason! Maxon, you like another girl at the same time as me! None of you truly treat me like a princess! I'll find another prince ON. MY. OWN!" (America flips off both Aspen and Maxon and then skips off into the sunset to find a better prince charming to TRULY LOVE HER, unlike these two idiots.) So yeah. As for the 3rd book, I don't think I'm touching it. If I do end up touching it, just to see who she ends up with . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . no, I don't think so. THE ONLY PART I LIKED IN THIS BOOK were the quotes on page 62. AND I only liked the side characters, Marlee and Carter. THEIR LOVE STORY seems more amazing than America's and Aspen's and Maxon's. MAKE A STORY ABOUT THEM INSTEAD! -----------------BEFORE THE BOOK WAS READ----------------- BEFORE ZE BOOK HAS BEEN OPENED (As of July 14, 2012) So while reading The Selection, I was on a ninja's mission for originality and a smile, and after I finished the Selection, I noticed that . . . my mission is not done yet! No. The story isn't over yet. I'm DETERMINED TO FIND A SMILE IN THIS INSTALLMENT. If I don't . . . heads will roll. Oh yes. Another book that will be released after the world ends. THE RELEASE OF THE ELITE AWAITS! And, my dear review readers, my review awaits. (As of November 2, 2012) Cover cover cover cover cover cover cover cover cover cover cover cover cover cover cover cover cover COVER COVER COVER COVER COVER COVER COVER COVER COVER COVER COVERRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!! I actually like that cover better than the first one. Even though it's red. I mean red is my least favorite color after pink. I seriously love sunsets and red skies, but red is the color of 1. Swiggly lines that are underlined under the words you spelt wrong. 2. The color of my teacher's grading pens. 3. The color of my math test last week. It looked all bloody with all those marks all over it. 4. The color of the big fat F on that math test. 5. The name of Taylor Swift's new album. I love Taylor Swift!! Seriously! But that new song of hers . . . "Loving him was red. Reh-eh-eh-eh-ed, Red, Red, Red. Loving him was RED! Reh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-ed."

  30. 4 out of 5

    Hailey (HaileyinBookland)

    I cannot wait to get the final book tomorrow AHHH. I really have fallen in love with this series although it sometimes frustrates the crap out of me how stupid America can be and the damn love triangle. I just can't help it.

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