This was one of those reading-forever kind of novels because once-upon-a-time, I fell embarrassingly behind on reviews so instead of speed reading thorough The Elite (as I desperately wanted to!), I slipped in portions here and there. Book two of Kiera Cass’ successful trilogy picks up where The Selection drops off.
BOOK REVIEW | ‘The Selection’ by Kiera Cass
STORY: It opens with America Singer and Prince Maxon together, blissfully so, before various manipulations tear them apart. With the Selection down to only six girls, the competition is tougher and America is confused about her feelings for her first love, Aspen and her feelings of becoming Illea’s new princess. Also a complication is Maxon’s distance – no longer do he and America talk as they once did and instead, America watches as her fellow competitor, Kriss, claims a piece of Maxon’s heart… all of which may push America back into Aspen’s arms.
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I cannot count the number of reviews that criticize. During the three year fandom these novels have spanned, these are the reviews I’ve scanned during this time. Whether or not the prose is innovative or not among its peers, flaws and all, this is all a portion of the reason this series “works” so well (for me). I love stories that can take me on a journey yet not overthink things – to me, that is the heart of storytelling or at least, that is what I enjoy because when I’m reading, I don’t like a book that leaves me feeling as if I have to work to get lost in its world (as if I have to “force” myself into feeling a part of the world) or one that leaves me feeling as if I only got half its story because the prose was too “big.”
As the dreaded middle book of a trio of novels, I do think The Elite suffers from a kind of book slump. There are one too many things that merely didn’t set well with me in the book – not in the sense that they “bothered” me, more in the sense that America drives a wedge between herself and both of the men vying for her heart because of her addled teenage brain. Like, seriously, girl, Make. Up. Your. Mind.
With the close of this novel finally comes the chance to read The One. It’s long overdue and considering my TBR stack is shrinking (*knock on wood*), I anticipate revisiting the world of Illea. I’ve been gone longer than intended and because of that, I will welcome the drama of switching emotions and love stories. Because at the end of the day, I’m this world’s biggest fangirl.
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Author: Kiera Cass
Publication Date: 2013
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Series: The Selection, 2