Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass

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Genre: Young adult | dystopian | romance
Series: The Selection #2
Goodreads rating: 4.01
My rating: ★★★★

summary

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 (Goodreads).

review

Going into this book I expected to hate America, as a lot of people do. I don’t know if the hate maybe started in The One instead, because I didn’t end up hating her. Is she the best protagonist in existence? Definitely not, but she isn’t the worse either. Does it get a bit annoying that she can’t choose between Maxon and Aspen (who in my opinion is a manipulative jerk)? Yes. Epic Reads ‘The Elite (with Dolls)’ is very accurate in this: ‘my heart is confused’. Click on the link, please, if you’ve read the book. Because it’s hilarious.

I wish Kiera Cass had ended the love triangle by now, because it felt a bit unnecessary. Aspen is barely in the picture, and it really feels like he’s America’s second choice. Whenever she’s mad at Maxon, she suddenly realizes: ‘Aspen is home’ and then when she talks it out with Maxon she just completely forgets about Aspen.
I know that Aspen himself is necessary to the plot. He’s her first love, he broke her heart, so of course she needs time to get over him and to commit herself to Maxon. If it wasn’t for him, The Selection would’ve been over already. But to have Aspen show up again in the palace and to turn it in the love triangle, seems to add, well, not much.

All in all, it was an enjoyable read. I do feel like not much happened in the book (except some spoilery stuff), but I finished it in one day. Kiera Cass has a nice writing style, so that you can just fly through the book with ease. Maxon is still a cutie and we find out a bit more of his flaws (hallelujah).

How do you guys feel about The Selection’s love triangle? Do you think it’s really necessary for the plot?

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A Cinderelly Bookhaul

This Monday my mom and I went to the centre to do some shopping (read: TO ACQUIRE BEAUTIFUL BOOKS. Spoiler: I’ve succeeded) and to see Cinderella. It was a fun day and I’m really happy with the books I got. Two books are a gift from my mom and grandfather for my hardwork and results after my last testweek. The other two are pats on the back from myself haha.

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So here they are! The Elite by Kiera Cass, The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman, Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I went in looking for Scarlet, as not only is it one of my goals to get up to date with The Lunar Chronicles this year, I haven’t read anything yet for the Fairytale Retelling Challenge, which is terrible. And since I read The Selection this year I decided to read The Elite, as I’d like to finish that series this year too.

I hadn’t heard of The Invisible Library nor of Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, but both books caught my eyes (because look at those covers!) and when I read the synopses I knew I had to read them. I mean, the protagonist of The Invisible Library is a spy who works for the Library. This Library harvests fiction from different realities. How cool is that?! Also: alternative London, supernatural creatures, unpredictable magic and secret societies.

I’m aware I already have it. Sssh!

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library on the other hand involves ‘the coolest library in the world’, or so says James Patterson. The protagonist of this book isn’t a spy, but he gets to spend the night locked in in the library. Isn’t that every bookworms dream?!  The tricky part isn’t getting out of the library though, it’s getting out.

Then it was time to go and see Cinderella, which I definitely recommend. Not only was it like seeing the classic come to live, it was actually better. Don’t get me wrong, I love the original, but I never really felt the romance between Cinderella and the prince, which I’m sure a lot of you can agree with. I mean, they just met and didn’t even talk. I totally shipped them in the film though. Also the actors were brilliant, it was funny, the mice were adorable and I want that dress. Where there things I wish they hadn’t left out? Of course, but I’m not going to be all cranky about that. Just go see it. Trust me.

Have any of you read any of my new precious books? Have you seen Cinderella yet? Let me know in the comments!

– The Writing Hufflepuff