Published By: HarperCollins
Publication Date: June 16, 2013
Date Read: April 14, 2013
Genre: YA - Dystopia
Source: Review Copy from HarperCollins
From Goodreads:"From the beginning, I've really only looked at you, wanted you."
The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Selection.
Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.
America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.
Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending
Oh. My. God! I literally have no words right now. I read this book in one sitting and it just completely and utterly blew me away! I thought The Selection was good? The Elite is phenomenal! I had pretty high expectations for this book since I loved the first book so much and The Elite met all of those expectations and completely surpassed them. This book was literally phenomenal and I seriously just cannot gush enough.
America's heart is still torn. She is fast falling for Prince Maxon but she's still overcome with her past relationship and feelings for Aspen. She doesn't know what to do and when other things get in the way of the matters of her heart America doesn't know what to think. How can she trust Maxon's feelings when she can't even trust herself? Will she be able to make a choice before it's too late?
I... just... OMG! That is seriously all I can say when thinking of this book. I loved ever single second of it. I am so emotionally invested in this series I had the warm and fuzzies one moment where I just wanted to hug my eReader I was so happy and in love and then the next I was freaking out and anxious. This book will make you go through every emotion you possibly could go through. I laughed and cried and everything in between.
America is such a great character. I love her. I love her feistiness and her stubborness and I think she is such a great character to read about. However she bugged the life out of me in this book. Don't get me wrong I still love her to bits and she is one of my favourite characters ever but there was just some things that she did in this one that had me screaming "WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU" America goes through a big journey in this book and the state of mind she is in by the end makes me extremely happy but for me she went through so many up and downs and going backwards and forwards in this book I just wanted to reach into the book and give her a bit of a shake.
Maxon... oh my Maxon. Is there anything that can make me love him less? Erm NO! I adore him! I'm pretty sure he is the most amazing character ever! I am just completely head-over-heels in love with him. Take note of Chapter 8 girls because seriously I melted into a puddle of goo! I LOVE him! There were parts of this book where Maxon broke my heart completely but when looking at things from him point of view you really can't blame him for doing that. I genuinelly love him and I am still Team Maxon all the way!
This book was just phenomenal to me. Right from the start I could tell that it was going to be a 5 Star rating. Right from the start I was just completely hooked and I couldn't put the book down. I literally just say for hours and I read this book in one sitting. I just had to know what happened. Even when it was making me cry and breaking my heart. One thing is for certain Kiera Cass is literally phenomenal and I can't wait to see what she does in the next book. I literally have no idea what it going to happen from her but I know I will enjoy every singe word of what is to come.
The Selection is fast becoming one of my favourite series of all time. I find that it is so heavy on the romance that is can be a little bit cheesy but come on, who doesn't love a little bit of cheese in their life. I love everything Kiera does. Her writing style, the world and characters she has created and the romance that literally stops my heart and wants me to become a character in the book so this can happen to me. I need book 3 right now and I despreately need America and Maxon to be together. I love Maxon and I think America would be a fantastic ruler of this country and make everything better.
If you enjoyed The Selection you will love The Elite. It is a hundred times better! It has everything that you could possibly need. Romance, action, romance, a beautiful setting, romance, a phenomenal dystopia society and ROMANCE! It completely took my heart and my breath away and left me dying for more! I loved every single second of it and I can't wait to experience is all again when I re-read it. A MUST READ!
"I've been looking for a suitable alternative, but the truth is... there's only you."