BONUS BOOK: The Elite by Kiera Cass

“It looked like she could tell there was more to it than that, but she didn’t press me. It was almost comforting, this mutual acceptance of our secrets.”

Genre: Fiction, Romance, Dystopian

Book Jacket Synopsis: “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.”

Review:  I am sorry to say that The Elite was a pretty terrible book. There were definitely chapters where this novel rang true to the whimsical and entertaining nature of its predecessor, The Selection. However, I spent an overwhelming majority of the book wondering if and when it was going to improve. I chalk my disappointment down to failed execution in one major plot line: the America-Aspen-Maxon love triangle. My primary issue with the love triangle was how completely America swayed between her two suitors. In one chapter, she would decide that she wanted a future with Maxon and that Aspen was in her past. Fast forward a few chapters, and she’s suddenly back to thinking that she could never be queen and will never stop loving Aspen. It would be a different story if America felt slight indecision, or if she mentally wavered between the two guys before committing to one, but every couple of chapters she appears to completely switch her stance. This happens MULTIPLE times. It was tiresome and molded America into an increasingly annoying character. Given that the frustrating love triangle drove the book’s plot, I was happy when this novel ended. On a side note, one of the best things about this book was a quote from Publishers Weekly on the back cover:

“A cross between The Hunger Games (minus the bloodsport) and The Bachelor (minus the bloodsport).”




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