Sunday, 24 May 2015

The Elite

Written by: Kiera Cass
Published by: Harper Collins
Edition: Kindle
Pages: 336
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository

The Selection gets fierce as rivals stake their claim on the prince.Six girls, one life-changing prize…
America Singer will leave her pre-destined life for a world of glamour and luxury, if she wins…
But surviving The Selection is tough. Rivals are battling to become Prince Maxon’s bride as the threat of rebel violence just beyond the palace walls escalates into war. Only six girls are left and sworn friendships are tested to breaking point. America’s feelings for Maxon grow stronger, but she suspects darker mysteries in his royal past. With exlover Aspen waiting for her in the shadows, where do her loyalties truly lie?

We delve back into The Selection series by Kiera Cass with the second book, The Elite. The Elite brings us back to the competition  in winning Prince Maxon's heart. It picks up right where the first book left off and we are thrown back into the dramatic events that seem to surround the competition. Now I was a huge fan of The Selection, it had every thing I needed in a book, so I was extremely anticipating the second novel. But I cannot deny that I was a little underwhelmed and slightly dissapointed. There wasn't really much drama or breathtaking romance that really made you gasp with intrigue and sigh with happiness that was oh so present in the first. To me, it was just lacking just that little bit extra to stay with you and carry you up until the third installment. 
"Sometimes I feel like we're a knot, too tangled to be taken apart."
Having said this, it doesn't mean that I didn't thoroughly enjoy this novel. In fact, if I separate it from the first one and read it as a stand alone, I would even go as far as saying that I actually even love it. There was still a lot of twists and turns that I just did not see coming and it still kept me on the edge of my seat reading. So much so, that I once again flew through it and read it in one sitting because I just couldn't get enough of it. It had that cheesy but moreish atmosphere that reality TV brings just in a written format. The romance between America and Maxon was still so sweet that it had you begging for more. And I still can't get over how perfect Prince Maxon is. Seriously, he is pure cuteness and courageous all rolled into one brave and strong Prince. Plus there is so much too him that is still hidden within the pages and that I am so looking forward to unravelling within the next installment.
"Love is beautiful fear."
Overall, on its own The Elite is a beautifully intriguing book. However paired with it previous novel in the series, it loses something. I felt that America had become slightly more whiny and a little frustrating, plus the romance was lost a little in transition. Although, it was fun and it was sweet, not to mention that there was still many twists that just added to the drama. So while, in my eyes The Elite wasn't as good as it's predecessor I was still able to thoroughly enjoy and be entertained by the events that were unfolding. 

The Elite (The Selection, #2)