The Elite & The One by Kiera Cass Review

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Title:  The Elite
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Hardcover
Publication Date: April 23, 2013
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Source: Hardcover

 

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.

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The Elite was a really great 2nd book, and that’s always a refreshing surprise because so many second books change what was great about the first. This one doesn’t do that, and it really starts to show the flaws in Maxon and America.

Maxon is a great guy, but he wants someone to love him and I certainly can’t blame him for that. I know America gets hurt quite a bit by his relationships with the other girls, but because she wasn’t willing to commit I can’t totally blame him for wanting to play the field. Maxon has never been able to date knowing the Selection was coming, so this is really his only chance to make mistakes, have flings, and be a little reckless with his affections. I know he truly cares for America, but throughout this whole book she keeps him at arms length. So much of the behavior she abhors is behavior that she created.

Saying all of that of course I understand America’s perspective. Who wants to be one of many girls? How can you really trust what Maxon says knowing he’s kissing other girls and taking them on dates? I wouldn’t want to put myself to far out there either. I did think that it was a little crass of her to try to rebound with Aspen especially when she wasn’t sure of her feelings for either one of them. Maxon is going to find out about it, and it will create all kinds of problems. Rightfully so, America said she would put Aspen behind her and focus on Maxon to see if she could care for him.

While it seems a bit unfair Maxon doesn’t really have a choice in the Selection and he has to date. This is America’s chance to show him how devoted she can be. I loved the political tension that ran throughout this book. While it was still secondary to the romance, I definitely feel like it is growing and will be a much bigger part in the finale. I really liked how the political aspect has grown with the characters.

At first it seemed like this would be another fluffy dystopian where there was a little bit of political unrest but it was more about the romance. I think that was following the mindset of the characters, and right now in the series that is changing. America is starting to realize that she has the power to change, or at the very least the ability to stand up for others. This is leading her to a greater awareness of what is going on in her country.

I really enjoyed this book, and while the writing wasn’t the best I’ve ever seen Kiera Cass does a great job of creating well rounded and fleshed out characters. Along with a plot that seems to be picking up. I would give it 4.5 out of 5 stars just because there was indefinable that was missing in it for me. However, I do highly recommend this series and am going to be moving on to the final installment immediately.

 

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4.5/5 – Fabulous Read, Recommended

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**


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Title: The One
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Hardcover
Publication Date: May 6, 2014
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars

 

The highly anticipated conclusion to Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series, The One will captivate readers who love dystopian YA fiction and fairy tales. The One is the perfect finale for fans who have followed America’s whirlwind romance since it began–and a swoon-worthy read for teens who have devoured Veronica Roth’s Divergent, Ally Condie’s Matched, or Lauren Oliver’s Delirium.

The Selection changed America Singer’s life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Illéa, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen–and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she’s made her choice . . . and she’s prepared to fight for the future she wants.

Find out who America will choose in The One, the enchanting, beautifully romantic third book in the Selection series!

reviewThe One was a great finale in this series. I was so glad to be proven right when this book was far more about the political situation in the country than the romance. Don’t get me wrong, the romancewas still a huge factor, but alot of the interactions between Maxon and America in this book were around the situation in their country.

I loved how much America started to grow in this book. It’s not just that she was immature in the last book and did some foolish things, but she actually started to strategize and to think of ways she could get around the rules that they had imposed rather than breaking them outright. I think that’s important because the king has so much power to hurt her that it’s the only way to stay true to herself but also stay safe.

The relationship between Maxon and America really started to grow in this book from midnight escapades to creating new friendships. Their relationship started being more of a partnership, and that was wonderful to see because I think in Maxon’s position a partner is the best thing you could have. I wondered how the situation with Aspen would continue, and I was relieved to see that the book really revolved around Maxon and Aspen took a backseat. I really feel like with all the changes that America had been through Aspen just wasn’t right for her.

I loved the political intrigue in this book, especially as it just started coming out of the woodwork. There were so many characters that surprised me, and so many new characters that I just fell in love with. It was really wonderful that even in the final book I was still being surprised by these characters.

Of course, Maxon had to find out about Aspen and that was one part of the romance that was so heart-breaking to read. America should really have confided long ago in Maxon that Aspen was a soldier in the palace. I can understand not wanting too or being afraid after what happened to Marlee, but America has learned Maxon by now. Being upfront was the best option for her, and it was awful that she didn’t choose that.

I loved this book more than the first two, and I’m so glad to say that this was a 5 out of 5 star read for me. The characters grew into themselves, and Kiera Cass created great dialogue about a horrible system and really fleshed her characters out and made them multi-dimensional. I’ve loved her characters and writing since The Siren, and am so glad there is another 5 star book in this. I highly recommend this series, as I found it incredibly refreshing and the perfect mix of romance and dystopia.

 

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5/5 – MUST READ, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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Title: The One

Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: HarperTeen

Format: Hardcover
Publication Date: May 6, 2014

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars

 

The highly anticipated conclusion to Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series, The One will captivate readers who love dystopian YA fiction and fairy tales. The One is the perfect finale for fans who have followed America’s whirlwind romance since it began–and a swoon-worthy read for teens who have devoured Veronica Roth’s Divergent, Ally Condie’s Matched, or Lauren Oliver’s Delirium.

The Selection changed America Singer’s life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Illéa, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen–and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she’s made her choice . . . and she’s prepared to fight for the future she wants.

Find out who America will choose in The One, the enchanting, beautifully romantic third book in the Selection series!

 Review:

 

The One was a great finale in this series. I was so glad to be proven right when this book was far more about the political situation in the country than the romance. Don’t get me wrong, the romancewas still a huge factor, but alot of the interactions between Maxon and America in this book were around the situation in their country.

I loved how much America started to grow in this book. It’s not just that she was immature in the last book and did some foolish things, but she actually started to strategize and to think of ways she could get around the rules that they had imposed rather than breaking them outright. I think that’s important because the king has so much power to hurt her that it’s the only way to stay true to herself but also stay safe.

The relationship between Maxon and America really started to grow in this book from midnight escapades to creating new friendships. Their relationship started being more of a partnership, and that was wonderful to see because I think in Maxon’s position a partner is the best thing you could have. I wondered how the situation with Aspen would continue, and I was relieved to see that the book really revolved around Maxon and Aspen took a backseat. I really feel like with all the changes that America had been through Aspen just wasn’t right for her.

I loved the political intrigue in this book, especially as it just started coming out of the woodwork. There were so many characters that surprised me, and so many new characters that I just fell in love with. It was really wonderful that even in the final book I was still being surprised by these characters.

Of course, Maxon had to find out about Aspen and that was one part of the romance that was so heart-breaking to read. America should really have confided long ago in Maxon that Aspen was a soldier in the palace. I can understand not wanting too or being afraid after what happened to Marlee, but America has learned Maxon by now. Being upfront was the best option for her, and it was awful that she didn’t choose that.

I loved this book more than the first two, and I’m so glad to say that this was a 5 out of 5 star read for me. The characters grew into themselves, and Kiera Cass created great dialogue about a horrible system and really fleshed her characters out and made them multi-dimensional. I’ve loved her characters and writing since The Siren, and am so glad there is another 5 star book in this. I highly recommend this series, as I found it incredibly refreshing and the perfect mix of romance and dystopia.

 

 

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5/5 – MUST READ, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

 

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