The Elite by Kiera Kass
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.1
The best part about finding a book series late in the game is being able to jump to the next book. The worst is when you aren’t late enough and have to wait until the final novel. >_<
The competition is winding down to the final six girls, and as the competition for Prince Maxon becomes more fierce, the confusion in America’s heart deepens. New challenges are testing the girls for when they become princess, and are making America wonder if she is cut out for it. The other girls excel in their own ways, and America has become a favourite among the help. The girls each bring out something in Maxon as well, but this only adds to the America’s confusion of who Maxon is and if he is telling her the truth.
I absolutely loved the first novel and was very excited to start The Elite. Although the first and second book have almost the same amount of pages it seemed like The Elite was much shorter. Many things take place in the book which may have kept the pace and took away from any downtime or boring additions. The first book is my favourite of the two because there were so many new and exciting things. Much of the groundwork has been laid for The Elite, but don’t let that hinder you. It was still able to rip my heart out and keep me entertained. I am sad to see that the following book has not been released yet. The Prince is available through ebook and is next on my list of reads. The Selection is a must read so it is only natural that you would read The Elite as well.
1. Book summary courtesy of Kiera Cass Website