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I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. All opinions are honest and my own.The Elite Series: The Selection, #2, #2
by Kiera Cass
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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.
Published by HarperTeen on May 6, 2014
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Also in this series: The Selection, The One, The Heir
Also by this author: The Selection, The One, The Heir
The Elite is the second book in The Selection series. It picks up shortly after the events of the first book. America is one of the six remaining girls, also known as The Elite, fighting for Prince Maxon’s heart. Of course, America is still up in the air about whether she wants to be the prince or if she’d rather go back home and marry her old boyfriend, who is now a guard at the castle.
There’s a lot to unpack in this novel and there’s plenty of more worldbuilding and character development. However, America is still a bit annoying. Her development goes back and forth to the point where it feels almost non-existent. I understand her internal conflict but it’s difficult to sympathize with her when she fips a switch so quickly. First, she wants Maxon but then when he makes her mad (because he’s doing his job as a prince) she gets huffy, lashes out, and demands to be sent home. But then things are good the next day and she loves him again.
The writing is similar to the first book. It’s a quick read and easy to read, but it took me some time to get through it. I had about 100 pages left and didn’t have the will to get through it.
Overall, compared to the first book, this one was pretty dry. It felt like it was mostly set up for the third book.
Rating: 3/5 Coffee Cups
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Rachel Poli is an indie author, podcaster, and content writer working on her debut cozy mystery novel.
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