The Elite by Kiera Cass ~ Review & Quote-tastic (@kieracass)

Oh wow! I am loving this series and how addicted I am becoming to this world! I loved America in this one, she really stayed true to herself! 
The Elite (The Selection, #2)
Title: The Elite
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #2
Genre: YA Romance
Published: April 23rd 2013

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For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

After reading the Selection, I dove into the Elite straight away! The Selection was down to the final six, and things were getting interesting. America’s feelings for both Maxon and Aspen were strong, and it was hard for her to work through what she wanted.

America was such a sweet girl throughout this read too. She was trying to stay true to herself and tried to look after those she was close to. There were times of danger once again, but there were also situations where America was required to stand up and she did so beautifully!

It wasn’t always smooth sailing though, and my heart ached for her in numerous situations. She knew it would be hard but she was ignored, put down and reminded of how low she was in the game. I could see her frustration with everything and even some lack of support from Maxon. I even thought Aspen tried to manipulate America at times. But throughout it all I could see that they both had strong feelings for her.

This read was full of ups and downs! The author has definitely stepped it up with this sequel. I enjoyed seeing Maxon and America interact and the secondary storyline kept me on edge. There was times of sadness, but overall I still had hope for America and Maxon, as well as the people of Illea, despite how hard the king made it for her.

I loved these moments! They certainly made my heart ache for the both of them, because I was beginning to think these two would be perfect together.

“Maxon, they were part of the reason I stayed in the beginning, but they’re not why I’m here now. You know that, right? I’m here because …”
I looked at Maxon, his adoring face so hopeful. Say it, America. Just tell him.
“Because?” he asked again, this time with an impish smile coming to his lips, which made me soften even more.
I thought about my conversation with Marlee and the way I’d felt the other day when we talked about the Selection. It was hard to think of Maxon as my boyfriend when there were other girls dating him, but he wasn’t just my friend. That hopeful feeling hit me again, the wonder that we might be something special. Maxon was more to me than I’d let myself believe.
I gave him a flirtatious smile and started walking toward the door.
“America Singer, you get back here.” He ran in front of me, wrapping an arm around my waist as we stood, chest to chest. “Tell me,” he whispered.
I pinched my lips together.
“Fine, then I shall have to rely on other means of communication.”
Without any warning, he kissed me. I felt myself dip backward a bit, completely supported by his arms. I placed my hands on his neck, wanting to hold him to me … and something shifted in my head.

Paperback Page 38

“It’s you,” I said. “I don’t want to leave you.”
I nodded.
“You want me?”
I giggled at his bewildered expression. “That’s what I’m saying.”
He paused a moment. “How—But—What did I do?”
“I don’t know,” I said with a shrug. “I just think that we’d be a good us.”
He smiled slowly. “We’d be a wonderful us.”
Maxon pulled me in, roughly by his standards, and kissed me again.

Paperback Page 39-40

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I am a graduate of Radford University with a B.S. in History. I grew up in South Carolina and currently live in Christiansburg, Virginia with my electrical engineer hubby, car-obsessed son, and princess-loving daughter. I'm a #1 New York Times bestseller, woohoo! I'm also a valued customer at my local cupcake shop.

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When people fail to use turn signals, flying, salads.

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Office supplies, boy bands, desserts.

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