The Elite by Kiera Cass: Young Adult Review

The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass. April 2013. Harper Teen. Goodreads. Book 1: 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.


Again I’m going to rave about these covers. I love every one in the series. They are perfectly gorgeous.

My biggest complaint about this book was how wishy washy America was when deciding which guy she liked. It was super frustrating that I was dragged along with her drama. I didn’t like Aspen in book 1, but now I think he and Prince Maxon are both amazing. So I get the reasoning for her indecision since they are both great, but it’s still annoying.

There’s more action in this book compared to the first. I liked the added suspense that kept the pages turning. I have very visual scenes that pop into my mind as I reflect on this read. There were some beautiful scenes that I would love to go back and read.

If you enjoyed book 1 then you must read The Elite. It will pull you into a world of ball gowns and rebels.

Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) for details
Sexual: moderate ( kissing, making out )
Language: mild ( h-3, d-6, God-4 )
Violence: mild/moderate ( fighting, public beating, abuse, blood )

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