Mini Review: The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass

Title:  The Elite
Author:  Kiera Cass
Series:  The Selection #2
Publisher:  Harper Teen
Publication Date:  April 23, 2013
Pages:  323
Format/Source:  Hardback/Purchased
Age Group/Genre:  Young Adult/Romance, Science Fiction, Dystopian

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. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads)

*Warning:  This is the second book in a series.  While I really don’t like spoilers, I just had to put some in this review.  Sorry.*

Once again, since this is a sequel, I decided to write a mini review.  This time, I wanted to share some of my notes with all of you, because they really made me laugh:

  • “No! No Aspen allowed! There should be no Aspen in this book!”
  • (To Aspen) “Quit being an annoying ass!  You used to be a goody-goody, putting everyone before yourself and becoming a martyr so that America would have a better life than the one she’d have with you, and now you’re just giving her a guilt trip! Argh. I really DO NOT like Aspen.”
  • “America literally runs into an officer named OFFICER WOODWORK?!? What, like he BLENDS INTO THE WOODWORK?!?”
  • “Kota totes reminds me of Percy Weasley.”
  • “America’s dad might be a rebel spy…”
  • “Can we please just get Aspen killed by a rebel??? PLEASE???”
  • “Very nice letter from her dad. Some of the best writing, perhaps.”
  • “I am SO TIRED of all these books having characters who start to say something EXTREMELY IMPORTANT and they get cut off and you don’t find out what they were going to say until the END of the book.  So annoying!”
  • “Yep, Maxon’s going to figure out that button bracelet and your ass is gonna be grass, biotch!”
  • “The ONE TIME I’m not hating Aspen, America gets all huffy with him. Figures.”
  • “Argh. ASPEN SUCKS.”

Soooo…can you tell what team I’m on? Ha ha.  But really, even though I really DO NOT like Aspen, these books have sucked me in.  I liked the political aspect about this book, and I hope there’s even more in the next one.

My rating for The Elite by Kiera Cass:

4 stars.  These books aren’t for everyone, and there are definitely things that bother me about them, but they’re just so darn entertaining!  I can’t wait for the next one!
Find it:  Goodreads │ Amazon │ HarperCollins
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Disclaimer:  I purchased this book myself.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.


  1. Christina @ Allodoxophobia

    June 24, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    LOL! I pretty much screamed at the book when I saw Officer Woodwork too :)

  2. Ashley

    June 24, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Haha I LOVE this review. It is super funny because Nicole hated it and I really enjoyed it.So I think you are spot on saying it is not for everyone. Yea there are lots of potential issue but it is so entertaining. I am on Team Maxon as well. I also LOVED her letters from her dad, I mentioned it in my review as on of the things I really liked. I didn't think about it, but yea… I could see him being a rebel spy.

  3. Kate Midnight Book Girl

    June 24, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    I hate Aspen with a passion. How he can claim to love her and still put her in such danger is beyond me. He just pisses me off.

    I love this series, but America was like a yoyo this book. It was dizzying. But I'm Team Maxon for life.

    Cass should allow her readers to name future characters, because she is bad at it. However, I guess that's part of the campy fun of the series. ;)

  4. Nikki Ooi

    June 25, 2013 at 11:10 am

    OMG I am reading this book NOW! Yay! But oh gosh, I read your spoilers. OMG her dad as a spy? Oh no! I have not gotten to those bits yet though so I'll come to my own conclusion about that bit.

    I am TEAM MAXON!! No matter who he dates and smooches. No way Aspen, get outta the book now!!

    Thanks for the mini spoilers. It was fun reading them. Now I will be looking out for those parts lol.

  5. Bittner

    July 17, 2013 at 3:21 am

    I really do want to read this one! It is on my tbr list for the books I own and want to get to before the end of the year. And now that I am finally making progress I should get to it soon!
    So I'm guessing Aspen is bad?

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