Series: The Selection #2
Published by HarperTeen on April 23rd 2013
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.
I’m just gonna say this first: WOMAN! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU! PICK MAXON ALREADY!
Now we’ve gotten this out of the way I can continue with the actual review. This book had me on an emotional roller-coaster ride (as if the sentence above isn’t proof enough of that). The Elite was mostly what I thought is was going to be: romantic, exciting, but I think most of all conflicting and confusing.
I still think the entire Selection itself is kind of ridiculous. I mean girls competing for a guy’s heart? That’s a bit sick… You shouldn’t have to compete with other girls for a guys heart. I mean, in the Elite there are six girls left and Maxon does god knows what with those girls behind America’s back. Like kissing Celeste. -You heard that? Yeah that was my heart breaking.
Also America’s indecision irritated me a bit. In the first book I could still understand, but please just make a choice already! For Aspen and Maxon’s sake AND for mine! It’s not really fair for either of us! (yeah I sound like a whiny brat … I know). I mean, I understand that she is confused about how Maxon behaves, but every time something goes wrong she hides behind her feelings for Aspen. That’s just not cool. Oh and she should tell Maxon about Aspen cause I can already tell you that’s gonna become one big disaster…
Now this might all sound real negative, but truth is it’s not, cause there’s nothing about the book that I hate. I just disagree with some of the things that the characters do, and to tell you the truth those are also the things that makes this book so damn good. I love America’s attitude. I love Maxon, even though he can be incredibly stupid, I simply love the Elite!
There’s some big ass things going on in this book! I don’t want to spoil anything because I want you guys to actually read the book yourselves. So I’m just going to blurt out some things that won’t make any sense.
Your royal highness The King, I think you’re a freaking bastard!
Celeste (I swear to you I’m going to bash that girls head against the wall one of these days!)
And that’s all I have to say about that! This book had my emotions all over the place and I can’t believe that I have to wait another year for the third book, but I seriously am in love with this series!
Kiera Cass, you’re one hell of a writer! and please, please, don’t make me wait another year!
“The look in Marlee’s eyes was triumphant, and the smile hiding behind her cup of tea said, ‘Gotcha’!”
“It turns out I’m absolutely terrible at staying away from you. It’s a very serious problem.”
I just loved the quotes above. They made me laugh and I couldn’t help but to include them here. Especially the first one, the way Marlee makes America tumble into a trap help her realize something she’s so stubbornly tried to deny. It’s true friendship if somebody is able to do something like that for you and I think its part of why I like this quote so much. To me it represents true friendship.
“You know that you’ve found something amazing, and you want to hold on to it forever; and every second after you have it, you fear the moment you might lose it.”