The Elite by Kiera Cass (Ebook) This is part two of “The Selection” series. I had super high hopes for this book, probably because I was so surprised by how much I loved the first one. I guess when hopes are so high, a book is bound to falter.
I think part of what I liked about the first book was that it was fluff. I mean really, it was total fluff and it fluffed well. It never tried to be more than fluff. But then here in The Elite, it tries to claw out of the world of fluff and become something more.
Problem is, I didn’t want more. I’d read a few heavy novels before this, and I reached for The Elite expecting more fluff. I got some fluff, maybe even more than normal, but it bothered me that it tried to become “something else.”
I pondered this for a while before writing a review, and I think if I had read this book first, I would have been fine with all the extra political turmoil, because I wouldn’t have been expecting something so light. Does that make sense? Anyway, I liked, not loved this book. I will probably continue with the series, but I will not be scrambling for the next book like I was after reading book one.
**That does not mean I didn’t enjoy this** I just liked the first one better.
The Selection by Kiera Cass – (Audiobook) Holy Toledo. For some reason I feel like I should blush and run and hide as I admit that I really, really loved this book! Is it genius, the literary epitome of perfect prose? Well, no. Not at all. It is a fluffy, girly novel that appeals to every little bit of me who still sighs when I watch a Disney princess movie.
In the world of The Selection, the USA is now a dystopian country ruled by a monarchy. The future queen is chosen from the ranks of commoners. If you are old enough when the prince comes of age, you can enter the lottery, and if you are picked for your state, you go to the capital with the 60 other “winners” and end up in something akin to a bachelor/Miss America competition—winner gets the prince, and the crown. America (Yes, the heroine has this incredibly cheezy name) does not want to be in the competition, but she tries to stay as long as possible, because each day she stays, her family is compensated handsomely, and they are very poor (so this is a pretty good gig for her.)
I kinda knew the outcome, because “The Selected” are narrowed down to “The Elite” who are the last six in the competition before a winner is chosen. Book two is called “The Elite” so, yeah, no surprise how it ends or who is among the lucky few remaining in the competition… but even though this was ultimately predictable, and I was disappointed that the love triangle that I hoped would die early reared its ugly head again at the end…(sorry minor spoiler)
Anyway – none of the predictability mattered, because the ride to get there was just so much fun. So far this, and Talon are in a class of maybe 5 books that I read in the past several years that left me reaching for the next book. Again, don’t expect anything epic or surprising. This is total fluff, but even typing this, I have a huge smile on my face. Gosh, I feel like a sap for loving this so much. [Hangs her head in shame]