The Elite

The Elite

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"Sixteen-year-old America Singer is one of only six girls still competing in the Selection--but before she can fight to win Prince Maxon and the Illean crown, she must decide where her own heart truly lies"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperTeen, 2013.
ISBN: 9780062253842
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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KokoCat268
Oct 27, 2017

This is a really exciting book,except for the fact it gets kinda boring with all the politic stuff going on.I know it's important,but still. :)

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Marilyn34
Oct 23, 2017

The struggle to follow your heart or mind is clear in this novel which makes the journey exhilarating yet a little frustrating.

Check out my review of "The Elite" on my blog at:
http://axarr.blogspot.com/2016/04/review-wednesday-elite-by-kiera-cass.html

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 03, 2017

In "The Selection" trilogy, "The Elite" is like a glue that keeps the series together. While the love triangle goes a little back and forth, interesting facts are added that create interesting drama that keeps you on your toes, while the Maxon/Aspen dilemma continues slowly, creating a gradual beach-type read that is enjoyable and captivating. America's stubbornness, the continual love triangle, a fascinating backdrop and interesting royal family makes for a hype-worthy, flavourful read. After reading this, I feel like I live in Illea--and Kiera Cass's imagination makes it a place you'll never want to leave!! I recommend to all fans of "The Hunger Games" or "Divergent".
- @theapprenticebookworm of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

In the second book of the Selection series, Cass continues on America's journey through the selection. Although it is known the second books of series are always less exciting than the first, this book is definitely an exception. Cass keeps readers on their toes and wanting more with crazy unpredictable events and reveals. As the selection is narrowed down to fewer girls, readers will be sitting on the edge of their chairs waiting to discover if America will become Prince Maxon's bride, or choose her previous boyfriend Aspen Leger. This book is absolutely a page turner and there will be no deficit of excitement and suspense when reading it. I would award this book 5/5 stars.
- @reviewguard of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

I liked the first book of this trilogy, The Selection, where America first enters the competition for Prince Maxon. At the end of book one, it left off with America ready to compete as one of the last six girls of The Selection, and I was looking forward to the sequel. However, as I read The Elite, I found myself annoyed and losing interest. The whole plot of this book felt like an unnecessarily long and drawn out love triangle between the protagonist America and her two love interests, Maxon and Aspen. This book is completely centered on the love triangle, and at times, I thought the relationships between the main characters were unrealistic and one-dimensional. The main character America infuriated me with her constantly changing feelings and her indecisiveness, and I felt disconnected with the story and the characters. Personally I did not enjoy this book, but if you are a reader who enjoys light books filled with some fluff and romance, you might be interested. After reading the first book of this trilogy, I was disappointed with The Elite because it did not live up to my expectations. 
- @Lumos of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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RebelBelle13
Jul 20, 2017

This book was completely unnecessary. It was completely, unabashedly ,unadulterated filler and fluff. Any advancement the characters made in the first book were erased by this angst ridden mess. Had Cass been smart and not gone for the trilogy money-grab, she could have made this a concise dualogy. America was back and forth between Aspen and Maxon, and was way more confused than any girl could have or should have been in this situation. I understand that she's 17, but I had a much better grasp on my emotions and love life than this poor confused girl with the ridiculous name. The only two scenes worth mentioning here were the discovery of Illea's diary and the following Halloween ball, and Marlee's and Woodward's affair and punishment. These could have easily been fit into the first or the last novels, and this book done away with entirely. We end the book with America's feelings being exactly the same as when she started. There's no growth. It reminds me of an Anime movie that corresponds with an ongoing series. It's a side story, the characters go through some hardships, overcome them, and we end just the same as it began- with zero romance changes, zero character growth, and nothing to add to the overall story arc. This book was a giant Cha-cha. I seriously hope the last will be better. I'm actually getting used to Amy Rubinate's voice (I'm listening to it on audiobook). She sounds like a robot.
So, hardly any redeeming qualities to this book. On to the last.

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BudgiesNbooks
Jul 07, 2017

A great sequel to the wonderful first book of the series. Keira Cass, yet again, held me deep inside the book, hardly letting me breathe a sigh of relief before the next crisis! Whatever America felt, I felt. I read this in one day and couldn't wait to read the next book!

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TrueCanadianGirl
Apr 04, 2017

I liked this book, but I knew exactly how the series was going to end from the first book, and that made it kind of a boring read.

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Jan 15, 2017

I wasn't a huge fan of the first book, and I really didn't like this sequel. While a lot of the book is a love story, it also veers into the unsettling politics of the country. The indecisiveness of all the characters, especially America, is incredibly annoying. The plot doesn't seem to be progressing that much either. There was some potential in the first book, but this one just didn't deliver.

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heba_sajid35467
Dec 18, 2016

ok so this book wasn't as good as the first one to be honest, but it wasn't that bad either

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vv19
Oct 13, 2016

More drama of the "Bachelor". Prince Maxon wants some noble things while also having a bad boy heart. He likes America but because she cannot get over someone else they have a lot of drama. America is like any young teen who doesn't really know what she wants. The thing that kept me reading was the sub-plot with the country politics. Drama and romance with a hint of mystery.

FindingJane Oct 09, 2016

America certainly had her work cut out for her as the competition to win Prince Maxon’s hand intensified. Her decisions about court policy weren’t always sound. But her heart was in the right place and her actions supported her moral outlook.

That’s why it was hard to read about her constant vacillation between Maxon and Aspen. She reminded me of Ado Annie from “Oklahoma”, basically liking whichever man she was with at the time. Her confusion over her feelings struck me as that of a silly tease rather than the capable woman she was striving to be.

But Maxon didn’t coming off as much better. After experiencing his first kiss with America, he plunged whole hog into the competition, kissing the other girls, showering them with signs of affection and keeping on girls like the hateful Celeste even after America told him how the other girl had attacked her. He always had good explanations as to why he kept on some girls when it seemed that he should make up his mind and pick one. But they didn’t seem like explanations to me; more like handy excuses to justify his borderline sleazy behavior. He also kept pressuring America to tell her how she felt rather than reveal the depths of his feelings. It was the old game of demanding someone tell you they love you before you’ll commit yourself to saying the same.

Aspen was the only one that came off as being steadfast. It seemed as if his feelings towards America hadn’t wavered. Although he also pressured her at times, he was a rope to her past, her world and her people. You could see why she might be reluctant to cast off her old childhood sweetheart.

This installment in the Selection series was definitely a weak link, with only sudden talks between America and the king providing real interest. He was been mainly a cypher for most of the first two books but he brought out his claws for this one, providing startling information about the Selection process.

So matters are definitely heating up for the third novel in this series. You just need to skip through passages about America’s romantic wafflings.

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Oct 28, 2017

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Tiffacutiepie
Jun 26, 2016

"Love is beautiful fear" -Kiera Cass, The Elite

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orange_turtle_144
Jun 19, 2016

"It turns out I'm absolutely terrible at staying away from you. It's a very serious problem."
"Love is a beautiful fear."
"You've changed me forever. And I'll never forget you."

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reaniebug8888
Jul 02, 2015

"Darling? The word, so tender and personal, enveloped me. In that moment, any desire i had to fight my feelings for Maxon disappeared. I wanted to be his dear, his darling. I wanted to be Maxon's alone." pg 39

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Mahala
Sep 22, 2014

(America trying to teach Marlee to play hte piano)

Marlee sighed. "I give up. Sorry, America, you've been so patient, but I hate hearing myself play. It sounds like the piano is sick."
"More like it's dying actually." America laughed.

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abookworrm2
Aug 13, 2014

"Love is a beautiful fear"

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winner2345
Jul 10, 2014

“It turns out I'm absolutely terrible at staying away from you. It's a very serious problem.”

“Love is beautiful fear”

“You've changed me forever. And I’ll never forget you.”

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folder2go
Jun 24, 2014

“It turns out I'm absolutely terrible at staying away from you. It's a very serious problem.”

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Tiffacutiepie
Jun 26, 2016

Down to 6. The Elite is intense as the 6 girls battle it out. America still can't choose wether she wants Aspen or Maxon but now that this is anyone's game she has to make up her mind.

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winner2345
Jul 10, 2014

Only 6 girls are left and America is one of them and as the competition goes on she starts to realize that the people she thought were her friends are not who she thought they were and Maxon might start to like someone else except for her.

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Aria Eve Mann
Dec 07, 2013

Maxon and America are on good terms until she earns the king's disaproval ( don't know how yo spell that).

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TrueCanadianGirl
Sep 24, 2016

Sexual Content: Not too much, but there is a lot of kissing and seduction

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stepha89
Jun 19, 2013

Sexual Content: A couple brief references to sexual activity.

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