Review: The Selection and The Elite (Kiera Cass)

The Selection (The Selection, #1)For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined. 

I'm always a bit tardy for the party, but I figured better to arrive late than never to attend at all. With that being said, I just couldn't ignore these covers any longer. Every book has a beautiful dress that just makes me want to rub my fingers all over the fabrics. Plus, I don't watch a lot of television, so the plot line sounded a lot like swarmy reality tv. 

I've never been patient, which is usually why I don't read series until all the book are out or close to being out. I just don't want to wait. Plus, it makes binge reading way more fun. Since I read The Selection and The Elite close together, I'm going to review them together. I have to wait for The One. *hrumph*

Do not go into The Selection expecting any big surprises. Really. There aren't any. In fact, I predicted how this book would end someone around the middle. Usually that would leave me a bit disappointed, but I enjoyed reading it all the same. For me, it was mindless reading with just a few irritants.

First, Maxon got on my nerves. I'm hoping he grows on me, but so far- no. He's too sugary sweet. I'm not buying it. Also, Aspen kind of ticks me off too. He throws America to the side out of pride (in my opinion), then suddenly wants to swoop in and claim his turf again. And he's thinks it's (a) okay to do that and (b) what everyone wants. He's a persistent and highly arrogant thing.

The characters weren't really all that exciting or fresh either. They felt flat and predictable. If I had to pick my favorites, it would be America's maids. They seemed alright. There were a
few places with some humor that made me chuckle.

To be honest, I'm not sure why I enjoyed the book so much. Love triangles usually annoy me. For whatever reason, though, I kept reading. I once read somewhere that Kierra Cass is not a great writer but she is a great story teller. I think I might tend to agree with that statement. There were plot holes and minor details that kept creeping up, but the story was so richly colored in descriptions (of amazing dresses) that my girly side just kept flipping the pages.

The Elite (The Selection, #2)The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America's chance to choose is about to slip away. 

Oh, this book. Man. The Elite was (not surprisingly) just as predictable as The Selection. However, there were a few surprises in this one. One character manages to find herself in a tough spot, and that did surprise me a bit. There was finally a depth to someone in the character to make them not seem as flat.

But Maxon and Aspen as still awful-- and America's constant flip flopping is not helping. Maxon wants America. That was established in The Selection, except even though he says he'll wait for her, he really won't. He's working on a back up plan. But don't worry. He tells America that and she's okay with it. Because, you know, everyone is okay with their future husband keeping his options open. As for Aspen, he's still being a pig. It just bothers me so much that he assumes America still wants him after how he acted. But then again, America doesn't really say she doesn't want him. Indecisive characters are so annoying.

I know how The One will end. Each books sets it up perfectly and does nothing to alter your expectations. Maybe they aren't meant to. I still keep reading. I have no idea what pulls me to these books, but I want to see them through until the end.


Less Reality More Books said... .

Yes I totally agree with Kiera Cass's writing. I found America immensely annoying in The Elite, yet I still finished the series with a big goofy smile on my face with my inner girly-girl sighing contentedly. Great reviews!

January 5, 2016 at 9:42 AM

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