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Review, Young Adult / June 14, 2013
The Elite by Keira CassThe Elite
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #2
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date: April 2013
323 pages
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Dystopian
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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.

When I read and reviewed the first book in the series The Selection, I likened my enjoyment of it to reality TV—cheesy, easy entertainment. However, in The Elite most of what made me enjoy the first book (even though I didn’t really care for the writing or the characters) had gone. The story had essentially turned into a soap opera, and if we stick to the analogy, there is really nothing I dislike more on television.

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By: Daphne
Review, Young Adult / July 12, 2012
The Selection by Kiera CassThe Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #1
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Date: June 2012
272 pages
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Dystopian
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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 the palace and compete for the heart of the 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 couldn’t help myself. It was almost like the feeling you get when you’re in an accident–I was aware I was falling, but I wasn’t able to stop my fall. It’s this weird out of body experience that I got reading this book and why I’m absolutely mystified that I finished it and managed to somewhat enjoy it.

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By: Daphne
Waiting on Wednesday, Young Adult / December 21, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine and is where we can talk about books we are looking forward to being released!

The Selection by Keira Cass
The Selection (The Selection, Book 1) by Kiera Cass

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 the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

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By: Daphne