The Elite – Keira Cass


Author: Kiera Cass

Rating: 5/5

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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.


America Singer is back, and only six girls remain. America is as torn between Maxon and Aspen as ever. Whomever she chooses will change her life drastically. If she chooses Maxon, she chooses the life of a princess. Aspen, she goes back home and lives almost same as she was before.

I have to say, I’ve always cared for Maxon more. And this book just drives it home. Aspen spends his time belittling Maxon to America in order to make her choose him. America is all but ready to choose Maxon when something horrific happens that sends her flying back into Aspen’s arms.

When she finally realizes Maxon isn’t the cruel person she now sees him as, it’s almost too late. While she was ignoring and avoiding him, he’s kind of fallen in love with someone else. He’s still in for America, but now he has alternatives.

I liked that. I liked that Maxon’s choices reflect his country and he doesn’t just wait around forever for America to go back and forth. That’s what makes him all the more realistic to me. You can love two people at once – America does.

This delved into deeper with the royal family, and while it’s darker than the first, it gives it more realism. Loved this to pieces, and can’t wait for the third. And just look at that cover. It’s glorious. I love pretty dresses, sue me.

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  1. Ahh!!! A review of this book! I’ve been wanting to read The Elite for a while… er, just haven’t gotten around to it. I’m afraid to read the review though. Are there huge spoilers or just small ones?

    • Mostly small character spoilers, mostly of Maxon. I didn’t give away big pieces of plot, tried to stay away from that. It’s very good!


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