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The Elite | [Kiera Cass]

The Elite

The selection began with 35 girls. Now, with the group narrowed down to the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's love is fiercer than ever. The closer America gets to the crown, the more she struggles to figure out where her heart truly lies. Each moment she spends with Maxon is like a fairy tale, filled with breathless, glittering romance. But whenever she sees her first love, Aspen, standing guard, she's swept up in longing for the life they'd planned to share.
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The selection began with 35 girls. Now, with the group narrowed down to the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's love is fiercer than ever. The closer America gets to the crown, the more she struggles to figure out where her heart truly lies. Each moment she spends with Maxon is like a fairy tale, filled with breathless, glittering romance. But whenever she sees her first love, Aspen, standing guard, she's swept up in longing for the life they'd planned to share.

America is desperate for more time. But while she's torn between her two futures, the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want - and America's chance to choose is about to slip away.

©2013 Kiera Cass (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Katheryne MD, United States 05-06-13
    Katheryne MD, United States 05-06-13 Member Since 2009

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "This fan girl enjoyed it...love triangles and all!"

    Just wow! Again, I can't believe how much I enjoyed this book. Like the Selection there were so many bad reviews that I almost didn't get this book. So glad I didn't listen to the haters. This book was amazing. There were so many twists and turns and I enjoyed learning more about the world that Kiera Cass has created.

    I can sympathize with those who hated the love triangle. It's frustrating, but isn't that what a love triangle is suppose to do? Otherwise who cares about it?? This is suppose to be about a young girl who is confused and has a huge decision to make under a stressful situation. I really felt sympathy for her character. And I can totally understand how confused she must be over Maxon and Aspen.

    I don't get the negative reviews, but everyone is entitled to their opinion. If you enjoyed the Selection then I'm sure you will enjoy this one too. Just don't expect everything to be wrapped up and given to you with a bow on top. This is a trilogy and there is still more to come. This 2nd installment definitely left me wanting more and anticipating the final installment.

    I enjoyed the narrator and the cover art is simply breathtaking.

    Can't wait for the next book.

    22 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Lola Milford Kittery, ME, United States 04-23-13
    Lola Milford Kittery, ME, United States 04-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Surprise Around Every Turn"

    Normally I can easily predict the twists and turns of a book, especially a young adult novel, but with the Elite I was put n a roller coaster of twists and turns that I never saw coming. The evolution of characters was so amazing! I know you may think a series that is basically an elongated love triangle could not possibly have any large twists beyond the main character picking one person over the other. But Kiera Cass certainly did so and more. Not only that but the maturity in the storyline gave the plot so much more of an edge. I can not wait for the next installment of the Selection series and I look forward to other series from Kiera Cass.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Judy LE ROY, IL, United States 04-26-13
    Judy LE ROY, IL, United States 04-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Follow up"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - I have recomended the Selection to many of my friends - and you HAVE to read the next part!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    That I was suprised at a few things that happened - didnt see it comming and I love that!


    What about Amy Rubinate’s performance did you like?

    I liked the narration and thought she did a great job with different voices - I knew who was who just by her voice


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and I did!


    Any additional comments?

    I was desperately waiting for this book to come out after reading - The Selection. I absolutely loved the first book - and I really liked the second. But I have to agree with other reviews - the love triangle did get a little too much attention and huge circumstances got a back seat. The back and forth with her decision was a huge rollercoaster and in the end came full circle to the same place we started. I am rooting for Maxton and hope that the third book can delve a little more into the surrounding circumstances that just America deciding one then the other.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Brooke United States 04-26-13
    Brooke United States 04-26-13 Member Since 2011

    Just a book fool.

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    "America how could you?!"

    I cant. I CAN’T! If I never read another book with a love triangle it will be too soon. I loved the first book in this series. It was a fun lighthearted distopian which is not easy to do, and I really enjoyed it. This book... this book frustrated me more then any book has in a long, long time. Pretty much no story line but the ridiculous love triangle that goes nowhere by the way if anything it only gets more complicated.

    America made every single bad decisoin she could think of and we endend this book exactly where we started.

    Sure there are still some fun aspects of this book that made the first one so great, and yes, I will be reading/listening to the last one, but The Elite fell so short of my expectations I can hardly believe it.

    If you can’t help but find out what happens next then listen to this one at your own risk. Maybe after this warning you will be able to enjoy it more. Good luck.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict Austin, Texas, USA 08-30-13
    AudioAddict Austin, Texas, USA 08-30-13 Member Since 2013

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "I confess -- I really like this series!"

    STORY - My husband and friends would probably tease me for listening to this book. The characters are teenaged girls, and the story is a combination of the TV show The Bachelor and the Cinderella fairy tale -- girls competing for a prince. It's chick lit all the way!

    In this second book, The Selection has now become "The Elite," with only six competitors left from the larger original number. There are rivalries between the girls, as you might imagine. The main character, America, is not sure she's over the relationship with her old BF, who is now a guard at the palace where the competition is taking place. So there's a love triangle going on during the competition, plus the kingdom is experiencing political unrest and is under attack.

    It may be teenaged chick lit, but there's a lot that's going on in the story that I find totally enjoyable. It's a light, easy listen, with lots of young, innocent romance thrown in. I might be stupid at my age for enjoying this series, but I do. I can't wait for the third and final book to come out to see how everything ends up. (These books must be listened to in order, as each one leads into the next).

    NARRATION - The reader has an unusual way of reading which I can't quite describe. It sort of bothered me for maybe an hour into the first book, but after that I thought she was perfect for the rest of that book and this one as well.

    OVERALL - For females about 15 and up. There's no inapproprite language or situations. It might be too immature for some listeners, but not this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Herbert Sacramento, CA 07-15-13
    M. Herbert Sacramento, CA 07-15-13 Member Since 2012

    bookluvrmindy

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    "I love this series!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended it! The book is amazing and so is the reader.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did listen in just one sitting....or drive. LOL


    Any additional comments?

    Oh my gosh!!! This series is AWESOME! There is so much to say about why I loved, loved, loved this book! I loved The Selection and I just love The Elite even more!

    The Elite picks up pretty much right where The Selection left off, and there is so much more that happens throughout this book! Oh…my! Something really terrible happens to one of my favorite characters in this book and I was absolutely horrified! That’s when we also learn how horrible the nation’s leaders really are. There are also some eye-opening things that happen that had me questioning the true motives of the rebels, and a bunch of other events that have left me curious about what is really going on all around! OH MY!!!! I’m dying to know more!

    As for the romance! I was a little sad that Prince Maxon is absent from a lot of the book; especially, because Aspen is back in the picture and we see him throughout the book. I don’t hate Aspen, but I just really don’t want America to be with him. Then something horrible happens that had me questioning my feelings about Prince Maxon, but my feelings are really clear now! And this other thing that happens with Prince Maxon… I WAS a little horrified with the initial shock of it, but I should have expected it and I’m not really mad at him. I’m thinking, “Can I really blame the guy?” “Nah, I’m good!” I’m still Team Maxon!

    There‘s a lot of craziness that happens near the end of The Elite, and I was worried that it was going to end in a way that I wouldn’t be happy with, but it actually ends perfectly! It ends in a way that has me dying for the last book and it left me knowing that the next book will be fabulous!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    kaylee st. charles, MO, United States 06-26-13
    kaylee st. charles, MO, United States 06-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "OhBraveNewWorld that has such love triangles in it"
    What three words best describe Amy Rubinate’s performance?

    forced and too old. She sounded like a woman in her late 20s early 30s not a 17 year old girl.


    Any additional comments?

    Let's do this list style.

    -I appreciate an author combining elements of different genre but this was dystopian mixed with an ABC primetime soap opera.....and not in a good way. I hate comparing books to one another but since it is a series it needs to be judged as that. The Selection had dystopian elements while introducing a "bachelor-esque" style that was amusing and interesting. The Elite basically eliminated the bachelor aspect, poorly tried to execute a timeline for the backstory of the country's origin, and had painful dialogue.

    -what the heck are the rebels doing? Okay I can see them coming in a couple times to further plot structures and introduce the politics of the world but FOUR TIMES in a couple of months?????? Lazy plot hole patches is what it looks like. It is one thing to create intricacy and twists, another to beat it down to death

    -ON A GOOD NOTE. I found the mystery behind the origin of the country and the idea of changing history something that, if developed, could have become a strength in the series
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    -What is her purpose for writing? This is a YA novel and I approve of complex ideas introduced into younger literature but it was as if she had half baked ideas on what her purpose was. She commented more than once on America's (country not person) crippling debt and how that basically tumbled everything. However, the author fails to make this more than a 'history lesson' for the reader and not something impertinent. She tries the caste system thing which, when using elements of a book that had recently come out and became a huge success; Hunger Games came out in 08 and The Selection in 2012, you have to be careful. Authors have a habit of doing this in general. HOW many paranormal romance books came out after Twlight? TOO MANY! I have always had a soft spot for dystopian inspired books but this just felt half baked.

    -I commend the author for trying to introduce complicated ideas to a younger audience but just like in Hunger Games, it fell a little flat and the world created had that 'like ours but not really' aspect to it that should be relate-able to the audience but made me feel even more disconnected.

    -CRITICISMS TO THE CRITICS.....Yes America can be whiny and indecisive but...look me in the eye and tell me that you NEVER had to choose between two people of interest ESPECIALLY at her age! I felt a little ill watching America devote to Maxon one scene then the next to Aspen. Why? BECAUSE WE HAVE ALL DONE IT! No matter the poor execution of the plot overall, that is a perfect representation of a teenage love triangle. Drawn out, annoying, emotionally charged, and confusing. I have done it, you have done it, I bet Cass has done it! It is not pretty and not especially enjoyable to read but it is true.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Spring, TX, United States 06-15-13
    Amazon Customer Spring, TX, United States 06-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Shades of Gray - No Resolution, More Questions"
    Would you listen to The Elite again? Why?

    Yes, I will listen to it again before the final book comes out in order to refresh my memory.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The heroine America Singer, I guess. Despite the lousy name, she IS the heroine, so we see her perspective on everything - her concern for her family, her confusion about events, her conflicting desires as she is torn between two suitors.


    Which character – as performed by Amy Rubinate – was your favorite?

    I liked Aspen - maybe it's more the way he was written, but he seemed calm, steady, and totally reliable. He sounded like that too, so thanks, Amy Rubinate!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was moved (as in taken aback) when America caught Prince Maxon's in flagrante delicto with another contestant - it was so unexpected! Up until then his actions seemed pretty honest and straightforward - that cast him in a whole new light.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Linden, CA, United States 06-12-13
    Andrew Linden, CA, United States 06-12-13 Member Since 2012

    Parks Horseshoeing

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    "A Great Second Book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Elite the most enjoyable?

    I likes the narrator and the books setting also pretty neat.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters and their surroundings!


    Which character – as performed by Amy Rubinate – was your favorite?

    I suppose the main character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I laughed a lot at times!


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good second book and it left me wanting more. I suggest this book if you like the dystopian style books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michey Las Vegas 06-11-13
    Michey Las Vegas 06-11-13 Member Since 2011

    Books are the best

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    "Character development ahoy!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Elite the most enjoyable?

    The most enjoyable thing was the book itself. Listening to it, I laughed and got nervous and just had a good time. I mean, I still wanted to reach into the story and shake just about everyone, but it was a fun time.


    What other book might you compare The Elite to and why?

    I've not heard of a comparable story. It's like part Hunger Games, America's Next Top Model and a few other things. Less so, now that there aren't all the girls still there, but it's quite interesting.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the end with American and Maxin in the safe room, just being together. They FINALLY talked and cleared the air. A lot of drama and pain would be unnecessary if they could just talk honestly with each other.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Probably something dumb about a love triangle or something vapid about becoming a princess. There really is more to this story.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad America made that last decision. Start fighting, sister. We're all rooting for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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