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Monday, March 10, 2014

The Elite by Kiera CassS

Second Book of The Selection

I listened to this book to the end, but it elicited such  strong emotions with me.  I believe that when a person is considering a serious relationship, it should not be approached like an elimination rounds of The Bachelor.  However, if you must put up with that kind of selection, then, be up front about it.  

My beef with the story {and what got me screaming my head off for America to get over it, in addition to endangering my iPhone with its Overdrive apps from being tossed out the window) was the fact that America did not disclose to Prince Maxon that the boy she was pining for was in fact in the palace.  The she is "going on" with this boy right under Maxon's nose.  How is she getting away with this?  I get riled up when she would emotionally push and pull the Prince because she has options.

In any relationship, any time one person has other options, it makes it difficult to commit.  Just like loving two pairs of shoes and only having enough money to get one, it is a difficult decision to make.  Unlike a pair of shoes which you can put on a layaway, in relationship, it does not quite work the same way.  

I dislike America's blatant disregard for the rules.  She had seen that another contestant and the guard in  dalliance were caned.  Yet, here is America making out with Aspen every chance she got, and she has the nerve to be put out that Prince Maxon is feeling her indecision.  America is bordering on the class of heroin that is not agreeable.  The TSTL category. Too Stupid To Live and please just let an ugly gargoyle drop on her head!  I can understand if she stumble a few times because she is only a teenager after all, but here, it seems like she wanted to keep both men, but only keep the Prince in the dark.

I dislike America.  I do not want her to be a princess.  I want romance, which means America must be in love with the Prince.  Yet, I do not get that.  At most, all she feels is a tepid emotion.  I think she cared more for her pile of pennies than she did the Prince.  It is hard for me to feel that she really cares for the prince because she's making out with Aspen every chance she gets.  Towards the end of the second story, I really just wanted to get America killed.  She got my my nerves so much.

I guess it is good that the book is getting this much reaction from me, but on the other hand, I wanted a great love story.  Even Bella was not this indecisive about Edward.  (See Twilight series).  She only went out with Jacob when Edward left.  Here, we have basically a slutty girl vying for the crown.  

I am rooting for anyone to end up with the Prince except America.  I want a girl to love the Prince with a great love story.  At this point, America is not it.  

America had better than be canoodling with Aspen more than she does the Prince on the third book because it would feel too much like the whole Selection series is missing a heroin to root for.  

Goodread summary:
The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Selection.

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.

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