Make. A. Friggin’. Decision. Already. ^^ Review: The Elite By Kiera Cass

Posted July 24, 2015 by Keionda Lei Lewis in Romance ♥ / 32 Comments

Make. A. Friggin’. Decision. Already. ^^ Review: The Elite By Kiera CassThe Elite
by Kiera Cass
Also by this author: The Selection, The One
Published by HarperCollins
on May 6th 2014
Genres: Girls & Women, Love & Romance, Royalty, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestseller The Elite is a must-read for fans of dystopian fiction, fairy tales, and reality TV. This second book in the bestselling Selection series will enchant teens who love Divergent and The Bachelor. The paperback also includes a sneak peek at The One—the thrilling third novel in the Selection series!In America Singer’s world, a bride is chosen for the prince through an elaborate, televised competition. In The Elite, America is one of only six girls left in the running. But is it Prince Maxon—and life as the queen—that she wants? Or is it Aspen, her first love?The Elite delivers the adventure, glamour, political intrigue, and romance that readers of The Selection expect, and continues the love triangle that captivated them.

                                                                         Hello my sweet bumblebees!

                          ‘Tis a hard time in America’s life as she had to make some tough, tough decision:

                 ♥Childhood love and now super buff soldier Aspen?


                        ♥Or equally hot, rich prince that is devoted to her?


So which side she will choose is beyond me–》I totally lie. I cheated and read the synopsis for the third book to see who America would end up with. (I’m a rebel like that. You no judge me.)

But WHAT THE HECK would I DO if forced to make a decision like that? I don’t even know what I want to be when I grow up and I’m 23… –> ’tis sad but I speaks the truth.



Just like in the first novel, this one has a bunch of frilly cute dresses that I can’t even fantasize about wearing in my dreams. I’m not a huge fan of the dress in this cover but….meh, to each their own. To each their own.

Things are GOING DOWN with the king especially since America is growing wiser and by help of Maxon, now has the history of Illea in her hands by means of this super cool book. You see, the history of their country was always covered up but now America has the power in her hands now that she is learning about it. –》Mad drama to ensue because of this.

I didn’t like how America A.K.A. “Mer.” kept bouncing back from Aspen to Maxon and then the sad cycle started all over again. I suppose the drama had to come from somewhere? So….

But I would have liked for her to have grown some woman cahoonas AND MADE HER FREAKING CHOICE ALREADY. But I can definitely see where she is coming from. I mean, the girl has to choose from the RICH PRINCE. A.K.A. THE RICH PRINCE WHO I WANT TO MARRY. (DID I MENTION HE WAS RICH?) –》Sorry for yelling. But she has to choose between the prince and her childhood love, Mr. Aspen, whom she still harbors romantic feelings for. She has it tough guys. She has it so tough.


America- Lovely as always. She just had a lot going on while struggling to find out who she is, what she wants in her life, constantly worried about her family, and doubting herself and sometimes, even her existence—’tis enough to make your brain implode if you ask me.

Maxon– I loved his whole “sacrifice-anything-for-America” attitude and it really shows his devotion to her and who’s much he is willing to risk if he can stand up to his dad (THE KING) who, for some reason, kind of freaks meh out.

Aspen-He’s still head over heels for America even though she believed his feelings had vaporated into thin air when she was called for The Selection. This time he is back and ready to win his boo-boo back.

Celeste: If I haven’t mentioned it before. She can kick rocks. 

Kriss: I wanted to THROAT PUNCH HER. Only, that wouldn’t have solved anything I’m afraid. I wanted to like her, I really did, but the fact that she was running for the prince’s heart too kind of made me dislike her by default if that makes the slightest bit of sense? Orrrr, maybe I’m just a despicable human being and if so you should totally let me know. 


Untitled6America really proved herself and I want to say she sort of showed character development towards the end? But then she would doubt herself and allow her insecurities control her, and then bounce back to Aspen when things got too complex with Maxon. –》Not a fan of those America moments. STAND UP FOR YO SELF GIRL!!

2888I didn’t quite care for the romance or the fact America couldn’t make a decision. Like, I totally get being afraid of making one but….yeah. She needs to put some PEP in her STEP.

888Emmmm…I don’t know about you guys but…well, you see.. I like to have at least some swoony make out scenes in my YA books. I tend to read in upper YA and NA, so I was sorely disappointed that this book only “grazed” those moments. I WANTS MORE. SO MUCH MORE.

3Even though the sequel fell flat for me, I still have mad love for it. I loved all of the small drama moments between the girls, even though I thought there could have been more. (I’m not talking about full girl-on-girl scrapping but just a bit more drama and I would have been happier. America’s inability to make a decision was dragged on and annoyed me. But other than that, the plot was awesome and the mystery intrigued me, making me want to keep flipping the pages. A ton of angst, thrilling scenes, with a dash of drama, if you LURVE this kind of stuff,  I implore you to: PICK THIS BOOK UP NOW. RIGHT, RIGHT NOW.



                                  Over to you:

How do you feel about love triangles? What would you have done if in America’s position and had to choose? And do you know ehst YOU want to be when you grow up? Oohhh, and do you guys prefer steamy make puts or just “brush over” those moments?



32 responses to “Make. A. Friggin’. Decision. Already. ^^ Review: The Elite By Kiera Cass

  1. Ro

    Your posts are always so lively and fun! Normally, I don’t read much young adult, but I do like fairytales. That being said, I’m okay if the romance is minimal,as long as there is some chemistry between the main characters. What I no likey in a book is indecisiveness, which can take away from the storyline. As always, great review and Happy Friday! At least I think it’s Friday. (lol) Already been one of those days! Hugs…

    • Aww thank you Ro! And yes, this book was definitely YA, BUT there was a lot of good romance and tension between the characters. If you don’t care for all the indecisiveness (gosh that’s a hard word to spell) then I don’t think you’d care for this book, sadly. 🙁

  2. Oh gosh yes, this book frustrated me like no other. I seriously was so sick of America by the end that I almost didn’t start the last book but I’m glad I did because the ending turned out well and she wasn’t quite as wishy washy in it as she was in this one.

    • I was SO tired of the wishy washy girl! It became ridiculous that she couldn’t just make up her mind! But I can of see where she was coming from, BUT STILL. STILLLLL.

  3. I’m pretty sure that this series isn’t for me the way you describe her fluttering back and forth. I’m not a love triangle fan. So glad you love it, though. Hope the next book is even better.

    Fun review!

    • Thanks Sophia! 🙂 Yeah, she did a TON of fluttering back and forth and yeahhhh, the whole love triangle thing kind of put me off but it was still a fun series though!:)

  4. I was already hesitant on reading this series, and now you tell me that there’s a love triangle going on?!! I try to stay away from those because sometimes they can be just stupid. Hmm, I’m still on the fence.

    • Well, if you’re still on the fence about it, then I say you should still give this series a try because I think it might be something you would like girl. The love triangle isn’t all that bad and it mainly has to do with the fact that the protagonist couldn’t make a decision, not that the two guys were fighting over her. Soooo, give them a whirl 😉

  5. Glad America got some character development in this one! It seems frustrating how she can’t pick the guy though. I love the sound of Maxon, he sounds lovely. LOL at Throat punching Kriss!

  6. Glad to know that despite some problems you were able to really love this one! I honestly don’t have any interest in reading this series for personal reasons, though, and the fact that the instalove keeps on cycling between the two boys! XDD That would drive my honestly crazy.

    Faye at The Social Potato

    • It drove me crazy at the end with how indecisive America, the protagonist, was. Yeah, I could see her point of why she was so wishy washy sometimes but…. in the end it just drove me crazzaaayyyy.

  7. Hahah, I’m with on this. ALL OF THIS. also, that was an extremely fabulous review. *nods* If it made me laugh, that’s something 😉 GO YOU ON THROAT PUNCHING KRISS XD

    • I LOVED this series! And the ending was so bittersweet. The love triangle and America being all wishy washy was kind of hard for me to take but I’m glad I pushed onward. It was definitely worth it in the end! 🙂

  8. I just read another book that also mentioned the king and now I am curious what’s up wth him. It does sound like this book has a bit too much drama and more focus on the love triangle. I don’t mind love triangles, but in this acse it’s so obvious who she ends up with. I can imagine I would find the back and forth a bit annoying as well. I really have to pick this up soon as I really enjoyed the first book. Great review!

    • You really need to give the second one a go. Yeah, it has its problems but there was also some mystery, tension, and some fun times. I saw you read the first one on Goodreads (yes) So, I say you should give this one a whirl too. 🙂

  9. I hate love triangles! There was a reason I stopped reading this series after reading book one. The love triangle is actually ridiculous, I hated the protagonist (America), and the drama was silly and petty and ugh. Still, it is quite a popular series, and many people love it. I hope you enjoy the rest of the series!

    Fabulous review, Keionda 🙂

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • YES. *Nods head in agreement* But this love triangle really had to do with the fact that Ms. AMERICA, couldn’t make a decision so I found it oddly satisfying that there weren’t two guys fighting for her love. (I no like that type of romance, just not my thang.) Other than that, it was a fun time. 😉

  10. After hearing so much about the series I know that I need to try it one day! Curious to see how I would feel about it.

    • I’m really hoping you’re not getting this message twice girl! Gosh. teehee! But yes, if you do get a chance to read this series, let me know. I can’t wait to see what you think! 🙂

  11. Sooo not a fan of the dress either, she looks like she’s wearing a fig.

    I really enjoyed this series too, even though I was expecting more of a rebellion and less The Bachelor. I think the author probably begun by writing a dystopian and the poofy dresses took on a life of their own. Considering so many girls were fighting for Maxon, I needed more hair pulling. Like, get in there girls and take each other down FFS. I’ve finished the series, but not sure whether I’ll bother with The Heir (or The Bachelorette as it should be called). I don’t mind a triangle when you know what you’re getting yourself in for. Awesome review Keionda, loved it! <3

    • Bahahaha! Omg girl! Your comment about her looking like a fig. Hahaha I just can’t. And I SO agree with you that there should have been more girl drama and hair pulling! But maybe Mrs. Cross thought it would deter people from the series? IDK. I’m not sure either whether or not I’ll try The Heir.

  12. DAMN THESE LOVE TRIANGLES. DAMN THEM TO HELL. The only reason I haven’t read these books (and probably never will) is because a friend of mine told me that the writing in them is mediocre at best and there is less action than romance. I always like the romance in my books to take a back seat to the actual plot and that doesn’t seem to be happening here. But duh steamy make outs are my heart’s desire, too! <3

    BUT Keionda omg you never fail to make me smile! Your reviews are so fun and lively and energetic 🙂 Damn, girl. You're winning at this blogging thing!

    Rhea @ Rhea’s Neon Journal

    • Awwww *blushes* Thank you girl! I love meeting people (like you) and find that we have so much in common which is a total bonus for me! <3 And yes, I agree the writing from The Selection series wasn’t all that but the series was still fun to read, if it wasn’t for all the indecision and stuff. 😉

  13. I have to agree that America’s indecision is something that get’s on my last nerve, and I have only just finished the first book. I liked it well enough, but primarily because it sets up promise for later. There was not a lot of substance and there was no kind of conclusion, which rubs me the wrong way.

    • I remember you told me you were reading this series! Have you finished yet? Her indecision played a big part in my aggravation for the second book but in the end like you said it sets up the promise for later. But STILL.

  14. Glad to see you also liking the sequel to this book! I am not sure if I would be able to handle the love triangle lasting this long… but then again I would have to wait to see 😛 I think that I definitely approve of there being more frilly and gorgeous dresses though. I just wish those dresses would come to me in real life.

    • In the end, the love triangle wasn’t all that bad but pfft. it was bad enough. I’m glad she made the right choice that would best suit her! 🙂 And giirrllll I would SO love to be in one of those dresses but I have a sinking suspicion they wouldn’t look HALF as good on me as they would on the girl on the cover…. js.