Title: The Elite (The Selection #2)
Author: Kiera Cass
Format: Kobo ebook
Goodread Average Rating: 3.95/5
My Rating: 6/10
Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
Oh I wanted to like this book so much, there was just one problem for me. Or at least just one problem that really stands out.
America was so annoying.
I know the whole point is that she's trying to choose between Maxon and Aspen, but she was just a little too indecisive for me, and it's starting to feel a lot like she's leading them both on.
She doesn't know if she wants to be with Maxon, but if he looks at someone else she gets upset and angry, even though she knows the rules of the game, he needs to pick someone, and if she decides that she doesn't want to marry him, then he needs to know the other girls well enough to choose from them.
I know this is a little on the rant side, but honestly she just annoyed me so much through this entire book.
I actually started this book a really long time ago, and read about half of it and then put it on the back burner for a couple months, and then finally finished it.
I found it difficult to get into the story, because of my issues with America in this one.
Having said that, there were some things I liked. I really liked Maxon's character and thought he was portrayed well. I liked that we got to see more of how Maxon's father was feeling about the selection, and the pressure he was putting on Maxon. I also thought that we got some pretty good insight into how Maxon was raised, and I really enjoyed that.
I thought the ending was strong, and I'm definitely going to read the next book. Hoping I'll enjoy it more than this one, because I loved the first in the series.