Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass

Monday, 14 December 2015

Title: The Elite
Author: Kiera Cass
Publication Date: April 2013
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The Selection gets fierce as rivals stake their claim on the Prince.
Six girls, one life-changing prize…

America Singer will leave her pre-destined life for a world of glamour and luxury, if she wins…

But surviving The Selection is tough. Rivals are battling to become Prince Maxon’s bride as the threat of rebel violence just beyond the palace walls escalates into war.

Only six girls are left and sworn friendships are tested to breaking point. America’s feelings for Maxon grow stronger, but she suspects darker mysteries in his royal past. With ex-lover Aspen waiting for her in the shadows, where do her loyalties truly lie?

I love a good love triangle but this series is the perfect explanation as to why people hate them. It literally just goes around in circles. I love Aspen, no I love Maxon, no I love Aspen... There is barely any development and America is just obsessed with having two boys fawning over her. One minute she wants to be with Maxon, and seems to forget all about Aspen's existence, and then she'll see Aspen in a corridor and get weak at the knees and want to be with him again. Just. Make. Up. Your. Mind.

She loves the attention, that's all it is. She can't bear the thought of Aspen or Maxon giving attention to another girl because then she won't be getting it. She doesn't want to commit to either of them because she enjoys having the both of them at her beck and call complimenting her and telling her they love her. She gets jealous when Maxon goes on dates with the other girls... Seriously? You're in a competition to be his wife and you keep stringing him along. What the hell do you expect?! She is absolutely infuriating.

You know it's bad when you can actually tolerate Celeste, the bitch of the series, more than the main character. Marlee is probably the best character of the series but she's in it so little. The maids are also enjoyable and Queen Amberly is slightly intriguing.

There are more raids by the rebels (where America handles them the best of course) and a little more background information but America's jealousy and need for attention takes precedence. Sigh. 


  1. LOL! This love triangle is soo annoying but I thought The One was the worst in the series. What's even worse than America? America's DAUGHTER! Books like these give love triangles a bad name ... Great review.

    1. It really is so annoying! I usually love them too so you know it must be bad haha. America's daughter... I just don't think I can even go there!
      Thanks :)

  2. HAHA! I love that meme. I am seriously dreading starting this series because I for one don't mind a love triange BUT I do not like when there seems to be no resolution ahead. I feel you on that. I'm sorry this series is sucking for you.

    1. Haha me too! I feel the same way, I love a good love triangle but when it's the same thing over and over it just becomes annoying. I hope you have a much better experience with the series! I know people love it so there's still hope! :)