When I finished reading The Selection by Kiera Cass, I knew I had to keep reading this series.  Thank goodness the library was open and had The Elite was available.

The Elite by Kiera Cass

Book Synopsis: 

The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.

The Elite picks up right where The Selection left off.  The pressure is really on now that the competition has been weedled down from thirty five girls to six.  Prince Maxon knows he loves Lady America, but she has asked for time to think about whether she really wants to be a Princess, let alone the future Queen.  It’s a lot of responsibility and every time she thinks about it she gets overwhelmed.  Though a big part of that overwhelming feeling has to do with the fact that she has herself caught in a love triangle.  Does she give up Aspen, her sweet first love, or take on Prince Maxon, the man who is slowly worming his way into her heart?

This book is emotionally charged from page one.  Starting with the fun of a Halloween party to secrets being revealed that change the landscape of the competition, this book really kicks the story up a notch.  Plus there’s still the mystery of the rebels.  Why are the Northern Rebels stealing books whenever they raid the castle?  What are they looking for?  Why are the attacks increasing?  This book continues to raise a lot questions and I kept reading hoping for answers.  Though sometimes it was hard because there are those moments when Lady America drove me nuts and I just wanted to grab her by the shoulders and shake her and say, “Just make up your mind already!”  It was so frustrating.  Not many of my questions were answered, but there were some revelations that made getting to the end worth it.  Now, I must I see how this crazy competition ends…so onto The One I go.