Read this sometime last year and didn't realize I never added it. I love all her books. This one wasn't my favorite, but I still really enjoyed it. Cl...moreRead this sometime last year and didn't realize I never added it. I love all her books. This one wasn't my favorite, but I still really enjoyed it. Clean, as always.(less)
This is a little bit of a hard review for me to write. This was an enjoyable read, but I didn't love it and I really was hoping that I would. I think...moreThis is a little bit of a hard review for me to write. This was an enjoyable read, but I didn't love it and I really was hoping that I would. I think part of it is that I wanted more depth to Lucy's character - for her to feel more alive or real to me. For some reason she didn't. Maybe some of that was that I thought she adjusted too easily to Nat and the clockmaker (who is basically Nat's adoptive father). She is taken in by them and even though she never mentions a father and hasn't had contact with any other people except for Norie (an older woman) for seven years (from the time she was eight) she doesn't seem to have any issues living with two gentlemen. The other thing was that I thought she was a little too easily seen when she was invisible when no one should have been looking for her.
With that being said, there are several things I did like. I loved Nat's character! He did seem realistic and well developed. He has a past that he wants to forget. He also hates magic, so he has a tough time accepting Lucy. I loved the setting! The Tower of London, the filthy streets of London, the group of men trying to continue their studies and their web of spies unbeknown to the Lord Protector and the king. I also liked the concept of Chantresses who use songs to weave spells.
I think that I just had really high expectations for this and it didn't quite meet those. However, I did still enjoy it and thought it was still worth a read. I would recommend picking this up if you like light historical witch stories.
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I really enjoyed The Selection, although I didn't really like the love triangle. There are very few...moreOriginal review posted on Tressa's Wishful Endings.
I really enjoyed The Selection, although I didn't really like the love triangle. There are very few love triangles that actually work for me. I understand why America is pulled in two different directions and her feelings towards her old love and possibly a new one, but I still felt like she wasn't being true to anyone with her actions and was a little hypocritical. She hates that Maxon might kiss the other girls, yet she does the same. This was much of the focal point of The Elite carried over from the first book.
We see more of the dysopian aspects in this book than we did in the first one. There are a couple of groups that have increased their attacks. There are also other groups that support one girl over another, for political or personal reasons. We learn more about the history of the country and the type of king Maxon's father is and the type of leader Maxon will be. There is one part where America finds a confidential note, but then nothing actually comes of it. It seems a long stretch to wait for the next book to find what role that note plays, so I'm not sure why it was included. I liked the dystopian aspects and am really curious to see how things play out in the end and who will be involved.
I liked America's character, except for the whole love triangle thing and her indecisiveness and not thinking things through. She really is the best candidate for future queen out of Maxon's choices. I still can't stand Celeste! I also liked Maxon less and more. He does some things that, if I was America, I would have serious issues with. He also does some really good things. They are all in kind of a complicated situation. The things I had issues with regarding the characters made this book a little bit disappointing though. I don't love any of the characters and their choices and none of them have really redeemed themselves, to me at least.
I will finish out the series when the next book comes out next year. I am hoping that it will redeem it for me. I'll just have to wait and see. If you enjoy watching those type of Bachelor/Bachelorette reality shows and enjoyed The Selection, then I would definitely recommend reading The Elite.
Content: Some mild violence and making out. Source: Library(less)