by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #2
Published by HarperTeen on April 23, 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Source: Barnes & Noble
The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Selection.
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.
Warning: there will be many spoilers in this review. Unfortunately I just can’t help myself.
I want to say one important thing before I start ranting here: we finally found out where they are. Angeles? Really. No. Just. I feel like Buffy is going to jump out with Angel. Mleh. Okay rant time.
America is the stupidest bitch I have ever had the pleasure of reading about. I mean, really, you say you want to be with the poor guy (Maxon/Max that is). You tell him you have made your decision to be with him. He gets all prepared to propose because he LOVES YOU, and all of a sudden you’re like, “no”. I’m sorry that your friend got caned. I really am. But I’m kinda with Celeste on this one. For serious. She could have gone home so many times. SO MANY TIMES. But she chose to stay and carry on the tryst with Woodwork (also, seriously? Woodwork? That’s the best you could come up with? Sigh.) I feel bad, but you could have avoided it. And, you’d think with the torture she just witnessed her friend go through she’d think twice about secret rendezvous with Alex (Aspen for those who haven’t read my review of The Selection). But, alas, no. Instead we’re going to continue and risk our own lives to make out with our ex, who is working in the palace as a guard, and Max doesn’t know. Of course. Le. Sigh.
America. Let me level with you for a minute. You told both these guys you don’t know what you want. Yet you get pissed when the prince (who still has to choose a wife no matter what you decide chica) spends more time with other girls, or makes out with them. YOU ARE DOING THE SAME THING! You’re sneaking off to make our with “Office Leger”! GAH! YOU ARE SUCH A HYPOCRITE. Please. For everyone’s sake. Make up your damn mind.
As far as Max is concerned: I love you. THIS is the kind of guy girls should be dreaming about. Not some stalker vampire watching you sleep (yes I’m talking to you sparkles). The bad bou thing has just been overplayed. It’s refreshing to see a love interest who is so damn sweet, which is why America pisses me off so much the way she treats him. YOU ARE NOT WORTHY. Maxy-pooh. Please just forget about her. Come and get me.
Ol’ Maxy-boy did piss me off a bit with Celeste. But really, if I was in the same position would I really not do the same thing? Not to mention he doesn’t even KNOW about Aspen! I can’t wait till he finds out *evil grin while rubbing hands together…evily*. I of course want them to be together. But I wouldn’t be too disappointed if the rebels have America killed and Maxon is so heartbroken he has to start all over The Selection in the real world and picks me instead…. 🙂
So beyond all my ranting I read this book in one day. I seriously couldn’t put it down. I love this series so much. Please, please, please NetGalley I’m begging you. Please have this on your site so that I may fulfill my need to read this book. Thank you in advance because I know you will take my pleading to heart!!! 🙂