Tea & Book Chat: The Elite by Kiera Cass (The Selection #2)

**Warning! If you haven’t read The Selection which is the first book in The Selection trilogy by Kiera Cass, there will be spoilers ahead.  You can read my review of the first book instead if you haven’t started the series yet!**

The Elite by Kiera Cass is the second book in The Selection trilogy by Kiera Cass.  It picks up right where the first book left off, with America still in the running to win the love of Prince Maxon and become the next Queen along with five other girls.  I felt so conflicted upon finishing this books because I know that it’s not “good,” and yet I couldn’t put it down.  Just like the first novel, I was hooked from the beginning and Kiera Cass managed to get me invested in the characters even though they make me want to scream at points.

Sadly, I did not enjoy this book as much as the first.  I liked it and I was able to read it quickly but I found that the majority of elements that bugged me about the first book tended to be amplified in book two.  The main annoyance being America’s indecisiveness.  She constantly flip flops between Aspen and Maxon and she tends to think she truly loves whoever happens to be in front of her at the moment.  I’m not the biggest fan of love triangles as it is and America’s back and forth is mostly getting on my nerves.  I’m not convinced she should be with either guy at this point. But that being said, JUST PICK THE PRINCE AMERICA JEEZE.

The Elite

I did however love that this book delved more deeply into the political situation the country is in. I think the politics surrounding the republic and the attacks by rebels from the North and the South are what tended to hold my interest the most throughout the story.  It’s clear that whatever the outcome of the series, the characters are living in a world where change is necessary.  I really hope that in the next book the characters will recognize the bigger events happening and put their own minor issues aside to help the overall kingdom.

Final Thoughts: The Elite by Kiera Cass, book two in The Selection series, is just as fast paced and addicting as the first.  The insufferable love triangle between America, Maxon and Aspen continues and America’s constant back and forth is an annoyance throughout the entire story.  If you liked the first book and you’re looking for a mostly mindless read, I would suggest continuing on with the series.

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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. (via Goodreads)

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BookTube: October and November Wrap Up

I didn’t get a chance to post my October Wrap Up on my blog so I figured this would be the perfect place to insert it if you had missed it on YouTube.  Unfortunately I barely read any books in November (hangs head in shame) but I’m PUMPED for December reading because I WILL make my Goodreads goal.  If you have any suggestions of books to read that are very quick paced please let me know!

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BookTube: Spines With Wines Book Club: Winter By Marissa Meyer

Last night, Cassie, Melissa and I reconvened for our second monthly Spines with Wines book club! This month we read Winter by Marissa Meyer which is the conclusion to the Lunar Chronicles series.  We had feelings.  You can watch the full book club below and share your feelings on this series ender!

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BookTube: My Mug & Tea Cup Collection

Hi everyone! One thing I am an avid collector of are mugs and tea cups.  There’s certainly nothing that pairs with reading better than a piping hot cup of tea if you ask me and I like to have a wide variety of drinkware to fit my mood.  I collected all of my mugs and tea cups into this video so I could share some of my favorites with you!  Tell me in the comments what your favorite mugs are and which tea is your drink of choice!

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BookTube: The Autumn Book Tag

Hi everyone! I filmed the Autumn Book Tag back in mid-October and while I do love filming in bulk because it’s the easiest for my schedule, I do hate that some things get dated if I’m not able to post right away.  For instance, in this video I talk about how excited I am for Crimson Peak which comes out *tomorrow.*  Oh well!  Sadly, I didn’t like the film (review here) but I suppose it’s nice to reflect on my previous enthusiasm when the trailers had me captivated.

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BookTube: Top 5 Book Blogs I Read

I watch a lot of BookTube and while I love doing so, I also really enjoy reading book blogs.  I’ve been wanting to post a video about the Top 5 Book Blogs I Read for a while so I can share some of my favorites with anyone who may be looking to add some book bloggers to their Feedly or Bloglovin’ or what have you.  The book community is so large and there’s more than one way to absorb reviews, find out information about new releases, and reflect upon past favorites.

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GIVEAWAY: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

I discovered Passenger by Alexandra Bracken in the weeks leading up to BEA last May and I’ve been eagerly awaiting it’s release ever since.  As I said in this video, two of the main factors that really drew me to this book are 1) time travel and 2) pirates.  I had been hesitant to read the ARC I waited in line for (for hours I might add) because I heard that an updated draft had already been completed that would make many changes to the book’s final published story.  I decided to table it and wait until I could read the book Alexandra Bracken intended the reader to read.  Little did I know that an updated copy would be showing up at my doorstep a couple of months early!  Passenger is my most anticipated read of 2016 and I feel so blessed to be afforded the opportunity to check it out in 2015.  But the most exciting part of this story is that Disney Hyperion is also allowing me to giveaway a copy of Alexandra Bracken’s Passenger to one lucky blog reader!

If you’re like me and you feel like you can’t wait until January 5th for the official release, Disney has been kind enough to provide us with an e-book sampler to tide us over until then.

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About the Book

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles, but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods–a powerful family in the Colonies–and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, his passenger, can find. In order to protect her, Nick must ensure she brings it back to them–whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.

GIVEAWAY

One (1) copy of Passenger by Alexandra Bracken will be given away.  Prize is provided by Disney-Hyperion and will ship early January following the release of the book.  Open to US addresses only.

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Cross Country Couture: Not Your Dolls

My best friend Melissa moved to Texas last month and I’ve been missing her like crazy ever since.  Just because there are a few states between us doesn’t mean we don’t still talk every single day (for most of the day really) and bond over things like books, fashion and boys.  We’ve always known since the first day we met that our friendship is the type that lasts forever so we’ve been trying to think of ways to make an effort to “hang out” despite the distance (also see the Spines with Wines Book Club).  Since  we’re not physically able to see each other as frequently, we decided to start a post series called Cross Country Couture where we agree on an item of clothing we both want, each do a photoshoot in it and share our results.  Our first post features the Not Your Doll vintage tee by Wildfox Couture.  Since we’re both HUGE fans of Valley of the Dolls, this shirt inspired our whole idea since we simply adore the aesthetic<3

Along with today’s post, Melissa is relaunching her blog (finally!).  She’s witty and wonderful and you should go read everything she’s ever posted immediately, including, of course, the other half of the Not Your Dolls photoshoot.

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly awaiting.  This week I’m choosing The Raven King which is the fourth and final installment in The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater.  I recently read and was obsessed with Blue Lily, Lily Blue and it ended on such a major cliffhanger that I NEED the next one.  So much happened and there’s still so much story to be resolved.  I am absolutely in this book for the characters and Blue and Gansey are on OTP of mine.  The cover was just released yesterday and it’s every bit as gorgeous as the last.  The brushstrokes in that deer are a thing of beauty.

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The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

In a starred review for Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Kirkus Reviews declared: “Expect this truly one-of-a-kind series to come to a thundering close.” (via Goodreads)

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BookTube: Spines With Wines Book Club: The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

I teamed up with Melissa and Cassie for a new book club that we’ve named Spines with Wines.  This month we kicked it off by reading The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich because we wanted a creepy Halloween read. You can check out our live show below! Next month we’ll be reading Winter by Marissa Meyer which is the conclusion to The Lunar Chronicles series.  We’ll be announcing the liveshow date over Twitter when we finalize our date and time.

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