Quenching Your Thirst: The Elite

Happy Thirst-day….Again!

Yep that’s right, this is my second book this Thursday.  Lets just say I’ve been busy catching up on my reading this past week. I’ll also admit that I was way too excited to wait until next week to post this book. It’s a good one!


Name: The Elite

Author: Kiera Cass

YA Genre: Dystopian Romance

Book Form: Hardcover

Pages: 323

Reading Time: 2 days

Rating: 4.5 (out of 5)

Back of Book:

The Selection began with 35 girls. Now, with the group narrowed down to the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s love is fiercer than ever. The closer America gets to the crown, the more she struggles to figure out where her heart truly lies. Each moment she spends with Maxon is like a fairy tale, filled with breathless, glittering romance. But whenever she sees her first love, Aspen, standing guard, she’s swept up in longing for the life they’d planned to share. 

America is desperate for more time. But while she’s  torn between her two futures, the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want- and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.

Book Review:

There is nothing greater to me than a book that plays with my heart. A book that gets me so emotionally attuned to the character that I can’t even tell us apart. This is what Kierra Cass does to me in this series.

Being the second book of a trilogy, I thought it was going to be horrible. Usually, these middle books are used to fill in blanks, and get you to the third one. I did get a slight sense that she was filling, but her character and her story overpowered any thing more than a seconds thought on the matter.

This book, along with the first, is exactly what teen girls are looking for. They want the romance, but the hesitant step to dive forward. There is doubt in America’s mind, like most U.S. girls, but there is also an erupting courage. America’s struggle with the two men in her life is a problem a lot of teen girls are dealing with. Should we pick the man we had originally planned a life with, or should we take the person who seems to care for ME.

To be honest, America made me angry in the first one, but I realized it’s only because she hasn’t truly found herself until the very end of this book. I admire her new found strength and her courage to take large steps, and it made me fall in love with this book even more. The last part I will mention is my favorite scene towards the end, when the truth is finally discovered within America, and she decides to take the bold step and speak out.

This book is for all of us hopeless romantics out there, but I will ask you to please read the The Selection first so you aren’t lost along the way. I also didn’t give this a full five because there where still minor things I might not have loved, but overall this book blew me away.

I can’t wait for the third one The One coming out next spring. When I first found out I had to wait that long I grew very angry. I wanted to dive right in to the next book, and here I have to wait another year. Oh well, I should probably work on my patience  anyways.

Feel free to let me know if you like the book too, or if it wasn’t for you. We can’t all be in love with Maxon!

A. Willow


YA Book Releases: April 19 -May 3 (2013)

Hello Fellow Readers!

Here are the tasty new YA books coming soon…

Released April 23:


Title: The Elite

Author: Kiera Cass (NYTimes Best-Seller)

Series: The Selection (Series, #2 )

Genre:Dystopian Romance

Form of Publication: Hardcover/ e-Book



 Title: Keep Holding On

Author: Susane Colasanti

                 Series: A Novel

               Genre: A romantic and empowering book about bullying

Form of Publications: Paperback/eBook


Title: Chosen at Nightfall

Author: C. C. Hunter (Best-Seller)

Series: Shadow Falls (Series, #5)

Genre: Paranormal

Form of Publication: Paperback, eBook




Title: Zero 

Author: Tom Leveen

Series: A Novel

Genre:An Edgy Romance

Form of Publication:Paperback, eBook

The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze[1]#5

Title: The Last Princess

Author: Galaxy Craze

Series: A Novel

Genre: Adventure-Survival

Form of Publication:Paperback, eBook



Released April 30


Title: The Eternity Cure (Best-Selling)

Author: Julie Kagawa

Series: Blood of Eden (Series, #2)

Genre: Paranormal Dystopian Romance

Form of Publication: Hardcover, eBook



Title: The Program

Author: Suzanne Young

Series: A Novel

Genre: Dystopian Romance

Form of Publication: Hardcover, eBook



Title: The Boyfriend App

Author:Katie Sise

Series: A Novel

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Form of Publication: Hardcover, eBook



Title: Destined

Author: Aprilynne Pike

Series: Wings (Series, #4)

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Form of Publication: Paperback, eBook



Title: Sketchy

Author: Olivia Samms

Series: Bea Catcher Chronicles (Series, #1)

Genre: Thriller

Form of Publication: Hardcover



Title: Faery Tales & Nightmares

Author: Melissa Marr (Best-Seller)

Series: Short stories mixed with Wicked Lovely tales

Genre: Fantasy Suspense

Form of Publication: Paperback, eBook



Top  Picks:

#1- I am excited for The Last Princess. It really stuck out to me as something intense to read.

#2- The new Bea Chronicles really popped into my view. I can’t wait to read Sketchy and see if the series is worth our while.

#3- Of course I am happy The Elite is coming out. I just read the first book and couldn’t put it down!

#4- The Program seems very interesting, and I want to know how it will end up. Just out of curiosity.

If you have your eye on one of these lovely books comment down below and tell us why. The more opinions on this blog will make it that much easier for everyone to agree on their own favorite.

Enjoy your next book!

A. Willow

Quenching Your Thirst: The Selection

Happy Thirst-day!

Here is the first book review for the blog, and I’m excited this was the first!!!


Name:   The Selection

Author:   Kiera Cass

YA Genre:  Dystopian Romance

Book Form: Paperback

Pages:   327

Reading Time:   2 days

Rating:   4 (Out of 5)

Back of the book:

“For thrity-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime.

The opportunity to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she begins to realize that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.”


A twist of Cinderella meets Hunger Games leads the readers into a very enticing read. With a catering palace, poverty on the outskirts, a game show for the thrill of the country, and a love triangle (do I have to mention twilight?) America Singer is thrown into a confusing world.

To cover the basics I found the beginning to be agonizingly slow, and if it wasn’t for America’s winning personality I would have dropped the book. It began with a staggering quality but once the competition hits  things flowed so quickly it seemed I couldn’t stop until the end. There is obvious drama that comes with any competition between girls, but there is a much deeper conflict at hand.

America must choose between a life with Aspen (Her sort of boyfriend of 2 years) or the rich Prince Maxon. The thing is America has very different relationships with these men. With Prince Maxon it is very reserved. They talk for hours on end and can’t seem to get enough of each others company, but Apsen is the complete opposite. Every time America is with Aspen there is this heated quality of hormones raging through the roof, but they never talk as much as you think a couple should. For a relationship to work you must have a balance, and this leaves the reader to decide who they want to end up with America!

Personally from this book I’m rooting for Prince Maxon. Apen was too much of a jerk in the beginning only seeing her when he wanted to, and every time they were together it seemed as though he really only wanted “one thing”. Whereas Prince Maxon is a gentleman, but he is also girl stupid. That’s right. I wanted to get it through his head that yes a girl needs a friend in a relationship, but she also needs a man to take charge and sweep her off her feet. I mean he is a prince after all, shouldn’t that be easy for him to do?

I found this book to be a very good read, and if it had not been for the beginning, Kiera Cass would have had a 5 Star. She really outdid herself with this book and I would recommend everyone to read it.