Sunday, September 21, 2014

REVIEW: The Selection Stories: The Prince & The Guard by Kiera Cass

Publisher: HarperTeen
Released: February 4, 2014
240 pages
Source: Library


Description: Two novellas set in the world of Kiera Cass's #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series are now available in print for the first time. The Prince and The Guard both offer captivating views into the hearts and minds of the two men fighting to win America Singer's love. This collection also features exclusive bonus content, including a sneak peek at The One, the eagerly anticipated third novel in the Selection series.

Before America arrived at the palace to compete in the Selection, there was another girl in Prince Maxon's life. The Prince opens the week before the Selection begins and follows Maxon through the first day of the competition.

Raised as a Six, Aspen Leger never dreamed that he would find himself living in the palace as a member of the royal guard. In The Guard, readers get an inside look at Aspen's life within the palace walls—and the truth about a guard's world that America will never know.
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My Review: Woo! I am on a Selection Series kick. The only reason I haven't read The One yet is that is wasn't at my library. After reading the first two books in the series, I absolutely had to read these novellas, and I am so glad that I did.

The Prince
The first novella focused on Prince Maxon's experience just before and during the very beginning of the Selection. I appreciated the insight it gave, because The Selection Series is written from America's perspective, so much of Maxon's background and thinking is left up to the imagination. Later in the series, some of it comes to light, but this novella goes leaps and bounds above what we get in the books. (Or, at least, in the first two books. Maybe you get way more in the second two?)

The Guard
The second novella is set during The Elite, and focuses on Aspen's experiences as a palace guard. It was fascinating seeing events from a guard's perspective. America is an Elite, so she is hidden away or protected from the worst of the raids and events, but Aspen is right in the thick of things. His companions aren't trying to keep up appearances, and they are much freer with their opinions. It offers up information about Aspen, yes, but also information about the general state of events and the situation in the palace and with the rebels.

Anyone reading the series would greatly benefit from reading these novellas. BUT, do not read them until after reading The Elite unless you want some massively major events spoiled for you. (You do not want those massively major events spoiled for you, trust me.)

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