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The Selection Stories, The Prince & the Guard Review


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. –

In all honesty, I didn’t love The Selection series, it wasn’t my favorite book and I disliked Keria Cass’s writing style. Something in me just decided to pick up The Selection Stories, I had heard they were good and reading from the point of view of Maxon and Aspen sounded intriguing, so I read it. I was expecting a new take on a story, and that is what she did exactly. Maxon’s story made me understand him a little better as did Aspens, but in my opinion both weren’t very interesting. Sure we got to read from the Prince and the Guards view on things, but I still didn’t find anything really worth reading in it, the stories were just flat. I did find myself liking Aspen a bit more in his story, but still not worth reading. To me, both seemed to fall short of what I expected, nothing new really happened and we didn’t find ourselves knowing much more about the two boys in America’s life. When I read the Selection books, I will admit I wasn’t very impressed until the last story, The One. This is because of the style the book was written in, I found the character America to be a typical young adult heroine, an over confident sassy girl who needs to think before she acts a little more. Another thing I disliked is that fact that there is a love triangle of sorts…. Maxon has 35 girls competing for him, but America is torn between only two people both Maxon and Aspen the leading problem for me. Why do young adults need love triangles? Really I mean come on, can’t she make up her mind? I’ve never been in love for one, but I still find the way she leads both boys on a little misleading to me. She should make up her mind…. Anyways, The Selection Stories weren’t what I was expecting, and both fell short of what I wanted, a good, new interesting take on the old story. Neither had anything in it that I liked really… Both were very short, and if you did enjoy the Selection series I would recommend it.

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