Monday, January 25, 2016

Review: The Selection Stories

Title: The Selection Stories: The Prince and the Guard
Author: Kiera Cass
Release Date: February 4th 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 227 pages
Rating: 4 Cows

Goodreads 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.


 
            I read The Selection Series earlier in 2015 and fell in love with the books! Although The Heir wasn’t my favorite and I ended up DNF’ing it, I wasn’t opposed to The Selection Stories because I knew they were told from Maxon and Aspen’s POV and they were two of my favorite characters in the series.
            The Prince: I loved this short story the most because it was honestly a side of Maxon we didn’t really see in the books when they were told from America’s POV.  When I read the series, it always appeared as if Maxon had everything under control and was extremely sure of himself.  Always the diplomat, Maxon was calm and collected in many of the situations, including the time America kicked him in the gardens.  After reading The Prince though, I know that wasn’t entirely the case!  Maxon actually has a slight temper and he thought about sending her home for it.  Reading this story also showed just how relatable both Maxon and America’s experience was in the selection process.  Like America, Maxon struggled initially.  All his life he’s always lived in the palace and never really interacted with many people his age, especially girls. One of my favorite parts about The Prince was that the chapters were snippets of different moments in the series and not continuous.  Each of the chapters were memories from Maxon’s POV from some of the most important scenes in the books or some of the ones that stood out the most (for me, that would be the garden scene; girls kicking boys in the groin never fails to give me a good laugh).
            The Guard: Although I think it’s safe to say we all knew Aspen didn’t send America off to the selection process because he didn’t love her, I think I still felt some level of resentment towards Aspen for the role he played in the books.  He was the first to get angry when he saw just how close Maxon and America had become, but the truth of the matter is that his actions led to her arrival at the palace.  That being said, reading this story from his POV gave me a little more compassion for Aspen.  He’s torn between wanting to do what’s best for America and wanting to be the one she ends up with.  This internal battle he goes through makes for interesting chapters in The Guard, especially after he arrives as a guard at the palace and has to see American on a daily basis, but pretend as if he doesn’t know her.   One of my favorite parts about reading this from Aspen’s perspective is that we find out a few things we didn’t know about in The Selection Series.  For example, some of the moments that take place between Aspen and America’s maids are included in The Guard. I loved just how much respect Aspen showed towards them and the friendships he builds with them over time. 
 
 

2 comments:

  1. I think it's official: I'm the only person left who has not read the Selection series. :) All the books (well, almost all) are sitting on my shelf but I just haven't got to them yet. I *really* need to just marathon them soon!

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

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    1. You should! they're quite good! I was hesitant at first to start the series, but when i did in 2015 i binge read them all in almost a week. i finally picked up this guy pretty recently though and it reminded me of how much i love the series!
      Happy reading!
      P.S. Let me know if and when you do read them, because i'd love to hear your thoughts Tanya!

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