The Prince (The Selection #0.5) by Kiera Cass
Pub: March 2013
A novella set in the world of The Selection, which retells the first part of the novel from Prince Maxon’s point of view.
I paced the floor, trying to walk the anxiety out of my body. When the Selection was something in the distance–a possibility for my future–it sounded thrilling. But now? Well, I wasn’t so sure.
Describing The Selection series as “The Bachelor” meets The Hunger Games isn’t really too far off, and though it’s been awhile since I’ve watched any reality TV shows, this novella recently caught my eye on my to-read shelf, possibly because I’d recently read that the final book (with this gorgeous cover) is coming out in May.
What I liked: As someone who hasn’t read the first book in awhile, this one really did a great job pulling the me back into the world and reminding me of the important elements. It was kind of interesting to get another character’s perspective as well.
What I didn’t like: I don’t feel that it really added a lot. The teaser hinted at a prior relationship between Maxon and a girl named Daphne, but this comprised of only a small part of this novella, and in the big scheme of things, was rather insignificant.
Overall: A quick little recap of the early events of The Selection from another perspective. Take it or leave it, and you probably won’t miss a whole lot.
Six Earlier Days by David Levithan
A novella that prequels the six days in the life of the body-hopping “A” from Levithan’s novel Every Day.
I wake up to the sounds of footsteps and muffled giggles, and the smell of maple syrup.
I still love the concept of a teenager who wakes up in a different body each day, and I love Levithan’s writing style. That said, this book read much like a ‘deleted scenes’ bonus from EVERY DAY — there wasn’t a whole lot that added to the plot, or clued the reader into A’s life prior to EVERY DAY, as the blurb had promised. A lot of the themes and situations felt like a bit of a rehash from the full-length novel.