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The Guard

GuardThe Guard by Kierra Cass

Pub: Feb 2014

The events of The Elite as told by Aspen. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you’re probably not going to care about this book.)

Opening lines:

“WAKE UP, LEGER.”
“Day off,” I mumbled, pulling the blanket over my head.

I figured if I’m going to finish out The Selection series (if nothing else, to see Celeste get her comeuppance), I’d better keep up with the novellas along the way. Let me tell you right off: there’s really no need.

What I liked: Seriously, I didn’t hate this novella. It was a quick read, and probably would be a really good catch-up for anyone who’d read The Elite right away and wants a quick recap before The One.

What I didn’t like: That’s all it was. I can’t think of a single thing in this novella that hadn’t already been established in The Elite. I was hoping for some sort of inside info — WHY he says Maxon is a good actor, for instance or what REALLY happened when the king and prince were supposedly in New Asia, even more about what happened when America ran away from the rebels. Something! Anything! Needless to say, I was pretty disappointed.

The Prince

Prince

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.

Opening lines:

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.

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