Book Review – The Selection Stories: The Prince & The Guard

Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Dystopia
Release Date: 4th February 2014
Publishers: HarperCollins Children’s books
No. Pages: 227
Source: Myself
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.

These reviews are pretty short because both stories are around 60+ pages only.

The Prince:

Prince Maxon is one of my favourite characters in The Selection series. I loved getting an insight into his views on the selection, his relationship with his father and his first encounter with America. This was actually a really interesting short story.


The Guard:

I don’t like Aspen but I honestly believed reading a story from his point of view would change my opinion on him. Unfortunately, it did not. Aspen seemed to whine throughout this book and his sole focus was America. While I understand that this book is based on the love triangle of Aspen/America/Maxon it does not mean a characters one sole focus is to get the girl. Although, I still dislike Aspen there were brief moments when I found myself starting to slowly like him and I did enjoy Aspen’s relationship with Lucy, Mary and Anne.



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