Scratching an Itch… The Selection Stories

November 30, 2015 Reviews 5

Scratching an Itch… The Selection StoriesThe Selection Stories: The Prince and The Guard by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #0.5, #2.5
Published by Harper Teen on February 4, 2014
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Dystopia
Pages: 227
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
three-half-stars

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.

I fell really hard for the Selection series. It started with the pretty covers that sucked me in, but the characters and the story really held me. For a day each. Because I devoured each book in a day. Which sucks, becaus then they’re over and the waiting begins. The great part is that Kiera Cass wrote some novellas that really don’t matter for the storyline but really help scratch that itch while you wait. I entertained myself with a couple of them a while ago that were bound together in The Selection Stories set – The Prince and The Guard – and I’m reviewing them separtely here:

Scratching an Itch… The Selection StoriesThe Prince by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #0.5
Published by Harper Teen on March 5, 2013
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Dystopia
Pages: 64
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
three-stars

Before thirty-five girls were chosen to compete in the Selection...

Before Aspen broke America's heart...

There was another girl in Prince Maxon's life...

Don't miss this thrilling 64-page original novella set in the world of the New York Times bestselling novel The Selection. Also features a teaser to The Elite, Kiera Cass's hotly anticipated sequel to The Selection.

I really enjoyed getting Maxon’s side of things in The Prince. Set before and then concurrent with the beginning of The Selection, The Prince introduces us to what’s going through Maxon’s mind as America shows up in his world. Despite coming a bit before The Selection, I think The Prince is best appreciated after reading The Selection.

Although there are some interesting new moments, much of The Prince is just a rehashing of The Selection. I enjoyed being inside Maxon’s head, but nothing was really shocking. I should mention that I read the story as part of The Selection Stories Collection, and it appears you get a bit more of an ending reading it in the book than you would in the eBook (about two chapters).

3 stars Just Okay

Scratching an Itch… The Selection StoriesThe Gaurd by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #2.5
Published by Harper Teen on February 4, 2014
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Dystopia
Pages: 64
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
four-stars

Before America Singer met Prince Maxon . . .
Before she entered the Selection . . .
She was in love with a boy named Aspen Leger.

Don't miss this digital original novella set in the captivating world of Kiera Cass's #1 New York Times bestselling Selection trilogy. This brand new 64-page story begins just after the group of Selected girls is narrowed down to the Elite and is told from Aspen's point of view. The Guard also features a teaser to The One, the thrilling conclusion to The Selection trilogy.

Despite liking Maxon better, I enjoyed Aspen’s story, The Guard, more. It falls after The Elite and should be read in that order, though it didn’t hurt to read The Guard after finishing The One, either.

I think The Guard was more of a treat because we get to see a lot that was only hinted at in The Elite, because Aspen’s role as a guard really does let him see a lot more. For one, he’s on the front lines when the rebels are attacking. He also sees Maxon through eyes that America doesn’t and he has access to the servants in a way that neither America or Maxon do. I particularly loved seeing his interactions with America’s maids!

4 stars Pretty Great

These two stories are combined with a sneak peak at The One, – which I skipped because I already read it – an interview with Kiera Cass, – which was fun- and the family trees of America, Aspen, and Maxon. The family trees were my favorite bonus piece, because they included some commentary and fun details about how they all got to where they are. I was surprised to learn, for example, that Aspen’s family had initially been 3s and that America is Jewish. Cool, right?

The collection was a fun read, especially for someone like me who’s already read the series and is just looking for a little bit more of the world while waiting for The Heir, which wasn’t out yet when I read these.

3.5 stars pretty good

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three-half-stars

About Kiera Cass

Kiera Cass graduated from Radford University with a degree in History. She grew up in South Carolina and currently lives in Blacksburg, Virginia with her family. In her spare time, Kiera enjoys reading, dancing, making videos, and eating unhealthy amounts of cake.

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Berls has been a book lover her whole life. She reads pretty much every genre and is currently working hard at making her childhood dream of becoming an author come true. She loves sharing her thoughts about books, blogging, and just random fun stuff. She's a challenge and read-a-thon junkie, so it's no wonder that she loves co-hosting the COYER reading challenge. Leave a comment, Berls is always happy to chat!

5 Responses to “Scratching an Itch… The Selection Stories”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    Glad these scratched the itch, Berls. But it’s all over now, right? I picked up The One at RT but still need to get the rest of this series. Not til the new year though…I don’t need another series to fall behind in. *ha* Although, I supposed I could just binge, huh?
    Happy Monday! I hope your first day back goes well – that your kids eased you back in. 🙂 {{hugs}}
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    • Berls
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      It has one more book I believe, coming in 2016. But after that, you can totally binge the whole thing. It’s a binge worthy series 🙂

      The kids were in rare form today – it’s like they forgot everything over a 5 day break. But it’s okay, I know how to control them now 🙂 Hope you had a great day!! Hugs!!

    • Berls
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      Lol I just loved it, but I know it’s not for everyone. I think you should at least start book one and see if it hooks you 😉

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