Before America Singer was chosen to compete in the Selection...she was in love with a Six named Aspen Leger.... And there was another girl in Prince Maxon's life.
Step inside the world of the number-one New York Times best-selling Selection series with these two captivating novellas.
Also includes additional scenes from The Prince, a teaser to The One, a Q&A with author Kiera Cass, and more!
©2014 Kiera Cass (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (YA romance) - I have been anxiously awaiting the release of The One and was pleased to find that Kiera Cass decided to give us something to placate us in the meantime. This book is two separate novellas that give the viewpoints of Maxon and Aspen. If you've been following The Selection series, you will know it's about a competition between 35 young girls wishing to become the wife of Prince Maxon. The main character, America, is in the competition but still has feelings for her old BF Aspen, who is a guard at the palace and watching the competition unfold. It's the ultimate love triangle, not to mention all the tension between the competitors. (Do you watch The Bachelor on TV?)
This book is enjoyable, but there's really nothing new that happens. It's basically the same story as The Selection and The Elite, but it tells where the guys were and what they were doing/thinking when events occurred. You will hear how nervous Maxon was about the competition and how he accidentally met America before it started and liked her immediately. Aspen's perspective is basically about his devotion to "Mare" (nickname for America) and his dislike for Prince Maxon.
If you love this series as I do, you might want to hear these short novellas but, as I said, the story doesn't really progress from the ending of the last book. There's a preview of The One at the end but, again, nothing really new happens.
PERFORMANCE - The stories of Maxon and Aspen each have a different narrator. They both do good jobs, though I think they pronounce the name of the country differently than Amy Rubinate. Amy is back to narrate the preview at the end.
OVERALL - If you are thinking about listening to this series, don't start here. Start with The Selection and then hear The Elite. The series is easy listening, romantic and thoroughly enjoyable. There is no sex and only a little mild violence, so it's recommended for all ages. Not a book for guys.
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
If you are a fan of the Selection Trilogy then this is a great little nugget to get before the release of "The One". It doesn't add anything new to the storyline but it does give an inside look into the mind of Maxon (the prince) and Aspen (the guard). Not to mention the sneak peek section is well worth the purchase. This was a quick and enjoyable listen.
The other 3 books in this series were fun. This one was just a repeat of everything and not done well. The words were pronounced differently. Even the country was pronounced differently than in the other 3 books which was distracting.
pronounced things differently than the first 3 books
the entire book
I enjoyed the between the stories information. I've really enjoyed the selection series and loved learning more about the characters, especially the male perspectives. It really rounded out things nicely. Great addition in my opinion. I read this one before going on to the Heir.
This had interesting viewpoints from the male characters' perspectives but I'm sorry I wasted a credit on this. It was way too short and should have been woven into the main book as separate chapters giving both views of the interactions.
Its a tease, three different ways, to the same story. Wanted more, but not willing to purchase the next in the series only to be left hanging.
Its not enough cannon to be considered a good cliff hanger...at all.
I loved hearing the story from the guys perspective however the stories are unfinished. Maxon's and Aspen's stories could easily be made into full length books but that's not what you get. Though the writing is up to par with The Selection (and still worthy to read) you only get a glimpse from their perspective. Maxon's story starts before The Selection begins and ends shortly after being kneed by America (if i remember correctly). Aspen's story starts after the Halloween party and ends after he finds America in the woods.
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