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Publisher's Summary

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

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Through the eyes of the guys

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.

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Waste!

If you have already read the series this is a complete waste of time and money! Don't buy. Half of it was a sneak peek of the 3rd book which I've already read.

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A great companion for fans of the Selection

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.

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this was not worth the time

What would have made The Prince & The Guard better?

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.

Has The Prince & The Guard turned you off from other books in this genre?

no

How did the narrator detract from the book?

pronounced things differently than the first 3 books

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Prince & The Guard?

the entire book

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love ish this series but....

meh...good series but could be better! That being said, I still enjoy reading/listening and the story is good, don't like how it is split into so many books, This book in particular feels unfinished.... and the whole series seems to be written for a younger audience! I would've loved to read this book in highschool!

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Unlikely

I know this is supposed to be romance and like fairy tale. But I wish it was more realistic. Both men have numerous women flirting and basically being available, yet both men are undeniably in love with this girl. Aspen I can kind of understand because they have history, but the author literally makes it almost unbearable how desperate he is for her. And Maxim has all these woman at his beck and call but only has eyes for her? It makes it seem far fetched. Especially since the orginal version it was clear that maxim was developing feelings for a few girls. This seems like a book written by a women, hoping that is how men feel and not actually getting a man's perspective.

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mehh

not as good as the rest of the series. I was really hoping aspins story would be better

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and then?????

only told half the story, then stopped. left the reader hanging. im a fan of the series, but very disappointed in this book.

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expected more

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.

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Waste of money

The story is as great as the rest of the series but is included in the book Happily Ever After. I was disappointed thinking it was a new story.