- File Size: 7814 KB
- Print Length: 396 pages
- Publisher: HarperTeen; Illustrated edition (October 13, 2015)
- Publication Date: October 13, 2015
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00S5998ZQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,262 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Happily Ever After: Companion to the Selection Series (The Selection Novella) Kindle Edition
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From the Back Cover
BeforeAmberly came to the palace . . .She was a Four in love with a One.
BeforeMaxon met the girl of his dreams . . .He was the boy of someone else's.
BeforeAspen opened his heart to someone new . . .He was determined to fight for his first love.
And beforeMarlee could fall for a prince . . .She was swept off her feet by a guard. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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The Queen (Happily Ever After Companion Book)
The Prince (Happily Ever After Companion Book)
The Guard (Happily Ever After Companion Book)
The Favorite (Happily Ever After Companion Book) Pt 1 This takes place before The One
The Favorite (Happily Ever After Companion Book) Pt 2 This takes place during the book The One so better to read after this book is done.
Scenes From Celeste (Happily Ever After Companion Book)
The Maid (Happily Ever After Companion Book)
After the One (the Epilogue) (Happily Ever After Companion Book)
Where are they Now? (Happily Ever After Companion Book)
This book might repeat certain scenes but its great to see it from someone else's POV.
*See my full reviews of The Queen, The Prince, The Guard, and The Favorite on the Royally Reviewed blog*
The bonus material was a nice touch. I loved the scenes from Celeste’s point of view; those were definitely the highlight. I feel like I could read the whole series from her perspective, as she was certainly one of the most surprising and lovable characters with her arc in the final book. We also get some scenes from Lucy’s point of view, although I still would’ve hoped for more for her and Aspen. They both deserved so much more passion than what we ever get to see. This compilation also includes a bonus epilogue to The One, a “Where Are They Now” of the surviving Elite, as well as original sketches of the main characters, and a very neat map of Illéa which would’ve been helpful if inserted in the previous books.
If you haven’t read any of the novellas yet, this book is well worth the money. You get four full novellas, plus the artwork and bonus content. The bonus content is probably not worth a full-price purchase on its own, but like I said, if you’re new to the novellas and want to grab all four in one fell swoop, then this is definitely the way to do it. Overall, from cover to cover, a very enjoyable read!
Reasons why it was great;
I loved all the novellas. Personally I am just one of those fans who would be super happy if Keira kept the series going just for America. So because of this I really liked getting the extra scoop on all the other characters.
I also believe that the after scene (for America and Maxon) was worth the ten dollars in itself. It was one of my favorite parts along with Celeste scenes.
The only thing I had an issues with was the illustrations. They were great, but nothing special.
So I think that this is a great buy and you should definable get it if you love the selection as much as I do!
It was a welcome change to read the point of view of many different characters and the way they interpreted the same events America had narrated in the main Selection books. We even saw a glimpse of some other couples: Clarkson and Amberly, Aspen and Lucy, Carter and Marlee.
Very fluffy, very easy to read and finish. No strong violence (except during Marlee's canning), no swearing, no sex scenes. Suitable even to 12 years old readers.
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So, as you can already tell, my opinion of this collection of novellas is a rather biased one. As I mentioned before, this is an enchanting collection of novellas that serve as a complement to The Selection series. If you had read The Prince, The Guard, and The Queen, then you might be hesitant to buy this collection, but if you're a big fan like myself, it is completely worth it! As well as those three novellas, this collection contains:
2 bonus chapters of Maxon's novella - The Prince
The Favorite (Marlee's novella)
3 scenes from Celeste's P.O.V
Lucy's scene (this is a bonus scene from The One),
A few pages entitled "Where Are They Now?" which focus on Kriss, Natalie & Elise.
Charming Illustrations in each of the novellas/scenes.
Kiera also introduces each of the novellas, giving her perspective on the writing process, as well as her opinion on characters & the storylines. I thought it was a wonderful addition to the book, it was really lovely to learn more about Kiera and how deeply invested she is in her characters - just like me!
It was wonderful to see Maxon (The Prince), Aspen (The Guard) & Marlee's (The Favorite) perspective of the events in books 1-3, although I was already emotionally attached to each of these characters, I felt like I was falling in love with them all over again while I was reading their P.O.V of things. The Queen was probably my favourite to read. Amberly is just a kind, compassionate & gentle soul, that you instantly fall in her love with her. It was wonderful to learn about her Selection process, and how she won the heart of her husband, King Clarkson.
I wont comment on the rest of the scenes in this collection, as I'm afraid of giving anything away. However, I will tell you that they were fantastic! Celeste's scenes are my favourite (maybe in the whole book!), it was wonderful to understand her character more and how she felt about certain events in the books. The illustrations that accompany all of these stories are beautiful! I felt like I was a little kid reading a fairy tale book! They really complemented the stories, and I am secretly hoping that there will be illustrations in The Crown!
All in all, I absolutely loved this book, and when I revisit the series I'll definitely be re-reading this collection! If you are a big fan of The Selection series, this is an absolute must-have! It'll really wet your appetite for The Crown (which is a sequel to The Heir) which is going to be in May 2016.
It continues with The Prince, The Guard, and the Favourite. It also includes a few scenes from Celeste too. All ok but you already know the story if you've read the series. A nice insight to it too though
Great quality of a book