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Happily Ever After: Companion to the Selection Series (The Selection Novella) Kindle Edition
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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.
- ASIN : B00S5998ZQ
- Publisher : HarperTeen; Reprint edition (October 13, 2015)
- Publication date : October 13, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 8273 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 396 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #15,973 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Here my individual novella reviews:
***MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS***
I very much enjoyed reading from Prince Maxon’s point-of-view. Reading through some of the reviews, I realized that many were disappointed in the fact that it only shows a small portion of his perspective compared to the whole Selection series. I mean, c’mon, who wouldn’t want to spend more time in the mind of *sigh* Maxon Schreave?? However, you must note that this is, in fact, a novella not a novel. Overall, I am extremely happy with read and appreciated seeing exactly what Maxon faced during the whole Selection process.
I was slightly disappointed with this book. I did, of course, love getting the opportunity to see things as Aspen did during the Selection. Nevertheless, I was frustrated by his view. Aspen was selfish and childish when it came to his and America’s relationship. Don’t get me wrong, I really like Aspen’s character as a whole, but after reading this I jumped completely onto the Team Maxon bandwagon.
Reading about Queen Amberly and King Clarkson’s Selection process was nothing short of interesting. I liked the portrayal of Amberly pre-royalty. Nevertheless, I CANNOT say the same for Clarkson. The best term, however childish, I can find to describe him is a complete jerk. I was hoping there would SOME redemption for him considering how hated he is in the original series. But no. absolutely not. Yeah yeah, he grew up in an abusive home. Whatever. Look at Maxon! I realize that it’s not condoning abusive relationships per say, but really? How could Cass put someone as sweet as Amberly with someone as controlling and abusive as Clarkson!
YES YES YES. Marlee was already MY favorite; this book did nothing but help that! I love her and her adorable love story with Carter. They’re love story (despite the caning part, of course) is total -im sorry in advance- GOALS.
I’m glad I got to read this. It was nice to see her side of things. She is still portrayed as the same manipulative person; however, she does receive a bit more redemption.
As for the other short stories, I am glad I got to read them. I hate when things are left unsaid… these certainly covered all the bases.
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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.