Series: The Selection Books 0.5 and 2.5
Goodreads Summary: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.Before America arrived at the palace to compete in the Selection, there was another girl in Prince Maxon's life. The Prince opens the week before the Selection begins and follows Maxon through the first day of the competition.Raised as a Six, Aspen Leger never dreamed that he would find himself living in the palace as a member of the royal guard. In The Guard, readers get an inside look at Aspen's life within the palace walls--and the truth about a guard's world that America will never know.
I enjoyed these short stories but I have to admit I much preferred Maxon's story over Aspen's. There's just something about Aspen that rubs me the wrong way and makes me want to yell at him. I do not see him as a viable match for America in any way possible. I felt that these stories were a little too short as it always takes me a few minutes to get in to this world and the lives of America, Maxon and company. But this was a nice little appetizer to hold me over until the final book comes out.