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Before thirty-five girls were chosen to compete in the Selection... Before Aspen broke America's heart... There was another girl in Prince Maxon's life... Don't miss this thrilling 64-page original novella set in the world of the New York Times bestselling novel The Selection. Also features a teaser to The Elite, Kiera Cass's hotly anticipated sequel to The Selection.


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Before thirty-five girls were chosen to compete in the Selection... Before Aspen broke America's heart... There was another girl in Prince Maxon's life... Don't miss this thrilling 64-page original novella set in the world of the New York Times bestselling novel The Selection. Also features a teaser to The Elite, Kiera Cass's hotly anticipated sequel to The Selection.

30 review for The Prince

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    Does anybody else's heart melt in to warm chocolately happiness whenever they think of Maxon?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    I can't wait to read this!!!!! OMG OMG!!! Prince Maxon!!!! There was another girl in Maxon's life WHAAAAATTTT??????? ============ Update:(Read) 7/29/13

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Reaction 1: A book about Maxon...? Followed immediately after by: Reaction 2: Fangirling time... Reaction 3:...WHAT DO YOU MEAN ANOTHER GIRL?! Reaction 4: March. Really? You've got to be kidding me. March. I want this book now........

  4. 5 out of 5

    ♥ℂĦℝΪՖƬΪℕÅ

    Buddy read with my, girl Desireé :) 3 Knowledge isnt love ★'s There was something about her.. Even the way she didn't like me drew me in, and I couldn't help but smile. This novella is fast passed and really easy to read. But for me, it was just alright. I didn't love it but I can't say I hated it either. It's written in Prince Maxon's POV which was initially what drew me to want to read it in the first place. It takes place a couple of weeks before The Selection which just so happens to be on Buddy read with my, girl Desireé :) 3 Knowledge isn’t love ★'s “There was something about her.. Even the way she didn't like me drew me in, and I couldn't help but smile.” This novella is fast passed and really easy to read. But for me, it was just alright. I didn't love it but I can't say I hated it either. It's written in Prince Maxon's POV which was initially what drew me to want to read it in the first place. It takes place a couple of weeks before The Selection which just so happens to be on his 19th birthday. I really enjoyed the first few chapters. The ones that took place before. It was nice seeing all the work that went into the preparations for the 'lottery' that really wasn't a lottery at all! And seeing it all through Maxson's eyes. It was wonderful to be inside his head, to see his fears and doubts throughout the whole prosses and what his expectations were going into it and whether or not if he'd find love in the end. I have loved Maxon from day one and this just helped solidify it even more. He's charming, sweet, passionate, a bit sheltered and he generally cares about The Selection and each one of the girls. I also enjoyed having his thoughts on the girls as well. Especially the one he has about America :) Maxon is so damn easy to love! The last couple of chapters were retellings of Maxon and America's first couple encounters in The Selection just through Maxon instead. And they were pretty boring because of it. Therefore that's why I'm giving it just 3 ★'s. Even though I didn't love it I do recommend this to The Seclection fans because it does give some good insights. “If she were (looking into my eyes), she’d have seen how absolutely floored I was the first time I finally, truly saw her. The clouds moved at just the right moment, fully lighting her face by the moon. She was dazzlingly beautiful. Underneath thick lashes were eyes blue as ice, something cool to balance out the flames in her hair. I felt a strange flutter in my chest, like the glow of a fireplace or the warmth of the afternoon. It stayed there for a moment, playing with my pulse.” Illustration of Maxon & What I picture he'd look like.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie (Bookfever)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Alrighty! After months of waiting for this one to come out, I finally read it. Woop! Woop! It was a pretty good read and I'm glad to have been able to get a glimpse of Maxon's mind. The Prince takes us back a few days before the selection where Maxon prepares himself or tries to anyway. He struggles with his nerves a lot, wondering if there will be anyone at all he'll like. Also we meet a friend of his, Daphne. That's the girl the description talks about. Personally I don't think Maxon has any Alrighty! After months of waiting for this one to come out, I finally read it. Woop! Woop! It was a pretty good read and I'm glad to have been able to get a glimpse of Maxon's mind. The Prince takes us back a few days before the selection where Maxon prepares himself or tries to anyway. He struggles with his nerves a lot, wondering if there will be anyone at all he'll like. Also we meet a friend of his, Daphne. That's the girl the description talks about. Personally I don't think Maxon has any feelings for her, though she herself is very clear about those. And I decide I do not like her. I wish for Maxon and America to be together. If only... Anyway. Daphne leaves again to go back to her home in France and that's that. Then the story moves on to where the selection starts and where he meets America in the garden onto the first official meetings with the girls. We also get some insight to what he thinks about some of the other girls. Not sure how I feel about that but fine, he's allowed to have opinions. I also have decided I dislike his father a lot. But overall I liked this novella about Maxon. I really love this guy. Especially when he doesn't know what to do when girls cry. Poor fella! ;)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ninoska Goris

    Español - English La historia El Príncipe está ambientada dos semanas antes de la Selección, a partir del cumpleaños 19 de Maxon y, aunque nos da la oportunidad de saber como se siente con el proceso, esta historia solo me sirvió para saber el porque de la actitud de la reina Amberly con la reina de Francia Daphne en el libro La Heredera. ✨✨✨ The story The Prince is set two weeks before The Selection, starting on the 19th birthday of Maxon and, although it gives us the opportunity to know how he Español - English La historia El Príncipe está ambientada dos semanas antes de la Selección, a partir del cumpleaños 19 de Maxon y, aunque nos da la oportunidad de saber como se siente con el proceso, esta historia solo me sirvió para saber el porque de la actitud de la reina Amberly con la reina de Francia Daphne en el libro La Heredera. ✨✨✨ The story The Prince is set two weeks before The Selection, starting on the 19th birthday of Maxon and, although it gives us the opportunity to know how he feel about the process, this story only served me to know why the attitude of the queen Amberly with the queen of France Daphne in the book The Heiress

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jessi Galloway

    So... My reaction when I realized not only was there going to be a Novella to the Selection series, but one from Prince Maxon's POV-my reaction might have looked a little something like this... yes.yes.Yes! My Reaction when I saw that I would have to wait until march... Yeah, I know the feeling.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Claudia Ramírez

    I just love Maxon so much <3.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest I'm currently reading THE ROYAL WE with the Unapologetic Romance Readers (or the "Romaniacs", as Karly calls them), and that put me in the mood for more trashy royal drama. Conveniently, I received a notification that I'm next on the waitlist for THE SELECTION, and since the prequel was available, I thought I'd read it & see what I'm getting myself into. At its heart, THE SELECTION is an interesting and titillating idea - what happens Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest I'm currently reading THE ROYAL WE with the Unapologetic Romance Readers (or the "Romaniacs", as Karly calls them), and that put me in the mood for more trashy royal drama. Conveniently, I received a notification that I'm next on the waitlist for THE SELECTION, and since the prequel was available, I thought I'd read it & see what I'm getting myself into. At its heart, THE SELECTION is an interesting and titillating idea - what happens if you get thirty-five teen girls (and their hormones) and have them compete for the affection of a prince a la The Bachelor? It's pure wish fulfillment fantasy. So is THE ROYAL WE. So is What a Girl Wants. So is PRINCESS DIARIES. And there's not a problem with that, really. There's a time and a place for all sorts of romance stories, even the bad ones. The problem is the execution, in my opinion. THE PRINCE could be glorious, trashy, melodramatic, and awesome...but it reads as very watered down and bland. I think part of that is the way it's being marketed; this is obviously a book for young teens. Had this been written for an older audience (new adult, or even adult), I think it would have been much better, because then it could capitalize on all the things that make reality TV so fun to watch - swearing, sex, alcohol, fighting, name-calling, and passive-aggressively mugging for the camera in between all the former. I'm also not 100% sold on the world built around this story. It's set in the Kingdom of Illea, which I think is supposed to be a "new" version of America (based on something Maxon said about America - yes, there is a heroine named "America" in this book - and her name). There's also a country called Honduragua (a conglomerate of Honduras and Nicaragua?) and then - France. THE PRINCE gets points for at least referencing the outside world (something its fellow dystopian sisters, DIVERGENT and THE HUNGER GAMES really did not do), but that's it. Just a name drop and vague references that things have changed. But why? (And why is France still France? This is puzzling to me.) Prince Maxon is the narrator of this short story, and I didn't find him particularly engaging, either. To his credit, he's not a jerk, he's just...kind of whiny. "What if I fall in love with all the girls?" This is something he is legitimately worried about. Oh, Maxon, please. Go sit in the corner for a while. Please. Maxon is the type of guy who really, really wants to be a nice guy. He even believes his intentions are good. But he also oozes smarm from every pore. Calling all the Selected "my dear" is just so icky. I guess when he approaches the Selection expecting to have his butt covered in kisses, it's understandably intriguing when one of the other girls tells you to go to hell, but this concept has been overdone to death, and their hate at first sight is more like mild resentment at first sight, anyway. Also, don't be fooled by that incredibly misleading blurb. The blurb would have you believe that there's going to be catfights and proclamations of unrequited love. It's really just a very short prologue of the events leading to the first part of book one, except in Maxon's view. "The other girl" in Prince Maxon's life gets a few pages to air her misery before skiving off. I felt sorry for her, because Maxon completely blows her off without even really empathizing with her, and that was sad. So far, my impressions with this storyline are "meh." I had some people tell me that this book was awful, and I had some people tell me that this book was amazing. It is neither. It is meh. I'm hoping that someone gets slapped in book one, or at the very least that some hair gets pulled. If I'm going to get suckered into reality TV (even if it is in book form), you had better pull out all the stops. 1 stars.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jerlyn

    3.10.13 I love that this novella is in Maxon's POV but i'm also disappointed because it was so short. I WAS EXPECTING MORE FROM MAXON'S SIDE OF THE STORY. *sigh* 12.25.12 OH. MY. GOD. It's written in Maxon's POV!!?!?

  11. 5 out of 5

    elena

    ❝I smiled to myself thinking of America, measuring her against the other girls. She was pretty, if a bit rough around the edges. It was an uncommon type of beauty, and I could tell she wasnt aware of it. There was a certain . . . royal air she didnt seem to possess, though there was, perhaps, something regal in her pride. And, of course, she didnt desire me at all. Still, I couldnt shake the urge to pursue her. And that was how the Selection did its first act in my favor: if I had her here, at ❝I smiled to myself thinking of America, measuring her against the other girls. She was pretty, if a bit rough around the edges. It was an uncommon type of beauty, and I could tell she wasn’t aware of it. There was a certain . . . royal air she didn’t seem to possess, though there was, perhaps, something regal in her pride. And, of course, she didn’t desire me at all. Still, I couldn’t shake the urge to pursue her. And that was how the Selection did its first act in my favor: if I had her here, at least I had the chance to try.❞ Maxon has won my heart again! I admit it, I loved Maxon since the very beginning, since he allowed America to the garden and since she hit his groin. I was in love with him because he was caring, nice, and cared about all the selected girls and what they had to say. He felt passion for it, he understood and listened, even when not wanting to. He tried his best to take his time and listen carefully, wishing to spend more time with the girls but trying to sound calm when it came to interrupting the talk. He always showed love for America, the other girls as well, but for America was different. I guess I'm allowed to say it but, since this is told in Maxon's POV: The Selection dealt with insta love. I didn't think it would, since America didn't like Maxon and found everything as a joke and didn't want to be where she was. But since this is told in Maxon's point of view, everything is different and we actually look at the details about his thoughts about the girls, and when we come to America, all he literally thinks about is her and how beautiful she really is. ❝I left the bench and knelt beside her, taking her hand. She was looking at our fingers and not into my eyes, and thank goodness for that. If she were, she’d have seen how absolutely floored I was the first time I finally, truly saw her. The clouds moved at just the right moment, fully lighting her face by the moon. As if it weren’t enough that she was willing to stand up to me and clearly unafraid to be herself, she was dazzlingly beautiful. Underneath thick lashes were eyes blue as ice, something cool to balance out the flames in her hair. Her cheeks were smooth and slightly blushed from crying. And her lips, soft and pink, slightly parted as she studied our hands. I felt a strange flutter in my chest, like the glow of a fireplace or the warmth of the afternoon. It stayed there for a moment, playing with my pulse. I mentally chastised myself. How typical to become so infatuated with the first girl I was ever allowed to actually have any sort of feelings for. It was foolish, too quick to be real, and I pushed the warmth away. All the same, I didn’t want to dismiss her. Time might prove that she was someone worth having in the running. America was clearly someone I’d need to win over, and that might take time. But I would start right now. Oh Maxon Maxon Maxon. Since this is told in Maxon's point of view, we get to see how he and Daphne were actually gonna be married. Not married, but thinking about it. Even when he wasn't in love with her, he still liked her. And even though he admitted he didn't love her, he was still trying his best to sound like the Prince that would soon find love in a way where it isn't chosen for him but he chooses it. I was glad he didn't choose Daphne, since he didn't even know her personally or hadn't even met her before! He gave himself time to think and when the right time came, he knew he wasn't in love with her but would soon find the meaning for love in his world. Meeting America was the same as it was told in The Selection. Nothing is different, except his thoughts and emotions filling inside and outside when he saw America and was arguing with her. Even though the whole novella really focuses on him and America, nothing was new once again. Everything was the same and since I knew what was coming up, what was gonna happen, and what was next, nothing surprised me. What did surprise me was how he found America beautiful and was willing to do something to surprise her by convincing her she won't leave too soon, or maybe never. I found it cute how he instantly found her amazing and wasn't able to talk to the other girls like he talked to her. Similar to his father and how he was able to tell his mother his secrets and feel happy around her, actually feel lighten up a little. Of course Maxon is nothing like his father and never really was, gladly. He was more like his mother, kind and pure warmhearted.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    Oookay, unf. I was worried about the other girl. But at the end everything was good! I just love how Maxon thinks, how all his life he had been taught to be someone, of how to be the prince and how he in his own way he rebels against it. And I loooove his POV the first time he met America in the gardens, he really did fell for her at the begining. Review before reading: Gimme, gimme! Gimme NOW. Ooh, Maxon. I'm not the kind of girl that chooses teams, but baby I'm Team Maxon all the way! And not Oookay, unf. I was worried about the other girl. But at the end everything was good! I just love how Maxon thinks, how all his life he had been taught to be someone, of how to be the prince and how he in his own way he rebels against it. And I loooove his POV the first time he met America in the gardens, he really did fell for her at the begining. Review before reading: Gimme, gimme! Gimme NOW. Ooh, Maxon. I'm not the kind of girl that chooses teams, but baby I'm Team Maxon all the way! And not just because he's a princeling.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stacia

    10-2-12; 10:45pm : WHAT IS THIS? WHY AM I JUST NOW HEARING ABOUT THIS? GIMME! I hope they actually PRINT this! All these e-novellas are really getting me down. :c 12-30-12; 12:13pm : NOOOO. ebook only?! :c 3-2-13; 9:14am Unfortunately, i will not get to read this book. Which is such a bummer. I'm really upset about it and the multiple e-book short stories being released. :c No e-reader = no bueno.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Wart Hill

    It was an uncommon type of beauty, and I could tell she wasn't aware of it. I am sick and fucking tired of this trope. It's okay to be aware of your beauty. It doesn't magically make you less beautiful if you are, if you own it and are confident in it. Unfortunately there's this pervasive bullshit lurking everywhere, assuring girls that they are more beautiful if they aren't aware of their beauty for some stupid reason I can't figure out. Fuck. That. Shit. And fuck Maxon for thinking it. This It was an uncommon type of beauty, and I could tell she wasn't aware of it. I am sick and fucking tired of this trope. It's okay to be aware of your beauty. It doesn't magically make you less beautiful if you are, if you own it and are confident in it. Unfortunately there's this pervasive bullshit lurking everywhere, assuring girls that they are more beautiful if they aren't aware of their beauty for some stupid reason I can't figure out. Fuck. That. Shit. And fuck Maxon for thinking it. This novella was monumentally pointless. The only thing I took from it is that Maxon, Prince of Ilea (formerly America) is a sexist, obnoxious, idiot who should absolutely not be heir to the throne because he clearly has no clue what ruling a country entails. In fact, I'm pretty sure no one in this book except the King has any clue what ruling a country entails. And maybe not even him. These people aren't royalty, they're just celebrities. This isn't a quest for a Queen, it is, literally, the Bachelor in book form. The King has made sure there are girls with good connections in the mix, because connections are important when you run a country. But apparently the girls are all just dreaming of pretty dresses and meeting Maxon, if his mother is to be believed. Meanwhile Maxon wants to fall in love and he wants to marry someone beautiful. Being Queen is more than being beautiful. She isn't just going to be a trophy on Maxon's arm, she's not just his ~confidant~, she's his partner in running the damn country. But apparently that's not how royalty works in this series! Nope. Nope. Nope. Forget Cleopatra, Victoria, Elizabeth...In this world, Queens are just there to be pretty companions! This was terrible. I was going to read the whole series, but I think I'm done. this was enough.

  15. 5 out of 5

    l

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  16. 5 out of 5

    Jessielou

    Gimme, gimme, gimme!!!! If you're gonna tell me there's a novella in Maxon's point of view that doesn't come out til march 2013, then don't tell me until the month, or even the week before! I can't deal with all this waiting!!!!! Please give me a sneak peak?

  17. 4 out of 5

    • Lindsey Dahling •

    Oh, it was fine. It doesnt add much to Maxons character other than seeing hes a pile of nerves all the time. It wouldve been fun to see him interact with the other girls on the dates we dont get to see (and America annoyingly never asks about), but we dont. We barely get to see his first interactions with a few of them (Celeste, Kriss, America, and one he found boring whose name Ive already forgotten). You can read this or skip it. Youre reading fluff either way. Also, my autocorrect keeps Oh, it was fine. It doesn’t add much to Maxon’s character other than seeing he’s a pile of nerves all the time. It would’ve been fun to see him interact with the other girls on the dates we don’t get to see (and America annoyingly never asks about), but we don’t. We barely get to see his first interactions with a few of them (Celeste, Kriss, America, and one he found boring whose name I’ve already forgotten). You can read this or skip it. You’re reading fluff either way. Also, my autocorrect keeps changing Maxon’s name to both Macon and Amazon, depending on its mood, and my life is such a struggle.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Noel

    A book from Maxon's POV? HECK. YES! Wait... *sees that format is only e-book*

  19. 5 out of 5

    TJ *Book Twins Reviews*

    Short and sweet. This little novella features my favorite Prince. Maxon is too sweet and sheltered. I adore him and wish this book was longer. Highly recommended for diehard fans of the series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Yoda

    I really like getting to know prince before everything starts. And I like that he is so nervous about the whole thing! Its adorable!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Candace

    Quick and easy read, providing a glimpse of Maxon's thoughts. If you enjoyed te first book in the series, you'll probably like this little extra as well. Retelling a few of the pivotal moments from 'The Selection' from Maxon's POV helped answer some of my lingering questions about what he was really thinking and what his motives were. Background information related to the selection of candidates and preparation for the "lottery" was revealed, exposing a few more pieces of the puzzle. Maxon's Quick and easy read, providing a glimpse of Maxon's thoughts. If you enjoyed te first book in the series, you'll probably like this little extra as well. Retelling a few of the pivotal moments from 'The Selection' from Maxon's POV helped answer some of my lingering questions about what he was really thinking and what his motives were. Background information related to the selection of candidates and preparation for the "lottery" was revealed, exposing a few more pieces of the puzzle. Maxon's father and mother play more prominent roles in this book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Maisha

    My heartPrince Maxon My heart…Prince Maxon…

  23. 4 out of 5

    ♡ the belle and the book ♡

    I WANT MORE MAXON SHREAVE. Please. I don't care if you think I'm shallow for liking this series but Maxon is one of my fictional boyfriends and I love him so much.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nicola

    I often wondered what would be running through Maxons mind during the start of the Selection; he seemed so confident and assure of himself, it was nice to see a snapshot into his real thought processes in this short story. Its so hard not to be drawn in and taken aback by Maxons character, his patience, his kindness and his vulnerabilities and insecurities which we get to see a bit more in this story. I love a backstory and loved the slight overlap between The Selection and this, adding Maxons I often wondered what would be running through Maxon’s mind during the start of the Selection; he seemed so confident and assure of himself, it was nice to see a snapshot into his real thought processes in this short story. It’s so hard not to be drawn in and taken aback by Maxon’s character, his patience, his kindness and his vulnerabilities and insecurities which we get to see a bit more in this story. I love a backstory and loved the slight overlap between The Selection and this, adding Maxons thoughts to encounters we’ve already come across in the book. As well as his initial anxieties about the starting of the Selection. It was also nice to read about his relationships with her parents as well as a friend we got to meet from his past. Glad I read this, I can’t wait to read The Elite!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Roxanne

    I'm not sure what this is about but for some reason I want to read it... well I have some idea what it's about but still... not much... It says that it's related to The Selection so I guess I'm probably going to read it. Curses now I'm excited!

  26. 4 out of 5

    ambsreads

    I would definitely still read The Selection from Maxon's point of view, because damn my heart. My hopeless romantic soul can't help but love him.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Angelica

    Not as good as The Queen, but good enough I guess. This is the second novella in the Selection series and, as the title would imply, it is told from the point of view of Prince Maxon. This shows Maxon as he was before and in the first few days of the Selection. The problem was that I didnt actually start liking Maxon till The Elite.Up until things started going wrong, and the action started to actually build, I always though Maxon to be pretty bland. The entire first book her was kind of just Not as good as The Queen, but good enough I guess. This is the second novella in the Selection series and, as the title would imply, it is told from the point of view of Prince Maxon. This shows Maxon as he was before and in the first few days of the Selection. The problem was that I didn’t actually start liking Maxon till The Elite.Up until things started going wrong, and the action started to actually build, I always though Maxon to be pretty bland. The entire first book her was kind of just ‘there’ for me. A little ‘meh’ if you will. While seeing this side of him definitely helped his case, I think it could have delivered more. I get why it didn’t. Doing so would have ruined a big reveal in the later books, but I wanted more nonetheless. I wanted a deeper behind the scenes look at Maxon and his life, and at what he dealt with in his life before the selection. I just would have wanted more. Oh, well.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Fizah(Books tales by me)

    Now I am thinking, Maybe I am reading in the wrong sequence I should read these by following publishing years. Knowledge isnt love This story is from Prince maxons perspective, how a prince thinks about the selection, He is young and scared to choose a girl from selection who maybe not right for him and this is the thing I liked from this novella as The Queen is from a commoners perspective this one is from a prince, who is so confused but bound to follow the tradition of his country. Same like Now I am thinking, Maybe I am reading in the wrong sequence I should read these by following publishing years. “Knowledge isn’t love” This story is from Prince maxon’s perspective, how a prince thinks about the selection, He is young and scared to choose a girl from selection who maybe not right for him and this is the thing I liked from this novella as The Queen is from a commoner’s perspective this one is from a prince, who is so confused but bound to follow the tradition of his country. Same like The Queen, there were so many characters maybe I’ll get to know them in Book 1. “It’s old advice, but it’s good: be yourself.” Overall I enjoyed it and looking forward to seeing America and Maxon 😊

  29. 5 out of 5

    Julia (ten_thousand_books)

    "You're an idiot Maxon Schreave. Your parents have completely sabotaged you. You could have a thousand girls set in front of you, and it would matter. You're too stupid to see love when it stands right in front of you." Maxon is just confused and frustrated because he doesn't want the selection to happen. He does eventually see love when it stands in front of him and man it's adorable! "Even if the girl you chose is of a very low caste, even if others think she has no value, I will always listen "You're an idiot Maxon Schreave. Your parents have completely sabotaged you. You could have a thousand girls set in front of you, and it would matter. You're too stupid to see love when it stands right in front of you." Maxon is just confused and frustrated because he doesn't want the selection to happen. He does eventually see love when it stands in front of him and man it's adorable! "Even if the girl you chose is of a very low caste, even if others think she has no value, I will always listen to your reasons for wanting her. And I will do my best to support your choice." This is cute, I loved this novella and that's all I have to say. 4.8 stars!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    This was a quick filler read that gives the reader a bit more perspective on Prince Maxon. We also get to know a bit more about his parents. One thing I will say is I do not like his father. This takes place around the same time as the start of The Selection, before the girls are picked. we meet his childhood friend Daphne (also royalty) and we see his meeting of America, Celeste and the others from his point of view. It was an enlightening read as to what to possibly expect in the next book.

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