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...
The Prince by Kiera Cass
4 out of 5
So, I'm not normally a huge fan of short stories & novellas, primarily because they leave me wanting more. Yet, I will admit I have been dying to read this short story just so I can get a better grasp on Maxon. And let me tell you that this was so worth it!
Daphne, the Princess of France, might only be a blip in this story, but she definitely makes an impression. I think that she definitely knew how to play on Maxon's insecurities and since he had hurt her, she was definitely aiming for the heart to hurt him.
I had already felt bad for Maxon before this book, but this feeling just increased. His father has made him feel so insecure about a lot of things. He hasn't gotten a lot of interaction with people his own age, and to suddenly (though knowingly) be thrust into a situation where he is surrounded by 35 girls all vying for him, it can be more than overwhelming. It can be absolutely dangerous.
I loved getting to see Queen Amberly through her son. She is always so encouraging, no matter what the results are. I love that.
I did love the bonus "Exclusive Extended Ending". Some secrets were hinted at, and how/why Maxon decided to keep America in the Selection. I think this was a perfect extension to this little novella.
I wish there had been a bit more of this story. Maybe a bit more before his birthday, to see what was normal before the Selection.
Overall, this is a wonderfully quick read. I think it is a great prequel to the Selection series, a great refresher before reading The One, and just a plain good read. I definitely recommend this novella!