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The Guard

(The Selection #2.5)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  38,627 Ratings  ·  2,166 Reviews
Before America Singer met Prince Maxon . . .
Before she entered the Selection . . .
She was in love with a boy named Aspen Leger.

Don't miss this digital original novella set in the captivating world of Kiera Cass's #1 New York Times bestselling Selection trilogy. This brand new 64-page story begins just after the group of Selected girls is narrowed down to the Elite and is
ebook, 64 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by HarperTeen (first published January 1st 2014)
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Oh man, this was a painful thing to read. Aspen whined and minimized Maxon's character and feelings for the whole time up until the last few pages.

Hard to understand someone's point of view when all they want is the girl, not considering that maybe he's risking her life.



I will not be swayed, Kiera Cass.

Maxon is my forever boy.

(But I'll probably read this anyways).
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Maxon is the one for America not aspen. Aspen may say he loves her but if he truly loved her he wouldn't have dumbed her just because he was scared. And Maxon is madly deeply in love with America she is his world.
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Am I the only one who's Team Aspen? No prince can sway me off my feet. I never liked maxon. His charm don't work on me.
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
Sep 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: disappointments
Please excuse this fangirl-is-angry-don't-mess-with-her rant.

I seriously don't know where to start with this novella. Honestly, it just made me VERY mad. First of all, everyone says "You're Team Maxon right?" Of course I am!! There is no Team Aspen. There's either Team Maxon or there's Team NOT Maxon. No one actually likes Aspen. He's just a self-centered guy who's cocky and arrogant and only cares about himself and his family. Throughout this book he always thinks that he's 100% correct about
★MC's Corner★
Why should America choose Maxon instead of Aspen?

• To Aspen,
You don’t deserve America. I know you sacrificed everything, taking risk just to see her even though you know the consequences that might happen if you get caught. It’s your own fault that she’s in-love or might be in-love with another guy.
I think you realized your mistake when you saw her and Maxon “together.” He’s prince and you just are a Six (now Two), you just wan
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Team Aspen

i really like him, he's a good guy. Smart, brave, charm

(view spoiler)
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
❝Any girl who would risk her life for someone she loves certainly deserves to be called a lady.❞

I've said this before and since the series kept going, I didn't stop: I never liked Aspen. It's not surprising since he is one of the most hated characters simply because he would get in America's way and would ruin her relationship with Maxon. I didn't like him in Book 1 and continued disliking him until book 4. Finding out he wasn't in The Crown, I was happy, glad and cheerful. I honestly wonder w
Jessi Galloway
Dec 23, 2013 marked it as to-read
I will read this book, because I have gone too long without the next installment of The Selection, but lets be clear about one thing...



To be completely honest Aspen kinda gets on my nerves and I kinda wanted to smack (view spoiler) (Spoiler from Second Book)

*sigh* But I digress. All
Feb 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: novellas, kindle
Okay, I'm just being honest here but this novella pissed me off so much I couldn't even finish it. This is going to turn into a huge rant.

First of all, how does Aspen figure that he knows Maxon so well? How does he know that he's this horrible guy who just pretends to be decent and caring? Has he ever actually spoken to him? Has he ever made an attempt to know him? All Aspen does is make assumptions. He assumes America still loves him, he assumes Maxon is mistreating America when he never consid
Isa Cantos (Crónicas de una Merodeadora)
Vamos a ver, el que yo odie a Aspen no quiere decir que le vaya a poner una estrella a este relato... aunque me haya sacado de quicio, aunque haya querido golpearlo durante 60 páginas, aunque sus delirios hayan sido tan absurdos que me daban ganas de recomendarle un psicólogo. Vaya, que ni así le he puesto una estrella porque es una historia corta que terminó de reafirmar lo que pensaba sobre este personaje: que me cae fatal y que menos mal las cosas en La Selección se desarrollaron en la manera ...more
Elena Salvatore
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
This was my least favorite novella. It's all about Aspen and his time as a guard on the palace before he found love again with someone who wasn't America.

This is a novella you can skip without missing anything at all except for maybe how Aspen and Lucy (thank you,Khadidja for reminding me her name :P), fell in love.
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
UPDATE REVIEW: I LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK. I was actually for reading about Aspen's point of view of what is happening around palace. First of all, I got know Aspen more then I thought reading the selection series. Aspen Ledger strikes me as a guy that he thinks he has to carry the world's problem in his shoulders. He truly cares about the people around him and tries to help out people when he can. He tried to send some money to Carter Woodwork's mother and I thought it was sweet of him. I got to sa ...more
'The Guard' was a great addition to the series. Before reading this book, I wasn't sure what to think of Aspen at all. Was he the philandering, lying ex-boyfriend that didn't want America but couldn't stand the thought of her being happy with somebody else's? Or, had his love for America been so strong that he sacrificed his own desires to offer her a chance at a better life, one that he knew he couldn't ever offer her? Seeing events unfold through his eyes answered any questions I had about his ...more
And here we have another example of why it's best to leave the male POV out of it. Aspen is one of those guys who seem more appealing when their thoughts and motives are left to your imagination. He went from pretty hot in a uniform alpha male to...


I'm not a man nor have I ever been one but I'm pretty sure men don't spend every hour of every day pinning over a girl. I mean, I could be wrong, but I don't think I am. But this is exactly what Aspen does all day long. Literally. Every waking moment
Carmen de la Rosa
Solo diré que Maxon es el indicado para America, no Aspen. Aspen puede decir que la ama, pero si realmente la amara no la habría alejado solo porque estaba asustado. Y Maxon está locamente enamorado de America, ella es su mundo.
Fuzaila ~ is on hiatus
"We know you are strong, but accepting help is its own kind of strength.”

This book was soo good! I have no idea why or how Kiera Cass manages to utterly disappoint me with a book, and then wow me with the other. She really is a kind of her own making.

The Guard is an insight into the tough life of Aspen as the palace guard. His take on the whole Selection process and hearing his side of the story was very refreshingly beautiful. His endless passion for all things is obvious. I loved the way
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: novella
I'm just not a fan of Aspen, never will be. The fact I read this series when I was younger and was included in the love triangle? Nope. Didn't find this section enjoyable because of it.
Jessica (Goldenfurpro)
I just don't like Aspen.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I still like Aspen best out of all the characters.
Sep 29, 2013 marked it as to-read

Well the guard is going to be from the Point of view of Aspen. the one and only character i'm still not mad with.
I'm mad with america cause she hasn't make a desision yet. "I love Maxon" *10 minutes later* "I love Aspen" C'mon, girl! Just make a desision before I died!!
I'm mad with Maxon cause he's confused. First he loves america, but wait he dated another girl and ALMOST SLEPT WITH ANOTHER! What does that mean?? I'm fre
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh, Aspen! I do love reading from his point of view but at the same time I do understand why the books arent divided into different point of views. It gets tiresome to only read about his love for America. ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
It was really nice to get Aspen's POV throughout some of the scenes in The Elite. I think a lot is still happening behind the scenes that we aren't seeing though.

Either way, I love Aspen!
It’s not a secret that I am not an Aspen fan. To me, he always seemed so…unnecesary? Is that the right word? I don’t know. He’s just so, bland, I guess.

He dumps the girl he loves, tells her to go and join the selection and marry the prince, and then acts hella petty when she does it. And then he refuses to let her go! Like, boy, could you not. Could you really, really not.

Seeing things from Aspen’s POV was alright, I suppose. I just felt like it was unimportant. At least with The Queen, we got t
Nov 12, 2013 marked it as to-read
No. No Aspen. You do not get to ruin this for me.

Team Maxon forever!
But I'm still going to read this ebook anyways, because of the teaser for the One.
Chelsey the crazy cat lady
Loved reading it from aspens side of things
Yenny Parada
Jan 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Tijuana *BookTwinsReviews*
3.5 Stars

This is a decent supplement to The Selection story. It's an inside look into Aspen's thoughts about America during the events of Book 2. Perhaps I would have enjoyed this more if I'd read the stories in sequence, however it didn't pack as big a punch since I've completed the entire series. Diehard fans of the series will enjoy the additional insight.
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: 2014-favourites
*Huge Sighs*

When I first started reading this series, I instantly fell in love with the entire story line, the whole idea of what Kiera Cass had created with her magical way of writing...

I immediately fell in love with Aspen and Mer (America) and I wasn't sure about Prince Maxon. As the story progressed and the books fell away from my hands, my heart changed it's way of thinking... Aspen still clung to me but Maxon surprisingly grew to be something else and I began to fall....

Having read The Gua
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I can't help but love this series.
Anna (Enchanted by YA)
Basically this book is scenes from The Elite but from Aspen’s point of view, which if I’m honest I don’t really care about and didn’t see much point in reading because it would only get me more pissed off with Aspen. His love for America is painfully obvious but since he is the one who broke her heart in the process of pushing her away, I have no respect or love for his character.

That was until I read The Guard.

The Author Kiera Cass wrote this short story so beautifully that you saw a whole new
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