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The Selection Stories: The Prince & The Guard

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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.

227 pages, Paperback

First published January 1, 2014

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Kiera Cass

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Being married. Cake. The smell of Autumn. Motherhood. Books. Elephants. Back rubs. On demand movies. Actually going out to movies. Faith. Cinnamon rolls. My family. Butterflies. When my kitchen is clean. Crayons. Pink. Tote bags. Dancing. Organizing via color coordination. That my wedding dress was tea length, not floor. Baking. My house. Writing utensils. Paper. India. The sound of water. Making videos. Buttons. The word Episcopalian. Making people laugh. Layering clothes. British accents. Pinterest. Animation. Fireworks. The smell of the Ocean. My wedding rings. Aprons. Reasons to get dressed up. Sex. Pop music. Stars. Taking walks. Daydreaming. Stickers. School Spirit. My friends. Living in a small town. Japan. Singing. Painting my toenails. Pranks/ practical jokes. Painting. Stretch canvas. Costumes. Dipping my fingers in melted wax. Style. Soda. Spending an hour typing at a coffee shop. Musicals. Back to school season. Mopeds. Good hair days. Naps. Not walking up but looking at a beautiful staircase. Driving alone. My ankles. Playlists. Spending entire days in pajamas. Holidays. Telling stories. Spontaneity. Theme parks. Bookshelves. The word copacetic. Boxes. Empty journals. Surprises. Doing things in groups. Doing things alone. Getting real mail. Decorating. Small forks. A good hug. Gift cards. New Years Goals. Going out to dinner. When someone else remembers some great story about me/us that I’ve forgotten. Toy stores. Fireplaces. Breakfast foods. Journaling. Crying for a good reason. Doorbells. Pointless adventures. Voting. My birthday. Reasons to make wishes. Recycling.

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Profile Image for Caz (littlebookowl).
301 reviews40.2k followers
August 4, 2015
I read The Prince a while ago and gave it 3/5 stars, but I've finally read The Guard and did not love (1.5/5 stars).

At least it has given me a bit of a refresher for the series, so I can continue on with The One and remember a little of what had happened before (I've totally forgotten most of it).
Profile Image for Rachel  (APCB Reviews).
331 reviews1,191 followers
July 20, 2014
A quick breakdown of everything:

The Prince
-cute & adorable
-loved the two extra chapters of his POV

The Guard
-Aspen stinks
-So boring
-Failed attempt at making people Team Aspen
-Successful attempt at making more money by enticing people to buy this book

First Three Chapters of The One

Extra Features
-Interesting Family Trees and storylines behind them
-Eye roll-worthy Q&A
-Hilarious playlists
-Names of the Selection girls
-Most (if not all) of the features can be found on Kiera Cass's website.

Finishing remarks?
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230 reviews3,934 followers
December 11, 2018
Both of these novellas were fast passed and really easy to read. They were not the best but still, I'm very happy I took the time to read them. I recommend reading this especially fans of The Selection series because it does give some good insights :)

The Prince: ★★★✰✰

“There was something about her.. Even the way she didn't like me drew me in, and I couldn't help but smile.”

This one 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.

Illustration of Maxon & What I picture he'd look like.

“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.”

The Guard: ★★★✰✰

“Accepting help is its own kind of strength”

The Guard was... Well, it was just an okay read I guess. I get a bit bored when there are repeat scenes from previous books. And if I'm being honest Aspen's POV really didn't add that much to the story which is sad because I was looking most forward to his. I guess I was looking for something more and sadly this just didn't deliver. And even though I distaste repeated scenes (scenes from The Elite) it was still nice getting a look into his thoughts and feelings and his desires. Aspens POV gives us insight into King Clarkson's nature, motivations, manipulative ways, and his cruelty. It was also nice getting to see the relationship's form between him and America's maids Anne, Marry and Lucy and the respect they have for him and the love they have for America. It was nice seeing Aspen's camaraderie with the other guards, especially with Avery and Tanner. Also, I enjoyed the couple scenes between Aspen and the old man who works in the stables. The old man gives some pretty good advice too :) My rating for this book has nothing to do with my liking or not liking Aspen. It's solely based on the content and the entertainment factor which was very low in my opinion. And... For the record, I have always loved Aspen ever since the first book! Not necessarily with America but because his dedication to America remains steadfast throughout EVERYTHING and he's caring, sweet and all around a wonderful person.

Illustration of Aspen & What I picture he'd look like.

“I pushed my lips to hers, locking her to me with a hand knotted into her hair. Stupid. So, so stupid. But right in a thousand ways. It felt like an eternity had passed since we'd kissed this deeply, but we fell into it so easily.”

“You’re the only thing I’ve ever wanted to fight for.”
Profile Image for Camille Baril-Ali.
13 reviews7 followers
August 29, 2021
Okay, like, if you don't like Aspen Leger after reading the guard, don't talk to me.
Profile Image for Monica.
Author 4 books272 followers
April 4, 2019
Poder estar en la cabeza de los personajes que has leído pero a través de los ojos y mente de otros, es una oportunidad que rara vez se presenta, y es cuando las historias cortas quedan perfectas para darnos esa información extra.
Los dos relatos me gustaron pero sobre todo el que tiene que ver con el príncipe Maxon, porque vamos, el chico es encantador, aunque el guardián también tiene lo suyo.
A pesar de que no contiene muchas páginas, nos dan un vistazo nuevo que complementa a la perfección este universo tan bien elaborado que es el de la selección.
Gracias Kiera por haber traído estas dos pequeñas, pero igual de increíbles historias.
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Author 11 books8,595 followers
June 30, 2015
MAXON TE AMO ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

El príncipe y el guardián es una novelilla secuela de los tres primeros libros de la saga La Selección. Es una novela muy fina que cuenta con dos relatos que se desarrollan en diferentes momentos de la trilogía y con diferentes protagonistas.
Hablando en general de esta secuela, puedo decir que me ha gustado mucho. Son dos relatos cortos, que se leen fácilmente y que encajan bien el uno con el otro. Aunque cada uno se desarrolla en un momento distinto de la trilogía (El príncipe antes de La Selección y El guardián tras América estar en La Élite) ambos se complementan y aportan información nueva que no sabíamos, o que hacía falta recordar, de Maxon y Aspen.
El Príncipe es el relato que más me ha gustado de ambos, quizás porque Maxon es el personaje que más me gusta de los dos. Tenía muchísimas ganas de leer algo contado por él y ver cómo pensaba y se expresaba. Me ha gustado mucho, lo he disfrutado y he podido ver cuál era su punto de vista de muchas de las cosas que ocurrían en La Selección.
Es un relato que tiene 50 páginas y en el que vemos qué pensó Maxon de América la primera vez que la vio. También vemos algunas de las primeras citas que tuvo con las chicas de La Selección y nos refresca la memoria.
Se lee muy rápido ya que tiene cosas muy interesantes.
El relato El Guardián es el que se me ha hecho algo más pesado y lento. En general se lee rápido, pero nunca he soportado a Aspen y ¡¡agg!! Pero está muy bien también y habla del momento "tortura" que vive Marleen y cómo afecta eso a América.
El personaje de Aspen siempre me pareció plano y aquí se repite de nuevo que sigo viéndolo falto de profundidad y personalidad.
En resumen, Relatos de La Selección es una novelilla corta que se lee en un ratito y que merece la pena que leas si te gusta la saga. La selección es una de mis sagas favoritas y he disfrutado mucho de estos relatos. Así la espera por el último libro se hace más leve y ligera.
Profile Image for Josu Diamond.
Author 8 books33.2k followers
February 15, 2015
Pensaba que me iba a encontrar algo quizá irrelevante, pero me he encontrado unas historias que son lo suficientemente entretenidas como para leerlas prácticamente sin pausa. El estilo de Cass está muy bien por eso, porque consigue engancharte porque es muy rápida y su manera de narrar tiene mucha acción. Si no lees estos relatos, no te pierdes nada importante de ninguna de las dos primeras novelas, pero sí que sirve para introducirnos más en los personajes de Maxon (♥) y Aspen (♥).

En The Prince encontramos un Maxon preocupado, nada decidido y diferente respecto al que conocemos en The Selection. Ha sido muy interesante observar algunos de los hechos más importantes del primer libro desde su punto de vista, y conocer más de su pasado y del amor que guardaba antes de comenzar La Selección. Ha sido justamente eso: interesante.

En The Guard me ha sorprendido leer desde el punto de vista de Aspen, porque pensaba que Kiera Cass tenía más interés en desarrollar el romance de America-Maxon, pero ya he visto que no, que ninguno de los dos chicos está en desventaja. (No para mí, claro, que creo que ya he elegido bando.) Pensaba encontrarme una historia más coñazo, pero ha tenido sus puntos interesantes. Aun y todo, esperaba la historia de Woodwork y Marlee, no un retelling de escenas Aspen-America.

Por lo demás en esta edición, destaco la entrevista a Kiera Cass porque es muy, muy interesante y con unas preguntas muy curiosas. Además, hace gala de su sentido del humor, que es muy genial. Lo otro que destacaría es la diferenciación de castas aclarada y los árboles genealógicos con explciaciones, que demuestran que el mundo de Cass es más profundo y complicado de lo que parece.

Si eres fan de la trilogía The Selection, te recomiendo que lo leas. ¡Es entretenido y ayuda a ver otros puntos de vista!
Profile Image for Readandfit Jannik.
72 reviews92 followers
March 31, 2021
Ich habe nach dem ich die 5 Hauptbände gelesen habe auch den ersten Teil der Selection Storys gelesen.
Ich war mir nicht ganz sicher ab wann ich den Band lesen soll deshalb habe ich ihn nach dem fünften Band der Hauptreihe gelesen.
Wenn ihr den Band auch lesen möchtet empfehle ich euch diesen erst nach Band 3 zu lesen da ihr euch sonst Spoilert was in den ersten 3 Bänden passiert.

Mir hat der Band super gefallen genau so wie die Hauptreihe.
Der Schreibstil ist auch echt toll und die Cover sehen total gut aus.

Euer Readandfit
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385 reviews
September 3, 2015
Yay!! I've finished the book! Reading this made me realize:
1. The king is even more of an asshole and I hate him more.
2. Maxon is even hotter.
3. That Selection list was a nice touch!
Oh my gods. I FINALLY have the Selection Stories After waiting SIX FREAKING MONTHS on hold for it at my state library.
WAIT. The Prince and The Guard short stories for the Selection Trilogy AND A SNEAK PEAK OF THE ONE??!!!! HOW COULD THIS GET ANY BETTER?!!!!
YAY A COVER!!!!!!!
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47 reviews50 followers
June 16, 2018
I hated The Prince. I’m of the unpopular opinion that Maxon sucks.
I enjoyed The Guard which only made me love Aspen more.
I will forever ship Aspen and America. 💜🤭🤫
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706 reviews44 followers
January 3, 2015
I love Maxon's short story and his point of view. I think, no I know, that it just made me love him even more. I love the extended scene for his part. Absolutely fawning over it. As for Aspen's short story, I really tried. I did. I do not like him, not in Selection, not in Elite and I can care less for his point of view. It actually aggravated me even more. He was too ignorant for me. I couldn't stand it. I found myself skimming through his parts. I did however like that he took his time to hang with Anna, Lucy and Mary.

Now, the preview of The One! I can't even begin to describe! I was intense fangirling while in class. I couldn't! It was hilarious and adorable and Maxon, wow. Okay. I cannot wait for The One :)
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499 reviews375 followers
April 26, 2020

El Príncipe se lleva acabo unos días antes de la Selección, donde Maxon se prepara o intenta hacerlo de todos modos.
Él lucha mucho con sus nervios, y se pregunta si habrá alguien que le guste. También conocemos a una amiga suya, Daphne. Esa es la chica de la que se habla en la descripción. Personalmente no creo que Maxon tenga ningún sentimiento por ella, aunque ella misma es muy clara en eso. Y he decidido que no me gusta ella. Deseo que Maxon y America estén juntos. Daphne se va de regreso a casa en Francia y eso es todo.

Luego la historia avanza hacia donde comienza la Selección y donde se encuentra con America en el jardín en las primeras reuniones oficiales con las chicas. También tenemos una idea de lo que piensa sobre algunas de las otras chicas. No estoy segura de cómo me siento sobre eso, pero está bien, se le permite tener opiniones. También he confirmado que no me gusta mucho su padre.
Pero en general me gustó esta novela sobre Maxon. Realmente amo a este chico. Especialmente cuando él no sabe qué hacer cuando las niñas lloran jajaja.


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.
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581 reviews536 followers
January 31, 2014
Immediately read the sneak peek at The One, followed by the extra info, followed by the extended version of The Prince and The Guard. This was well-worth the $10, guys. I'm gobbling this up like candy.

Review to come.
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429 reviews21.7k followers
January 27, 2016
I liked The Prince but I didn't like The Guard because I honestly just hate Aspen so much.
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617 reviews135 followers
May 3, 2016
1.5 Stars

The Prince (Maxon) - 2 Stars
The Guard -(Aspen) - 1 Star
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1,596 reviews289 followers
August 21, 2019
This did not really snag me in the way The Selection and the two follow up books did. This is a short read and it is sort of a Prequel but also follows the first few days of the Selection.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with this book at all and being a huge Selection fan I am glad I read it. But it really was not a page turner in the way the three books in the series are.
Profile Image for Anita Vela.
455 reviews634 followers
February 28, 2016
Ambas historias me han gustado y aunque no aportan mucho a la historia como tal, te ayuda a conocer lo que pasa por las cabezas de Maxon y Aspen.

Me ha gustado el punto de vista de Maxon y sobretodo cuando ve a America por primera vez, sabes que es lo que se le pasa por la cabeza en ese momento y es tan mono... Y en esta historia también se ve como Maxon es una marioneta del rey y como el rey maneja todo a su antojo (me cae muy mal ese señor).

Y lo siento, sé que no tiene muchos seguidores mi Aspen, pero su historia también me ha gustado mucho. Saber como es la vida de Aspen en palacio y como lleva todo el tema de America... Pues me ha gustado y mucho. No os voy a engañar. Además me ha gustado ver desde su punto de vista los reencuentros que tiene con America... y me parecen tan bonitos (insertar lagrimita). Eso sí, me he quedado con la intriga de saber el nombre del hombre mayor que se encuentra con Aspen.

En resumen, estas historias han incrementado nuevamente mis ganas de querer saber más y más... Tengo un serio problema con estos libros, lo sé. Además de liarme más porque sigo sin decidirme por uno de los dos. ¿Maxon o Aspen? No puedo quedarme solo con uno. No puedo. Y aunque no aporten mucho a la historia, me ha gustado saber ambos puntos de vista. ¿Os lo recomiendo? Sí, pero si os ha gustado mucho la trilogía como para querer saber un poquito más.

Reseña completa: http://anitavelabooks.blogspot.com.es...
Profile Image for Lina Lovegood.
176 reviews
June 6, 2016
War interessant, mal Maxons und Aspens Sicht der Dinge zu erfahren. So kann man sich dann auch mehr in die Beweggründe hineinversetzen.
Profile Image for Bea Casallecchio.
23 reviews10 followers
January 11, 2016
So, my obsession with The Selection continues. It took me so long to find this book for sale in brazil, but FOUND IT!
Okay, to start with, i have to say im a little sad. I honestly don't like Aspen, but he takes like 70% of the book hahah. Still, it was good to see everything from his perspective.

The Prince:
I love how since the beginning he kind of knew America was the one. I don't know, but just seeing how he felt towards King Clarkson, and the Selection, gave him a more "I'm not just a prince, im human" look. Because before, on the selection books (not the novelas) its kind of like Maxon is untouchable, like he can get through anything. But then, you see he didn't want the selection, he didn't have freedom, he was just a weak boy trying to chose a wife when he didn't know the first thing about girls. But yet he was like heaven.

The Guard:
I don't like Aspen, haven't liked him since he became a Guard. And on the guard, i have only disliked him more. I mean he tried to push America down "Do you think I could do it? If i became a princess?" and HE SAYS NO! Like i get it you're in love, and all, but you are a 6!!!! Maxon is a 1!!! I mean not only that, Aspen puts his interests first, and wants America to himself. America loved both Maxon AND Aspen, and he tried to degrade Maxon.
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1,282 reviews80 followers
December 11, 2021
3.5 Stars for The Selection Stories: The Prince & The Guard (audiobook) by Kiera Cass read by Nick Podehl, Tristan Morris and Amy Rubinate.

I enjoyed this extra insight into this series. It’s fun to jump back into this world even for a little bit.
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176 reviews17 followers
February 24, 2023
درکل جالب بود. بخشی از داستان مجموعه اصلی رو از زبان شخصیت‌های دیگه یعنی ماکسون و آسپن شرح داد اما تکراری بودن موضوع و دیالوگ‌ها رو آنچنان نپسندیدم. مصاحبه آخر کتاب با نویسند رو دوست داشتم😊
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112 reviews
February 5, 2014
Can't wait until the release of The One so I'll take every bit of extra I can. I think The Guard was supposed to make you like Aspen more...and I don't hate him I just decided who I wanted America to be with a long time ago. Worth the read!!!
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97 reviews2 followers
February 28, 2019
Ich bin und bleibe Team Maxon. Aspen ist mir so unsympathisch... Und es gab ein paar interessante Informationen über die Bücher.
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66 reviews16 followers
January 18, 2016
Disfruté completamente la parte de Maxon, ustedes saben que me encanta, y poder estar en sus pensamientos fue algo muy bello de leer.
La parte de Aspen no me gustó mucho, pues Aspen no me cuadra, pero si quitamos a Aspen de encima y solo nos queda Maxon... Entonces si, 5 estrellas.
Lo siento, soy así de subjetiva, te amo Maxon, byeeee.
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