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The Queen

(The Selection #0.4)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  38,054 ratings  ·  2,513 reviews
Before America Singer's story began, another girl came to the palace to compete for the hand of a different prince….

Don't miss this digital original novella set in the captivating world of Kiera Cass's #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series. This prequel story takes place before the events of The Selection and is told from the point of view of Prince Maxon's mother
ebook, 72 pages
Published December 2nd 2014 by HarperTeen Impulse
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Jess (The Lives of A Reader) This is actually a novella, which means it is only available in e-format. (Like Amazon or Nook). But the paperback bind-up (which comes with The Favor…moreThis is actually a novella, which means it is only available in e-format. (Like Amazon or Nook). But the paperback bind-up (which comes with The Favorite) comes out on March 3, 2015 if you would like a physical copy.(less)
Lauren I would read the Selection first so you can get the whole process better. In this book you need to understand how the selection works.

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Miranda Reads
May 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobook
In the main series, Queen Amberly is the epitome of poise, grace and love...

BUT back in her day, she was quite the feisty girl (well, kind of) (okok, not really)

I mean, she did shock the entire world when she (a lowly Four) won the Selection and was granted the honor of marrying Prince Clarkson.

But as far as being fiesty (or at the very least...interesting)? Nope. Nada. Zilch.

When we read her own story, every bit of magic and love fizzled out - like a firework on the fifth of July. Nothing s
Bookaholic (reads every mortal thing)
What the shit is this?

This was supposed to be a heartfelt tale of how Maxon's mom, Amberly, went on to win the Selection and become Queen. Keyword: supposed .

This is not a love story; its a portrayal of an unhealthy relationship. Maxon's dad (he shall hereby be referred to as M'sD as I didnt bother to remember his name and I don't care enough to check) is one of the most assholic son of a bitches I have ever read about and Amberly is not only a human doormat, but also the most naïve idiot I h
Buddy read with my girl, Desireé :)

4 Queen, Wife, Adore. ★'s

“You will be the only thing in this world that is truly mine. And I will put you on a pedestal so high, it will be impossible for anyone not to adore you.”

This novella was surprisingly a very delightful read. I have never liked Clarkson because he was always shown as a mean hurtful tyrant and although I still don't exactly like him I got to see him through different eyes. Amberly's eyes. She is such a sweet and caring person th
Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it

|3.8 stars|

This is going to a be a really short review.

Overall I really enjoyed this novella and I was so curious about Queen Amberly but I just didn't feel like the book gave her the credit she deserved. Or maybe she didn't deserve so much after all and everything was in our heads? See? That's not right, so the book didn't do it for me. I wanted to know more about her.


But can we talk about how Amberly was so like America? I mean, that makes it all worse because America was literally the littl
Carol [Goodreads Addict]
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The Queen is #0.4 in The Selection series by Kiera Cass. It’s no secret how much I am in love with this series. I have been from the start. This little novella explains so much as to what made King Clarkson the man we know him as. It is the story of the previous Selection, when Queen Amberly met Clarkson while he was a Prince choosing his own future bride.

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Even though we get a good look at Clarkson’s own parents, the current King and Queen and their very dysfunctional relationship, I sti
May 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories

Well, I kept putting this aside because I was afraid of it, as I mentioned. I mean Clarkson is a terrible person and how could I like someone who I know will hurt his son in the future? Here's the answer: I couldn't. And Queen Amberly creeped me out a bit too. I mean with America and Maxon the whole Selection didn't feel this... gross. Queen Amberly seemed like such a lady in The Selection but now I can't help seeing her like a submissive little girl. I have no idea why anyone would find
julia ✨
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Conclusion: King Clarkson has always been a huge asshole and Queen Amberly has always been a sweetheart.
Sarah Elizabeth

This was a really good short novella told from Queen Amberly’s point of view whilst she herself was part of the selection. I liked finding out what happened to Queen Amberly, and how King Clarkson asked her to marry him. It was also nice seeing things from their point of view rather than from America’s point of view, as there were obviously things about Amberly and Clarkson that American had no idea about.

The only sad part of this story was (spoiler for The One) (view spoiler)
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Steysha Kravits
May 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
This is the suckest book I`ve read in a year. It`s only 72 pages long and almost each one of them made me scream internally.

We get a glimpse of the life of Maxon`s parents: Queen Amberly and King Clarkson. Only she`s not a Queen yet and he`s just a Prince, looking for a wife. Amberly is a part of the Selection. She barely knows Clarkson (only thanks to TV) but he was the love of her life since before she could walk. Every night she prayed on his photo and picked names for their future babies.
Lilly Santiago
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OMFG WE GET TO READ THIS ABOUT OUR ADORED QUEEN AMBERLY!?!??!?!?!?!?!????!!!!!!!!!!!!?!?!??!!???!?!?!

I WANT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!






Francisca Viegas
This was such a disappointment. I ended up loathing the one character that I actually liked in the Selection series, Queen Amberly.
She turned out to be a shallow and totally deprived of self-respect little twit.
I don't even think I can explain it. Just please, don't read this.
The Queen is a prequel novella in Kiera Cass's young adult, dystopian series titled: The Selection Series. This short story features Maxon's father and mother, King Clarkson and Queen Amberly, and includes the story of how they met through their generation's selection process.

I think most readers don't like King Clarkson in The Selection Series, so I was curious if he would be portrayed any differently during his younger years as prince.

The answer is...

I have to admit though, Ms. Cass was much
Feb 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: novella
If I can agree on anything with anyone, it's that Clarkson is a grade A creep and awful human being. Even during his own selection. ...more
Chelsey Connor
Loved seeing Queen Amberly go through the Selection and loved seeing how King Clarkson treated her and how he told her she was the one
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really liked to start The Selection series with this one, it's nice to know more about the King and Queen before jumping in with the first book. ...more
Thyago | MrsMargotBlog
Mar 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
This story explains a lot about the King Clarkson behavior, but brings us a Queen so submissive that is difficult we like her.
May 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, e-book
I always like a backstory and reading about characters or things that have only been touched upon in the main series and this was a nice little additive and insight into a Selection process prior to the one we know in the main books.

It was nice to see how Queen Amberley faired in her own selection and a glimpse into her character before she was the Queen although I’m glad this was a separate entity from the books as it does maintain the Queens character as a force to be reckoned with and in thi
Phoenix Olivia
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book very much. It was so so short. Only around 80 pages long. That was so quick to read but anyways that's not the point. It was fascinating to hear about Queen Amberly and King Clarkson and how they came to be. But I am also wondering why their relationship turned to pieces in the future? I was led to believe that Clarkson was an evil King. He hit Maxon and he had all those marks on his back. And he also had a mistress. I think that's what it's called and he even got her pregnan ...more
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was definitely interesting :) So glad I read it! I was really surprised when (view spoiler) and (view spoiler) But I loved how (view spoiler) One thing I didn't like was (view spoiler) ...more
May 09, 2014 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this story, but would have rather seen it as a prequel series or full length book rather than a packed novella. When it ended I felt like it had hardly begun.
Courtney Wells
I just keep giving this woman my money and I fail to regret it every time.
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reads
This novella was so good! I love queen Amberly and it was awesome to read her story during her own selection! Really great read!
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, novellas, series
I´m intrigued about this series after reading this first "introduction" novella, which was really good.
This looks to be something different from what I´ve been reading lately and I´m fascinated by that.
Fizah(Books tales by me)
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
“It’s a strange thing to discover how much you matter to people you didn’t really know you mattered to.”

I didn’t know how to read this series, so I decided to read novellas before, I don’t know if it is the right sequence…Well, there are a lot of characters in the story, maybe I’ll understand everyone after reading book 1.

Amberly who is a simple girl from a world where people are divided in a caste system number wise, where there is a selection process going on for selection of next queen and ev
May 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like Clarkson, but he reads as a misogynistic douche.
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed learning a little more of how Maxon's Mom became Queen and what her selection was like. This gives a small glimpse into that. ...more
Another one of The Selection series? A book on Queen Amberly? Yes please!

The Queen is the story of Queen Amberly, a glimpse of her life while she was competing in the selection for Prince Clarkson’s hand. We get to see her life, her family and the real Amberly beneath all the façade of grandiose we saw of her in The Selection.

It was plainly obvious that Amberly was going to be the queen but it still was delightful to read of how she came to the throne. Prince Clarkson doesn’t seem as bad as he
May 31, 2014 marked it as to-read
I NEED TO READ THIS!!! You know how people have fictional boyfriends, I think Queen Amberly is now our fictional mother.
2.5 stars... for now....

Before reading this book: Woah there’s a short story on queen Amberley’s selection?! Well I know I’m reading this
After reading this book: ..... why was this published?!?! why did I read this?!? why wasn’t I warned?!?

seriously though, what did I just read. I always loved queen Amberley and hated her husband (I forgot his name so it’s now.... Steve I guess) Steve. This book somehow made me hate queen Amberley and (obviously) hate Steve even more. Ladies and gentlemen, I’m g
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