Title: Happily Ever After
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection Short Stories
In: Happily Ever After (Kiera Cass)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Dystopian future, Easy reading, Romance, Short story collections
5th sentence, 74th page: I took my seat in the dining hall, blushing when Clarkson winked at me.
America’s story wasn’t the only one with a happy ending…
Before Amberly came to the palace… She was a Four in love with a One.
Before Maxon met the girl of his dreams… He was the boy of someone else’s.
Before Aspen opened his heart to someone new… He was determined to fight for his first love.
And before Marlee could fall for a prince… She was swept off her feet by a guard.
I didn’t know what to expect out of this collection of short stories – The Selection series seemed to be pretty much complete at the end of The One. I was completely wrong though, finding out about Amberly, Maxon, Aspen and Marlee’s tales just helped to build on the intrigue and beauty of America’s love story. Their views of each other and the characters, and their histories helped me to further understand some of the actions that I found so frustrating while watching Mer fall in love.
It wasn’t only the four short stories that were in this collection, Celeste’s short reflections on key parts within their Selection process provided insight into a somewhat hard to like girl. Her insecurities and doubts actually made me like a character that I found truly hard to stomach throughout the series. Add to this a short that lets you know how Lucy fell for Aspen, and a collection of pages which tell us where each of the girls in the elite ended up, and not only was this novel a great read, but it also left me feeling even more complete and happy with America’s love story than before. Now to discover more about the daughter in The Heir…
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