Title: The Queen
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #0.4
In: Happily Ever After (Kiera Cass)
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Dystopian future, Easy reading, Romance
5th sentence, 74th page: I took my seat in the dining hall, blushing when Clarkson winked at me.
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, Amberly. Discover a whole new Selection with this inside look at how Maxon’s parents met—and how an ordinary girl named Amberly became a beloved queen.
If it wasn’t for the introduction that Cass wrote at the beginning of this short story, I would find this a slightly awkward story to read. Although later in The Selection series, we realise that Clarkson is quite abusive, and even as a Prince, something was obviously not quite right about the man. Amberly’s blinding devotion to the man also sent shivers up my spine – I can’t comprehend anybody being that singularly obedient to one being.
Having said that this story gave me slight goosebumps, and not in a good way, Amberly’s innocence and sweetness did leave me feeling quite content in her character. Her ability to soothe even the tempers of Clarkson is not something to be misjudged, and it makes you wonder what could have happened if she had used this talent a little more. Although, as she was just as flawed in her own way, that probably could never have eventuated.
Cass’ use of The Queen to illustrate how two severely flawed characters can fall for each other was not only touching, but also very insightful into the different ways in which relationships can develop. Her knowledge of their past helps to inform why even to the end, Amberly loved her husband dearly and was able to sacrifice everything for him.
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