Title: The Guard
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #2.5
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: When she left, my thoughts turned back to America.
Before America Singer met Prince Maxon . . .
Before she entered the Selection . . .
She was in love with a boy named Aspen Leger.
I found Aspen kind of difficult to love when I first met him, not that I disliked him in any way, shape or form, but I just didn’t quite love him. To be fair, it took me a while to truly fall in love with Maxon too – both men seemed to have a fair chance with America and they are both flawed enough to have made the falling for her difficult. However, The Guard helps to provide more insight into why he acted like a total and utter twerp. Well, other than being the beginning of the story and love triangle that is so integral to the series.
Although most of Aspen’s words focuses on his regret and love for America, it was his insights into the castle and King Clarkson relationship with his son that I enjoyed the most in The Guard. His abusive and underhanded nature was slowly revealed throughout the first three Selection books, but it was the overheard conversations and his horrifying actions that truly revealed this. I’m glad that I only read this short story after I finished reading The One, because it wasn’t until that point in the series that his actions truly began to make me worry not only for the overarching love story, but for America’s life itself. That’s not to say that it’s not worth reading The Guard before The One, but I enjoyed finding out how truly horrible the man was through America’s eyes.
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