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Really great that they put all the spin offs into one book with extra stories. I liked that we got to see how some of the girls were going after the selection and got to see a few scenes from celestes time in the palace as well as Lucy’s after their trip to America’s family
Happily Ever After is the companion novel to the Selection series. In it, we get to find out how Illea was before the castes were built, ranking people based on their role in society. It also explained what happened to some of the characters after the Selection, and changed perspectives between some of them. This showed me how some of the characters really felt compared to how they seemed to feel. I liked this book because it gave me a better understanding of how their society had changed over time, and how others reacted. Out of 5 stars, I would give this book a 4.5 out 5. Kylie, grade 9, of the Yorba Linda Teen Book Bloggers
I loved all the Celeste scenes at the back of the book! And Marlee and Woodwork's romance was so sweet <3
These short stories (and that epilogue for The One!) added so much depth to the series! I'm so glad I read it before starting The Heir <3 I'm definitely going to be thinking about these the next time I read The Selection again :)
this book provided a lovely backstory to the first 3 books of the selection <3 all her books are great!!
Ms. Cass wrote a devastating look at a not-so-brave new world, one that found the United States drastically altered and laboring heavily under a falsely imposed caste system. This volume takes a look into the minds of various characters that played integral roles in America Singer’s rise to becoming princess and then queen of this fractured land.
We see Queen Amberley as she was when was part of a Selection and come to understand how a sweet, gentle girl could fall in love and stay with a boy already on his way to becoming a manipulative abuser. His bouts of rage and his dictatorial attitude are unsettling but Ms. Cass manages to gain the reader’s sympathy for a lonely boy who has to deal with hostile parents and the girl who wishes to be his quiet port in the stormy life of a future king.
It’s thrilling to read exactly what’s going on inside the heads of Maxon, Marlee, Aspen, Lucy and Celeste, et al. Readers wanted to know more about these people and Ms. Cass delivered. This anthology is a worthy entry to the Selection series. If you have the other five books, consider adding this one to your collection.
I loved it. I loved the selection series, I was itching for more.
HERE IT IS!
A backcheck on how everyone is doing.
Things about the queen before America.
Things about Prince Maxon.
I just like how this came into place.
I liked how it put other selected girls opinions on there too.
Also the artwork included was very nice.
I would rate Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass 5 stars. The book contains The Prince -Maxon’s Novella, The Guard -Aspen’s Novella, The Queen -Amberly’s Novella, and The Favourite -Marlee’s Novella. It also contains 3 scenes from Celeste’s POV, a scene from Lucy, a bonus epilogue, information on where The Elite are now, a map, and various illustrations. I really enjoyed this book! The book showed different characters story to their happily ever after. The book contained the scene where Marlee and Carter were punished through 2 different points of view, Marlee’s and Aspen’s. This scene was very well executed, it showed that although Marlee was in excruciating pain, she knew it was the right thing, because she loved Carter. It also showed exactly what Aspen was thinking, how although he should stop talking to America, he still found himself loving her even more, he was so proud of her. It showed that Aspen and America will always be soulmates, Aspen will always be a huge part of America’s life, they are like family. I found it very interesting how we got to see all of the different points of view, and I really enjoyed how the book was constantly changing to different stories. I recommend reading this book after completing The Selection series.
@Dolphin05 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
Happily Ever After is a novel composed of stories that took place before, in between, and after The Selection series novels. There are short novels are about Queen Amberly and Prince Maxon during their selections, Aspen when he was a guard, and Marlee about her relationship with Carter Woodwork. The book also contains exclusive scenes about Celeste before and during the selection, and Lucy about her relationship with Aspen. A where are they now section about Kriss, Natalie and Elise about what they did after they lost the selection is also included. Lastly, there is an extra epilogue to the one about Maxon and America. All the extra stories help paint a better picture of the characters that we really did not know much about until America met them. Kiera Cass also gives insights on how she created and view the characters in her novels. The best part about the book is that we get to learn why all the characters acted as they did during the selection. If you fell in love with The Selection series I would definitely recommend reading this book. I would rate this novel five out of five stars.
@SapphireReads of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
After completing Kiera Cass's bestselling, swoon worthy trilogy, I was eager to return to Illea another time. "Happily Ever After" is a book of novellas from several different characters that shows Maxon and Aspen's individual perspectives, Marlee's tale and Amberly's backstory, also including Celeste scenes and a particularly fascinating section that tells you what happened to the remaining elite. The extra facts deepens the story, answering a lot of questions and makes rereading a lot more enjoyable. This offers a sneak-peek into your favourite characters' lives, and will have you begging for more. Any Selection fan will enjoy this compelling, unputdownable glimpse into the story you love. 5/5 stars.
@theapprenticebookworm of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
This novel is a part of the Selection series. It includes the novellas- The Queen, The Guard, The Prince, The Maid, as well as bonus scenes from the Selection. I really enjoyed being able to read scenes from the book by different characters’ perspectives. They were really well written, the only problem with it, was that it wasn’t long enough… I wanted to keep reading. Fans of Kiera Cass and the Selection series will absolutely love this bonus book to the series.
@bookwormanonymous of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
A great book to have an insight on most of the characters. Basically a behind the scenes. It was a good read.
Its Amazing seeing the story from the others views! It seemed like their could have been just a little bit more though... I was really excited to read The Guard, I fell in love with Aspen's character during the series. Yes, I can understand how not a lot of people liked Aspen, but Ms. Cass really didn't do him justice in my opinion. Aspen is a great character who is just misunderstood, however if you understand Aspen you can't help falling for him. The Queen was the best novella though
She is the best writer ever. Literally. Her words come together smoothly, and it's as if your seeing the story through the eyes of the main characters
Not as good as " The Selection". Ms.Cass milks the story. Very predictable and often too boooring.
I am just wondering what happened to America because in "The Heir", America got a heart attack and there isn't one word in the "Happily Ever After" . I am kind of curious what happened to her. Did she die, or is she alive?
I agree with livieb17, but If you read this, you should also read the library's The Prince &The guard book because it has an extra ending to The Prince and a bunch of family trees. It's really cool to read about.
I actually really enjoyed reading this collection. I had already read the Queen, the Guard and the Prince before reading Happily Ever After, but it was still nice to re-read them. I did fully enjoy the ones that I was reading for the first time. My favorite scenes to read were probably the bonus epilogue of the one and the scene in the favorite where America is drunk. That was hilarious and left me laughing. I think that the only thing that I didn't like was the 'Where are they now' where it talked about the girls in the elite and what happened to them after they left the palace. My one problem with this collection, was that sometimes I got really confused. It wouldn't explain what had previously happened before the current scene that you were reading which made it difficult. You pretty much had to figure out where the scene was on the timeline on your own which I really didn't like. Other than that, it was a great read, that I flew through in a day. It really made me want to pick up the series and re-read them all over again. This series is just too good.