Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After

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Meet Prince Maxon before he fell in love with America, and a girl named Amberly before she became queen. See the Selection through the eyes of a guard who watched his first love drift away and a girl who fell for a boy who wasn't the prince. Features four novellas from the world of Kiera Cass's Selection series, two of which appear here in print for the first time. Additional content includes new scenes from The Selection, The Elite, and The One; introductions to each novella from Kiera Cass; a map of Illéa and other illustrations.
Publisher: New York : HarperTeen, an Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062414083
Characteristics: 387, 18 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Call Number: Y CASS, K


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All of the novellas in “The Selection” series come in this one book. Learn about the process of Selection from Aspen, Maxon and even Amberly. Page count: 416

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LoganLib_Zoe Nov 04, 2020

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

Feb 13, 2019

I loved all the Celeste scenes at the back of the book! And Marlee and Woodwork's romance was so sweet <3

Dec 02, 2016

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 :)

Nov 01, 2016

this book provided a lovely backstory to the first 3 books of the selection <3 all her books are great!!

Oct 24, 2016

You have to be a true fan to find any of these interesting.

FindingJane Oct 19, 2016

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.

Sep 19, 2016

I loved it. I loved the selection series, I was itching for more.
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.

Aug 13, 2016

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

Jul 06, 2016

A great book to have an insight on most of the characters. Basically a behind the scenes. It was a good read.

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