Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After

Book - 2015
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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.
ISBN: 9780062414083
0062414089
9780062426888
9780062484291
Characteristics: 387, 18 pages :,illustrations, maps ;,22 cm.

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kdleask
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 :)

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That_Horse_Girl
Nov 01, 2016

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

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dprodrig
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.

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SashaE
Sep 19, 2016

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.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 13, 2016

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

It is one thing to like an e-book when it is about one of your favourite characters. It is a completely different matter to have a collection of your favourite author's stories put into a nice, solid paperback, with extra content! The Prince, the Guard, the Queen, the Favourite... and special never-seen before chapters are revealed to us in a nice, purple book. This reminds me a bit of The Goddess Legacy (The Goddess Test Series), which was also a series of stories. Maxerica is really one of my "one true paining," despite the notion that it is "one" true pairing. But the title of this book just sounds and looks so appealing, does it not? 5/5 stars.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Tiffanyy
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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Expectations
Jun 01, 2016

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

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crazycoolbff
May 20, 2016

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

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brown_fox_65
May 07, 2016

Read the Queen and Favorite... the others weren't so good..

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