Review: The Prince: A Selection novella by Kiera Cass
Before thirty-five girls were chosen to compete in the Selection...
Before Aspen broke America's heart...
There was another girl in Prince Maxon's life...
Don't miss this thrilling 128-page original novella set in the world of the New York Times bestselling novel The Selection. Also features a teaser to The Elite, Kiera Cass's hotly anticipated sequel to The Selection.
Click here to read my review of The Selection. I wrote it during the pre-gif days, before I discovered gifs were the meaning of life, but there is a good deal of snark present just the same.
The cover: Yikes. Harper Impulse, you really need to step it up with these novella covers. This one is rough. I still like the crown design, which is the same one used on the The Selection cover, but that purple... stuff just isn't working for me. (Acid rain? Sparkles? Mist? The inside of a lava lamp?)
The story: My continuation of this book series utterly baffles me. These books are just NOT the books for me. I know that other people adore The Selection, and good for them; there are others (within the book-blogging community specifically) who have very good moral reasons for staying the heck away, and good for them too. I fall into the camp of people who think the bad author/agent behavior is NO BUENO, but I liked the concept and cover of the book, so I checked it out anyway and discovered... that I didn't think it was very good. But then I got to the end and was like, "Next one, please." WHY?
I kind of have to equate my reading of this series to my unhealthy addiction to reality TV, specifically The Bachelor and America's Next Top Model (one day I will read Modelland and my brain will turn to melted wax and I will die from stupid and it will be epic). It's like... I don't actually like any of the characters on screen, or the writing, but... I want to know who wins? Pretty girls in pretty dresses? I'm not sure?
|TYRA WHAT IS THIS WHAT HAVE YOU CREATED?!|
Anyway, The Prince is a novella companion to The Selection, retelling several key scenes from Prince Maxon's point of view and including a small bit of backstory. Small being the operative word there. This was really more of a short story than a novella. I was expecting something like Destroy Me. I mean, I wasn't expecting that quality of prose or intensity of feeling, but I meant length-wise. I was done with The Prince in about half an hour, which was, in the end, kind of a good thing, because the writing just wasn't working for me. It felt amateurish. Maxon was one of my favorite characters in The Selection, even if he was a little weird, but Maxon's voice is indistinguishable from America's.
There's also a point where he literally talks about the exotic slant of an Asian girl's eyes and I got uncomfortable. I asked my Korean friend if she would be offended if a guy complimented her exotically slanted eyes, and she practically screamed at me, "YOU DO NOT GET TO CALL AN ASIAN GIRL SLANTY-EYED." So... yeah. There was that.
I did enjoy seeing Maxon interact with the other Selected girls when America wasn't there so we could see why he felt connected to them. I did like seeing the King's personality, as he is apparently the most vivid character of the bunch and the only one who creates actual conflict (sadly, he is still named King Clarkson, which I will never not read as Kelly Clarkson). I actually liked Maxon's interactions with Daphne, even if she came out of nowhere and left just as quickly.
Sidebar: I am still not over the total cheesiness of the protagonist being named America Singer, by the way (a lovely name in real life, gag-worthy in a book) and I also feel like naming her that was almost a spoiler (I AM NOT ACTUALLY SPOILING ANYTHING, this is a total guess on my part, but I'm also pretty sure I have figured out half of what will happen in The Elite just by thinking on it for like a minute (e.g. Marlee's secret is blindingly obvious)).
Basically, I have come to the conclusion again that these books just aren't for me. Now I think I'll go read my ARC of The Elite
Note: I'm aware that I'm a pretty harsh person when it comes to expressing my views on things. I just want you to remember, these are only my views, and they are only directed towards the books themselves, not their readers nor their authors. In other words, no more angry emails, please? And yes, I have actually gotten angry emails. There's some kind of irony in receiving bitchy emails bitching about how bitchy I am while bitching.