If you haven’t read The Selection series, I wouldn’t read this review because there are spoilers for the series… You have been warned!
It’s been a while since I have read The Selection series, but I had been eagerly awaiting the release of Happily Ever After since I first found out about it. I originally thought this was just going to be two short stories (The Queen and After The One) so I was over the moon when I realised there was much more! I’ll give a little review for each story and then an overall :)
The Queen: I really liked this short story. I was weary of Amberly in the books because I didn’t trust her at first, but then I started to really like her and I like her even more after reading her story. I loved seeing a different side of the King, and more of how their relationship developed. He was exuded dominance and authority, but he was definitely a lot nicer and you can see why Amberly made the choices that she did. I also just love anything to do with The Selection world, so this novella definitely met my expectations.
The Prince & The Guard: I didn’t read these novellas because I have already read it. Reviews for both here.
The Favourite: This was by far my favourite novella in the whole book! I loved Marlee, but honestly who doesn’t? I really liked seeing the whole caning scene from a different perspective, and I really enjoyed the flashbacks to when she and Carter met and how they got together because you don’t get that in The Selection series. I also really loved how it would jump forward to different scenes from the books to get a different perspective. AND I especially loved when shows you how events in The Heir came to be, it honestly made me so happy. I just can’t even. I don’t normally have much emotion when reading books, but this literally made me so happy I cried. It was a bit intense. I would recommend this whole book for that one story alone!
Scenes from Celeste: I know a lot of people liked Celeste even though she was horrible, but I really didn’t. I didn’t even care when a certain something happened in The One to be honest. Although after reading these three scenes, I can definitely have some sympathy for Celeste. I’m really glad Cass decided to include these particular scenes, you really do get to see a side of Celeste that is only very briefly touched on in The Selection.
The Maid: This was another story I was not expecting in this bind up! I was pleasantly surprised. To be honest in the books I didn’t really pay much attention to Lucy and Aspen in the books, but I really loved this story. It gave a lot of insight to what was going on, especially since it was barely touched upon in The Guard. I would have liked to have a bit more about Lucy and maybe what happened after this story ended, but overall I’m happy with it.
After the One: This was the one I was most excited for when I first heard about this book and it definitely did not disappoint. I was a bit confused at the start of it, just because I didn’t know when it was but I would have loved to have seen this as the actual ending. It was beautiful and it wrapped everything up perfectly. Honestly, every single thing I wondered what was happening after “The One” was answered in this bonus epilogue.
Where are they now? This was a nice addition that I also wasn’t expecting. Although to be honest, I didn’t really care, but it was nice to know all the same!
Overall: What can I say? I freaking loved this bind up! It was everything I wanted and more!! I loved the illustrations that were in it, they were honestly just perfect. I would have loved a few more though. I am a bit disappointed that the map wasn’t in the paperback edition though. I think that was a bit rude to only include it in the Hardback version but that doesn’t affect my opinion of the book so it doesn’t even matter.
I also thought that the little descriptions Kiera gave before each short story was a nice touch. I really enjoyed finding out the reason each one was written and what she personally got out of it. And as always, Kiera Cass’s writing was just amazing. So easy to read and just so engaging. I loved every moment of this book and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to anyone who even remotely liked The Selection series. And if you haven’t read it yet, then I highly suggest that you do.
Really the only complaint I have is that I want more of everything! But in particular, I would absolutely LOVE a whole book about Marlee and Carter. I’m a bit sad knowing there’s only one more book left. I know everyone is complaining about this all being for money and I don’t understand the big deal to be honest. Why would anyone complain about getting more content about these characters? I’m sure only people who didn’t like it would and even then, why should you even care? I went on Goodreads to see what other people thought of the book and I think I saw about 2 actual reviews, the rest were all people complaining about Kiera Cass being money hungry by releasing new bloody content! I’m probably a hypocrite by even mentioning it but it’s just so annoying. I’m all for Kiera Cass to keep writing Selection stories!
My Rating: ★★★★. 75 / 5 (I wanted to give it a 5, but I didn't like The Guard... so yeah no)
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