Sunday, July 3, 2016

The Favorite by Kiera Cass

While America Singer's heart was torn between Aspen and Prince Maxon, her friend Marlee knew exactly what she wanted—and paid the price.

Revisit the captivating world of Kiera Cass's #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series in this digital original novella. Told from Marlee's point of view, this all-new 64-page story returns to the fateful Halloween when Marlee and Carter were discovered, and reveals how that night—and Prince Maxon—changed their lives forever.

Rating: 2/5 Stars

Sadly, I didn’t enjoy The Favorite as much as I did the rest of The Selection novels. When I picked this one up, I was looking forward to getting an insight on the relationship between Marlee and her guard, the relationship that paralleled America’s and Aspen’s (and that showed Marlee was willing to risk everything for love, while America was clearly unsure of her feelings for Aspen).

Unfortunately, this didn’t do it for me. I couldn’t connect with Marlee’s narrative voice, why did the girl giggled so much? She did it so often and so out of place that it threw me off. I don’t remember America giggling so much, but maybe it’s been a long time since I read The Elite and my memory is failing me? Whatever the case, her voice was a tad annoying and nonsensical. I could never see why she would risk her life for love, because it seemed more like a crush than anything else (hell, they had talked a few times and didn’t even kiss when she realized he was her soulmate. What’s up with that?).

I didn’t appreciate that the story not only covered the Elite, but The One too. The description says it’s 2.6 NOTHING BEYOND THAT, yet I got spoiled for The One and haven’t even read it yet.

Overall this was a bit of a disappointment as far as Selection novellas go.

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