Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #0.5
Rating: 2.5 / 5 stars
For super obsessive fans of The Selection series who simply cannot get enough of America and Maxon, The Prince might be a welcome hold over until the next installment in the series. For the rest of the casual Selection readers, The Prince offered very little new material.
The tagline for the novella totes that before Aspen broke America's heart... There was another girl in Prince Maxon's life... And Cass does introduce one new character by the name of Daphne, but it is hardly the "thrilling" novella the publisher wishes you to believe. The relationship between Daphne and Maxon plays the main focus for the first 25% of the novel, but if you've read The Selection you already know that Maxon has never kissed a girl before, so we already know going into the novel that it cannot be much of a serious relationship between Maxon and Daphne. And, indeed, it proves not to be, and Cass makes Daphne out to be a whiny and demanding character.
Once you get past the annoying new character introduction, the remainder of the novella hardly ventures away from the material in The Selection and simply repeats selected scenes from the first novel and just in just a slightly different point a view, although the majority of the story is just the same repeated dialogue.
Thus, while avid fans may enjoy this short repetition of events, it's hardly a short story worth getting excited over.