Mini Book Reviews: The Prince & The Guard and Four: A Divergent Story

Posted December 14, 2015 by Maryam in book review, Maryam / 0 Comments

Mini Book Reviews: The Prince & The Guard and Four: A Divergent StoryThe Selection Stories: The Prince & The Guard by Kiera Cass
Published by HarperCollins on February 4th 2014
Genres: young adult, dystopia, romance
Pages: 240
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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three-stars

Two novellas set in the world of Kiera Cass's #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series are now available in print for the first time. The Prince and The Guard both offer captivating views into the hearts and minds of the two men fighting to win America Singer's love. This collection also features exclusive bonus content, including a sneak peek at The One, the eagerly anticipated third novel in the Selection series.
Before America arrived at the palace to compete in the Selection, there was another girl in Prince Maxon's life. The Prince opens the week before the Selection begins and follows Maxon through the first day of the competition.
Raised as a Six, Aspen Leger never dreamed that he would find himself living in the palace as a member of the royal guard. In The Guard, readers get an inside look at Aspen's life within the palace walls—and the truth about a guard's world that America will never know.

This book, as it states, features stories about Prince Maxon, and Aspen the guard. I was pretty much excited to read this book because it was like a breather from America’s voice. Technically, you’re supposed to read this book before reading The One, but me being the confused one, read it after HAHAHA. I like the Prince’s story better because it showed us a side of him that we never really got to see, until The One. I mean, I was those few people who got angry at him because he kept changing girls, instead of just flirting with America. And this book made me understand and realized that technically, Maxon still has to choose a wife, and he has to give everyone an equal chance even though he likes America more than the rest!

But Aspen’s story was, to me, HEARTBREAKING. *cues tears* Especially since we all know America’s true thoughts about which guy she actually liked more, it saddens me to read about how much Aspen really loved her. I never really liked Aspen before this book, but The Prince and the Guard made me see Aspen in a new light. He really really loves her! LE SIGH.

But if there was one thing that I didn’t like, it would definitely be misleading blurbs. HI, NO there isn’t any girl before America. I mean, there was, but not in that way. UGH. I honestly was looking forward to some secret love story thingiesh, but oh well.

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Mini Book Reviews: The Prince & The Guard and Four: A Divergent StoryFour: A Divergent Story Collection by Veronica Roth
Published by HarperCollins on February 11th 2014
Genres: young adult, romance, dystopia
Pages: 208
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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five-stars

Two years before Beatrice Prior made her choice, the sixteen-year-old son of Abnegation’s faction leader did the same. Tobias’s transfer to Dauntless is a chance to begin again. Here, he will not be called the name his parents gave him. Here, he will not let fear turn him into a cowering child.

Newly christened “Four,” he discovers during initiation that he will succeed in Dauntless. Initiation is only the beginning, though; Four must claim his place in the Dauntless hierarchy. His decisions will affect future initiates as well as uncover secrets that could threaten his own future—and the future of the entire faction system.

Two years later, Four is poised to take action, but the course is still unclear. The first new initiate who jumps into the net might change all that. With her, the way to righting their world might become clear. With her, it might become possible to be Tobias once again.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth comes a companion volume to the worldwide bestselling DIVERGENT series, told from the per-spective of the immensely popular character Tobias. The four pieces included here—THE TRANSFER, THE INITIATE, THE SON, and THE TRAITOR—plus three additional exclusive scenes, give readers an electrifying glimpse into the history and heart of Tobias, and set the stage for the epic saga of the DIVERGENT trilogy.

OH HELL YES. THIS BOOK IS FABULOUS.

Oh you sexy sexy boy. Reading Four was one of the hardest thing to do so, because it talks about Tobias Eaton and who he was before he became Four. I’ve read the whole Divergent series, and I fell hard for Four, and reading this book just makes me wanna go in a rage and accidentally kill Marcus Eaton. Oops?

YES, I do have to admit that while reading this book, I actually pictured Theo James as Four throughout the whole book. For my entire life, THEO JAMES WILL ALWAYS BE FOUR. Learning about Four’s past was hard. We all knew what Marcus did to him, but we didn’t feel his pain and horror every time he had to go through it. This book showed how much he changed from that scared little boy to becoming a brave man.

In this book, Four started out as Tobias Eaton. He was shown as this sentimental kid, who still values his family over anything else, despite what his father did. But then it transitioned on to him desperately needing a safe place, a place where Marcus could never touch him ever ever again. This whole book turned me inside out, with its raw emotions.

I also realized that Four is both clueless, and not clueless. HAHAHA What do I mean? *cues Justin Bieber’s What Do You Mean* HEHE okay sorry. But anyway, he was clueless in the sense that he did not know his actions meant different things to Tris. YES, TRIS IS IN THIS BOOK TOO. I REPEAT, TRIS IS IN THIS BOOK. Anyway, like I said, remember those times Tris get mad at him for being rude or angry or whatever? He didn’t know. HE DIDN’T KNOW. And awww, it was so cute just reading about it heheheh. Also, he was not as clueless as we thought in terms of Jeanine and Max, which actually surprised me because I thought that Tris was the first one to know about it. WOAAAAAAH. I have two more sentence in which I need to add.

Firstly, I HATE Marcus as much as I hate Dolores Umbridge, in which intensely hate is an understatement.

Secondly, (only read this if you’ve read the whole of Divergent series), View Spoiler »

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