The Queen (Selection #0.4) by Kiera Cass

PrintCover Lust: *Sigh.* Another breathtaking cover from The Selection series. Gorgeous blues and greens, and THAT CROWN. Not just the tiara, but the massive pile of dazzling jewels that accompany it. I can’t imagine Queen Amberly wearing anything else.

Back Blurb: Before America Singer’s story began, another girl came to the palace to compete for the hand of a different prince…

This prequel story takes place before the events of The Selection and is told from the point of view of Prince Maxon’s mother, Amberly. Discover a whole new Selection with this inside look at how Maxon’s parents met–-and how an ordinary girl named Amberly became a beloved queen.

The Book: As we all know, Kiera Cass can give you all kinds of feels. She can make you sob like a baby, cry tears of joy, then bubble with rage. She can make you adore someone on one page and loathe them the next. She can even make you fall in love with a cockroach, which is basically what she does in The Queen. After learning of the continuation of the series and reading the preview, I thought The Queen would naturally focus on Amberly, since it was written from her POV. But it’s actually a lot about Clarkson before he becomes king. There’s a lot of subtle character building. We find a soft spot for someone who, I think most of us would agree, we never really liked in the first place. I detest Clarkson, and was only mildly upset when he was killed in The One because poor Maxon lost his father. However, I was devastated when Amberly was killed. She was one of the kindest, bravest, and strongest people in the palace. Losing her was pivotal to the story, whereas Clarkson’s death was just convenient. Everybody hated him and wanted him gone. But when we read The Queen, we get a glimpse of who Clarkson was before he became a slave to his crown. We discover some skeletons in closet and see him in his most vulnerable moments, a secret history that repeats itself with Maxon’s upbringing.

Clarkson is a heartthrob whom lovestruck teenagers like Amberly cherish. She’s had an intense crush on him since she was a child, dreaming of him in her arms at night. She’s been watching him from afar for years, revering in the thought of being one of the Selected and winning his heart. Her adoration for him is more than a just celebrity crush–-it’s an obsession.

The Amberly we meet in the beginning is pure. She is younger and inexperienced, but still refined. You can’t help but love her innocence in the beginning, but suddenly something sparks a change. She realizes that she doesn’t just want Clarkson’s love, she wants the crown as well. She wants power. She wants authority. Soon she begins to blend the prizes of the Selection together: the prince and the crown. Most girls just want the crown, but Amberly sees herself as destined for both. Determined to win, yet she is still humble and tries not to take her good fortune for granted.

After we see Amberly’s character grow, Clarkson’s suddenly takes a step back. His actions and tactics during the Selection become questionable, and you take a step back and realize that, yeah, you knew he was going to turn out like that. But after meeting his parents, Queen Abby and King Porter, you get it. With a home life like that, he never really had a chance.

The Queen was enjoyable, but in an unexpected way. I thought it was going to be a sappy love story that could only be consumed with a pint of ice cream and a box of tissues, but it was deep and just the right amount of scandalous. It definitely whet my appetite for some more Selection stories. I am counting down the days until May 5, 2015 for The Heir….Let’s all give Miss Kiera some Selectioners love!

What did you think of The Queen? Sound off in the comments below!

 

 

 

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