“Only a true friend would try to get someone she cared about to become princess over herself.”
Warning: If you are about to read this book, and you have not yet read book 3, “The One”, this novella has some serious spoilers in it.
I read this before reading The One, and to some extent, it has made reading The One less scary. I got to keep telling myself “You know what? It’s going to be okay. Because you know how things work out in the end.” Which, okay, was nice in some respects, but it also took all of the suspense out of book 3 for me, which is kind of sad.
Read this after the third book. While it starts close to the beginning, it ends after the third book. I loved Marlee and was so excited to read her story, but was disappointed that this was marked as “2.6” in the series. It kind of took some of the fun out of the book for me.
That said, it was lovely to see Marlee’s romance in action, and to see her fall in love. She’s such a sweet, lovely character. I did, however, find this to be a little rushed, much as I did in the novella The Queen. Things are brushed over, not explained in-depth, and I felt like it was left wanting at the end. So, while I was really happy to spend some more time with a character I really liked, it was like running into a friend at a party where they gush for five minutes to catch you up on their life and then run off, leaving you standing there with your wine glass and little plate of weird appetizers, staring blankly at the other groups of conversations around you and wondering what just happened.
I’m still feeling kinda dazed. This is a pretty fun read if you like Marlee, and like the series, and have already finished the third book. It’s not super fab or anything and I suspect it was written as a quick little money-maker for those who are rabid fans, but since I get everything from the library I don’t pay a cent, ha. So it was worth what I paid for it. 🙂