Book Review – The Guard

The Guard (The Selection, #2.5)The Guard by Kiera Cass
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

“What would I fight for in this world if I wasn’t fighting for her?”


I’m so disappointed here.

I was team Aspen through the first book and a half of the series or so. He was the hometown boy! The hero! He had to get the girl! I’m really glad that I waited to read this until after The One because holy smokes, he’s also a whiny jerk.

Now I’m all questioning myself and wondering what I ever saw in him (and what America ever saw in him, I mean jeeze…)

It took all the shiny out of a character I really enjoyed through the whole series. He seems to be much more selfish and less altruistic than the other books painted him as. Which is confusing, because they were all written by the same author, right?




And then there’s this gardener/caretaker guy who’s a really interesting character and who pops in to give some excellent advice to Aspen and I’m left wondering why I’d never seen him before.


“It is fine to be upset, but that won’t get you anywhere. You gotta think about what you can learn from this. So far, looks like all you’ve learned is how to beat up on something that can’t beat you back.”


He seems like an awesome guy who would have really added some colour to the other books!


“Everything doesn’t seem like anything when you love someone. Especially when you’re young.”


But as soon as I got to liking him, (no he didn’t die. This isn’t Game of Thrones here people, it’s a book about princesses), the quick little novella was over. And that was that.

And I was left sorely disappointed.

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