The Queen (The Selection #0.4) by Kiera Cass
Publisher: HarperTeen Impulse
Source: eBook ($2.99)
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What's it about?
Long before America and Maxon met in The Selection, there was another love story. Maxon's parents, King Clarkson and Queen Amberly, went through their own Selection. Before Amberly became a beloved Queen, she was just a simple factory worker from Honduragua who idolized the Prince from afar. Because of her lower caste, she didn't believe that she had a chance at winning Prince Clarkson's heart, even though being chosen for The Selection was supposed to level the field. She never felt like she belonged, but she truly wanted to get to know Clarkson and hoped that he would give her a fair chance. As the days passed, Amberly began to realize that life in the palace wasn't all majesty and glamour. If she were to become the Princess, and one day the Queen, she'd have to endure dangerous rebel attacks, conflicts within the royal family and a lifetime of political games. But, as she got closer to Prince Clarkson, she began to realize that he was everything she wanted. This was the rise of The Queen.
Also, I came across these lines while reading The Queen and I got a bit weepy. If you've read The One, you know why.