Author: Kiera Cass (website | twitter)
Publisher: HarperTeen (Harper Collins Canada)
Source/Format: Purchased from Indigo
Publication date: May 5, 2015
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars.
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Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.
But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.
Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.
Not sure if you should read The Heir after you LOVED The Selection? Here are five things to know about the next installment in Kiera Cass’ bestselling series (Spoilers for the first three books, but honestly, you wouldn’t be here if you didn’t already know a little about it, right?):
1. The Selection in this book is NOT a welcome thing.
At least not for Eadlyn, the heir to the throne and our protagonist. She gets thrown into it as a distraction for the rest of the country while her dad, King Maxon, tries to figure out how to appease the masses. This is his “brilliant” idea, and obviously, it doesn’t go quite as well as we expect. See thing #2 for why.
2. Eadlyn is not America (and that IS a good thing)
Eadlyn is very much a product of her upbringing. Like Maxon, she was raised to rule, and that makes her a bit tougher and less open than America was. She’s independent and fierce and ready to rule, with or without a man by her side. And yeah, she’s pretty spoiled – I mean, she has a tiara to go with every dress! But she’s also strong enough to get out of some pretty tough situations and you can kind of see why she has to be so hard-headed (also, she makes up for that tiara obsession by having a true and total interest in fashion – she’s a designer and some of the dresses in this book are amazing).
Here’s the thing, though: I think I’d be really annoyed if she was just like America. Eadlyn is way more interesting because she’s such a contrast to Maxon and America. She only shows love and compassion to her family, but
as the book goes on, you’ll see how her personality and who she is plays a big part in what Maxon is trying to do as King.
3. IMHO, there are at least three potential suitors in the mix.
Real talk: you guys kind of knew that Maxon and America would get together, right? From the moment America met Maxon in the garden, I think we all realized that this was going to be something special. Not so with Eadlyn and the Selected men in this book. She doesn’t have that perfect feeling of finding the right one right away. And that’s okay – I felt like this Selection was a bit more realistic because there were a few possibilities who could really be right for Eadlyn (slight spoiler: one of my possibilities is not even part of the Selection. Give that some thought). I’ve narrowed it down to three, but I obviously have a favourite. I’m looking forward to seeing who Eadlyn picks #EadlynKile4EVA
4. All will be revealed with your old favourites.
Fan of the other couples in The Selection series, or just Maxon and America? You will get updates on all of them – just keep in mind that they are a LOT older than when we last saw them – it was a bit weird to see them in parent mode, but kind of right, too.
5. It wasn’t quite as addictive as the rest of the books, but the ending will still leave you wanting more
This is actually one of the first times I haven’t loved one of Kiera Cass’ books – it was solid, but I kind of felt like the story was all over the place. That said, the build-up towards the ending was so great – we learn a ton more about the revolution in the country, and about Eadlyn and her family’s true natures. It’s a good set-up for the next book, which I hope is coming soon, because I obviously still need to know what happens!
The Final Word:
If you loved the Selection series, you probably already have (and inhaled) this book. But if you haven’t, this is a book with a pretty imperfect main character, trying to deal with a less-than-ideal situation. It’s not perfect, but it’s definitely a fluffy read that you’ll get through quickly and enjoy.
THE HEIR is out in bookstores now. Have you read it? Did you like it? Who is your pick to win Eadlyn’s hand? If you haven’t read it yet, have you read the rest of the Selection series? Let me know in the comments!