Series: The Selection,
Published by HarperTeen
Published: May 5th 2015
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Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story. But as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she always thought.
To be honest I thought I was done with The Selection series after The One. Not because I didn’t want more, but because I thought I wouldn’t get more. I had resigned myself to the fact that my book crack series was over. And then The Heir was announced and I was so happy. More of my favorites, more of Illéa, more royals and more dresses. I didn’t really even care what the book was about, I was just happy I got more. But then I read the description and that happiness became excited because I was going to get to read the story from a different side but with different characters. And although I didn’t love The Heir as much as the trilogy, I really really enjoyed it.
DO NOT READ FURTHER IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE FIRST 3 BOOKS!!!
The Heir takes place many, many years after The One. America is the Queen with Maxon her prince. They have gotten married and had a family and have changed Illéa for what they hoped was the better. But with tensions high they try to think of a way to bring the country together; they bring back The Selection. With their oldest already in a relationship Maxon and American convince his twin Eadlyn to begrudgingly take part in the process that brought them together. Eadlyn now has to do what her father did and date all these boys she has no intention of marrying, or does she? As the selection moves on Eadlyn learns more about herself and her parents than she ever expected. And who know, maybe love will happen after all.
The thing I liked the best about The Heir was the story. I have always been one of those people that wants to read the other side of things. Like I would love to read Anna and the French Kiss from Etienne’e POV or Divergent from Four’s. Although The Heir isn’t Maxon’s take on the selection it is the other side of America’s story in a different kind of way and I loved that. Getting to see the struggles Eadlyn had and thinking about how Maxon must have said the same kind of struggles was fascinating to me. But I also love that it was a completely different story as well. That really worked for me.
Being back in Illéa was amazing, and in the palace even better. It was a comfortable setting but it had also changed as a country and as a palace. Maxon’s parents were long gone and he and America had made it a home for them and their family. It was fun to see the two of them as the adults with the heavy responsibilities. And Illéa had also transformed. America did some of the things she wanted done in the first three books. I loved seeing how they worked in actuality and not in theory.
I guess this is where I didn’t love the book as much. Eadlyn. Oh Eady. She is a touch egg. She is nothing like America and doesn’t have the charm of her father. She is spoiled and bratty and entitled. She really makes it hard for you to like her whenever she says almost anything. But on the other hand you can respect her. And you appreciate some of the things she does realize about herself. She just isn’t what you would expect the daughter of Maxon and America to be like. And the suitors were definitely interesting. I liked some more than others, one in-particular, but I don’t want to say more and give any of them away. 😉
All in all I thought The Heir was great. It had that same fun quality of writing that Cass put out in the first three books. It told a great story but in a fun way with interesting characters that may get on your nerves but are still interesting and perfect for the story. The end was a doozy for sure and it will make you want to know what happens to wrap the story of Illéa’s favorite family. Come on Book 5, don’t make me beg.
Why does everyone hate Eadlyn? Haha. I really liked her. She’s independent, and she thinks that that means she can’t fall in love. Oh how I relate to that! I enjoyed watching her soften a little bit. I can’t wait for the next two books.
The boys were great! It was fun to see the other side of The Selection. I actually liked this book more than the first three. I couldn’t handle the love triangle and America’s indecision. Eadlyn at least knows what she wants (or thinks she does).
And I loved the twin angle. It was interesting that the older twin was the girl in this case, and her brother (the more traditional prince story) isn’t going to be king.
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