Saturday, May 23, 2015

Review: The Heir by Kiera Cass

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.



I know that when the extended books of The Selection series were announced, some people were excited, but a lot of people were also skeptical. Why do we need more than three books? But let's be honest, we can't have The Bachelor without The Bachelorette, now can we?

I've never been guarded about my unabashed love for these books. They're all teen angst, romance, frilly dresses, and cotton candy all wrapped up in a pretty package. That's what The Selection  trilogy was all about, and The Heir is no exception. This time around we have a heroine is at turns both bratty and charming, dealing with a whole different set of challenges than her mother did in the previous books. 

Eadlyn has been raised to be queen, and there are a lot of challenges that come with that. Expectations, being watched all the time, what people think of you, what you think of yourself, your job being your entire life, and civil unrest due to what everyone thought was a good thing. I know some people may peg Eadlyn for being overbearing and unlikeable at some points in the book, but let's be honest there girl has a lot on her plate. 

I read The Heir in one sitting, and it was just as delicious as I hoped it would be. It ended in a very different way than I expected! Now I'll have to satisfy my craving for the next (and last) book by rehashing all the possible choices Eadlyn has in her group of the Selected, and speculating about who she'll choose. 

It's going to be a long year to wait!


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