By: Kiera Cass
My Rating: 2.5/5 stars
Genre: Dystopia, YA, Romance
The first section of this review will be spoiler free.
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.
First, Today I reached 100 followers! I am so happy and grateful to all of you you read through my rambling book rants every week. I started blogging because I wanted a place to talk about the books I read with people who love them as much as I do. I was not disappointed, the blogging community is so amazing, I am loving it.
On to the review! This book is a sequel series to The Selection trilogy, but it can be read if you haven’t read the first three books. I enjoyed The Selection series, even though it wasn’t the best written or most complex series, the books were light and fun, and definitely a guilty pleasure read. This book was honestly a let down. The only part I enjoyed was getting to see the characters from the first series, and how their lives turned out. The main character is Princess Eadlyn, America and Maxon’s oldest child and the heir to the throne. She is headstrong and just really annoying. America had her moments of me wanting to shake her, but Eadlyn is hard to deal with. She spends most of the book thinking about herself or whining, and it got old fast. Kile Woodwork, son of Marlee and Carter from the first series, was a nice character, and he was definitely easier to deal with than Eadlyn. The other characters didn’t have enough page time in such a short book, so I don’t have any strong feeling about them either way. Again, the writing was pretty similar in style to the first series. It was good but not great, light on content, and heavier on the romance than on the Dystopia. The focus was mostly on Eadlyn, which was a bit of a downfall for the book. If it had balanced between her and maybe one other character it would have been way more enjoyable!
If you read The Selection series and liked it, then give this a try. It was a blast to see old characters and it satisfied my desire to know what happened to all of them. If you didn’t like The Selection, or are not a fan of light romance (I’m just going to ignore the dystopian aspects because they are honestly not apparent in this book), I would stay away from The Heir.
I have said this a lot already but OMG Eadlyn pissed me off. Kile and her were an interesting match, and I think if they had kept that up maybe she could have improved personality wise? I don’t think that is possible for her though to be honest. This book was also very rushed, I think because it is a duology instead of a trilogy, too much was jam packed into this book. Character development and relationship development definitely suffered as a result. America and Mason were as adorable as usual (I love them together, they are almost too cute). I was happy to see that they were as in love as ever, even so many years later, because I was expecting the second series to be about their ‘issues’ years later. The romance was not as romantic in this book *collective gasp*. It felt a little like an after thought and if you have read the second book (The Crown) you know she ends up with someone, but it felt forced. 346 pages were not nearly enough to tell this story.
I realize that my spoiler section has now become me ranting about things in the book, but I need to tell someone and my friends are growing tired of my book ranting. So if you have made it this far congratulations, and thank you!
Have you read this book? Do you have a sequel series, or sequel book that didn’t live up to your expectations? let me know in the comments!
I have added the Amazon link to The Selection below!