This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale at no extra cost to you.The Heir Series: The Selection, #4, #4
by Kiera Cass
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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.
Published by HarperTeen on May 5, 2015
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Also in this series: The Selection, The Elite, The One
Also by this author: The Selection, The Elite, The One
The Heir by Kiera Cass is the fourth book in The Selection series. However, it takes place years after the ending of the third book. I always thought the first three books were a trilogy and the fourth and fifth books were their own duology, but not technically.
The fourth book follows Eadlyn, the eldest child of King Maxon and Queen America. Yes, this book is about their kids. Eadlyn has three brothers and is a twin. However, because she was seven minutes older than her twin brother, she is first in line for the throne.
The people may or may not be unsettled by this as America and Maxon did away with the caste system in the first three books. However, life is not the same for everyone and some people are struggling with the change. Thus, riots happen. The people are indifferent about Eadlyn and it may be because she’s the first female heir or maybe it’s because her character is a bit snooty.
Seriously, Eadlyn got on my nerves a lot. She’s lived a sheltered life as a princess and has been spoiled because of that. So, I understand why her character is the way she is. However, she’s still annoying.
To help keep the peace, they bring back the Selection and 35 male suitors come to the palace to woo Eadlyn. Of course, she wants nothing to do with it and tries in her power to get them all to hate her and make them leave.
After reading the first three books, it’s cool to see this event occur from the other side rather than through the eyes of the contestants. Even though the plot is similar to the first three books, I was able to enjoy it overall.
Not to mention, there are many familiar characters from the first three books, even though so many years have passed between the third and fourth books. Also, the ending was kind of a punch in the gut, so I’m looking forward to reading the fifth and final book soon.
Rating: 4/5 Coffee Cups
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