The Heir | Kiera Cass

“You can be brave and still be feminine. You can lead and still love flowers. Most” “importantly, you can be queen and still be a bride.”

Synopsis: 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

Breakdown:

  • Book: The Heir
  • Series: The Selection Series, Book 4
  • Author: Kiera Cass

REVIEW + SPOILER FREE:

I gave myself a break for a month to cleanse myself from the first trilogy. Since I really did not enjoy it. But since I bought all six books, I couldn’t exactly not read it. I mean it’s in my TBR, I just had to. The break was necessary, if I were to be truly unbiased and fair in my review. And guess what!? I finished it in one day. I have so much to say! I don’t even know where to begin.

I have been very serious about not spoiling this for myself. So unlike with The Selection, I truly have no idea who she will end up with. Not even after reading it to the end, no idea. I’m really enjoying this mystery.

You can tell that Kiera learned her lesson. As in, this book actually has something worth reading. I was hooked. I love Eadlyn. She is everything you would expect from a princess to be. Not the air brushed version without any personality. But Flawed. Tempered. Flaming. Strong. And most importantly, entirely her own. Princess Eadlyn grew up well pampered and groomed. And finally, someone wrote a character that exhibited traits that are to be expected from someone reared  in that kind of environment. She is fierce, snobby and a little bratty. You can even see hints of her self-entitlement and pride. I know that they’re not qualities that are encouraged. But they are real. And thats all I ever wanted.  Eadlyn is real. She is fresh and very relatable. She is completely different from her mother, America. Thank God! Because that woman was boring and plain.

“I couldn’t help but notice it was always this way. At state events or important dinners, Mom was beside Dad or situated right behind him. But when they were just husband and wife—not king and queen—he followed her everywhere.”

The life that Kiera created was also very well thought of. She gave the original characters from The Selection series, very authentic lives. Each of whom having lived very differently. I don’t know how, but she made everyone so much more tangible in this book than she did in the original three. And I’m glad for it. The situation with Aspen and Lucy was unexpected and a brave choice. As well as, both of America’s sisters circumstances (Kenna and May) were fresh and brave choices.

Mini Spoiler:

Eadlyn’s twin brother, Ahren, gave me the shock of my lifetime. I don’t know how and when this happened, but I love him more than any of the Selection boys. I kind of was hoping that in some sort of twist he ends up being not her brother, and they marry. But then he has to go off and do something like that. If you read the book you’d know, if you didn’t, I won’t tell you.

NO SPOILER:

Now lets talk about the boys, all thirty five of them. I was honestly excited for this reverse in roles. Its nice to see the boys being pitted against each other instead of the usual round of girls. It was refreshing. Kiera managed to add quite a diverse array of men in this group, and I love it. Each had they’re own personalities, circumstances and traits. Each showed it differently. It was so interesting that it almost had me thinking that maybe This Selection is indeed worth three books and not just the two. Which is going completely against everything I said and believed about the first one. This should tell you how truly impressed I am by Kiera’s effort with Eadlyn and her story.

Now, let me zero on some of the boys. I don’t like Kit. I don’t like Hale either. Ean, I’m sure is based off of Chuck Bass from Gossip Girl. And finally, Henri, sweet Henri. The only one who truly feels like he’s in love with her. I want her to end up with Henri.

In conclusiom:

So much feels. This book has been a roller coaster. It left me so distraught. Why would you do that to me? Don’t you know that if I can’t be assured then I won’t sleep? It’s really not humanly possible for me. Truly. I don’t really know why everything affected me so greatly. Maybe we can chalk it up to good writing. Yea, let’s do that. She more than earned it.

Side note: Spoiler: Camille, I hate you. You know what you did. Ahren, how could you?

Now if you’ll excuse me. I’m diving head first into the next and final book in this duology, The Crown.

“I’m not sure anyone knows what they’re looking for until they find it.”

Eedlyn’s mother, America, went through a selection herself. To see what happens, I recommend venturing into the following:

As for fierce Eedlyn herself, the final part of her love story ends here:

  • The Crown

Final Rating:

“I’m not sure if fate or destiny is real. But I can tell you that sometimes the very thing you’ve been hoping for will walk through the door, determined to fend you off. And still, somehow, you will find that you are enough.” 

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What did you think of this book, have you read anything similar to it? Or do you have any recommendations for me to try? Lets chat, don’t worry, I don’t bite. ^^

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