Series: The Selection #4
Published by: HarperTeen on May 5, 2015
Genre: Dystopian, Romance, 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.
The Heir, The Heir, The Heir… This is a tricky book for me to rate.
On the one hand, I have such an obsession with the entire selection series, including The Heir. Something about this bachelor-style plot just completely owns me. I can’t get enough of it!
But on the other hand, Eadlyn kind of ruined this book for me. Unlike America, Eadlyn wasn’t particularly likeable. She was kind of spoiled and entitled. I know that deep down she was a good person—that much was clear. But some of her words and actions just put a bad taste in my mouth. She usually didn’t mean anything bad by them, they were just wrong things to say or do that made her seem like a spoiled brat. View Spoiler » [Like when she told her brother to find another person to marry.. OH MY GOD! Her brother was madly in love with a princess from France—like super madly in love. But Eadlyn told him to find someone else to be with because she didn’t want him to leave the country. HOLY FUCKING SELFISH. « Hide Spoiler]
I also wasn’t really sure where the book was headed. The whole thing is about romance (well, a huge part), but Eadlyn doesn’t want to get married at all. She doesn’t really have a single romantic bone in her body. Because of that, she didn’t have any chemistry with any of the Selected boys View Spoiler » [(or the non-Selected boys… like Erik) « Hide Spoiler] . There is going to be a second book to wrap things up, but I just can’t see her falling for any of these guys. And if she does, I’m afraid it will feel forced or insta-lovey.
The Heir was still an awesome book to me. I was hooked, and for me that’s the biggest thing. I couldn’t put the book down and I CONSTANTLY wanted more.
It was really interesting to see The Selection from the other side. And although Eadlyn was a big brat, there were still times when I really felt for her, you know? She was in a super tough spot and I appreciated her independence and what she was trying to achieve.
For the most part I adored The Heir, and I really battled between 3.5 stars and 4 stars.. or even 4.5. I really loved it, but Eadlyn bratty/entitled nature really weighed the book down for me, along with the fact that there was just no chemistry there. That in itself isn’t a huge problem, but I feel like I have no idea where this is going. I don’t necessarily need it to be predictable, I just like to see a semi-clear path moving forward, you know?