Title: The Heir
Author: Kiera Cass
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.
Rating: 4 Stars
Review: I didn’t review the Selection books, since I couldn’t quite find the right words for them and also because I read through them so quickly, but this book merited a book review, so here I am. If you haven’t read ‘The One’, then I really don’t recommend you read this review, or you’ll be subject to spoilers.
It’s centred around Maxon and America’s daughter Eadlyn, who’s forced to go through her own Selection, despite the caste system being done away with years before. It’s like the original Selection process, but with guys instead of girls this time – including Marlee’s son Kile, whom Eadlyn detests. Events unfold, and true colours are revealed.
So many guys!! In ‘The Selection’, there was perhaps two of the female characters that I was hoping Maxon would get with – America, or Marlee. In this one though, each of the Selected guys enchanted me. There was Henri, who’s an absolute sweetheart, or his translator Erik who I think Eadlyn could have a brief fling with in the next book. Also, Kile? Cutie pie. I realise he’s probably endgame, but still…I can dream for Henri.
Eadlyn on the other hand….was a brat for a lot of the book. I’m hoping for some definite character development in the following books when they come out. She’s the first female heir to the Illea throne, and she doesn’t seem to realize how huge that is. Definitely going to need some character development in the next book, Kiera Cass.
Overall though, it’s a really interesting flip on the Selection, and I’m always a sucker for next-generation books (Hint, hint, Joanne Rowling!) so this was right up my alley. I’d recommend this to anyone who enjoys a fluffy romance with an edge of seriousness.