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Америка Сингер была той единственной, которой принц отдал сердце и корону в придачу. Двадцать лет пролетели как один день. У счастливой супружеской пары королевы Америки и короля Максона выросла дочь Идлин, будущая правительница Иллеа. Принцесса красива и умна, но и слышать не хочет о замужестве. Однако особы королевской крови не принадлежат себе. За стенами дворца неспокой Америка Сингер была той единственной, которой принц отдал сердце и корону в придачу. Двадцать лет пролетели как один день. У счастливой супружеской пары королевы Америки и короля Максона выросла дочь Идлин, будущая правительница Иллеа. Принцесса красива и умна, но и слышать не хочет о замужестве. Однако особы королевской крови не принадлежат себе. За стенами дворца неспокойно, и король, чтобы отвлечь подданных, решает снова устроить Отбор, подобный тому, что соединил его с королевой. И скрепя сердце Идлин соглашается участвовать в Отборе, надеясь, что каким-то чудом найдет свое счастье…

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Америка Сингер была той единственной, которой принц отдал сердце и корону в придачу. Двадцать лет пролетели как один день. У счастливой супружеской пары королевы Америки и короля Максона выросла дочь Идлин, будущая правительница Иллеа. Принцесса красива и умна, но и слышать не хочет о замужестве. Однако особы королевской крови не принадлежат себе. За стенами дворца неспокой Америка Сингер была той единственной, которой принц отдал сердце и корону в придачу. Двадцать лет пролетели как один день. У счастливой супружеской пары королевы Америки и короля Максона выросла дочь Идлин, будущая правительница Иллеа. Принцесса красива и умна, но и слышать не хочет о замужестве. Однако особы королевской крови не принадлежат себе. За стенами дворца неспокойно, и король, чтобы отвлечь подданных, решает снова устроить Отбор, подобный тому, что соединил его с королевой. И скрепя сердце Идлин соглашается участвовать в Отборе, надеясь, что каким-то чудом найдет свое счастье…

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Aly Locatelli

    "You know how your mother and I met," Dad began. I rolled my eyes. "Everyone does. You two are practically a fairytale." We've all heard of the term one hit wonder. The singer who blasted out a fantastic, million-pound selling single, but never sold anything else; the actor that was brilliant in that one film, but disappeared off the scene immediately after; the model that did that great campaign, but never modelled again. It's a pretty common thing, to be honest. Sometimes, you also get authors "You know how your mother and I met," Dad began. I rolled my eyes. "Everyone does. You two are practically a fairytale." We've all heard of the term one hit wonder. The singer who blasted out a fantastic, million-pound selling single, but never sold anything else; the actor that was brilliant in that one film, but disappeared off the scene immediately after; the model that did that great campaign, but never modelled again. It's a pretty common thing, to be honest. Sometimes, you also get authors/books that were one hit wonders. In my opinion, The Selection series should have, by all means, been a one hit wonder and nothing more. Not a trilogy. Not a series. Not a multi-novella, five book hit. The Selection was good. Yes, I enjoyed the first book. When I found it, it sounded exactly like my cup of tea: cute, fluffy, light, with that little bit of an oomph to make it exciting. Sure, it was dystopia and at the time, that's all I was reading because, to be fair, that's all you could find in the stores. Ever since The Hunger Games took off, dystopia was in. So I wasn't bothered by the glaring plot holes, the vapid heroine, the flaccid love interest because it was good. Then I read The Elite and I liked it! I thought America was really maturing and becoming the character everyone wants to root for. Maxon was slowly growing on me because, hey! He was sweet. I could not wait to get hold of the last book and see America and Maxon get their HEA. And then came The One. This is going to sound terrible, but you can feel the utter disinterest in the storyline, the rush to get to the ending and give the readers what they wanted. I was so shocked by it, by the product itself, that I honestly had to check it was written by Cass herself. I was not impressed. At all. But it gave me what I wanted -- America and Maxon got their HEA, and all the other characters were paired off with great love interests and the end came wrapped up in a pretty little bow and glitter. So, in the grand scheme of things, I was okay with it. Then The Heir was announced, and I couldn't resist reading it. What if this book gave me what The One couldn't? And come on, that premise! A Selection, but with boys. Call me silly, but I couldn't wait to see how that turned out. Boy, do I regret it. And boy, do I wish I'd never thought it would make up for the mess that was The One. Because you think America was bad? She has nothing, and I mean NOTHING, on Eadlyn. All the Reasons Eadlyn is a Total Fucking Mess. 1) This quote: Had I been born a generation earlier, it wouldn't have mattered. Ahren was the male, so Ahren would have been the heir. Alas, Mom and Dad couldn't stand to watch their firstborn be stripped of a title by an unfortunate but rather lovely set of breasts. So they changed the law, and the people rejoiced, and I was trained day by day to become the next ruler of Illea. What they didn't understand was that their attempts to make my life fair seemed rather unfair to me. This is the first instance of complaining our MC does, followed quickly by "I can't complain". Immediately, I felt uncomfortable reading about her: yes, your life is so hard because one day she's going to rule a country. ONE DAY. Not now, not tomorrow, or next week or next month or even the year after. One day, in the future, it's going to be hers. She has all the time in the world to prepare, but it's unfair because she doesn't get to be like the other girls. FYI: She does, too. Eadlyn spends more time getting massages, tanning and sketching dresses than actually 'working' -- and I use that term loosely. Because although she's mentioned what she does, we're never shown her actually doing said job. And can we talk about that last line? It's unfair that her parents gave her a chance to become queen. It's unfair that she has to shoulder the responsibility. It's unfair she gets a chance that no woman in the history of Illea has ever had before. Way to backhand feminism right in the kisser. Bearing in mind that America, in the first two books at least, was a champion for giving women equal rights. 2) She is a bratty, whiny, self-centred little cow. Eadlyn is constantly bitching and whining. If it isn't about her future responsibilities, it's about her current responsibilities. If it isn't about Josie, it's about Josie's brother, Kile. If it isn't about her family, it's about the palace, the restrictions, the rules, the food, the drinks, the lack of freedom. It's absolutely pathetic. I'm sure this was done so we'd feel sorry for her, but actually, all I wanted to do was bitch slap her hard. Her people are rioting, they despise her, and she's moaning about how the palace guards are beneath her. Or, really, how everyone in the bloody world isn't worthy of her attention. "What if you said you were already in love with somebody?" I shook my head as I poked at my food. "I insulted my three most likely candidates right in front of them." [...] "Perhaps a guard then? Happens to the maids often enough," she suggested with a giggle. I scoffed. "That's fine for them, but I'm not that desperate." "Thisis strange," I said, picking up one of he applications. "I don't want to be judgmental, but look at this. I caught three different spelling mistakes for this one." Mom took the form. "It's possible he was nervous." "Or an idiot," I offered. "My father used to be a Two." "Is that all?" Undeterred, he went on. "I think it's pretty impressive." "Not as impressive as having a father who used to be a One." "Mark is a chemist. He's studying biochemistry, specifically." My eyes widened. "Really? Such a range in your professions." She frowned. "There's no caste system anymore, Your Highness. People can date and marry anyone they want to." I turned away from the mirror to look at her directly. "That's not what I mean. It's simply intriguing to me the dynamic you must have. You have my laundry in your arms, and he might cure a disease. Those are two incredibly different roles in the world." Need I go on? Eadlyn is selfish and self-centred. At one point, she's so jealous of her brother's relationship with Camille, the princess of France, that she tries to make him choose so he won't leave her. I swallowed, daring to say what I'd been deliberating over for a very long time. "Look, Ahren, she's a great girl. There's no denying it. But maybe she's not the one." His smile finally faltered. "What do you mean?" "Just that you might want to consider other options. There are so many eligible girls in Illea that you've completely bypassed. Don't rush into something that you can't undo. If you and Camille broke up, it would be nothing. If you got divorced, we could lose our alliance to France." Ahren stared at me. "Eadlyn, I know you're hesitant to fall in love, but I know how I feel about her. Just because you're scared--" "I'm not scared!" I insisted. "I'm trying to help you. I love you maybe more than anyone. I'd do nearly anything for you, and I thought you'd do the same for me." If she loved him as much as she says she does, she would want him to be happy. She wouldn't ask him to break up with her and put his life on hold because Eadlyn wasn't happy. She treats her maid like shit. Constantly putting her down and dismissing her ideas, even after she said Neena was like a friend or a sister. Besides the simple giving and responding to orders, we hadn't spoken much lately, and I had to admit, it was hard on me. Hard on HER. After treating her maid like shit, it's hard on Eadlyn. God forbid Neena may have feelings! 3) She's a Mean Bitch. She treats her Selected like shit, too, dismissing and humiliating them PUBLICLY. Like all great princesses would, right? Because holding up and image and being courteous means nothing, right? "Why were you so harsh? For a few you simply said 'no' or flicked your hand." I tried not to let the worry show on my face. At the time those things had seemed kind of funny. Oh yes, because making possible suitors CRY and humiliating them on camera is HILARIOUS. HARHARHAR!!!!1!!!one! She throws a pissy whenever the attention isn't on her, and enjoys taking the piss out of a fifteen year old girl who idolises her. "Kile, could you please go talk to your sister?" The contentment in his eyes quickly turned to frustration. "Why? What'd she do this time?" "She's taken yet another one of my tiaras." "Don't you have, like, a thousand of those?" I huffed. "That's hardly the point. It's mine, and she shouldn't be wearing it. When she walks around like that, she gives the impression that she's royal when she's not. It's inappropriate." SHE'S FIFTEEN AND HAS KNOWN EADLYN HER WHOLE LIFE. Josie idolises her and tries to be like her, but Eadlyn constantly mocks her publicly and humiliates her! 4) She's a Mean Bitch & Then Wonders Why Everyone Hates Her And the real fucking kicker: The public hates Eadlyn, and she can't figure out WHY. More provinces are protesting the monarchy than you could guess. Not all of them, but plenty. And while it pains me to tell you this, the problem people have with the monarchy stems from one person: you. Her people hate her. They throw rotten vegetables and eggs at her when she parades by, they start riots and scream about needing jobs. But Eadlyn's biggest worry? "Oh no, I have to choose a potential husband." He rolled his eyes. "Don't talk to me like that, Eadlyn. I'm fourteen, not four. I read all the papers, and I pay attention at the Reports. I speak more languages than you, and I'm learning all the things you have without anyone making me do it. Don't act like you're better than me. I'm a prince." I sighed. "Yes, but I will be queen," I corrected, sipping my coffee. I really didn't need this right now. "And your name will be in a history book one day, and some bored ten year old will memorize it for a test and then forget all about you. YOu have a job, just like everybody in the world. Stop acting like it makes you more or less than anyone else." Her FOURTEEN YEAR OLD BROTHER would be a better ruler than Eadlyn! He who studies because he wants to, he who never complains about the workload, he who works TEN TIMES HARDER than his sister, the future queen. That is shameful. 6) She's Goddamn Boring In The Selection, the girls had to complete certain tasks to compete for Maxon's affections. Tests, reports, projects, parties, the lot. It was fun to read about! I was always excited to see what each group would do. But in The Heir, none of that happens. Instead, Eadlyn chooses to belittle the boys and bully them so that they feel intimidated by her. They do nothing at all to gain her affection, unless it's a group date. Which was great the first time, but the second and third? Not so much. 7) The Selected are so Beneath Her, that She Doesn't Even Try to Get to Know Them "Eadlyn." I looked at Dad, trying not to be moved by the pleading in his eyes. "You promised me three months. We're trying hard to brainstorm on our end, but we can't extinguish that fire if we're dealing with new ones. I need you to try." And, essentially, that is the crux of the matter. Eadlyn wants everything given to her on a silver platter, but she doesn't even try to be a) a good person, b) a desirable bride-to-be, c) a good future queen. I'm so done talking about her, but there is so much I want to say. It's ridiculous. I haven't despised a main character this much since... well, ever. Throughout the book, all I wanted to do was strangle her. I can't stand it when MCs are self-centred, selfish, whiny and bratty. Not to mention that she's a twisted little shit, too, pitting the guys against each other until they break out into fights. The writing was lacking. Full of 'we gazed warmly at each other', lots of 'I cock my head pensively/prettily/confusedly/politely'. There was no feeling -- it all felt really empty and forced. The Selected guys were lovely but, of course, there had to be a violent asshole and a would-be rapist in their midst, right? BECAUSE ALL MEN ARE VIOLENT, RAPEY DICKWADS. Really? Fucking really?! And can I just say, she dismissed someone because he was sweating when they first met? NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO BE NERVOUS EVER. You might hang. Eadlyn was so condescending at times that I wanted to hit myself. She is shocked when her lifelong enemy turns out to be actually intelligent with life aspirations. She's surprised that people from different castes find love and can stand to be around each other. She's hurt and disgusted when people retaliate against her bad attitude. Are any of those really that surprising? Jesus Christ. The endgame love interest is so obvious it hurts. This would've worked so much better if it had been about those two overcoming their irritation for each other and falling in love, rather than... THIS. And that ending? That was the cheapest fucking cliffhanger I've ever read in my life. It ended so abruptly, that when I saw the acknowledgements, I thought I'd accidentally skipped a bunch of chapters. It was stupid. Even though I really shouldn't be, I'm disappointed. More than I'd care to admit. I really hoped The Heir would be good, but Eadlyn ruined it. Any part that might have seemed fun or interesting or sweet was overshadowed by her shitty personality. EDIT: 23/10/2014 We have a blurb! Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story. But as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she always thought. "Fairy-tale love story"? That... Really?! EDIT: 29/09/2014 WOW GUYS! My first ever 100 likes! I'm flattered that you guys find my internal ramblings amusing, much love to you all. <3 <3 <3 How? Why? HOW? Because, Aly, it seems that this MAY be one of those series that are continued for no reason. WHY? BECAUSE, Aly, it seems that people don't know when to leave well enough alone! BUT HOW? *sigh* Obviously,even though all the issues were, ahem, "resolved" in the last book, shit needs to be dragged out as much as possible. So have another book. BUT IT'S TWO MORE. NOT ONE. TWO. Well OBVIOUSLY it's a-- DON'T SAY IT A mon-- SHUT UP! You know it's true! It's a trend! It's okay to poop out more books in a series because of moneh. I told you not to say it! Sorry. You're not sorry. Don't lie. Question is, will you read it? After the shitfest that was The One? *Sighs* Probably. Well you're a fucking idiot then. *Sadface* I know. You disgust me. I regret nothing. You'll regret this. I know you will. You will cry and complain and hiss like a diabolical cat on acid and then you will write an angry review but you will, no doubt, read the fifth one, too. And you'll regret that one, as well. It's a vicious circle. You should quit now that you're ahead. *glares* Don't patronise me. You can't handle the truth, can you? ... I don't like you very much. The feeling's mutual. Suck it up, buttercup. Just another episode of Inside Aly's Brain.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Christine Riccio

    I did a full booktalk for this ages ago..... I FORGOT TO MARK IT AS FINISHED. HERE'S THE BOOKTALK https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTIIV...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gillian Berry

    JUST WHEN GILLIAN THOUGHT SHE WAS A FREE ELF

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rachel E. Carter

    Eadyln is definitely not America. And I could not be happier. Thank you, Cass, for giving me a princess I can root for. I read the Selection series for Maxon (who didn't?) and it was refreshing to find myself drawn toward the protagonist for once. Now, some people are going to hate her. Eady comes across very spoiled and selfish at first glance, but whereas America was wishy-washy and driven by a constant state of indecision, Eady knows what she wants and doesn’t apologize for it. And I for one f Eadyln is definitely not America. And I could not be happier. Thank you, Cass, for giving me a princess I can root for. I read the Selection series for Maxon (who didn't?) and it was refreshing to find myself drawn toward the protagonist for once. Now, some people are going to hate her. Eady comes across very spoiled and selfish at first glance, but whereas America was wishy-washy and driven by a constant state of indecision, Eady knows what she wants and doesn’t apologize for it. And I for one found that rewarding. “I don’t know. I guess I thought, if you ever did get married, it’d be down the line. I think everyone assumed that… Come on, Eady. You’ve always been independent. It’s the queen in you. You like to be in charge, do things on your own. I don’t think you’d partner up with anyone unless you at least got to reign for awhile.” YES. Eady represents something society either hates or loves. She sends eleven suitors packing on public display without the slightest hesitation, or the slightest bit of sympathy. The newscaster labels her the “black widow” for her heartless display. But really, how is it heartless? Society wanted her to pretend to get know all of them when really she was doing her heart a favor. She sent the lewd ones packing and if she knew she had no chemistry she didn’t see the point in dragging the charade out. This scene reminded me of Brad Womack on his first season as The Bachelor –everyone in the public eye condemned him for not picking DeAnna but why? Because at the end of the show he didn’t love her enough to propose? That took guts that he didn’t want to lie to her like every other winner does on the show, proposing and then calling things off before the final episode where they flash forward months later. Eady is Brad. Her response to the angry public was perfect: “I only have one heart, and I’m saving it.” Now, let’s talk about the basic plot and how messed up it really was. Obviously the fans wanted more Selection books so Cass had to find a way to bring it back. But then came America's bone-headed argument for subjecting her daughter to another ordeal: “Eadlyn, darling, we want you to be the best queen you can be, that’s all.” REALLY????? I get that they are trying to distract the country with a show but I hated lines like that. It made it seem like her parents thought she needed a man to rule. “I will,” I answered, “and I certainly don’t need a boy to show me how to do that.” SERIOUSLY, THIS IS WHY I LOVE EADY AND HATE HER MOTHER. Honestly, the only part I liked her parents was Maxon’s sad attempt at baseball (when he pointed to a spectacular hit and then missed all the pitches, that was ROFL hilarious). Or let’s talk about the obvious lead love interest. For Eady we give her (in my mind) hot, hipster-architect anti-royal Kile. He is the Dimitri to her Anastasia. I love him, I love their bickering, but I did not love (view spoiler)[how quickly they got together, or how as soon as they kissed she wanted to make out with him all the time, or that really awkward description of first kiss about the “mouths” –was it just me? (hide spoiler)] Nevertheless even with their problems I admired how they still argued on a routine basis like Dimitri-Anastasia and they had this “let’s pretend we won’t fall in love” relationship (since he wants to leave palace and she doesn’t want to marry): “If I need advice, I talk to my parents. If I need a friendly ear, I have Ahren. You were helping for a minute [kissing me], and then you had to start with the questions.” What’s not to love about a girl that's in denial? Makes for the cutest clichés. So if I enjoyed this book why isn’t it five stars? Because the romance was somewhat lacking. I didn’t root for Kile as hard as I could because he and Eady were too quick to start making out, so to speak. I would have preferred more build up or drama between those two instead of an automatic "friends with benefits" situation. I think I loved Maxon a bit more because he was less readable. He and America were a bit more romantic. That said, this is a four star read because I found the plot more enjoyable than America's tale, and I really liked the main character (for once). I am ready for the next book, now please.

  5. 5 out of 5

    julia ✨

    Update: What can I say? This book was even better than I hoped it would be. I just absolutely love this series. I can't wait for the next book to come out! --- OH MY GOD I JUST FOUND OUT THAT THERE'S GOING TO BE ANOTHER BOOK IN THE SELECTION SERIES I CAN'T STOP SCREAMING I AM SO EXCITED RIGHT NOW OH MY AGSUIDODGFHODPODJF

  6. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    First gutter trash of the year. Ok - to catch everyone up, America Singer lives in a country where the next queen is chosen ala The Bachelor. Prince Maxon took three long (lonnnnng) books to pick America to be his bride. Their story is a happily-ever-after-hippie-yippie-lovefest...or is it? Twenty years down the line, their eldest (Eadlyn) is eighteen and of marrying age. Since there is a bout of civil unrest, King Maxon and Queen America decide to hunker down, deal with the current socioeconomi First gutter trash of the year. Ok - to catch everyone up, America Singer lives in a country where the next queen is chosen ala The Bachelor. Prince Maxon took three long (lonnnnng) books to pick America to be his bride. Their story is a happily-ever-after-hippie-yippie-lovefest...or is it? Twenty years down the line, their eldest (Eadlyn) is eighteen and of marrying age. Since there is a bout of civil unrest, King Maxon and Queen America decide to hunker down, deal with the current socioeconomic issues and really revitalize their country from the ground up. LOL JK They decide to marry off their eldest to whatever hunky commoner isn't creepy and/or a rapist. Mom put up her hands, cautioning me. "Just listen-" "A Selection?" I burst out. "That’s insane!" "Eadlyn, you're being irrational. " I glared at her. "You promised- you promised- you'd never force me into marrying someone." However, they did not take into account the most important thing to having a successful televised modern-day bridal auction - having a likable main character Turns out, the King and Queen spent so much time raising up their country that they accidentally made a bratty, underdeveloped, whiny little twit to inherit the throne. “I'm a princess. I have everything." Hard to distract the nation from their poverty and/or class-related-stress when the nation is too busy abhorring their future ruler. Didn't they know who I was...? I was Eadlyn Schreave. No one was more powerful than me. Poor, unfortunate Princess Eadelyn will have to face her toughest challenge yet - getting people to like her. I mean...it's just bad. So bad. This whole series went so far downhill that Jack and Jill can't even find it. The first book in this series - ehhh. It was okay. The second and third book were really stretching the theme...and this fourth one? Not worth the paper it was printed on. Honestly, it just goes to show, just because you *can* write another book in your very bloated series doesn't mean you should... The unlikable main character (aka Eadlyn) spends the entire book: A) Whining about how unfair it is that she's going to be the next ruler. What they didn't understand was that their attempts to make my life fair seemed rather unfair to me. (Yes. It's unfair that America decided to break tradition and allow girls to rule the kingdom.) (And yes, that is the sound of Feminism retreating in her heels). B) Complaining about how stressed she is - while getting massages and mani/pedis constantly. I've never seen a main character dash off so much to get pampered, all the while going off constantly about how difficult life is and stressed she is. (she's probably stressed because of all those appointments - what if the deep tissue masseuse wants to schedule the same time as the royal foot massager?? Oh the conflicts!!) C) B*tches about all the other females and males in the book. Josie (Marley's daughter), who's only fifteen, just idolizes Eadlyn. Constantly looks up to her and always tries to hang out with her. ...so Eadlyn constantly undermines and tears down that girl. Mocks her for her lack of status and everything about her personality. The other contestants are constantly picked on and nitpicked. "This is strange," I said, picking up one of he applications. "I don't want to be judgmental, but look at this. I caught three different spelling mistakes for this one." Mom took the form. "It's possible he was nervous." "Or an idiot," I offered. Multiple suitors are made to cry, and Eadlyn laughs it off. And then she wonders why the general population doesn't like her. It's exhausting to read about how much she hates other people. D) Avoids any and all work involved with actually ruling her country. Much like the previous three books, the ruling family of Shreaves (why in the world the author picked a last name like that for a dynasty is beyond me) does little to no ruling. Their grasp of what it takes to rule a country sounds nothing more than a cursory google search by the author. How can you HONESTLY expect a season of the Bachelorette to stop a civil war??? But don't worry, the author does manage to giver herself plenty of pats-on-the-back throughout her spinoff. “You know how your mother and I met,” Dad [Maxon] began. I rolled my eyes. “Everyone does. You two are practically a fairy tale.” Such a waste of time.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Claudia Ramírez

    So, I didn't like this book as much as I liked the first 3 books. I think that's because Eadlyn was insufferable and I wanted to punch her EVERYTIME. She's bratty, spoiled and whenever someone disagrees with her, she tells them she'll be the future queen (as if they have to shut up for that reason). I don't really hate her, but I don't like her at all. At first I didn't like any of the selected boys and I had a hard time remembering who was who, but now I kind of like Henri... and that's it. Ean So, I didn't like this book as much as I liked the first 3 books. I think that's because Eadlyn was insufferable and I wanted to punch her EVERYTIME. She's bratty, spoiled and whenever someone disagrees with her, she tells them she'll be the future queen (as if they have to shut up for that reason). I don't really hate her, but I don't like her at all. At first I didn't like any of the selected boys and I had a hard time remembering who was who, but now I kind of like Henri... and that's it. Ean is interesting, too. Kile and Hale are too cliché for me, and the whole Erik thing isn't working for me either. I thought I knew who Eadlyn would choose, but now I'm not sure... Another thing that bothered me was what Ahren did at the end of the book! UGH! He was one of my favorite characters, but then he had to do THAT! Like... WHY? He could've talked to his parents about it and they would've been understanding and supporting to him! He didn't need to be all secretive about it. What he did was STUPID. Maxon saved the book for me. I loved seeing him in daddy mode, but I'm so worried about him :(. So much pressure in his shoulders, and then what happened at the end was a fatal blow for him! I just want to hug him and tell him everything will be alright! So... characters I liked in this book: Maxon, Kaden, Henri, Ean, Aspen... and that's it. America was alright, but I felt her so out of character, maybe that's because she's now the queen and she has really changed (for good). I'll definetly be reading the next book. Kiera Cass has this thing that I can't stop reading her books! They're addicting! And this one wasn't the exception.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    YOU GUYS. Is it possible that a book could be WORSE than The Selection, with an even more dreadful heroine, with even more terrible worldbuilding? Can such a thing happen? I know you fall asleep each night wondering. WONDER NO MORE. The answer has arrived. Yes. Yes, such a book can exist! And it is this one. ARE YOU READY FOR THIS? First, it is worth noting that on top of the problems that plagued earlier books in this series, this book has spectacularly awful timing, coming out, as it does, in th YOU GUYS. Is it possible that a book could be WORSE than The Selection, with an even more dreadful heroine, with even more terrible worldbuilding? Can such a thing happen? I know you fall asleep each night wondering. WONDER NO MORE. The answer has arrived. Yes. Yes, such a book can exist! And it is this one. ARE YOU READY FOR THIS? First, it is worth noting that on top of the problems that plagued earlier books in this series, this book has spectacularly awful timing, coming out, as it does, in the midst of the Baltimore situation. Unlike The Hunger Games, which for all its fault really touched on the cultural zeitgeist, this book is uniquely tone deaf in light of our current national crises. Okay, let's begin with the text! You thought America was dumb? Wait till you meet her daughter Here is how we meet Eadlyn. I COULD NOT HOLD MY breath for seven minutes. I couldn’t even make it to one. I once tried to run a mile in seven minutes after hearing some athletes could do it in four but failed spectacularly when a side stitch crippled me about halfway in. Eadlyn has made me hate her in well less than seven minutes…more like seven seconds. GOOD WORK. I mean, does Eadlyn/Cass think that some magical beings can just suddenly run a mile in 4 minutes? No. You train to run. Only some people can do a seven minute mile on their first try. For the rest of us, you work at it. Something with which a princess should be familiar. This does not bode well for Our Heroine, who apparently gives up immediately when she can’t do something on the first try. Alas, Mom and Dad couldn’t stand to watch their firstborn be stripped of a title by an unfortunate but rather lovely set of breasts. I . . . what? Girl babies are not born with breasts. If you are trying to go in this direction, just come out and say it: she had a vagina when she was born. Not breasts. Also, the reason to make your firstborn heir regardless of gender is called EQUALITY. Because women are just as capable of ruling as men. Not because breasts strip you of your title. Cause and effect fail. So, apparently Eadlyn and her father Maxon (I see he’s still a bit dim too) get their news from the newspaper. Read this again. THE RULERS OF A NATION GET THEIR NEWS FROM THE NEWSPAPER. News is at least 12 hours old when it is printed. WHY DON’T THEY HAVE A SITUATION ROOM IN THE PALACE? Can you imagine if Obama did it? Here, let my friend Elisa MacHeart show you what Obama would look like as the ruler of Ilea. “Obama woke up and read the newspaper. More riots, apparently. Well. That would not do. Or it would. Hard to tell whose side to be on. “Mr. President,” a voice said, knocking on his door, “time for your briefing.” “'No need!” said Obama. “I read the paper.” Thus finished with knowing what was going on in the world, he put on running shoes to see if he could maybe suddenly beat the fastest mile time in the world. Okay, moving on. Apparently, no laws were created to outlaw discrimination. Also, Maxon and America dismantled the castes without having any kind of ministry, department, or bureau in place to help ease the transition. Eadlyn makes a weaksauce attempt to suggest it now (SEVENTEEN YEARS LATER), saying, “In my heart I knew complaints would come in faster than anyone could address them, but I also knew Dad couldn’t bear doing nothing.” ….WHAT IS THIS. She has NO concern for her people. She only cares that her father isn’t “doing nothing” because that would hurt his feefees, not that even addressing SOME injustice is better than addressing none. Christ, what an asshole. It gets worse. Within the span of about 2 pages, Eadlyn tries to do the budget (but she’s bad at math lol cuz SHE’S A GIRL), and then talks about how much she loves having “dessert flown in just because it’s a Thursday.” The cognitive dissonance must be really painful for her. (To be clear: girls are allowed to be terrible at math, I am in fact terrible at math. But Cass specifically sets up Eadlyn to be bad at it, while her twin brother is great with numbers. In a cultural vacuum, this would just be a character trait and be fine. Unfortunately, we live in a society where girls are routinely said to be worse at math, to be inherently less capable of STEM jobs, and so on. You cannot divorce a work of fiction from the context in which it was written. This is just playing into the stereotype that girls cannot do math, and that is a real and damaging stereotype.) Another thing that Ahren is better at: realizing that you can negotiate with your parents. How did Eadlyn not realize this immediately, instead of screaming, “YOUR’E RUINING MY LIFE?” Doesn’t every teenager figure this out by the time they are 13? “Come home by midnight.” “One o’clock, but I’ll call at 11!” She was ostensibly raised as the heir to a nation—and she can’t figure out this one tiny thing? Ilea, I weep for you. To be continued as soon as I've gotten drunk enough to handle the awful writing and logic fails.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    “I only have one heart, and I’m saving it.” Why do I always finish these books in tears? Okay, so it’s no secret that I loved the Selection books, and I have to admit, that I loved this one too Eadlyn was a character that at times came across as bratty, selfish, and totally full of herself. But then she’d do something that would make me laugh, or something so outrageous whilst totally owning it, and I totally fell in love with her. Sure she was naïve, and her youth worked against her at times, b “I only have one heart, and I’m saving it.” Why do I always finish these books in tears? Okay, so it’s no secret that I loved the Selection books, and I have to admit, that I loved this one too Eadlyn was a character that at times came across as bratty, selfish, and totally full of herself. But then she’d do something that would make me laugh, or something so outrageous whilst totally owning it, and I totally fell in love with her. Sure she was naïve, and her youth worked against her at times, but she also came across as totally real, and it was nice to watch as she learned more real-life stuff, and began to see why having someone to love might not be such a bad thing. “I was Eadlyn Schreave. No one was more powerful than me.” The storyline in this was about Eadlyn taking part in a selection (against her will), and the calamities that ensued. The new problems in Illea, and the unrest that Maxon didn’t know how to fix. "I looked down. Did people really talk about Dad being tired?" So, the Selection!! 35 guys, and unfortunately there were some real bad pennies in that bunch! “When we met, you couldn’t stop staring at my breasts.” His face went pale, as if he seriously thought he was so subtle no one would notice. “Make sure you get an equally satisfactory look at my backside as you leave.” But some real cuties too! Hale dropped down and lay in front of me, wrapping an arm around my shoulder. “Don’t worry, I’ve got you.” And gosh, I don’t know who she’s going to pick! There’s one boy who grew on both me and her, but is it too predictable if they end up together? There’s the guy that’s not even part of the selection, but seems to have caught the Princess’ eye. And then there’s the guy who’s sweet, but has a bit of a language barrier. Would that ever work? I don’t know!! "You seem shut off in a way, disconnected from your people. I know you're constantly worried about the demands you will face as queen, but it's time you see the needs of others." And so the ending! And what an ending it was! I loved the twists in this story, totally loved them, but dear me, please don’t hurt a person who we all love Kiera Cass! Please! I cannot wait for the next book. CANNOT WAIT!! 9 out of 10 ************************************************************************ TODAY IS THE DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    isabelle

    Basically. Update: I'm enthralled, yet confused, with this cover.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Veronika

    My blog: http://reading-is-dreaming-with-open-... "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." If I had to say one word about The Heir, I'd go with underwhelming. It was not a bad book but I just couldn't like it as much as I did The Selection. Even at the best parts it couldn't live up to the previous books and I mainly blame the narrator for that. Eadlyn had a lot of potential but unfortunately she failed My blog: http://reading-is-dreaming-with-open-... "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." If I had to say one word about The Heir, I'd go with underwhelming. It was not a bad book but I just couldn't like it as much as I did The Selection. Even at the best parts it couldn't live up to the previous books and I mainly blame the narrator for that. Eadlyn had a lot of potential but unfortunately she failed my expectations. From the first moment I thought she was selfish, whiny and quite heartless. Meanwhile I thought she'll redeem herself later on. No such luck. Eadlyn continued to complain about having way too much work to do and having the weight of the world on her shoulder. At the same time she left all decisions to Maxon, which was fine because he was the king after all, but then why wouldn't she stop bitching about the amount of pressure she was under? Allegedly she had to learn a lot and she didn't understand maths... woah I feel so sorry for her. (view spoiler)[Next to this, she was egocentric to the level that she tried to manipulate her own brother to get what she wanted. (hide spoiler)] I'm sorry but I just couldn't relate to her. "No one was more powerful than me." - she says this soo many times that I can't even count. I was still hoping for great character development but I never got it. Eadlyn did change throughout the novel but the biggest change happened at the very end. It wasn't only unrealistic but rushed too. It felt wrong to me that something so drastic had to happen to make Eadlyn realise how wrong she was. The romance was predictable and bored me to no end. From the very first moment we met the guys it was obvious who'll have a chance with Eadlyn. What I hated the most about this was how patronizing she was to all of them, besides the one guy who'd have really deserved it.(view spoiler)[ She did her first elimination in front of the cameras and wasn't a tad bit nice about it, you can say she ashamed those guys in front of the whole country. (hide spoiler)] I was surprised to see that she had no idea why people dislike her. Jeez, I don't understand either, can you help me out here? I never thought it's possible to have 35 guys and not be interested in any of them, but that's how I felt while reading The Heir. I'd go as far that I don't think I like any of these guys. I feel like I don't know anything about them besides their names and a few non-important things. I get that it must be hard on the author to introduce us to so many new characters but at least one or two guys could have got more attention. While it is obvious which guys Eadlyn prefers at the moment I don't see myself shipping them in the next book. What I liked in America and Maxon was always their banter and cute scenes, so far none of these happened here. I feel like these guys are either batshit afraid of Eadlyn or don't care about her at all. I wanted a guy to tell Eadlyn when she's wrong and tell her to go screw herself when she put him in an awkward situation. Did this happen? NO. Also, don't look for chemistry between the characters, there's none. There were so many supporting characters besides the guys, and I felt like even Cass forgot about them once in a while. Josie was made to look sort of important in the beginning but then she was completely forgotten, as I'm sure she is in there. Ahren and Eadlyn's younger brothers were casually mentioned here and there and appeared to eat but not much than that. I was surprised to see that I didn't like Marlee at all. (view spoiler)[I was mortified when I realised that she wants to force her son, Kile to stay at a place he doesn't feel at home. (hide spoiler)] It was wrong on so many levels that I just can't deal with it. Eadlyn's maid appeared at the right times for Eadlyn to hurt her feelings but at least she did told her what a little bitch she was. Have I mentioned before that Eadlyn can't take critic to crazy levels. Whenever someone said something to her that she didn't like she became mad as hell and hated on the said person. Eadlyn's lovely words to her maid: “That’s not what I mean. It’s simply intriguing to me the dynamic you must have. You have my laundry in your arms, and he might cure a disease. Those are two incredibly different roles in the world.” Obviously, this novel wasn't all bad. I pretty much loved Ahren and thought he was unbelievably cute with Camille (his girlfriend). Also, he was a great brother, who Eadlyn should have appreciated more. She never once asked Ahren what was up with him, meanwhile she expected him to not only listen to her whining but agree with her all the time. There really were many amazing and emotional parts. Unfortunately, none of them could been thanked to Eadlyn. Maxon was as sweet as ever and America seems like a nice queen. This part: “My father has never so much as swatted my hand, and he’s always taught us to seek peaceful resolutions. Ahren and I gave up trying to fight each other before we could really talk.” Despite my review I don't think fans will dislike the book, actually I heard that some enjoyed it more than the previous books. As for me, my hatred toward Eadlyn was the thing that ruined the book for me, thus I can't give it more than three stars, even though that breaks my heart because, as you could have seen in my review of the original trilogy, I love The Selection. PS: I know The Selection got a lot of attack for being anti-feminist but I wouldn't call this book completely feminist either. While Eadlyn was right in that no woman needs a man to be a queen, both literally and rhetorically speaking, no woman should make a man feel like shit and less than her somehow. Feminists, as far as I know, are fighting for equality. I believe forcefully that a woman is nowhere less than a man BUT men are no less than women either and should never be treated as such. What Eadlyn did was disgusting and horrible and I can not like her for standing up for women this way. The story idea: 3/5 The realisation of the story: 3/5 The characters: 2/5 The cover: 5/5 Enjoy factor: 4/5 Final Rating: 3/5 BEFORE READING: THAT COVER *-* WHAT IS THIS? IS THIS REAL? OH MY GOD GUYS THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER! I can't believe that this is really happening. I bet it will be about Maxon and America's kid because seriously: The Heir. I can't freaking control myself. And May 5th isn't that much far away... I guess. Wait it's still 9 months, nine freaking months away! But I'm still like: This better be freaking amazing or else...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Sigh. I'm a little disappointed in this edition to The Selection Series. I don't know what I was truly expecting when I picked this up but this wasn't it. This probably wont be one of the longest reviews, but that's because I don't have much to say. Overall I don't even feel like this edition needed to be written because it really didn't add anything that wasn't already there. Eadlyn the heir to the throne and our leading lady, is a total bitch. I know a lot of people will say "oh well she has he Sigh. I'm a little disappointed in this edition to The Selection Series. I don't know what I was truly expecting when I picked this up but this wasn't it. This probably wont be one of the longest reviews, but that's because I don't have much to say. Overall I don't even feel like this edition needed to be written because it really didn't add anything that wasn't already there. Eadlyn the heir to the throne and our leading lady, is a total bitch. I know a lot of people will say "oh well she has her reasons", but I disagree. She was malicious at times for no real reason. Being a brat doesn't make you a strong women. It takes more courage to stay delicate in a world that cruel. And yeah, I've read snotty characters before and loved them and this just wasn't the case for Eady. Her constant complaining got to be far to much for me to ever feel a connect with her. One of the contestants even tells her shes a stubborn self-centered brat and I think he nailed it. As far as America and Maxon, her parents and the leading characters from the first three books, too me feel completely different than how they were before. I was so excited to get even just a little taste of them in this book and was again let down. America went from this strong, amazing role model for girls to this empty shell. Same basically goes for Maxon too. Sadly both felt rather unrecognizable. As far as her male suitors went... Again a let down. When she finally starts going on dates I thought I was about to get excited and would have a guy I could start cheering for.... and that never happens. We get so little time with them. There wasn't one I was super swooning over, or one that made my heart skip a beat. And actually a lot of them were kind of dicks. I'm more than certain that anyone who picks this book up will know who she will end up with (it can really only be between two. One is a bit predictable the other is who you'd want which again is kind of obvious). No, this isn't an open and close read it's left on a "cliff-hanger". Which I HATED! I wish I could give you even a little bit of a plot summary, but can't because there's not much of one. Basically we gets 300+ pages of Eady repeating the same sentence, stomping her feet, then caving a little here and there. If you start reading this, and then do like I did, and kept saying and waiting thinking there has to be some "WOW moment" that really makes this book complete, I'll sadly tell you that you'll be waiting forever. I wouldn't of even given this book the rating I did if it wasn't for her brother Ahren. He too me was the only highlight of this book. I loved him! I did find it was a little ridiculous that he understood what true feminism was over his sister. Found myself wishing that he was the heir and that we would have gotten the book from his sweet POV. "You can be brave and still be feminine. you can lead and still love flowers. Most important, you can be a queen and still be a bride." Truly let down by how this book went. It had all the potential to be great and then just drug it's feet. Hoping the next one goes balls to the wall.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lani

    Edit 24.10.2014. WHAT it has a blurb and a cover WHAT MAXMERICA HAVE TWINS WOAH A GIRL AND A BOY WOAH ANOTHER SELECTION BUT THIS TIME WITH BOYS WOAH WOAH TWINS *squelas* WOAHHHH DUDE NOW I WANNA READ THE ONE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Let me get this straight, So this: Plus this: Equals this: But then this: Meets this: UMM YES PLEASE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Woooow at least it's not from America's point of view... cuz America's just... Ugh

  14. 5 out of 5

    Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)

    SPOILER FREE REVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKp3q... I'm sad that I can't honestly give this 5 stars. It's sitting in between a 4.5 and 4 right now, leaning more towards the 4. I actually enjoyed Eadlyn. Sure she was a brat, but she was kind of starting to realize that and trying to grow out of it. I loved that the family played a big role in this book. Loved seeing Maxon (obviously) and even America. I also enjoyed that there's not really a clear front runner for her selection and there' SPOILER FREE REVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKp3q... I'm sad that I can't honestly give this 5 stars. It's sitting in between a 4.5 and 4 right now, leaning more towards the 4. I actually enjoyed Eadlyn. Sure she was a brat, but she was kind of starting to realize that and trying to grow out of it. I loved that the family played a big role in this book. Loved seeing Maxon (obviously) and even America. I also enjoyed that there's not really a clear front runner for her selection and there's quite a few guys that I think it could be. However, my biggest issue comes with the end. It was so rushed. The main focus had been the selection process and then all of a sudden it wasn't? I just didn't see where the turn of events came from. I know there's still another book to come but I felt this one was very introductory, not much happened, and there were too many loose ends. I still enjoyed it but not as much as the previous books.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kai

    “I only have one heart, and I'm saving it.” 3.5/5 stars So The Heir was incredibly entertaining and Eadlyn(what a stupid name) is slightly less annoying than America(which is still too much). This 4th instalment is really cheesy. Kiera Cass gushed over America's and Maxon's happily ever after relationship. We get it, they are perfect for each other, soul mates, etc. The protagonist is a strong female character and I like that she kicks ass. This sequel has a strong feminist message. But apart from “I only have one heart, and I'm saving it.” 3.5/5 stars So The Heir was incredibly entertaining and Eadlyn(what a stupid name) is slightly less annoying than America(which is still too much). This 4th instalment is really cheesy. Kiera Cass gushed over America's and Maxon's happily ever after relationship. We get it, they are perfect for each other, soul mates, etc. The protagonist is a strong female character and I like that she kicks ass. This sequel has a strong feminist message. But apart from that, she is still self-centered and sometimes pretty vain. The guys all look the same to me, to be honest. But I think my favourite is Henri. He is so incredibly cute and adorable. I believe that part 4 and 5 of this series are absolutely unnecessary. The plot was weak and the characters one-dimensional. But I can't deny that it was a fun and quick read. Find more of my books on Instagram

  16. 4 out of 5

    Yonaily

    I was going to be queen, and a queen could be many things . . . but vulnerable wasn't one of them. I have no problem with female characters having an ego. Everyone can have one, right? You can be awesome, and I'll be cool with that. What I hate - what I can't stand, is a person who treats others like shit for no reason, and this beautiful princess named Eadlyn managed to get on my nerves every damn second of my read. Bratty, spoiled and immature doesn't begin to cover it. Quotes a tomar en cu I was going to be queen, and a queen could be many things . . . but vulnerable wasn't one of them. I have no problem with female characters having an ego. Everyone can have one, right? You can be awesome, and I'll be cool with that. What I hate - what I can't stand, is a person who treats others like shit for no reason, and this beautiful princess named Eadlyn managed to get on my nerves every damn second of my read. Bratty, spoiled and immature doesn't begin to cover it. Quotes a tomar en cuenta: Neena was acutely attuned to my needs and much more agreeable to be around, so I kept her on. I also admired her eye for fashion. YA TE ODIO. "Of course, because the only way I could possibly like men is if I bowed down at their feet?" Tampoco tendrías que tratarlos como basura, mujer. Maybe I could be as beloved as my father. Qué buena broma. My favorite tiara? The one I was wearing? It was only my favorite because Josie bent my first favorite and lost two stones out of the second. She wasn't even supposed to touch them. Ever. Beside her, Kile was reading a book. Because, clearly, everything going on in our country and home was too boring for him. What an ingrate. 1) Qué muestra de madurez. 2) ¡TÚ DEBERÍAS LEER UN LIBRO SOBRE CÓMO SER AGRADABLE! "I was wondering if you'd like to join me for dessert tonight after dinner." "Just you and me?" I sighed. "Was there someone else you wanted to invite? Do you need a translator as well?" Sí, eso lo dijo ella. I gave my reflection a once-over and reminded myself that he was trying to win me over, not the other way around. Lo gracioso de esto es que recuerdo leer que ella no quería ser vista como un premio. You have my laundry in your arms, and he might cure a disease. Those are two incredibly different roles in the world. If I came in sweet and gentle, no one would take me seriously. If I had kindly tapped people on the shoulder and hugged them on their way out, would Holden have admired me less? GIVE ME A BREAK. ¿La trama? ¿Los personajes? ¿La narración? Cuando los encuentre les aviso. No hay nada remoto a una buena narración. Las páginas se van en descripciones inútiles del castillo y las citas de Eadlyn con los participantes de La Selección. Los personajes de la historia -Los suitors- son simplemente caras bonitas que ni siquiera sirven para adornar la historia. Y no hay tal cosa como una trama. The Heir sigue el mismo camino que La Selección: se enfoca en un posible romance sin gracia, con ataques de rebeldes de vez en cuando (para que el lector no diga nada, of course), con énfasis en su indeciso personaje central el cual intenta mostrar confianza y un lado feminista pero termina siendo un ser arrogante al que provoca estrangular después de dos páginas de haber comenzado el libro. NO. PIERDAN. SU. TIEMPO.

  17. 5 out of 5

    ☆GELA☆

    WTF did I just read? I was so excited to finally get my hands on The Heir!! I bought a hardcover copy with its GORGEOUS cover, just like the other three. I couldn't wait to finally meet Eadlyn Schreave and the rest of Maxon and America's sexy babies. Although the Selection Series should've ended with The One, I was still pretty hyped about the fourth book, The Heir, because well... KIERA CASS IS LIFE. ♥ && Sweet Baby Jesus, AMERICA AND MAXON. Ahahaaha, I understand why readers disliked Ea WTF did I just read? I was so excited to finally get my hands on The Heir!! I bought a hardcover copy with its GORGEOUS cover, just like the other three. I couldn't wait to finally meet Eadlyn Schreave and the rest of Maxon and America's sexy babies. Although the Selection Series should've ended with The One, I was still pretty hyped about the fourth book, The Heir, because well... KIERA CASS IS LIFE. ♥ && Sweet Baby Jesus, AMERICA AND MAXON. Ahahaaha, I understand why readers disliked Eadlyn Schreave throughout the whole book. She's the Queen of Bitchiness! I was very disappointed. The story was dragging and Eadlyn was HELLA annoying. It was mostly Eadlyn struggling with a pompous ego and indecisiveness as she was continuously rude to the boys; and Maxon's and America's terrible parenting skills as they used their daughter as a diversion to solve their country's problems. I just couldn't get myself to want to know what would happen next. It didn't interest me. I didn't even care who would win Eadlyn's heart. It will probably be...what's his name? Kyle? Karl? Kevin? or was it Erin? IDGAF. I just wanted to get it over with and finish the book. I do wish Kiera Cass just ended The Selection Series with The One. Although I am not expectant of the next Selection book to be published, I will read it because Kiera Cass wrote it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    April (Aprilius Maximus)

    I'm loving Eadlyn's character development so far! Can't wait for the next one!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Elena

    *This review contains spoilers from the other 3 books, The Selection, The Elite, and The One.* I'd also like to make something clear here. This isn't for anyone to get offended by okay. If you loved this book and you think this one is better than the rest, okay, good for you. I don't mean to rant about everything and Eadlyn the whole time but this book just wasn't for me. I'm sorry if you get offended. If you think you will get offended by reading a review or just seeing some negative things about *This review contains spoilers from the other 3 books, The Selection, The Elite, and The One.* I'd also like to make something clear here. This isn't for anyone to get offended by okay. If you loved this book and you think this one is better than the rest, okay, good for you. I don't mean to rant about everything and Eadlyn the whole time but this book just wasn't for me. I'm sorry if you get offended. If you think you will get offended by reading a review or just seeing some negative things about his, please don't proceed. If you do wish to proceed at your own risk, please don't attack me or anything. Please don't report/flag me as well. Please. This is Goodreads, and what I like about this community is how everyone has different opinions about books and can share them to others. I don't think this will be the best or worst review. There's some that I've read that are actually worse than this one, and some that defend everything and make sure others try to change their thoughts about it. I give them my applaudes! But I am someone who enjoys reviewing books in her own thoughts and opinions and if that is something you don't like, please do not continue. 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. Why did I choose that quote? Because this review will mostly focus on one name: Eadlyn. I've heard much about The Selection series and to start off, I wasn't the biggest fan of the first book. The One was my favorite and in my opinion, and like others, it should've been the last book in the series. Everything made sense and came to an end in that one. Sure there were times where the words kids or children were mentioned, but even with that, it could've been left with us questioning the book after. I mean, a lot of us actually did. What would the funeral for the King and Queen be like? How would America and Maxon's kids look like? Would Celeste have a glamorous funeral? Will Aspen and Lucy get married? What will happen with Marlee? Will The Selection continue or will everything completely change in this book? Having part of those questions answered, I now come to wishing Kiera never published this book and The Crown. In my opinion, this is a different series. It's like a spin-off I suppose. But having my opinion reach a better level, I just wish it ended with The One. The ending was the one we were looking for since the first book. It started off with America entering The Selection when she didn't want to. Then we get to the part where she meets Prince Maxon, they start talking and gushing over each other. Second book comes around. King Clarkson does not like America and wants her eliminated because she is stubborn and not who he wishes to see in his palace. In his opinion, she is nothing like the other girls and is someone not worthy of Maxon's care. Coming to their journey in The One, Maxon finds out about her relationship with Aspen, Celeste and America become friends only ending up being their friendly moment together, and Kriss was about to be chosen until the shooting happened again. Maxon is taken to the hospital, the King and Queen die leaving everything to the charge of the Heir who is obviously Maxon and as to the happily ever after, Maxon and America get married. HOORAY! I did not read any of the books when they were released. Sadly, I was not into reading when Kiera published her first one. That follows a sad story from me. Moving on, we come to a book where the main focus and its plot is about Princess Eadlyn Schreave, the Heir to the throne. Can we take a minute and just admire her? Oh wait, there is nothing to admire about her! After finally owning the Heir, I was actually glad I would finally meet these upcoming characters and learn their stories, only ending up wasting my time by reading about a spoiled, rude princess. I get it, she's a princess. She gets what she wants right? That's just royalty and how rich people live right? They get what they want when they want. Well, Eadlyn certainly does. Sometimes having the urge to put this book down and leave it as a DNF book, I forced myself to continue on reading just to see if my thoughts and opinions would change and also because I own The Crown so I kind of need to read this one to understand the final and 5th book right? But instead, I regret purchasing The Crown and wishing I never wasted 3 hours with this book. There weren't any changes. Eadlyn was still a bitch, rude, foolish, stubborn and still very spoiled. She is supposed to be a princess! Now, tell me, is this really how a princess, being the daughter from a gorgeous man that cared for his kingdom when he was only a prince, for his family, his soon-to-be-wife, his people, his country, himself, and being a daughter of a woman that never though she'd become queen, cared for her family the most, didn't want to compete in a competition with other girls over a guy she didn't care for at first because she preferred to stay with her family and make sure they'd be taken care for, is supposed to act? “Fox Wesley, Your Highness.” I tilted my head in greeting. “A pleasure.” He took in a breath. “You are so beautiful.” “So I've been told. You can go now.” BITCH Um, last time I was taught about how princesses should be taught (don't ask) I remember being told they must be kind, caring, make sure their words are said with wisdom and care, and make sure they talk politely with manners. I mean, yeah there's more to it but that's some of the main points. “Hale Garner, Your Highness.” “Welcome sir.” “Thank you so much for letting us into your house. I hope to prove myself worthy or your hand more and more each day.” I cocked my head curiously. “Really? And how will you do that today?” He smiled. “Well, today I would let you know I come from an excellent family. My father used to be a Two.” “Is that all?” Underrated, he went on. “I think it's pretty impressive.” “Not as impressive as having a Father who used to be a One.” His face faltered. “You may go.” Oh for fucks sake! I expected her to be like America, maybe even better and have a different character to play but no! She was the most boring, ignorant, selfish and had no interest in personalities. Being the royal princess she is, she was someone I consider to be the most awful person to read about. “I'm the princess. I have everything.” Yep you sure have it all! You have a horrible attitude, being a princess that thinks she has the strongest power in all of her country. You have so many fucking tiaras yet you cry over one that is taken by a 15 year-old. You think you're making things right when you're making everything worse. You think everyone should love you because of who you are. She thought she was queen already and that's what made me hate her more. Well, I guess that's how I took them. Here are 3 examples: I knew they loved me, of course. I was going to be their queen. “I’m the next queen of Illea. I’m scared of nothing.” Because who was I really? One half of a set of twins. The heir to the throne. One of the most powerful people in the world. The biggest distraction in the country. Yes her people definitely love her! She was saying that when she was with the Selected, standing like the perfect princess she thinks she is with her head high and making sure her tiara wasn't falling until people threw tomatoes and eggs at her. She said she was strong and didn't need to be rescued yet she went crying to her parents and wished everything was over. Hale and Henri even protected her.... Shame. I've never been so upset with a book. In The Selection, all books had their own improvements. The Selection - ★★★½ The Elite - ★★★★ The One - ★★★★★ Honestly, who does Eadlyn think she really is? She isn't queen yet so like calm the fuck down and take a seat in your precious rich seat! Also, another thing that bothered me from Eadlyn is how the text made it seem like she wanted her own mother to fucking die! The Heir, according to Google means: Now, that that's clarified, what I said about her wanting to become queen might just make sense. But if it doesn't, let me make it easier to understand. Eadlyn keeps saying "she will be queen soon" or "the people love me because I'm gonna be queen soon" or just "I was going to be their queen." Now, that may or may not make sense, but that's okay, I'm not done. If Eadlyn wants to be queen so bad already, why doesn't she just become queen? Oh right because she's just a princess and her mother is currently alive and ruling the kingdom with her husband who is also alive and the King. Because heir obviously means taking the title of the ruler after they are dead (that's actually in my words but whatever) and since Eadlyn keeps telling herself she will queen very soon so that is why she needs to improve her life, in my opinion, she makes it sound like she wants her own mother to be dead already so she can rule and have the kingdom for herself. It's like she wants to rule the whole place and not bother caring what is happening with the country! She makes it seem like her life is so stressful and hard to live in and wishing to be in someone else's shoes. She makes it seem like nobody else has their life to worry about. I'm sorry but her telling herself she is the heir to the throne just makes it seem like she wants America to die. What the fuck!? Now, I think I'm done ranting. Wait I don't know if that's considered ranting actually. Anyways, can I just move on to the actual review now and add things I did not like. Maybe some things I did like as well? Wait there um, there wasn't anything I actually liked so that's checked off. None of the guys really bothered me. They actually seemed interested in Eadlyn, not really realizing her real life and how stuck up she really is. As to the guys she eliminated, well, I don't blame her. Especially the sweaty one, the one who immediately first asked when he gets payed, and the one that just looked at her breasts right away. She's princess I know she must show some cleavage blah blah blah but like, he could've properly introduced himself like everyone else did and not introduce himself by locking his eyes with her breast like nooo man no. Believe me, it upsets me giving this book a 1-star rating when I had both high doubts but good expectations for it. I have heard that her character development grows and changes into someone better and even someone who was actually not expected in the final installment! I own The Crown and can't wait to start it because I do have hopes for it. Most are for Eadlyn but I also want her to choose the right guy. (Please don't tell me who she chose, thank you!) Like I said before, this was a disappointment for me. And believe me, I hate writing negative reviews and rating books a low star, but even if I re-read it, and even after I read The Crown, I don't think much or even anything will change. Instead, depending on how The Crown goes, this book might just decrease. Depends if more is learned and discovered and if more developments happen. A change might happen but it won't be positive. The book was found just plain boring. Everything was boring. The plot was boring. The characters were boring. The dates were boring. None of the characters had developments as well. Maybe they did but I just didn't see them. The romance was nothing like in The Selection. Here, it felt awkward. In the beginning, the dates didn't feel like real and actual dates. The dates didn't feel right for any of the Selected. “I'm smart and beautiful and strong. I don't need to be rescued.” Oh please! As final and overall thoughts, The Heir was nothing like The Selection. Any really! She eliminated contestants right away even when she didn't get to meet them! Nothing felt right and nothing caught my attention. Besides wishing to punch Eadlyn at times, nothing else was found.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Carol [Goodreads Addict]

    The Heir is book four in the series The Selection by Kiera Cass. I, like so many others, thought this series was going to end with the final book of the trilogy. I was happily surprised when I learned the series would be continued. I have been addicted to these books from the beginning and I loved this new book. It’s been twenty years since the end of the last book. America and Maxon’s first children were twins, Eadlyn and Ahren. Eadlyn was born first so she is the first in line to the throne, T The Heir is book four in the series The Selection by Kiera Cass. I, like so many others, thought this series was going to end with the final book of the trilogy. I was happily surprised when I learned the series would be continued. I have been addicted to these books from the beginning and I loved this new book. It’s been twenty years since the end of the last book. America and Maxon’s first children were twins, Eadlyn and Ahren. Eadlyn was born first so she is the first in line to the throne, The Heir. She is now eighteen years old and has a tremendous amount of responsibility on her shoulders while preparing for the time when she will become Queen. She has watched her parents and the love they so obviously share all her life but she doesn’t feel the need to find that for herself, not yet. The country, even though the caste system has been abolished, is in unrest. There is still much post-caste discrimination and the people are unhappy and blame the royals. While trying to find a solution, Maxon and America convince Eadlyn that she needs to have her own selection. “I’m happy, Ahren. I’m the princess. I have everything.” “I think you’re mistaking comfort for joy.” Eadlyn, especially in the beginning, comes off as a little bit snooty in this book. But as you get to know her, I think she is just extremely introverted. She rarely leaves the castle and has been raised for nothing other than to be the future Queen. She has built an emotional wall around herself and the last thing she is interested in is getting married. Not now and maybe not ever. But she loves her parents and will do as they wish. She’ll have the selection, but with some stipulations of her own. “Who was I really? One half of a set of twins. The heir to a throne. One of the most powerful people in the world. The biggest distraction in the country. Never just daughter. Never just girl.” I loved this book. I didn’t bond with Eadlyn right away like I did America. But it broke my heart to see the way she struggled with her identity. And she thought she knew going in how she would handle the selection. How she would handle the men. But I think the surprise was on her. Can she really keep herself from growing to care at least for some of these men? I already have my own favorite and there were definitely a couple of sighs and maybe even a swoon escaping me as she interacted with him. But there are also a couple of other strong possibilities. One of them might even be a scandal waiting to happen! My one complaint is that this ends in a cliffhanger. There were a couple of shocking incidents at the end but I also liked the changes I was seeing in Eadlyn. Will Maxon find a solution to please the people of his kingdom? Will Eadlyn fall in love and choose a husband? I’m not sure when book five is due out but for me, it can’t get here fast enough. “I’m not sure anyone knows what they’re looking for until they find it.”

  21. 4 out of 5

    Aj the Ravenous Reader

    3.5 stars I could totally understand why many readers think this entire series is a very weak sort of dystopia. I can’t blame them because this kind of is and this installment is no exception. But a closer look at the series provided me with the realization that Kiera Cass is one of the bravest authors out there. I bet everyone will agree with me that dystopia and fairy tales aren’t the best of friends, not even polite colleagues but the author played cupid and made these two opposite genres attr 3.5 stars I could totally understand why many readers think this entire series is a very weak sort of dystopia. I can’t blame them because this kind of is and this installment is no exception. But a closer look at the series provided me with the realization that Kiera Cass is one of the bravest authors out there. I bet everyone will agree with me that dystopia and fairy tales aren’t the best of friends, not even polite colleagues but the author played cupid and made these two opposite genres attract and fall crazily in love with each other by creating the world of the Selection, a world definitely unlike Hunger Games, Divergent, etc. but a world which I would willingly enter into. Are you kidding me? 35 hunks (husband scowls behind me), a palace and not to mention awesome food?! While is there anyone who would want a field trip to Panem? I thought so! LoL! What I’m trying to say here is that this series, particularly this installment may not have the most complex plot or impressive world building, but it’s completely entertaining and very appealing which I believe is the very purpose of the author and if you read this purely for its entertainment value, I bet you’ll enjoy this too. Was I annoyed at Eadlyn? Oh boy! I was! I couldn’t count the number of times and the variety of ways I rolled my eyes at the things she said and did but I think her attitude is what made the entire thing more entertaining. Did I think this series is going to be a trilogy? Oh boy, I did! Was I pissed? Yes I was. But guess who was so excited at the knowledge of a fourth book? And guess who is restlessly waiting for the fifth book? (refer to above gif) That’s how appealing these books are (at least to me). <3

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sophia Sardothien

    official rating 2.5 I have to say I'm really disappointed in this book, the selection was one of my favorite reads of 2014 despite the fact that America is extremely whinny and annoying. But for her daughter, HA! She's just spoiled and mean, for that I have zero tolerance on it. In addition, the plot was extremely dull... Nothing happens. Nevertheless as much as I dislike this book, I would still be reading the next one. For some reasons this quote annoyed me, if it happened in Throne of official rating 2.5 I have to say I'm really disappointed in this book, the selection was one of my favorite reads of 2014 despite the fact that America is extremely whinny and annoying. But for her daughter, HA! She's just spoiled and mean, for that I have zero tolerance on it. In addition, the plot was extremely dull... Nothing happens. Nevertheless as much as I dislike this book, I would still be reading the next one. For some reasons this quote annoyed me, if it happened in Throne of Glass or any other YA books I would have love this. I was Eadlyn Schreave. No one was more powerful than me. I was Eadlyn Schreave. No one was more bitchy than me. or I was potato, no one was more mashed than me.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa J.

    “You know how your mother and I met,” Dad began. I rolled my eyes. “Everyone does. You two are practically a fairy tale.” If you thought America was annoying in the original trilogy, then wait to meet Eadlyn. She's America's daughter and heir to the throne of the ridiculous kingdom of Illéa. The first thing you need to know is how unfair life is for Eadlyn. Her parents just disolved the law that said that the male firstborn was going to be the king, and so, now if the firstborn is a girl, she can b “You know how your mother and I met,” Dad began. I rolled my eyes. “Everyone does. You two are practically a fairy tale.” If you thought America was annoying in the original trilogy, then wait to meet Eadlyn. She's America's daughter and heir to the throne of the ridiculous kingdom of Illéa. The first thing you need to know is how unfair life is for Eadlyn. Her parents just disolved the law that said that the male firstborn was going to be the king, and so, now if the firstborn is a girl, she can be queen. Alas, Mom and Dad couldn’t stand to watch their firstborn be stripped of a title by an unfortunate but rather lovely set of breasts. So they changed the law, and the people rejoiced, and I was trained day by day to become the next ruler of Illéa. What they didn’t understand was that their attempts to make my life fair seemed rather unfair to me. How unfortunate! But things get worse for our little princess: The people of Illéa are not happy. Even after gorgeous king Maxon eliminated the castes, the people seem to be difficult to please. So, what is our amazing queen and king's solution to it all? Another Selection! This time, though, it's for the purpose of finding a husband for Eadlyn. The sole decision of making a Selection was really stupid. I mean, really, what the hell? America pretty much DESPISED that ridiculous contest and now they're holding another one for HER DAUGHTER? However, the stupidness of the book in general is not what made me try to tear my hair. No – it was Eadlyn. Oh my sweet baby Jesus, how I hated her! She's selfish, arrogant, immature, ____________ [insert all the negative adjectives that come to your mind], etc, etc, etc. First, she believes herself to be the oh-so-perfect model of hygiene. Why? Well, she pretty much criticizes EVERYONE for how they dress: I was about to ask if he did bathe, because he looked like he’d been running away from anything that resembled a bar of soap. Kile’s hair flopped across his eyes as he looked over at me. He was in desperate need of a cut and a shave, and his shirt was too big for him. I didn’t know who I was more embarrassed for: him for looking so sloppy or my family for having to be seen with such a disaster. What the serious fuck? Here's what I have to say: I don't know who I am more embarrased of: Me for reading this book, or Eadlyn for being so ridiculous. If you couldn't guess, by that point, I already wanted to DNF this, but I contained myself from doing so because I couldn't believe how hilariously bad this book was. I wanted to see how much the ridiculousness could last. Spoiler: It was present until the very end. You know how much I hate reading romance. My hatred is genuine, but it is NOTHING compared to Eadlyn's “hatred”. No matter how romantic he thought this was, all I could think of were the thirty-five loud, obnoxious, weird-smelling boys who were about to invade my home. Nothing about that sounded magical. That, again, turns out to be bullshit, because some chapters after, she's making out with one of the boys. At first it was for show – for giving “entertainment” to the audience (Katniss and Peeta someone?) – but then she did it to entertain herself and because she was actually developing feelings. I could have let that pass (because I really don't care if she's in love or not), but later, she shames this girl: If I thought I’d have the slightest attachment to these boys, it would have bothered me that she thought they were here for her. Then again, Josie thought everything existed for her. And the idea that she was so important that her marriage would need to be arranged on her behalf was comical. She could marry anyone off the street and no one would care one way or the other. Why does she say that? Because that Josie was excited at the prospect of having 35 hot boys in her house. She could have left it at that, but it's no enough for her: She has to humiliate her too. “Me, too! I think it’ll be exciting to have all the company.” “You won’t have any company,” I reminded her. “These boys are my guests.” She tipped her head like I was stating the obvious. “I know! But it’ll still be nice to have more people around.” “Josie, how old are you?” “Fifteen,” she answered proudly. “I thought so. If you really want to, I’m sure you could get out and meet people of your own accord now. You’re certainly old enough.” That girl is not her only victim, because she's awful to her maids too: “Mark is a chemist. He’s studying biochemistry, specifically.” My eyes widened. “Really? Such a range in your professions.” She frowned. “There’s no caste system anymore, Your Highness. People can date and marry anyone they want to.” I turned away from the mirror to look at her directly. “That’s not what I mean. It’s simply intriguing to me the dynamic you must have. You have my laundry in your arms, and he might cure a disease. Those are two incredibly different roles in the world.” Aaaaaaand with her family: “Don’t talk to me like that, Eadlyn. I’m fourteen, not four. I read all the papers, and I pay attention at the Reports. I speak more languages than you, and I’m learning all the things you have without anyone making me do it. Don’t act like you’re better than me. I’m a prince.” I sighed. “Yes, but I will be queen,” I corrected, sipping my coffee. I really didn’t need this right now. She's not only obnoxious to everyone who lives with her, though. She's like that with the selected boys too: “This is strange,” I said, picking up one of the applications. “I don’t want to be judgmental, but look at this. I caught three different spelling mistakes on this one.” Mom took the form. “It’s possible he was nervous.” “Or an idiot,” I offered. “Well, today I would let you know I come from an excellent family. My father used to be a Two.” “Is that all?” Undeterred, he went on. “I think it’s pretty impressive.” “Not as impressive as having a father who used to be a One.” (Really, wtf? Lol?) The thing is, this girl thinks she's too perfect for anyone. She doesn't think anyone is worth her, when it's really the opposite: She is not worth anyone. All those previous quotes should ¡ have proven that she's really immature, but have a look at this: “Eadlyn . . . you seem so grown up.” She sighed as she touched my cheek and shoulder and hair, not fixing anything, just checking. “Probably because I am.” She sounds so ridiculous saying that! Like, I couldn't... (let's use that gif again) And now let me present you an irony: She thinks she's the most perfect person in the world, but... “You look the part. I never really thought I passed for a queen, but you... wholly perfect.” “Stop it, Mom. You’re completely adored. You and Dad brought peace to the country. I haven’t done anything.” The poor thing! She hasn't done anything! Eadlyn is also a narrow-minded bitch who cannot accept that someone likes something she doesn't: “So, what did you think?” he asked, his eyes bright with excitement. “It was okay. Definitely seen better.” The movie seemed to leave him hyperanimated. “But the effects were incredible!” “Sure, but the story was tired.” He squinted his eyes. “I liked it.” “All right.” “Does that make you upset?” I made a face. “No. It just means you have bad taste.” But perhaps the worst thing about her is how blind she is. I mean... “So now you’re going to bully me? First you reject me, then you use me for a little snippet of entertainment on the Report, and now I’ve had to spend my entire morning tracking you down after you told me you would meet with me during breakfast.” “You’re one person out of twenty! I have work to do! How self-centered can you possibly be?” Self-centered? Do you even hear yourself when you talk, Eadlyn? She's the one who cannot stop thinking about herself and she's calling everyone else like that? Bullshit. Just... bullshit, Eadlyn. She can't even see that she's the sef-centered one? This book, however, not only has an insufferable MC, but it also has zero world/character building. Like, it has even less that the original trilogy. We never know why people are rioting, we never know how people are adapting to the elimination of the caste system... and worse even, we never get to know any of the boys. Yes, we know some of their names, but their personalities? Isn't that, like, essential? I mean, doesn't our sweet and lovely MC have to fall in love with one of them? How can she do that if she doesn't know them? Cass, however, is considerate, and gives us something to make up for that: A cliffhanger. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?!?!?!?!! A CLIFFHANGER?!?!!? As if it wasn't enough with 4 books (without counting prequels and such)... But if I look back, I had fun at how utterly stupid and ridiculous this book was, so... should I rate this five stars for pure entertainment value? Looooool, no. I can't even believe I said that – not even as a joke. This book is 1 star all the way. I still cannot swallow the fact that I read it without burning something. And now, as a price for all of you who read this entire review and are dying because of the headaches Eadlyn's quotes might have caused, have some cake: P.S.: I'm swallowing my own words. Just look at my pre-review to see what I'm talking about. ... Pre-review: Wait, what? Is this a new Selection book? Well, you can guess I will not be reading this, since neither of the previous books captivated me. So this is yet another book on my lost-interest shelf. And now, look at the cover!! Isn't it pretty? No. "Pretty" is not enough of a word. It's a fabulous cover. Still not going to read it. I'm not curious in the least.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    "I only have one heart, and I’m saving it.” Blurb: 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 Eadly "I only have one heart, and I’m saving it.” Blurb: 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. I just don't know what to think about this book. My thoughts are all over the place and even though I didn't hate the book, I didn't love it either. The first half of the book was really hard for me to get through because Eadlyn whined the whole goddammit time and she was such a bitch. Look, y'all can complain all you want about America being a child and indecisive but Eadlyn was way worse. Not only she acted like a little girl but she was also selfish and a brat and oh so blind and rude. I had a hard time liking her even when she got better in the second half of the story. Plus, I was really concerned about what was happening to Maxon and then the thing with America. See, I'll go first with the things I did not like about the book. 1. I didn't like how Maxon and America raised their children. And by that I mean that I particulary dislike how they never told them exactly what happened at their Selection. These people knew nothing about those events and I think that's why Eadlyn was the way she was and had all those walls. 2. First half of the book Eadlyn. She was a bitch. Period. 3. I didn't like how Cass wanted us to feel the bound between Eadlyn and Ahren when they had just a few scenes together, no flashbacks and no bounding time with the rest of their brothers. There was just one scene (view spoiler)[after Jack's attack (hide spoiler)] that was cute and warm but that was it. 4. I did not like America in this book. See, I was expecting someone a bit brighter than this calm queen and I know she's older and wiser but still. We're talking about America Singer over here. 5. I did not like how the book ended because I do not like the idea of this story being longer. I really thought this was going to be a single book but it seems it's going to be another trilogy or a duology at least. What I did like was reading about The Selection process because I always wantes to know how someone would feel being in that position and The Prince wasn't that long to cover the Selection time whatsoever. I loved Eadlyn's brothers. They all were cute and smart and funny and I just think they're so much fun to be around. Damn cute. I liked the problems in the country because they make sense and people are afraid and again: it makes sense. After a good time with Maxon being King and people loving him, they see this cold chick who's going to have the throne... I would be upset too. Let me tell you how surprised I was when I found out I liked the Selected. I care about some of those guys and I don't want them getting hurt. And like I said, Eadly got better. She started talking instead of demanding and she was more relaxed. The last chapter was a hell no to me because if America dies, I will not be happy and also because that's when I realised there was going to be a second book. I don't know, I really enjoyed the second half of the book and I loved Kile a lot and Henri and Erik and I don't know what's going to happen in the next book but, even though I love Kile and Henri, I can't help but thinking about Erik and Eadlyn together.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lilyan (Little Yams)

    WHAT? THIS IS A THING? There's more. I have hope that this one will be good. AND IT'S NOT JUST ONE MORE BOOK, IT'S TWO MORE BOOKS. This is so weird. I thought basically everything was settled. I guess not. I wasn't totally satisfied with The One, so these next two books better be good. I'm kinda torn between being happy, and being kinda annoyed. A part of me feels this series is getting too long. And the other part of me hopes that this book will redeem the series. SO CONFLICTED I'm interested wh WHAT? THIS IS A THING? There's more. I have hope that this one will be good. AND IT'S NOT JUST ONE MORE BOOK, IT'S TWO MORE BOOKS. This is so weird. I thought basically everything was settled. I guess not. I wasn't totally satisfied with The One, so these next two books better be good. I'm kinda torn between being happy, and being kinda annoyed. A part of me feels this series is getting too long. And the other part of me hopes that this book will redeem the series. SO CONFLICTED I'm interested whose POV it will be in, because apparently it won't be from America's perspective. (thank goodness. She gets on my nerves) OH, AND THE COVER. I wonder if America will be on it still, probably not. I'm sure they'll will be just as pretty as the others though. EDIT: THERE IS A SYNOPSIS "Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story" HA. If I do do remember correctly, there was a ton of unnecessary drama, crying, and fits.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Pearl Angeli

    "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." Highly entertaining, unpredictable, and royally fabulous. This book nailed what a highly enjoyable sequel should be. I like this book as a whole. The only downside I found was Eadlyn's attitude. *smirks I have to admit I had a hard time liking Eadlyn at first because she's bratty, spoiled, and quite obnoxious but as the story went by, I witnessed her remarkable "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." Highly entertaining, unpredictable, and royally fabulous. This book nailed what a highly enjoyable sequel should be. I like this book as a whole. The only downside I found was Eadlyn's attitude. *smirks I have to admit I had a hard time liking Eadlyn at first because she's bratty, spoiled, and quite obnoxious but as the story went by, I witnessed her remarkable character development and I was glad somehow. :) The whole story revolves in the Selection process where Eadlyn chooses a husband out of 35 gentlemen. The best thing about the book is how you can never predict who among her suitors will win her heart, because you basically live in her POV. By the way, there are lots of guys you will be torn. This book, as a whole, lives up to my expectations. :) But to be honest, I like The Selection series far better than this book. I like America's conquest to win Maxon's heart. :) But still, The Heir is a great read. If you've been a fan of The Selection series, I recommend you to read this sequel. :) Rating: 4 Stars

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shadowhunter's Library

    *WARNING, SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST THREE SELECTION BOOKS WILL BE PRESENT.* Edit: Okay, now looking back on this/reading this review again, I think my rating for this book is more of a 2.5/5 stars, but I will still give it the 3/5 on goodreads. So, after waiting a little less then a year after the original trilogy ended, the unexpected fourth book, The Heir, has been released. And a lot of people who have read the books may be wondering if this book is worth reading. Well, in all honesty, I personally *WARNING, SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST THREE SELECTION BOOKS WILL BE PRESENT.* Edit: Okay, now looking back on this/reading this review again, I think my rating for this book is more of a 2.5/5 stars, but I will still give it the 3/5 on goodreads. So, after waiting a little less then a year after the original trilogy ended, the unexpected fourth book, The Heir, has been released. And a lot of people who have read the books may be wondering if this book is worth reading. Well, in all honesty, I personally would only recommend you read this book if you are a huge fan of the series. If you just LIKED the first three books, than this book may not be worth you're time. Why would I say that? Because this installment, in practically every way, is frustrating at some point. And this time, it's not just the main character (which I will talk about soon). It was the dystopian aspect, which was actually pretty interesting seeing how things were going after the first three books, but we barely dove into that; the family aspect, I would have liked to learn more about Eadlyn's siblings and not just as one thing; the Selected, we only really focused on three guys mainly instead of a wide scope of all of them, and even then it didn't feel like we got to know ANY of them; and the biggest one for me: Princess Eadlyn herself. Now, if you will allow me, I want to ramble on about our new protagonist. So, I will be honest, I absolutely hated Eadlyn when we first met her. I thought that she was the brattiest and most annoying person ever. She also was so incredibly selfish and close-minded (as she thought of herself as such a powerful figure no one could touch and that she would never let anyone get close to her). However, when I was around maybe the 1/3 point of the book, I saw a tumblr post about Eadlyn and how she is strong with topics that are dealt in our world (if I am lazy and remember, I will link it at some point) that made me not hate her as much (and kind of respect her), but I was still pretty annoyed at her. Around the half-way point, she definitely is less annoying and more tolerable than the first half, but I still had/have a dislike for her. Anyway, back to some more of my thoughts on this book. I loved seeing the characters from the original trilogy reappear in this book, like Maxon and America and many more. I also loved how, like with the first three books in this series, the book is very quick to get through and it is really easy to read. Now, a major grip I have with this book, and it is that(except for the ones that are from the original trilogy), I felt like none of the relationships in this book had any substance to them. Even with Eadlyn and Adren, in which Eadlyn described each other like their other half, feels like nothing to me when I go back to it. (view spoiler)[Oh, and also at the end when Adren leaves his family to marry the French princess (I can't remember her name), it didn't even feel super shocking (maybe a tad bit) because it didn't feel like there was anything to make me feel sad or upset that he left this family (although, America having a heart attack was really surprising (and Maxon and Aspen were being like best bros at the end which I liked)) (hide spoiler)] So, in the end, I would give The Heir a solid 3/5 stars. Like with Kiera Cass' previous books, this was really easy to fly through. However, it was lacking substance (even more so than previous books) in practically every way, especially with the relationships in this book, with the exception of the ones that are shown from previous installments. I really hope that the fifth book, whatever it will be called, will at least make the relationships feel like there is a lot in them instead of feeling like it is made of nothing. --- Initial reaction: Finally, after not finishing any books for like two, three weeks, I finished one. As for my feels towards this book...ehh, I definitely have some things to say about this. --- 10/23: OH MY GOD, THAT COVER IS SO GORGEOUS I CANTEVENHANDLE. --- I know it may not seem like it, but I love the Selection trilogy and I CANT BELIEVE WE ARE GETTING MORE.

  28. 5 out of 5

    ♥ Innocent Lamb ~ Forever Reading ♥ - AKA Smarties

    Is everyone ready for The Bachelor Season 2? Sorry... the Bachelorette. You, yes you! Did you bring the tissues? And the chocolate? "Yes." You! Did you bring the tables for us to deskpalm on? "Yes!" What about you? Did you bring the stress-balls? Just in case? "Yes!!" Did you bring the crackers? For all the adorably cheesy stuff? "Yes!!!" And you. Did you tell everyone to grow their nails out to bite? "Yes!!!!" And I assume we all cleared our schedules? "Yes!!!!!!!!!" Okay... now who brought the book? *cricket Is everyone ready for The Bachelor Season 2? Sorry... the Bachelorette. You, yes you! Did you bring the tissues? And the chocolate? "Yes." You! Did you bring the tables for us to deskpalm on? "Yes!" What about you? Did you bring the stress-balls? Just in case? "Yes!!" Did you bring the crackers? For all the adorably cheesy stuff? "Yes!!!" And you. Did you tell everyone to grow their nails out to bite? "Yes!!!!" And I assume we all cleared our schedules? "Yes!!!!!!!!!" Okay... now who brought the book? *crickets*

  29. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Wells

    And the next thrilling installment of "shut up and take my money" Seriously, though, I wasn't expecting a continuation of the series and wouldn't have assumed there was much pretense for another Selection to take place. Nonetheless, it is interesting to see it from the other side of the coin - "dating" dozens of strangers simultaneously while weighing your personal life against your professional life. Eadlyn will undoubtedly rub people wrong, especially considering how charming and endearing her p And the next thrilling installment of "shut up and take my money" Seriously, though, I wasn't expecting a continuation of the series and wouldn't have assumed there was much pretense for another Selection to take place. Nonetheless, it is interesting to see it from the other side of the coin - "dating" dozens of strangers simultaneously while weighing your personal life against your professional life. Eadlyn will undoubtedly rub people wrong, especially considering how charming and endearing her parents were as characters. This IS something that's REPEATEDLY called attention to, so it's just her character and not an example of poor characterization. Basically, we have a flawed protagonist and part of reading is watching her develop alongside the plot. One of the great things about this story was how it pointed out all the double-standards and trappings of being a woman-in-power who has her literal pick of men. Flawed as she is, Eadlyn is constantly defending herself or justifying actions a man in her position wouldn't need to explain himself over. It's absurd, unfair and does contribute to some of her assertiveness and sour attitude. Where as the first three books played the Selection straight and even romanticized it, THE HEIR deconstructs this process while exploring the pressure and fallacy inherent to it. For better or worse, this isn't a rehash of the original trilogy but I'm still curious to see what will amount from it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Andie

    3.5 ⭐s **CONTAINS SPOILER RELATED TO THE PREVIOUS THREE BOOKS. DO NOT READ IF YOU PLAN ON READING THE SELECTION, THE ELITE, AND THE ONE** As a fan of the Selection Trilogy, I was very much looking forward to The Heir and going along for the ride of another fairytale love story. You can imagine my disappointment finding out that Princess Eadlyn not only wants nothing to do with The Selection but is also basically guilted into it. The country is in unrest after the removal of the caste system and Th 3.5 ⭐️s **CONTAINS SPOILER RELATED TO THE PREVIOUS THREE BOOKS. DO NOT READ IF YOU PLAN ON READING THE SELECTION, THE ELITE, AND THE ONE** As a fan of the Selection Trilogy, I was very much looking forward to The Heir and going along for the ride of another fairytale love story. You can imagine my disappointment finding out that Princess Eadlyn not only wants nothing to do with The Selection but is also basically guilted into it. The country is in unrest after the removal of the caste system and The Selection is brought back as a means of distracting the people. I have two main issues with this book and basically ruined the experience for me. ONE, Eadlyn is a very unlikeable character. Whereas America, yes she could get on our nerves, but she had spunk and Fire! Eadlyn is spoiled, snotty, and rude for the majority of the book. And her reluctance and distance to The Selection process made it really hard to connect to the experience and really root for anyone. TWO, what the hell happened to our beloved Maxon and America!?! I find it incredibly hard to believe that these two raised such a selfish child. They both had such strong and recognizable qualities about them but they were lost in this book. America had ZERO of the fire that I loved so much about her. She basically sat in the shadows and was really nice to everyone. Maxon, while he did some really great things in the past 20 years, we only get to see this tired, run down, aging man. I couldn't even picture them as the same people from the previous books. Ugh! What I did like though were the selected boys! Besides the first couple of meetings, Eadlyn's interactions with them were my favorite part of the book. Some were actually quite charming and funny! There are a handful who I really adore and think would be great matches. Although my heart is already stuck on KILE! Even before he was selected he roped me in :) I will be greatly upset if Eadlyn doesn't choose him lol. I am a sucker for childhood sweethearts. Even though they technically never were, I still get the same kind of vibe from them growing up together. Overall, Cass is undoubtedly a fantastic writer and kept me turning page after page even with a spoiled princess narrating. I did read it in under 24 hours after all! I do have hope that the next book will redeem itself. It has excellent potential with Eadlyn seeming to finally realize the error of her ways and wanting to change on the very last page (of course). Here's to hoping for character growth! So yes, I will be counting down the days till the next installment to find out how Eadlyn's story ends and hopefully choosing my boy :) I will cry if she doesn't!! I know it seems like I didn't like this book but that's not true at all. Even with the issues I had, I did enjoy it quite a lot and I recommend it to anyone who's a fan of The Selection. It's fast paced and addictive and will leave you reeling after that terrible cliffhanger!

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