Published by HarperCollins on May 5th 2015
Genres: Girls & Women, Love & Romance, Media Tie-In, Royalty, Young Adult
Kiera Cass's #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series has enchanted readers from the very first page. In this fourth romantic novel, follow Illéa's royal family into a whole new Selection—and find out what happens after happily ever after.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's always thought.A new generation of swoonworthy characters and captivating romance awaits in the fourth book of the Selection series!
It’s been twenty years since America Singer stole Maxon Scheave’s heart in the Selection. Now it their eighteen-year-old daughter, Eadlyn’s, turn to find love. The caste system might have been abolished, but things are restless in the kingdom. Distracting the people with another Selection is the best idea anyone can come up with. Eadlyn tells herself and her father that she’ll give the boys three months—no more, no less—and then she’s done. She wants to rule alone, to mold the kingdom like she wants before a man gets involved. Eadlyn’s different, though, and it’ll take a little more convincing to prove that she’s what the people need. With thirty-five guys in the palace all vying for her heart, her original plan might get thrown out of Illea.
I adored The Selection Trilogy—when it was still a trilogy, that is. The series had a finality to it, and Kiera Cass would write a few short stories occasionally to keep the magic alive, even a few unexpected ones on her website. When she announced that there would be two more books in the series, I was excited. After actually getting the first book in my hands, I put it aside and didn’t read it for a while. Maxon and America had a fairytale love story, and I was skeptical about their lives after happily-ever-after. I read the short story that Cass posted on her website that announced that America and Maxon would be having twins, but I had no idea what to expect from this book.
Unlike America, Eadlyn did not have the easily liked attitude. A lot of the characters had a difficult time understanding her, and rightly so because of some of the choices that she made. I didn’t like her character in the same way that I did America, who got caught up in the competition, but I liked her in a new way. Eadlyn had a strong will that rivaled her mother’s and an opinion to put others to shame. Cass did a great job of separating the two, because even though she did remind me of her mother, she wasn’t a carbon copy.
Eadlyn had a great relationship with her twin brother, Ahren. She joked about him being just short of the crown by seven minutes multiple times, and still loved him when she half hated him for not taking the responsibility from her. The only guys she ever trusted were her father and brothers, so when strangers are thrown into the mix, all of the men in her life rushed to protect her when necessary. The family ties in this book were tenacious and withstanding, adding a different kind of love to the mix.
It didn’t take long for me to pick out my favorite guys that Eadlyn had to choose from. She had some bad picks and some great ones, so her decision will not be an easy one. There was one guy, in particular, who made it high up on my list, and the situation ought to be an interesting one.
After turning the last page, I’m almost afraid to pick up the next book. It isn’t out yet, but the way Cass ended The Heir is a little frightening (warning: do not read Goodreads reviews of the next book before finishing this book; I’m so glad I didn’t).
The Heir will fuel your need to escape to Illea, but not everything is a fairytale. You’ll learn about the lives of those who live in the palace and what it’s like to have a crown hovering over your head at all times. Join Eadlyn on her way to Queen of Illea and all the trouble that follows.