Read between: 14th-15th March
Number of pages: n/a
Synopsis: Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.
But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.
Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.
Review: I read the Selection series last year after requesting The Heir from Netgalley- so thanks Netgalley for letting me have an arc of this book when I originally requested it. I enjoyed the Selection series- not immensely, but I enjoyed it, so I was expecting something a little similar after reading the blurb of The Heir. I wasn’t wrong, Eadlyn is just a stubborn as her mother America was during her Selection but there were some elements of Eadlyn’s personality that I liked a little better than her mother’s.
Thankfully, America and Maxon have definitely matured as they’ve gotten older and become parents, but they’re very much still in love with each other- I couldn’t work out exactly how old the two of them were now but at a guess I’d say late 30s early 40s. That’s just going by Eadlyn and her twin brother Ahren being eighteen. Eadlyn did have moments when she was immature for her age though. However, she loves the story of her parents romance so I couldn’t understand why she flipped at the idea of a Selection- why? You love that your parents met that way? Surely have faith? I was intruiged to see how she handled it though as being inside her head, it could have gone one of two ways.
At first, I thought she’d and rude to them and have a bad attitude so that none of them would want her and decide to leave within the first week. On the other hand, I wanted her to find out who was eligible and slowly start falling for them, as it was- I was more right about the first situation. Unfortunately.
Reading from the point of view of the Selector rather than a member of the Selection meant that I really understood the pressure of what it must have been like to narrow 35 boys down to an eventual three without feeling bad about it. I really understood her feelings about the whole event which meant, in some instances, I was on her side.
My only problem was that I would have liked to see more of the America and Maxon from the trilogy. I get that they were supporting characters, but it was nice to see them getting involved, especially during one of my favourite scenes, the baseball match, I got a glimpse of the characters I knew from The Selection and I liked that little touch. Like The Selection however, there is drama, fights, and even then Eadlyn’s family were right beside her. The closeness of the whole Shreave family was a lovely aspect to an otherwise mediocre story.
But then, the ending….that open ending. Oh my god. I wanted so badly for it to end with Eadlyn having chosen someone. Who? The three I think she should narrow it down to are Kile, Hale and Henri (then she’d get to spend more time with Erik 😉 ). I’m getting behind these three as I know that she the best chemistry with the three of them. Hopefully we’ll find out when Book 5- The Crown, comes out later this year….but then there’s the other thing. America can’t die!
It was great as a continuation of the series but as a stand alone it would have fallen flat. Cass definitely puts aspects of both America and Maxon into their children, even they could be extremely irritating in places. If you like the trilogy I’d recommend it as it was a nice way to delve into the world again.
Thanks for reading!