Review: The Heir – A Spoiled Princess and a New Selection

Posted June 15, 2015 in Reading, Review / 0 Comments

Review: The Heir – A Spoiled Princess and a New SelectionThe Heir by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #4
Publisher: HarperTeen (2015)
Audiobook
{8 hours and 48 minutes} (352 pages)
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Also by this author: The Elite, The One, The Selection Stores: The Prince & The Guard
Also in this series: The Elite, The One, The Selection Stores: The Prince & The Guard
Reading Challenges: Read 2015

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.

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My Review

I could not stand Eadlyn at the beginning of the book. She was self-centered and arrogant. She thought everything was owed to her because she is “the most powerful woman in the world.” This is very different from America Singer.

The Selection is not Eadlyn’s choice. She doesn’t want to do it except that she knows she has to. The Selection will help distract the country and hopefully give time for her parents to figure some things out. Basically, the Selection is a publicity stunt.

If this book was just Edalyn, I may not have finished it. However, there are other like her younger twin brother Ahren, Kile, Henri, and Ean who help her change. Eadlyn really does grow up as the book progresses and that is so necessary.

I love Kile and Henry, two of the Selected boys. Kile is Marley’s son which immediately endeared me to him. I like how the Selection forced Eadlyn to learn more about Kile. I really like their budding relationship.

As for Henri, he is adorable. He was born in Swendway and immigrated to Illéa with his family. He doesn’t speak much English and so communicates through Erik, his translator. Henri is a great cook and I love how he interacts with Eadlyn.

It was great to see some of the characters from the previous books. Of course there is America and Maxon. I love seeing America and Maxon as parents. There is also Aspen and Lucy as well as Marley and May.

The second half of this book was amazing and I didn’t want to stop listening. That is what saved the book and the ending made it so much better. I cannot wait until the next one comes out!


Catholic Connections

*Spoiler Alert*
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This is a story of growth. We all have to grow up and we all have to become the people God created us to be at some point in our lives. For Eadlyn, the Selection is what forces her to grown up. It forces her to realize that the way she sees the world isn’t the way everyone else sees the world. The Selection forced Eadlyn to acknowledge that other people have different views on the same things, even when they aren’t in agreement with what she thinks. The Selection helps Eadlyn grow. By the end of the book, I felt that Eadlyn had grown so much from the girl she was in the beginning.


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