Review: The Heir (The Selection #4) by Kiera Cass

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Title: The Heir (The Selection #4)
Author: Kiera Cass
Publication Date: May 2015 (HarperCollins)
Pages: 400
Genre: Dystopian/Romance
Format: Paperback

Links to buy: |Amazon UK| |Waterstones| |Book Depository|

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. [Goodreads]

The Heir follows their eldest daughter, Princess Eadlyn. Reading about America and Maxon in The Selection Trilogy was frustrating but enjoyable and coming back to this series brought some sense of nostalgia.

The plot template was more or less the same as before. Strangely, it still affected me in the same way: I wanted to rant at the characters and slap them… in a loving way. To put it simply Princess Eadlyn is a brat. How this girl came from America and Maxon is beyond me. Thrown into the position her father was in at her age, it is time for Eadlyn to find her match. With the pressure of pleasing society but no interest in falling in love, Eadlyn meets her father half way with a compromise…But the Selection must be done. It’s fun too see the other side of this ‘competition’ as Eadlyn is from the inside and is now looking out. Her refusal on the situation really brought the book down… She was unhappy but if she opened up and thought more freely, she would have (possibly) had a better time.

The only real negative about this book is the 35 suitors. I felt like there were 5 suitors who really stuck out and the rest blended in with the furniture. Their names would prop up and question marks would float around my head. There wasn’t any balance at all. And with Eadlyn’s personality it’s a shame we weren’t able to get more about the other suitors before they left. Alas, Eadlyn is too uptight about it all…

At the moment, I’m in a really picky reading mood and haven’t been enjoying much of the books I’ve been picking up. Luckily this one has been great. Easy and familiar but oh so enjoyable, romantically predictable and with a few twists to keep us (semi) on the edge of our seats.

My rating
I really liked it

4 cup

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3 thoughts on “Review: The Heir (The Selection #4) by Kiera Cass

  1. I’ve only read the first one in this series, and it’s so weird to find out that they had children! I don’t think I’m going to read the rest – they seem like fun, but what you said about it being a bit like a template definitely makes me think they’ll get a little bit samey.

    • Ahaha, yeah, it’s a pretty big spoiler if you haven’t read the first three books! But yeah, I think it’s difficult because with a series readers want that familiarity that they got in the first three. Thanks for the comment Jess! x

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