BONUS BOOK: The Heir by Kiera Cass

“I’m not sure anyone knows what they’re looking for until they find it.”

Genre: Fiction, Romance, Dystopian

Book Jacket 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: Here is the conclusion I have come to after reading The Heir, fourth installment in the Selection series; these books are pretty bad, but they are almost impossible to put down. If I had complaints about America Singer as the original heroine of the series, they pale in comparison to my feelings for America and Maxon’s daughter, Eadlyn. To put it frankly, Eadlyn is a huge brat. She is entirely consumed by her own problems and finds it somehow shocking that the people she will one day rule have very little respect or affection for her. While Eadlyn certainly becomes more tolerable as The Heir progresses, she still strays far from ever being likeable. Once again, Cass also fails to create meaningful relationships among her protagonists. For example, America and Kile’s transition from childhood nemeses to potential lovers is poorly developed and occurs far too quickly than actually makes sense. While there are some redeemable characters (such as Henri from Swendway and his enigmatic translator), a majority of the newly introduced characters are ultimately forgettable and very little attention is actually directed towards characters from the first three Selection books (such as America, Maxon, Marlee, Lucy, and Aspen). I also had trouble discerning much of an actual plotline or backbone to the novel. For those reasons, I have given The Heir 2/5 stars. And yet, I am positive I will pick up The Crown (fifth and final installment) when it is published next month. Perplexing…




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