Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Dystopian Science Fiction
Number of Pages: Kindle Edition- 342 pages / Hardcover- 342 pages
Goodreads Rating: 3.84
My Rating: 4/5
Publication Date: May 5th 2015
If you have not read the first 3 books in the series even the synopsis has spoilers! So be warned.
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.
This book was a slight disappointment. I still loved the world, and all the characters but the plot let me down. However, do not let this be a testimony to the brilliance of the series as the next book in the series (The Crown) restored my faith in Kiera Cass.
The rest of The Selection series was brilliant, but there was something lacking from this particular book. As I said before, The Crown was brilliant and gave me much more excitement, romance, and drama. The Heir is basically a build-up to the amazing sequel.
Eadlyn, the main character is self-centered and doesn’t recognize it in herself. I love supporting strong female character but Eadlyn was not a favorite (before I read The Crown). I did like Eadlyn’s strength and independence. I also liked many of the supporting characters, as they each have little quirks and things that make them memorable to Eadlyn and the reader. I love the world that Kiera Cass has created. The one thing that bothered me was that I felt like half of the plot was missing. I know that series do separate books for a reason, and within each book, there is a major plot running parallel to and supporting the plot of the series. The Heir, however, felt like it ended in the middle of nowhere. It barely had a climax and was missing a lot of the themes that runs through the whole series. I love the idea of the bachelorette type Selection, but I had higher expectations. The book was still really good, but not brilliant.
I tend to give a lot of 5/5 ratings because it is difficult for a book to disappoint me. This was the only book in The Selection to get a 4/5 rating, as the rest got 5/5. I do want to add that if you are reading the series you should definitely read Book 4 and 5 (The Heir and The Crown) because The Crown was a great ending to the series.
Happy Reading !