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 doesn’t expect her own story to end in romance – she has no interest in repeating the fairy tale. But a princess’s life is never entirely her own – and Eadlyn cannot escape her very own Selection, and one particular entry who may just capture her heart …
Confession: I actually quite enjoyed The Selection series. I know there are a few people out there who had issues with it, but it was a light and fun, so when I saw The Heir was coming up, I knew I’d give it a read.
Like The Selection, The Heir was easy to get through and delivered pretty much all the blurb promises. Similar to trashy reality TV IRL, Eadlyn’s quest for her Prince Charming is broadcast a’la The Bachelorette to the whole country.
Now, I’d be lying if I didn’t say this book was pretty much The Selection in reverse. It has some very similar themes and events BUT the big thing for me is how Eadlyn is written. It’s actually something I loved about the book. Eadlyn’s perception of herself vs. how she is perceived are two very different things. Each and every decision she makes to showcase her power is completely misconstrued. She thinks people will respect her, instead they find her cold and heartless. This small touch on gender-stereotyping had me firmly on Eadlyn’s side from the beginning.
Now, it wouldn’t be another Selection without the, this time, hunky candidates. There’s thirty-five in total, and while we do get to see a fair few of them there are three I believe are in the running.
Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to the contestants: *drum roll, please*
Henry. I love Henry. He barely speaks English but he’s an absolute sweetheart. Unfortunately, I don’t see this going anywhere.
Erik. I’m not behind this one, but I can totally see him sneaking in. As Henry’s translator, he’s not technically a part of the Selection, but that hasn’t stopped him and Eadlyn from getting close.
And lastly, Kile. He’s my pick. I love their banter in the beginning and the fact they seem to ‘get’ each other. That said, I was going for Aspen last time so I clearly have no clue.
Now, like every book in this series, it’s a light read. I finished it about a week ago, and while I enjoyed it and will be reading the sequels, there’s not a whole lot about the plot I remember. Quite a few of the candidates are caricatures and not well fleshed out, and Eadlyn and Kile do go from hate to friends pretty quickly. The main characters were great, and a brief skim reminds me of things all over again, but it’s not a book to read if you are after some intense romance/angst/feely-times.
That said, I am about to go all caps for a sec, HOW IS THAT ENDING LEGAL?! I totally expected one bad thing to happen but instead ANOTHER BAD THING HAPPENED THAT I WAS TOTALLY UNPREPARED FOR!
Not happy. (But really, it was a great way to end).
I’d classify this one as a ‘guilty pleasure’ read.