The Heir by Kiera Cass

"I was Eadlyn Schreave. No one was more powerful than me."

It has certainly been awhile since I've picked up a good book and talked about it. I am an avid fan of this particular series. I am a sucker for dystopian fantasies and this was no exception. I noticed I wasn't able to review the book that preceded this (The One) but here is a link to my reactions to the first two books. I thought about reviewing The One before this but then I'd have to push away my current thoughts and feelings about this one and thought that would do no good.

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.

The Heir came out this month but I wasn't aware of it since the series was tucked deep in my brain. I saw a tweet a tweet from my friend and spotted the gorgeous dress and realized it was The Heir. I literally squealed in delight because I was outside at that time and there was a National Bookstore at the place I was at. Talk about meant to be!

I immediately dived into the world of the selection once again. This time, I saw their universe through Eadlyn's eyes, Maxon and America's daughter. Let me just say that Eadlyn is very different from her mother. To be honest I was not expecting Eadlyn's personality to be that way. How Eadlyn was written was way better than what I had expected. She is a very flawed character and her decisions annoyed me to death but I still love her with all my heart. She is now one of my favorite fictional characters. Eadlyn is very proud and confident. She knows and acknowledges the fact that she will be queen one day. Most times she comes off as bratty and self-centered. It's because she is bratty and self-centered but that's how she was written and we cannot have a perfect character can we? Eadlyn doesn't realize it but her words are plenty hurtful and inuslting. I think Eadlyn is supposed to piss us off. The sad part is that we weren't able to get much character development for Eadlyn. 

A lot of people hated Eadlyn's guts. I have to admit that I really disliked her for a day or so after finishing the book. Then I realized that it was okay. This is where the story kicks in and the selected men get through to Eadlyn's wall and make her realize she is selfish, mean and everything wrong about her. She has made terrible mistakes in this book that hopefully she will clean up in the second book. Throughout the book there are people constantly calling her out for being distant and cold. A lot of people said that the way she talked to her twin brother, Ahren at the last part was unbelievably selfish but I beg to disagree. That was her brother. One of the few people who knew her truly and she was afraid to lose him. Who wouldn't do whatever they could to keep their loved one on their side? I also noticed that it was Kaden, (her 14 year old brother) hit her hard with a few words that irked her and made her think about the kind of person she was. See? She had to think about it. BECAUSE she does not realize the kind of mean and distant person she has been. She has been spoiled her whole life and has been reminded constantly that a whole country will be hers one day. 

Enough about Eadlyn and onto the book and selection itself... it was boring. There I said it. I was able to finish it in the span of 3 days but that was only because I kept turning the page, hoping for the same excitement I got out of the The Selection and The Elite. Not The One, I hated that book. But let's save that for another time. Eadlyn was hard to approach and very closed off but I wish Kiera would have placed in more character development and some people trying to pry into her more. I felt like the whole opening up to Kile was very rushed. Them kissing was okay but Kile suddenly turned talkative in the span of a chapter? That was rushed. 

America has turned into something... different. Maybe it's because of maturity as queen but something has definitely changed with her. I felt like whatever fight and spark America had was left in the first few chapters of The One. I honestly did not expect her to be that kind of mother. Which made me sad. The main, big problem with the nation wasn't exactly identified yet but I'm guessing it has something to do with Eadlyn being distant and not adored as much as her parents. I felt like there was a lot missing with this book and Kiera Cass could have done much better. It felt rushed and I wish there were moments with the selected men. Although that would be very contradicitng to what Eadlyn had planned in the first place. Nothing seemed very note-worthy other than the chapters working it's way to the ending. 

Nonetheless, I enjoyed this book. I liked it more than The One. Which I plan on finally reviewing soon. I cannot wait for the next installment to this. Which means we all have to wait for more than a year to find out what's going to happen next. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. 


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