Series: The Selection,
Published by HarperTEEN on 2015-05-05
Length: 342 pages
Reviewing eBook from TN R.E.A.D.S.
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.
I absolutely LOVED The Heir by Kiera Cass! I’ll admit I was skeptical about it. I finally broke down this summer and read The Selection series and adored all three books. So I was more than a little curious to dive into this one and find out what Maxon and America were like as parents and how their daughter Eadlyn turned out. What I didn’t expect though was to fall in love with the story. I thought it would just be okay and I would be criticizing the author for continuing the series. That’s what I get for assuming 😀
Eadlyn is the oldest child of Maxon and America, and because they wanted to be “fair” to their eldest they changed the law, allowing her to become the heir instead of one of her brothers. Eadlyn is only slightly bitter about this fact, but she loves her country and like her father is willing to do whatever it takes to make it happy. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) Eadlyn is nothing like her parents. She is socially and emotionally closed off to all but her family. She is the heir, why should she socialize when there are more important things going on. Do you see where this is going? Eadlyn is selfish, self-centered and a bit of a brat without meaning to be at the beginning of the book. Then her parents do something I did not think they would do…ask Eadlyn to participate in a selection.
Reluctantly Eadlyn agrees to participate for only three months as a distraction from the political turmoil of the country. There is no more branch system in place (yay Maxon!!) BUT there is still a lot of discrimination among the population. AND there is a lot of tension regarding the crown. No one believes Eadlyn can become a good queen which breaks her. All of this as 32 boys show up at the palace to woo her. Eadlyn wants none of them, but as time passes maybe she’ll change her mind…Now the boys 😀 I can see at least four, possibly five, front runners for Eadlyn: Kile, Ean, Hale, Henri, and Erik.
- Kile grew up in the palace and is Marlee’s son. Eadlyn never liked him, never really paid attention to him, until his name is called in the selection. He’s comfortable for her and come on who doesn’t love a childhood crush turned lover story 😉
- Ean is this handsome, older (not sure if he is the oldest boy in the selection, he may be) boy and makes a deal with Eadlyn: her freedom in exchange for comfort. He’ll be a listening ear when she needs it but won’t interfere in her daily duties. I can see Eadlyn accepting this deal, she’s very independent and determined she doesn’t need a man to do her job.
- Hale…I kind of fell in love with Hale after his and Eadlyn’s first meeting. He promises to prove himself worthy of her hand by doing something for her each day. It’s really kind of sweet and endearing, a sweep me off my feet moment.
- Henri is incredibly sweet and foreign. He doesn’t speak the same language as Eadlyn and requires a translator. Yet he is head over heels for her AND even though they can’t verbally communicate, his nonverbal cues win Eadlyn over almost instantly.
- Erik is perhaps my favorite and he isn’t even a part of the selection. He is Henri’s translator and quickly becomes a confidant of Eadlyn. He’s kind to her and sees her for what she is, her struggles and even the things that only her family knows he picks up on. I can see her choosing him though I’m not sure how it would go down.
If you can’t tell, I really loved this book. Eadlyn is everything America was not which I loved. She’s independent, has her mind made up, and she doesn’t back down from a fight. I LOVE her! I’m on pins and needles after the conclusion though. Awful cliffhanger!!! Consider yourselves warned. If you enjoyed The Selection series, than I highly suggest you read this book. And if you’re new to the series, you can start with this one and not feel lost. It reads almost as a standalone with characters from the previous series popping up but not having a real impact on the plot.
Have you read it? Who do you think Eadlyn will chose?