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The Heir (The Selection Book 4) Kindle Edition
A new era dawns in the world of Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series
America and Maxon’s fairy-tale romance enchanted readers from the very first page of The Selection. Now find out what happens after happily ever after in this fourth captivating novel, perfect for fans of Veronica Roth’s Divergent, Lauren Oliver’s Delirium, or Renée Ahdieh’s The Wrath & the Dawn.
Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story...but as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.
A new generation of swoon-worthy characters and captivating romance awaits in the fourth book of the Selection series!
Don’t miss The Betrothed, a glittering royal romance sure to captivate Kiera Cass’s legion of loyal readers and lovers of courtly intrigue alike!
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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.--Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
“Reality T.V. meets dystopian fairy tale in Kiera Cass’s delightful debut. Charming, captivating, and filled with just the right amount of swoon!” -- Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy
“An engrossing tale reminiscent of Shannon Hale’s Princess Academy and Ally Condie’s Matched. Fairy-tale lovers will lose themselves in America’s alternate reality and wish that the next glamorous sequel were waiting for them.” -- School Library Journal
“Deliciously entertaining.” -- Publishers Weekly
“Cass’s immensely readable debut novel is a less drastic Hunger Games, with elaborate fashion and trappings. The fast-paced action will have readers gasping for the upcoming sequel.” -- ALA Booklist
“A cross between The Hunger Games (minus the bloodsport) and The Bachelor (minus the bloodsport), this trilogy launch is a lot of fun. Cass deftly builds the chemistry between America and Maxon, while stroking the embers of America’s first, forbidden love.” -- Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B00MFYCZ2U
- Publisher : HarperTeen; Reprint edition (May 5, 2015)
- Publication date : May 5, 2015
- Language : English
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- Print length : 367 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #25,250 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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These Selection books are such sweet crackfic train wrecks. There’s so much wrong with them, and I don’t want them to be right. I know I probably shouldn’t like Eadlyn, and she sure has her faults, but she is so much better than the YA Milquetoast Brigade of Bellas that have been served up lately, and that includes America Singer. I hope she doesn’t lose too much of her edge in The Crown.
Eadlyn is the Scott Summers of Illogica
Eadlyn clearly has a streak of Grandpa Clarkson running through her. You remember him—the two-dimensional, mustache-twirling nasty king who beat his son Maxi-Pad. Anyhow, Scott Summers is the leader of the X-Men, but he’s not popular. Why? He makes decisions that people don’t like, he seems whiny and a stickler for the rules, but he does what’s best for the group. It’s kind of like what a queen does. Also, if Eadlyn can make a grown man cry by dismissing him with a flick of her wrist, that says a lot more about the man than it does about her.
There are plenty of jerks to go around in this book without focusing on all of Eadlyn’s flaws and roasting her alive. Her twin brother Ahren runs off with his princess and leaves her a letter so he can get the last word in as a final slap in the face rather than telling her in person. Baden shreds her in the press over a date and one rejection. One of the Selected guys started a fist fight—this was actually stupid and entertaining at the same time, but still, he beat the crap out of one of the other guys. Josie has her own section in this review, if you can stand it. One guy got rapey with Eadlyn, but her foot in mouth disease is what gets everyone upset. There are plenty more.
How about Eadlyn’s parents using their daughter in a wag the dog operation? How about 38 year old King Maxi-Pad planning to abdicate his responsibilities to dump them on 18 year old Eadlyn? How about the public humiliation and abject disdain Eadlyn is enduring as a result of this? I don’t see a lot of complaints about those two, but in the original series, they were willing to just lie there and take it. Eadlyn doesn’t do that, and she vents about it, so that makes her a jerk.
What really gets me is that the people around her are aware that that the public hates her—especially Ahren—but no one will offer any specific advice on how to change that. It’s all “you wield your power like a sword” and “you must go though the selection and see the change.” It sounds like “you have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it” and “with great power comes great electricity bill.”
The Primogeniture Tango
Swendway is probably Sweden plus some other territory. Sweden has been an absolute primogeniture monarchy since 1980. This would be the royals that Gregory Illogica married his daughter into to so he could become king. (I know, it doesn’t work that way. Just don’t ask, don’t tell.) There is no reason that Illogica should have had agnatic primogeniture to begin with. In other words, girls should have kept their place in line to the throne, and America and Maxi-Pad never should have had to make any changes to the line of succession in the first place. This choice never needed to be made.
The Name Game
I went over this in my review for The One, but it bears repeating because the problem actually gets much worse in these two sequels about Amerenesmee. The publisher had to make a video on how to pronounce the names in these books. They’re spelled differently so that you trip over them while reading. It’s not like they’re actual high fantasy names—which are also highly irritating. They’re regular names disguised as exotic because they’re not spelled conventionally. It makes them unreadable.
Maxi-Pad is Now Super Absorbent, and America Has Checked Out
♫America! America! Such sweet passivity! And drown thy good with motherhood, and no personality!♫ Maxi-Pad is now America’s father, and America is America’s father in female form. Neither of these two had much personality to begin with, but now they’ve just gone full basic. NEVER go full basic.
Toddlers and Tiaras
There’s no doubt that Eadlyn could cut Josie some slack. It’s clear that Josie looks up to Eadlyn and sees her as a role model. Eadlyn is needlessly cruel to Josie, but Josie doesn’t understand boundaries. Josie should not be taking other people’s things without permission. Maxi-Pad and America will never say anything to Marlee and Carter about Josie’s behavior because they still feel guilty about them being whipped in the last Selection. As for why Marlee and Carter allow Josie to run unchecked, your guess is as good as mine.
As an employee’s child, Josie would absolutely never be allowed to freely access a royal’s room, let alone be allowed to wander around a public official function where she would be photographed wearing property belonging to the royal family. THAT’S NOT HOW IT WORKS. THAT’S NOT HOW ANY OF THIS WORKS. This would cause huge problems in reality. Most of the jewelry Eadlyn owns would have been inherited or given to her as gifts. Think about how you would feel if someone carelessly broke a priceless heirloom your grandparents left to you by treating it like a toddler toy.
Now take that up a level. Royal children often receive ridiculously expensive, lavish gifts from foreign dignitaries, often other royals. Imagine Prince James of House Buffet, in the Land of Margaritaville gave Princess Eadlyn a sumptuous, costly tiara when she was born. Over 18 years, relations have gone a bit sour, and now Prince Jimmy, wasting away in Margaritaville, sees a photo of random guests tossing his gift to Eadlyn around like a frisbee. Jimmy’s lost shaker of salt goes forgotten as he starts imposing trade sanctions and kicking out ambassadors because no one will put a stop to Josie’s shenanigans.
It’s well within Eadlyn’s right to be upset about Josie taking her things. It is the fault of the narrative for making this seem so superficial.
Think of It as You're Being Let Go
Why are the parents in this series the harbingers of death? “I won’t be around much longer/forever. You’ll be X soon!” Because when Maxi-Pad starts talking like that, he is at most 38 years old. There may have been some lowering of the life expectancy in our marshmallow dystopia, but it’s in absurd territory. Do they retire when they hit 40 or something? I know there’s not some kind of Logan’s Run carousel thing going on, because that might get interesting.
Speaking of bad health, two of the queen’s first degree family members have died of heart problems very young, and nobody anticipated her having a heart attack. Don’t tell me they don’t have the equipment or knowledge to try to do any preventive care. They have TV, cell phones, computers and beef injections for their soldiers. Don’t tell me they don’t have cardiologists.
Swiss Cheese Security Corporation Run by Gomer Pyle
Aspen is a general now? He wasn’t any good as a private!
Eadlyn asks Maxi-Pad if there is a vetting process in place to make sure no psychopaths end up in the palace as part of The Selection. Considering the laissez-faire security in the last three books, all I could do was LOL. When they finally DO vet the candidates, they worry about one guy because he is quiet and keeps to himself. God help the introverts in Illogica, because they’ll be the ones who get rounded up into camps when the Hitler expy begins his rise to power among the caste-less unrest.
Speaking of Swiss cheese security, now that Illogica is living in a new age of perestroika, they might want to try a little glasnost with their history, particularly with VIPs riding in open floats in a parade through Dealey Plaza. Food is not the only thing a discontent public would be throwing. I hope there aren’t any book repositories along the route, because as we found out in the previous installments, their gun control isn’t worth crap. I can take care of your Selection problems real quick, Eadlyn. Got grassy knolls?
Also, they might want to think about educating more than one royal kid in the ways of running the country. I bet none of these chimpanzees have thought about a designated survivor, either. You know, in case one falls off a parade float and dies. It’s called an heir and a spare.
The Feminine Critique
Eadlyn doesn’t want to be the queen, and a lot of people seem to have a problem with that. People love all these books where girls don’t want to be princesses, but along comes one where the MC doesn’t want to be the queen, and now all of a sudden they’re grabbing their torches and pitchforks because the MC isn’t feminist enough to give up her dreams and take one for the “team.”
There are some things that you cannot ram down a kid’s throat. Marriage and career are two of those things. Not so long ago, feminists were hopping mad that Bella Swan was cooking dinner for her father, and wanted to get married to a vampire right out of high school. Now they’re hopping mad that Eadlyn Schreave wants to have a regular career, and doesn’t want get married straight out of high school. I don’t know how people reconcile this.
This book was so enjoyable that as much as it pains me to reward trash, I have to give it four stars for sheer entertainment value. I like bad books and I cannot lie. Like bad movies, they beckon me to wallow in their hilarity and to point out their gaping flaws. I like these bad books the same way I like bad reality shows, the National Enquirer and The Daily Mail. I think I know how this is going to end, Buttercup, but there is only one way to find out. ONWARD-- to the planet of the sequels, where we rightfully belong!
“Stupid Swendish baker with his stupid spices.” –Kiera Cass, The Heir
“Stupid, shiny Volvo owner.” –Stephenie Meyer, Twilight
First Impressions: Disappointment. I wanted so bad to love this story and new characters as much and as quickly as I had the first three stories in the series. But I just wasn't as captivated. The reason is because I couldn't connect with the main character, Eadlyn. I understood why she acted the way that she did, in a way. But I thought that she was a spoiled brat who thought she was better than others. Halfway through the book she hadn't gotten much better, and my hopes of liking this book were falling.
What I liked: Of course I enjoyed getting to catch up with some of my favorite characters from the first three books and seeing how their lives had changed over 20 years. I liked the relationships that Eadlyn had with each of her family members. It was special to read about the King and Queen and their four children. When tough situations arose they banded together as a family. I liked how Eadlyn finally let some of her walls come down a little towards the end of the story and allowed herself to start caring for someone besides herself.
I like how each of her younger brothers have unique personalities. Ahren (pronounced like Aaron I think, although I kept reading it as air- hern) and Eadlyn have a close, special bond as twin. Ahren is a level-headed prince who likes to read and write and who loves his soulmate with all of his heart. He looks just as his father did at his age. Kaden studies hard to learn the duties of ruling his kingdom, although he is third in line for the throne. He is very perceptive and I think that he would make a great ruler. Not that I want anything to happen to Eadlyn (even though I'm not her biggest fan) or Ahren for Kaden's rule to be possible. Osten is the youngest prince. (I just realized his name is probably pronounced Austin) He's very mischievous and always keeps things interesting.
I have a few favorite suitors for Eadlyn. I like when she is with Kile and allows herself to open up and talk to him. The chemistry is just there and is right. Henri is very sweet and is all in for Eadlyn. I also like how passionate he is about what he loves to do, cooking! I just don't feel that he is the right match for Eadlyn. Now his translator Eric...even though he was not selected. There is a natural connection between him and Eadlyn. He is a good, honest friend.
Finally, the story is written so well that it's a fast read.
What I Didn't Like: I was completely frustrated with Eadlyn's character throughout most of the book. I believe readers should be able to connect with the main character; to root for him/her to succeed. But this is the most I have struggled with liking the main character. She was spoiled and acted like she was superior to others. I couldn't believe that beloved characters from the first books were her parents. Although she loved both of her parents, she was very disrespectful and mean to them many times throughout the story. She even gave them the silent treatment. At one point she really needed to talk with her parents but wondered if she had given them a long enough "punisment" of silence. Ugh! Grow up and act like a queen if you want to be one so bad! Other characters called her out on her behaviour several times throughout the story. She never seemed to learn from those occurrences or try to change. She doesn't have to change her true self. The Eadlyn that she is when she is in her room designing clothes. Or those rare moments when she lets her guard down and is just herself. I understand that she has the pressure of trying to be perfect but she is the next ruler of her country. But she choose to do so by being powerful to make others respect her. Her mother and her brother Ahren hits the nail on the head twice in the story.
Another thing I didn't like was the frantic kisses she shared with one of the selected men. After they kiss, then she starts to give him a chance and finds every excuse to kiss him again.him. The heavy kissing leads to grasping and pulling at clothes. In my personal opinion, light kisses are ok outside of marriage. Anything more could lead to more intimate situations that should be saved for man and wife.
Finally, I felt like readers didn't really get to know any of the Selected guys because Eadlyn didn't try to get to know any of them. She promised her father that she would really try for his sake and for the sake of their country. But, time after time she refused to do just that.
Overall: In the end, I think The Heir is a worthwhile read for fans of the series. If a reader had not read the first three books however, I'm not sure they would enjoy this book. I know I wouldn't have. Had I not known how talented of writer Kiera Cass is, by reading her previous work, I may not have stuck with it. I'm glad I did. I realize that Ms. Cass is kind of a genius. The way she wrote this story is realistic. People can change, but change does not happen overnight. She first introduces us to Eadlyn, explains why Eadlyn is the way she is, and then, over time, allows us to meet the real Eadlyn as her guard slowly comes down. Readers didn't get to know the Selected men until Eadlyn allowed herself to get to know them better. Just when the reader starts to connect, the story ends in a MAJOR cliffhanger that I didn't see coming. I knew I was coming close to the end of the story but when I turned the page and saw it was the last my exact words were "The story canNOT end like this!" Now the wait for the next story. My hope is that Eadlyn will learn from her past and the twist of events. Until the release of the next book, my bookcase offers many distractions.
P.S. The One is still my favorite Selection book!
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My curiosity got the better of me and initially, I was disappointed that it did. I did NOT like the new heroine. At. All. I stopped reading for a moment and was worried about whether this book would ruin everything that preceded it. I read on only to see what happened to the characters I loved.
But then something changed. I began to like this narrative voice almost as much as America's. I loved the message that women can lead, be strong, independent and powerful without sacrificing their femininity and individuality. I am incredibly glad I kept reading and personally, I got the ending I had been hoping for all along. The surprises weren't very surprising for me as I could see them coming a mile away, but this did nothing to spoil my enjoyment.
I was truly sorry when the series ended, but delighted that I have discovered a new author. I look forward to reading many more of her books.
Five stars for the entire series.
Eadlyn knows what she wants and a selection is not one of them. She will do anything in her power to make sure that she doesn’t end up engaged and married. She will be a queen one day. I love that she is brutal in getting rid of the boys she doesn’t want. She is herself through out and doesn’t see why she should change for everyone else.
For me while there is some romance because of the situation – Eadlyn not wanting to be in a relationship – meant that what little romance there was, was forced. And I wasn’t sure who to root for out of the Selection boys – was it Henri who could hardly speak English or Hale – something seemed off. Or Kile the unwilling suitor. Who is going to come out on top?
At the moment I’m not sure where this series is going. Is the Selection going to be successful or will everything go to pot?
This is is reality TV, addictive and compellingly good. That I just had to read from start to finish in one sitting. This is a page turner and is one of my guilty pleasures.
Oh how I loved returning to this world. The Selection is one of my all-time favourite trilogies, a complete guilty pleasure that I have unashamedly recommended to everyone I can, including fellow ‘grown ups’.
So when The Selection ended, I was petty devastated that I wouldn’t be spending more time with America, Maxon, Aspen and co. And although that’s still the case, I am so glad that I got to catch a glimpse of them again in The Heir, and better yet got to fall in love with a whole new set of characters including their daughter, who finds herself hosting a selection of her own. The tables are turned, and this time we get to witness the princess try to find a match from a batch of gorgeous boys.
Eadlyn is stubborn, she’s frustrating and she’s in some ways pretty spoilt, so it did take me some time to get used to her, but she also goes through a transformation that’s a joy to read as she opens her eyes and begins to understand what its like to live in the real world.
I know that the cliffhanger ending has got some people all riled up about this book, but I actually quite like a cliffhanger! Crazy, I know. It has simply made me super-excited to read the second (and as far as I’m aware final) book in the series.
Kiera Cass has once again captured my heart with this one. The Selection trilogy will always be my favourite because that’s where it all began, but The Heir certainly lived up to my expectations. I loved it.
I'll admit, it didn't hook me right away. I had to put it down and take a break. Read something else. Sometimes I'm just not in the mood to read contemporary dystopian, you know?
In the end, I picked up the book once more and stuck to it. And I was not disappointed. Though there were times Eadlyn pissed me off. I mean, when it first said she was 18. I was like "What? You're 18?!" Because, you have to admit (if you've read it) that she behaved more like a 14/15 year old spoilt brat! And okay, she's a princess, about to be Queen, but fml.
I got over that.
When her parents (squeeee! MAXON AND AMERICA FOREVAAAA) decide Eadlyn should have a Selection to help settle down disturbance among the force. HAHA. I mean, land. Eady baby is not pleased. She doesn't want to get married (reminds me of Katsa in Graceling, which I'd just read) and is determined to be in control (again...familiar) but is quickly shaken when the boys in question begin to get close to her.
It's a fascinating concept, and fun, seeing the whole process from the other side of the situation. I mean, we all know what it's like for the Selected, but never from the Selectee, so to speak. Eadlyn's behaviour changed somewhat, from wanting to sabotage to actually considering her choices. Not that that particularly surprised me. It was obvious that would happen.
I love Kile. Can I say that? He was not so much the dark horse but also a complete non-cliche. He wasn't fawning over her, he wasn't obsessive (Uh...hello Aspen!) and was cool. But then you have others, like Hale and Ean. But call me crazy, but they didn't have much of an effect on me. I just like Kile.
I do hope she chooses him.
The ending had be hyperventilating and crying. Seriously. I mean, it was completely thrown out of nowhere and I was like "where the hell did that come from?!". I'm glad it shook Eadlyn as well, because she needed a wake up call.
Over all, definitely can't wait for the next book. Though it is sad Maxon's all aged now, and a father, and damn my dream bubble has been burst! lol
Although Eadlyn did undergo some much needed character development throughout the novel, she often slipped back into her old ways and it was infuriating, as I was rooting for her to change. I found it extremely difficult to be sympathetic towards her as well because she was just so self-absorbed, stuck up and spoiled. If people found America annoying (which I didn't) than I honestly don't know how well they're going to cope with Eadlyn. I get the whole scared of love thing but she really was downright rude to some of the boys who were only trying to get her attention, and her parents certainly didn't deserve to be spoken to the way they were by her. Eadlyn handled a lot of things badly, but she messed up most spectacularly when it came to her brother's relationship. To interfere with real reason is one thing, but she had no real reason for interfering in the relationship that acted in Ahren's best interest and not her own, which consequently made me dislike her even more. It also really ticked me off that Eadlyn had such a low opinion of Kile just because he kept to himself, wasn't as proud as her and liked reading...seriously? Between Eadlyn's bratty attitude, her nonsensical attempts to get the public on her side and with little happening between her and the selected there wasn't much to truly love in this book like in the other three.
What saved this for me was my affection for some of the boys like Kile, Henri, Fox and Erik who were all delightful. And it was lovely to be reunited with old characters like May, Lucy and Aspen. There were also bits of excitement that came from the selection, but most seemed a bit far fetched and like an attempt to make it seem like something was happening, because very little had so far. All in all these attempts were over dramatic both in the actual acts and in the writing itself. They portrayed boys as creatures who can't control their tempers or their wandering hands, which I don't believe was necessary, however maybe if written in the right way it would have served some purpose. But the cute moments between Eadlyn and some of the selected stood out for all the right reasons, I just needed more of them.
Despite my problems with this book I still did enjoy reading it for the most part and will definitely be picking up the next book in the series, because I'm positive that Eadlyn's only going to have improved. Thus allowing for more to happen with the selected as a few have started to finally get closer to her. There are also storylines to do with past characters that I want to see play out in the next book. So don't be discouraged by Eadlyn if you're thinking of reading this series, I heard negative things about America and still loved her and her selection, just proving that every opinion is different. It's a fun series that I really do love and would therefore still recommend enthusiastically.