I while back I posted a review for The Selection, the first book in the series by Kiera Cass. The books were pretty good, all rated 3 or 4 on my personal rating scale, but nothing spectacular.
Searching through the audio book section of our library, lo and behold, there was a fourth book added to the original three, so of course I had to pick it up out of curiosity.
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.
Sigh… I admit I picked up this book knowing wholeheartedly that it would be a fluff young adult romance novel, probably 3 our of 5 stars and nothing special.
And I was right. Sort of.
The Heir delivered exactly what I expected, a teenage version of The Bachelorette, complete with scandal, clashing attitudes, and just enough of those adorable “Awwww” moments to keep you wanting more. The plot was predictable, basically identical to the plot in the first books by Cass- only from the point of view of chooser rather than the view of one of the contestants. I’m somewhat obtuse at times, but even I was able to pick out two of the favorite contestants before they were named as suitors.
The story is told from the point of view of Princess Eadlyn, a “strong”, driven, intelligent young woman who feels she has no room for a man in her life (sounds familiar- a bit like a few other YA novels floating around out there…). Eadlyn’s also vindictive, selfish, and childish, planning to make life into a living hell for the boys fighting tooth and nail (sometimes literally) for her hand in marriage.
Despite the simple plot line and prickly narrator, the character interactions are fun and well written, displaying some interesting diversity of background and reactions. Cass’s writing style is straight forward and easy to follow, making this a quick read and a good choice for summer if you need some fluff in your life.
And, no spoilers, but the end of the book did catch me off guard, leading me to give this book 4 out of 5 stars rather than the 3 I originally planned to rate it. Although I was a little annoyed to see that the novel ended in another cliffhanger, I’m actually looking forward to seeing what Cass has in store for us in the next and final book of the series, The Crown.
Have you read any of the Selection Series by Kiera Cass? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below 🙂