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.
Chances are, there are three reasons you will pick up The Heir.
1. Those dresses on the covers are absolute goals and will look amazing on your shelf. And they will gather dust and sit there looking pretty and just be neglected until the only other book series you have left to read (for the tenth time) is Harry Potter.
2. You’ve read The Selection and have high expectations for America Singer’s daughter. (News Flash: get that out of your head!! Eadlyn is not America. She’s like a mix of Celeste and Kriss)
3. You read this review *smirks sassily*
Now, this was my second time of reading The Heir. When The Crown came out, I was so excited and just jumping around (mostly in my imagination…I only would publicly do that for anything Sarah J Maas) with glee until I realized…I didn’t remember a single thing about The Heir and most of The Selection. Basically, I have short term memory loss for books. I will forget any book after around two weeks of reading it. I’m not even kidding, I’ve forgotten most of the Throne of Glass series, yet I still call it my favorite series!
All I had to remember about The Heir was that I hated Eadlyn. But I was willing to give her a second chance, since I would rather focus all of my hatred on Mare from Red Queen. And no…I cannot go a single day without mentioning my hatred for her. Honestly, I need to write her a review after I reread Red Queen since I honestly only remember her characteristics and nothing else. My short term memory loss is starting to become a problem since it’s lessening my anger at Mare! Ugh, I’ll stop.
This second time of reading it, I began to appreciate Eadlyn. Sure, she’s no humble and friendly America Singer, but she’s her own character. I had expectations for her to be like her mother, but what daughter is fully like her mom? America Singer was born into poverty and learned to not take anything, especially love and food (oh yes, her infamous love of food), for granted. Eadlyn was born into riches and taught that she is more powerful than anyone else. I am Eadlyn Shreave and no one is more powerful than me. She had far more responsibilities, and frankly, had almost a higher level of maturity than America did in The Selection. Eadlyn may have had her bad moments, but everything she did had reasons backing it and she was willing to sacrifice anything for her people. She was often misunderstood by everyone, being thought of by the public as distant and there just to be a pretty face on the magazines. In reality, she was overworked beyond her years and the foundation for her family. No stress or anything, Eadlyn, but you’ll have to lead the entire country soon!
Oh, how could I forget? I need to talk about the boys (most important part 😉 )! First of all, Henri was an absolute cinnamon roll. I just wanted to hug him forever and make him make me food. I also loved Kile, just because he had so much character and ambition. While I loved the romance, there was few and far between moments of it. And when Eadlyn eventually fell in love, it was like, wait…what? Maxon and America had three books to fall deeply in love, while Eadlyn suddenly fell in love in the second half of the final book since she was fighting it for so long. Sorry, not buying it! It was too fast and I felt like I barely knew the boy she chose in the end! Also, it was far too easy to predict her choice, so the plot twist wasn’t much of a twist in my head. They were apparently “soul mates”, yet I feel so romance deprived. The book seemed to be more about politics and Eadlyn’s reluctance to have a Selection. However, I did like the different instances when boys were eliminated. They were creative, and many of the eliminations were not at all because Eadlyn “didn’t feel a spark.” I was worried about how Kiera would have a female-led Selection, but she perfected the Selection part of it.
Illea’s story was not finished after America. It needed Eadlyn’s story. However, while there was a ton of political development, the ending felt rushed. It was like the romance, where I was suddenly so confused when everything happened to develop her final choice politically and I was just flipping back in the book looking for her reasons. At the end of her story, she made a huge decision without talking to anyone, not even Maxon, America, or the reader. It was such a surprise and I didn’t feel she should have had the authority to do what she did.
I recommend this book to any The Selection fans. There are two things to remember: Eadlyn is not America Singer, and the books are politics-based. Now go, and get your copy! Even if you hate it…that cover is effing gorgeous.