Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Heir by Kiera Cass

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Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Kiera Cass's #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series has enchanted readers from the very first page. In this fourth romantic novel, follow IllĂ©a's royal family into a whole new Selection—and find out what happens after happily ever after.
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 her Selection to be 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 swoonworthy characters and captivating romance awaits in the fourth book of the Selection series!
I was on the fence about reading this one, but I put my name on the library's waiting list anyway.  I first read The Selection based on the cover alone (the whole series has absolutely gorgeous covers), yet found myself very disappointed with the book. I didn't care much for the main character and the story itself just didn't wow me. The two books that followed, The Elite and The One, were similarly disappointing, although I was mostly satisfied with the ending. 

The Heir takes place 20 years after the events in the first three books and follows the adventures of Princess Eadlyn, who finds herself in pretty much the same predicament her mother and father were thrust into all those years ago. The one difference is, I actually liked Eadlyn; where her mother, America, was so unsure, she exudes confidence. While she isn't exactly elated to be next in line to the throne, she tackles her duties head on and actually seems semi-capable of being a successful ruler. She has her moments of being a bratty, entitled teenager, but overall I appreciated her tenacity and strength. She fights against the very thought that she would need a man at her side to be a good queen, however she ultimately gives into her parents' wishes in an attempt to restore peace and boost morale in the kingdom.

In the original books, I had no second thoughts about who I wanted American to end up with. I feel differently about Eadlyn's prospects. There are two (of course, it always comes down to two) that have a special connection with her, and my favorite isn't even part of the "selection". At this point I have a feeling I know who she will choose, if she even chooses anyone in the end. I feel like this might end up with her not necessarily getting married; I'm expecting her to enter a relationship with someone, yet not rush into marriage. I'm assuming there will be two more books following Eadlyn, so we will most likely have to wait a while to find out. 

While the story of The Heir is not a huge leap from where it all began, Eadlyn is a very different person than America was; she had a very different upbringing and has a different outlook on things. I thought I would be bored reading it or have a serious case of deja vu, but I'm happy to say that I very much enjoyed reading this one. I'm looking forward to reuniting with these characters, to see who Eadlyn chooses and what will become of the troubled kingdom.

 If you would like to learn more about the author, Kiera Cass, please visit her website and connect with her on Twitter.

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