Review: The Heir

The-Heir_612x925The Heir by Kiera Cass

Series: The Selection
Genres: Young Adult, Romance
Maturity Level: 3
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Rating: ⋆⋆⋆

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. 

Upon finding out The Heir existed, I fully expected this review to be mainly lamenting the fact that Cass didn’t quit writing after book 3 and scolding myself for continuing to read. But I was pleasantly surprised at how much better this book was than the last two.

Twenty years or so after the Selection trilogy ends, we follow America and Maxon’s daughter, Eadlyn, as she goes through her own Selection process. However, Eadlyn, who has been raised to be Queen and is fiercely independent, vows that she doesn’t need a man and the Selection will end with all the boys being sent away. Yet as the process goes on, she finds her mind slowly changing as she gets to know the boys, her parents, and herself.

I found Eadlyn’s character a refreshing change from America, who never seemed to know what she wanted. Eadlyn’s spunk and attitude was cliche but still interesting to read. Really the entire plot was a little on the cliche side, a good mix of the Lion King 2 and the Little Mermaid 2, and really any other princess sequel. But at least it wasn’t another tired love triangle.

I appreciated that Cass seemed to realize that her ending left plenty to be desired and used this sequel series to tie up a few loose ends. However, Cass did not suddenly become a better writer. The ridiculous names, over-the-top reactions to dialogue, predictable plot twists, and awkward culture continued in to The Heir. Still, reading about the Selection from the selector’s point of view was interesting, and although I still think the whole Bachelor/Bachelorette concept is completely unrealistic, at least I can understand a little better why people might be able to convince themselves that it will work for THEM.

8 thoughts on “Review: The Heir

  1. Well, I’m glad this sequel was refreshing at least! I personally never felt tempted to read this series but I was intrigued about its popularity. Guess this one would be a great fit for someone who didn’t particularly care much for the first few books and was looking for some sort of redemption.
    I’m usually fine with cliches, so long as they work, and this one seemed to, somewhat. Too bad the writing has not evolved much but oh well.
    Awesome review! 🙂

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    1. Yeah, cliches don’t bother me much either, as long as they don’t keep happening over and over and over. “Too bad the writing” should be the slogan for this series. Such a cool idea, which could have been so much better executed in more capable hands.

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      1. That’s why I don’t mind when authors pick up someone else’s ideas or plot (in moderation, of course, I don’t condone plagiarism – but inspiration is fine!) and give it a twist of their own. Sometimes the original author just doesn’t do a very good job anyway, so why not let someone else more capable try it? The results can be quite awesome!

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