Review: "The Heir" (The Selection #4) by Kiera Cass

91cUR43vA0LAuthor: Kiera Cass
Genre: Young Adult/Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Publication: Harper Collins
Release Date: April 23rd 2013
Pages: 352
Spoilers: I’m so sorry but this post will be BIG on spoilers (at the end) because I really just want to scream and cry and yell etc. so be prepared! [NOTE: You should have read all of the other Selection books before reading The Heir]

Guys oh my god I was looking forward to this book SOOO much and I had some trouble (pre)ordering it so I got The Heir last Friday and finished it at 2 am last night and I was a freaking puddle of royal tears (exact words on Twitter last night, I’m such an emotional wreck). But I won’t spoil anything yet because I wanna save the drama for the end so you can read it until halfway without getting spoilers 🙂

“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.” [goodreads]

So The Heir picks up 20 years after where we left of with The One. Maxon and America have four kids: Ahren and Eadlyn (twins), Kaden and Osten. They are living in a world where the castes no longer exist and I think that is GREAT. I rooted for Maxon and American throughout all three Selection books and to read they’re happy and have 4 kids makes me happy too. But here it is: Eadlyn, female heir to the throne, is kind of a bitch. And that’s all.

No just kidding. I’ve read lots of reviews after finishing the book last night and Eadlyn being a bitch is pretty much mentioned in every single review. And the main character being bratty is probably something people could despise, but I didn’t. Of course I fully agree with everybody who says she that and more, but be honest, there’s something about her that makes you believe she, as a person, is just protecting herself from… love? Or something like that. She’s freaking scared and I’d be too. Is that an excuse for her behavior? No, it isn’t. But it does, somehow, makes sense. There’s a lot of pressure on her shoulders and she’s afraid she will dissappint her parents and, therefore, the whole country. I mean, what teenager wouldn’t get a little bit cranky knowing that the future of a whole country depends on you picking a husband and making the right decisions?

Lets all agree on the fact that Eadlyn wasn’t very nice and treated the Selected poorly. Wait? WHAT!? Another Selection? Yes, to calm down the country, Maxon and America think they should celebrate something and a Selection would be the best thing to make the country happy. Well, I expected more of my fav characters ever, but if this is what they think is the best, so be it. A Selection with only males? Should be interesting…. and it was! It was completely different from Maxon’s Selection. First of all, the names drawn, were actually fair (except for Kile maybe). Plus, Maxon kinda wanted a Selection, Eadlyn not so much. And lastly, Maxon tried to make it exciting for the country, Eadlyn didn’t know how to make it exciting and just made the country confused and mad.

So far, things in the book are pretty depressed, but since I love Kiera Cass’ writing, I kept reading, enjoying every page and every chapter even more then the previous one. Again, I was swept away living in another world for two days. It was a ride, and boy, the boys! Lets see… we have Kile, whom I’m rooting for. Then we have Hale, Jack and… some other names. I’m bad at names. I did remember Erik, translator of… yeah, shitty brains. Bad at remembering names, let alone 35 names of random boys. Just to make my point: so many great guys and Eadlyn doesn’t want to get to know any of them. She’s just irritated all day. Whatever. I love her. You can’t make me hate her [note: Kiera, if you are reading this, maybe YOU can make me hate her, please don’t… don’t try].

Do I love the book? YES! With all of my heart. Because the story is about a girl trying to live up to everybody’s expectations and somewhere in her heart, there’s a part that cares, I know. I’m sure. And that small part will eventually come out. Kiera knows how to write a buildup and I am seriously already counting down the days until I can read the sequel to The Heir.

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DON’T READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU HAVEN’T FINISHED THE BOOK

So, I was reading and smiling and reading and then all of the sudden the world collapsed and my heart broke and I was crying at 2 am in the middle of the night and later on I was rolling in a royal pool of royal tears and I was trying to… well… get my shit together realizing I cared SO MUCH for this freaking book. I fell in love all over again with The Selection world and I wish I would never have to leave it.

To be honest: the ending was nerve wrecking. I’m the kinda girl that cries about every book and this was THAT kinda book and Kiera hit a soft spot. WHY ARE YOU FREAKING HURTING AMERICA? If she’s going to kill America, I will seriously throw the book out of the window (which I would later regret with all of my heart). Anyways, congrats to you Kiera, you made a whole group of YA lovers remember why fictional characters should stay fictional.

This review doesn’t really make sense, but that means the book was good. Bad review equals good book (most of the time anyway).

This book swept me off my feet even higher than the other Selection books did. Kiera Cass equaled the quality of the other three books and maybe even did better on The Heir. It’s funny, nerve wrecking and life consuming. You won’t put it down without having read the very last page. The story will continue to haunt you until the next book is released…

GO READ IT!

 

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