“You can be brave and still be feminine. You can lead and still love flowers. Most importantly, you can be queen and still be a bride.” – Ahren
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
Commentary: I did not expect myself to like this book more than the Selection series. When I found out that there was going to be more books, I started laughing. Seriously, why would there be more books to this series? Anyways, I assumed that Eadlyn was going to be exactly like her mother. Oh boy, was I wrong. She was spoiled, bratty, whinny, and frustrating. Did something traumatic happen to Eadlyn? Maybe that could explain why she is that way. Her personality is far from charming. I would have not liked her as Queen. Most of the time, I kept rolling my eyes. There were some moments where I wanted to slap Eadlyn for not trying. She could have tried with most of the boys, but all she did was be mean. This book was shorter than I expected it to be. I loved her twin brother Ahren. It felt that Ahren got the best personality traits from his parents and not Eadlyn. I didn’t like how he eloped and ran away to France. I liked the dynamics between the two siblings and hopefully, he makes an appearance in the next book. Though she had her faults, I was glad that by the end of the story, she realized she had to change and get serious about her selection. I did find it funny how King Maxon thought The Selection would be the best way to distract people from the problems society is facing. Ha ha ha. Now moving onto the boys, I’m having a hard time choosing which one is my favorite. There is Kile, Marlee’s son, who is her childhood best friend. I was rooting for him since he and Eadlyn have a love-hate relationship, but all that changed once Henri was introduced. From all the boys, I really like Henri for Eadlyn, despite the language barrier. But I also like Henri’s translator Erik. I am hoping that that he gets to be in the selection. Hale, the tailor, is meh for me. There is one guy that I don’t like at all, and that is Ean. For some reason, he comes off as manipulative and I sense that he might be evil, just saying. I really felt that The Heir was written better than the previous books, but it was just as descriptive as the others. I wished the book ended with Eadlyn picking her elite, but that didn’t happen. Lastly, America was not annoying in this book. I didn’t think it was possible, but she is far more likable older than her younger self. Will I read the next book? Yes, I want to find out who Eadlyn chooses. Did I think the author milked the cow? Yassssssssssss. Is this a guilty read? Yes, I have a love-hate relationship with this series.
Final Rating: 👑👑👑👑 (3.5)