Writing review's in succession has been a totally new experience for me. This is not the first series that I will be doing this with. I'm planning on doing it with Elise Kova's Air Awakens series too. However I am getting off track, lets go back to The Heir.
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.
The Selection and America’s story stole my heart, and now we get a whole new adventure with Eadlyn. The fact that the book covers sport the same design at the originals is perfect and I love the new girl on the front, who obviously represents Eadlyn. The blurb, however short and sweet, tells us everything we need to know. This book is about Eadlyn, America and Maxon are secondary characters, and Eadlyn is having a selection she doesn’t want. How like her mother she is.
We learn a few key things early on; Maxon and America changed a lot after Maxon became King, there’s still a lot of unrest in the kingdom, and Eadlyn has a twin brother who is madly in love with a foreign princess. Eadlyn is only 7 minutes older than her twin brother, but due to the changes Maxon and America made, she is the next in line for the throne of Illéa, and at times the thought of it can overwhelm her. With the unrest Maxon asks Eadlyn if she would hold her own selection in an attempt to appease the public and at first Eadlyn is completely against the idea, until a compromise is made and she only has to get through three months. There’s also an agreement that if she doesn’t pick anyone that’s okay too.
I love the romantic dates some of the 24 of the selected take her on. Yes I said 24, Eadlyn eliminated 11 candidates in a rather cutthroat manner to try and get this over with sooner, but it has a bad reaction on the press. I especially enjoyed the horse riding and cooking dates. Her relationship with the selected grows a lot within this book, especially with certain people, if you get my meaning. I’m trying not to give too many spoilers. Haha. This was well thought out character development.
I love how there’s an inkling of jealously from Eadlyn when we have a scene with Ahren (her twin) and Princess Camille. They’re love is something to definitely be rivalled and Eadlyn doesn’t quite know how to feel. She wants her brother to be happy but she also wants him by her side forever, and then she wants to be a strong independent woman but she also wants to find someone to love, and I think that she grows into this person because of Ahren, Camille and General Leger because of his relationship with Lucy. This was so heart-warming to me, that she could see the love other people had and it almost melted her cold heart to wonder about the possibility of it happening for her.
Overall this book was as exciting as The Selection was for me and ended on a fantastic note. Definitely 5/5 stars, and look forward to writing the review for The Crown next week!