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

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.

Release Date: May 2015 
Age Group: YA
Source: e-book, purchased
Reviewed By: Nat 

I was chomping at the bit waiting for this new era in the world Cass has created. I did my usual ritual of planning out how I would neglect all my duties (#momprobs) and devour this book. It started out with me eagerly reading, wanting to know what had become of Maxon and America. 

It was a slow start and immediately I knew that their daughter Eadlyn was nothing like either of them. The best way I can describe her is that she has the personality of Maxon's father with the looks of Maxon's Mother and has a hint of unconditional love (for her family, none for her country) from her mother.

I got all the way to the last 30% and stopped reading.

Why? Because I freaking felt a #roth AND #mockingjay headed in my direction! Can you flipping imagine anything worse than a beloved series have the crap-tastic tragedy of those two books? Your total fairy tale love affair crumbling combined with the heroine (America) being a completely different (weak and submissive) woman! 

What the heck went wrong when they were raising their children? I'm a mom and I have that fiery personality of the America who was in The Selection but you know what motherhood did to me? For one, I did learn to hone it in and not be as brash BUT I became a Tiger Mom when it came to my off-spring. My kids know I will just about eat anyone who treats them wrong. #nailsforbreakfast

America got a little huffy, puffy and Maxon flared a little daddy hate-fire but all in all, they were just freaking broken down {but still in love}. #mockingjay

I did finish the book. I read the last 30% and held out hope. I mean I stalk Kiera Cass on instagram, read all the teasers and have talked this book up to anyone that would listen. Surely she was going to pull the rabbit out of the hat in the end... she did all right but it was a stinky skunk that popped out of that hat!

The cliffhanger is something I suspected might happen but thought there was no way she was going to #roth me. No way, no how. WRONG.

Now, Eadlyn had a sliver of character growth towards the end and a little hope was redeemed. I am attached to the other Shreave children. They all seemed how I imagined they should be, with very different personalities and strengths. I guess the saying my great-aunts always said about kids is true. "Kids are like pancakes. You screw up the first one but then you get better and the rest turn out all right." 

It all boils down to the last book. Where is it headed? I still think things can turn around and this still be the epic conclusion we all envisioned.

Here's what I want: 
  • For Eadlyn's bubble life to bust!
  • To see that fiery return of America Singer and Maxon Shreave. A good fight is in order, show those kids what passion is all about.
  • Eadlyn to learn all about her parents selection. And for her to know why her mother isn't crazy about Camille's mother. She needs to know what kind of lengths her mother went to on the wings of jealousy.
  • Explanation how the Shreave kids love and adore their mother's closest friends but have no clue to all the tragedies they suffered and what drew their families together.
  • A novella of May. She is the resurrected Celeste. I think she would be a blast to read about.
  • I want these boys to be narrowed down and more memorable. Some of them that were mentioned I couldn't even remember and had to go back and find where their name was mentioned at the actual selection.
  •  I just want more. Like a 500 page conclusion.
Until the next installment... 
May the odds be ever in MY favor.

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