The Heir by Kiera Cass (Book Review)

by , Monday November 14, 2016
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The Heir by Kiera Cass (Book Review)

 

*SPOILER FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T FINISHED READING THE FIRST THREE BOOKS*

Title- The Heir 

Author-Keira Cass (Author of The Selection Series)

Blurb- 

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.

Review-

"I’m Eadlyn Schreave, and no one in the world is as powerful as me."

Yet another book by the feminist author Kiera Cass and I didn’t have a lot of expectations from this one. It took me a lot of time to start the book because the thing is I was too much into the first three Selection books which was the story of Prince Maxon and America and how they fell in love living in a strict caste system. So when I had the chance to start The Heir, which was a book about their daughter, I couldn’t really imagine them being old parents. Also I wasn’t quite excited about it.

It’s a nice book, but since I have read the other Selection books, I was liable to compare The Heir with them. The idea of the first Queen ruling Illea (dystopian America) was appealing, with all the weight of the country on her shoulders but then again I wondered how different it could be from the other selection except for the fact that this time it was a girl selecting her groom and from the perspective of a Selector instead of a Selected.

"I’m smart and beautiful and strong. I don’t need to be rescued."

Honestly, I didn’t like Princess Eadlyn much but I am not making that fact a reason to dislike the book. Eadlyn is shown pompous and is actually a little bratty but of course it’s just because her situation is really different from her father’s situation when he was a Prince himself. I think it’s pretty unique to make your main character with so many flaws but still being flawless outside and making them someone that the readers may or may not like because I was very tired of having to read about main characters who are nothing but humble, gentle and too kind (Eadlyn has these qualities too but in a different sort of way). I like some of Eadyln’s qualities and felt she was right in a lot of ways and stood her ground no matter how much anyone tried to convince her. Her constant reminder to herself that she is a strong person even in a difficult or stressful situation is showing her powerful spirit. She was strong while being weak, not a perfect Queen though since I would have disliked her if she really ruled my country, but she had her rigid priorities that a person should have. This unique character development draws me in a lot of ways and I can’t help but appreciate Kiera Cass’s efforts here.

But the story didn’t get me like the others did. Probably it was the way it felt a bit rushed or the way I couldn’t help comparing it with The Selection which was perfect. The fun parts didn’t really excite me and I wasn’t able to fall in love with the other characters (and I’m talking about the participants). Yes, they were shown really handsome and humble and kind but you can’t really like someone only on that basis. I wasn’t able to know the other characters well especially a few that I hoped I’d get to know better later.

"I only have one heart, and I'm saving it."

All in all, I wouldn’t discourage anyone from reading the book because someone may like it more. Especially for The Selection fans it might be a bit disappointing but a good read in itself if you stop comparing it with America Singer’s love story (ironically, Eadlyn compares her story with her parents’ fairy tale like love story a lot of times in the book) because it’s a completely different story itself. I am glad that this book wasn’t exactly like the other selection series I read and the change was refreshing. I have mixed opinions about this book so one should read it oneself before judging it.

Rating:

3 out of 5 crowns

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