The Heir by Kiera Cass was really interesting for me to read. The Selection trilogy was held in the perspective of America, a girl participating in the Selection. After reading The Prince from Happily Ever After, I realised that I really wanted-like REALLY wanted a novel in the perspective of someone running the Selection. And guess what? We got one :)
Only then to be greeted by frustration.
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.
I found Eadlyn to be so annoying and frustrating that I just wanted to shatter the huge mirror I had in my bathroom. She was so oblivious to the fact that she had people helping her, working for her. IT WAS LIKE SHE DIDN'T CARE. All she DID care about was probably having nice new dresses made for her and her tiaras and all those little things that only came with being a princess. She was certainly immature for an eighteen year old, for someone who would have to eventually run the country of Illea. She would tell Josie off for taking her tiaras, dislike Kile for almost no particular reason and dismiss the boys who were competing in the Selection like they were NOBODIES. At that point, I could barely stand her. She was so incredibly different to Maxon, who had the capability to do these things in a humble and polite manner.
But then with Eadlyn developing a relationship with Kile, Henri and Erik, I actually got excited for her (I know this is a dramatic emotion change -_-) I found that Eadlyn would be SO much better with a partner. She would develop trust, especially towards the prince she loves and possibly be more caring about the significant and real things that needed to be attended to. Eadlyn's Selection would bring such a good change to her character and to Ilea's future.
So with my little discovery of Eadlyn and her boys, I grew to like her. She seemed a lot different to how she was in the beginning. She was a great deal more mature and understanding. I then also found that perhaps Eadlyn's feelings in the beginning was the lack of being around other people. In my eyes, she definitely misunderstood a lot of things. Perhaps she was mean to Josie because she was angry about not being in the centre of attention- that she wasn't the only one. Perhaps she was missing a good friend to lean on, to hang out with. To see her character delevop was strangely satisfying. Which made me wonder. Maybe Kiera Cass intended for us to feel this way towards Eadlyn?
Out of the five books she has written, I can say that The Heir was my favourite. Things that happened in this book made more sense than some stuff that there was in The Selection, The Elite and The One. Kiera's writing would always be my favourite things about her books. It is so lucid, which make them so easy to read and credible for any reader to slice her books in one or two sittings. I can only say the few hundred pages that I have read definitely did not go to waste.
I give this book a rating of 3/5 stars.
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