Author: Kiera Cass
Genre(s): Dystopia, Romance
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Date Read: May 11, 2015
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My Rating: ★★★✩✩
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 really wanted to adore the heck out of this book but it just couldn't sweep me off my feet since almost nothing happened.
The Selection had occasional bursts of faceless rebels invading the palace but The Heir didn't have any of that or any other form of action. There is some vague tension conveyed by Maxon's tiredness in running a country as well as some news of angry citizens burning buildings but apart from that, there's nothing to make you feel excited/scared/depressed. There were a few moments where things suddenly went crazy, like the Selected boys suddenly getting into a fight or one creepy ass Selected guy becoming really masochistically creepy, but those moments were so abrupt and barely built up to so I didn't really care once it was all settled.
The actual Selection, which was made up of 35 boys competing for Princess Eadlyn's hand, was pretty boring at times too. Some of the boys were adorable like Henri, Erik, Hale, etc. and a few of the boys already look like they would 110% make it to the last novel but there were other boys who were so obviously unimportant and faded into the background. In fact, even the ones that were important were barely distinguishable. They're all nice guys and that's great but I don't feel the chemistry from any of them.
There were more things I liked though. Our to-be-queen, Eadlyn, is way more decisive and opinionated than America ever was and it obviously has a lot to do with her royal upbringing since she can be bratty and offensive too. However, people called Eadlyn out on her shortcomings and she reflected on them. She was no perfect, ever-loved Mary Sue but that's what made her more interesting than bland, selfless America. I was rooting for Eadlyn to change. I also really loved her relationship with Maxon and her twin brother, Ahren. Although she could be whiny and selfish when it came to them, they both still supported her, teased her and never doubted her independence.
In the end, this book was a fun, short read but it wasn't remarkable. You could stop reading the series after The One and still not miss anything important. For once in my life, I actually want the drama. I felt like there could have been so much more angst since the characters did have some unsettlement between each other but it was only alluded to, instead of being played out. The story's being drawn out into another trilogy (duology?) and that kind of sucks since the length is killing all the tension in what could have otherwise been an emotional rollercoaster. I'm just left feeling half-happy, half-unimpressed:
|The 2 sides of me right now.|
|3 clouds for headstrong heroine, daddy Maxon and just general enjoyment.|