Friday, May 15, 2015

The Heir by Kiera Cass

Series: The Selection (bk. 4)

Genera(s): Dystopian sci-fi/Romance

Subjects: contests, love, royalty, politics, princes and princesses, kings and queens

Setting: Los Angeles, California (Angeles now)

POV/Tense: 1st person POV, past tense: Eadlyn Schreave

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 342 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover

List Price: $17.99

Publisher: HarperTeen

Summary/ product description: “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.”

My Review:  After reading the Heir, I can tell you that Princess Eadlyn both very different and similar to her mother Queen America. She is strong-willed, independent and stubborn like America, but acts spoiled and bratty at times. Having the Selection was her father’s idea. Eadlyn is not interested in having a man hold her back. She doesn’t want to rush to get married. She rather wait until she finds the right one for her. Eadlyn has a twin brother Ahren, and two younger brothers: Kaden and Osten. She became the heir by only 7 minutes.

Maxon decides that holding the Selection would be a way to distract the people from other troubles. Getting rid of the caste system did not solve all the problem in Ilea. People are having trouble finding jobs because of post-caste discrimination, or skill level. Some people can’t afford education. Some of their problems are much like what we have today in America, and people always want to blame the government.

The candidates are anonymously picked (Maxon doesn’t select them the way his father did for him). 35 suitors. Eadlyn is making history being in the first female-ran selection. She’s also planning on sabotaging it and making the suitors fear her because she is not looking for a husband. She’s astounded when Kile, Lady Marlee’s son, is drawn as the Angeles candidate. How did that happen? Eadlyn doesn’t like Kile because he’s a bookwork and has an annoying little sister. Could she possibly grown to fall in love with him? Maybe he’s a much greater guy than he seems. I personally think he will be the one.

Nothing I said so far is a major spoiler. That’s just how the book begins. I’m really happy to see how the character from the previous book turned into adults with families and children. Marlee has two kids. Lucy and Aspen has been trying to have kids. America’s sister May appears in the book too. I wonder if any other character will make come-back. New character are great two. There are some interesting and unique suitors. Hale Garner seems nice and works as a tailor and adores Eadlyn’s sense of style. Baden plays guitar. Henri is originally from Swendway and needs a translator. Some suitors turn out to be bad though.

I enjoyed all the romance, humor and drama in this book. If you looking for action, this is not that kind of book. It’s full of romance. It’s like a soap opera. I would not suggest reading this without having read all three of The Selection books before it.

Cover Art Review: I love this cover more than any other Selection covers. That dress is the most gorgeous cover dress yet. Those sparkles look like stars. I just love everything and wish it were metallic or glittery.

Also, check out my watercolor painting of the cover!


  1. Great review! Only detail: Kenna had two children. May isn't married yet. I wish though she will find someone soon. ;)

    I am Team Kile all the way! :D <3

  2. Amazing! I thought I was the only one drawing fan art for the series!