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The Heir (Selection) Hardcover – 5 May 2015
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"Reality T.V. meets dystopian fairy tale in Kiera Cass's delightful debut. Charming, captivating, and filled with just the right amount of swoon!"--Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy
"An engrossing tale reminiscent of Shannon Hale's Princess Academy and Ally Condie's Matched. Fairy-tale lovers will lose themselves in America's alternate reality and wish that the next glamorous sequel were waiting for them."--School Library Journal
PRAISE FOR KIERA CASS: "A real page-turner. Romance, royalty, and revolution in a reality-show format serve Cass' boldly rendered heroine well in her quest for justice and love."--ALA Booklist
"Deliciously entertaining."--Publishers Weekly
"Cass's immensely readable debut novel is a less drastic Hunger Games, with elaborate fashion and trappings. The fast-paced action will have readers gasping for the upcoming sequel."--ALA Booklist
"A cross between The Hunger Games (minus the bloodsport) and The Bachelor (minus the bloodsport), this trilogy launch is a lot of fun. Cass deftly builds the chemistry between America and Maxon, while stroking the embers of America's first, forbidden love."--Publishers Weekly
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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.See all Product description
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Eadlyn knows what she wants and a selection is not one of them. She will do anything in her power to make sure that she doesn’t end up engaged and married. She will be a queen one day. I love that she is brutal in getting rid of the boys she doesn’t want. She is herself through out and doesn’t see why she should change for everyone else.
For me while there is some romance because of the situation – Eadlyn not wanting to be in a relationship – meant that what little romance there was, was forced. And I wasn’t sure who to root for out of the Selection boys – was it Henri who could hardly speak English or Hale – something seemed off. Or Kile the unwilling suitor. Who is going to come out on top?
At the moment I’m not sure where this series is going. Is the Selection going to be successful or will everything go to pot?
This is is reality TV, addictive and compellingly good. That I just had to read from start to finish in one sitting. This is a page turner and is one of my guilty pleasures.
Oh how I loved returning to this world. The Selection is one of my all-time favourite trilogies, a complete guilty pleasure that I have unashamedly recommended to everyone I can, including fellow ‘grown ups’.
So when The Selection ended, I was petty devastated that I wouldn’t be spending more time with America, Maxon, Aspen and co. And although that’s still the case, I am so glad that I got to catch a glimpse of them again in The Heir, and better yet got to fall in love with a whole new set of characters including their daughter, who finds herself hosting a selection of her own. The tables are turned, and this time we get to witness the princess try to find a match from a batch of gorgeous boys.
Eadlyn is stubborn, she’s frustrating and she’s in some ways pretty spoilt, so it did take me some time to get used to her, but she also goes through a transformation that’s a joy to read as she opens her eyes and begins to understand what its like to live in the real world.
I know that the cliffhanger ending has got some people all riled up about this book, but I actually quite like a cliffhanger! Crazy, I know. It has simply made me super-excited to read the second (and as far as I’m aware final) book in the series.
Kiera Cass has once again captured my heart with this one. The Selection trilogy will always be my favourite because that’s where it all began, but The Heir certainly lived up to my expectations. I loved it.
I'll admit, it didn't hook me right away. I had to put it down and take a break. Read something else. Sometimes I'm just not in the mood to read contemporary dystopian, you know?
In the end, I picked up the book once more and stuck to it. And I was not disappointed. Though there were times Eadlyn pissed me off. I mean, when it first said she was 18. I was like "What? You're 18?!" Because, you have to admit (if you've read it) that she behaved more like a 14/15 year old spoilt brat! And okay, she's a princess, about to be Queen, but fml.
I got over that.
When her parents (squeeee! MAXON AND AMERICA FOREVAAAA) decide Eadlyn should have a Selection to help settle down disturbance among the force. HAHA. I mean, land. Eady baby is not pleased. She doesn't want to get married (reminds me of Katsa in Graceling, which I'd just read) and is determined to be in control (again...familiar) but is quickly shaken when the boys in question begin to get close to her.
It's a fascinating concept, and fun, seeing the whole process from the other side of the situation. I mean, we all know what it's like for the Selected, but never from the Selectee, so to speak. Eadlyn's behaviour changed somewhat, from wanting to sabotage to actually considering her choices. Not that that particularly surprised me. It was obvious that would happen.
I love Kile. Can I say that? He was not so much the dark horse but also a complete non-cliche. He wasn't fawning over her, he wasn't obsessive (Uh...hello Aspen!) and was cool. But then you have others, like Hale and Ean. But call me crazy, but they didn't have much of an effect on me. I just like Kile.
I do hope she chooses him.
The ending had be hyperventilating and crying. Seriously. I mean, it was completely thrown out of nowhere and I was like "where the hell did that come from?!". I'm glad it shook Eadlyn as well, because she needed a wake up call.
Over all, definitely can't wait for the next book. Though it is sad Maxon's all aged now, and a father, and damn my dream bubble has been burst! lol