"Love is as much fate as it is planning, as much a beauty as it is a disaster."
When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.
Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.
As a huge fan of The Selection trilogy I was very excited for The Heir- only to be disappointed at the end. While I did like the basic idea of the story, Eadlyn pretty much spoilt everything for me. I didn't like her characterization at all, and by the time I finished the book I was fervently praying for her to have a lot of character growth in the next book at least. While that did happen in The Crown, I was nevertheless dissatisfied with the story.
Going into this book, I was, understandably, quite wary. I didn't dare hope for the magic that was America's and Maxon's love story, but my poor heart did expect Kiera Cass to be back in all her awesomeness in narrating a beautiful fairytale. That. Did. Not. Happen. Here's why:
Look, I'm all for finding your soulmate and well, la-di-dah, you can ride into your goddamned sunset and live happily ever after. But when it comes about with zero development, I say no. Please, no. I had this constant nagging feeling that things were happening just because the author wanted them to, and not because the characters did. Get what I mean? I thought America had much better chemistry with Kile. I was rooting for them from the very beginning- I love the idea of childhood friends turning lovers. Granted, it would have been predictable but it's the kind of ending I felt was fitting given their individual natures and their growth from being friends to more. Kile was very clear about his intentions and it made no sense to me when he just nodded along to what Eadlyn had to say. I'm sure something could have been worked out for his ambitions about seeing the world and all that.
Eadlyn's choice was completely flabbergasting. Apart from Kile, I only ever felt a connect with Henri, and that ended stupidly as well. Why does everyone just agree to what she has to say and not voice their own opinions? I can't believe Henri just stepped back and paved the way for Erik. Come on. He was sweet-natured, but no one is as sweet-natured as that. Eadlyn sure was much more bearable here than in the previous book and showed surprising growth of character, but her decisions truly baffle me. She goes around feeling nothing at all about Erik and suddenly after one genuinely bewildering conversation she's convinced that they are soulmates. She was reading too much into their past encounters, if you ask me. She doesn't even realize that he's her "soulmate" up until about 80% of the book and then she's all moon-eyed about him and scolding her "treacherous heart" for betraying her. Puh-lease.
“You are always just Eadlyn. And you are always the queen. You are everything to everyone. And infinitely more to me.”
If this were a better-written book, I would be all smiling when reading stuff such as this one, but here, I was just very frustrated. Why not give them more chance to grow together as a couple? Sure, they didn't have much time, and that brings me to my other concern: why was everything so rushed at the end?
It's like the author, like us, just wanted to see an end to the series and tied up all the loose knots in a hurry. Talk about convenience! The boys each get eliminated so bloody conveniently that I was all, "Ha, should've seen that coming!" when things started happening. Pointless reveals at the end aside, this book could have been much, much better if the author had taken time to focus on everything, instead of just wrapping up everything haphazardly. And I would have loved this story much more if I had actually felt anything towards the characters.
Final thoughts: Kind of a pointless read if you're not looking for any sort of closure to Eadlyn's story.
The story idea: 3/5
The realization of the story: 2/5
The characters: 2/5
The cover: 2/5
Enjoy factor: 2/5