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Book Reviews of The Heir (Selection, Bk 4)

The Heir (Selection, Bk 4)
The Heir - Selection, Bk 4
Author: Kiera Cass
ISBN-13: 9780062349859
ISBN-10: 0062349856
Publication Date: 5/5/2015
Pages: 352
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 22 ratings
Publisher: HarperTeen
Book Type: Hardcover
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I wish this series ended with the "in-between" stories (which I listened to on Audible a few months ago). They let you know at the end of one of the stories that the king and queen had a daughter (I don't recall them saying they were twins for the firstborns though). Leaving at that would have just been nice to know, "Aw, cute."
Eadlyn was born first out of Maxon and America's children. She is destined to become a queen no matter what. Her father has been looking tired lately and she helps him the best she can in preparation for when she'll be queen one day. It is a lot of hard work.

Her parents are so in love and think that Eadlyn should have a Selection of her own to find a prince consort. She really doesn't want to do that though. She is not ready to settle down.

-----the next portion has some slight spoilers, but not giving things away at all-----
I have so many problems with this story. First off, if she isn't ready to settle down, give her time. Don't force people to try to get married as if marriage will save them. A lot of marriages are really bad. As someone with a good marriage where I was engaged at Eadlyn's age, I think that relationships like mine is just what happens for some people (as her brother Ahren had in this book), but others need time and don't find love until later on in life, and that is okay. Eadlyn doesn't even really know who she is other than "queen to be" and she is not a likeable character, in my opinion.

The spoiled selfish princess shouldn't have been so sheltered considering who her parents are. I don't really understand why they kept things from their children, as it doesn't make sense. As someone married to their high school sweetheart, we tell little stories here and there all the time to our children about our lives, that I don't understand how parents would be so closed up, especially considering how close-knit they seem to be as a family. You would think the girl would ask questions at least, "How did you become friends with Miss Marlee? How did you become friends with Miss Lucy? Tell me the story of your Selection process Dad!" It doesn't match up. Clammed-up families drive me crazy in general though. Also, considering how documented the last Selection was, you'd think the children would know about it all anyway.

Then when it comes to the actual selection, what I do like about this is that unlike the first books where you pretty much knew how it would end, this one has a bit more mystery involved. Who will she really choose? You have little hints and ideas, but I don't know for sure. I am hoping she just gets rid of the whole monarchy and moves on, but hey, this book just had me cheering for the Finnish translator Erik instead of one of the Selection boys.

Now to get to the next book to see.