I only have one heart, and I’m saving it
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.
Kiera Cass’s ‘Selection’ series is fast becoming one of my most cherished series. Not because they are exceptionally well written, or due to their comments on the human condition. Not even due to the plot structure or conflict. What makes these books fun are their ability to make you laugh, cry and swoon. They are quick-reads, relaxing and keep you captivated like a good reality TV show. I actually enjoyed ‘The Heir’ even more so than the original ‘Selection’ trilogy and I loved reading from Eadyln’s perspective – okay, just hear be out!
‘The Heir’ provided a fresh, different perspective on the selection process. This time round, we as readers experience a selection from inside the palace walls instead of from the outside. We see the toll it takes of the royal family and Princess Eadyln and I adored every second of it. It also highlights why Maxon acted as he did, giving insight to just how hard it is on the heart, near constant second guessing, anxiety and stress. After all, you only have one heart.
Another reason why I enjoyed ‘The Heir’ so much was it’s cast of characters. What I love about ‘The Heir’ is we are presented with the original cast (America & Maxon, Marley & Carter, Aspen & Lucy as well as May – who I adored.) but we also get a fresh new cast too who I adored even more so than the old. We have America and Maxton’s children, Princess Eadlyn, Prince Ahren, Prince Kaden and Prince Osten who were such a cute family, I loved watching the dynamic between them, the love they share and the way they bicker yet constantly support one another. Then we have the 35 suitors. Cue swoon. I honestly have no clue who I would choose – they are such a charming group of characters! I especially loved Kile, Henri, Eric (YES TEAM ERIC!), Hale and Fox. They each came equip with their own flaws and positive qualities and I loved some of their more light hearted group dates (I’m talking the base ball game and the cooking!).
But, my favorite character, the opinion that comes into the most conflict, was in fact Princess Eadlyn herself. Now I think Eadlyn is a character that you either love or hate – there’s no in-between. Most didn’t like her voice and found her to be bratty, spoilt and conceited. I for one loved her. Eadlyn is not a two dimensional character. She is fully fleshed with her own flaws to create conflict with her other traits which is what gives ‘The Heir’ such amazing drama. Yes she can be stubborn but she is also extremely driven and focused, showing her well-guarded loving and kind side to those she lets in. She has a fierce love for her country and her people, she is a character who knows what she wants and has an amazing sense of self respect. She doesn’t need a man to rule the kingdom. She is powerful and a feminist – and i think sometimes this gets mistaken for selfishness and a bratty attitude. Eadlyn loves her country and wants to prove herself without a man. She just wants to be in control of her own heart in a world where she must sacrifice everything else for the greater good of her kingdom. I mean Elsa was strong willed and didn’t want a man so why do so many hate Eadlyn for it? I rooted for Eadlyn and even loved it when she realized that yes – she doesn’t need a man by her side to rule a country but maybe, just maybe she wants one.
On a closing note, I found ‘The Heir’ to be more lighthearted and fun as apposed to the original trilogy. This one had so many scenes which brings all the feels, so disregard what you’ve heard from others – ‘The Heir’ is a rewarding addition to the selection series. Take a chance on Eadlyn – you will have a great time in her sparkly heels. By far my favorite book by Kiera Cass – now on the ‘The Crown’!