Review: The Heir by Kiera Cass

June 10, 2015 Review 38 ★★

Review: The Heir by Kiera Cass
The Heir by Kiera Cass
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Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Gift
Pages: 368
Release Date: May 5th 2015
Series: The Selection #4
Genres: Girls & Women, Love & Romance, Royalty, Young Adult
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.

This series and I have an unhealthy relationship. Each one frustrates me more than the last but I cannot deny they have entertainment value. Plus this one was gifted to me so I can’t complain.  My main issue with this installment of The Selection lies with the main character.

Eadlyn is the very definition of a spoiled, selfish brat. She got on my nerves from the very beginning, every other word she said or thought was a passive aggressive comment. Eadlyn believes she is better than anyone else and looks down on others, her favorite motto saying that she is “more powerful than anyone,” even talking back to her parents and acting like a thirteen year old girl rather than the next queen. She plays with the guys and treats everyone like crap, saying multiple times how she will make them suffer.

mean all the time

“I knew they loved me…it felt amazing to have so much of the affection finally centered on me.”

Acting like you are entitled to everything and above everyone does NOT make you a strong character. There is a difference between standing up for yourself and just tearing people down.  Eadlyn is just downright cruel at times.

Thankfully, I liked the other characters. It was great how there was time devoted to giving each of them unique personalities to establish them as individuals. There are actually quite a few boys I am rooting for, which really surprised me.

While The Selection had somewhat of a sub plot, this one mainly just focuses on the drama and developing relationships.

If you have been a fan of the author’s other novels you are probably going to enjoy this one as well. If you found The Selection series to be frustrating, you might find yourself having the same issues I did with this one. Am I going to read the sequel? Probably. Will I feel the same way about it? Most likely. What have I learned?  Obviously absolutely nothing.  

Rating Report
Overall: 2.1

38 Responses to “Review: The Heir by Kiera Cass”

  1. Veronika

    Unlike you, I really loved the original trilogy. TBH, I don’t really know why because most things people hate in it usually bother me as well. Meanwhile I just loved Maxon and America together. About The Heir… I wish I never picked it up. It was painful to read Eadlyn’s words and even worse seeing that nearly everyone let her get away with such attitude. I didn’t like the guys all that much either. Some of them were sympathetic but I felt like I barely learnt anything about them. I don’t think any of them have the backbone to stand up to Eadlyn and tell her to go to hell and take her terrible personality with her. But of course I’ll be reading the next book because I’m a masochist when it comes to series enders.
    Anyways, lovely review. :)
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    • Alise

      They are like candy! America and Maxon are a good match. YESSSSS, I’m so glad someone feels the same, especially since you liked the other books. I completely agree because that’s what Eadlyn needs-everyone needs to stop catering to her. Ditto, haha.
      Thank you!

  2. Faye M.

    A lot of people whose reviews I read who loved The Selection HATED this one (personally, I don’t get why there needs to be a Selection again… I have never read the books but I had thought one of the goals was to get rid of this system. Pluuus, it’s the same as the previous trilogy :/ ). I haven’t even read this one yet and I am already cringing at Eadlyn’s personality. Whiny heroines who have inflated, entitled egos are not the type I’d want to read anytime soon.
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    • Alise

      That’s really interesting to know! I’m glad I’m not totally alone. Yeah, it isn’t totally necessary. Exactly. And it wouldn’t be so bad if she was like that for a specific reason or grew at the end of the novel but she didn’t so it’s just plain frustrating.

  3. Zoe @ Stories on Stage

    ALISE, WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO YOURSELF?!? Haha. I wasn’t going to read this in the first place to be completely honest, but your review has definitely confirmed by feelings about it. I wasn’t a huge fan of The Selection in the first place when I read it; and it seems like this is more of a money-making scheme than an actual continuation of the story, which is a shame. :( Thanks for sharing your thoughts though! ♥
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    • Alise

      Because it’s reality TV in book form D: “it seems like this is more of a money-making scheme” *whispers* Thissssssss
      Sure! :)

  4. Kirsty-Marie

    I guess this series is like crack? definitely one I’m not reading, haha. Especially because I’m pretty sure I’d hate the characters (even from the 1-3) And seriously looking down on people (what even is that crap? Hate it). And definitely, there’s a line between standing up for yourself and just making other people feel bad. STAY AWAY FROM THE CRACK.
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    • Alise

      Most definitely like crack. I can’t blame you, Eadlyn is one of the worst heroines I’ve read about. I CAN’T STOP IT’S NO USE

  5. Ju @ Fictional Skylines

    Haha yup, this installment adds no new information to the series but the drama is fun (although there could have been more angst! Everyone’s so nice to each other lol). Eadlyn had more distinguishable personality than America so I liked watching for her character arc…except there really wasn’t one because she’s the same person by the end of the book with a slightly warmer heart :/ I’m rooting so much for cute angel Henri but unless Eadlyn learns Finnish, we aren’t going anywhere with this ;__;
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    • Alise

      Exactly! Yeah, except for a fine incidents all the boys get along pretty well. That IS true, I just wish she would be a bit nicer. I like Henri too! But like you said, it’s probably not going to happen. Although there was that thing with his translator I am VERY interested in.

  6. Rabiah

    Awwww, sad you didn’t like this one! I absolutely LOVE this series but I’ve been hearing some mixed reviews for THE HEIR. Hmmph. Oh well, need to pick this one up soon and see! Great review :D
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    • Alise

      I’m glad I’m not the only one then, I hope the second book is a huge improvement. Aha, I know how that is.

    • Alise

      You aren’t missing too much, if you are a fan of reality TV you might like it but otherwise this series is a lot of aggravation.

  7. Benish

    I actually gave this one a 1 star, it’s one of the worst novels I have read this year with the most dumass heroine ever. I thought the previous selection was more better, although I wasn’t the biggest fan of that either. I actually liked some of the guys in this novel as well, and there were some cutesy moments here, I probably will pick up the sequel in hopes to see if it gets better, if not I give up. Awesome review!
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    • Alise

      The heroine should really get no stars, it was the boys that brought my rating up to two but even that was a stretch. Same here, plus I really hope Eadlyn will get some character development. Thank you! :)

    • Alise

      I like the writing style as well, it’s very readable. Ugh, yes. Some of the boys I really liked, although I felt so bad for them because Eadlyn treats them like garbage most of the time or just uses them.

  8. Kelly

    I loved The Selection, but the series went downhill from there. It was one of those that promised oppression, rebellion and turned into The Bachelor instead. The only rebels weren’t tough revolutionaries, but dropped in for tea. Even though I added this one when it was first announced, I really doubt I’ll read it. She sounds horrid and in need of a shovel to the face. At least America was somewhat likable. So sorry you couldn’t get into this one Alise, so hopefully your next read knocks your socks off. Wonderful review nonetheless <3
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    • Alise

      If I had to pick a favorite I think it would be the Selection as well. “At least America was somewhat likable.” THIS. Her daughter is positively awful. Thank you :3

  9. Romi

    Oh yay, Arrested Development. It’s so nice when you’ve watched a show and see someone using gifs for it and finally know what they’re from. I’m so glad I’ve seen THe Princess Bride because they’re Everywhere!
    I remember reading your review for one of the other books in this series- in it for the entertainment value! Which… really I think that’s quite alright. It makes it fun because you can dissect the points that were ridiculous in whatever it is, or have these in depth discussions about points that were really off, and it’s different to when you’re reading a book for reviewing purposes or because you really like the sound of it. It’s totally what I did with James Bond.
    So keep on, Alise! Read and dissect!
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    • Alise

      Haha yeah, I really like knowing what show a gif comes from too. I’ve part of the Princess Bride, enough to know where the gifs come from but I really want to sit down and watch the whole movie someday.

      For me, reading is a form of entertainment so that is kind of why I continue to read these books even though I have problems with them. Really? I’d love to hear that story :P

      Thanks! :)

      • Romi

        You’ve got to watch all of it, Alise. It’s definitely one of those films I’d recommend to everybody. The classic of lifeeeee.
        Haha, the James Bond tale of epic preportions! Basically, I decided to watch all of them and critically analyse the sexism present, which was actually a few dozen levels higher and more disturbing than I’d imagined or thought. Eh. But that part of it is really quite fun.
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        • Alise

          Good to know! I think I will try and get it from the library. Ah, that makes sense. I’ve seen a few of them and enjoyed them at the time but never thought of the sexism. Now that you mention it I can think of so many examples xD

  10. Danielle

    Part of me is furious this damn book was even published and the other part of me is like “Woohoo more silliness to get lost in!” Lol like you I have an unhealthy relationship with this series hahaha. It disappoints me that after everything Maxon and Mer went through they totally suck at raising a daughter and keep on the selection process but I’m still totally going to devour this when I get my hands on it!
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    • Alise

      Ahaha, those are my feelings exactly! I agree, you’d think with their personalities she’d be more empathetic but nope. And how she talks back to them ARGH.

    • Alise

      Yeah, if she had been nicer or at least changed by the end to be more sympathetic I would have enjoyed the book a lot more. I hope you like it!

    • Alise

      LOL I hadn’t thought of it that way but yeah, it’s really surprising, especially considering America’s background, that her daughter would turn out like this.

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