The Heir

The Heir

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When the time comes for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own, she does not expect a fairy-tale love story like her parents, but the princess discovers her own happily ever after may not be as impossible as she thought.
Publisher: New York :, HarperTeen,, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2015
ISBN: 9780062349859
Characteristics: 346 pages


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Mar 18, 2018

this book was really great! but I was disappointed because I wanted to see more of America. Also this book was really cool because you could kind of see how Maxon felt during the selection for him. I also thought that it was really cool that the author made Marlee's son a big part of the story. I thought that Aspen was not going to be in this book, I though that maybe he and Lucy went to go live somewhere else. I really hope that their is going to be another book!

LiztheLibrarian Feb 14, 2018

I tried to give this book a chance, but the author managed to make the main character from the first set of this series' daughter even more unlikable then her mother. Still a great cover though.

Oct 23, 2017

This novel made me feel that there is more to something or someone by giving it a chance and it may be surprising what the events may show.

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Aug 23, 2017

In this spin off of The Selection, Cass continues on America and Maxon's story this time through the eyes of her daughter Eadlyn, who will be having her own Selection. From the beginning of the book, it is difficult to comprehend Eadlyn's life since readers are too excited to hear about what America and Maxon are up to. This makes it even harder to love the already serious and cold Eadlyn. In my opinion, Eadlyn was not a well-written character. Her serious demeanor, constant selfishness, slightly bratty personality, and harsh negativity make it difficult to relate to her the same way readers could with her spontaneous mother America. Although it was fun to hear about the thrills of what a male Selection may be like, Eadlyn simply wasn't an enjoyable character to read about. For that reason I give this book a 3/5 star rating. 
- @reviewguard of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

The Heir brings back the Selection to us; but with a twist. Eadlyn is the heir to the throne of Ilea, the first born of King Maxon and Queen America. All her life she has heard of her parents' fairy tale story and how they fell in love through the Selection; but Eadlyn hardly expects her own Selection to go so smoothly. Her character is so much different than America’s, a lot more self-centered and spoiled. She would never be the type to rebel like America did. She sees the castes and the suffering but doesn’t see what she can do to help. She sees her Selection but doesn’t expect to find the man she will live her life with. On top of this she is the heir, after all, and must be ready to take on a big responsibility. Honestly, I just didn’t enjoy this book enough and missed the previous storylines that I grew so fond of. I didn’t like Eadlyn enough to sympathize with her character, I didn’t see America or Maxon in her at all. So I would say that I liked this book enough, but I wouldn’t say that it is a nice sequel to America’s story. Rating 2.5/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

The book takes place 20 years after America and Maxon are married, and amongst the chaos of the people, they decide to hold another Selection. The only twist is that their daughter Eadlyn is the heir to the throne, and so, an all male Selection will be held. It's interesting to read about Eadlyn and how she holds so much power, but if only she had a well written character. She is so dislikeable, her character being extremely self-centered and bratty, and she had no understanding of the lower class citizens, unlike America in the last few books, which was an aspect that made me enjoy her character greatly. Though Eadlyn herself was unenjoyable to read about, if you can get past her annoying character, the rest of the book is actually very good.
- @loona of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Aug 06, 2017

I really loved all of the Selection series, and this one really pulled me in as well. I just didn't like the fact that Eadlyn wasn't like her lovely mother who was total queen material (though she didn't think so). Eadlyn is too bratty and above everyone, and that gives me the impression that she would be a selfish and uncaring queen, someone I wouldn't root for. I wonder that America and Maxon don't notice that about Eadlyn....... or they're too kind. This had a rather cliffhanger ending, and I'm looking forward to reading the next book. I would recommend this and ALL of the Selection series.

Jul 31, 2017

I have read all books from the Selection series before this one and have deeply enjoyed them. I was excited when I heard this book was about America's and Maxon's daughter and that it was her time to choose a husband. This was the only book ever in my life that I started to read and could not bring myself to continue reading. Eadlyn is the most self-centered and spoiled brat which made her a very annoying and dislikeable character. She acts as if she is above everyone (even though she is a princess) but lacks respect for her people. She has none of America's kind traits. She is not fit to be queen. I do not recommend this book.

Jun 29, 2017

I loved the fact that this time it was from the point view from the royal famly and that this time it was a girls that pick the husband

Dec 16, 2016

This book and its sequel are phenomenal!!! I picked up The Heir at a book sale at the library. I nearly cried at the end of the next one, The Crown. Perfect for teen girls! :) :D

FindingJane Oct 09, 2016

America and Maxon have had children. But the firstborn is a girl and that comes with its own unique set of challenges.

Eadlyn was not much like her mother. Being reared in privilege and wealth, she was inordinately concerned with clothing and her tiaras and vastly irritated by her female companion Josie, who was always borrowing her jewelry. Eadlyn lacked warmth, compassion, tact or even interest in the opposite sex.

Written about in plain terms like this, you probably wonder why I could possibly like or even stand this girl. Well, for one thing, she wasn’t the vicious viper that Celeste was. Eadlyn wasn’t catty or mean spirited. She was just a tad spoiled and had no understanding of the sufferings of the lower class…and they were suffering.

Getting rid of the caste system didn’t make things automatically easier. Old prejudices die hard and not necessarily when old systems do. Anyone who’s read history of racial bigotry and race riots after slavery was overturned could tell you that. So Eadlyn’s parents come up with the brilliant idea of engaging their only daughter in a Selection.

Eadlyn was angered by this solution and rightly so. She was an intelligent and self-contained girl, one who felt that she didn’t need a man to rule a throne. I liked that about her, likening her to the imperious Elizabeth I. That queen had successfully run her kingdom and remained single, in spite of her advisors that tried to get her married to any one of a number of royal suitors for the better part of 25 years.

But Eadlyn was pressured by her parents to try. The Selection was only meant to be a ruse, after all, a kind of bread-and-circus tactic to appease an unruly public and give them something to root for instead of complaining about how the new casteless system was failing to improve their lives. It seemed as if rulership was providing all sorts of difficulty and stress for America and Maxon, causing them both unhappiness. For their sakes, Eadlyn agreed to the Selection.

While this seemed like a plausible explanation, I confess to some skepticism about it. It looked as if the author was being lazy, falling back on a storyline that had already run its course instead of pursuing a new path. Like Eadlyn, I was reluctant to commit myself to an idea that seemed shopworn and already antiquated.

But, like the unenthusiastic Eadlyn, I found myself being drawn into the process of selection and elimination. The contest meant that she learned how others lived. She realized what it meant for others who didn’t have it as comfortably as she did. She gradually found herself caring for the boys who’d been picked for her, even though she’d promised herself to eliminate all of them.

Perhaps compassion is a quality that can be learned. If so, Eadlyn is well on her way to getting it. I want to see what the future holds for her, whether she gets her princely consort or not.

Sep 13, 2016

i really liked this one better than the first three because you don't know who eadlyn is going to marry. it is a mystery. with america, you know she's gonna marry maxon, cuz she's the main character and he's the prince, and thats just how it is, but with eadlyn she could marry any of them. brilliant!!

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Feb 18, 2018

"And I'm here to make this whole thing more awkward than it has to be."
America Singer, page 125 to Your Royal Highness, Princess Eadlyn of Angeles (she insisted)

Jul 10, 2016

"He pulled back again, looking into my eyes, and there was something different. Was he feeling that funny warmth creep into his arms and chest and head, too? 'Thank you,' I murmured. 'Any time. I mean'-- he shook his head, laughing at himself--'you know what I mean.' 'Goodnight, Kile.' 'Goodnight, Eadlyn." He gave me a quick kiss on the cheek before heading toward the stairs that led back to his temporary quaters. I watched him go and told myself that the only reason I was smiling like that was because of the cameras were hidden somewhere, not because of anything Kile woodwork had done."
-pg. 115 & 116

Jun 20, 2016

I kept thinking that I couldn't live my life for other people, that love was nothing but chains. And maybe it was, but so help me, I needed these chains ... These things didn't make me weaker; they held my soul to the earth. I wasn't going to run from them anymore. page 341

May 16, 2016

(Eadlyn talking about Eric on pg. 237)
I remembered the feeling of my first date with Hale, how I felt when I was sure he'd peeled everything back and seen the real me. This time, I felt like I was on the other side of that, looking past duty and worry and rank, seeing the true heart of a person.
And his was so beautiful.

May 16, 2016

(Eadlyn dancing with Henri on pg. 313)
When I came up the second time, laughing, I spotted Eric over my shoulder.
I could have been wrong, but his shy smile looked a little sad.

May 07, 2016

"I'm Edalyn and no one is as powerful as me."

Aug 28, 2015

And when I was finished, I'd have a ring on my finger.
- Princess Eadlyn, the last sentence.

Aug 24, 2015

I only have one heart and im saving it

-The heir, Kiera Cass

Aug 23, 2015

" You can be brave and still be feminine. You can lead and still love flowers. Most important, you can be queen and still be a bride."

Aug 12, 2015

Henri held up Swenday, followed by several exclamation points.

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Aug 23, 2015

This is going to be marked in history. Princess Eadlyn (King Maxon and Queen America's daughter) is the first ever woman who is going to select her husband instead of the other way around!

Aug 12, 2015

Prince Maxon and princess America, (now king and queen), have a daughter who has to have a selection.

Aug 01, 2015

Princess Eadlyn goes through her own Selection, even though she doesn't want to get married.

Jul 19, 2015

Princess Eadlyn is growing up. It's time for her to have her very own Selection. Reluctantly, she takes part. But maybe a different ending than she imagined will be beyond fantastic.

Jun 05, 2015

The latest installment in the Selection series does not disappoint. It is set twenty years after the last selection, with many changes to the beloved world that Kiera Cass has created. The big problem is that Maxon got rid of the castes, but people still cling to them and their stability. In order to appease the public, Maxon and America decide that their best course of action is to hold a selection. This will be unlike any other selection that Illea has ever seen. When Eadlyn was born, seven minutes before her twin brother Ahren, she was declared heir to the throne, making her the first ever true Queen. The boys are due to arrive and the stubborn Eadlyn has a cornucopia of plots up her sleeve to rid her house of them for good. But, will her plan work, or will she really fall in love like her parents did twenty years ago? Read Kiera Cass' newest book, titled "The Heir" to find out how this unique selection will go down.

Apr 04, 2015

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.


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