Book Review | The Heir by Kiera Cass

23215489Title: The Heir (The Selection #4)
Author: Kiera Cass
Publication: May 5th 2015 by HarperTeen
Format: Finished copy/Paperback
Source: Purchased from National Book Store
ISBN: 9780062391308

The Heir (The Selection, #4)

synopsisTwenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story. But as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she always thought.

reviewReview contains mild spoilers.
Let me get straight to the point: Eadlyn was a major disappointment. No, I’m not talking about the whole book. I was really just annoyed with the main character and the fact that I have to read everything in her perspective. With all the whining, the bratty attitude and how she thinks she’s better than everyone else (Oh, what an understatement)… it was difficult connecting with her.
There wasn’t supposed to be a Selection for Eadlyn but King Maxon and Queen America came to a decision that it’s best to hold a Selection for Eadlyn to distract the public from protesting about the now abolished caste system and how people are having a hard time finding a job because of the discrimination it caused. Apparently, people were happy during the past Selections and they expect that if they hold another one, the attention of the people of Illéa will be diverted until the problem with the riots are solved. But the thing is, Eadlyn doesn’t want a Selection.
I feel sorry for Maxon, the pressure is on him with the ongoing situation in Illéa. Add a selfish daughter that is unwilling to comply with the solution they came up. I guess the stubbornness runs in the genes. *coughs America coughs*
But of course, Eadlyn finally agrees with the Selection decoy but bargained that it will end in 3 months with or without a husband.
Enter, the Selected! Let me just mention the 3 standouts. First is Kile Woodwork. He has a “we don’t like each other” relationship with Eadlyn, he didn’t intend to be a part of the Selection but he was mysteriously entered. He is the son of Marlee, America’s best friend and among the Selected during Maxon’s Selection. He lives in the palace that’s why he knows Eadlyn since birth. Next is Hale Garner. He has a prince charming aura from his looks and his ways. He also wears nice suits. Last is Henri Jaakoppi from Swendway. He doesn’t speak English and requires a translator which Eadlyn thinks is a liability because of the language barrier but having met Erik, Henri’s translator, Eadlyn felt at ease.
If you have to ask me who I’m rooting for, here’s a clue: He’s not among the Selected.
The character development for Eadlyn was rather slow but I guess it was needed in the plot so we can see Eadlyn’s progress in the next book. (Yup, there is a next book.) But I didn’t like how only in the end did she realize how terrible she was and from then, decided to take the Selection seriously.
Then the book ends. ARRRRGH!
To be honest, my satisfaction meter for The Heir was far from full. I still prefer the first 3 books over this one, even if America was quite annoying too.



  • The cover – Beautiful and Elegant. The cover is a total eye candy. It will make you want to get a hold of it, take it home and display it with the rest of your copies of The Selection Series.
  • Ahren – Eadlyn’s younger twin. He was what I needed in the book. Someone to tell off Eadlyn that not everything is about her. A part of me wished that Ahren should have been the first born instead.
  • There’s a 5th book – As much as the 4th book didn’t reach my expectation, I’m still looking forward to the next book. I can’t wait to know what the title will be and what color will Eadlyn’s gown be on the cover. Yup, that really matters. LOL. 😛


Book Description and Cover Image from Goodreads


14 thoughts on “Book Review | The Heir by Kiera Cass

      1. You know, I’m actually curious as to how Maxon & America could’ve raised a child like Eadlyn… I mean, neither were that bratty when they were 17-18, so I wonder what kind of parents they have been, lol! (No offence to either of you, Maxon & America! Love you both.) 😉 Yep! Looking forward to seeing how it all turns out.


  1. I totally agree on this one. I’m convincing myself that it was all part of character building. So, I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the next book because I’ve had enough of her whining.. haha 🙂


  2. You have pretty unusual, or rather not common, taste in books. That, or I just don’t know what the good and popular YA books are anymore haha… Yeah, Eadlyn was whiny, and selfish. My sister, who introduced me to the Selection series, pretty much stopped being interested because of her. I still pushed through though. I think there’s way too many options for Eadlyn, I’m not sure who to root for… Oh wait, Ahren. Definitely rooting for Ahren only.

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    1. The fifth book is releasing on May though so I’m still hoping for some kind of a redemption for Eadlyn’s personality. LOL. But wait, Ahren… for Eadlyn? But they’re twins? 😛


  3. I read all 3 Selection books a while ago but still haven’t gotten around to this one but it’s such a disappointment to hear that Eadlyn is a brat! Argh I guess they do it for drama or to add some personality but how does Maxon and America’s children/chil grow up to have an attitude like Eadlyn does?! Super disappointing.

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    1. TRUE! I kind of thought the same too that the Eadlyn attitude was to add some sort of personality to her character. I’m so looking forward to reading The Crown and see if anything about her changes after what happened in the last parts of The Heir. You should give it a read!


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