The Heir

The Heir

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Kiera Cass's #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series has enchanted readers from the very first page. In this fourth romantic novel, follow Illéa's royal family into a whole new Selection--and find out what happens after happily ever after.

Twenty 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 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's always thought.

A new generation of swoon-worthy characters and captivating romance awaits in the fourth book of the Selection series!

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780062391308
Characteristics: 346 pages ;,21 cm.


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The Heir is the fourth book in the Selection series. Years after Prince Maxon chose his wife, it is now time for their daughter Eadlyn to take her role in choosing the next prince of Illea. Except there is one problem. Eadlyn isn’t ready to fall in love yet. In
this comical yet captivating book, we finally get to see the Selection through the eyes of the princess, and how it is just as stressful for her as much as it is for the contestants. Although her temper got out of had sometimes, her stubbornness really showed
people who was boss. Out of 5 stars, I would give this book 4.5 stars. Kylie, grade 9, of the Yorba Linda Teen Book Bloggers

Jun 11, 2019

Unlikable main character, lukewarm romance, no awesome political butt-kicking.

Apr 07, 2019

This was a pretty good book. Although, I found some parts to lack the plot twists in the first three books. The ending seemed rushed, but I enjoyed the parts when Eadlyn slowly has more understanding of her parents selection.

Feb 19, 2019

Addictive with a fantastic protagonist and an absolutely gorgeous cover.

Jan 30, 2019

These 2 books on Eadlyn was good in that you get to see a glimpse of the parents, whom we miss from the 1st 3 books. The ending here felt rushed and the government change seems a bit silly, but was a satisfying end nonetheless.

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.

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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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