The Heir (The Selection Series Book # 4)

The Heir (The Selection Series Book #4) by Kiera Cass

Blurb:

“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 0 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.”

My Review:

I didn’t expect this book to be written from a different perspective than the other ones, but it was. It was written from the point of view of Eadlyn, daughter to America Singer and Prince Maxon. I have to say that just changing the point of view kind of turned me off to the book at first. Once I knew it wasn’t America’s story I kind of lost interest. But, I’d read all the other books so I decided to read it. It wasn’t as good as I hoped it would be, but it turned out okay. It was quite predictable, but I still kept reading. The characters were done fairly well. I liked her brothers Ahren, Osten, and Kaden. I didn’t really love Eadlyn. She was difficult to relate to, kind of bratty, and hard to please. You can kind of see why she is that way, with how she is raised, but it was a little irritating. Out of all the Selection boys I’d have to say that I liked Kile, Hale, Ean, Henri, and Erik (even though he’s not an official candidate). Each of these guys were respectable and seemed like nice, normal guys. Although some of the dating scenes were cheesy and predictable, I did begin to kind of soften towards the story as I continued reading. This book is okay. If you read the others then you will most likely want to read this one, just know that it is different.

There is some language in this book, so be prepared. There was also too much about “intimacy” for my tastes, especially in a YA book. It is discussed and there is at least one almost-scene. There is kissing. One of my biggest turn-offs with this book is the violence. There is quite a bit of domestic violence in this book. The guys in the Selection aren’t as respectable with her as they should be. There is one scene, in particular, where the guy’s intent is rape. It doesn’t happen, but you understand that the intention is there. I was not a fan of that scene.

Rating: PG-13 (Profanity, domestic violence, including an almost-rape scene, and discussions about “intimacy,” along with an almost-scene.)

Recommendation: 13 and up (YA). This book is not appropriate for middle-graders.

The One (The Selection Book #3)

The One (The Selection Book #3) by Kiera Cass

Blurb:

“The time has come for one winner to be crowned. When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown–or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose–and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.”

My Review:

I have to say, if nothing else, this series is entertaining. It’s good for a vacation where you put your feet up, grab the sunscreen and a beach chair, and enjoy a few minutes reading. Although it is quite predictable and more of the same, I was entertained for a minute, and that is a good thing. You get to know each of the girls more in this book, and you get to see some of their more creative and skilled sides. You get to hear a few of their ideas for the future, and you get to see quite a bit of kissing (…not quite sure if that’s a good thing???) You see a different side of Prince Maxon and his parents, and you get way too much of the Bella Swan (excuse me……America Singer) show; she drives me crazy! Pick already! Make up your mind!!! Seriously. Even though the premise was very predictable, there were a few surprises in the details, which helped. I do love the cover art though! The dresses are gorgeous and definitely catch your eye! If you enjoyed the first two books then you should read this one for sure.

There is some profanity in this book. There are a few innuendos, and an almost-all-but “intimacy” scene. Remember that the law is still that you need to be a virgin when you get married, and it is discussed. There is a lot of violence in this book. Some of the violence is known but not discussed, while other scenes are quite graphic. Several main characters die, and their violent deaths are described in detail.

Rating: PG-13 (Profanity, a lot of graphic and descriptive violence, the death of several main characters, and lots of kissing. There is also an almost-all-but “intimacy” scene.)

Recommendation: 13 and up/Young Adult (This book is not appropriate for middle-graders)

The Elite (The Selection Book #2)

The Elite (The Selection Book #2)  by Kiera Cass

Blurb:

“The Selection began with thirty-five girls. Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever–and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen? America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want–and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.”

My Review:

If you liked the first book then you will like this book. It’s about the same as the first. I didn’t feel like much happened in this book, except that it was narrowed down to six girls. You learn a little bit more about each of the girls, and some of it isn’t good. The whole Halloween scene was fun, but the aftermath was not. There is a disturbing scene that follows the festivities, and it’s not fun to read about. I guess you learn a little more about America and Maxon in that scene, along with the other characters, but it’s hard to read. America drove me crazy in this book….decide already!!!! She’s very Bella Swan-esqe, and it’s not very becoming. It gets annoying actually. There is a small surprise in this book, and it’s a fun one. It tells a lot about Maxon, and that’s a good thing. But there are also a few parts where Maxon doesn’t look so good. And that about ties it up. It’s a lot of the same. I actually liked it better than I liked the first one because I didn’t feel like I had read it before (See my review of “The Selection.”) The way the society is set up drives me crazy. They have t.v., but only one secret computer. They have phones, but only a few, and they don’t use them unless it’s urgent. Other than that, they write (which is a good thing). It’s hard to see that they’re in the future when there are no computers, cell phones, tablets, and they live in castles and wear fancy dresses and not pants. I don’t know, it’s just a little strange to me. The one thing this book is good for is entertainment. It’s a mixture of “The Bachelor” and a little of “The Hunger Games,” with a hint of “The Princess Academy.” I liked this book, but just because it was a little entertaining.

This is not a middle-grader book. There is some profanity, violence, beatings, abuse, and some all-but “intimacy” scenes. There is a scene, too, where she wants it to go far, dresses and acts the part, but it ends up not happening.

Rating: PG-13 (Some profanity, violence from the rebels, death of characters, beatings, abuse, and some all-but “intimacy” scenes.)

Recommendation: YA and up or 13 years-old and up (I do not think it is appropriate for middle-graders.)