Another series comes to an end. I am always sad when I get to the last book but I liked them so much, I will re-read them in the future. I was surprised on how much I liked this book. A lot of reviews that I read this book was very predictable but I did not think that at all; maybe because I don’t look too deep into the story and guess, I let to story come to me. I actually intended on spacing this one and the last apart with the book I am reading now; I just couldn’t wait, I had to find out what was going to happen!
Princess Eadlyn’s family has seen good times and bad times. Right now, with the Queen recovering from a heart attack, the times are not so good. The citizens are on the edge of revolt as the King and Queen have named Eadlyn Queen Regent. She is having to juggle begin a ruler and the Selection. Just when she thinks she could settle down with one of the suitors, an outsider throws a wrench in the machine, making her choose between her heart and her duty.
The Heir and The Crown are definitely different from the first three Selection books but they are just as good. The first three had a lot of action while this one didn’t have action action. This one had more of the drama bombs being dropped everywhere. The one that stands out the most to me was *****SPOILER ALERT***** when Eadlyn’s coronation as Queen comes around and that the love she was looking for wasn’t in the selection, he was one of the men’s translator. ***** SPOILER OVER!*****
I didn’t find the book overly predictable. Like I said above, I don’t look too deep or try to guess what will happen next. I read line for line, letting the story develop slowly in my head. I had my suspicions about the ending, though I didn’t know what course the characters would take; be loyal to the crown or be loyal to your heart.
There was a new character introduced in this book and he kind of caught me by surprise, fooling not only the characters but me as well! See, I get to into books and live page by page with the characters, not knowing what is around the corner. Marid was an interesting fellow who hid his motives very well. It wasn’t until one character was working things out that he wasn’t a friend of the crown. I believe his family is mentioned in the first 3 Selection books because the name was familiar (not because it was the country’s name).
The few twists and turns aka “drama bombs” made this book fun to read. I was enjoying it anyway but the added drama made it impossible to put down. Eadlyn has been training to be queen for a long time and it isn’t until her mother’s heart attack does she actually get a taste for the job and actually want to do her best. This I when you see some real development in her character. Before, I thought she was a typical, head-strong teenager. Now, with her new responsibly and the threat of losing the crown, she grew up really fast. I like her better as a queen; she has her priorities in order and isn’t as annoying.
She knows that she can’t do this job by herself and she fears she will end up like her dad or worse, her mom. She puts a lot of thought into the remaining men in the Selection but instead of it being a choice of the heart, it became a business decision. She realizes that and knows that the one person she actually wants to marry is out of reach because of her job and the promises she made. Don’t worry, Dad’s voice of reason comes into play during the last few pages. He tells her that just because she is expected to play by the rules, doesn’t mean she has to when it comes to certain things. He father tells her why he has this logic and that there are some instances in this world that her status shouldn’t decide for her: who she is going to love. That is a matter of the heart and should be followed no matter what. The heart doesn’t lie 🙂
The ending wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. It seemed like it was rushed; one paragraph Eadlyn is engaged and out to start talking about marrying one person, then she isn’t engaged to him anymore because she is going to marry the one she truly loves. True, it all happened in a span of seven minutes (according to the story) so it had to be quickly paced. The part that I was bummed most about was the very last page. I could have done without the epilogue because it was just words. You don’t get a glimpse of Eadlyn and her fiancé/husbands life after everything that had happened. You don’t see a wedding, him becoming king, stepping into their new roles. I would have like to see a little bit of their rule, life, possible children. Anything into the future would have been an amazing closer.
Couldn’t put it down
Drama bombs made the book move fast
Eadlyn’s character development
The Not Too Bad:
The rushed ending
Overall, I enjoyed this book and the entire series so much. These are the type of books that make me love reading, the ones where you can’t wait to get home and dive back into the story. Pick up this series, you will love it.
Rating: 4 out of 5
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