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.
**An ARC of this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.**
This is the 4th book in a 3-part series. But there was a cliffhanger ending so there will definitely be another few books to make this a companion series. It’s pretty much exactly like The Selection. No real difference at all. And, again, I’m not into The Bachelor-type stuff in the first place so I don’t even know why I keep reading this series.
Well, Eadlyn (which is a terrible name) is definitely different from America. Eadlyn is smarter, more independent, comfortable with being by herself and less prone to spew her feelings to anyone who may be in the vicinity. Eadlyn actually hardly ever let her feelings show for anyone. I kind of loved that. And while that was a nice change from the first 3 books, Eadlyn is just as self-absorbed and immature as America. I think it might just be Kiera Cass. Because most of the time I don’t think the immaturity and narcissism are intentional in the story; It just stems from the author.
I do like Cass’ writing style, though. It’s engaging and easy to read; I never felt pulled from the story and was very connected to the characters. Cass is so open in her writing that I felt like I was inside Eadlyn’s feelings. And she wasn’t too sappy. Love that.
Reading things about the guys in the book, though, made me question how much time Cass has spent around boys. Ahren, Eadlyn’s twin brother, in particular was a little too feelings-y and feminine to be believable. He and Eadlyn were always leaning on each other and giving each other kisses on the head and whatever. Umm… awkward. They’re 18-year-old siblings. Just–no. And then Ahren would go into extreme detail about how he felt about stuff in writing and when talking. I couldn’t take him seriously. And while I liked the decision he made at the end of the book, his final thoughts were so cheesy and kind of creeped me out about his relationship with his sister. It was weird.
I liked how the dissolution of the caste system was handled, since that was a big debate in the first 3 books. It was interesting to see how this world was coping, even though I still think the world in which this series is set is incredibly stupid. A monarchy in future what-used-to-be-USA? Never gonna happen. Stupid.
The love interests were cute and sweet and fun but since there are just so many I didn’t feel anything for any of them. The only guy I was even remotely interested in was Erik, who wasn’t even a love interest. I found him to be the most intriguing guy in the book. Everyone else felt like background characters.
This was a quick, easy fluff read; Fun, but nothing of substance. You could start on this one if you haven’t read the first 3 in the series, since it’s kind of the beginning of its’ own series, but it’s nice to see all the references to the other books and understand all that’s going on.
Sexual Content: Mild
Language: Mild (if any)