Author: Kiera Cass
Publication Date: May 5th 2015
Genre: Young Adult
My Rating: 4 Starfish
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. - Summary and cover image from Goodreads.
Warning: There are spoilers ahead!
Wow. This book was actually pretty dang good.
I'll admit I was apprehensive when I found out that Kiera Cass was adding two more books to the Selection trilogy. I thought that everything was fairly good where it left off in the third book, and honestly, I would have been fine without any other books. But since she announced what she was doing, I figured I should give it a shot since I did really enjoy myself with the others. (Though mostly I just enjoyed Maxon!)
I can't say that I wasn't disappointed by our heroine of the story. I found her (which I think nearly everyone did) to be very self-absorbed, spoiled, and inconsiderate, not really the personality traits of a likeable character. And I was really hoping that after having to tolerate America for so long *sigh*, her daughter would take after Maxon's sweet nature. Sadly, this was not the case. However, despite the MANY flaws of the heroine, the men of the Selection and our favorite returning characters made this a worthwhile read.
Here are the notes I made while reading:
First off, who is Lady Brice?? If I had to guess, I would say she's Kriss's daughter.
Who is the guy that popped into Eadlyn's head? She thought of someone, but it never said who. Ugh, the suspense is gonna kill me.
Kile.....I really don't like you. Go sit in the corner until Eadlyn chooses someone better.
Henri......you're like a little puppy! Gah, so adorable!- I don't know about anyone else but I think they can totally work through the language barrier! (wishful thinking, I know)
Hale.......where were you for the last half of the book???? You were there and then suddenly you just kinda dropped off! I like you so so so much, please win the Selection!- Just kidding, he isn't my top choice for Eadlyn. But I do like him a lot!
Fox.......you totally snuck up on me! I didn't really pay attention to you until that cute moment after the kitchen fight. I'm definitely rooting for you to make it into the elite!
Erik.......you are my #1 choice for Eadlyn. Not because I like you the best, but because I think you and her would make a great match!- I am concerned, though, about the fact that he's not a Selected. How complicated will this be if something develops between the two? I'll be looking forward to this in the next book.
Ean.......I'm suspicious of you.- He obvs just wants the crown. But I think there's more to it than that. Is he part of the uprising maybe? He's like a Celeste character, except she was awesome. (And America talks about her at one point, which I loved!)
Maxon......you are still my favorite character, you beautiful old man you.
Who's more tolerable, America or Eadlyn? I actually don't have an answer for this question.
Ahren.....I. Hate. You. Seriously, you're worse than Eadlyn. Leaving your family behind never to really see them again except for on occasion and giving your mother a HEART ATTACK in the process?!?!?!?!?!?! Some people can excuse you all they want, but if America dies because of your foolishness.....ugh, I can't even talk about it anymore. Actually, I can. The thing that I hate most about this situation is that the family, particularly Eadlyn, will forgive him in the end, and tell him that "twu wuv " is the most important thing blah blah blah and they don't blame him for running off blah blah blah. *facepalm*
And speaking of America, DOES SHE DIE??!?!?!?!?! Kiera, why Why WHY would you do this??? I can't believe I have to wait a whole year now to have this question answered.
And finally, Aspen........I hated you to begin with. I was solidly Team Maxon, still am, and I will go down with my ship. I joked with my friends that I pushed you off a cliff to your death. But......after you comforted Maxon when America had her heart attack.....it was so heartbreakingly sweet, I just couldn't hate you anymore. Note that I still dislike you, but I definitely ran to the bottom of that cliff and caught you before you died. (I did let Kile and Ahren hit the bottom though. Ouch, sorry I'm not sorry boys...)
Kiera Cass, I have one word to say to you: Bravo. You made me feel for these characters, the old and the new. Not many authors can make me care a lot about fictional people, but you have certainly won me over yet again. The only thing I have to say that I hope you will not disappoint me with is this:
Please don't have Eadlyn pick an obvious choice. Be daring! Have her pick someone who doesn't seem to stand a chance! Please don't make the ending predictable.
I definitely think that if you've invested the time into reading the other three books, that you should continue on with this one as well. I don't think you'll be disappointed by the overall story. And if you still aren't sure, just remember........the men are HOT! *swoons*