The Heir

The Heir

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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 her Selection to be 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.
Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062391308
9780062349859
0062349856
Branch Call Number: YF CAS NVD
Characteristics: 346 pages ; 22 cm

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BudgiesNbooks
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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oso225
Jul 31, 2017

I have read all books from the Selection series before this one and have deeply enjoyed them. I was excited when I heard this book was about America's and Maxon's daughter and that it was her time to choose a husband. This was the only book ever in my life that I started to read and could not bring myself to continue reading. Eadlyn is the most self-centered and spoiled brat which made her a very annoying and dislikeable character. She acts as if she is above everyone (even though she is a princess) but lacks respect for her people. She has none of America's kind traits. She is not fit to be queen. I do not recommend this book.

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LOLSUPNESS6
Jun 29, 2017

I loved the fact that this time it was from the point view from the royal famly and that this time it was a girls that pick the husband

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Bakergirl_13
Dec 16, 2016

This book and its sequel are phenomenal!!! I picked up The Heir at a book sale at the library. I nearly cried at the end of the next one, The Crown. Perfect for teen girls! :) :D

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FindingJane
Oct 09, 2016

America and Maxon have had children. But the firstborn is a girl and that comes with its own unique set of challenges.

Eadlyn was not much like her mother. Being reared in privilege and wealth, she was inordinately concerned with clothing and her tiaras and vastly irritated by her female companion Josie, who was always borrowing her jewelry. Eadlyn lacked warmth, compassion, tact or even interest in the opposite sex.

Written about in plain terms like this, you probably wonder why I could possibly like or even stand this girl. Well, for one thing, she wasn’t the vicious viper that Celeste was. Eadlyn wasn’t catty or mean spirited. She was just a tad spoiled and had no understanding of the sufferings of the lower class…and they were suffering.

Getting rid of the caste system didn’t make things automatically easier. Old prejudices die hard and not necessarily when old systems do. Anyone who’s read history of racial bigotry and race riots after slavery was overturned could tell you that. So Eadlyn’s parents come up with the brilliant idea of engaging their only daughter in a Selection.

Eadlyn was angered by this solution and rightly so. She was an intelligent and self-contained girl, one who felt that she didn’t need a man to rule a throne. I liked that about her, likening her to the imperious Elizabeth I. That queen had successfully run her kingdom and remained single, in spite of her advisors that tried to get her married to any one of a number of royal suitors for the better part of 25 years.

But Eadlyn was pressured by her parents to try. The Selection was only meant to be a ruse, after all, a kind of bread-and-circus tactic to appease an unruly public and give them something to root for instead of complaining about how the new casteless system was failing to improve their lives. It seemed as if rulership was providing all sorts of difficulty and stress for America and Maxon, causing them both unhappiness. For their sakes, Eadlyn agreed to the Selection.

While this seemed like a plausible explanation, I confess to some skepticism about it. It looked as if the author was being lazy, falling back on a storyline that had already run its course instead of pursuing a new path. Like Eadlyn, I was reluctant to commit myself to an idea that seemed shopworn and already antiquated.

But, like the unenthusiastic Eadlyn, I found myself being drawn into the process of selection and elimination. The contest meant that she learned how others lived. She realized what it meant for others who didn’t have it as comfortably as she did. She gradually found herself caring for the boys who’d been picked for her, even though she’d promised herself to eliminate all of them.

Perhaps compassion is a quality that can be learned. If so, Eadlyn is well on her way to getting it. I want to see what the future holds for her, whether she gets her princely consort or not.

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queen_of_terrasen
Sep 13, 2016

i really liked this one better than the first three because you don't know who eadlyn is going to marry. it is a mystery. with america, you know she's gonna marry maxon, cuz she's the main character and he's the prince, and thats just how it is, but with eadlyn she could marry any of them. brilliant!!

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chocolatepanda123
Aug 24, 2016

Loved it. The POV of the selector is more interesting then I thought it would be. I love Eadlyn she is one of the strongest female characters I've ever seen/read about.

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mayahe
Aug 22, 2016

I was happy really happy to see Kiera Cass continued the series, but I wasn't as impressed with the new ones starring her daughter. I wasn't a big fan of Eadlyn, I thought she was too stuck up and a snob, compared to rags to riches America.

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Arisofi
Jul 30, 2016

In the forth book to the selection series. America's daughter Eadlyn is running a first ever selection with a girl as a selector. It was interesting to see the POV of a selector and not a person trying to be selected. This is a great book and definitely recommend this book to people who like to read books that have some drama.

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guantina
Jul 22, 2016

The book was okay. It wasn't my favourite in the series because I didn't really like Eadlyn attitude throughout the novel. She was a bit too judgemental and harsh towards the suitors. As I got further into the book Eadlyn got better and I started to like her. Overall, it was a good book worth reading, it just wasn't as great as I thought it would be.

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Dec 16, 2016

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Sep 28, 2015

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Aug 23, 2015

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orange_turtle_144
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

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Reyna_Avila_Grace
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

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AmandaTheAwkward
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.

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AmandaTheAwkward
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.

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brown_fox_65
May 07, 2016

"I'm Edalyn and no one is as powerful as me."

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SarahW02
Aug 28, 2015

And when I was finished, I'd have a ring on my finger.
- Princess Eadlyn, the last sentence.

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LibrarianLeanne
Aug 24, 2015

I only have one heart and im saving it

-The heir, Kiera Cass

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GeneB7
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."

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TessaGray
Aug 12, 2015

Henri held up Swenday, followed by several exclamation points.

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TessaGray
Aug 12, 2015

"Personally, I would like to tear him limb from limb, but that's really up to you."

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GeneB7
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!

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Kmandhane
Aug 12, 2015

Prince Maxon and princess America, (now king and queen), have a daughter who has to have a selection.

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violetpony21
Aug 01, 2015

Princess Eadlyn goes through her own Selection, even though she doesn't want to get married.

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mountaingirl_1
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.

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green_tiger_1186
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.

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Crossmeout
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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