Saturday, June 13, 2015

Audio Review: The Heir

Title: The Heir
Author: Kiera Cass
Pages: 342
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Audio
Rating: 3 Cows

Goodreads Description:

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.

I was a huge fan of the first three books in this series. I loved Maxon and America, even when they did get on my nerves some. I knew that both Maxon and America had good hearts and wanted to do good in the world. I was so excited when I heard there would be two more books in the series. I was a little nervous that I wouldn't like these two books quite as much as I did the other two because the focus wouldn't be on Maxon and America. Turns out I was right to be a little nervous. 

I was disappointed in The Heir. It was okay but I just couldn't love it like I did the first three books. I think I would have liked it more if Aaron had been the main character. Eadlyn is a likeable character. She has moments where she is but more often than not I disliked her. She came off as spoiled and superior. She tried so hard to be strong (which is great! I love strong female characters.) but she came off as cold and distance. I thought that America was a strong character and she managed to be strong and compassionate. I was a little surprised that Eadlyn wasn't more like her parents. I just kept thinking, where did this girl come from?

As for the plot, not much happens. Eadlyn starts the selection process but there isn't much happening there. I honestly don't know how is supposed to be considered the frontrunner. Yeah, she does begin to admit that she has feelings for some of them but I'm not sure how deep those feelings are. On another note, I didn't feel that I got to know any of the guys well enough to pick a favorite for me. The interactions with the male suitors are very limited. 

Other than the selection process going on, there is some unrest in the country. People aren't as happy after the caste system is gone as Maxon thought they would be. People still seem to be struggling with it and some are still have their old caste held against them when applying for jobs or school. Still, there isn't a whole there going on. 

As for the narrator, I thought she did a good job and made it pleasant to listen to. I do plan on listening to the next book on audio also. 

I think I was most disappointed in the ending. It felt kind of cheap, like something big needed to happen at the end and that was all that she could come up with. I didn't feel like it really went with the rest of the story and I ended up just feeling annoyed. 


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