Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Heir by Kiera Cass [Joint Review]

The Heir (The Selection, #4)2 out of 5 Robots!


The Heir by Kiera Cass

Series: The Selection Series #4
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release: May 5, 2015
Hardcover: 368 Pages
Publisher: Harper Teen
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Julia and Shannon


Book Summary:
All Chelsea wants to do this summer is hang out with her best friend, hone her talents as an ice cream connoisseur, and finally get over Ezra, the boy who broke her heart. But when Chelsea shows up for her summer job at Essex Historical Colonial Village (yes, really), it turns out Ezra’s working there too. Which makes moving on and forgetting Ezra a lot more complicated…even when Chelsea starts falling for someone new. 

Maybe Chelsea should have known better than to think that a historical reenactment village could help her escape her past. But with Ezra all too present, and her new crush seeming all too off limits, all Chelsea knows is that she’s got a lot to figure out about love. Because those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it….

(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Julia and Shannon's Thoughts:
1. Sum up your feelings in a sentence of two?
Julia: The Heir is stuffed full of whiny, self centered dialogue by Eadlyn, the queen to be. But for some reason, I really wanted to know how it ended.
Shannon: The Selection was such a guilty pleasure for me.  I view it the same way I view The Bachelor or Real Housewives...completely ridiculous, very cheesy and probably killing off a some brain cells.  But there is also something so completely compelling about it.  I WANTED to hate it, but instead I just kept reading it.  So when The Heir rolled around, I thought "well, I've gone this far...might as well keep going".  But I was very disappointed.  And that's saying something for this series.  I did not like this book very much. 

2. What worked?  What didn't work?
Julia: Ahren and Camille worked. Kile worked. Nothing else worked for me. It was way more interesting reading from the contestant point of view in the previous novels.
Shannon: Honestly, not much worked for me.  I did like Eadlyn's brother (talk about being the voice of reason!).  Oh!  And it was a quick read (thank god).  What didn't work for me?  Just about everything else.  I didn't like the protagonist, I found everyone to be inept, the Selection was boring, the reason behind the Selection was insane and worst of all...I realized that this is probably going to be milked into a trilogy.

3. How does The Selection 2.0 compare to the original?
Julia: It doesn't! I mean, the first books weren't the best books I've ever read.... They will were so much better. I can't even. I have nothing to say.
Shannon: Yeah, I agree with Julia.  At least the first books were interesting in a "oh god, now what?!".  I rolled my eyes plenty.  But this book took all the worst parts of the first series and made them the best parts in this book.  I didn't just rolled my eyes, I was actually angry!  

4. Are you rooting for any of the Selected guys?
Julia: Kile and Henri. For as much as I despise Eadlyn, I love her interactions with these two guys. 
Shannon:  Kile and Henri were both nice decent boys.  But all of the boys were problematic.  Either they were perfect (Kile, Henri, Henri's translator, Erik), or they were cocky and egotistical or they were self-righteous agreessive neanderthals.  None of them felt real. 

5. Did you like Eadlyn?  Do you think she makes a good protagonist?
Julia: She is the WORST. She is insufferable. She is so self centered, that she actually tries to break her brother and his girlfriend up because he should love no one else more than her. Uh-wha? Oh, hey, Eadlyn, did you ever think of learning Henri's language? And all she does it talk about how much work she has because she is the princess and running this country...... yet, we never see her do any work. Ever. Also, the King is alive, soooo.... yeah, he's running the country. This girl sucks... She confuses being strong with being selfish as hell.
Shannon: Eadlyn is not a fun protagonist.  She gets strong armed into doing The Selection by her parents because they want to distract the masses who have been protesting the monarchy (I won't give go into how asinine that is) and I approve of her "I don't need a man to complete me" mantra.  But at the same time - dang, is she a spoiled brat.  She is completely out of touch. Eadlyn is poised to take over the kingdom soon as they keep telling us (keep in mind that Maxon is about 40...I'm 34 so I take offense over how they keep acting like Maxon was going to drop dead of old age any day now), but she had no idea what the people think of her or how to really run the country.  She's mean and snobby.  I was hoping she would have a nice little character arc, but no, she is even worse by the end of the book.  Goody.

6. What would you rate this book?  Who would you recommend it to?
Julia: 2 out of 5. And that's being generous. I'm not recommending this book to anyone.... Can we go back and make this book about Camille and Ahren instead? In the short time that Camille is in the book, she outshines Eadlyn completely.
Shannon: 2 out of 5 as well.  Only because I was able to finish it.  I can't say I recommend it either - even to fans of the first set of books.  

Other Books in the Series:
1. The Selection
2. The Elite
3. The One
4. The Heir

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