Release Date: May 5th, 2015
Note: This post reviews the fourth book of The Selection Series. You may like to read the first three books in the series, The Selection, The Elite, and The One before reading this review.
The Selection competition is about to begin again, but this time, everything is different. This Selection is to be held for Princess Eadlyn, heir to the throne of Illea and the daughter of King Maxon and Queen America. In the past, the Selection has always been held for the prince. Now, it will be the Princess doing the choosing – and unlike her father, she is not happy about it.
Meet Eadlyn – strong, capable, and powerful. And oh, does she know it. Growing up having anything and everything she could ever want, the Princess is spoiled. (And rude) But, of course, very beautiful. She agrees to go along with the Selection that her parents so desperately want her to do, on the condition that if she does not fall in love within 3 months, the contestants will be released from the palace and she can go on with her life. Let the competition begin.
The Selection proves to be a good experience for Princess Eadlyn, in more ways than one. Not only does she begin to (ever so slowly) let people into her heart, but she also sees how spoiled she really is and how little she actually knows about the people she will soon rule. Her eyes and her heart gradually open to the people around her, and she becomes a little less stuck up. (Thank God.)
I definitely enjoyed this book and the way it showed the next generation, but I didn’t fall in love with it in the same way that I did with the first 3 books. Maxon and America were such lovable characters right from the start, and Eadlyn was a character that I had to grow to like (by the end of the book). As a reader, I find it hard to be invested in a story when I don’t really like the character or feel any kind of connection. But I understand why Eadlyn is the way she is. First of all, Cass couldn’t have written her too similarly to her father or mother – which is why she is not down to earth at all – because it would have seemed like a repeat, and she needed something different by book 4. Also, it makes sense that Eadlyn would be spoiled and arrogant and aloof, since she has always gotten whatever she wants. Having said that, I still love this series as a whole.
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