Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Romance, Dystopia
Published: May 5 2015 by: Harper Teen
Rating: 3/5 stars
*highlight white text to reveal major spoilers*
Princess Eadlyn is tired of hearing over and over how her parents; King Maxon and Queen America had a fairy-tale happily ever after. She has no intention of getting married. However, when her parents beg her to enter a selection to bring joy to a nation still in uprising, she reluctantly agrees for the sake of the nation that will soon be hers to rule. Along the way, she encounters a surprise selected, and the unbearable task of choosing a husband when all she really wants to be is independent.
Let me start off by saying that no one in this world is more annoying than Eadlyn Schreave. I wanted to enjoy this book so bad because I loved the trilogy, but Eadlyn left me with such a bad perception of her.
For starters, she was the biggest brat. Eadlyn does what Eadlyn wants to do, and everyone has to cater to her every need. She worked her poor maid like she was Cinderella, and constantly hurled insults at her. Seriously, this girl has no filter. She went on and on how no one in the world is more powerful than her, when in reality her own father was because he was the actual king. She doesn't seem to really care about the important duties she'll have and worries more about pushing around poor Marlee's kids. Marlee was one of my favourite characters in the series and her children didn't know any better. Eadlyn was just plain rude.
On the plus side, I did love the character of Kile. He was patient and kind with Eadlyn and the rest of the palace members, and I am rooting for him. It is upsetting though that Eadlyn won't give him or any other of the selected the time of day. She prefers to just yell at them when they try to get to know her.
Off the topic of Eadlyn now, (I just needed to get that off my chest), I actually did think that this book was somewhat interesting. I enjoyed reading about the selected boys, and they all seemed very nice and thoughtful. I am curious to see who Eadlyn ends up with.
Overall, this book was kind of a let down because of Eadlyn having no time for anyone. I did like reading about her and Kile's development, but there honestly wasn't enough chemistry with anyone else in this book to make it more interesting. I loved all of the other characters, (especially Ahren) and I am looking forward to reading about them more. I understand that Kiera Cass created Eadlyn to be sort of a contrasting character to what America was, but I will always compare the two. I just felt like there should have been more chemistry.
I apologise if this review sounded more like a rant, but Eadlyn just caused me so much stress that I needed to spill out. I wonder how this selection will play out.
Have you read The Heir? What did you think?
Emily @ Paperback Princess
Ha, everyone complains that Eadlyn's a brat! I don't think I'll be reading this because usually it's the characters that make or break the book for me.ReplyDelete
Same with me! She was so different from her motherDelete
I'm actually about to begin this one RIGHT NOW.*eyes it on the table next to me* I anxiously ran and went to buy it yesterday with such pleasure that I was ready to freak out since I couldn't believe that I FINALLY have it in my hands. Anyways... I'm sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy it as much as the other novels! OMG I hate negative, annoying characters so I'll have to brace myself with Eadlyn and know that she'll be a let-down. I'm hoping that it'll end up just as good as the other novels for me! Great review!ReplyDelete
Thanks for stopping by, Michelle! While Eadlyn was a total let-down, I did love the other characters. I wouldn't go so far to say that it was better than the previous books though :( hope you enjoy it nonetheless!Delete
I have only ever read the first book of the series, which is The Selection, but I really DO plan to continue it. It's just that I can't find a copy of The Elite in the library, and I don't want to buy the book because I want to save my money ^_^" Haha.ReplyDelete
This is the book I'm most curious about because of the new protagonist and all. I'm sad to see that Eadlyn was very annoying :( I can't handle reading a book with a bratty protagonist, so I don't know. I'll try to see if I can read this soon (after the sequels before this, lol) and see for myself out of curiosity! Thanks for the review! :D
I hope you enjoy the rest of the series! Eadlyn was basically my worst nightmare lol :(Delete
I totally agree with everything you said, but unlike you I didn't really like Kile either. He was the best, I think, but I didn't find that much chemistry between him and Eadlyn. All in all this book was such a disappointment after my love for the first three books.ReplyDelete
Kile seemed like the only person who could keep Eadlyn in check. She was damn irritating :(Delete
I hated the heroine so much in this novel, there were also so many potential love interests in this series, I'm not sure where the author is going with it :/ I personally prefered the Selection series as well. <3 Benish | Feminist ReflectionsReplyDelete
Ugh she was so rude! America was so much better.Delete