When you start reading a book series and the first three novels are super cool and charming and magnificent, you can’t help it but have great expectations for the last two, as well; even if you know that the protagonist is different and you have to get to know them pretty quickly from the beginning, so you can follow the plot line. That’s exactly what happened when I flipped to the first page of the forth instalment of The Selection series, The Heir.
Princess Eadlyn, America’s and Maxon’s daughter, grew up hearing endless stories about how her parents met. Twenty years ago, America entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart – and they lived happily ever after.
Flaw number one: I wanted to learn a bit more about the journey after the alley and the “I do” America said when she married Maxon. Taking the reader from the present they thought they knew to a present twenty years later isn’t such a good idea, considering that the new characters that are being introduced are complete strangers. Sure, I know that I get to hear the next generation’s story but… who cares? It would be much more interesting if I got the chance to meet Princess Eadlyn from, let’s just say, the day of her birth, and then go twenty years later to witness her own Selection. That would make her more real and much more cute to me.
Because believe me, what I got to meet wasn’t the Princess I dreamed about. Eadlyn has no interest in trying to repeat her parents’ love story. If it was up to her, she would put off marriage for as long as possible. And yes, that would be extremely awesome and it would prove such great independence if she wasn’t such a bratty, little girl; the extreme opposite of her mother!
However, since a Princess’s life is never entirely hers, Eadlyn starts her own Selection, no matter how fiercely she protests. She has no faith that her story will end up in romance, and frankly I don’t have either!
Flaw number two: with all those new characters and the new names, it’s pretty easy to lose track. Especially when they all seem to have inherited the big ZERO from their parents! What the hell? Were they adopted or something? Take the boy who Eadlyn knows since before she was born. He should be kind and funny and loyal. Instead, he is indifferent. Maybe this is happening because the whole narration from Eadlyn’s perspective is indifferent. Still, the only interesting characters are the ones whose stories have ended, at least according to the author.
In The Heir the Selection is moving on so fast that the reader doesn’t have the chance to meet the new characters. In the blink of an eye, half of them are gone. So… why did you have to introduce them in the first place?
The only intense moment was the last chapter; and that happens because it revolves around America, which leads back to what I said before.This story hasn’t come to an end yet! I cared more about America rather than the fake and childish problems of her daughter!
As the book ended so abruptly, I thought I had to read the last one, The Crown, simply to have the full image of this story. How foolish I were…
In the last novel of the series, Eadlyn keeps up to be a selfish, arrogant, self-centered Princess, who thinks the Earth is running its course around her. And that would seem kinda sweet; at least if it would’ve been narrated properly.
Which leads to flaw number three: coming up with random plot twists about characters we didn’t get the chance to actually meet and get to know is not always right. Well, actually it’s never right, but at least one of those characters was lovely! The other was just indifferent. And the fact that Eadlyn is such a difficult person makes that even worse! She’s not powerful at all! She just thinks she is.
Yet again, the book was a page-turner but without the power and the anticipation the first three had. It’s inevitable to make a comparison since you have already read all the books of the series. Flaw number four: the repetition of one single phrase. I am Eadlyn Schreave and no one in the world is as powerful as me! Expecting to read that after every single phrase Eadlyn said made this novel annoying, the least!
What disappointed me the most though was the epilogue. I mean, come on! My seven-year-old niece could write that and still it would be much better!
I know that Eadlyn is an eighteen-year-old, but so was America. And I know they grew up under completely different circumstances but still that doesn’t mean the author can make her look so… fake! It seemed to me like the author wanted to get over with this story, Eadlyn’s story, because it wasn’t as powerful and magical, and all those other amazing things, as America’s story was.
If I had to rate those two novels… Two and a half stars, simply because of what the first three novels made me feel and think!
So my advice for you my dears is this one: if you love YA novels, you will adore the first three books. They contain everything a good, young-adult novel should have; adventure, romance, love triangles, secret messages that make you reevaluate everything you thought you knew and so on. The last two novels though, not so much.
It’s up to you of course to decide whether you will read them all or not. This is just my personal point of view.
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