The Heir by Kiera Cass Review

thTitle: The Heir

Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher:  HarperTeen

Format: Hardcover
Publication Date: May 5, 2015

Overall: 3 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

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.


The Heir was surprisingly good, considering I was not at all behind it when I found out about it. That being said, I didn’t like Eadlyn at all. I can’t believe that America and Maxon raised such a spoiled, selfish brat. They gave her all the tutors but because she was the heir they kept her in like this little box, and prevented her from having the same experiences as her siblings. As such, all of her siblings would make better rulers than she would. She has absolutely no grasp of the turmoil in her country and where it stems from. It is all completely abstract for her, as is love because her parents kept her so busy and drummed into her head these expectations that she just doesn’t get it.

In my opinion, the sad part of this is how America and Maxon have ruined their child. And then for America at one point in the book to start calling her daughter out for the behavior that she instilled and created, and fed into was completely asinine. How was Eadlyn supposed to react to that? They didn’t teach her to be a compassionate individual, they taught her that she was going to be the Heir and that she had more responsibilities and was better than other people.

If you can’t tell I really didn’t like Eadlyn, but I didn’t feel that most of that was her fault. And she could be kind and sensitive when she finally let someone in close enough to do so. So she’s not hopeless she just feels so much pressure to be the perfect Heir that all of the personality traits that are positive get lost.

The cliffhanger at the end of the book was fucking annoying, and I’m honestly pissed that there is going to be this situation that leads into the 5th book. Just ugh. But still despite all of this I did enjoy the book, because the boys in this story all are wonderful (those that are left anyway) and Eadlyn really wasn’t that bad most of the time. There are just specific moments when her selfishness and utter lack of understanding are completely apparent. Overall I can only give it 3 stars, and I’m really hoping the final book jolts Eadlyn out of this selfishness and into being the decent and kind person that is in there.


3/5 – Worth Reading

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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