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.
As much as I completely enjoyed the trilogy of America in the Selection. This one was a bit of a disappointment. I own it to continue with the series and I bought this as soon as it came out. So it was definitely on my "most anticipated" list. The cover is gorgeous and the heroine annoying.
Yes I said it. Eadlyn (how would you pronounce that?) is the daughter of America and Maxon and it was cool to see their character development that American has a lot more refinement and Maxon is a great father. She feels the burden of whom she will one day be. The Queen the first in their kingdom since before Maxon became King, it didn't matter when you were born the first male would be king. Well with Maxon and America ruling they changed A LOT of things including this.
With the changes comes a great amount of new struggles and unrest. When Maxon can't figure out how to appease his people, he feels they need a distraction. So Eadlyn agreed to do the Selection.
Eadlyn agrees to the Selection only to appease her father and help her kingdom. But underneath she refused to be "tied down" to any man and secretly plans to not marry anyone.
What I didn't like about Eadlyn was how much she annoyed me! I felt like she did nothing but complain and was so detached from her people and what they really need in a ruler. She is cold, selfish and drove me nuts.
I also felt like Kiera Cass doesn't know how to write boys that well. The guys in the Selection were....not so boyish... plus the relationship between Eadlyn and her brother was off. I have four brother and we are all pretty dang close. But not THAT close. It was a little weird.
The romance? lacked. It was obvious from the moment we were introduced to this character what was going to happen. Plus I felt with this character he "changed" too quickly and I disappointed and wished they didn't become friends so fast after years of disliking each other.
Overall I look forward to the rest of this series but was disappointed in Eadlyn's character and the fact that Cass doesn't really write boys well.
Sexual Content: mild/moderate (kissing/making out)