When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.
Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.
I have been waiting
patiently for this book for an entire year. A year! Can you imagine what that is like?!? Well, I suppose you bookworms can, but for those who read my blog who are not necessarily bookworms… it was one of the longest waits of my entire life. That being said, this book was definitely worth the wait!! I loved it!!
Eadlyn as a characters really showed development throughout this book from the previous one from someone who was snobby and self centred to someone who actually thought of others before she decided to act on something. In The Heir, she was a difficult character to like because of her attitude and behaviour toward other people and the way in which she held herself highly and considered herself to be above others. In this book, she actually stops to think about how she could improve the state of the country and she puts other people and their needs before her own.
The boys. Of course I liked all of the Elite. There was however one special someone who had already stolen my heart from the very beginning of Eady’s story (The Heir) which basically meant I already had my ship to begin with. This book just made me ship them even stronger! When I thought that they weren’t going to get together in the end, I was pretty upset, but then they did and I was left lying in bed, doing a little jig of victory when in actual fact I should have been sleeping like any normal person would be doing with a 7 month old baby at 23:00!! I just couldn’t put this book down though! Clearly I cannot say who it was because that would just ruin all the fun for the people who still need to read this book!
I think the stigma shown towards people of what would have been from the lower castes and other people who are, for example homosexual (talking about you, here, elite!), was very true to the stigma’s that some people still face today for exactly the same issues. I think, in this way, Cass did a pretty good job of making the society relevant and relatable to today’s society!
Of course, there had to be a kink in the form of some horrible character who decides they need to destroy everything. Marid, I trusted you and you let me down. I genuinely thought he wanted to help. I probably should have been so trusting of the son of the two people who rebelled against the monarchy during America’s selection!!
I really adored this book and I am actually pretty sad to see this series come to an end (again!). i would happily have this series continue just so I could see Eady and … be happy and what actually comes of the country after she imposes her new and very exciting changes!! 🙂 I gave this book 5/5 stars.
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