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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Heir is the fourth installment in Kiera Cass' Selection series. Here, Princess Eadlyn, the daughter of America Singer and Prince Maxon, is now a young woman in line for the throne, so she holds a Selection of her own ... to pick a guy to marry. There's lots of flirtation and kissing throughout the process, including some passionate caressing and a boy's lifted shirt and a few fistfights, but overall this is a tame installment that focuses mainly on Eadlyn reconciling her need for independence with her country's desire to see her married off. The only strong language is "hell."
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What's the story?
The Selection saga continues in THE HEIR as Princess Eadlyn, the daughter of America Singer and Prince Maxon, is now of age and must consider marrying. Though Eadlyn had no plans to marry, the royal family of Illea agrees that holding a Selection of her own will help quell the rising tide of dissatisfaction in the kingdom. Suddenly, the palace is overrun with 35 loud, irritating boys who will compete for Eadlyn's hand. She promised her parents she'd give the process a real chance but only if she truly falls in love. The question is, can she?
Is it any good?
This fun, fast-paced novel deftly weaves the suspense and swoons of old-fashioned burgeoning romance with a modern, fresh sensibility. The heroine may be a princess who needs to fall in love pronto, but she also needs to grow up, learn how to run a country, and do so while battling age-old double standards about women in leadership positions managing their anger and wielding power with grace under constant pressure.
The result is an immersive, easy read that manages to be squeaky-clean but still smart, fun, and empowering, with characters that are believably genuine, flawed, and on occasion dull. Plenty here to keep fans hooked for the next installment.
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