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.
I loved The Selection series! I know that many people could not stand it or only thought it was an okay series but there was just something about the books that made me love them. I like the feel of a dystopian world while all set in a world that feels very ruled by the past, almost historical in feel. Plus the romance was just too good to pass up. When I heard that there was a fourth book I was so happy about it. I was worried though since this wasn’t going to be America’s story anymore and that they had moved on to her daughter. I was also worried because many people were saying in reviews that they could not stand said daughter. However, I’m happy I read this anyway.
I will say that I can see why many people did not like Eadlyn. She is stubborn, entitled, spoiled and acts a bit immature at times even though she is 18 in this story. Even though she did possess all of those qualities I enjoyed her inspite of all of it. I found her story to be interesting because she was independent, loyal to her brothers, kind, and generally only knew how to grow up in a fashion to be a Queen. This means she had a lot of pressure on her and that she didn’t really get to live a normal life or meet normal boys. I found her Selection to be a true teenager coming of age story even though she is already 18. I loved watching her stumble and make mistakes and not know what she was doing with all of these guys. Didn’t we all feel this way when we first started dating? I found this journey to be inspiring. I loved that we watched Eadlyn struggle between feelings and her duty to the crown as well as her own feelings of wanting to remain independent and not let a man bring her down or tell her how to run a kingdom. Maybe people didn’t like her but I think that this is everything I would want to be or to have in a daughter. I never wanted a man to bring me down when I was growing up and I feel I was stubborn when it came to dating. I didn’t even have a boyfriend or a first kiss until I was 17. I like Eadlyn.
Aside from Eadlyn I also enjoyed all of the boys who were part of the Selection because they all had something to add and there are some clear favorites in my eye. I also loved Eadlyn’s brothers because they added in that touch of family that I felt was important. I can’t help but also like the glimpses into America and Maxon’s relationship as they are older. However, the one thing I didn’t like with that was that they were made to sound so old already. This series only takes place 20 years after their wedding and so they are only in their late 30s to early 40s in this book which isn’t as old as Cass made them sound.
Overall, this was a lighthearted read while also containing a main character who I enjoyed. I loved the feelings and exploration and can’t wait to see where the story goes in the next book.