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The Heir by Kiera Cass

In The Selection series America Singer is one of the 35 girls trying to win the heart of Prince Maxon Schreave. The series is set up like The Bachelor TV show with the selection process being aired throughout the country. Some people compare it to The Hunger Games as well, but that is nowhere near being true. The closest thing is the fact there is a caste system by which people are divided to in regards to their status within society. This is one of those book series that pulls you in based on the cover alone. You cannot help but want to read it because it is simply so gorgeous. See what I mean:

The_Selection_CoverDon’t you just want to drop what you are reading now and pick this up? I know I did. I read this and the others on a vacation and long car trip to the beach. While this was not the best thing I ever read, I loved it. I think I gave it 5 stars. I gave the first two 5 stars and the third one 3 stars. But on to the fourth book, The Heir.

The-Heir_612x925Once again, this book draws you in with the gorgeous cover. But like they say, do not judge a book by it’s cover. In this case, the content does not match the beauty of the image. This book takes place after Prince Maxon has married his bride and they have four children. Princess Eadlyn is preparing to follow in her father’s footsteps as she is next in line for the throne. Since she beat her twin brother by seven minutes as the eldest, she is learning the ropes of how to lead the country of  Illéa. This will be the first time a female will lead the country. While the caste system is no more, there has been an uprising within some of the poorer areas. In a way to smooth things over, cause a distraction until things can be changed, and to give the country something positive to focus on, Eadlyn’s mother and father talk her into having a Selection of her own. This time, the first of the country’s history, there will be a female seeking out 35 males to compete for a princess’s love. Edlyn goes into this “show” half-heartedly with the promise that she does not have to get engaged at the end. She is willing, however, to go through the process for at least 3 months.

Eadlyn is a slight… brat. She is spoiled, powerful (or feels that way), and whiny. I listened to this book on audio, and she sounded very spoiled, and I am not sure if the narrator made her less whiny than what I would have made her in my own mind. When she first meets the 35 potential suitors, she is not kind to them. She makes drastic cuts right away without really getting to know anyone. She sets herself up for failure it seems from the very beginning.

While, at the first, Eadlyn does not imagine herself falling in love with any of the men, she does begin to have feelings for them. Something she saw as such a terrible idea is now turning out to be not so bad. While this book ends on a cliffhanger I guess, we do not really know her true feelings towards any specific person for now. I am sure in the fifth book, The Crown, we will find out Princess Eadlyn’s fate.

I know from the very start of the selection process, I had in my mind who I wanted her to be with. It is not a conventional choice, so I am thinking it will not happen this way. If it does, I will be pleasantly surprised. This book was nowhere near as good as the first three, or two really. These last two could almost be a separate series if you have not read the first three. I enjoyed this book, but I did not love it. I overall give the story 3 stars. The narrator for the audio book I give 5 stars. I thought she did a wonderful job. I will read the last book to finish up the series, but only to finish up the series.

Here are just a few of the ridiculous names that are in this book:

Kile (Kyle)

Ahren (Aaron)

Eadlyn

America

Osten

For names like Kile and Ahren, why make them so stupid looking?

 

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The Heir by Kiera Cass

I remember not that long ago, less a year now, going on a long vacation with my lovely family. We went to Duck, NC and stayed in a beautiful beach house and did nothing that week. No cramming in sights, no running from here to there. We watched TV, relaxed on the beach, and thanks to this clever lady, flew kites out on the sand. Let me go ahead right now and tell you that my father is a kite wizard! He got his Spiderman kite up in the air, high as it would go and tied to a lifeguard stand before we even had ours put together. And, mine mostly wobbled when it did fly. That man never ceases to amaze me. But, what I also do remember about that trip was being able to read. It was over a 12 hour trip to the beach and 12 hours back. I read The Selection series by Kiera Cass on the way. I thought it was a fun little group because I had watched The Bachelor many years ago, and found it similar. To say it is like The Hunger Games, is a HUGE stretch, but it was still fun. I listened on audio and read along on my kindle, and I was sad when it was over. I was very excited when a new book, The Heir came out. It was not part of the original “trilogy,” but that was okay. I tried to read it, but I got discouraged when I did not immediately fall in love with it, and I DNF. I am now picking it up again, after I got the audio on sale from audible, and I love it. I love the narrator, and while Eadlyn is not a loveable character, many of the guys are. I already know who I like as my favorite, but I am not sure if it is possible. I think the narrator is doing a fine job with the accents such as the men and boys.

So far I am really enjoying this book much more the second time around. I cannot wait to pick up The Crown, and will let you know how this one goes when I finish. Also, look for my review with SPOILERS on Gasp! The Book Spoiler! I know this was not really a review yet, but I am only about halfway in. I should finish tonight, so I will give my review just as soon as I can.

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Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

I know I am a little late to the party with this one. I had started reading the Vampire Academy books back in 2014 when the movie came out. I was so excited about the film because it was created by the people who brought us Heathers and Mean Girls. How could this not be great? Right? Right?!! So I picked up the first book, and I remember I went to the movie theater on Valentine’s Day 2014 to watch the movie on my own. The time it was supposed to start was like 7:00 pm or so, and I got off work at 4:45 pm. There was a little drive to the theater since I was seeing it in the town I lived in, not where I worked. The theater was less than 5 minutes from my apartment. I went and grabbed a light dinner, and heading on over to the theater. I knew with it being Valentine’s Day it was going to be CRAZY, and a new Nicholas Sparks movie was coming out that same day. No wait… I just looked, it was not a Nicholas Sparks movie, Gasp!  But it was a romance movie that I am sure is just as ridiculous, Endless Love. I got me a nice park and waited while I continued to read my Vampire Academy book since I was not finished, and I always have to read the book first. I was probably at the theater around 5:15-5:30 pm, so I decided to go ahead and get my ticket early so I would not have to get in the crowd. I would just be the jerk who squeezed through a tight group of people since it was an old school theater with a tiny indoor area to get your tickets, and it had these two rails that you stood between while waiting. Yeah, I was that nightmare who was pushing through saying, “Sorry, I already have my ticket. I just need to squeeze through.” So I went to get my ticket and asked for one, and she gave me this grim, flat mouth sad face. But that was not the worst part, to my surprise, the show time that I saw before I left work was no longer an option. I asked the girl at the counter, and sure enough, she told me that same thing. Then she said the craziest thing ever. She said, “Do you want a ticket for the 4:30 pm showing?” I just looked at her. Considering it was now 5:45 pm, No. I did not want a ticket for the 4:30 pm showing. So I asked her when the next time was available and she told me, and after we figured out what time it would get out, it was just too late for me. I had to be up early in the morning to work at a tax office. So I looked and did the next best thing, I asked about The Lego Movie. It was starting around 7:30 or 8:00 pm, and got out not too late, and would work. So she asked how many tickets. I told her one. Again. She gave me the saddest look like I had not already been through this once. I was like, Uh… I am choosing to come alone! People will offer to come with me on Valentine’s Day, but I like to go by myself! I got my ticket for The Lego Movie, and went to wait for an even longer time in my car. I just looked as it as more time to read. I got on the phone and called my cousin, and then one of my two best friends… my mom (my sister is the other). We were talking, and then I saw couples coming out of the theater who also got their tickets early, and the girls were carrying roses. At this theater, if you got a ticket that was at 7:00 pm or later, you got a rose. So I told my mom how upset I was that I did not get one. She said, “Go in and get one.” So I sat there, and finally I decided… I paid for my ticket like anyone else, I wanted my rose too! I went and marched in, and asked if I could please have a rose too. They were so sweet! The girl at the counter went to get me one, and I saw this guy shake his head. Then, in his little outfit with a bowtie, he waded through the crowd, brought me the rose himself, and told me Happy Valentine’s Day. I thought that was going above and beyond. He did not have to come out there himself! One day, I will tell you another time they went above and beyond for me. So, I saw my Lego Movie, and went to Vampire Academy the next night. I was able to finish my book, and I was HOOKED! I read the first four in just a few weeks. I got to the fifth book, and waited. I was afraid it was the last book and I just could not handle that. I wanted it to last. I wanted to savor every word. I did not want it to end. So, I put it on the backburner, and I did not finish it until this morning. That is how we ended up with the review for Spirit Bound. I am so sorry for the back story, but I hope you found it entertaining as it was for me to live.

Spirit Bound is the fifth book in the Vampire Academy series, and it came out in 2010. This book sees us with Rose back from her travels in Russia and receiving letters from Damitri promising to make her his forever. He lets her know that he will do whatever it takes to keep her for eternity. He will get to her somehow, someway, someday.

Rose makes up her time while she was away, and prepares to take her exams which will allow her to graduate, and be considered for positions as a guardian. She hopes that she will be allowed to guard Lissa, her best friend and one she shares a bond with as a shadow kissed individual. The tests are set up like a show or sporting event. People are allowed to come and watch and observe as the future guardians show off their skills and talents they have learned. These include fighting, strength and endurance, and possible scenarios they may face in the real world. Rose has special tasks designed specifically for her, and amazes everyone.

Rose learns that Victor Dashkov, who is in a high security prison knows of a possible way to turn Strigoi back to their original state. There is one small problem. He will not reveal the way this is possible behind bars. This sets forth a mission comprised of possible prison escapes, Stigoi attacks, trouble with the courts upon their return, and ultimately being vulnerable to Dimitri and his possible attack. What will Rose do? Will she risk everything to try and return Dimitri to his old self and gain back his soul? Will the stakes (no pun intended) be too high? Can what Victor speaks of even be possible? All of these are answered in Spirit Bound.

I loved this book in the series. I am not sure if it was my favorite of the entire set, but it was a nice addition. I loved seeing Rose at her best while she was testing, and showing how bad-a she really is, even at her young age. I liked seeing Lissa grow, learn how to use her power of spirit even more, and the role she plays in this book. I am also torn. If what Dimitri can be changed? Who will Rose choose to be with, Adrian or Dimitri? Adrian has been there for her since Dimitri has been gone, and like a boyfriend to Rose, but Dimitri is the love of Rose’s life. Choices, choices. I give this book 5 stars because I love the series, but I would probably give it 4 based on the entire series. I also listened to the audio, and I was not crazy for the narrator. She sounded like a chipmunk who was talking too fast and high pitched. She did nice accents, but I did not care for her normal speaking voice. Overall, I gave the story and overall 4 stars, I gave the performance 3 stars on audible. In Goodreads, I will give this book 4 or 5 stars. 5 out of loyalty, but 4 based on the book alone. Another good book for a great series.

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