Summer is a time to read favorite books

Summer is finally here, and for me, that means it’s time to put another dent in the long list of books I want to read.

One of the books on my summer reading list is “The Crown” by Kiera Cass. This is the last book in The Selection series, a set of books I fell in love with a few years ago.

In addition to reading books, I love talking about and reviewing books. The following is my review of “The Heir,” the previous book in The Selection series.

“The Heir” follows Eadlyn Schreave, the daughter of Maxon and America, who were the main characters of the first three Selection books. Eadlyn is the future queen of the fictional country of Illea and must hold a selection to choose her husband.

I’m a little mixed on my view of Eadlyn. She’s a hard character to like, but overall, I actually do like her. She has some big character flaws, but they don’t keep me from rooting for her.

Eadlyn is selfish and spoiled. In her defense, she grew up with maids meeting her every command and with the knowledge that she will someday rule the country. But she rarely seems to think about anyone other than herself.

Eadlyn spends a majority of the book worrying about how the actions of other people will affect her and disregarding how her actions are affecting those around her.

Eadlyn is also independent to an extreme. She thinks because she is the future queen, she can’t be vulnerable or soft, and she often tells herself the phrase, “there is no one more powerful than me.”

In my opinion, these characteristics are what make Eadlyn real. America wasn’t perfect in the first three books and neither is her daughter. But Eadlyn does have some lovable characteristics. She has a sassy sense of humor and a deep love for her family. The moments where these characteristics shine are the moments I love Eadlyn the most.

I think Cass wrote Eadlyn with these extreme flaws in order to leave room for her growth during the Selection. I hope we are just seeing the very beginning of that growth in this book, and I’m expecting to see Eadlyn grow even more in the next book.

While the plot isn’t terrible, it isn’t what made this book for me. I kept reading because I wanted to see Eadlyn open up, I wanted to learn more about the Selected boys, and I wanted to see more of Maxon and America’s relationship. And I didn’t really get much of that.

The bulk of the storyline was Eadlyn being resistant to everything that was happening. There were a few exciting moments at the beginning and end of the book, but for the most part, this book lacked a lot of action and the climax seemed to come at the very end.

On a positive note, I did like reading about the selection process from the point of view of the selector. Eadlyn’s opinion of her selection is probably much different than Maxon’s opinion would’ve been during the first three books.

As I mentioned before, I would have liked to see more character development in Eadlyn. Maxon and America aren’t making Eadlyn hold a selection merely as a distraction from the turmoil in the country, even though that is one of the biggest reasons. They see Eadlyn’s need for companionship and know that she has a lot to learn about herself.

Putting Eadlyn through a selection is her parents’ way of helping her grow. I felt like there were small peeks at Eadlyn growing in this aspect, but they were quickly negated. It wasn’t until the very end that she seemed to really have a change in attitude.

All in all, I liked “The Heir.” It wasn’t my favorite book in the series; that spot will always belong to the first book. Cass seemed to use this book to set up a lot of action that I’m expecting in the next one. She has a lot of loose strings to tie up in the final book, and I’m interested in seeing how she does it.

While reading “The Heir,” I loved revisiting Illea and some of my favorite characters. If you were a fan of the first three books and want to spend some more time in the Selection world, I’d definitely recommend you read this book.

Bailey Kaufman attends Tabor College. She can be reached at baileykaufman@tabor.edu.