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.
What. A. Bitch.
I’m sorry, but no. The main character, Eadlyn, is such a royal (literally) bitch that I didn’t give a dang about her in the entire story. Not once did she possess or show any redeeming qualities. Worst of all, there was no change in her haughty, superiority complex from the beginning to the end despite the countless times people told her she was pompous, selfish, rude, blunt, (insert a slew of other negative personality terms here.) In other words, she was an idiot on top of being a bitch.
So… for some reason, the author wrote sections of the narrative in first person omniscient (aka the main character is telling the story, but they know what everyone else is thinking, too.) Um… about that. That doesn’t exist. People cannot know what others are thinking. They can guess, surely, but Eadlyn just knew what everyone was thinking around her (without having any clue as to how she could be such a colossal bitch). Thus, not only was this an issue with the narrative, but this also made Eadlyn seem like that much worse of a person. Just… stop already!
*sigh* I wish I could say there was some mystery, that there is no way I could possibly figure out whom Eadlyn is going to pick in her selection, but… it is SO FREAKING OBVIOUS! I’m not naming names or numbers or anything, but the fact that Eadlyn can’t see that she treats certain members of the selected differently makes her even more stupid and incapable of self-reflection. I mean, COME ON ALREADY! I don’t even have to read the next book because I already know who she’s going to pick. *headdesk*
Speaking of Sequels
Um… why? Why did the book end where it did? That… was an absolutely horrid, abrupt, resolution/cliffhanger-less ending. It gave me no incentive to want to read the next book, nor did it answer any questions or anything. It just… was. It was an abrupt chop at the end of a scene like that’s all it takes to end a book for a sequel.