Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Heir and The Crown by Kiera Cass

Titles: The Heir (The Selection #4) and The Crown (The Selection #5)
Author: Kiera Cass
Publication Dates: May 5, 2015, and May 3, 2016
Lengths: 342 pages and 278 pages

Warning: Contains spoilers for the original Selection trilogy.

I don't think I've ever done a double book review before! But I read The Heir and then immediately had to read The Crown so now it's hard to separate them in my mind. And in any case, it's all one story. This will be a long one, because these books gave me ALL THE FEELS.

These two additions to the Selection series tell the story of Princess Eadlyn, daughter of Maxon and America and heir to the throne. She has no plans to marry anyone any time soon, but soon finds herself at the centre of a Selection designed to distract a restless public. While she starts the Selection planning to hold out for three months and then end it without an engagement, things change as the political situation becomes more precarious and the boys work their way into Eadlyn's heart.

The Heir was hard for me to rate. In the heat of the moment when I finished the book, I gave it 5 stars, but I later downgraded it to 4 just because of how insufferable Eadlyn is. I get that she's a princess, but I don't get how any daughter of America's could grow up this much of a self-centred brat. Her treatment of her brother, Ahren, and her beloved maid, Neena, are particularly terrible, seemingly without her being aware of it. But, she does grow over the course of the story, especially in The Crown (which I did give 5 stars and which kept me up half the night needing to finish it).

As for the boys, it was interesting how different this Selection was from Maxon's. With the story being from the princess' point of view this time, you might think we'd get to know the suitors better, but the fact is that Eadlyn doesn't get to know many of them, not even going on dates with even those who make it to the Elite. As the choices dwindled, I became increasingly worried (correctly, I might add) that she wasn't so much narrowing it down to the best choices as she was eliminating the bad ones. There were a few guys I liked and was even rooting for, but a lot of the time the worry isn't that she'll have to pick but that she won't fall in love at all.

I gotta say, I did not see the ending coming, and I loved it! The rushed feeling of Eadlyn's Selection seems to accelerate the closer you get to the end, until Eadlyn is basically running around the palace changing her mind as she gets to each possible fiance. The Crown is similar to The One in the way it keeps you guessing and doubting and hoping and page turning until the very last second!

A couple final thoughts: OMG Maxon and America being all adorable and perfect for each other! And their little dropped hints about the complications in their own Selection that Eadlyn never knew about! And how much they care about Eadlyn's happiness! I just love them so much.

Also, without giving anything away to those who haven't finished the series yet, did anyone else think of Hans from Frozen? You know what I'm talking about.

Basically, if you could put up with America in The Elite, you can probably put up with Eadlyn in The Heir. And, in my opinion, it's so worth it to get that happily ever after.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Read-a-Thon hours 23 and 24: 5:00 - 7:00

Currently reading: Saga, vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Pages read these hours: 108

Pages read so far: 1189

Books finished:
  1. Elfangor's Secret (Megamorphs #3) by K.A. Applegate
  2. Saga, vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  3. Twin Spica, vol. 7 by Kou Yaginuma
  4. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
  5. The Other Boy by M.G. Hennessey
  6. The Surprise Party by R.L. Stine
Food consumed: Just water.

Status report: My energy levels improved in the last few hours and I was able to finish The Surprise Party and read a good chunk of Saga, vol. 3. Not too shabby! Now, the sun is up, and I have 7 hours before I have to get up for work. Good day!

Read-a-Thon hours 21 and 22: 3:00 - 5:00

Currently reading: The Surprise Party by R.L. Stine

Pages read these hours: 70

Pages read so far: 1081

Books finished:
  1. Elfangor's Secret (Megamorphs #3) by K.A. Applegate
  2. Saga, vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  3. Twin Spica, vol. 7 by Kou Yaginuma
  4. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
  5. The Other Boy by M.G. Hennessey
Food consumed: The rest of my energy drink.


Status report: Must. Keep. Reading! Just 40 pages left in The Surprise Party and then I can finish with at least part of Saga, vol. 3!

Read-a-Thon hours 19 and 20: 1:00 - 3:00

Currently reading: The Surprise Party by R.L. Stine

Pages read these hours: 55

Pages read so far: 1011

Books finished:
  1. Elfangor's Secret (Megamorphs #3) by K.A. Applegate
  2. Saga, vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  3. Twin Spica, vol. 7 by Kou Yaginuma
  4. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
  5. The Other Boy by M.G. Hennessey
Food consumed: I'm about halfway through my energy drink.

Status report: Ugh. Right after my last update the sleepiness hit me hard. I don't know if it's the book not working for me or just the fact that I've been up for 20 hours! I almost switched to a new book, but now I'm a third of the way through and feeling a bit better so I think I'll stick it out.


Read-a-Thon hours 17 and 18: 23:00 - 1:00

Currently reading: The Surprise Party by R.L. Stine

Pages read these hours: 114

Pages read so far: 956

Books finished:
  1. Elfangor's Secret (Megamorphs #3) by K.A. Applegate
  2. Saga, vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  3. Twin Spica, vol. 7 by Kou Yaginuma
  4. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
  5. The Other Boy by M.G. Hennessey
Food consumed: Just water.

Status report: Five books finished! Six hours to go! I was going to read the next Saga next, but I'm still super alert so I'm going to take advantage of that and read The Surprise Party. Because there are always tough nighttime hours; they just seem to be a little late this time around! Anyway I'm gonna have my Monster now because pretty soon it's gonna be too late for energy drinks if I want to fall asleep when this is over!

Now let's get pumped up in these late hours with some Chumbawamba!


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Read-a-Thon hours 15 and 16: 21:00 - 23:00

Currently reading: The Other Boy by M.G. Hennessey

Pages read these hours: 94

Pages read so far: 842

Books finished:
  1. Elfangor's Secret (Megamorphs #3) by K.A. Applegate
  2. Saga, vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  3. Twin Spica, vol. 7 by Kou Yaginuma
  4. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
Food consumed: Some noodles, then some peanut butter Ritz crackers.

Status report: We're at the 2/3 mark! I'm about halfway through my fifth book. I'm in my prime hours right now so staying awake and alert is no problem at this point.

Read-a-Thon hours 13 and 14: 19:00 - 21:00

Currently reading: The Other Boy by M.G. Hennessey

Pages read these hours: 65

Pages read so far: 748

Books finished:
  1. Elfangor's Secret (Megamorphs #3) by K.A. Applegate
  2. Saga, vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  3. Twin Spica, vol. 7 by Kou Yaginuma
  4. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
Food consumed: Just water. I've got a bit of a tummy ache so I'm gonna try to stay away from the junk food for a bit. Maybe try something resembling a supper.

Status report: Four books done! Now I'm just a few chapters into The Other Boy. I wanted to get my last long-ish book out of the way before it gets too late, strategically saving those remaining graphic novels for the tough hours. R.L. Stine is also good for nighttime reading.