20 years ago, her mother won the crown and the position of ‘Queen of Illéa’. Now it is time for 18-year-old Eadlyn Schreave to do the same. Eadlyn is the oldest child in the royal family, which means that she is the next person in line to take the throne. While her parents believe that she needs someone by her side to help her rule later, Eadlyn doesn’t. She thinks that love and marriage will hold her back and that she will be a much better queen if she is by herself. The last thing she wants is to have a Selection, which is something her parents are hinting very strongly towards. But as the city of Illéa dives deeper and deeper into chaos, Eadlyn wants nothing more than to not have a Selection, she suddenly finds herself in the midst of one and having to make a very big decision – who she will spend the rest of her life with. Will Eadlyn find love and manage to stop the turmoil in Illéa? Or will she end the Selection with no one by her side and a very angry city on her hands?
This book is a lot milder than the previous 3 books of the series. There is no excessive romance or violence, and there is nothing inappropriate. Eadlyn is a rather difficult child, and she portrays characteristics one would not wish to see in a child, such as stubbornness, and talking back to the parents. However, the book is fun to read, as one can see the evolution of Eadlyn and her perspective, and how it plays out into her life.
There are some good messages in the book. Sibling love is shown, as the relationship between Eadlyn and her siblings is very strong, and that is revealed in multiple parts of the book. Family love is displayed, as the relationship between the Shreave family is quite strong. The value of family is displayed as well, as Eadlyn almost loses her mother, and she realizes how much she values her after the unfortunate incident.
There is little violence in this book. One of the characters attempts to get a little too close to Eadlyn, and her brother punches the boy. In one scenario, there is a fight between two boys. Eadyln’s mother suffers from a heart attack.
There is no inappropriate language in the book.
This book has a lot less romance compared to the other ones in its series. There is some kissing, and Eadlyn goes on dates. Eadlyn’s brother, Ahren, has a girlfriend and when she comes to visit, there are mentions of them kissing. The author mentions how perfect Eadlyn’s parent’s marriage was. Towards the end of the book, Ahren elopes with his girlfriend.
Ahren, Eadlyn’s brother, elopes with his girlfriend. The topic of ‘eloping’ could be a little adult.
When I found out that this series had a fourth part, I was really excited. The first 3 books were great, so I was looking forward to reading this one. The story is good – the whole ‘rebel daughter’ concept is interesting. I wasn’t expecting that. I also enjoyed how she didn’t want a Selection to begin with but then really got into it. However, I would have to say that I was expecting this book to be a little more fast-paced, just like it’s predecessors. It didn’t have the same ‘oomph’ as the first three books. But overall, the book was interesting to read and I enjoyed it.