Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story. But as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she always thought. – Goodreads
I actually would have read this quickly after the original trilogy; however, the audiobook hold list often leads my fate. The Heir begins about two decades after The Selection and is the story of America’s first born, a daughter, named Eadlyn. Eadlyn is very much the opposite of America. She’s not warm, friendly, and doesn’t really have a thought outside of the box much like America did. America is very concerned about sunning outside, dress making and generally herself. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with this, the fact she is the next person to rule the country it’s semiproblematic when she does not worry about the fate of others.
Eadlyn is the first girl to rule her country and yet all she can do is complain about the fact that she’s older than her twin brother by seven minutes and those seven cruel minutes make her the older one that leads. Something she doesn’t want. She doesn’t care about those that live in the country. She doesn’t work. There isn’t one scene in The Heir in which she works. She’s proudly doesn’t work. While she’s not working, her father, Maxon, is proudly changing the country that America and him grew up in.
However, everyone is not so happy with the changes the King and Queen have made. There are many who are actually upset with the lack of caste system and because of this there is a bit of uproar occurring, much like the one that occurred in the original trilogy. Because of this uproar, King Maxon has begun to encourage Eadlyn to begin her own selection process.
To put it nicely Eadlyn fails at the selection process. Whatever she thinks is right, is wrong. Whatever she thinks is wrong, is right. And I get where Eadlyn is coming from. I have those own moments in my life often. It makes her human, but it also makes her seem like an ass to the public and she has no idea what they public hates her (they throw things at her on a parade).
I spent a lot of this novel wishing Cass would have focused on the true love story. I felt I called end game very early in the book and I would have preferred a story focused on them. I think The Heir could have been a better book if it would have stayed focused on them.
Will I read/listen to the next book? OF COURSE I WILL.
I have been going to ALA since 2013. As a professional librarian this is nothing of real note, ALA is part of work and I happen to work for a library that enjoys sending me. What I have noticed in the past two years however is more and more bloggers are going.
Things I have heard bloggers state while at this conference: “why are there so many librarians here?” “I’m just here because I couldn’t afford BEA.” “Since BEA is moving, I’m just going to do ALA instead.”
Here’s the thing: ALA and BEA are not interchangeable.
ALA is also not meant for bloggers to post their hauls, to do giveaways, or to be rude to librarians while at the conference, a conference that is meant for librarians. The original point of the exhibit only pass from ALA was for local librarians to bring in teens, or a local librarian who couldn’t afford the whole conference.
I came home from San Francisco, location of the most recent conference, to a post from a blogger who was very concerned about the looks that librarians were giving bloggers at ALA. This made me chuckle for various reasons. Mostly however that while at the conference, some of the rudest people I talked to, where bloggers. I get it. Conferences are rough. You’re hot. You’re tired. Your feet are killing you. Conferences are exhausting. My roommate knows that when I get bitchy it’s not because of her, it’s because I’m exhausted and need to lash out at someone who still will love me.
However, during my multiple times at ALA, bloggers have camped out in lines. They cut lines. They didn’t understand why they could only have copy. They were grabbing books just for giveaways (which was made clear when they had more than one copy of book) and confused to why people were upset and generally did not respect librarians. I mean, they’re just free books, right? The amount of ARCs that popped up in the #booksfortrade hashtag, while still at the conference, sickened me.
Conferences like this are more than that to many librarians. Last year at ALA, I saw a librarian on the verge of tears because she worked for a small rural library and her kids never get things like that. Librarians are often juggling panels and the conference floor. How are they supposed to go to a panel and that awesome signing when people have been camped out in that line for two hours?
This isn’t to say that all bloggers are horrible. Of course they’re not! Many don’t go for the giveaways and actually go because they homeschool or because they’re teachers and they aren’t using it as a “faux-BEA.” I wish I could say I was joking, but I see so many tweets about bloggers who are concerned that BEA is leaving NYC and they will comfort themselves with going to ALA. But they aren’t the same. ALA isn’t meant for bloggers. It’s meant for librarians.
ARCs lately in the blogger world seem to be the holy grail and my friend Lauren wrote a great post about why she hates ARCs and I honestly agree with it. Do I use ARCs for this blog? Of course I do. Do I also use them at my job? Yes. They are who sends me to ALA, not my blog.
“Exceedingly clever and surprisingly unsettling, Damage Done is an unforgettable read.” –Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of Made for You
“In her incredible debut novel, Amanda Panitch leaves you on the edge of your seat. Prepare to be stunned. Prepare to be torn apart.” –Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist
“A brilliant thriller. Gillian Flynn for the YA set.” –Amy Christine Parker, author of Gated
22 minutes separate Julia Vann’s before and after.
Before: Julia had a twin brother, a boyfriend, and a best friend.
After: She has a new identity, a new hometown, and memories of those twenty-two minutes that refuse to come into focus. At least, that’s what she tells the police.
Now that she’s Lucy Black, she’s able to begin again. She’s even getting used to the empty bedroom where her brother should be. And her fresh start has attracted the attention of one of the hottest guys in school, a boy who will do anything to protect her. But when someone much more dangerous also takes notice, Lucy’s forced to confront the dark secrets she thought were safely left behind.
One thing is clear: The damage done can never be erased. It’s only just beginning. . . . – Goodreads
This book was everything that I expected and nothing that I expected. I went into it quickly realizing that Julia is not the person she is leading, us the reader, to believe. As a twin, Julia has always had this close relationship with her brother. I know, you’re thinking that’s not weird, siblings are often close. But these two are really close. They sleep in bunk beds together, they hold hands, the essentially cannot be separated from each other. If they can’t do it together there is no point in them doing something.
Then, everything changes. Julia’s brother goes on a killing spree and she ends up being forced to leave town and become Lucy. Julia doesn’t mind being Lucy. She doesn’t have the killer brother, she excels in school again. Life is fine. Until her brother wakes up from a coma and disappears.
Lucy’s life comes to a halt and she becomes a bit paranoid. Between the cute swimmer and her best friend she tries to grapple a bit of normality while her murdering brother is running around. Of course her BFF and the cute swimmer have no idea that she has this past.
Lucy is an exhilarating character. She is why I kept turning the page until the wee hours of the morning. She lead me to wanting to know more, because really, I never trusted her. Through flashbacks we get bits and pieces of her previous life and see how much of Lucy is Julia and how much of Julia really disappeared.
But no matter how much I thought I knew what was going to happen and to be fair, I thought I called a lot of twists, but I was never once confident enough to think “I should stop this book. I’ve called it all.” And I’m so glad I waited until the end…because DAMN.
Author Jen Malone draws on her real-life experiences as a movie studio publicist to bring you an insider peek at love, Hollywood-style.
The California dream was supposed to give seventeen-year-old Annie Shelton a fresh start far removed from her dad’s unusual betrayal. But when things don’t go according to plan in La La Land, Annie’s mom snags a last-minute gig as makeup artist to a teen movie idol and finagles a spot for her daughter on his European promotional tour.
Down-to-earth Annie would rather fangirl architectural sights than an arrogant A-lister. That is, until behind-the-scenes Graham Cabot turns out to be more sweetly vulnerable than she could have imagined.
Too bad falling for a poster boy isn’t all red carpets and star treatment, especially when you factor in obnoxious fans, an overprotective assistant, a stage mom/manager, and a beefy bodyguard.
But it isn’t until the paparazzi make an appearance that things get really sticky… – Goodreads
What happens when your mom forces you to leave that small town that you know and love because your father did something horrible? Now don’t ask what that thing is because as a reader, it takes quite sometime to find out, but that’s what happens to Annie. Annie’s mom decides to leave small town Georgia after her father fucks up and goes out to Los Angeles.
Los Angeles of course changes Annie’s life. While her mom does make up to the stars, this creates a jetset life and the next thing Annie knows she is in New York City with the hottest teen star of the present day. Who accidentaly caught her in his bed. Not at all awkward, right?
While this was a quick, cute, read, things fell into place almost too easy and I got slightly annoyed at how young and naive our main character, Annie was. She really didn’t think about anything, particularrly on a large scale and often made poor life choices. But I could forgive those as someone from a small town and being a teenager. Plus, it worked as a plot device. I got it.
I didn’t expect to like Graham as much as I did, but I still thought him and Annie fell in love too quickly to be realistic and not instalove. While I believe this story had a lot of promise of a good story, it ultimately fell flat.