I admit, The Selection series is one of my guilty pleasures, so I was excited to read this spin-off. It wasn't as amazing as The Selection series, mostly because I can't ship anything yet, but this was a really great start to another series!
This book is set roughly twenty years after the events of The Selection. Eadlyn has been raised knowing that she will one day be Queen. A rise in rebellion and Eadlyn's life is change when her parents decide that the citizens need a distraction. The perfect distraction being another Selection. Eadlyn wants nothing to do with The Selection, but she has to put up with all of these boys with the idea that she might marry one of them. Romance is the furthest thing from her mind.
What I find very interesting about this book is I just loved getting to see the selection from the selector's point of view. It would've been interesting from a guy's perspective, but it may be even more interesting seeing things from a female perspective, when the Selection has never been female run.
Kiera Cass seems to write unlikeable female characters. America wasn't very popular and Eadlyn also has her flaws. I saw her as very spoiled and a bit of a brat. This is understandable, considering that she was raised as royalty and raised to be Queen, but it was a bit annoying. Though, based on how other characters saw her, it seems that Eadlyn is supposed to come off as a brat, so it doesn't bother me too much. I also strongly believe that she will change throughout the series, so I look forward to that.
As for romance, there wasn't really any. This book mainly introduces us to all the potential suitors, so there isn't yet a romance. There are a few people that I might try to ship, but I can't really have an actually ship quite yet. Though, I do like Henri! He's not really shippable, but he's probably one of my favorite characters!
Lastly, and this is why I am disappointed with this book, the ending sucked. The ending, while it will be important for the next books, felt like it was just placed there just to have a cliffhanger ending. It doesn't fit in with the rest of the book and it was completely upsetting.
Despite some of my misgivings, I did enjoy this book! I like many of the suitors and, mostly, I can't wait to start shipping! Eadlyn is a bit of a brat, but I expect her character to grow as the series goes on. The ending sucked and it really hurt my thoughts on this book. I might just recommend readers to wait to read this until the next book comes out, unless that one ends in an equally awful cliffhanger...