The Heir by Kiera Cass | Review

     Title: The Heir

     Author: Kiera Cass

     Release Date: 5th May, 2015

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, this does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review in any way.

Description from Goodreads:
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.

I was a really big fan of the Selection series way back when, I eagerly anticipated the release of each book and fangirled with my sister while on holiday because those books just brought out the inner fangirl! I’m the first to admit that I was sceptical when I heard that Kiera Cass was writing another book in the Selection world, I thought The One finished things off really well, and the world didn’t need tampering with! And then when I heard that it wouldn’t even be in America or Maxon’s POVs, well, I was pretty peeved. So I put off reading The Heir, especially when I saw reviews saying that Eadlyn isn’t exactly the nicest character. I finally bit the bullet over my Christmas break because I really couldn’t put it off for much longer!
To kick start this review I’m going to come right out and say that I didn’t particularly like Eadlyn, she was immensely annoying and arrogant, which isn’t what you want in a main character! I completely understand that she wasn’t happy about being forced to undergo the Selection process and find a husband, I know that’s not something that I’d want to do! I’m all about meeting, dating and marrying someone for love, because you deeply care about the other person, and not to settle political unrest in a country. But as the princess, and heir to the throne, you’ve got to do what is required of you, and do it with a smile. I got a definite spoilt vibe from Eadlyn, she struck me as someone who felt entitled to everything, and rude when denied something. Speaking of which, she was a full on biatch to the candidates. 
Basically Eadlyn annoyed the hell out of me, bring back America and Maxon! 
Despite how annoying I found Eadlyn, I now need to read the next book, The Crown. The book ended so suddenly, I honestly thought that I had another 3-4 chapters left, I kept swiping on my Kindle to turn the page before I had to finally admit that the book had ended. So even though I found Eadlyn to be an annoying character, I’m going to read The Crown because I need to know who she chooses, if she does in fact choose someone.
The Heir is by no means my favourite Kiera Cass book that I’ve read, but at the same time it wasn’t awful, it was a solid 3 stars, and hopefully The Crown isn’t awful either! 
Have you read The Heir? Let me know what you thought in the comments!
‘The Heir’ by Kiera Cass
3 Stars

Books To Cuddle Up With At Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner, and I’m lucky enough to have already be in my third week of the holidays. There’s nothing better at Christmas time than to cuddle up by the fire with a tin of Quality Street and a good book. Here’s my list of books that I think are perfect during the Christmas period.
Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park
I read Flat-Out Love when I first got my Kindle and loved it. It’s a really sweet YA romance with a twist, perfect for this time of year.
Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase
Once upon a time I had a slight obsession with books about Princesses and royalty, and Suddenly Royal was by the far the best of the bunch. What could be better at Christmas than an ordinary girl falling in love with a Prince?
Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
The Shopaholic series is one of my favourite chick-flick series, without fail they all make me laugh out loud, and I think they’re perfect feel good books for Christmas.
Just For Christmas by Scarlett Bailey
Just For Christmas is a lovely Christmas novel (the only full-on Christmas book in the list), that I really enjoyed. It’s the perfect amount of romance, Christmas-ness and laugh-out-loud situations. Link to my review.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I know, I know, I talk about Pride and Prejudice A LOT, but it’s just SO GOOD! It’s the perfect book to read and make you swoon. I love this book at any time of the year, but especially sat next to the fire with some chocolate!
The Selection by Kiera Kass
I love The Selection trilogy, it encompasses two of my loves, the dystopian genre and princesses. Do I need to say any more? With the new one coming out next year I highly recommend you read these books!
The Jewel by Amy Ewing
I haven’t read this book, but as I write this it’s sat on my bookshelf staring at me. The Jewel is a book that I’m planning to read over the holiday, and to quote my sister, “it looks Christmassy!”
So they’re my books to cuddle up with at Christmas! They’re not all Christmas novels, but I think that the fun and feel-good books are perfect for this time of year! What books are you planning on reading over Christmas? Let me know! As always I’d love you to follow me on Bloglovin’!

Books That Need To Be Films | Books and Films #3

This is the final part of my Books and Films Feature, which is actually quite sad. I’ve had so much fun creating these three posts, and I’d love to know what you thought of them! In this post I’ll be sharing the books that I think NEED to become films. There’s always a book that you finish reading, knowing that it would transfer perfectly onto the big screen. Here are my picks of books that would make great films!

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
I ADORE this book. I genuinely think it’s my favourite book of the year (I’ve read it three times already). The more I read it the more convinced I am that it would be an incredible film. Could you imagine the costumes? The dresses sound so spectacular and decadent, I can imagine them on film. And really, who wouldn’t want to see Arin and Kestrel falling in love on the big screen? The Winner’s Curse is one of those stories that I would LOVE to be in the film adaptation of! 

I really enjoyed this book (check out my review here) there’s definitely a similarity to Mean Girls, but who didn’t love that film? So wouldn’t The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting translate into film really well? I’d love to see the transformation Bree undertakes in her mission to become cool and interesting. I think that this book would make a really interesting and enjoyable film, a modern twist on Mean Girls.

The Selection Series by Kiera Cass
Described as The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor, I was instantly hooked. It’s a dystopian twist on Cinderella, what more could a girl want? There seem to be more and more dystopian books making their way onto the silver screen, so why hasn’t The Selection! All three books are fantastic and take you through a world wind of emotions! I’d love to The Selection as a film, Warner Brothers I’m waiting.

Type N by Michelle N. Onuorah

I first saw this book listed on a Goodread’s Giveaway, and after reading the premise I was smitten. Nicolette discovers that her blood does not fit into any known blood group, and when given to her sickly brother it not only heals him, but also cures him of his cancer. Research begins and it’s soon discovered that Nic’s blood is the cure to all known diseases, putting her in the spotlight to become the most sought-after citizen. I adored this book, the idea is so unique and fascinating, plus the man hunt that begins really ups the suspense and tension. After loving this book so much it’s no surprise that I think it would be great as a film!

Candor by Pam Bachorz

Candor was the first dystopian book that I ever read, and I adored it. Oscar lives in a town created by his father, a town that transforms teenagers into respectful and compliant model citizens through subliminal messages. Oscar meets Nia and must decide between saving her, or keeping her in Candor. It’s Big Brother on steroids. This book was just SO GOOD! On top of the incredibleness that is this novel, there was a huge twist which made me love it even more! Candor needs to be a film purely because I love it so much!

The Chemical Garden Trilogy by Lauren DeStefano
If Candor was my first dystopian book, then Wither, Fever and Sever were the next first three, so they hold a special place in my heart. These books are filled with tension and suspense and then some. With only fours left to live Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, vowing to escape. There’a deadly disease that kills all females at twenty, and all males at twenty-five. A father-in-law that’s hoarding corpses in the basement, and a blossoming romance. This trilogy has all you could ever want from the dystopian genre and more. I’d love to see this book on the big screen as I love the characters so much!

They’re all of my list of books that I want to see as films, but I’m sure that the more I read, the more this list will grow! What books would you love to see on the silver screen? Let me know in the comments! If you’re new to the blog then I’d love you to follow me on Bloglovin’!

Forever Re-Read

A lot of the time I finish a book thinking it was pretty good, knowing that I never have the intention of reading it again. It’s pretty rare that I find a book I love so much that I want to read it again. But some lucky few have made their way into an elite group of books I’ll forever re-read.
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski (eBook)
I’m IN LOVE with this book. The Winner’s Curse quickly became one of my favourite young adult dystopian books, quite a hard task when there’s so many books in these genres. The tension. The suspense. The development of Kestrel and Arin’s relationship. Serious swoon. I love Kestrel and Arin, they’re one of my favourite book couples. I’ve already read The Winner’s Curse twice, and I can safely say that I’ll be reading it again.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Oh Mr Darcy, what have you done to me?
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby was one of the texts that I had to study for AS English Literature, and honestly, I didn’t enjoy it when I first read it. I couldn’t figure out what all the hype was about. Then I read it two or three more times, and I REALLY liked it. Gatsby is my favourite character, he’s such a babe. And I feel so sorry for him. 
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
I had to read Wuthering Heights for A2 Englih Lit, but with this required read I loved it from the very beginning. How could you not love Cathy and Heathcliff’s passionate love story?
He’s more myself than I am.

The Kate Bush song Wuthering Heights added to my enjoyment as well. It’s such a good song. My love for Wuthering Heights extended so far as to put songs to the book (sounds super sad, but it was with the whole class). I mean, seriously, is Someone Like You the perfect fit for Heathcliff’s return or what?
Heathcliff is a legend of a character, sure he becomes super duper nasty near the end, but is that not from a broken heart?
Wuthering Heights is incredible. I really do love it.
The It Girl Series by Cecily von Ziegesar
Cecily von Ziegesar is more commonly known for the Gossip Girl series, but I never really got into those books. But I did love The It Girl books. They are a series of ten books, and follow Jenny (Dan from Gossip Girl‘s little sister) and various other characters through their lives at the prestigious private school Waverly. I first started reading these books years ago, and devoured them within hours. When I was waiting for the next book in the series to be released I would read the other books again. It’s safe to say that I’ve read them all a lot. I can navigate the first book really well, finding certain parts super quickly. I’ve recommended these books to so many friends, and they’ve all adored them. They don’t posses a significant and thought provoking message, but they are a really fun read, and I know that I’ll enjoy them whenever I pick one up.
The Selection Series by Kiera Cass (eBook)
I fell in love with this series while on holiday last August, I patiently waited for the final two books and I wasn’t disappointed. And now I’ve found out that there’s going to be MORE BOOKS! I can’t wait until next year when we get to rejoin America and Maxon. I’ll definitely be reading the original three books again before the release of the next books.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner
I loved James Dashner’s take on the dystopian world. I’ll definitely be reading the rest of the books in the series and reading The Maze Runner again, got to make sure I digested everything!

Do you agree with my list of books that I’ll forever re-read, or are there more that you’d add to the list? Let me know in the comments! If you’re new to the blog I’d love you to follow me on Bloglovin’!