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.
Why I Didn’t Finish:
For some reason, I assume reader naivety, I thought it would be an amazing idea to binge read the entire Selection series. I kept seeing the newest book The Crown around, which lead me to think that reading the entire series would be wonderful. And when I wasn’t enraged at the MC America for being so indecisive and terrible, I enjoyed some of it. The Heir is about her daughter Eadlyn. On top of having an even more terrible name that America in that it’s unecessarily complicated, this MC is somehow more annoying and selfish. I actually started to miss reading about America because her daughter was beyond upsetting. I understand the tsundere character that’s tough on the outside to protect how vulnerable she in on the inside. But this girl goes into a room and eliminates potential suitors by waving her hand at them in dismissal. AND IM SUPPOSED TO ROOT FOR HER, HOW? I’ve washed my hands of this series. I shan’t be reading anymore. And I said it all royal-like so you know I’m serious.
Kell is one of the last Antari, a rare magician who can travel between parallel worlds: hopping from Grey London — dirty, boring, lacking magic, and ruled by mad King George — to Red London — where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire — to White London — ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne, where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back — and back, but never Black London, because traveling to Black London is forbidden and no one speaks of it now.
Officially, Kell is the personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see, and it is this dangerous hobby that sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to take her with him for her proper adventure.
But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save both his London and the others, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — a feat trickier than they hoped.
Why I Didn’t Finish:
Okay, I know some of you are probably like OMGYOUDNFEDTHISAREYOUCRAZY? I bought the ebook of this on sale because it was already on my TBR and I hoped to read it one day. I had just finished DNFing The Heir so I was desperate for a good book to lift my spirits. And I’ve been talking forever about needing to read a V.E. Schwab book. And so I excitedly started the book, and was bombared instantly with pages of infodump. Why did I need to know all this stuff right now? It is completely imperative that you teach me about his many coats before I even know the character? And then Kell has this sort of sad, but mostly boring chat with this king. And kind of talks about the different Londons in a way that both bored and annoyed me. I suspect that I was still pissed off from The Heir and I was going to need perfection to get me into a book. I was not in the mood to try and understand stuff. I needed instant gratification. And probably, I was way more eager to read A Court of Thorns and Roses than I was A Darker Shade of Magic. And I said that I would go back to it, but I still don’t really want to. Nothing excites me about trying to read this book again. Maybe one day…
Have you ever given up on a popular books? What was it?