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These Chocolate Strawberry Cakes were inspired by the latest book from The Selection Series by Kiera Cass - The Heir. Just like her mother - America Singer - Princess Eadlyn loves her desserts! Our Princess especially loves her chocolate, so there was no other choice but to make these yummy treats to go along with my book review!

The Heir.
The fourth book of The Selection Series takes place 20 years after America Singer won Prince Maxon's heart through The Selection. We see the story being told from their daughter's point of view, as she begins her own Selection - Princess Eadlyn is in line to become the next Queen. The Heir is full of everything you love from this series - romance, drama, and a little bit of action.

"You know how your mother and I met," Dad began.
I rolled my eyes. "Everyone does. You two are practically a fairy tale."

I binge read The Selection Series in a week - I couldn't put it down.
These books are fairy tales to me - full of a lot of romance, and that is why I love this series. If I am ever in the mood to fall in love with love again, then this is the series that will do just that - Thanks to the Schreaves. The Heir is just as great as the first three books, it made me feel all the feels. I'm excited to share a few of my thoughts about it with you, and please share your own with me as well.

The Heir - Book Review

The Heir switches things around from the previous books. We get to see the process of The Selection through the selector and not the selectee this time. I truly enjoyed reading how Eadlyn deals with all of it - the pressure, trying so hard to keep her distance - and failing, and how much this whole process is changing her as a person.

So -
I was really excited when I found out that The Heir would be told from the daughter of America and Maxon's point of view. I imagined America's daughter to be as brave and kind as she is - but after the first chapter, you realize that Eadlyn doesn't have as much in common with her mother as you would think she would. Eadlyn believes she knows everything about herself - but I see her as a normal 18 year old girl who guards her heart, afraid to be who she really is, and full of many flaws. I feel the need to defend my girl because so many people find it hard to relate to her since she is so bratty and selfish - BUT, that is exactly why I am rooting for her! She is full of flaws and has a lot to learn about herself - and we see that she begins to understand this towards the end of the book. I truly believe she is a lot more relatable than everyone seems to think.

Eadlyn isn't the only child we get to read about - We see all the other children of America and Maxon, and I love it! My personal favorite is Ahren, I love - love - love him, probably because he reminds me so much of Maxon. It's so much fun seeing where the characters we have grown to love from the past books are at in their lives now. I was surprised, but they are included just as much into the story still.

"There are some things you don't learn about yourself until you let someone else into the most intimate places of your heart."

There wasn't much that I disliked about this book. I wish certain things didn't happen - ahem, Ahren leaving, ahem - or how tired America and Maxon seemed now..
But -
Overall, I truly enjoyed The Heir as much as I enjoyed the previous books.
If you are looking to read a fairy tale romance story - I recommend reading all of the books from The Selection Series. If you have read the previous books and are trying to decide if The Heir is worth reading - I say it is, because you get to see all the characters you love and fall in love with some new ones!

Thank goodness there will be a fifth book out next year - because that cliffhanger at the end will be the death of me! The One ended in such a beautiful way - besides Celeste - that I have all my trust in Kiera Cass ending the whole series with a happily ever after.

"I'm not sure anyone knows what they're looking for until they find it."


4 out of 5 stars

Princess Eadlyn's Chocolate Strawberry Cakes

So -
These yummy treats are very simple to make!

Here's what you'll need -
Chocolate Cake Mix - homemade recipe or store bought, your preference
1 Can of Whipped Chocolate Icing - homemade recipe or store bought, your preference
1 Carton of Strawberries
Melting Chocolate - for baking

Here we go -
First, using the chocolate cake mix - make the cupcakes.
Once the cupcakes are done baking and cool - Remove the cupcake liners to apply the whipped chocolate icing on top of each one.
After the strawberries are washed and dry - Melt the chocolate, specifically for baking purposes, and dip each strawberry into the melted chocolate.
Apply one strawberry on each cupcake.
Finish by drizzling the melted chocolate on top of each cupcake.

"I only have one heart, and I'm saving it."

I saw a lot of my younger self in Princess Eadlyn.
When I was younger there was always a part of me that was kept guarded, such as my heart, and it took a long time for me to let that guard down and allow others to see the real me. I think if you let people see you for who you truly are - you would be surprised at how much love you can receive from others. You have to trust that you are a good person.

Join me and leave a comment about your thoughts on the book.
Tell us what you loved, hated, or anything you took away from the book. Inspire through your own words.


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