Title: The Crown
Series: The Selection #5
Author: Kiera Cass
Publication: May 3rd 2016 by HarperTeen
Genre: YA, Romance
Pages: 279 pages
Format: Library book
When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.
Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.
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So here’s the alphabetical run down:
I had trouble liking Eadlyn in The Heir, but she does redeem herself a bit in this book. She takes on more responsibility for her country and seems to have genuine concern for the wellbeing of her people. Also, she is very well spoken at times when her authority is being questioned, which I appreciated.
I honestly had trouble with King Maxon and Queen America in this book. My gripes about The Crown are based mostly in how believable certain characters actions or decisions are, and I think the king and queen make a big decision in this book that just isn’t at all realistic.
Surprisingly, Kile’s younger sister Josie actually redeems herself in this book as well, and I had written her off as a throw away character, so I enjoyed seeing Cass develop her character more.
As always, the Selection series covers promise big brightly colored dresses. I’m not opposed to them, for the most part, but I don’t love the model straight to camera. It takes away any imagination you had for what Eadlyn looks like.
We’re not even going to talk about whether the politics in this book are realistic. They aren’t . (Nothing about the politics in the first four books was realistic either. Seriously, how was there not tighter security at the castle so the rebels couldn’t get in?!? There is no way that would happen in real life!) But honestly, no one reads the Selection series for realistic royal politics, and I think Cass knows her audience and has accepted that.
I was so excited that there was an epilogue at the end of the book, because I love when, as the reader, you get a glimpse into the future after a story is over, but that’s not actually what this epilogue does. The story ends and then the epilogue is almost like Cass had a few more quotes about love that she didn’t get into the book and wanted to put somewhere. I was a bit disappointed we didn’t get to see how Eadlyn’s story looked a few years down the road.
Despite my issues with The Crown, it’s just so darn readable. Once you pick it up it’s easy to fly through. I do believe it is a fitting end to the series.
I was surrounded by examples of how love, real love, could make you less bothered by your circumstances, whether it was facing the greatest disappointment of your life or shouldering the weight of the country.
Maybe it’s not the first kisses that are supposed to be special. Maybe it’s the last ones.
But the truth is, love is as much fate as it is planning, as much a beauty as it is a disaster.
Three hearts, only because of how easy and readable it is. And honestly, if you’ve read the whole Selection series up until this point, you’re probably not going to stop before finishing the last book.