The Crown: Review

Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016
Publisher: Harper Teen
Series: The Selection #5
Format: Hardcover, 279 pages
Source: Library

When Eadlyn became the first princess of IllĂ©a 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.

 I have no idea why I continued this series after The Heir. Kiera Cass should have stopped at the end of The One. She was clearly trying to milk this series for all it was worth, which was an awful idea because the last two books were simply awful.

In this last book, we pick up where we left off in The Heir. America had fallen ill and it was up to Eadlyn to finish her Selection for the good of the country. She still doesn't know too much about her top contenders, except for Kile, who she has known her entire life. Eadlyn barely has any conversations with the suitors except for quick deep conversations with Erik, Henri's translator. Other than that she barely speaks to the guys except to answer their questions about her mother's health and how Eadlyn is handling everything. How romantic. Yet, she is expected to quickly choose one to be her husband.

The thing I liked about the other Selection books was that there was a lot of tension from the outside. There was danger that spread into the palace, and favorite characters were even killed. But with the stories about Eadlyn, there is no danger except when people threw rotten food at her in a parade. In this last book, she never even steps foot outside the palace.

When big announcements were made about the monarchy and who she chose as her husband, everyone was supposedly so happy for her. None of those people who had been angry with her before showed up or presented any danger to her. It was so boring, and lazy. You could tell that Kiera Cass did not put much effort into these because she obviously knew the loyal fan base would gobble up anything she wrote.

I wish I could say I bought the romance but I didn't. It happened way too quickly for my liking. One minute they were friends and the next minute she could not stop thinking about a life without him. There was no buildup like in the first three books. For some reason, all of the suitors loved Eadlyn even given how bratty she was in The Heir

The only good thing I can say is that Eadlyn finally stopped being a brat. She is still not likable, but as least she developed slightly from the last book. America and Maxon were just as disappointing as they were in book four, unfortunately. They essentially lost their fiery personalities when they had children. Maxon essentially gave up everything in this book and nobody batted an eye. They just accepted that this slightly still bratty teenager would be their Queen. Um, what?!

The Marid storyline was actually interesting and could have brought a lot of necessary danger and tension to the story but Cass resolved it with a phone call. Cool.

I just can't with this. I know I will never read anything else that Kiera Cass writes, because it all ends up the same.

Save yourself and don't read this one, or the last one if she stopped at book three. I wish I had.


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