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.
Title: The Crown
Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Number of Pages: 278
Publishing Date: May 3rd, 2016
After numerous books full of love, drama, and royalty, the Selection series finally comes to a close with the final book in the series, The Crown. While I absolutely adored the original trilogy, The Heir made me a bit worried regarding this final novel. In The Heir, we met Princess Eadlyn who was, quite frankly, one of the whiniest, most annoying characters I’ve ever read about. However, there were bits and pieces of character development throughout The Heir, and in The Crown we are able to see Eadlyn fully evolve from a selfish and pretentious princess into an inspirational and strong queen. While this wasn’t the strongest finale to a series, I was extremely impressed with the amount of character development that occurred and the surprising events that Kiera Cass laid out for her readers in The Crown.
The rest of this review contains spoilers!
As soon as this novel began, I could tell that Eadlyn really stepped up to help her parents. With America in the hospital and Maxon by her side, I was honestly predicting that Eadlyn would continue with her epically selfish ways, but she definitely proved me wrong. Through numerous ventures such as attempting to get a better knowledge of what the people in the kingdom go through, Eadlyn really proved herself worthy of being a queen.
One of the reasons that I knocked this book down to a 4-star rating was because of the serious lack of romance. Which is incredibly weird, I know. But the romance in these books was always kind of cheesy, yet so adorable, and I absolutely adored it all. The romance within this series was what made the series so addictive. While I loved how this book really concentrated on Eadlyn finding herself and stepping up to the plate of being queen, the cutesy romance scenes that were always evident throughout the original trilogy were basically non-existent. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed the few blips of romance that we were able to see in certain chapters, particularly those that displayed the blossoming (and also extremely surprising) love between Eadlyn and Erik! I didn’t even suspect that Erik would be a possible suitor (I was totally Team Kile), but I grew to adore him as the novel went on.
Continuing with my reasonings behind not giving this book a 5-star rating, I just thought this book was too short. It was extremely rushed in certain parts and it seemed like as soon as the book’s plot picked up the pace and I was fully immersed and interested in the story, the book ended. Everything wrapped up so quickly and so perfectly, it honestly left me really wanting more details and more of a storyline. While I am a sucker for happy endings, I just felt like this story barely had any real bumps or problems… I don’t know, I was just hoping for more of a climatic story, but instead it was a very simple, heartwarming story that, while it could be seen as a cute, perfect ending to a series, wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for in the finale for the Selection series. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this book and the different events that occurred throughout it.
I didn’t think I would ever say this, but I loved Eadlyn’s character in this novel. She had major character development, and I give major props to Kiera Cass for accomplishing what I thought to be the impossible by making Eadlyn likable and, dare I say, perhaps even lovable. Yes, as a matter of fact, I really grew to care for Eadlyn’s character. She made many mature and selfless decisions throughout this novel and that was a really good turnaround when put into comparison with how she acted in the previous novel.
“Finding a prince might mean kissing a lot of frogs. Or kicking a lot of frogs out of your house. Falling might mean running headfirst into something you always wanted. Or dipping your toe into something you’ve been scared of your whole life. Happily ever after could be waiting in a field a mile wide. Or a window as narrow as seven minutes.”
The Elite boys were so present throughout this novel and I fell in love with every single one of them. But can we please talk about Hale and Ean?! That was so unexpected but I absolutely love how they fell in love with each other and GAH, can I please get a few short stories about them, Kiera? Pretty please?! Then there’s Kile, who I was rooting for from the beginning. I think I finally realized about mid-way through this book that Eadlyn most likely wouldn’t choose Kile, but I still adored his character. Henri, oh Henri! He’s just so cute and adorable, GAH. And Erik, he truly captured my heart.
“Maybe it’s not the first kisses that are supposed to be special. Maybe it’s the last ones.”
America and Maxon were as cute as ever. I seriously will never not love them together, they’re just such an amazing power couple and the love literally radiated off of the pages whenever they talked to each other or whenever someone talked about their relationship. The true identity of Lady Brice took me by surprise but I think it was a really good twist and I really loved her character. There were quite a few side characters that became very likable and appeared pretty often throughout this book.
“Focus less on what people say and more on what you can accomplish.”
Kiera’s writing style is very easy to read and really flow-y. I practically flew through this book and it was partly in thanks to the beauty and simplicity of Kiera’s amazing writing.
Overall, I really enjoyed The Crown! While there were a few problems that I had with the fairly quick pace of the book, I think that this was a great finale to a series that I have fallen in love with and I hope that Kiera will return to this lovely world one last time to perhaps write another book of novellas revolving around Eadlyn and Erik… (I’m in desperate need of a short story about Hale designing Eadlyn’s wedding gown!)
So, did you read The Crown? What did you think of it? Comment your thoughts below!