The Crown by Kiera Cass
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Total Pages: 279
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.
I’m just going to kick this off by voicing a recommendation to Kiera Cass. Cut The Heir and The Crown from The Selection series and create a totally separate series for them, because those two books really bring down the other three and give the whole series a bad rep. I was really hoping that this book was turn out better than The Heir did, but I actually think it was a bit worse (though my reasons for disliking it are pretty similar to why I didn’t enjoy The Heir that much).
- Zero Excitement: Man, was I bored reading this. Where was the excitement that we saw in the first few books of the series? The only drama in this one was very short lived, there were no big struggles or situations, and overall things were relatively smooth and got wrapped up in a neat little box. Snore.
- Zero Romance: I mean, for a book about falling in love and choosing someone to spend the rest of your life with, this was seriously lacking in the romance and love department. We got a bit of it, but not nearly enough.
- Zero Likes for Eadlyn: She is the I mean seriously, the absolute worst. Though she seemed to grow up a bit and develop a little as a character and a person, I still had zero connection to her. I find her un-relatable and annoying. How did she fall so flat after having some awesome parents? Going back to my recommendation above, I just feel like making Eadlyn the focus of the series was a bad move. Despite my best efforts to like her, I just can’t.
Despite how it’s coming across, I did like some things in this book. To avoid spoilers, I’ll keep it brief and general. I’m really happy with how the selection ended and who was selected. He was always my pick, so I’m happy he got the victory. I’m also happy with how things ended with those boys that weren’t selected. I feel that I got the “closure” I was hoping for each of them, which was really what I wanted since they were the only characters I really cared about.
So yeah, I wish I could praise this one more, but it isn’t going to happen and I can’t force it. You win some, you lose some I guess. I would highly recommend The Selection series to people looking for slightly dystopian romance, but would highly recommend that they stop after book number three.
How did you feel about Eadlyn as a character?
How did your favorite boy fair in the selection?