16 March 2017

Book Review: The Crown (The Selection #5), Kiera Cass

The Crown (The Selection, #5)

Title: The Crown
Series: The Selection #5
Author: Kiera Cass
Published: 03/05/2016, HarperCollins Publishers
Pages: 278
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback

Rating: 2.5/5

"Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series has captured the hearts of readers from its very first page. Now the end of the journey is here. Prepare to be swept off your feet by The Crown—the eagerly awaited, wonderfully romantic fifth and final book in the Selection series.

In The Heir, a new era dawned in the world of The Selection. Twenty years have passed since America Singer and Prince Maxon fell in love, and their daughter is the first princess to hold a Selection of her own.

Eadlyn didn’t think she would find a real partner among the Selection’s thirty-five suitors, let alone true love. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and now Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more difficult—and more important—than she ever expected."

After nearly two years, I have finally finished The Selection series! Whilst an apt ending to the series, I found that The Crown did leave me slightly disappointed. It is both a fun and a quick read, but I just couldn't connect with the story as much as I'd have liked to.

I liked Eadlyn far more in The Crown than I did in The Heir. She puts her upbringing aside and really begins to understand her people. Basically, the events in The Heir have made her less snobby and she's not as bratty either. I just found her more open-minded and nice in general.

I did really like most of the boys left in The Selection too, particularly Kile. However, I wish there was more interaction between Eadlyn and the boys. I feel The Crown focussed more on the politics of running a country as well as preparing Eadlyn for becoming Queen.

The Crown is once again told from Eadlyn's perspective. Although this was nice, especially seeing Eadlyn become nicer, I didn't really feel I was connecting with her. Particularly in terms of her choice in The Selection. I completely missed any signs of who she eventually chose, so I found it such a surprise and a bit of a shock too. I just didn't see where Eadlyn and her choice made their connection. And, I was really annoyed with her choice too! But I'm not going to give anything away.

Of course, The Crown was not without additional twists and turns, especially with the involvement of Marid. It added some more excitement to what could have potentially been a simple and, even, boring story. However, I did find that a few of the twists were left hanging at the end. I feel like there could have been more closure with Marid. So, this did leave me feeling a bit dissatisfied.

So far, my review does seem fairly negative. However, I really did enjoy the story and could not put The Crown down. I needed to know how Eadlyn's part of the story would end and if she would succeed as Queen. It just so happened to go in a different direction to what I expected or wanted.

The Crown is a good read and it is a nice ending to The Selection series. If I'm honest, like many others, I do prefer the original trilogy. However, I would still recommend The Crown to those thinking of finishing the series. I'd just advise caution.

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