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The Crown (The Selection, Book 5) Kindle Edition
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|Length: 290 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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About the Author
Kiera Cass is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Selection series and The Siren. She is a wife and mom and too many other things to list. If she could make a crown out of anything, it would be the unending tears of her readers. You can learn more about Kiera and her books at www.kieracass.com.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
"Deliciously entertaining."--Publishers Weekly
"An engrossing tale reminiscent of Shannon Hale's Princess Academy and Ally Condie's Matched. Fairy-tale lovers will lose themselves in America's alternate reality and wish that the next glamorous sequel were waiting for them."--School Library Journal
"Cass's immensely readable debut novel is a less drastic Hunger Games, with elaborate fashion and trappings. The fast-paced action will have readers gasping for the upcoming sequel."--ALA Booklist
"Reality T.V. meets dystopian fairy tale in Kiera Cass's delightful debut. Charming, captivating, and filled with just the right amount of swoon!"--Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy
PRAISE FOR THE SELECTION SERIES: "A real page-turner. Romance, royalty, and revolution in a reality-show format serve Cass' boldly rendered heroine well in her quest for justice and love."--ALA Booklist --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- File size : 1972 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 290 pages
- Publisher : HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (3 May 2016)
- ASIN : B017QZHTKU
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 45,174 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reading books four and five it is like sticking with a tv show that you have loved for years, but know that should have ended a few seasons ago. If you have stumbled upon this book - go and read the first three in the series and then abort. Eadlyn is self absorbed. The supporting characters are self absorbed. What made this world unique and interesting has been diluted and is gone. Once loved characters make weird comments and choices (Marlee!). The ending is unbelievable at best. I understand that this is a fictional world, but there still needs to be some consistency within that fictional fabric, otherwise the whole plot comes crashing down.
This book is by far the my most favorited of the Selection series. Though the story is not as complex as the initial trilogy, ‘The Crown’ pulled more emotion from me than I expected. It is a guilty pleasure, a soppy romance, and was great escapism.
Its predecessor ‘The Heir’ left me a little despondent, I did not entirely like Eadlyn. She was cold, stuck-up, and a part from moments of a childish temper, fairly flat and boring in nature. But her journey through ‘The Crown’ made her endearing to me. It brought out her caring and compassionate side. The suitors (or bachelors) managed to drag emotions out of her and open her eyes up to the society she is slated to rule.
I was in a little disbelief at the ease in which the men vying for her hand left the competition towards the end, with little theatrics or heartbreak… it felt manufactured. I applaud the inclusion of Ean and Hale’s fate. It came out of left field but added another dynamic and commentary on Illéan society.
There are a few expected plot twists, and many unexpected. It was a nice surprise. As I’ve said about the entire Selection anthology, much of it feels derivative and trope-driven. But if you like a large helping of sugar with your reading this will go down smoothly. Like a B-grade horror film, or a cheesy Hallmark movie, ‘The Crown’ is entertaining and hits the bullseye for its intended market. There’s a heavy dollop of girlie fashion, food, and cute boys to gush over.
I read the book in a day and it was easy to get swept into, especially with storylines and characters we’ve known throughout the series getting involved in the culmination. A fun snippet of nostalgia. It was an effortless read, and only something I’d recommend to staunch fans of this series.
All I can say is finally I have closure to a pretty awesome series I have read for awhile, I would like to rate this one 4.5 stars… There were major twists I didn’t see coming towards the end however during the previous book, I did have a theory but then felt it was too far fetched only to realise, I really should have put money on it!!! A fast paced and very enjoyable read.. An ending to a series you would not believe..
Many thanks to Harper Collins Publishers for sending me a copy for a review!!
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However, I found that not a great deal happened in this novel and the ending was more predictable than the conclusion of the previous novels. I really enjoyed the first three novels with America as the protagonist but unfortunately, The Heir and The Crown spoiled this series a little. I think it was a good idea to discover and explore America's and Maxon's lives after their selection and focus on the next generation. However, the next generation books could not and did not match the standards that the first three novels had set.
Overall, The Heir and The Crown are a nice two book addition to the series but they are not essential. I have enjoyed this series and it is a shame to give the concluding book a low rating. I would recommend this series to those who enjoy dystopian novels with a unique twist.
I didn’t love ‘The Heir’ but didn’t want to leave the story unfinished. Not a huge amount happens in this book and it is much shorter than the others *spoilers* but as the title suggests Eadlyn becomes the queen. She spent most of the first book complaining about how 7 minutes made the difference in her life and how she envies her brothers their freedom yet willingly suggests her father abdicates to allow her to become queen.
America’s heart attack just seemed far too convenient and a silly ploy to give Maxon a reason to want to abdicate. I found this whole storyline completely unbelievable. As someone with personal experience of heart issues in their family I find it very unrealistic that a queen with access to the best health care and a hospital in their own home who has already lost her father and sister at a young age, would not have been tested for faults with her heart regularly or monitored regularly and been treated to avoid such a thing happening. Although a fit and healthy 38 year old woman having a heart attack isn’t impossible, I just didn’t buy it. That being said Maxon’s reaction to America was the only time I felt even the slightest emotion reading this novel.
As for the ending. Who knows what to say. I had a vague feeling at the start of ‘The Heir’ that Eadlyn would choose someone out with the selection yet who she finally ends up with came out of absolutely no where. Everything at the start suggested she would pick Kile. The animosity they had, his reluctance to stay in the palace. That would have all made for a more interesting story. Her falling for him despite knowing that he doesn’t want to be there and doesn’t even like her would have added a bit of much needed drama and tension.
As for the villain. Utterly predictable. Again this character came out of nowhere. Again if Eadlyn had perhaps been so willing to get out of the selection she turned to Marid seeing him as a way out, letting her hair down, being more wild and free and open with him only to find out that he was using her all along forcing her to open her eyes and see what’s been in front of her the whole time would for me have been a much more interesting if perhaps cliched read.
I can see that Keira Cass was trying to create a different type of character and to make Eadlyn a strong character but she forgot that above all she had to be likeable and relatable to the reader and she wasn’t. I wanted to feel something, anything about any of the boys in the selection but there was no chemistry with any of them.
A very rushed book that was poorly thought out and a disappointing end to this world. I wish I’d just stopped with the selection trilogy and finished it on a high.
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.
This author has had me reading day and night and I could never be more grateful
I stopped reading recently and this series had finally got me back to my self something I thought would take me longer arhat imaginable
I highly recommend this series
I am literally in tears as I have to say goodbye to theses characters as there were like like best friends.
I am going to continue looking out for this author in the future as I think I will never forget theses books. Thank you so much
I have Missed reading for years and you have helped me find that piece of me that I thought was gone forever.
I love you and I love this series
Oh and long live Ilea