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I want to start by saying that I really enjoyed books one to three in this series. Without giving away in spoilers from those books, the story was unique, the characters were deep and interesting, and the concept was new and exciting.
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.
From the first book of the series “The Selection”, I always described this series as The Bachelor meets Cinderella in a Dystopian Setting… As the story continues, The country of Illea still uphold their tradition of ‘The Selection’ when their heiress is born – Eadlyn Schreave. When Eadlyn became the first princess and was to hold her own Selection, she felt rather rebellious and was certain she would not give her heart to any of the 35 suitors and was doing all she can to send them all home however as different incidents transpire at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the public spotlight, she realizes that she may just have to embrace The Selection and to choose a suitor for a husband after all…
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!! -Annie
I read The Heir some time ago and whilst I could remember some of what had happened, I could not remember everything. Thus, I unfortunately could not really remember the remaining suitors in Eadlyn's selection, resulting in these characters lacking depth in my opinion. I did not like Eadlyn all that much in The Heir because she was very childish, selfish and brattish. She did, however, improve somewhat in this novel in that she began to care for the people of Illea as well as her family and friends, an essential trait in order to run a country. There were moments of drama here and there which made me eager to read on.
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 liked the original selection series and was looking forward to delving back into this world. 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.
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.
After The Selection and the first book in The Heir series I was so excited and so looking forward to the tingles and warmth Cass so effortlessly created with her fantastic writing. I loved The Selection. The Crown has just made me want to cry. Fab writing and an amazing concept but it just didn't turn out the way I'd hoped it would at the end. She didn't choose the guy I hoped she would !! All signs pointed to him and so I was left totally confused by Eadlyn as a character. Maybe it was just me but I was definitely blind sided and devastated by her final choice and this killed the entire book for me. I was so upset by the turn in events that I felt like I shouldn't have read it in the first place. Nevertheless, fabulous writing, fabulous concept and a fabulous author who I will remain loyal to. I really don't know what to say other than that you should definitely give it a go to finish the series and follow Maxon and America's story. (Seeing how Maxon and America's life panned out makes it worth the read!)