This is my review of The Crown by Kiera Cass. It is the fifth and *cries* last book of The Selection series by Kiera Cass. I read it in french so maybe the words I use for quotes are going to be inexact. I will warn you before giving any spoiler.
Goodreads’synopsis: 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.
Originally published: May 3rd 2016 by HarperTeen
Read: Read from May 13th to 16th, 2016
My review: 3.5- 4/5 stars
Now with my feelings getting into the book: I was really excited about this book mostly because the previous one, The Heir ended on a cliffhanger. Like many people, I was a little let down. I had cried my eyes out the ending of The One and I was so happy for America and Maxon’s happy ending. However I felt like I didn’t recognise them in The Heir and I was a little frustrated by that. On the other hand, I felt at peace at the fact that they had four children and were still madly in love. Eadlyn was a complicated character and I didn’t know how I felt about her…sympathy maybe but it seemed unbelievable that she was America’s and Maxon’s daughter. However, since I am a massive fan of the series it was hard for me to give the book less than 4/5 stars.
So I purchased The Crown on Friday, May 13th 2016 and started reading it as soon as I could. I’m not gonna lie, I stopped on purpose because I didn’t want it to end, but I finished it three days later, on Monday, 16th May 2016.
The story: I cannot begin to explain how satisfied I am with that ending. I think Kiera Cass deserves a round of applause for ending the series that way.
First of all, Eikko is the PERFECT choice for Eadlyn. I loved the way she used his real name, and how he made fun of hers, also Eikko’s parents’ love story was cute. I loved reading about when Eadlyn realised that she was in love with Eikko: the depth of her feelings are truly touching and heart-warming. I like that she got a love story à la America and Maxon. I liked the way she revealed her feelings to her dad; the she wants to find their own thing. I nearly cried. And also a constitutional monarchy was a brilliant idea and I amire Eadlyn for wnting what’s best for her country.
Second: there is a gAY COUPLE, ALRIGHT?? A FREAKING GAY COUPLE AND I DIDN’T SEE IT COMING. It was touching and I’m glad, that as a contemporary writer, Kiera Cass added that. (Let’s not forget the struggle the lgbt+ community has to go through)
Then, we had the big reveal of Lady Brice’s identity. That was unexpected and I enjoy surprises. I strongly disliked king Clarkson and his cowardice never ceased to amaze me.
I loved reading about the coronation; since we didn’t get to experience America’s and Maxon’s, so my soul is now at peace. I also wanna thank Kiera for not killing off America, I would have been devastated. Really, like I’d lost a family member. Towards the end, I truly got attached to the character of Eadlyn and it’s safe to say that I love her as much as America. In this book, she was kind, funny and beautiful inside and out.
Marid’s BETRAYAL THOUGH???
What a prick.
Kale was adorable. He is such an incredible friend and I love him. I also appreciate Henri, he was very kind, and understanding.
I will deeply miss this series, and I cherished every moment reading it. The characters will continue living in my heart. Thank you, Kiera Cass.
Hope you enjoyed!
Much love, Karla.