Title: The Crown
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection
Previous Books in the Series:
1. The Selection
2. The Elite
3. The One
4. The Heir
Date Started: August 4
Date Finished: August 5
Format: Hardcover from local library
Eadlyn has been through a lot considering she’s a princess and heir to her father’s throne. She found out that she had to participate in a Selection like her parents did before her, she met the guys and had her feelings hurt and swelled by them, she realized that the people of her beloved country actually think she’s spoiled and not fit to rule, and then the worst possible thing happened. Her mother had a heart attack. In the wake of the health crisis of her parents, Eadlyn has taken on a lot of responsibility. Her father refuses to leave her mother’s side and so she has agreed to become acting regent. On top of that she has narrowed down the Selection canidates to the Elite and a former friend turned enemy comes walking back into her life trying to help her with the people.
But as it turns out he has a motive of his own. When it becomes apparent that the King does not wish to resume his duties and would rather spend the time with his wife, Eadlyn decides that it is time to take her rightful place on the throne. Once she does, Marid makes his true intentions known. He wants to be her prince consort and if she doesn’t comply he will turn the people against her. So now on top of everything else she has to worry about that and the fact that the remaining members of her Selection don’t have her heart and the one she truly wants is someone she can never have. What’s a girl to do?
So in my review for The Heir, I went on for a few sentences about how much I didn’t care for Eadlyn, and I’m sorry to say that was still true in this book. Considering who her parents are I didn’t really see any of her parents in her – except for her selfless decision to take the crown so her parents could have some time together, that was rather America of her. The pace of this book too seemed a little bit rushed. Like just as soon as we got through one event, the next event happened and then the next and then there were small eliminations and not many dates along the way. I wasn’t happy either with who Eadlyn wound up with, although I can’t say that I wasn’t surprised. I had a feeling already in the last book that was who she was going to choose. I also wasn’t too sure about Marid. It was kind of a shock to me how quickly he became the villain. I mean, I had my suspicions, but he showed his colors pretty quickly. But I guess he had to since the book wasn’t all that long to begin with.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. The conclusion to the Selection series wasn’t as stunning as the original ending. In fact, if I’m being honest it didn’t really feel like an ending at all. We never got to see the wedding. And there still felt like there some unresolved issues.
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