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.
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For all of its faults, I did truly enjoy parts of the previous book in this series, The Heir. However, my opinion of the book also hinged partially upon how the next book would go.
After some consideration, I’ve decided to judge the two of them separately.
My reading of The Crown didn’t exactly go the way I thought it would. What I really loved about The Heir is that in it, Kiera Cass shocked me. She wrote in a way that I didn’t think she could write, she wrote characters I didn’t think she would write, and that general surprise was refreshing. It wasn’t the standard Kiera Cass fare, which actually just starts to sound a lot like a half-baked reality TV show after a while.
The Crown didn’t surprise me. It felt like Cass had reverted back to her former writing and former characters. There was nothing wrong with the way that she used Eadlyn and told Eadlyn’s story. I wasn’t left with the impression that there was more she could’ve done, which was why I was disappointed.
There was nothing new to this novel, and after five main books I’m starting to feel like this is following the trend of Cassandra Clare and Rick Riordan releasing book after book after book set in the same world.
It also had to do with Eadlyn’s character development. In The Heir, I admired the way that Cass was able to take a generally unlikable character and make me understand her. It’s notable whenever that happens, because it’s pretty difficult to do.
In The Crown, Eadlyn faded too quickly into someone who had changed. I tried to understand her transformation, but I still felt like it was rushed and that not enough of her old self was showing through. Change is never easy, and almost never immediate. I wanted more in that respect.
BUT. Beyond those things, this wasn’t a bad story. Cass did a good job of spinning some of the plot twists she put in the previous book. Those plot twists could’ve very well turned into why-bothers, but she used them to drive the plot forward and fuel Eadlyn’s change. I respected her plotting decisions, and I understood the choices that Eadlyn made in the end. There was some needless drama, but much of the plot worked together well.
I also loved the family dynamic shown in The Heir and continued in The Crown. The general relationships were fun to follow, and the ups and downs to them were represented well without taking away from the main storyline.
All in all, this wasn’t a bad book. If you’re a Kiera Cass fan, you’ll love it. But it was more or less the same as her other books, and for me, that wasn’t what I was looking for. 2 stars.
Series: The Selection #5