The Crown by Kiera Class (Book #5 of the Selection Series)
Hardcover, 279 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by HarperTeen
Young Adult | Romance|
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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. (Goodreads Summary)
I first read the selection series when I was in high school. I have to admit the series was a sort of guilty pleasure for me, I am not normally a romance kinda girl. I had only read the first two books then. Now having reread those and continued on to this point I had to say I was definitely surprised when Kiera Cass switched from the point of view of America to her daughter Eadlyn. I have, to be honest, I wasn't too fond of Eadlyn at first. She feels like an unreliable narrator to me. We only see Eadlyn's point of view, which makes the citizens of Illea's opinion surprising. Or not, in my case.
I wasn't as impressed with this one as the others. Cass' writing was as great as the others, for me, it was more the characters. I thought the idea of having "the selection" reversed cool. But I think I am with Illea when I wasn't to impressed with the selection for Eadlyn Shreeve. I did appreciate that Eadlyn is a sort of strong female character. That was until the melt down of "I knew no one would love me." Before the coronation. Girl. Come on. I think I was just too in love with America for her daughter. Oh and Merid is a major jerk. I would use more vular words but that wouldn't be nice.
Would I recommend this one to a friend? Maybe? I think it's an okay story, but not one I would pick up again anytime soon. Maybe if you want something to fill some time. I can't say it is a rush out and get it immediately sort of book I would run out and buy right now.
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