Warning! Spoilers for the previous books in The Selection Series below!
Title: The Crown (The Selection #5)
Author: Kiera Cass
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
As a big fan of The Selection series since the very beginning, I was so excited to see the books continue after America and Maxon’s story. Even though The Heir could have been better, The Crown definitely made up for it. The characters are so much more developed and Eadlyn really changes from her old, snobby self. The bigger theme of family was so sweet and made me enjoy the book even more.
I honestly enjoyed The Crown so much more than The Heir. The story seems to calm down a little bit more as only six of Eadlyn’s suitors are left in the competition. The remaining characters are developed even more and are each shown to have their own little quirks. Since this series became so mainstream, I have noticed a lot of people enjoying it less. Though it is pretty cheesy and dramatic, that is exactly what I would expect from a cute and quick read like this one. This book really ties up all the loose ends from The Heir extremely well in 279 pages.
Eadlyn is so different from her appearance in The Heir. In her first story, Eadlyn is shown to be quite snobby, which definitely turned some people off. However, in The Crown, she starts to realize what people think of her and becomes a better person. I was very glad to see Eadlyn’s transformation, as I’m not sure I would have enjoyed the book as much if she remained so stuck-up.
I love the theme of family in this series. I feel like it becomes even more emphasized in The Crown after America has a heart attack and Eadlyn’s brother gets married and moves to France. The royal family has even more reason to be together and support each other. The fact that they prioritized each other was really sweet and I found myself smiling at their closeness.
The Crown is a much more enjoyable book than The Heir since Eadlyn transforms from her original snobby personality and there is a big theme of family. This series is actually among one of my favourites. I have been waiting to read this book for a long time and I am so satisfied with the way that the series ended.