Review: The Crown by Kiera Cass

 

Book cover for The Crown by Kiera Cass

Warning! Spoilers for the previous books in The Selection Series below!

Title: The Crown (The Selection #5)
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
Stars: 5/5

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.

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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.

 

9 thoughts on “Review: The Crown by Kiera Cass

  1. mebookaholic says:

    I’m so happy that you like it and that it’s better than Heir.
    I recently started reading The Selection series so I could do a read along on my blog. I’m reviewing chapter by chapter the first book.

  2. Jaime Lynn says:

    I have still only read America and Maxon’s part of the story. I look forward to continuing the series. And YES it is silly and dramatic and goofy, but that is the magic of it!

  3. Luxe @ Mind of Luxe says:

    I’m a bit sad that I didn’t get to read this as your posts are always a treat to read. I have read the first book in the series but ended up not enjoying it that much. I’m thinking of re-reading it though, hopefully I’ll like it the second time. 🙂

  4. Lor says:

    The Selection series has been on my TBR for a long time – but I think I’ll start reading it this summer!

  5. vivi m. says:

    I’ve only read the first three books in The Selection series and wasn’t sure whether to continue or not, but after reading your review I’ll be sure to pick the next books ASAP.

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