Saturday 9 July 2016

The Crown (The Selection #5) by: Kiera Cass

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Romance, Dystopia
Published: May 3, 2016 by: Harper Teen
Pages: 279
Rating: 2.5/5 stars

*highlight white text to reveal spoilers*

The time has come. Princess Eadlyn has spent months wondering if she even wanted a Selection, but now it is time for her to pick her spouse. After her mother's illness, more of a strain than ever has been put on her father, King Maxon, so now it's time for Eadlyn to step up to the plate. Now Eadlyn must choose to go with her head, or her heart.

I went into this book quite upset to let go of this series. I fell in love with America and Maxon's story, and these books were as addicting as they were dreamy and fluffy. Now we all know how most people feel about Eadlyn, and while she did undergo some change in this book, I was overall disappointed with the conclusion.

I did like the remaining selection boys in the book. I felt like because they were more narrowed down, you could see their personalities more and some of them really shone through. I again really loved Kile, he was such a cutie.

You can't deny that these books are addicting. They pull you into this fairytale dreamland of princesses and good looking men fighting over her love, that it all seems like the YA version of The Bachelorette. I do love how easy to get through these books are, and they are great for any reading slump.

Now to why this book was an overall very disappointing finale. Eadlyn did undergo some change in the book, she was a lot less annoying, however there was no rhyme or reason as to how she changed. The book never shows her seeing the light and realizing how annoying she is, which I really wished had happened.

I was also very disappointed on how the selection turned out. The fact that Kile was dropped of the face of the earth and sent to banishment made no sense to me. The fact that she picked Henri when they literally had no chemistry whatsoever until there were only 3 chapters left in the book. and also the fact that two characters were literally just made to be gay so that they could be knocked out faster. Not cool at all.

So overall, the ending was a huge let down and I'm really upset with how this series took a turn for the worst. I think it just goes to show that Cass should have left it at American and Maxon's story instead of introducing this terrible protagonist and even more anti climactic love story.

Have you read The Crown? What did you think?

Emily @ Paperback Princess


  1. Not sure on this series on account of the poofy-dress covers. I'm not a poofy dress kind of person! XD

    Also, the spoilers written in white?! Emily, you are a genius! :)

    1. Haha I have to credit past blogger's for teaching me that hack! Now I feel like I can actually talk about everything. The covers aren't my fave but the story is so addicting.

  2. I feel so grumpy just looking at this book- I can't believe Kiera Cass, who wrote one of my most favorite YA relationships ever in the first three books of this series managed to mess up Eadlyn's story- and HOW! I agree with everything you pointed out here and I really wish I had stopped reading this with The One when everything was wrapped up perfectly enough. Gah.

    1. I know! There was no need to carry on the story and mess everything up. We got our closure and that was enough for me.

  3. I used to really like The Selection series - but ir felt too dragged out after a while?
    But yeah, I have also heard about what a terrible and annoying protagonist Eadlyn is from so many people - honestly such a pity to hear that :(
    Nevertheless, what a wonderful review Emily! Especially loved how you hid spoilers in white!

    1. Thanks Geraldine! It did drag on for too long and I think that's what turned me off of it. Don't force a story, you know?

  4. I'm so so SO happy I decided not to give a chance to The Crown after the disaster The Heir was. Instead, I spoiled myself right after the novel came out and gosh, what a complete mess this sounds like! I really wish Cass had stopped with The One, because these two new additions are quite a disgrace to the original three haha.
    Amazing review! :)

    1. Haha yes! It's a shame that such a good series had to be ruined. But I think that's what happens when authors try to milk a series more than they should.