Title: The Crown
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #5
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Dystopia, Easy reading, Romance
5th sentence, 74th page: “Yes?”
A Selection can only have one winner.
A princess only has one heart.
When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illea to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. But as events at the palace force her even further into the spotlight, Eadlyn realizes that she might no be content remaining alone.
Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairy-tale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…
After the disappointment that was Eadlyn’s character in The Heir, The Crown COMPLETELY restored my faith in the child of Maxon and America. In the finale of this series, Eadlyn not only finds herself and a way to rule her country in her own way, but she finally gives love a chance and lets it in. Honestly, I couldn’t think of a better way to tie off a beautiful series that really makes you believe in true love. Not only is there a happy ending, but you also get to find out how Maxon and America spend the rest of their lives.
I really enjoyed that in spite of all of the negative publicity that Eadlyn received throughout her Selection process, she not only turns this around, but also finds a way to stay true to herself in the process. Her final words on the Report show how she has finally accepted this too. It is a great reminder that no matter what we do, not everyone is going to like us or our actions. Sadly, this is even more of an issue for women, especially those who are strong and able to stand tall amongst crowds of men.
Although I had guessed at the possibility of Eadlyn’s love interest in her two stories, it was still somewhat of a surprise when his name was finally revealed. There are hints peppered throughout both The Heir and The Crown and it was still kind of surprising to have her love interest revealed in the final chapters of this story. Where America’s love story was passionate and full of twists and turns, even though you just knew that her and Maxon would eventually end up together, Eadlyn’s falling was so much more organic. It was a slow and gradual thing that spoke of their control and the ways in which they were able to build on mutual trust and understanding in their courtship.
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