ARC Review: The Crown (The Selection #5) by Kiera Cass10:00
Series: The Selection #5
Author: Kiera Cass
Published May 3rd 2016 by HarperCollins Publishers
Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series has captured the hearts of readers from its very first page. Now the end of the journey is here. Prepare to be swept off your feet by The Crown—the eagerly awaited, wonderfully romantic fifth and final book in the Selection series.
In The Heir, a new era dawned in the world of The Selection. Twenty years have passed since America Singer and Prince Maxon fell in love, and their daughter is the first princess to hold a Selection of her own.
Eadlyn didn’t think she would find a real partner among the Selection’s thirty-five suitors, let alone true love. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and now Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more difficult—and more important—than she ever expected.
See my review of book 4, here.
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher. This in no way impacted on my view.
After reading book 4, The Heir, I was a bit apprehensive about reading this book. To me, the main character, Eadlyn, was annoying, even more so than her mother had been, and I didn't know if I could cope with another book from her PoV. However, I was pleasantly surprised with her character growth this time around.
After the shock ending of The Heir, Eadlyn has cut her suitors down to 6, and is currently regent of Illea whilst her father is at her mother's bedside. She knows that the people aren't really fans of hers, and needs to endear herself to the population, or she'll never be safe. She starts off struggling with her new found responsibility, but soon comes into her own as regent, and feels like she will be a Queen that the people deserve.
Out of the final 6, the front runners have always been, for me, Kile, Hale, or Henri. Erik, Henri's translator, was also a favourite, but he didn't exactly count, because he wasn't a member of the Selected. I felt like Eadlyn's choices throughout the process of the Selection were sound, and even though there was one bit, about 75% of the way through, that I thought it all was going to hell, I was happy with how she eventually decided on who her Prince Consort would be.
Eadlyn has really grown as a person in the book, and even though she was annoying in the first book, this time she was interesting to read. For the final book in a five book series, I felt like The Crown was slightly too short, but, at the same time, everything was resolved, and I couldn't have asked for a more rounded and well constructed ending. I'd say that even if you weren't too keen on The Heir, give this a try, as you might be pleasantly surprised, like I was.