Title: The Crown
Author: Keira Cass
Genre: Fiction, Dystopian, Fantasy, Young Adult
Published: 3rd May 2016
Start Date: 25th September 2022
Finish Date: 25th September 2022
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.
The Crown begins where The Heir left off. I was not a complete fan of The Heir. As much as I loved the previous three books about Eadlyn’s parents, there was something lacking in Eadlyn’s story. The romance was what was lacking. However, I needed to know who Edalyn picked or if she even picks someone.
The first 50% of The Crown was boring. Although Eadlyn stopped whining and seems to take on more responsibility, I found myself getting tired of her inner monologue and side stories. I wanted more interaction between Eadyln and the guys in the selection.
What did I get? Eadlyn is concerned about making people happy, her concern about her mother, her concern about her brother, just basically Eadlyn is concerned about everything, except finding a man to marry and love. Okay, maybe she was stressed about finding a man, but she didn’t seem to make any more connections than what she made in The Heir.
As I mentioned before, there is some huge character development right from the get-go out of Eadlyn. As for the men, I found it hard to keep track of them all in The Heir, I had to keep flipping back and forth to remember how I felt about each one. That problem was solved pretty quickly in The Crown and when we got down to our five guys and then thinned it out even more and then finally the last two we knew our characters very well and I was so happy with everyone of them. There were some pretty big reveals with some of the contestants and I thought it was all handled really well. As for America and Maxton, one of my big complaints about The Heir was that they seemed to lose their personalities. They just came off as typical king and queen to me and I couldn’t find her fireball personality or his quiet and gentle strength; they became generic. I still felt that in The Crown, though not as much.
The ending, I thought it was good. It was not the turnout I was expecting or wanting but I will say this, I literally had no idea what was going to happen. Like, with America and Maxton, I knew exactly who she was going to choose and I wanted her to hurry up and get there. With Eadlyn, I was so unsure. Especially near the end. I couldn’t wait to read another page because honestly, I wasn’t even guessing at that point. Again, she didn’t choose the guy I wanted. But I was happy with her choice anyway. Though I would have been much happier with it if a few things had been done differently, but more on that later.
The other thing about the ending is that is was a super abrupt stop. I mean, so much happened in the last chapter and then it was just over. Like, even the Epilogue had nothing in it. It was like, here’s her choice. DONE. Like you hit a brick wall. Then that’s it. I don’t know if that’s because Keira Kass wants to write another Novella or something but the book was only 279 pages! Even if you stretched the book to 300 pages it would have been a lot better. It just really needed a little more meat at the end.