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 fairy tale 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.
I am actually quite disappointed with Keria Cass’s The Crown. I was so looking forward to the end of the selection series and now I am left with a blah taste in my mouth. Now don’t get me wrong I LOVE The Selection Series. I have read all of them, even the novella’s multiple times. I am just disappointed with the way this one panned out with Eadlyn.
So because of the tragicness at the end of The Heir, Eadlyn decided to cut the guys to the Elite group. She chooses 6 of them.
Henri Jasskoppi, who still has his translator there (Erik or his real name Ekkio)
Then we are given a curve ball when Marid Illea – who is the son August and Georgia from book 3 (The One) – comes calling to Eadlyn and throws everything haywire.
What I did like about this book was the fact that Eadlyn grew a great deal. With the shock of the family drama (not going to tell you because it would ruin book 4 & 5) she has to make some very difficult choices. She does and I am so proud of her. She puts her priorities of Country and Family before everything else. She has to show that she is strong and able to lead the country.
The Elite young men were very respectful of her added work load. They wanted to help in any way they could. At times the best help she needed was to just relax and not have to talk or think. The overall vibe of the Elite young men was patience. They had to wait for Eadlyn to come to them and wait for her to make the choice of who she wanted.
Another thing, I am glad Keria Cass brought up in the book was some of the boys being attracted to each other. I mean come on out of 35 guys and none of them were gay? I don’t think so. I loved how Keira Cass showed the compassion and love Eadlyn had for the two boys that end up being romantically attached to each other, instead of her. She just wanted everyone to be happy. Now if you don’t read this book because of that well you are missing out. It was honest and lovely.
Spoilers: I am don’t like how we end the book. So I am going to tell you who she picks so if you don’t want to know DO NOT READ ON! If you already know then go for it or STOP HERE.
So she comes to this realization that she isn’t in love with any of the specific men in the elite. She cares for them deeply and loves them, but does not have those overwhelming emotions that make her heart race. So once she allows her heart to open and realize that she is in love with Erik, I was happy for her, but then I am like, “How is she going to have the man she loves, but not break the rules of the country?” The only thing that redeemed her choices at the end were what Maxon said to her about their entire family always breaking the rules. I think that was clever. I wish Erik was stronger. I mean I REALLY like the guy, but I don’t like how he seems weak next to her. She needs someone that is able to push her. Now she does say how she feels like herself with him and that she doesn’t have the weight of the other choices on her when she is around him.
Overall for this book I am going to give it a 3.5
it is not my favorite of the series by far,
but it had redeeming qualities.