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.
You have no idea how upset I was when I found out that the release date in Australia had been pushed back! How were we supposed to wait almost an entire month after the rest of the world to be able to read the epic conclusion to this beloved series? Luckily, my local bookstore put copies on the shelves the week after its release in the US. Phew! I bought this book one afternoon and had it completed by dinnertime, which is a testimony to how much I loved it!
Setting. The setting wasn’t so important in this book, being the last in the five-part series, but I loved returning to the castle and all the familiarity that comes with it. I also liked how some parts of the castle that were featured in the first three novels make a reappearance, I felt like this helped me to properly say goodbye to this story world I adore.
Characters. I felt that in the sequel books about Eadlyn, and especially in The Crown, that we don’t get as much of an insight into the suitors as we did during Maxon’s Selection, which was disappointing. This book totally focused on Eadlyn but I don’t mind that because I actually like her as a character (though I do admit I think her personality improved in this book compared to the last) and I liked being able to see her position and the difficult choices she has to make. Eadlyn matures so much in this book and I think that it is more important than the romance aspect of The Crown (but that is definitely important, too).
Plot. I found this book to be so engrossing and I was totally hooked even before the first page! Eadlyn always finds herself in tight situations (mostly by her own fault, but not always) and I loved seeing how she dealt with each one. I felt that the ending was a bit rushed and a little too predictable and she ended up with the guy I thought she would which lessened my excitement. I also didn’t really like how absent the family is in the book and even though I understand that this is a crucial plot point, I still would have liked to see them influence Eadlyn and the story more.
Writing. Perfect, as always. So light and fluid, I sped right through the book! Comical and sometimes a little cliché, I can never fault Kiera Cass’s writing style for always lifting me out of my reading slumps.
I can’t believe the series is over! But I’m so looking forward to whatever Kiera Cass has coming our way next.
Recommended to: hopeless romantics and those looking for a light, easy read.
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