Friday, June 17, 2016

The Crown by Kiera Cass


Title: The Crown (The Selection #5)
Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Published: May 2016

My Rating: 2/5

When Eadlyn became the first princess of IllĂ©a 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.


I don't even know what this book was.

The trilogy was very entertaining and cute, I quite liked it. Then The Heir was all right, what I enjoyed the most was seeing Maxon and America together (even though they seemed a little bit out of character)... and that's saying a lot, because they were barely there, we'd mostly read about Eadlyn and the boys, of course. But I don't know, I think I was very excited when reading that book, because we got to go back to that story after thinking that it was just going to be a trilogy.

And then came The Crown...


When I started reading this, I told myself that maybe we would get to know the boys a bit better, since I thought we didn't get a chance to do so in The Heir, which was very upsetting, because I wasn't rooting for any of them. I didn't really care about any of the boys. I didn't know them.

But that never happened! We never get to really know these boys and suddenly we're supposed to believe that she loved this one boy all along?? Uhm, no.


I like her choice, I guess. But there were no feelings whatsoever, no love. I didn't feel a thing. I loved reading about Maxon and America in the trilogy, I was rooting for them and the revolution, and I wanted to see them happy. But Eadlyn's story... I didn't care about her or the boys, which is very sad, really. And even though I liked Ahren in the previous book, he just seemed like a lousy son and brother in this one.

But seriously, the only part that I kind of enjoyed wasn't even about this new generation, it's about Maxon and America, when he starts sharing with Eadlyn things about their past and a little something about his father, which did make sense to me, the guy was awful, but I wouldn't say that it was relevant though.

It all felt kind of rushed... The rest of the selection, Eadlyn suddenly being more responsible over night, her choosing a husband... Even the announcement where she lets people know which guy she picked. I don't think it took her longer than a couple of minutes.

Also, there's no character development to be seen. When I finished reading, I thought I'd be happy to know that Eadlyn (apparently) found the love of her life, or that I got to (kind of) meet America's and Maxon's new family... But no, I didn't feel a thing. I didn't even remember half of the boys!... I don't know those boys, I never knew those boys.

Even the characters from the trilogy felt so OOC. I let it slide in The Heir, but I just couldn't stand it anymore in this book.

And that epilogue... What??

Oh well, at least Eadlyn stopped behaving like a brat.



Have you read this series? What are your thoughts on the last couple of books?

Thank you for reading! Bye-Bye! 

18 comments:

  1. wow! Your rating is low. Though love your review!

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    1. Haha yes, I didn't enjoy this one as much.
      I'm glad you liked it! :)

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  2. Oh no! I haven't been seeing promising reviews for this one at all. Everyone seems to think the series has been dragged out for way too long and that this one contained a whole lot of nothing. It doesn't sound believable at all :(

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    1. Yes! I actually didn't mind there being two more books, but I changed my opinion after reading them. They could have been really good, I think they had potential, but, like you said, this just contained a whole lot of nothing :/

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  3. Hmm, I've been seeing a lot of 2 star reviews of this book. Should I even bother reading it? I mean, I've read the rest of the series and I want to know how it ends, but I feel like I need to arm myself before I do... Great review!
    Erika @ Books, Stars, and the Pages in Between

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    1. I think you could still read it and see how it all ends, it's pretty short and can be read in just a couple of days (even less if you've got the time). But I'd recommend not expecting too much haha, although maybe you'll enjoy it and your low expectations might make you like it even more! :D Hahaha

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  4. Oh no...sorry you didn't love this one! I've heard so many things about this series, both good & bad...so far I've had to urge to read it. Too bad on the character development, I know that can make or break a book.

    Hope you enjoy your next book much more than this one Carla! :)

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    1. Yeah, it was a real shame :/ I did enjoy the first three books though.
      Thank you, Miranda! :)

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  5. I didn't feel a thing either! I really wish I hadn't read this one and The Heir. I'm just going to pretend they don't exist.

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    1. Haha yes, the best we can do is pretend this never happened.

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  6. I disliked this book so so much! I felt like the character shift in Eadlyn was basically instantaneous and that the romance and selection ended way too quickly. The writing was lackluster, and the plot was basically more ridiculous than usual. The romance was not a surprise at all either! I knew from the start.

    Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books

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    1. Yes! She wasn't like this in the first book! I guess that what happened to America made her change, but it was still too much. I also felt things were kind of wrong from the start haha, you just saw it coming! D: Such a shame, really.

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    2. Ahah, I had missed reading your reviews Carla 😊

      I agree with you, the trilogy was really entertaining, I loved Maxon. The third book should have been the last one, there was a happy ending and all, I don't understand why there was a sequel to it. I had the Heir on my to-read list for a while but then removed it after reading so many negative reviews...
      Is this one supposed to be the last one in the series ?!

      "Book Addict"

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    3. Omg hey! Yes, I saw you're back now :D haha

      Yes!! There was a happy ending and it was great! I've seen a lot of people say these last two were just written for the money :/ I don't know... But I certainly wasn't a fan.

      And with so many negative reviews, I suppose this could actually be the last one in the series.

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  7. I haven't read The One or these spin-off books, but I LOVED the first two books as "happy" guilty pleasure reads. Regardless of the flaws (which are present in books one and two as well), I'm still hopefully I'll enjoy these novels, too. So sorry they weren't good picks for you. :/ That's never what bookworm likes to discover.

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    1. I loved those as well! And The One was also really good, but I don't know what happened with the last two :/ Seriously, it felt like a whole different series. I do hope you enjoy them though!!

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