Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
I can’t believe I am writing this down, but the last book in The Selection Series may have been the best one out of the bunch. I still believe that the author did milk the cow with the series after she wrote The One. The Heir and The Crown could have been one book, but that’s just me. Funny thing is that I started The Crown while I was working out in the gym, but I end up reading it in one sitting.
Eadlyn was a much better character in this book. She completely changed her personality, and I didn’t feel like she was the same character compared to the previous book. I enjoyed Eadlyn far more. Eadlyn realizes that she has to put her kingdom above all else, even if it means sacrificing her happiness. Eadlyn wants to make up for her past actions and she grows stronger. She tries to focus what is best for her country, even though everyone does not have faith in her. No one gives Eadlyn enough credit for her liberal actions when she tries to create balance within her empire. Eadlyn has great character development, and I still prefer her more than America. Though she did make some questionable decisions.
There is also an unnecessary minor villain that is introduced in this book. His name is Marid, but I kept reading Madrid. Ha ha. He could of been introduced in The Heir. He did remind me of Hans from Frozen. From the moment he was introduced, I knew he was up to no good. And sadly, Ahren hardly made an appearance in this last book.
As for Eadlyn’s selection, I wished there were a bit more moments between Eadlyn and her suitors. When I first reviewed The Heir, I really liked Henri and Eikko (Erik). Let’s just say that Henri is just as wonderful in this book. He is still by far my favorite contestant from the selection. He’s a sweet guy that cares deeply for Eadlyn and Eikko. I’m glad that Kile and Eadlyn have each other’s backs. There was one shocking moment in the book that involves two selection candidates. I wasn’t expecting it. One of my minor complaints from this book was that the relationship was a tad rushed towards the end. I would have liked a slow paced development from the beginning. Ever since reading The Heir last year, I had a feeling that Eadlyn’s choice was going to be a certain character, and boy was I right.
“Maybe it’s not the first kisses that are supposed to be special. Maybe it’s the last ones.”
This last book was very entertaining, but it does have it’s faults. I’ve mentioned earlier that The Heir & The Crown could have been easily combined and shortened down. There were some dull moments throughout the book, this books doesn’t focus heavily on the romance but more on Eadlyn’s rise to power. It’s the only book in the Selection Series that I have given a four star rating.
Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️