Review: The Crown by Kiera Cass

This weekend, I was a mess. There is a reason I don’t read sad books. They affect me far too much emotionally and I am miserable while reading them. Or, in this case, listening to it. If it weren’t for the happy ending, I would have skipped this book entirely. 90% of it was just sad.

The Crown is the final book in the Selection Series by Kiera Cass. Thanks to a migraine, listening to  this was about the only thing I accomplished on Saturday. Books 1-3 revolved around the Selection of Princess Eadlyn’s parents and book four picked up Eadlyn’s story. The final book completes the series. The series is sort of a “Cinderella” meets the Bachelor/Bachelorette.

The Crown (The Selection) by Kiera Cass
Published by: HarperCollins Publishers
May 3, 2016

The Story

Princess is in the middle of her Selection, still unsure that she’ll find the same kind of love her parents have. Her mother is in critical condition after having a heart attack and may not live. Unrest forces the Princess to step up the Selection, to take on more responsibility running the country and to try and repair her “spoiled brat” image with the public. And, another tries to take over her crown.

My Favorite Parts

Frankly, my only favorite part is the ending. The rest is just one tragedy after another.

The Great

Eadlyn is far more likable in this book than she was in the previous book. There is one heart wrenching scene later in the book that made it very hard to not like her.

The suspense of whether or not she would fall in love with any of the Selection candidates was good. There are hints along the way about what happens, but it’s not revealed towards the end. And a happy ending isn’t certain.

The Not So Great

There is too much tragedy in one book. The happy ending is bittersweet.

There isn’t as much buildup to some of what happens as there was in the previous three books. Cass might have been better off stretching Eadlyn’s story over three books instead of cramming it into two.

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