Published May 3rd 2016
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 read The Selection a really long time ago, when it first came out. Like, it was probably the first book I ever pre-ordered. I loved it and the next two books. They were so much fun and I couldn’t get enough. If I had read them now, I don’t think I would like them as much but I’m sure I would still enjoy them. I read The Heir as soon as it was released and I hated it. I didn’t even finish it.
I hated Eadlyn so much. She was awful and I hated her so so much. My best friend practically begged me to reread it and give it a second chance. I did and I somehow manged to read the whole thing. I still hated it. But I bought The Crown anyway. To be honest, 99% of the reason I bought it was because I wanted to own the complete series. I didn’t really plan on reading The Crown but I picked it up one night and, by some miracle, I read it in one sitting.
I was still bitter from The Heir when I started The Crown but I don’t know if it’s because I was in the right mood for reading this book or what but it slowly started to grow on me. Around 200 pages in, I tentatively acknowledged that I kind of didn’t hate this book.
Overall, I’m surprised that I didn’t hate this book. The Crown is, in my opinion, a massive improvement from The Heir. I still don’t like it as much as the original Selection but I enjoyed The Crown. I wasn’t really expecting how it ended but I liked how it ended. And I think the series ended on a pretty good note. If you hate The Heir with a burning passion like I do, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend The Crown but I don’t think it’s a complete waste of time.