This review was originally posted on 14/05/16 however due to me receiving a review copy of the book, I have decided to re-post the review. The content of the review has remained the same.
Oh My God It is finally here, the final installment of The Selection series!! I don’t know how I feel about that to be honest. I don't think anything will compare to the original Selection, but this mini spin-off duology has been amazing. I only wish it had of been a trilogy as I feel like so much was cut out to ensure it fit into two. But any who, The Crown had to be my most anticipated book of 2016 and it definitely did not disappoint. By no means was it perfect, and it definitely did not go in the direction I originally thought it would, but it was a really good conclusion to an amazing series.
Those who didn't like Eadlyn in The Heir will be happy to hear that she had some major character development in The Crown! A lot of people don’t like Eadlyn because of her selfishness and arrogance but that definitely changes in The Crown. It was like she was a completely different person. She had compassion, she cared about things other than herself, she grew more mature, and she was forced to actually take responsibility for her actions for once. It was fantastic!
Surprisingly enough I was hoping for a little more action in this book. In the original trilogy you see a lot of action with the rebels and with Marlee, Aspen and the whole massacre thing but you get nothing like that in The Crown. There was a little bit of excitement at random points throughout the book, but for the most part, it was focused on (SPOILERS) Eadlyn learning to take her role as Regent, taking over the throne and narrowing down the selection.
I do wish we got to see more relationship building. I understand it would have been hard to do as the story was only a duology rather than a trilogy, but I feel a lot of the political stuff could have been left out to include more romance. Also, so much time was spent with Eadlyn being so confused about what she wanted to do that by the time she realised, nearly three quarters of the book was gone.
Having said that, I loved how the romance came about and I loved her final decision. I don’t think I can say much more without giving anything away but I'll discuss it in the spoilery part at the end.
I don’t really know what to say to be honest. My favourite series has come to an end so my feels are all over the place right now! Of course there were several things that I would have preferred differently, but I can definitely see why some things happened and I think as a whole it did not take away from my enjoyment of the book. So overall, I am very happy with how this series ended (particularly after reading the bonus epilogue) it was all wrapped up nicely and I feel sufficiently satisfied :)
Would I recommend? YES!
For fans of: The Selection Series (find my reviews for the series here)
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
So, there is a bonus epilogue. BUT that was only available in the Barnes and Noble editions in America! How ridiculous/unfair is that?!?!? It added so much closure to the story I don't understand why they would make it a special thing only available to a limited amount of people? Either way, someone was kind enough to upload the epilogue, so if you would like to read that (which if you've read The Crown I would suggest because otherwise you're not really getting the whole story are you?) you can find it here. And if you did read it (SPOILERS) is anyone else confused as to why it was all about Josie? It would make sense if there was going to be a spin-off series about her but I don’t think that’s the case, so I’m just confused. I still loved it though don't get me wrong!
I never thought I would say this but I loved the way everything turned out. From book 1 (as in The Heir) I considered myself #team Kile, I would not budge. If you’re friends with me on Goodreads you would have seen that throughout most of this book I was still firmly #teamKile. But as I got further into it I realised there was no real reason for them to get together. She barely interacted with any of the suitors if I’m honest, but I can’t say I was surprised when she got with Erik. In book one I felt like it was between Kile and Erik but I thought for SURE she would end up with Kile because of their history and everything. I still don't think that we got enough relationship building between Eadlyn and Erik. I don't know, I have a lot to say about this but I feel like this is getting really long. But I honestly think that Cass was pushing readers to be on #teamKile in The Heir so that the reveal in The Crown would have more of an effect.
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: May 2016
Format: eBook, 273 pages
Genre: YA, Fantasy/Dystopian/Romance
Acquired from: iBooks
*I have since been sent a physical copy for review purposes. The content of this review has remained unchanged.
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