Book Review: The Crown (Selection #5) by Kiera Cass

Non Spoilery:

So this is the “fifth” book in this series (in my mind it really is the second book in the spinoff series from the original selection series) but that being said you have a lot of catching up to do if you haven’t read the series yet so go read them and then come back once you’re caught up and lets discuss!

Spoilers Ahead!

So I really liked The Selection when I stumbled upon it. Then The Elite was good, not great but good and then The One ended up not being what we all hoped for in a conclusion. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great because America was just being stupid the whole time and she is honestly one of the most frustrating narrators to read because you just want to shake her, scream at her or slap her 99% of the time.

That being said her daughter, who stars in this unexpected wrap up of the series is 100 times worse. She makes America look like the most sane decision maker ever. In The Heir she was unbearable. Like reading her character was actually painful. So right off the bat in The Crown she was a million times better. It was great to see her taking Ahren’s letter to heart and actively being kinder to people. I love that she actually appoints Neena as he lady in waiting and that her and Josie sort things out. She really steps up as a leader in the scenes with the Council. She’s not coldhearted but proves she can be a good leader. And even with the Elite she’s more open with them.

Now the book was good, not great. For some reason just like with The One the ending felt rushed and it felt like certain things did not really get wrapped up. Just like in The One when we find out her dad is a rebel or where they decide at the very end to get rid of the Castes. In The One none of that ever gets well developed. Same with when Eadlyn decides to make the country a constitutional monarchy in the last chapter. She just drops that bomb on us and that’s the end of that. We never hear the country’s reaction to her picking someone not in the selection or the reaction to their change in government. We never get to see what comes of the letter to get Neena’s boyfriend relocated closer either which is not a big deal but it would have been nice.

Now for her actual selection, did anyone else think that Erik was going to win because I was suspicious. What I liked was when her and Kile had a conversation about how “it wasn’t love yet but it was something” because I liked that she wouldn’t admit that she could easily fall head over heels for someone that quickly. I liked that approach. How she was a strong woman, surrounded by other strong women who didn’t let the idea that she could create this fairy tale romance with a bunch of random men. I loved the scene in the advisors meeting when she accused her advisor of calling her emotional and equating it with her being female. But in the end I didn’t like that all of a sudden she was completely head over heels for Erik, who she had never spent any one on one time with. I wouldn’t of minded if she had admitted there was something there, or it may have been love, but just the way she jumped in with both feel to the “I FOUND THE LOVE OF MY LIFE” train felt a little forced.

Like I said it was good, and definitely redeemed her abysmal character from The Heir but like The One I find the ending left something to be desired. Also things always wrap up to conveniently. In The One the king dies, so they never have to deal with his approval of America as Queen, Anne dies so we never have to worry about that Lucy and her like Ledger. In this one, Hale and Ean end up being gay for each other which eliminated 2 right when it was getting down to things and Marin sort of gets “wrapped up nicely” with the constitutional monarchy situation. What’s to stop him from becoming the prime minister? The people love him, they’d vote for him and then he’d have more power than her.

One things I did like was at the end when Maxom lists out all the traitorous things the family has done. I wish he and America had been more honest with their kids about what when on during their selection because a lot of important moments happened. I wish they’d told them the story about her getting shot, him almost picking someone else like an idiot, general ledges roll in all that, what a horrible person Maxom’s father was. I did love the bombshell that Lady Brice was actually Maxom’s half sister. I thought that was nice and when he mentioned he’d been keeping 2 traitors alive for 20 years I thought he was the second one and could not guess where the story was going.

All in all it was not bad, just not amazing. I would give it 3.5 stars out of 5. Also anyone else disappointed with that epilogue? Like we don’t even get anything after she picks Eikko? No wedding, no moment, nothing? I will say this though, these books have the most beautiful covers (although I wish they’d put her in the gold coronation dress on the cover. Also did anyone else thing the red dress she borrowed from America was the one she wore after Celeste and her fought because of the mention of the little sleeves?)Anyways, they are so beautiful and I didn’t notice until it was pointed out to me but the title always gives away the outcome. I never got The One meant it was obvious she would win (plus the fact that she was in a wedding dress on the front) just like I din’t get The Crown meant she would become Queen.

Share your thoughts, tell me what you liked and didn’t like!

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