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The Crown (The Selection) Hardcover – May 3, 2016
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Which Suitor Should Eadlyn Pick in The Crown?
In The Heir, a new era dawned in the world of The Selection. Twenty years have passed since America Singer and Prince Maxon gave us the ship to sink all other ships, and their daughter, Eadlyn, is the first princess to hold a Selection of her own.
Princess Eadlyn didn’t think she would find her true love among the Selection’s thirty-five suitors. But now she must make The Ultimate Choice (no pressure) in The Crown.
Who do you think Princess Eadlyn will choose? Let’s dish on some of our faves!
*Total cutie, for sure. Has the Boy Next Door (or Boy In The Castle) appeal.
*Talk about a fairy tale ending, too: marrying the person you’ve known since childhood? It could be fate.
*Is it too easy, though? Do you think Princess Eadlyn would be interested in more of a challenge? Only time will tell . . . .
*He went in confident, which you know Eadlyn respects. Weakness = nah.
*Definitely a stud, knows how to present himself.
*Do Ean and Eadlyn have the “it” factor? Not sure. He might be too cocky for her, and we all know the spotlight belongs to the princess.
*Every girl loves an accent. Even a princess.
*He’s totally into Eadlyn. He defended her from the wild crowds during the parade, swatting away anything that tried to hit the princess. Talk about a knight in shining armor! #chivarlyisnotdead
*But not gonna lie, the language barrier is an issue. If Princess Eadlyn can’t speak openly with Henri, will they ever connect?
*Totally charming, totally poised, and comes from an elite family.
*Proving himself to Eadlyn every day is one of his goals—swoon! And knowing Princess Eadlyn, this is probably a good strategy, since she’s not one to enjoy complacency.
*Still, no one is that Is he really in this for Princess Eadlyn, or is he after something else?
*He’s sympathetic to the pressure placed on Princess Eadlyn, which no one else really acknowledges.
*Super polite, polished, and knows his manners – all qualities required for royalty.
*Is he super memorable? I’m not sure. But he could be a quiet, solid support for the Princess.
*Tan, blonde, handsome, and a good team player. What’s not to like?
*His easygoing nature compliments Princess Eadlyn’s more, uhm, ardent behavior.
*Fox retaliated against Burke, which was not a great show of his emotional control. But was it impressive to the Princess that he stands up for himself? Or does he come across as a hothead?
From School Library Journal
“Reality T.V. meets dystopian fairy tale in Kiera Cass’s delightful debut. Charming, captivating, and filled with just the right amount of swoon!” (Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy)
“An engrossing tale reminiscent of Shannon Hale’s Princess Academy and Ally Condie’s Matched. Fairy-tale lovers will lose themselves in America’s alternate reality and wish that the next glamorous sequel were waiting for them.” (School Library Journal)
“Deliciously entertaining.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Cass’s immensely readable debut novel is a less drastic Hunger Games, with elaborate fashion and trappings. The fast-paced action will have readers gasping for the upcoming sequel.” (ALA Booklist)
“A cross between The Hunger Games (minus the bloodsport) and The Bachelor (minus the bloodsport), this trilogy launch is a lot of fun. Cass deftly builds the chemistry between America and Maxon, while stroking the embers of America’s first, forbidden love.” (Publishers Weekly)
- Lexile Measure : 670L
- Grade Level : 8 - 9
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062392174
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062392176
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.97 x 8.25 inches
- Reading level : 13 - 17 years
- Publisher : HarperTeen; First Edition (May 3, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #112,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Eady came across as a jerk, sending eleven contenders home without even giving them a chance. The whole thing was pretty predictable. Right from the start, I was thinking, "I bet it's going to be Erik" So cliche… of course it had to be the only one not actually competing. I would have stopped reading halfway through The Heir, but I was still holding out hope that Eadlyn would end up with Kile. Cass actually built up that part of the storyline quite well, to the point I was convinced it would be Kile. But then suddenly, BAM, Erik exists and Eady's in love with him. That annoyed me because there was no indication that they were anything more than close friends previously. Kile, though… Eady had so many "moments" with him, but then she decides she loves him, but not LOVE love. So she decides to marry the guy who isn't even in the selection, which is so, so cliche. To clarify, I'm not that annoyed that Erik was chosen, just the WAY he was chosen. And Marid…don't even get me started on Marid. So unnecessary. Overall, these two were disappointing additions to an otherwise great series. Read the first three for sure, but I wouldn't bother with the last two.
I'm someone who LOVED The Selection series, and waited impatiently for each book. And while many of my friends/family didn't care for Eadlyn and "The Heir," I loved it! I was heavily rooting for one of the suitors (turns out to be the same one all of Illea was rooting for) loving their fairy tale potential.
Because I love romances where the hero/heroine don't like one another (or as in this case, are openly hostile to one another!) and end up falling in love. And we were well on our way down that path in the first book, with Kile getting kisses and attention and much more from Eadlyn.
Sadly, and I don't know why she did this or what Cass was hoping to accomplish, but it all got blown to hell. After standing close to translator Erik (for useless character Henri that shouldn't have been kept around as long as he was. So ridiculous to imagine that Eadlyn could marry a man she literally couldn't even speak to), in a moment Eadlyn knows SOULMATES ARE REAL and LOVE IS REAL and ERIK IS THE ONE.
Just like that. Boom.
Kile is totally out of the picture (because Eadlyn loves him, but she doesn't love love him) and it felt forced and fake and like it was thrown in as Cass's attempt at PLOT TWIST! It was poorly done and poorly executed and I find myself feeling extremely frustrated and let down. Maybe it was supposed to be an obstacle? With Erik not being part of the Selection? Which would be a dumb reason, because Kile had inherent obstacles and issues built in with his background, family and desires for his future that could have created all sorts of problems they would have had to conquer together.
Another issue is that despite this being a romance at heart, there's not actually any romance. At all. Eadlyn is juggling all her suitors, not having any real or honest feelings for any of them (until that MOMENT with Erik, of course). It's very unlike The Selection where America has to deal with her feelings for her old boyfriend and her potential ones for Maxon. Only two suitors. Which gave us a chance for Maxon and America to fall in love, and for us to see it.
Eadlyn has dozens of potential beaus. As I began this book, it took me a while to remember who was who and why she even liked them (except for Kile). Her attention was spread too thin, and I found her falling in love totally unbelievable and forced and as I've mentioned repeatedly, was very disappointing.
If you liked "The Heir" and were rooting for Kile, I'd suggest not reading this book and pretending it all turned out the way you wanted it to. I wish I had.
The author should renegotiate her contract and know that her audience will support her efforts to get a better editorial process in place, grow her world, and get paid for her very promising work.
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However, I found that not a great deal happened in this novel and the ending was more predictable than the conclusion of the previous novels. I really enjoyed the first three novels with America as the protagonist but unfortunately, The Heir and The Crown spoiled this series a little. I think it was a good idea to discover and explore America's and Maxon's lives after their selection and focus on the next generation. However, the next generation books could not and did not match the standards that the first three novels had set.
Overall, The Heir and The Crown are a nice two book addition to the series but they are not essential. I have enjoyed this series and it is a shame to give the concluding book a low rating. I would recommend this series to those who enjoy dystopian novels with a unique twist.
I didn’t love ‘The Heir’ but didn’t want to leave the story unfinished. Not a huge amount happens in this book and it is much shorter than the others *spoilers* but as the title suggests Eadlyn becomes the queen. She spent most of the first book complaining about how 7 minutes made the difference in her life and how she envies her brothers their freedom yet willingly suggests her father abdicates to allow her to become queen.
America’s heart attack just seemed far too convenient and a silly ploy to give Maxon a reason to want to abdicate. I found this whole storyline completely unbelievable. As someone with personal experience of heart issues in their family I find it very unrealistic that a queen with access to the best health care and a hospital in their own home who has already lost her father and sister at a young age, would not have been tested for faults with her heart regularly or monitored regularly and been treated to avoid such a thing happening. Although a fit and healthy 38 year old woman having a heart attack isn’t impossible, I just didn’t buy it. That being said Maxon’s reaction to America was the only time I felt even the slightest emotion reading this novel.
As for the ending. Who knows what to say. I had a vague feeling at the start of ‘The Heir’ that Eadlyn would choose someone out with the selection yet who she finally ends up with came out of absolutely no where. Everything at the start suggested she would pick Kile. The animosity they had, his reluctance to stay in the palace. That would have all made for a more interesting story. Her falling for him despite knowing that he doesn’t want to be there and doesn’t even like her would have added a bit of much needed drama and tension.
As for the villain. Utterly predictable. Again this character came out of nowhere. Again if Eadlyn had perhaps been so willing to get out of the selection she turned to Marid seeing him as a way out, letting her hair down, being more wild and free and open with him only to find out that he was using her all along forcing her to open her eyes and see what’s been in front of her the whole time would for me have been a much more interesting if perhaps cliched read.
I can see that Keira Cass was trying to create a different type of character and to make Eadlyn a strong character but she forgot that above all she had to be likeable and relatable to the reader and she wasn’t. I wanted to feel something, anything about any of the boys in the selection but there was no chemistry with any of them.
A very rushed book that was poorly thought out and a disappointing end to this world. I wish I’d just stopped with the selection trilogy and finished it on a high.
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.
This author has had me reading day and night and I could never be more grateful
I stopped reading recently and this series had finally got me back to my self something I thought would take me longer arhat imaginable
I highly recommend this series
I am literally in tears as I have to say goodbye to theses characters as there were like like best friends.
I am going to continue looking out for this author in the future as I think I will never forget theses books. Thank you so much
I have Missed reading for years and you have helped me find that piece of me that I thought was gone forever.
I love you and I love this series
Oh and long live Ilea