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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
Gr 9 Up—The series comes to a conclusion with this installment. The first three volumes, The Selection, The Elite, and The One, followed America Singer as she was chosen to be one of 35 girls to participate in the Selection—a competition to win the heart of Prince Maxon—and made her way to the top six and eventually was named the winner. The fourth book, The Heir, introduced their grown daughter, Eadlyn, who has lived for years hearing stories about her parents' fairy-tale romance but has no intention of repeating their history. However, she is eventually forced to take part in her very own Selection, choosing between 35 eligible young men to be her prince. The last book will reward die-hard fans with Eadlyn's final choice—whether they agree with it or not. Purchase where the series has been popular among teens.
PRAISE FOR THE SELECTION SERIES: “A real page-turner. Romance, royalty, and revolution in a reality-show format serve Cass’ boldly rendered heroine well in her quest for justice and love.” (ALA Booklist)
“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)
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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.
If you read my review for the last book, I pretty much guessed how it would end, but I am sure many were generally surprised at her choice while reading this? I am not sure (I haven't read any reviews myself yet, but now that I finished it, I will see what others stated).
Eadlyn had been getting to know her Selection better in this book, but I feel like she really didn't spend much time with them at all even if things were a bit chaotic in the kingdom. If I compare this to the first three books, I think there was more of a romantic development shown between Eadlyn's parents than these last two books did in regards to her own relationships with the guys.
It wasn't a bad book, I just feel like this left me with too many questions. At the very end of the book certain things were revealed by Maxon to his daughter that do not really even make sense from when reading the first three books and the in between stories. I am just a little let down by the way this story's development went.
It all pretty much vomited up at the end. I think this book needed another 100-250 pages included.
I recommend readers to just stop after the third book.
Book 4 showed Eadlyn as a totally unlikable character, but you knew that this story would show her growing as a person into a leader her country (and us as readers) would love. The crown was more about her journey to find herself and her place in the monarchy than about her selection and finding a mate.
I was surprised how the book ended but I wasn't disappointed. This was a great end to the series.
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.