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The Crown (The Selection) Paperback – August 1, 2017
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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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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.
While I have to say I was rooting for Kile, I would have been satisfied with anyone whose development would make sense, but that didn't happen. Erik always made sense as an option, but the way Kiera Cass pursued this left me absolutely unsatisfied. Erik, as written previously, could have been a love interest, but there was nothing ever suggesting they were more than friends. Little hints could have been sprinkled, but there wasn't. The reader makes all the work and predictions for them to be together, because it's an obvious route. They didn't have romantic or sexual tension, but instictively it's obvious that someone not in the selection could have been a possibility. Yet this also meant the reality of the couple was very much tied with the way this book would set it up. It should have been a concrete hint from the absolute get go. Instead, there was a lot more development with Kile culminating to a confession that they liked each other. At this point, it seemed obviously to me that it was OK they weren't in love. It was far too early for that and Edalyn isn't the type of character to suddenly change. She's more of a grows over time type....or so I thought. about 3/4ths into the book, she suddenly decides she's in love with Erik and always has been (WHAT?????). She doesn't just like him, she LOVES him. They kiss and then shortly after she chooses to marry him. (They kind of were one in the same revelations.) Does anyone else see how lazy that is? She has this touching raw moment with Kile and built up moments spanning the previous book and half of this one and then bam all of a sudden it's Erik and it's always been Erik. WTF There isn't even resolution on how the country will react to this or the political upheaval that has been the focus of the main plot of this book. Don't even get me started on Marid. I want to be clear I am not mad Erik was picked, I mad at the way he was picked. He was an obvious option but it was badly done. No build up or growth. Not even much character development. Kile was my first choice because I felt he had more chemistry and made more sense. I loved Henri more than Kile actually, but for Edalyn, Kile was that perfect other half. I could see him as King, but I can't see Erik being at all capable of royalty. It wasn't built into his character. There was no set up for him to be a successful pick and it is frustrating that there was all this groundwork lent to Kile's success but Erik just gets a fifth of a book to kiss and marry. Most of the end was filled with a dialogue between Edalyn and her dad so the couple truly didn't get much time to grow or anything.
I have so many negative feelings about this book, and I really liked the previous ones. It feels so disappointing and leaves me a as a former fan. I don't want to admit to people I use to like this series, because this book was just so badly done. Kiera Cass got so lazy, and I never want to give her my money again. She had one job, and she couldn't even do it right or decent.
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