Mar 14, 2017
Title: The Crown
Author: Kiera Cass
Format: AudiobookPublication Date: May 3, 2016
Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Source: Overdrive Library
When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.
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.
The Crown was definitely an improvement over the previous book. Eadlyn finally starts to wise up that not everything is okay. This character was SO annoying in the first book, but she definitely improved over the course of this one. She still had her moments, but at least she was actively striving not to be such a whiny waste of space. She also did a better job of managing her position and being open to the people around her. It finally allowed people to see that she had a heart, and even more importantly it showed her that she had one. After this book, I’m not convinced that she realized it was okay to care about non family members. Still it was nice to see growth, even if she still was quite selfish.
In the first book, I thought I knew where the romance was going to go and it seemed so obvious so I was pleasantly surprised when it veered off and took an unexpected turn. That being said, I felt like the love interest was waaaaaay to good for Eadlyn. Not that she didn’t deserve someone amazing, but this person was just so kind and unassuming that it struck me as an odd relationship. It could be why it works, but it was just like the opposite of the kind of person I would have expected her to pick.
There was also a sub plot I could have done without that made the book feel hurried and rushed when it really didn’t need too. The pressure on Eadlyn to pick was already there, and I would have rather had her spend more time with each candidate and really feel like her choice made sense. I would give the book 3.5 out of 5 stars.
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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“Love. Like clothes, I had guessed it was something that fit no two people exactly the same way. I was still unsure what the word looked like for me, but I sensed that sooner or rather than later, it would be fully defined. All that remained to be seen was if I could be satisfied with the definition.”