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

The Crown (The Selection #5) by Kiera Cass
Published May 3rd, 2016 by HarperCollins
RRP AUD $16.99
★★★ (Please don’t hate me)

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.



Please don’t get me wrong, I adore Kiera Cass and loved the main 3 books in the Selection series, but I just didn’t love The Crown as much. I had such high expectations for the additional two books (The Heir and The Crown), and while The Heir wasn’t too bad, The Crown just fell short of my expectations. The story pace was pretty good, up until the last couple chapters where I felt it was much too rushed and I didn’t really feel like there was a point where I was sitting on the edge of my seat, like I was when I was reading The One.
I did love the character development though, Eadlyn has grown so much and is much nicer in this book. The Schreave brothers! I loved them, especially Ahren, he was so lovely and I was so upset when he left in the last book. I also loved the character interactions, and some of the pairings were so cute my heart hurt, but ultimately I wasn’t happy with the ending. I just didn’t feel like there was any sort of chemistry between them and thought it felt relatively forced. Additionally, it was hard to see any kind of chemistry with Eadlyn and the Selected, since the book does’t really seem to be focused on the actual Selection.
I know my review is relatively negative, but I really overall enjoy reading the book, I was just bothered by those few things. If you’ve read and enjoyed the original trilogy (The Selection, The Elite and The One), I wouldn’t say it’s necessary to read The Heir and The Crown.
What are your thoughts? Comment below!


I am a graduate of Radford University with a B.S. in History. I grew up in South Carolina and currently live in Christiansburg, Virginia with my electrical engineer hubby, car-obsessed son, and princess-loving daughter. I’m a #1 New York Times bestseller, woohoo! I’m also a valued customer at my local cupcake shop.

Things I hate:
When people fail to use turn signals, flying, salads.

Things I love:
Office supplies, boy bands, desserts.

6 thoughts on “Review: The Crown (The Selection #5) by Kiera Cass

  1. My thoughts were fairly negative as well. Loved the first three books, not of fan of the last two. I agree that the heir had potential, but the crown was just WAY to fast. I won’t repeat all my comments here, but check out my blog post on the series for affirmation that you’re not alone! Haha

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  2. I am worried about reading this. I enjoyed the original series, but I didn’t gush about it. These spinoffs are often not as good as the original and that has me undecided. I did enjoy her other novel… And the title of that has just left my brain. Dang

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