title: The Crown
author: Kiera Cass
publication date: May 3rd, 2016
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.
!!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS !!!
Okay so lets start this review off with telling you how much I disliked Eadlyn – most of the time. I’ve never really been a huge fan of Eadlyn to be honest. If you think America was bad, let me tell you Eadlyn is even worse. She is such a little brat I can’t count the times I just wanted to slap her. I seriously wonder why Kiera Cass made her main characters like not loveable. I mean Eadlyn had a couple of good moments, moments when I thought that maybe she isn’t that bad but then something happend and well there she was again our favorite little selfish brat. I was really excited to read this book since even though neither I liked America that much nor Eadlyn I absolutely liked the story. I’m a total sucker for such girly and fun reads especially when it’s about royals, that’s just totally my thing. I mean what girl didn’t want to be a princess when she was little? I for sure wanted to be one. Another main reason why I kept up with the series was because I wanted to know how everyone from the original trilogy grew up to be.
But in all honesty, I was a little disappointed. I’m not saying the book was bad, well it wasn’t as good as the first three books tho but it wasn’t all bad either. Okay I have to admit it had its emotional moments and it made me shred some tears at certain moments but I expected so much more for a ending of a series. I mean just look how tiny it is, it has only like 278 pages. I expected some action, maybe some impressive twists, just something that would make the book thrilling and interesting and much more fun than it actually was.
Nothing really happened in The Crown. Absolutely nothing worthy or significant occured, like absolutely nothing. Okay there was the thing with Maxon stepping down but honestly? That was like the most unrealistic thing ever. I mean what king would give up his crown only because he was stressed out? Granted, his wife was sick and all that and he was worried and wanted to take care of her and yes, he was king for like 20 years since he had to take over the throne when he was really young but he is still young and why would he give up his duties only to let his daughter, who’s also only just a kid, run the country? I mean who would do that? Just look at the british royalty I mean Prince Charles is like how old? And he’s still a prince because the Queen is still able to fulfil her duties. But okay, it was his decision of course and when he think’s his bratty little daughter is able to run a country, fine with me.
The whole story seemed so rushed to me, especially the ending. And what really bothered me was like that she didn’t spend much time with all the suiters. Of course she went on dates, but only with like the main characters like Kile and Henri and Hale and that was it. I mean it was obvious that she wasn’t going to pick Ean or Fox or whoever. That was so much better in the first three books, there were so many possible choices for Maxon and it wasn’t for Eadlyn. I don’t want to be mean or anything but I felt like Kiera Cass really wasn’t in the mood to continue with this series anymore.
And then there was the thing with Hale and Ean and even though I love gay couples in books and I think it’s so important to include them in todays literature, also I think it’s amazing that same sex couples appear in books more and more here it just seemed like Kiera wanted something to make the book diverse so even though nobody would have ever thought Hale or Ean would be gay, all of a sudden Hale told Eadlyn that he was. I really love the thought of these two together and I absolutely wouldn’t mind reading stories only about them and their lives outside the palace after the Selection and after coming out but honestly? That just came out of nowhere and felt so forced.
What I really liked was to see how Maxon and America and all the other characters from the original trilogy developed. I am an absolute Maxon fangirl and it gave me all the feels imagining him being all grown up, king of Illea and married to America who once participated in a Selection herself. Also to meet Aspen again was so nice.
Also I fell in love with Erik. I mean I also loved Kile, I loved him from the very first second but Erik is just … Erik. He is so amazing and I just wished and hoped throughout the book that Eadlyn would end up with him somehow. So the last like 60 pages really made me so emotional. It gave me all the feels and I had to put the book down for a moment because – yes – I was crying real tears. I just grew on these characters so much, especially the side characters – reading this book made me feel like meeting up with some very old friends I haven’t seen in a while.
So as you can see, I’m not quite sure if I liked the book or if I didn’t. Like I said before, it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t that good either. I just expected so much more and I definitely didn’t expect only like 278 pages for the finale of a series. I know the amount of pages is not what makes a good or a bad book but this just seemed too rushed, nothing much happend and even though I finished the book in only like 3 days it was kind of boring from time to time. But still, it gave me all the feels and it made me very emotional, especially at the end so I guess I did like it, just not as much as I liked the first three books.
If you’ve read the book already, let me know what your thoughts are. I’m dying to know if there are more people who had these mixed feelings about this book.