Rating: ***** Suggested Age: 12
Summary: “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.” (Summary found on Goodreads).
When I finished The Crown, I felt tears well up in my eyes. The ending to this wonderful series could not have made me any happier. It wrapped up so nicely and the character development with Eadlyn was spot on. I didn’t expect her to change so much or so well. I had also made predictions, coming into this book, about who Eadlyn would end up with. I’m not going to say anymore, except that I was right and very pleased.
My only issue with this book is that I wish it was longer. It was only 289 pages and the shortest of the entire series. I wish I got to see a little more of everything. However, this wasn’t enough of a complaint to warrant a lower rating. This book was flawless in all the important aspects.
Kiera Cass writes simply. I wouldn’t say that her writing is at all challenging or confusing. Her stories are easy, vacation reads that don’t involve much thought. They’re light-hearted (for the most part) and that is what I like about them. Her books are a break from the “saving the world” trope that is all too common in young adult literature.
I highly recommend these books, especially if you want fluffy romance.
Here are three of my favorite quotes!!
“Maybe it’s not the first kisses that are supposed to be special. Maybe it’s the last ones.” -page 159, Kile to Eadlyn. This is one of the most amazing quotes I have ever read. It’s so true and so perfect…
“Love. Like clothes, I had guessed it was something that fit no two people exactly the same way.” -page 186, Eadlyn. This is so accurate; I couldn’t help but write it down.
“There is no shame in loving who you love.” -page 196. I would say who said this, but that might count as a spoiler. I recommend you read this to find out!