Quick Review: The Crown by Kiera Cass

the crown So this is the final book in the series.  I think. I thought the same thing about the The One but I think this is really it.  I am grateful that this was only a duology and not a trilogy because while it was entertaining I feel it also ran it’s course.  I liked that it flipped the original plot on it’s head by having the Princess being the one to choose instead of being one of the choices.  Eadlyn, the Princess of Iliea is faced with many challenges for one being unliked by her people.  She is thought of as being cold and standoffish and inexperienced and she is a little bit of all of that but what stuck me is that this is the same criticism that many women in power have faced.  What I didn’t like about this book is that despite all of the self affirming moments in this book.  She finds that she is stronger then she thought.  She gains new perspective on not just her life but that of her peoples but in the end, it’s about who she is going to marry.  That is the whole point of the Selection.  To find the Princess a husband. In the first book, the selection was supposed to be a distraction and by the King more time to figure out how to handle the unrest but as the selection went on, it became more about making her more likable and then how to secure her crown when an outside threat emerges.  Sort of Spoilerish but not really, I think we all knew she was going to find her true love but  I really wished that by end she would realize that she didn’t have to actually get engaged.  That she could find her soul mate and say this is man I am going to marry some day but right now, I’m still a teenager and I want to live a little before I settle down.  That would have been a kick ass ending but this is a sort of fairy tale so you know.  I don’t want you all to think I didn’t enjoy this book or the series as a whole because I did but I think it could have been so much more.  And for what’s it’s worth, the guy she picked was my pick too so there is that.  I’ll be interested to read what Kiera Cass does to follow this one up.

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