Thursday, July 6, 2017

Review: The Crown

Source: Audible

The Crown by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #5
Genre: Dystopia, YA
Length: 7 hours and 12 minutes
Narrator: Brittany Pressley
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When Eadlyn became the first princess of IllĂ©a 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.
My Rating:
Eadlyn must finally pick a suitor out of the Elites.  But first she must deal with the turmoil of her mother's ill health while taking on more responsibility in running the country without her twin brother by her side to keep her grounded.

On the story...
Soooo... I love this series so I prolonged this one as long as possible because I didn't want the series to be over.  I definitely enjoyed this one. BUT I believe the earlier books in the series carried this one.  The plot seemed rushed toward the end.  You don't make such huge decisions about your entire country without talking it out with someone or without thinking about it just a little bit (and I'm not referring to her choice of suitors).  As for who she chose, I saw that one coming but the way it was handled was a complete cop out.  I really don't like to include spoilers in my reviews so it is difficult to go into too much difficult.  Eadlen never had to make any difficult decisions.  It felt like Ms. Cass was avoidng anything that would make Eadlen look superficial.

But I love the writing, the characters, and that the reader was give the chance to see the "after" of America's story.  Even in this one, I was so grateful to hold on to the characters just a tad bit longer.

On the narrator...
I enjoyed Ms. Pressley immensely and would seek out other audios narrated by her.  I'd recommend this entire series on audio as well.

If you are are already feeling lukewarm about Eadlen or the series, this one does no favors.  As a diehard fan, I loved it despite my frustration with the quick wrap-up.
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