I Hate This Book | The Crown

The Crown (The Selection, #5) by Kiera Cass
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release date: May 3rd, 2016
Genres: YA, Romance, Dystopian
Pages:  278
Source: Bought it
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.

This book is a lot of things. But predictable isn't one of them.

I read through this finale with a HUGE expectation because seriously, I've been waiting for it for a whole year! And well, I didn't exactly get what I wanted.

So, Eadlyn was still her usual self, composed and poised and all. but this time, she let her guards fall a little bit, since she was determined on finding a husband that meant letting someone past her walls completely. She still managed to put her strong woman facade in front of cameras and people. But the truth is, she was just a teenager with a huge responsibility on her shoulders.

I liked how she managed to find a way to spend time with each of the Selecteds (or, should I say, Elites). Everyone got enough screen time. We got to know more about each of them. And the fact that she had let her guards down made everything better. Because that means I didn't have to worry that she'd flee when someone asked her something personal.

I also liked how her family (her little brothers, precisely) got more screen time. They were both so adorable I wished they were mine. I adored Eadlyn's closeness with her family. Even though Ahren didn't appear as much as I'd like him to. He was one of my favorite characters, for God's sake!

The plot itself was actually interesting. As I said, it was unpredictable. Just as you think you got the hang of the story line, BAM! Something appears and smacks you in the face. The intimacy between the Elites and Eadlyn also didn't hurt.

However, I did think that, somehow,  just for the sake of making the story 'unpredictable', Kiera Cass overdid herself a little too much and rushed many things. Like, everything was okay and fine, then out of nowhere something happened and made me cringe and roll my eyes so hard.

I also felt like reading through somebody's eyes other than Eadlyn's. I don't know, I felt like it was too out of character. Maybe that was character development, but I like her old self better. She fell in love, sure, but that doesn't mean she had to be weak and so vulnerable. I felt like the person she actually fell in love with didn't exactly had that much chemistry with her, compared to other people.

You know what I think the source of all the problems was?


It was only 279 pages! Or less.

Eadlyn narrowed down 19 guys to 6 guys in the first five pages and the story felt rushed from then on.

I couldn't believe the romance that was happening. Sure, it was kinda romantic, but I found myself cringing at MANY parts and yelling for her and the guy to stop. I kept yelling at her to turn around and go to another guy. But that didn't happen, of course. 

The thing is, it's like all the romance and chemistry that happened in the first book ran down the drain the moment she had a high school crush on one of the boys. I mean, seriously? Kiera? You want me to buy that? I saw so many potential stories, and yet you chose to push all of those aside.

These asides, some things also made me uncomfortable.


They're supposed to be glorious and fairy-taleish. After all, it's maxerica we're talking about here. But, I found myself wanting to vomit every time Maxon pulled cheesy lines or made stupid jokes to flirt with America.

I still remember exactly how I felt when I finished  The Heir. It was one of the best books I've read in 2015. I remember feeling giddy and ecstatic and hopeful. But what I felt when I finished this book was...relieved that this series is FINALLY REALLY OVER (or, is it?) and disappointed because my expectations weren't really fulfilled.

My rating:    

Reviewed by Inas


  1. i admit my disappointment after i read this book!!
    really really really disappointing to know it turned out that she didn't end up with the guy that i always wanted
    so sad make me wanna cry

  2. can't wait for the movie!!!!! (if it's filmed)


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