Review: The Crown by Kiera Cass

The Crown Kiera Cass
The Crown Kiera Cass

Title: The Crown 
Author: Kiera Cass 
Series: The Selection #5
Genre: Romance, Dystopia (?), YA 
Publication date: May 3, 2016
Rating: ★½ 

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.

Let me make something clear: 
- A queen can rule without a husband.
- A queen doesn’t need to be liked. She needs to be respected.
Apparently Kiera Cass hasn’t got that memo. Can someone please forward it?

Prepare yourself because this will be one big, giant rant and angry shouting. I did not like this book at all. I was never a huge fan of The Selection to begin with, but this might just be the worst book yet. Everything was terrible. I cannot name a single thing that was good besides the fact that at least the book was short. It’s one of those rare cases where I dare openly say that I could have written this better myself.

Let’s start with the plot. It is boring. There doesn’t happen anything. This is the Eadlyn pity show and I just really didn’t care. There is a bit of a twist in the middle and obviously the ‘grand finale’ at the end but apart from that it’s just Eadlyn rambling on and once in a while remembering that there is a Selection. There are endless dinners and walks in the gardens and Reports, but apart from that… *blank*

On to the characters. They were flat, interchangeable, annoying and stereotypical. Everyone in Eadlyn’s family was very self-absorbed on top of that. They acted around each other not with and there were lots of blablablabla, but I never got the feeling that any of them actually got to know another. Everyone (especially Eadlyn, America and Maxon) was just too lost in his/her own drama.

The only characters I still liked were Kile and Ahren. One-word-description of Ahren? Absent. He was my favourite character and he was only there for like ten pages of the book. But at least he was still honest to himself and not overly dramatic about.. everything. And Kile was still charming. He had this easiness about him that I somehow admired and couldn’t find in the others. Was he less of a stereotype? No. But for some reason it didn’t bother me as much with him. Erik then? Another favourite in public opinion. Meh. I just really couldn’t make myself care about him. He was okay-ish, but way too intense and gentlemanly on the verge of creepy. Sorrynotsorry

SPOILER: HALE and EAN are suddenly in love with one another???????????? Stress on: SUDDENLY. If that’s not plot convenience then I don’t know what is. The worst thing is that I would have actually really loved this plot twist if it had been executed better. Real shame.

Let’s talk romance. Until the middle of the book I couldn’t have picked the winner to save my life. There were some that Eadlyn obviously wasn’t going to pick but Hale, Kile, Erik and Henri were all equally important. There was no chemistry between any of them, though. I really didn’t feel any romance until the middle of the book. When – SUDDENLY – Eadlyn is head-over-heels in love with… hahahyeahnotgonnatell. I mean. REALLY? At first she doesn’t seem to care about anyone but friendship and then, THEN! Nothing spectacular happened with that guy. Nothing more than what happened with the others. I suppose Cass wanted to keep us in the dark as long as possible, but if you don’t develop your romance gradually it feels very very very staged. *rolls eyes a million times*

Good thing the candidates were all almost all very in love with her! No idea how that happened though, because apart from lousy dinners and ridiculous Finish lessons she never seemed to interact with any of them. Must have been her charming personality!

Fourth: there is a HUGE credibility problem. I know this isn’t real. I DO - but I feel like a story should still feel somewhat realistically. Eadlyn becomes Queen Regent after her mother’s heart attack because Maxon wants to be with America. Okay. He is the king and surely his duty to his country is important too, but okay. Surely he will help his daughter out, though? He won’t put that weight on her shoulders without any form of guidance? HAHAHAH. Yeah, not. Eadlyn doesn’t want to be queen, but she does it anyway because it’s the right thing to do. Okay, no argument there. After a month, though, she decides she wants to take the throne for good because then her parents WILL HAVE MORE TIME FOR HOLIDAYS!! TO-TA-LLY makes sense. I mean, happens all the time. King abdicates and puts his barely adult, very inexperienced and immature daughter on the throne so he and his wife can go on vacation. *thumbs up*

And there were infinitely more situations where I thought: no person with common sense would ever act this way or do this. Also, remember when I said that a queen should not be liked per se, but that she needs to be respected? I didn’t have an ounce of respect for Eadlyn. She was so clearly unfit to rule. Her priorities were all wrong and she was as impulsive as a child. When she finally decided to marry, she proposed to two different guys in two days – then went running saying “Daddy, I want to marry someone else”. imeanseriously

SPOILER: And then I’m not even talking about her saying in a tv interview – completely out of the blue – that she wanted to get rid of the monarchy. Haha. With like, NO indication that she was even thinking about it. Sure, it’s a good gesture, but really??? Just like that???

There is never any foundation to anything. There is never any substance to back anything up. Eadlyn is suddenly in love with XXX. WHY? What changed all of a sudden? I can name a scene that probably made a difference but like.. shouldn’t there be more?? And that’s not even the worst part. Again this book is all about some embarrassing attempt at a political threat. The people are on the verge of riot. Except we never got any proof but for the fact that someone in the palace said so. What happened? Were there attacks? Concrete threats? And AGAIN the way to fix this problem is: *taddadadaaaa* EADLYN’S MARRIAGE!! Because then she will be more popular and then the people will love her and all will be well… NAIVE

There is also no real description of what Eadlyn’s job as a queen is. According to this book, being a queen means: finding a husband, talking to two of your advisors for short amounts of time, doing interviews and being tired. There is no mention of anything else. Sure, I think somewhere the word ‘work’ was involved as well. Doesn’t she have to do paperwork? Meetings with all kinds of important people? Inquire about the state of affairs? Finances? I really didn’t expect a full schedule of her day, but there could at least be any indication of WHY she was so tired at the end of the day.

Overall this book was cheesy to the point of insufferable, very shallow and superficial, didn’t have the feel of a natural course of events at all and the writing itself was average at best.

And then - ON TOP OF EVERYTHING ELSE - Eadlyn ends up with the wrong guy. 
Is the universe against me?? I don’t deserve this.

If you turn your brain off it could probably be a good read.

Read my review for The Heir here.

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  1. Now I'm FINALLY able to read this brilliant and absolutely hilarious review! I'M GRINNING LIKE A CHESHIRE CAT!!! :D

    Actually, I love this so much. We don't agree 100% but I definitely see why you didn't like it so much. I probably would've too if I wasn't so ... blinded? To be honest, I don't even know why I still enjoy these books. They're kinda bad and cringe-worthy but also addictive and enjoyable?! DON'T JUDGE ME.

    I still agree with so much of what you said but couldn't give the book such a low rating ... maybe because I'm actually please with who she ended up with or - as you wrote - I just turned off my brain, haha. :D Either way, I love this! ♥

    1. Thank you! I'm glad you're still grinning. I was kind of worried I had insulted the people who actually did kind of like this. So I hereby apologize to everyone. It's just that I really couldn't find anything to love anymore. I tried, though! I started with a very open mind. You know, the first five pages or so.

      I'm actually glad you read this and sort of agree. I have been wondering if maybe it was just me who saw it this way and that I completely over reacted. Okay, I still overreacted (even I'm aware) but that it was still sort of true what I said. But god, I'm the last person to judge anyone on what they like. I definitely like some very cringe-worthy things too. Just not The Selection, haha. Be glad that you enjoyed it!

      And yeah.. THE ONE. I knew you were going to like that, hahaha.


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