Book Review: "The Crown" by Kiera Cass

Two conclusions have been reached today as I begin the final review of Summer to Winter reading list. The other being my reviewing of Kiera Cass’ book, “The Crown.” As ever, I will attempt to be as spoiler free as I can on the review however you are warned of possible spoilers as this is the review of the final book in a series.

Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series has captured the hearts of readers from its very first page. Now the end of the journey is here. Prepare to be swept off your feet by The Crown—the eagerly awaited, wonderfully romantic fifth and final book in the Selection series.

In The Heir, a new era dawned in the world of The Selection. Twenty years have passed since America Singer and Prince Maxon fell in love, and their daughter is the first princess to hold a Selection of her own.

Eadlyn didn’t think she would find a real partner among the Selection’s thirty-five suitors, let alone true love. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and now Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more difficult—and more important—than she ever expected.

I’ll begin this review by simply focusing on The Crown before I review the Selection Series as a whole. I’ll begin by attaching the word that popped into my mind as I flipped past the last page: responsibility. This may sound initially silly but through Eadlyn’s determination to take her crown, Cass delivers a powerful focus on the duty that comes with responsibility.

Admittedly I had had mixed feelings about Eadlyn’s character at the beginning of The Heir, going to the point of declaring I related more to America’s journey than hers. I don’t entirely take that criticism back but it is not lost on me how masterfully Cass matures her protagonist from bratty princess to determined queen in just one book. As a result of this I view America and Eadlyn’s journeys through the selection as equal, both heart warming and full of lessons every young woman should take away from reading these books. Let’s talk about the biggest lesson I took away from these wonderful books.

The way in which Cass presents them to her readers is left entirely to America and Eadlyn to teach us. America taught us to have courage to not forget to defend our values despite the stage we find ourselves on, and Eadlyn taught us to know when to sacrifice for the greater good and when to sacrifice for ourselves. These two very important lessons are of the most difficult to put into action for a young woman coming into her own, but very important to practice nonetheless.

The final book, and by extension Cass’ series, comes to a powerful end that leaves me reeling. I can say that having read this series has been nothing less than an honor. I’m humbled by the courage, love and integrity Cass has invested in this series; its inspired and I’m so glad I encountered the experience as a whole. If you haven’t read this series yet, pick up the first book and geat reading. Whether or not this is the only series we will see of Cass going forward, this fan will be eagerly waiting to select any future work Cass may bring.

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