Once again, I couldn’t help but immediately start the next book after finishing The Heir. So I’m reviewing the last two books in the Selection series together like I did the first three together in my last review.
The Heir Summary:
Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon-and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.
But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection-no matter how fervently she protests.
Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry just may capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her… and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.
The Crown Summary:
When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illea 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 fairy-tale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimesthe heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn much make a choice that feels more impossible-and more important-than she ever imagined.
I was really excited to read these books. The first three in the series were just so awesome. I was very intrigued to see the life that America and Maxon had made together. Sadly, that was the best part of the book. Being able to read about America and Maxon again was by far the best part of these two books. Their daughter, Eadlyn, was exactly what she seemed she would be. A freaking princess. Honestly, she was kind of a brat for most of this book. Some instances I could understand, like with Josie, another girl living in the palace. Josie is like the little sister Eadlyn never wanted, always taking her things and retuning them ruined. I personally know what that is like, so I totally understand the bratty behavior when it comes to Josie. But her complete refusal of the Selection when Maxon suggests it really annoyed me. The Selection was suggested as a way to distract the public from the unrest and the drama going on among them. As the future Queen she should have agreed right away that it was a good way to stall for time while they tried to figure out a better solution to solving the issues the public were having. Instead the Selection made it worse because most of the population didn’t particularly like Eadlyn. She comes across as a cold and impersonal character. While we, the readers, get to see that she is emotional, she’s just very good at hiding it and putting on a brave face, some of the ways she reacted to the peoples dislike of her really irked me. She used the boys in the Selection to try to boost her popularity. By the end of The Crown I definitely grew to like her more, but it was hard to get over that initial irritation with her. She’s a complex character and we get to see her grow in so many ways. It was just frustrating watching her deny herself so much happiness because of how she thinks she’s supposed to act and portray herself.
The other thing I wasn’t a huge fan of in these two books was that it had a few repetitious ideas from the first three books. Yes, they were slightly different, sometimes I felt like I was reading the same book over again.
There were many good things about The Heir and The Crown. I absolutely adored Eadlyn’s three brothers. It made me very happy to learn that Maxon and America had four children. I also really enjoyed getting to see more of Maxon and America twenty years in the future. Maxon was the king he always wanted to be. And America’s fears about becoming royalty were totally unfounded. She was loved by her people probably even more than they loved Maxon’s mother, Amberly, before her. I was very happy knowing that their love story turned out exactly how it should. I also enjoyed watching them be parents. Giving Eadlyn advice about theSeletion and dropping hints about their own Selection.
I wouldn’t say I didn’t like these two books, but I’ll probably wait a while before I reread them. I won’t try to shove them down your throat either like I tend to do with books I really loved. But I will say, that if you liked the first three books in The Selection Series, then you should give The Heir and The Crown a chance. Maybe you will like them more than I did.
Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.