The Crown by Kiera CassThe Crown by Kiera Cass

The Crown

byKiera Cass

Hardcover | May 3, 2016

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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.

Kiera Cass was born in South Carolina in 1983. She received a bachelor's degree in history from Radford University. She self-published her first novel, The Siren, in 2009. She is the author of The Selection series. In 2014 her title, The One made The New York Times Best Seller List.
Title:The CrownFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.97 inPublished:May 3, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062392174

ISBN - 13:9780062392176


Rated 1 out of 5 by from not having it I did not like this book. I found the character winy and annoying. I consider the selection as a trilogy because I really did not like the 2 last books ( wish I did though).
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute story A wonderful conclusion to the Selection series. Adorable story that, although not a world changing book, is a fun and addictive read worth reading.
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good I really enjoyed reading this book! It wasn't as good as Max's round, but still good. The first books were much better and America was much more relatable. Still a pretty good book for anyone who has read the others!
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Petty Good really enjoyed reading this book! It wasn't as good as Max's round, but still good. The first books were much better and America was much more relatable. Still a pretty good book for anyone who has read the others!
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute Cute addition to the series but not as good as the original trilogy, I would still recommend for fans though
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Expected Predictable yet still enjoyable. Cute easy read series with a very similar story line
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Cute A nice new perspective on the original characters from the selection all grown up in their happily ever after with a twist. Still enjoyable but not quite as good as the original series, it has less surprises.
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute A nice new perspective on the original characters from the selection all grown up in their happily ever after with a twist. Still enjoyable but not quite as good as the original series, it has less surprises.
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Eh. While the series as a whole is more of a guilty pleasure type. The last two book seemed unecessary. the same plot but with even more insufferable characters. I wish they stopped after 3 books.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better I was glad with how this book went. Plus the covers are so beautiful!
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Crown I'd say this novel was more of was a good ending to the series. I enjoyed that Eadlyn was more relate-able in this last installment. I thought the ending of the book was super rushed, but the characters were in a time crunch. After reading the heir I knew which person she was going to choose... I had my 2 favourites and I was not disappointed. The thing I wish there was more of in this story and The Heir, was their children knowing more about America and Maxon's journey through the Selection....and about Aspen. I think it would have opened a lot more communication between all the characters. I will admit these books always brought tears to my eyes, happy tears and sad ones. These characters are super special.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not enjoyable Didn't care about this character or this series. Felt like a money grab to me, with little effort or thought put into it.
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Mc's still a brat The main character is still a spoiled brat and she continued her utter devastation of my enjoyment of this book. I don't even know why i gave her a second chance. Also what the hell the romance?! It felt so rushed and unbelievable.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING Conclusion To A Great Series! I read this book after I read The Heir, and it was a good thing I did because I had finally found one of my all-time favourite books! I've even re-read it about two or three times again because it's that good of a book! The Crown is the breathtaking conclusion to the Selection Series in Princess Eadlyn's perspective, as she finds a husband and stays strong through her selection and throughout many major plot twists. The Heir left off with Eadly's twin brother Ahren getting eloped to Princess Camille of France, and moving to France so they can live a happy life and because Camille is the heir to the throne of France. Eadlyn was devastated and so was the rest of her family, and to top it off with more devastation, Queen America (Eadlyn's mother) had complications with her heart and is currently unconscious with a heart attack. The conclusion to all of Eadlyn's current issues is all in The Crown! As she continues on with her selection by cutting down the numbers to only six suitors, Eadlyn tries hard to find the right man and to earn the love from the rest of Illea while she's at it. Read The Crown to find out what happens in the conclusion of this magnificent series!
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The ending is my favourite! I'm so happy with the ending! This book started rocky, but did not disappoint me. A great end to a great series ... although I wouldn't be opposed to more books (maybe more novellas?).
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Eh i started reading his because i wanted to finish the series, but it is honestly so boring and dull.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great The book is great but I prefer America's stories.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh Plot twists were kid of pointless and disappointed with the ending.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Pointless End to a Pointless Spin Off The Crown was definitely a step up from the The Heir in some regards, but was still only 'okay' at best. We had some decent enough character development and an alright ending to The Selection series. Surprisingly enough, I didn't hate The Crown as much as I hated The Heir. If anything, it left me satisfied enough where I got everything I needed from it, however, The Crown is not without it's problems. Firstly, while the character development was good, it was horribly paced. Eadlyn goes from the reluctant bride to taking the crown, marrying, and breaking up the monarchy by the books resolution all within the week or so within a 300 page book. She does so flawlessly and without so much as a hitch, no set backs, no repercussions. Shocking, as her 'people' loathe her, apparently. One may argue that, given time, things may happen and even out over the years, but if you got the Barnes and Noble edition of The Crown, you were treated to an extra epilogue, six years later where everyone is living blissfully happy with babies ever after, no uprisings This book had a lot of twists, both surprising and predictable. You didn't need to read between the lines in both The Heir and The Crown to see who Eadlyn would end up with, it basically spells it out for you as there was only one of the potential suitors who had any chemistry with her at all and their relationship was obviously the most fleshed out. Thankfully, there wasn't any added filler or much room for Eadlyn to flip flop between two guys, which was an added bonus and I liked that she got to choose for herself. The sub plot involving Marid Illéa felt unnecessary and tacked on to strech out the page length, something to feel like this book had some sort of bang to it with his introduction but the resolution to this sub plot was lack luster and left a lot to be desired. Two of the twists were actually genuinely fascinating. After 4 books, Kiera Cass finally address how homosexuality in her world is viewed in a hasty rundown of how same sex relationships are viewed as less, even in the current standards of Iilea's society. Mostly, this serves as a way to cast out two more suitors as one of them comes out as gay while outing the man he has affections for. While I'm glad that Kiera Cass finally mentions this, the whole exchange is used for more inner monologue for Eadlyn as she questions why nobody loves her. On top of that, Homosexuality is something that, I feel, should have been addressed earlier on in the series. We're also finally given some more back story on Maxon as he speaks of his childhood horrors of beatings from his father when Maxon was out of line. While we knew of the constant abuse, we never knew that the first occurrence of abuse was from Maxon finding out his father had a mistress, a mistress the king had knocked up. While I do find this a fascinating glimpse into Maxon's past, this feels like something that should have been brought to head in the previous trilogy, or given it's own side story as it detracts from Eadlyn's tale and is only there to fill out more pages. Overall, The Crown is an alright read in comparison to it's predecessor. The lessons this series has to teach aren't anything revolutionary if you're looking for something that addresses 'real world' problems like society structure, race, sexuality and the like. Eadlyn's generation feels completely sidelined to the original cast even when America is hospitalized and everyone is tending to the queen. I found myself more invested in America's story than I did Eadlyn's for the most part, even when America was off the screen. If you want to further you're happy endings with The Selection Series, The Heir and The Crown may be that cherry on top if you're looking for more Selection goodness. I can't say that these books were a complete waste of time for me, but I'm glad it's over.
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it Great Series. One of the best historical fiction books i've read.
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good. Not what I was hoping for to be honest, but was funny for sure and the connection to the first series was undeniable. If you read the first three books, I suggest continuing, but not as good as the first.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great continuation Loved the continuation ans how Eadlyn changes a little - and the fact that you/I can follow along and relate as female to female with her decisions and actions. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Currently cring. Amazing. I cannot believe that these characters stories are done. I will never forget them and this world. The ending of this one was predictable, but still good.
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh. I'm happy that the series is finally finished, I don't know how much more I could have handled. The ending was good, but to be honest, it was too predictable. I knew what was going to happen in The Heir. Still, this book was better than The Heir, just because Eadlyn's character changes a little bit for the better.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Predictable It was really obvious what was going to happen and I was disappointed that there wasn't more. The original series is better #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was Okay I did not like The Heir. I gave this last book a try only because I loved the first 3 so much, I owe it to the story and the characters to finish the entire series. It was not as bad as The Heir, but it was still nothing compare to the first 3 books.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Final Book This was a happy ending, a good ending, and although it didn't turn out like i expected, it was still a good final book for the Selection series and all the characters.
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed I loved the original selection trilogy but hated the heir, I was hoping this last book would turn things around for me. The ending felt rushed and the connection between Eadlyn and who she chose didn't feel like the same love Maxon and America had or even Marlee and Carter. This book isn't worth reading.
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nothing special I hated The Heir, so going in to this i was not expecting much and it did not exceed nor disappoint any expectations. The main character became less annoying, which was a big plus for me because i HATED her! But America and Maxon still had no personality and the ending felt really rushed and super underwhelming. I barely remember anything from this book, probably because of my burning hate for The Heir that takes up all my thoughts
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved! Just as good as the other books in this series. Excellent wrap up and end to everything
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looooooove I loved it! I loved going through Eadlyn's journey and seeing her grow into what I thought she would be in the first book. It took time for her to really live up to who her parents are but she turned out to be an amazing person.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Aww! I balled because the selection is over and it is goodbye to these characters. I will miss them and they have made a mark on me. I liked how we got to see Maxon and America as parents and Eadlyn grow.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK I loved the first 3 books in the series and was excited that they were continuing on but with their daughter. However I was a little disappointed in the last 2 books. I felt this selection process was "rushed" and maybe if Eadlyn's story was given one more book it could have developed the story and other characters more. Still a great series though and will read it again.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book I found that this book was better than the last one, but not as good as the first three.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great ending The ending was unexpected and I loved it.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from ending I like this ending and I must say I'm happy with the overall ending of the series
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty Good A sweet novel but ruins the atmosphere of the true trilogy and the characters
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Crown (The Selection #5) This was an okay ending to Eadlyn's part of the story in The Selection series. I was never really a fan of The Heir or Eadlyn like I was with The Selection and America. The only reason I kept up with series after The One was because like many others, I was curious as to how everyone from the original trilogy grew up to be.In all honesty, I should've just stopped after the third book. I don't want to say that The Heir and The Crown ruined The Selection for me but in a way it did. Instead of believing that everybody lived happily ever after once Maxon and America became king and queen and the caste system was eliminated, The Heir just sort of wipes that all away like happily ever after never even happened. The One was such a bittersweet ending to a fun trilogy and The Crown with its 278 pages wasn't going to top it at all. Not by a long shot.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute A cute little wrap-up. Entertaining but fairly predictable.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING ENDING As the last book of the Selection Series, it did amazing and stood amazing on it's own. I love Kiera Cass, this series is to die for.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Typical ending... This (better be the last one) book is quite okay. It is best suited for pre-teen.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This was a good book Not the super fantastical ending I pictured but still very good. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Deserves a Crown! SOME SPOILERS OF THE WHOLE SERIES EXCLUDING THIS NOVEL ARE BELOW. BE WARNED* Two years ago, I was a book-obsessed teenager (as I still currently am), but I had a different interpretation of Kiera Cass' The Selection trilogy. The thing is... I thought it was over. The One came around, we discovered who Prince Maxon picked out of the girls, and I was just so satisfied. I was so happy, had tear stains on my face, and I couldn't stop cheering because THE ENDING WAS THE BEST. After that, we readers were surprised with The Heir, a new addition to the series taking place from the perspective of Prince Maxon's daughter, Eadlyn. I loved the last book so much, and I seriously saw it as one of my most favourite books of 2015. After that, we were left in such a cliff-hanger that I just needed The Crown right away. What can I say now? This was our final goodbye with America, Maxon, Eadlyn, Aspen, and the rest of the crew that we have grown to love over the years. This was such a great finale, but the one thing that bothered me was THE PREDICTABILITY. I SWEAR TO YOU: I SAW THE ENDING COMING. From the first book, the connection was real and I had this feeling that it would be him. I deep-down certainly knew that Eadlyn would pick him. That's what frustrated me a little—I loved the man that Eadlyn picked in the end, but because she had to pick him in this book, I felt that things were so rushed and there was no time to have any kind of rising-up-climax-thing. I saw it coming. I think many people were predicting the same ending as I was, or else Kiera Cass wouldn't have paid attention to that character. I'm frowning. I loved this book, I seriously did, but the minor detail that freaked me out the most was the predictability and the lack of focus to relationships. This is a five-book series solemnly based on love and relationships, mimicking The Bachelor/Bachelorette so much that it's unexplainable. A five-book series does deserve some interesting parts that readers did not expect. If we expected it, then what is the serious point of reading the series? I apologize for my rant. "I hope I've done right by you. As an official, as a friend. You're the closest I'll ever have to a daughter, so that matters to me" (127). THAT WAS MY FIRST LOVE ASPEN, GUYS. In case you didn't know, when I read The Selection, my initial true love was Aspen, not Maxon. Things changed a little afterwards because Cass spent time moderating Maxon's character and making him swoon-y. I just love the characters in this series. We get snippets from ones we haven't lost, ever, like Aspen, his future wife (who I shall not name), Maxon, Eadlyn's brother, Marlee, Lucy... everyone. I just love the people of Illéa. And what was extremely important for me was how Cass spent time making a setting for Eadlyn. Times have truly changed in Illéa since the time of Maxon's Selection, and there was a huge focus on Eadlyn becoming queen in this novel. We see her taking care of political roles, as well as finding out things about herself, which I really admired. Whoever said that Princess Eadlyn is arrogant and selfish is completely wrong. I love Eadlyn's character, and how she carries her head high (because she deserves it) alongside the fact that she has a similar attitude to America's. Of course, she has her father's kindness. *heart flutters* The relationships that Eadlyn has with others, besides her love interests are remarkable. She is such a caring person and that made me respect her more. She was close with her siblings, with her maid/helper, with Aspen, with Marlee, with her mother... she made time for everyone and it was intriguing to read about how she grows up in this novel. There is a huge character development in her case and that was pure loveliness. "Maybe it's not the first kisses that are supposed to be special. Maybe it's the last ones" (159). As always, Kiera Cass gears her stories towards the romantic side. Although this finale wasn't solemnly focused on relationships—as I mentioned beforehand—it surely was focused on making things work. Kiera Cass quickly got rid of the men in the story that we knew Eadlyn wouldn't ever have a chance to be with for the reason of the lack of connections, and I enjoyed that. I read some earlier reviews stating the opposite, and feeling like it was just a way to end the story quicker. I feel that that could be true, but it didn't upset me. What makes me sad the most is that this is over. We will not get un update on Eadlyn and her new life just as we did with America, we will never meet Eadlyn's children and see how America and Maxon would be good grandparents. This was way too short. But it's fine either way, I guess. THE ENDING MADE ME SO ECSTATIC, EVEN IF I SAW IT COMING. My heart couldn't stop racing and I just wanted it to happen. That's a definite good sign. The Crown deserves all of the positive ratings, all of the awards because I am just so completely satisfied with the finale to all of Eadlyn's whereabouts, and I am in love with this series. It ended off so well with America's story, and continued that way with Princess Eadlyn, and her steps towards becoming queen and ruler of Illéa. Most of us who have read Cass' stories know that there is no such thing as second-book syndrome. That is the definite case here. Now, I think we're all going to wait around like in a campfire and wait until Cass releases some word on Eadlyn's future. Ah, how lovely would that be!
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good conclusion to the series Surprisingly, I actually enjoyed the final two books in the Selection series (surrounding Eadlyn) more than I did the original series based on her parents journey. I found with this final novel, I also liked Eadlyn more as a character. In the first novel, I found her to be quite entitled, spoiled, and weak. But in this novel she had to face quite a few difficulties: her mother's health, ascending the throne, her brother leaving, and choosing her husband. Through the difficulties she was facing, you could see how her character had matured and was stronger. The ending I definitely didn't see coming at all. There were many things going on at once and none of them I had predicted. It was a good ending to the novel as well as the series as a whole. I look forward to reading more written by Kiera Cass in the future.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than The Heir, but so short! I enjoyed this book A LOT more than the first before, but it wasn't as good as the first trilogy. Also, one of the things that really bothered me was that the enfing was so rushed, and if you look at the other books of the serie, they have all a lot more of pages. This book was also pretty predictable, but I didn't really care because it was going were I wanted it to go.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Better than the one before it Even though princess evolved a little bit from the last book, she still annoyed me to no end. So disappointed in these last two books.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loooooooooooooove it I loved this entire series, even though it is cheesy a bit, it still is my guilty pleasure and I would stongly recommend it.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good! A bit predictable but it was still a good conclusion to the story!
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Predictable but enchanting You know exactly how the book is going to end from the first couple chapters. But! I'm glad to see Eadlyn change and become more open and warm towards not only the suitors but her family as well. The crown is much more reminiscent of America's story.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was ok I guess? I honestly prefer the selection series, but overall the crown + the heir was good. Of all the book covers, I have to say that this one was my least favorite :S
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thank goodness I am so happy Kiera Cass wrote two more books in the selection series. I wanted more book about Max and America after they wed, and although this is more about their daughter and other children it still gave a glimpse into their life and how their marriage changed the country. Eadlyn's story was interesting because she had different motives than Maxon had when he went through the selection. I was always on my toes with who she would choose and certainly had my favourite. I read through these books so quickly because i HAD to know who she chose and was thoroughly surprised at the ending of the book and all of the changes that she implemented. Like father like daughter. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kiera Cass broke me! I have been a huge fan of The Selection series for years now, and The Crown is the best one yet. I read it in two hours, I wasn't able to put it down. Kiera Cass blew me away. She threw in plot twists that I would never have expected, and it came out to the happiest resolution it could have. It did feel at the end it was a little bit rushed, or forced but it was still the best possible outcome. I look forward to seeing what Miss Cass can come up with next.
Date published: 2016-05-03

Editorial Reviews

“A cross between The Hunger Games (minus the bloodsport) and The Bachelor (minus the bloodsport), this trilogy launch is a lot of fun. Cass deftly builds the chemistry between America and Maxon, while stroking the embers of America’s first, forbidden love.”