The final installment of The Selection series reviews! I am so exited to a. finish this series and b. be reviewing them. I can't even put into words so let's get on with the review!
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 fairy tale 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.
I think I’ve expressed my love for these book covers enough over the past 5 reviews but they really are very eye-catching and this one with the purple is just perfect. I love how the girl on the cover is looking directly out at the reader when they pick it up, powerful yet feminine. THAT BLURB THOUGH. I mean if you’ve read The Heir you’ll know exactly what is going to happen in this book. However, as much as there was an inkling to Eadlyn getting her happily ever after, I did not think it would happen, or be who she chose. (Again trying to keep as spoiler free as possible).
The book starts of as tragically as The Heir ends, Queen America has had a heart attack and is in the hospital, Eadlyn announces she’s getting her selection down to the final 6. The Elite. I felt like this was a rushed decision, the same decision Maxon made when making his Elite, but under the circumstances I think it worked. It gave us readers a sense of rush. Eadlyn obviously wanted this over as well as wanting to be there for her parents.
Eadlyn now acts as regent while Maxon remains by his wife’s side and the Marid Illea arrives. If you remember August and Georgia from America’s selection days, this is their son. Not only does he offer condolences for America to Eadlyn, he also offers his friendship and help. This brings up a WHOLE load complications. You’ll just have to read the book to find out what these are though. I did enjoy this section of the book because at times you feel good emotions towards Marid, at how helpful he is, but then once he is revealed all you want to do is punch him in the face and I love how that developed naturally throughout the book.
While I enjoyed the ending of this book I felt like it was a little unrealistic, and slightly predictable. I still enjoyed the story and the way Kile and Ekkio adored Eadlyn but there was something about it that just didn’t feel right. I would definitely ask anyone who has read the series to continue onto this book however be prepared to maybe not be as in love at the ending of The Crown as you were with The One. However, that said if you take out some of the unrealisticness of it, it’s a very good love story. 4/5 Stars.