The Crown by Kiera Cass

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Honestly, I’m not sure why I finished this series. Sunk Cost Fallacy? Blind hope? Regardless, I pushed through and finally finished The Selection series 8 years after I started it. Was it worth it? Absolutely not. The first three books of the series were a fun, park-your-brain-at-the-door combination of The Bachelor meets The Hunger Games – nothing outstanding but pretty entertaining. For some inexplicable reason, the author chose to extend the series to follow the daughter of the two original leads as she goes through her own Selection. I had hoped that maybe the series would end on a high note – but The Crown set an all time low for the series – a waste of time at best and a waste of paper at worst.

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.

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