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Series: The Selection #5
Published by HarperTeen on May 3rd 2016
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
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.
I can’t explain why I started reading The Selection other than it was loaned to me by a friend and I wanted mindless young-adult romance entertainment. I had high hopes about this future America as a monarchy and reality tv series books, but was disappointed with each installment.
The Crown, the fifth book in the Selection series, was also a let down but not in the same way as the original trilogy. Unlike America, Eadlyn is a spoiled princess (later queen) who grew up with all this power. Her little motto that she likes to repeat to herself only furthers that image so its no surprise when her people are not as fond of her as her parents. In order to court more public favor she holds a selection to find a husband.
I found the love story to come out of left field. Maybe I read this too quickly and missed the major signs but in no way did I see Eadlyn choosing the Erik the translator and opting for a constitutional monarchy. So points for that. But I found this extremely dull, a little rushed, and overall this series just fell so flat for me. Thanks to boredom on the train I managed to finish it but I feel like Cass had so much potential with the plot and characters and then just didn’t deliver.