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Blurb (from Goodreads):
Kiera Cass’s bestselling Selection series has enchanted readers from the very first page. Now the end of the journey is here, in a wonderfully romantic series finale that will sweep you off your feet.
Twenty years have passed since the events of The One, and America and Maxon’s daughter is the first princess to hold a Selection of her own. Princess 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.
The Selection series has sold more than 3 million copies and captured the hearts of fans around the world. This swoon-worthy final installment is the happily ever after they’ve all been waiting for.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“There were things I was always sure of, and almost all of that has fallen apart in the last few weeks.”
This was a good end to the series, and Eadlyn really played her role well.
Eadlyn continued to be a strong character in this book; she really stepped up, she put others first, and she really cared about what was good for everyone else rather than just for her, which was quite an improvement.
“I know it’s abrupt, but given my mother’s precarious condition, my father has asked me to take on more responsibilities.”
The storyline in this was about Eadlyn stepping up following her mother’s illness, and taking on a role that she was young for, but capable of it seemed. We also had the culmination of the Selection, but there wasn’t quite as much of the storyline devoted to this as I expected, and the book felt more about Eadlyn stepping up than about the romance.
“I feel the only way to manage that is to scale down this competition.”
With regards to the romance, it really did seem to be missing from the majority of this book, and then Eadlyn made some very strange decisions, and I really didn’t get what she was doing! The person who I expected her to be with by the end just didn’t happen, and I wasn’t 100% sure about the person she eventually chose.
“I can’t just kiss you like it’s nothing, because it turns out that you’re not nothing.”
The ending to this wrapped things up nicely, and we did get a happily ever after, it just wasn’t quite what I expected.
“The truth is, love is as much fate as it is planning, as much beauty as it is disaster.”
8 out of 10