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24 Book Challenge: A Book You’ve Been Wanting to Read For a While

The following is a book review by The Ameri Brit Mom. This is book #19 from The Ameri Brit Mom 24 Book Challenge in 2016. This post expresses the genuine opinion and experiences of The Ameri Brit Mom and is in no way endorsed by authors, publishers, or outside influences.

Title: The Crown

Author: Keira Cass

Publisher: Harper Teen

Copyright Date: 2016



As I turned to the last page of The Crown a large part of my soul cringed. It’s the end of an era; A period of encapsulation by the world of Illea has come to a close. I have finished The Selection series.

Since April, I have been reading my way through these teen fantasy books by Kiera Cass and I have fallen head over heels with Prince Maxon, America Singer, Princess Eadlyn, and the rest of the royal cast and members of their selections. I’ve always found it difficult to stick with a series due to boredom with characters and plot, but I’ve been hooked since book 1 with Cass’ series.

In this final installment to The Selection, Princess Eadlyn is forced to make some of the biggest decisions yet. The book opens on the eve of a disastrous day for the royal family of Illea. As a young princess in the middle of the selection to find her husband Eadlyn is expected to govern her nation as regent and select a male amidst a herd that she vowed was only a temporary political move. In spite of all the publicity and responsibility during this time in her life Eadlyn finds it hard to remain callous. She begins to open up to some of her suitors and ultimately must trust her heart to make the right decision when it comes to finding her husband.

If you are as hooked into the series as I am and find yourself picking up this final book please know that you will not be disappointed. The ending of this novel cleanly seals up the series and leaves the reader feeling content with the life that Eadlyn has chosen for herself. In a world that relies on royalty for all of their decisions Eadlyn is pressured into desiring approval from her subjects. In the final pages of this absolute monarchy, Eadlyn learns to govern with her heart and not her insecurities. She chooses the life that plagues her mind instead of the one that society might have chosen for her. Eadlyn and the country of Illea emerge from this novel changed for the best.

All brokenness is mended. A happy ending is promised. Fairy tales can come true.

Check out my reviews on the rest of the series:

The Selection

The Elite

The One

The Heir


The Ameri Brit Mom


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Book Review: The Elite

The following is a book review by The Ameri Brit Mom. This post expresses the genuine opinion and experiences of The Ameri Brit Mom and is in no way endorsed by authors, publishers, and outside influences.

Title: The Elite

Author: Kiera Cass

Publisher: HarperTeen

Copyright Date: 2013


The end of the school year is quickly approaching. While I should be working feverishly to wrap up grading and all of the end of the school year activities I’ve found myself instead retreating into the beautifully crafted world of Illea once again. A few weeks ago I finished the book, The Selection, which is the first book in this phenomenal series by Kiera Cass. I’ve never  been one to fall head over heels for a series, but Cass has captured my interest and attention with her characters, setting, and intense plot. So instead of diving into all of the chaos of the end of the year I’m diving into a good series and finding myself relaxed by the familiarity of America Singer.

America was part of the Selection. Prince Maxon of Illea is in need of a bride and the custom of the nation is to host a Selection by which a member of each of the thirty-five  districts represents their caste and their home in the competition for the crown. By the end of the first book America Singer finds herself in the final six of the competition, also known as the Elite. The closer America gets to the finish the more she questions whether she has all it takes to become Illea’s next queen.

In this second installment to the series America is being tested and monitored more than ever before. Challenges are  created to help Maxon make his final decision. He has made it clear to America that he is in love with her, but she slows down the Selection process with her own self-doubt and confusion.

Before her trip to the capital America belonged to a lower caste and gave her heart to Aspen, a boy even worse off as far as castes were concerned. When Aspen re-enters her life he brings their past to the surface and causes even more uncertainty to fall on America’s shoulders. She finds herself caught between the life of a future queen and the life she had promised to Aspen. She finds her heart tangled up in a love triangle.

As the prince senses that things are changing between America and himself he begins to invest more time into the other members of the Selection. He begins to court the other girls leaving America with feelings of betrayal. But isn’t that what she was doing to the prince with Aspen?

At the end of this second book an ultimatum is given and an understanding reached. Will America continue to fight for the crown or will she settle down with Aspen, her first love?

Believe it or not I’ve been hooked by this series. There’s just something about the way that Kiera Cass writes that keeps me so engrossed in her books. I’m planning to finish reading this series throughout the summer. But for now, I should probably grade essays and get through my summer check-out list if I plan to be on summer vacation by the end of the week.

The Ameri Brit Mom