How to Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo Book Review

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How will I be able to say much I love this book?

How to Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo follows Jordyn, a high school student toHow to Say I Love You Out Loud recently moved to a new town so her brother with autism could attend a specialized school. However, her brother’s school shuts down and her parents struggle to find a new school to support him. As they search for her brother’s new school, her brother must attend her high school. This worries Jordyn, who faced a lot of judgment at her old school that she attended with her brother.

As a special education teacher, I am always interested in books that include characters with disabilities. I am especially drawn to books that primarily take place in the school setting. Characters with disabilities are very underrepresented on the market. Often times, the characters are not represented authentically and the special education process is portrayed inaccurately. However, I was really impressed by both the representation of a character with autism and how the special education process was portrayed.

This book was very successful for me because the author used her knowledge of students with disabilities and the special education process to make an authentic novel. The author, Karole Cozzo, is a school psychologist. As a result, she has a background working with students with disabilities, understands how students with disabilities function in a school setting, and routinely works with families who have a student with a disability. This is extremely apparent in her writing. Many of the scenes that involved Jordyn’s brother echoed similar situations that I have witnessed as a special education teacher. Additionally, her execution of the special education was the most flawless I have seen thus far in a young adult novel. While I have found that some books with a disability magically wrap up a success story for a character with a disability by the end of the novel (like for me, the book Fish in a Tree), Cozzo emphasizes the long years of work to celebrate what others may consider only small successes, such as a nonverbal child with autism speaking their first word.

I also appreciated the journey of the main character, Jordyn, throughout the novel. Some readers may be irritated with Jordyn’s attitude towards her brother because she does not associate with her brother because she feels like other people will not understand her situation and judge her. However, I appreciated this aspect of the novel because everyone in her family was affected by her brother differently and it gives a more well-rounded view to see multiple perspectives. I also believe Jordyn, while some of her actions appear unlikable in the beginning, does show a lot of growth to understand her brother better and become a better person.

While some readers may find some aspects of the plot underdeveloped, like Jordyn’s relationship, this did not really bother me because it wasn’t the reason why I wanted to read this book. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this book after discovering it as a Kindle deal and it actually made my overall favorite books of 2018 list. I am not much of a crier while reading, but I definitely had some emotional moments while reading this story. I give this book five out of five stars.

 

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Booktube Made Me Read It! Part Two

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I’ve discovered so many of my favorite books through reading reviews, watching Booktube, or discovering character art on Pinterest. Recently, there have been many books that I’ve read as a result of the bookish community. Here are five books that the bookish community convinced me to read and some brief thoughts on them (book reviews will be linked to book titles):

  • Eleanor Oliphant in Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

I have heard nothing but positive reviews for Eleanor Oliphant literally everywhere. Needless to say, I went in with high expectations. During the first half of the books, I found myself slightly disappointed. I was thinking this will be another hyped book that I did not enjoy. However, the second half was absolutely amazing and made me understand all the hype. I found myself crying so many times at the end of this book, which rarely happens for me.

  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

The Kiss Quotient

I picked up The Kiss Quotient because I saw it in a lot of recommendations for people branching out of YA. I was also intrigued because the main character has autism, which is not typical for an adult romance. This book ended up being only an average read for me. There were aspects I liked, but others that I found slightly problematic. Additionally, I found the emphasis on the physical aspect of the relationship a little too much for me.

  • Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills

Famous in a Small Town

The bookish community didn’t necessarily motivate me to pick up this book in particular, but it did make me want to read a book by Emma Mills. I primarily read contemporary books and I have seen a lot of hype surrounding her books, particularly on Booktube. I wouldn’t consider her one of my favorite contemporary author after reading this book, however I did enjoy this book overall. The beginning progressed rather too slowly for my liking, but the second half really shined.

The Afterlife of Holly Chase

I picked this book up around Christmas when I was looking for some Christmas book recommendations. This book pretty much appears on every list in the bookish community, so when I saw it as a Kindle deal, I knew I needed to give it a shot. This book definitely wasn’t what I expected, however, I still overall enjoyed it. It is a nice book if you are looking for a Christmas book, however, it is not my favorite Christmas book in the YA sphere.

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

I picked up both Shatter Me and Unravel Me from the library after seeing this series gain a lot of hype again after Restore Me’s release. Since I missed out on the hype the first time around, I wanted to potentially read all of this series last summer. I feel like if I read this series when it initially came out, I would have loved it a little more because it is very similar to a lot of the books I read and enjoyed at that time in my life. At this point, it is very similar to other books I’ve read. It takes a lot for me to invest in a series and since I did not connect strongly to the first two books, I am unsure if I will carry on with the series.

What books have the bookish community inspired you to read?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Upcoming Releases I’m On the Fence About

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is upcoming releases I’m on the fence about. This year, I decided to create a list of all the books to be released this year that sound interesting to me. I put a star next to the books I definitely wanted to pre-order or purchase as soon as they dropped. However, there are still a few that I didn’t star, meaning I will probably wait for reviews to purchase or pick it up if it appears in my local library. Here are my choices:

  • That’s Not What I Heard by Stephanie Kate Strohm

That's Not What I Heard

This book centers on the story of a relationship gone wrong that changes as it is passed along through students at a high school. This book sounds interesting and different, but I wonder if it leans a little younger YA which I typically do not enjoy anymore. I feel like this book probably has a lot of petty drama which I would have loved when I was the same age as the characters in the book. However, this is something that I do not really enjoy in books that I read now, which puts me on the fence of reading this book because I feel like it’s just not meant for me.

  • The Beauty of the Moment by Tamaz Bhathena

The Beauty of the Moment

This book follows a new girl in school. She is struggling because her parents are on the brink of divorce and she wants to be an artist but she feels like she can’t tell anyone. Enter the school’s bad boy and the start of a love story. I’m on the fence with this book because I feel like it could go two ways. I feel like it could lean a little younger YA, which I mentioned previously is not my favorite type of read anymore due to my age. I think it could be very tropey and surface level despite larger issues it wants to present. On the other hand, I feel like it could learn more towards Letters to the Lost (which I really enjoyed) because it has a bad boy due to his complicated past and a girl learning more about herself and her family dynamics. I definitely want to see some reviews before I pick up this one.

  • The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

The Devouring Gray

I think this book was pitched as similar to Stranger Things. It sounds interesting, like it could be made into a Netflix show or movie, because it contains many popular elements right now: an eery small town, something in the woods, and people turning up dead. While this sounds interesting to me, I never end up reading more “intense” books because I prefer happy, light reads. It also sounds so similar to other books or movies in the same genre, so I am unsure if it will set itself apart from other similar stories. This is one where there will have to be a lot of positive reviews to push me to read it.

  • If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

If I'm Being Honest

If I’m Being Honest follows a popular mean girl who tries to win over her crush by mimicking Katherine from Taming of the Shrew. To right her wrongs, she tries to make amends with a boy she made fun of in elementary school. One of my big unpopular book opinions is that I absolutely love reading books about popular mean girls because they are typically not likeable but contains so many dimensions to their characters if you can look past their terrible actions. I think this book could be a lot of fun, but I think the Taming of the Shrew connection could be a little tricky. Not only will it compete with one of my favorite movies, 10 Things I Hate About You, but it also needs to be careful on how it treads with the main character changing herself to try to win over a guy’s affections. I hope the overall message goes against that, so I may have to wait for some reviews to decide if this book is for me.

  • Night Music by Jenn Marie Thorne

Night Music

Night Music follows a girl who doesn’t want to follow in her father’s footsteps with a classical music career when she meets a boy who wants exactly that dream. There are several reasons I want to read this book. First of all, this book features an interracial relationship which is not common in young adult fiction. Additionally, from the book’s synopsis, it indicates that this book will touch on how privileged and mostly white the classical music community is which sounds really interesting. On the other hand, I am never particularly interested in books that contain a musical element especially classical music. Since this is classical music, I’m assuming there won’t be any lyrics in this book (but possibly since the main character wants to steer away from classical music), and that makes me absolutely cringe in books. I find myself more interested in this book than not, but I may need a little push from other reviewers before I pick it up myself.

  • Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo

Somewhere Only We Know

Somewhere Only We Know follows a K-Pop star trying to break out in America and a boy undercover on a tabloid job who meet. This book sounds interesting to me, but I still have a few reservations. I am interested in reading more books that feature Asian main characters and I think the K-Pop aspect also sounds very interesting. However, like I mentioned earlier, books with “famous people” tropes and singing aren’t really my favorite. Additionally, I read a book by Maurene Goo a few years ago and I wasn’t that big of a fan of her writing. However, I have heard a lot of positive reviews for her most recent releases which still make me interested in this one. I’m on the fence, so reviews will probably push me to read this one.

  • Technically You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson

Technically, You Started It

This book focuses on a girl who receives a text message from a guy who could be one of two people. Soon, the two start having great conversations over text messages. From the description, it sounds like it could be someone she dislikes, he knows who she is, but she doesn’t know who he is. This sounds like it could be cute, but also very tropey and overdramatic. Kind of like famous people and music tropes, I also don’t have much luck with texting tropes in books. While I love A Cinderella Story which uses this trope, no other version of this trope has been successful with me. Still, I find myself on the fence because it does sound like it could be cute. This is one that I will definitely need to read reviews on before I pick it up.

  • The Shortest Distance Between Love and Hate by Sandy Hall

The Shortest Distance Between Love and Hate

This book follows a girl who wants to reinvent herself in college. At her first college party, she makes out with a guy who just so happens to be the guy who ruined her life in middle school. This book interests me because it takes place in college which I would love to see more in books and contains the enemies-to-lovers to trope which I personally enjoy. However, it also seems like this book could come across a little immature for the age of the main character. I can definitely see this book being consumed by the Do-I-Like-Him-Or-Not? type questions and not much else which I really enjoy in books.

  • Truly, Madly, Royally by Debbie Rigaud

Truly Madly Royally

This book follows a girl who meets a boy who happens to be a prince and is whisked away to be a guest at his brother’s wedding. This book interests me for a few reasons. Looking at the cover, I can see this book features an African American main character and an interracial relationship. Thinking back to Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding and how big of a moment it was to see a biracial American girl as a European princess, I think it would be interesting to see this in the YA genre even though the couple in this book isn’t getting married. That being said, I’m not big on books or movies that have some royal element (besides The Princess Diaries). For some reason, I can never get into them! However, from the cover to the plot this sound super cute, so I’m only on the very edge of the fence for this one.

  • The Paper and Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie

The Paper & Hearts Society: Book 1

This book follows a new girl in town who discovers a book club where she can finally be herself. I’m interested in this book because it’s fun to read about people who love books. That being said, I see some red flags in this book’s description. There’s a big “not like other girls/people” vibe going on in the synopsis when it says she’s “tired of trying to fit in with her classmates” and has had “enough of her old friends who only talk to her when they need something.” Also, it mentions it is written by the “Zoella” of books and perfect for fans of Holly Smale. Hearing Zoella of books gives me Girl Online flashbacks which I did not enjoy at all. While I liked Geek Girl, I did find it leaning towards younger YA and something that I would have appreciated more at a younger age. I think this book could try to make the main character a little too quirky where it’s more a caricature and include way too many references to other works/fandoms for my own tastes. I’m definitely swaying away on the fence of this book, but maybe some reviews can change my mind.

 

What books are you unsure of reading?

 

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Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren Review

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Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren follows Evie and Carter, two agents in Hollywood who meet at a Halloween party and hit it off. However, their connection grows strained when their two agencies merge. When they find out they are competing for the same job, Evie and Carter struggle to figure out their feelings for each other.

I picked up this book by Christina Lauren for several reasons. I’ve been trying to branch out into adult books and I’ve heard that books by Christina Lauren serve as a great starting point. Additionally, I enjoyed The Hating Game by Sally Thorne and saw this book recommended if you enjoyed that book. Finally, this book as appeared as a Kindle Daily Deal, so I couldn’t pass it up. While I did overall enjoy this book, it is not my favorite adult romance. However, I would still recommend it to the right reader.

My favorite aspect of Dating You/Hating You was how large of a role the work of the two main characters played into the story. I found the business side of this book was really well explained. As someone not extremely familiar with the agent world, this really helped since it was a major driving force of the story. I appreciated how both of the main characters were really dedicated to their jobs and did not just give up working for their position despite their feelings for the other person.

Another aspect that I enjoyed in this book was the relationship. I can verify that this book is a great recommendation for readers of The Hating Game. The characters have a similar back and forth banter that many readers will enjoy. Additionally, both characters are fleshed out and likable which makes you want to root for them in their relationship.

That being said, there were a few aspects of the novel that were just a little average for me. The plot of this story isn’t new and I didn’t quite enjoy it as much as I did The Hating Game which I read shortly before reading this novel. The ending of this book is a little far-fetched, kind of the Hollywood ending in the movies that these agents in the book would be familiar with. While it is a fun and easy to read story, it is also somewhat forgettable.

Overall, Dating You/Hating You is a fun adult romance, but nothing new or different that it stands out to me. I give this book three out of five stars.

 

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Blogentine’s Day Wrap-Up

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From February 1-14, I hosted Blogentine’s Day on my blog. I featured book reviews, book tags, and other blog features that related to Valentine’s Day and my love of books. Here’s what I posted:

 

I hope you had a great Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day Book Tag

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

As per tradition, I’ve decided to complete the Valentine’s Day Book Tag to round out my Blogentine’s Day line-up. This tag was created by CC’s Books. Here are my answers:

  • Stand Alone Book that You Love

Eleanor & Park

I tried reading Eleanor and Park a long time ago, but couldn’t get past the first few pages. When I finally read it the whole way through, I absolutely loved it. I love how it captures the feelings of first love and has two really well developed main characters.

  • Dystopian Book You Love

Warcross (Warcross, #1)

I didn’t go into this book with the highest expectation because I tried to read other books by Marie Lu and it didn’t work out. However, I really enjoyed Warcross and how it reflects our society today. While this book didn’t completely blow me away, I understand some of the hype surrounding it. I can’t wait for the next book!

  • A Book You Love that No One Else Talks About

Torn Away

I picked this book up on a whim at my library and was shocked when I couldn’t put this book down. Torn Away follows a girl’s life after a deadly tornado sweeps through her town and she’s forced to relocate to a home with family that she doesn’t know. This book had a great message about family and really grabbed me from the first page. However, I feel like I haven’t really heard anyone talk about it online.

  • Book Couple You Love

Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King, #1)

I wouldn’t say Alosa and Riden are one of my top couples by any means, but I really enjoyed their relationship in Daughter of the Pirate King. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I read this book, but I found myself really liking both Alosa and Riden as characters.

  • Book that Other People Love, but You Haven’t Read Yet

Words in Deep Blue

I son’t much about this book other than hearing a lot of positive comments about it. It looks like a contemporary story with a little more of a serious tone, so I’ll have to check it out!

  • A Book with Red on the Cover

Life Just Got Real

The red dress on the cover also appears in the book, so I enjoyed seeing it on the cover!

  • A Book with Pink on the Cover

Bookish Boyfriends

I was lucky to receive an eARC of Bookish Boyfriends. While my feelings towards this book are mixed, I think the pink book on the front matches the book’s fun and fluffy story.

  • You were given a box of chocolate. Which book boyfriend/girlfriend gave it to you?

Renegades (Renegades, #1)

Adrian brought Nova food in Renegades, so I think he would also be the type to give a box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day, but he would be really shy about it.

  • You are single on Valentine’s Day. What book do you read? What movie do you watch? What TV show do you watch?

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I just started watching Drop Dead Diva on Netflix… and I’m hooked! This show perfectly balances interesting law story lines with the main character’s personal life. I have no problem watching a few episodes of this show in a row, so it would be a fun one to watch on Valentine’s Day.

  • You are in a book store. All of a sudden you get shot with an arrow by cupid. What new release will you love?

The Belles (The Belles #1)

I’ve been on a fantasy kick lately, so I added The Belles to my TBR quickly after reading the synopsis. I’m interested to see how to gray/color concept plays out and I’m interested in seeing if it stands out among other fantasy books centered on beauty.

Top Ten Tuesday: Romantic/Love Quotes

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is a love freebie. For my post, I decided to share ten of my favorite romantic book quotes. Here are my choices (Warning: Possible spoilers for the ACOTAR series):

1.) Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

“She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

2.) A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

“I have no regrets in my life, but this. That we did not have time. That I did not have time with you, Nesta. I will find you in the next world – the next life. And we will have that time. I promise.”

3.) Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

“Many boys will bring you flowers. But someday you’ll meet a boy who will learn your favorite flower, your favorite song, your favorite sweet. And even if he is too poor to give you any of them, it won’t matter because he will have taken the time to know you as no one else does. Only that boy earns your heart.”

4.) Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

“I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.”

5.) The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.”

6.) A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

“I heard every word between you. I knew you could take care of yourself, and yet … ” He went back to his pie, swallowing a bite before continuing. “And yet I found myself deciding that if you took his hand, I would find a way to live with it. It would be your choice.”
I sipped from my wine. “And if he had grabbed me?”
There was nothing but uncompromising will in his eyes. “Then I would have torn apart the world to get you back.”

7.) This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

“Holding people away from you, and denying yourself love, that doesn’t make you strong. if anything, it makes you weaker. Because you’re doing it out of fear.”

What are some of your favorite romantic quotes from books?

Kiss, Marry, Cliff Book Tag

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Since Blogentine’s Day is all about love, I decided to complete the Kiss, Marry, Cliff book tag. In this tag, you select three love interests and decide which one you would kiss, marry, and push off a cliff (or just reject!). For this tag, I decided to pick love interests from the nine recent reads and put them into three random groups. In the fourth round, all of my “marry choices” will be thrown together to select my favorite out of the whole group. I decided not to include any love interests from ARCs that I have read. Here are the results:

Round One

  • David from the Rebel Belle series by Rachel Hawkins
  • Kaden from Life Just Got Real by Sadie Robertson
  • Adrian from Renegades by Marissa Meyer

This round is actually not too bad. Kaden is the typical pretty boy, flirtatious love interest. As a result, he never stood out to me so I wouldn’t mind rejecting him. I liked David in the beginning of the Rebel Belle series, but he dropped off in the third book. I can easily put him in the “kiss” spot. Adrian definitely would be my “marry” choice this round. I absolutely loved him in Renegades and can’t wait to see where his character goes. He’s definitely one of my new bookish crushes!

Winner: Adrian from Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Round Two

  • Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas
  • Eli from Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
  • Park from Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

THIS ROUND IS RIPPING MY HEART OUT. I love all three of these characters so much. First, we have Rhsyand who I absolutely loved after A Court of Mist of Fury. Eleanor and Park’s the most recent read on this list and I thought Park was so adorable. Eli is one of my OG bookish crushes from the phase where I seemed to read only Sarah Dessen and Meg Cabot books over and over.

Even thought it pains me to say it, I’m going to reject Park. Since he’s the newest one on this list, I’m not as attached to him as the other. I’ll give the “kiss” spot to Eli. He’s a love interest that I really liked in the book he was featured in, but I don’t like him as much as Rhysand!

Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Round Three

  • Declan from Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
  • AJ from Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
  • Josh from Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

This is another round which is fairly easy. AJ was a pretty bland love interest for me, so I don’t really mind rejecting him. I liked Josh in Bittersweet, but he’s also not the most stand-out love interest that I’ve ever read. That means Declan ends up as the marry choice! I did really like Declan in Letters to the Lost and thought he was the bad boy trope done right, so I’m definitely okay with this choice.

Declan from Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Round Four

  • Adrian from Renegades by Marissa Meyer
  • Rhysand from A Court of Thorn and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas
  • Declan from Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

This isn’t so awful as I thought it would be. Even though I love Letters to the Lost, I’m going to reject Declan in this round. While I liked his character, I like the other two characters in this round a little bit more. For kiss, I’m going to choose Adrian. Since I’ve only seen him in one book, I don’t have as much an attachment to him as Rhysand. That means Rhysand is my final choice for marry!

Overall winner: Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

 

What characters would you kiss, marry, or cliff?

 

 

A Court of Thorns and Roses (Spoiler-Free) Series Review

 

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas follows Feyre, a poor but skilled hunter, who kills a wolf in the forest that turns out to be a faerie. As a result, Feyre is dragged into the faerie world by its master and is forced to live in his court. When Feyre begins to develop feelings for her captor, she finds herself caught in a centuries long battle between faeries.

When I first tried to read A Court of Thorns and Roses, I DNF’d the book at around 40%. For me, there wasn’t really much going on in the story and there were other books that I wanted to read more at the time. Months later, I decided to pick up the book again after hearing amazing reviews for the second half of the first book and the second book in the series. I’m glad that I gave this series a second chance because although it isn’t my favorite series, there were a lot of aspects of this book that I really enjoyed.

My favorite part of this series would have to be the characters. Every character in this series from the main character, Feyre, to the Suriel (who only appears three times in the book) is fully developed. Readers have a chance to learn all of the backstories of characters in the novel. While this can be a tad overwhelming at times, especially when all of the courts are together, it helped me better understand the relationships between different characters and the motivations for their actions.

Another aspect that I really enjoyed in this book was the world building. As someone who doesn’t frequently read high fantasy stories, I appreciated that Maas gave a lot of background information on the faeries, the culture, and their relationship to the humans on the other side of the wall. Additionally, I really enjoyed the descriptions of all the different courts. I was able to picture all of the places in this book in my head which was helpful as someone who usually reads books set in the world where I live.

I think another highlight of this book for me would have to be the relationships. As I mentioned earlier, all of the characters are so developed that it made their relationships even more special for me. None of the relationships in this book came easy and I liked how the relationships slowly progressed into friendships or romantic relationships. This helped every relationship in this book come across as real and authentic.

While I enjoyed many aspects of the books in this series, there were some aspects that I didn’t enjoy. Like I mentioned before, sometimes the pacing was a little slow. For me, this particularly happened at the beginning of both A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Wings and Ruin. Also as I mentioned earlier, while I appreciated learning the backstories of characters, I wished that they were sometimes spaced out a little more so I wasn’t overloaded with information.

Some other problems that I had with this series also only specifically applies to book three. I felt like some of the more dramatic plot points (character deaths or injuries) were repeated from earlier books in the series which made them have less impact the second time around. Additionally, I wasn’t a huge fan of the large emphasis on magic in the third book. I think it made the third book a little less character-driven than the previous books. Additionally, just a personal preference, I find that I’m never really interested in series that conclude with a book mostly focused on war.

Another disclaimer to add, even though this book is typically classified as young adult, it does contain some graphic scenes that may make some young adult (or even older readers) feel uncomfortable. This book definitely features mature romantic relationships with content more seen in new adult or adult books. Additionally, there are many traumatic backstories that may trigger some readers. Since this book contains many ruthless characters in a world headed towards war, there are also many violent and graphic scenes included within this series.

Overall, A Court of Thorns and Roses is a fun series that takes a unique take on the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. Since I really enjoyed the characters in this series, I can definitely see myself reading the continuation of this series which I believe will focus on some of the supporting characters. If I had to rate the books, I would give A Court of Mist and Fury five stars and the other two books in the series three stairs.