I imagine most of you are familiar with this series. It spawned a huge fandom and I finally read them all, just to see what the fuss was about. Let me tell you-- it's about some amazing writing and a Romeo and Juliet kind of romance that makes readers yearn for hope and peace. The thing is, it's also a great deal about war, especially in books 2 and 3. So if you are going into these thinking it will be Twilight, you are mistaken. The characters are far more interesting, but the focus really is not romance for most of this series, despite the way the series kicks off. Given that I like a good romance and am not so huge into war/battle stories, I struggled some with books 2 and 3, but the writing continued to be beautiful and the whole thing is very action-packed.
I do wish I had understood more of what was going on at the end of book 3, though.
I taught middle school, I write characters who are 13-14, and my oldest daughter is in middle school. To those of you in 5th-8th grade and even older, I hope I can offer even a smidgen of help & encouragement as you traverse the waters of middle school and on into high school and adulthood. Here I'll post tips on achieving balance and success in school, life and relationships, as well as inspirational posts and book recommendations that will keep your brains and hearts engaged. I also post about similar themes in my Instagram, so find me there, too!