Empress of the World by Sara Ryan
I’m not 100% sure how I feel about this book. I just put it down not an hour ago, and I’ve been trying to come up with an accurate description about what it left me with since then.
The romance in the book is cute, that’s for sure. Battle was a character I fell in love with right along with Nic, with her gorgeous hair and habit of biting her hangnails. Both characters were lovely and realistic and I really liked how their relationship was crafted, as well as the way every other relationship in the book was as well.
What I really liked was that the book’s main focus wasn’t on Nic stressing out about her sexuality. In fact, most of that felt natural and easy. There were a couple points where she asked herself if she were gay or bisexual or what was going on, but she didn’t worry about it too much, and when her and Battle started getting close, she just let things happen. There were a few people that picked on her, but most of her friends and the people around her happily excepted her and Battle’s relationship as it began to unfold, which is nice and differs from a lot from many other coming-out teenager stories.
Where the book fell flat for me I suppose was in the actual plot line - what was actually going on. The answer is nothing really. They’re all off at school, and they go to class, and they eat dinner, and they go to their rooms and talk, and then they go for a walk, and then they go to bed. Rinse and repeat. Because the relationship was handled so lightly, I felt like there was no real drama to the book. There was a part in the middle where their relationship went rocky, but I felt like it got back on track pretty easily, and it didn’t really effect anything at the end of the day.
So overall, I did like the book, and if you’re looking for a quick, cute read, it’s defiantly good for that. I just didn’t feel there was a whole lot of substance behind the story.
3.5 Stars Out of 5