It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover – Mini Character Mood Boards

Recently, I was reminded of an old favourite book, It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover, as I noticed a lot of people talking about it on Twitter. I decided to re-read it, and let me tell you – it was just as good as I had remembered. This book contains some powerful messages, and deal with some sensitive topics such as: alcohol abuse; attempted rape; depression; domestic abuse (graphic); and suicide (brief discussion).

I decided to make mini character mood boards of each of the three main characters: Lily, Ryle, and Atlas.

Lily

I loved Lily as the main character who the story was told in the perspective of. Everything that she went through broke my heart. I decided to put a picture of the ocean because her motto in the book was, “Just Keep Swimming” from Finding Nemo. I can’t even imagine going through half of what she went through; her mother told her early on to be brave and bold when trying to realize her dreams of opening a flower shop, and she kept that mentality all the way through the book. Her journal entries were a unique touch, and I enjoyed the parts where they came up.

Ryle

This was a re-read for me, and the second time around, I noticed a lot more red flags of Ryle’s than I did the first time. One moment he could be the sweetest guy, and the next he was a nightmare. He had a lot of inner demons that he had to battle, and even though he said that he wouldn’t use them as an excuse, I felt that’s all he did whenever he would apologize to Lily. The cycle of abuse in this book was terrifying and eye-opening.

Atlas

Atlas was a sweetheart. He was reliable, kind, hard working, and an all around amazing guy. I thought it was so cute that at the beginning of the book, he would cook for Lily at her house, and by the end he owned his own restaurant. Just like Lily, he didn’t let his life circumstances stop him from realizing his dreams. I want to believe Atlas’ exist in real life, because if they do, then there is hope for the world.

Have you read It Ends With Us? What did you think? I’d love to know 🙂

– Catherine

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Shadow & Bone Trilogy | Character Mood Boards

I just recently finished the Shadow & Bone trilogy in anticipation for the upcoming Netflix series based on the books, so I thought it’d be fun commemorate that by creating some character mood boards from the books!

I did this before for Simon vs. The Homosapien’s Agenda as well, which you can find here if you’d like to check that out. 🙂

Alina Starkov:

Alina, otherwise known as Sankta (Saint) Alina, is the protagonist of this series. At the beginning, she is described as a quiet, odd, and pale girl – almost sickly. Once she realizes she has magical Grisha powers, the colour returns to her face as she’s no longer suppressing the power she was born to exhibit, and she really grows into a strong character who sees her worth.

The Darkling:

As the name suggests, The Darkling is the antagonist of the series. I thought he really had potential in the first book to be that evil character that I couldn’t get enough of, but as time went on, he got worse and worse, to the point where I didn’t really like him anymore. He and Alina had that like, one steamy scene in Shadow & Bone, but in the other two books that kind of faded. Part of me wishes that continued though because I found it so thrilling.

Mal Oretzev:

Mal is a childhood friend of Alina’s as they grew up in an orphanage together, and later, he is her love interest. He is also a tracker and Soldier of the First Army. Personally, I didn’t like Mal that much because I found him to be really boring, and at times, possessive. I feel like if they had better communication skills, so many problems in these books could have been avoided!

Overall, I enjoyed the series, though if I am being honest, I think book twitter really hyped it up a lot so I think my expectations were much higher. However, I’m excited for it to become a T.V. show – I’m curious as to what the similarities and differences will be!

Have you read the Shadow & Bone trilogy? Did you enjoy it? I’d love to know your thoughts!

– Catherine

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