I don’t want to give the impression that I wouldn’t recommend these books. Especially for the target market- tween and teen girls, this is an excellent series. Pierce’s strengths are in plot and creating characters that readers care about.
The heroine is strong, confident, and imperfect. She struggles with becoming the person she dreams of being and finding her place in the world she lives in. She has to learn to accept herself. As she grows up and changes over the course of the novels, her dreams and desires change, just as they will for the readers of the novels.