Hi everyone! I am here with another book discussion that I have been pondering over. We know that there is always the discussions over why adults read YA and that is a whole discussion for another time, but, how do we feel about NA?
If you are unfamiliar with what NA means, NA stands for New Adult which is a new genre that came about a couple of years ago where the characters are a bit older than your typical YA genre characters. They tend to be in their late teens/early 20’s and are typically college age. Most times, NA seems to be romance books but I believe that there are other subgenre’s out there such as Dystopian and Fantasy.
NA took the book world by storm and it does not seem to be slowing down any time soon and I have got to say that I, personally, love NA! I know that the age of the characters are over 18, which really means that they are adults but this is a bit different from an adult novel.When I think of adult characters, I think of the struggling Mom of a few kids, or the newly divorced Mom looking for love. Honestly, this is the life that I live everyday. Why would I want to read about books that remind me of my own adult life??
I enjoy NA because most of the time, the character’s are in college and I missed out on that! I never went to college. Well, I did but I didn’t go away to school and I feel like I missed out on a huge rite of passage! I encourage my Senior daughter to go away to school everyday! Also, sometimes, the books start out right after high school graduation where you are still undecided and everything is exciting and new. All you have known has been school your whole life and now you are a brand new member of the real world!!
Don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed a few Adult titles. (Fifty Shades) But I honestly have not read too many. Anytime I read the blurbs on the back, they do not interest me and I end up just placing them back on the shelf. Also, their covers, at least in my opinion, are not as exciting as NA.
Do you read a lot of NA? Have you heard of this or are you just hearing this for the first time here? Do you read a lot of Adult titles? What are your thoughts?
A Son of Carver: A Carver High Novel by Haven Francis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
My initial reaction to this book was a HUGE SQUEEEEEEE!!! (That was really high pitched too! Like little girls getting chased by little boys on the playground high pitched! Just sayin!) Look at the cover! Hot, hot, hot!! With a capital H!! This was a fantastic Contemporary romance!! I could not put it down and just wanted to keep right on reading.
My favorite aspect was the dual POV’s. I really liked getting in the head of bad boy Nash! From the outside he was full of all kinds of bad boy holy hottness but on the inside, he was just mushy gushy. (yes, that is a word because I said so)
I also loved the fact that these two characters hated each other in the beginning. (I mean they really despised each other. It made for great sexual tension! What? Why are you looking at me like that? It’s true and I only speak the truth!) This was not an insa-love which we see all too often. They actually tried their hand at friendship first.
I believe this is a second in a series and now I cannot wait for the next book AND I have GOT to get my hands on the first one! You can read this one without reading the first but, I think there is a lot that happened in that first book that may leave me not liking my boy Nash so much, soooooo, I am so glad that I read this one first:)
Thank you to YA Bound Book Tours for the review coy in exchange of an honest review!
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On the heels of a brutal attack, Emma Southerly finds herself swept away to Palm Springs, but she can’t run from trouble, especially when it has a habit of chasing her down. A mysterious stranger is posting incriminating photos of the less-than-upstanding citizens of Belle Mère, but is it a friendly game or something more sinister?
When Jameson West breaks his bail and tracks her down, he delivers more bad news. Emma’s landed on the suspect list. No one knows who killed Nathaniel West, but now there are two suspects, two investigations, and two people with every reason to turn on one another. Someone in Belle Mère is a murderer—someone closer to both of them than they could ever imagine—and unless they stick together, they might find themselves falling into a trap instead of falling in love.
Because when the cards are dealt, everyone might lose.
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Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart by Tiffany Truitt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book was so sweet! A perfect summer contemporary full of love and it even has a road trip!!!!
I loved both the main characters! Kennedy was rough and kind of snarky. He is the type of guy that is never lonely and always has candy on his arm. (if ya know what I mean?) Annabel use to be that way too, I mean who do you think taught Kennedy? But, she had a huge tragedy in her family and it made her change her ways. She now has a plan for her life and nothing will stray her from that plan.
It really helped that the book was written in alternating POV’s. We get to know both characters a little better and really can get a picture of the true story. The whole idea of seven dares was awesome and I could not wait to see what Kennedy would make Annabel do next.
My favorite part would definitely be the road trip! Who doesn’t love a road trip to a music festival? I liked that Annabel “let loose” if just for a little while.
The ending was great and perfectly wrapped up! Thank you to the publisher for the review copy in exchange of an honest review!
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Today I wanted to do something a little different. I haven’t really posted many discussion posts and I am curious to get your thoughts on some things that have been on my mind.
I know that they say to never judge a book by its cover which is very hard to do if you are a book lover! A lot of times, the cover is what draws my eye to the book itself. There have also been times that I can tell what type of contents are in the book just by looking at the cover.Obviously, if there is a man/woman together on the cover, it will be a romance book but…sometimes, even that can be deceiving.
I, personally love books with bright, eye-catching covers. Those are the ones that I am most drawn to and most likely will purchase since they look so pretty on my shelf! Sometimes, the covers have nothing even to do with the story and I will find myself agonizing over what the meaning of the cover is and why they have chosen that particular one for the book. I also find myself looking on the cover and trying to decipher which character is whom and deciding if they actually look like the character that I have in my head?
These are some of the prettier covers of books that I have read. Some of them I own and some of them I have read on my kindle but the covers are what have really drawn me to each of them. Some were a DNF and others, I absolutely adored.
Whenever I go into the book store, I try my best to not reach for the books that in my opinion have the “pretty” covers but I ALWAYS DO! AND…I sometimes feel like I might be missing some really good books because I tend to only pick up books that I am attracted to the cover to actually check out the blurb and see if it is something that I am interested in? I think this is just how my brain works?
I know that I cannot be the only person with some of these issues!?!? Do you tend to judge a book by its cover? What are some of your favorite covers?
Never Missing, Never Found by Amanda Panitch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I have recently become a big fan of psychological thrillers. I think it is the heart pumping, questioning, trying to figure out what is going on that I really love about them. Never Missing Never Found has a really intriguing premise and an ending that will leave you speechless! I have to tell you that you will not see it coming!
This is the first book that I had read by Ms. Panitch and I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more to come. I really enjoyed the characters. Especially Scarlet! She was written to be strong, so much stronger than even she knew. I enjoyed getting little snippets into Scarlet’s time in captivity. As a reader, you were able to get a glimpse into what life was like for her and it explained a lot about the way the she was after she was found.
The ending though! Eeeeep! Gah!! That ending was Uh Mazing! I literally did not see it coming! I loved it though! I
cannot Will not go into too much detail about the ending or the book itself but…… if you are a fan of We Were Liars…..Then pick this one up! You will love it too!
I was given this review copy from the publisher in exchange of my honest opinion.
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Tree of Truth by James Huss
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A great dystopian read from a “new-to-me” author! Thank you to Elephantine Publishing for the review copy!
The premise of this book is great! It takes place in the far future where there is a “great disease” that takes the lives of many. There is zero technology so they rely on books to get answers to any questions they may have. (LOVE THAT!)
I was a little lost on how the pilgrims were chosen, I believe that only males were sent on a pilgrimage and I believe the only male that was safe was the family leader?? Not sure about that but the idea is that a male gets sent out in search of the cure for the great disease. No one knows where the disease came from and they do not have much knowledge about it.
None of the pilgrims have ever returned from their search and they always “go to the light” (die) somewhere along the way. My favorite part of the book was that the pilgrims will write about their journey in a book that they keep with them until the end. Once the books are found, they get taken to the closest village and placed in the “Pilgrim’s Library”. This is where you can read accounts of thousands of people’s stories about their journey.
The two main characters are Marlowe and Shelley. The story is told in Marlowe’s POV and I normally do not enjoy reads from the male POV but this book was the exception. I think it was because of the story line which really intrigued me. Marlowe and Shelley really like each other but they are not destined to be together.
The ending was a bit sad and we are left on a cliffhanger. Looking forward to the next in the series!
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