By now you have probably realised that I pick and choose the top 5 Wednesday's that I do. I checked out this week's, and I liked it, so here I am! You can check out future topics in the Goodreads group here. But this week, the topic is books for people who want to start out reading a genre of your choice. So, I've decided to come up with some books (or mainly authors) which I think would be a great way to venture into New Adult. And let's be honest, it is pretty much all I read, so you could say I'm kind of an expert.
Elle Kennedy's 'Off Campus' series. I never thought I would like reading about a bunch of hockey players, but man was I wrong! There are now 4 books in this series, and each of them follows different characters who all have different issues. Some worse than others. I honestly loved all of these books, but my favourite was by far 'The Score'. That is definitely for those of you who want to start off with a more steamy read, because... yeah.
Charade by Nyrae Dawn was one of the first New Adult books I read and I freaking loved it! I never expected to like it as much as I did. I can see a real similarity between Nyrae Dawn and Katie McGarry's writing. They both write about characters from difficult backgrounds which really makes for an interesting story. The only difference is Nyrae's characters are a little bit older and more mature. But seriously, don't be turned off by the ugly cover, because it was so good!
Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino is one of my all time favourite books. I can't eve explain it because I read it so long ago, but the way it was written was just so captivating and reminded me a lot of The Notebook. So if you like The Notebook minus the sad ending, this book would be fantastic!
Anything by Colleen Hoover would be great to be honest, but specifically I would recommend Maybe Someday. I feel like this book was so well written and the twists in it are so unexpected that it would be a great book to start with. It's not too heartbreaking and it's got a really good romance in it! Also there's a music soundtrack to go along with the book, which is pretty cool.
The Burying Water series by K. A. Tucker has a real mix of romance and suspense and it is fantastic. I recently finished reading the series and they just keep getting better! Except for number 3, I wasn't a fan of that one. I feel like this series may not be the best for your first New Adult venture, however for your 2nd or 3rd, definitely! You'll be on your seat from the very first page!
I hope if you were looking for some New Adult books, you have found some here. I highly recommend any books by these authors. Also, some honourable mentions: Christina Lauren, Denise Grover Swank, Max Monroe and Leisa Rayven
Ok, so I wouldn't call myself an audiobook connoisseur, but over the last year or so I have really gotten into listening to audiobooks. Some have been really good, and some not so much. So I decided to share some of my favourites with you all :)
The Princess Diaries (Take Two) by Meg Cabot. I read the first book, and it was a mission and a half to be honest. So for the second I decided to listen to it on audible and thank god for that. It was way more enjoyable, although mostly because Anne Hathaway read the story which made it really cool. Honestly, the narrator either makes or breaks an audiobook, and Anne Hathaway did a really good job. I'm planning on listening to the 3rd one eventually, but after that I am pretty sure someone else narrates them.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Anne Brashares. I am pretty sure this was my first proper audiobook! I listened to it on my way to my prac last year and I really enjoyed it. The story was decent, but I think Angela Goethals, the narrator, did an amazing job of bringing the story to life. She would very barely change her voice, but you were easily able to distinguish between the four characters. Her expression was also great, I feel like I wouldn't have found it as amusing if I had of read the story myself. I tried listening tot he second book though and it was a different narrator which I really didn't like, so I haven't continued it. Maybe one day.
Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven was an AMAZING audiobook. First of all, the book is hilarious so I was constantly laughing while I was listening to it. The book is also SO addicting. So if you start listening, make sure you have a good 11 hours to spare. I loved this book so much, and Andi Arndt was a great narrator. She had really great expression and the tone and pitch of her voice were pleasing to the ears haha!
These next two I am putting together as they are in the same series and read by the same narrators. Burying Water and Becoming Rain by K. A. Tucker, have to be my all time favourite audio books. Not only are the books fantastic, but the two narrators Elizabeth Louise and Josh Goodman were fantastic. Not going to lie, when I first started listening, I didn't like Elizabeth's voice very much, but that quickly changed. Honestly, I don't even know how to describe it. I thought it might just be because of that particular book however, after listening to Becoming Rain as well I realised the narrators were just awesome! And damn, Josh Goodman has a NICE voice! How is that even possible?! But dayum.
If you have any suggestions of audiobooks I should read, please let me know!
Oh, I just realised I lied. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants was not my first audiobook! Landline by Rainbow Rowell was! Landline is one of my favourites however, I only listened to half of it on audio because it wasn't fast enough for my liking!
Honestly, Audible is such an amazing app. I highly recommend it for those of you who haven't tried it yet. you pay i think $14/month and you get one credit for an audiobook (it rolls over if you don't use the credit in that month so don't even worry). I just really like it for books that I'm not sure if I want to read, or for books that I don't own and really want to read. I highly recommend trying any of the books mentioned above :)
Do not be fooled! I haven’t actually read anything in about a month I’m just only now finding time to actually write this review up! Anywho, I read this book in August and I liked it a fair amount.
I read the book in a few hours, so it was definitely a very quick read. Lately I haven’t really been enjoying reading books from the Young Adult age group, so I wasn’t really expecting much from it. I did end up liking it, but it does have a few elements that are always in YA, which has been turning me off of it lately. Just things like the cheesiness of it all and the awkwardness that comes along with teenagers.
The book is basically about this tom boy girl who is the quarterback on the boys football team (which is totally realistic right?). It deals with some family drama, such as her dad not approving of her wanting to go to college for football (how unreasonable of him…). Enter Ty, who is new to town and is also a quarterback. Will he take Jordan’s place on the team?!? Will Jordan get into the college of her dreams?! And most importantly, the question on everyone’s lips. Will Jordan get involved in a love triangle that is so ridiculously frustrating? Yes. Yes she will. Because this is YA and how can you possibly have drama without a love triangle??
I have read book 4 of this series (Breathe Annie Breathe) which I also really enjoyed. I picked up on a few inconsistencies in the writing which I think was most likely the result of it being book 1. I also felt like the ending wrapped up way too fast, I didn’t really feel like anything was resolved. Honestly, why do authors wait to the last 50 pages or so for everything to happen at once, and then wrap everything up so everyone lives happily ever after in the last chapter? I find this is more common in YA than any other genre. It usually also follows up with an epilogue that takes place 6 months after the book ends showing us how happy the main characters are now. I just think you spend the whole book getting to know the characters, getting attached to them, going through all the drama with them only to be left with a chapter that’s basically a “and they all lived happily ever after the end”. Getting back on track though the ending didn’t really make sense for the story.
The main character was also very immature and bouncing back and forth between two guys. Pretty sure she even said something like "well I'm not going to leave x if x won't be with me". Which is ridiculous because she went 17 years without a boyfriend and now she suddenly has to choose between the boy she loves (and knows she loves), and some guy that she doesn’t really like but is staying with him because it’s cool to have a boyfriend. I suppose that YA for you though. Also lots of drama! But again, that is YA for you :P
So from that review you probably think I didn’t really like the book, but I actually did enjoy it. It was an easy read where I didn’t really have to focus and I could just get invested in the drama which was exactly what I needed at the time.
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Published: December, 2011
Format: eBook, 252pages
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Acquired from: iBooks
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