So, you’re not sure you like the new adult genre. You’re not sure it’s for you. It’s too contemporary, too real, too angsty, too… whAnthologies rock!!
So, you’re not sure you like the new adult genre. You’re not sure it’s for you. It’s too contemporary, too real, too angsty, too… whatever! My suggestion? Try an anthology. Try THIS anthology. It’s only $1.99 on Kindle and Nook.
The authors are what drew me into this anthology. There are some “reliable” new adult authors in this anthology. There are also some authors that I had no idea were writing new adult. It’s a very eclectic list!
And these stories aren’t all about that famous “first time”. It’s about all sorts of different firsts. It was kind of fun to figure out what the “first” was in each story!
Here are my short reviews on each of the stories:
The Corner of First and Second by Gennifer Albin – This one was over waaaaaay too soon, just like your first time ;) Kind of made it perfect, though. I loved it!
Daylight by Julie Cross – I cried my eyeballs out in the library breakroom and freaked out more than one co-worker in the process; not at all what I expected!!
A Little Too Scarred by Lisa Desrochers – Thank you, Lisa, for writing crappy Rick’s story! This is where he shows he grew up and became a better person :)
Already this book is soooo worth the $1.99. That’s a large fry at McDonalds and so much healthier!
Once Bitten by Cole Gibsen – I like the writing.
Crash by Sophie Jordan – Hunter’s story!!! I must have more!!!
Under the Seryn Moon by Melissa Landers – PERFECT sci-fi short romance story. On Goodreads Melissa actually explains more about what the story is about in the reviewers section :)
How to be a Heartbreaker by Lauren Layne – Not what I thought it would be but so rewarding!
Two in the Morning by Roni Loren – At first I was nervous because it was M/M but it was done SO well – loved it!!!
Believe in Me by J. Lynn – Ollie and Brit’s story!! Seriously, it’s their story!!! For some reason I have written the words “rattled” and ” ‘she’ shook me”
Sharing Firsts by Molly McAdams – Perfect title! It’s their first fight; they’ve been together forever.
Strike Out by Myra McEntire – I enjoyed this one because it’s set around baseball and with it being spring training right now…
This is My Sign by Hannah Moskowitz – This is the story I liked the least and it’s only because I’m not a fan of this type of writing.
Going for Broke by Lyla Payne – The whole point of this story was to say to not settle.
For the Sake of Science by Mark Perini – I wasn’t a fan of this one either. It just kept screaming to me, “written by a guy”.
Love in an Elevator by Carrie Ryan – A lot accomplished in a short!! Carrie Ryan surprised me :)
Bunga Bunga by Andrew Shaffer – I had a total Pulp Fiction moment reading this…
With the Lights On by Alessandra Thomas – Not one of the strongest stories but it was good.
Field Emotions by Melissa West – A fun, quirky one – it totally made me smile when I finished!
Grind by Tracy Wolff – Awwww, what an ending… I love the writing and this writer! Dual POV, too!
Once Perfect is Cecy Robson’s first story in her Shattered Past series, a new adult romance series. It’s Ms. Robson’s unique spin on the old3.5 stars
Once Perfect is Cecy Robson’s first story in her Shattered Past series, a new adult romance series. It’s Ms. Robson’s unique spin on the old story of the good girl and “bad” boy from the wrong side of town. It’s a story where ultimately our heroine, Evelyn (Evie) proves to Mateo that they have more in common than one would believe looking in from the outside. I really enjoyed getting to that ultimate lesson at the end of the story, it made the ride worth it.
The story is told from Evie’s POV and we meet her as she’s getting ready to start a shift one night at the nightclub she works at. Mateo is the head bouncer at the club but because of the demands of his job, he’s always appeared more scary to her than friendly. Because he’s so easy on the eyes, she sometimes just can’t help herself from checking him out. He’s still scares the crap out of her, though!
It’s not until an incident in the club’s storage room where Mateo comes to Evie’s aid that she realizes that Mateo actually has a soft, gentle side… possibly for her? Oh, yes he does.
What starts out as a regular romance turns out to be the best and hardest thing Evie has ever gone through because it brings back memories of a past she’s been trying to move forward from.
What I liked about this story was the focus on the Latino culture and family customs and how they can impact relationships outside the family. This was an underlying tone throughout the entire book but only came front and center towards the last half of the book. I kind of wish it was the entire focus of the book. But I believe it will be the crux of the next book, Once Loved. But besides the cultural slant to the story, there were so many other issues going on in the story that I kind of think too many were in the kitchen cooking, as the saying goes. I understood the need for it all but I think some of it made the story kind take a while to hit it’s stride in the first half of the book. I’m not too sure. I’m still puzzled over this one.
You see, for the first half of the book, I was meh… then when I got to about 80% and I was all like, “Now we’re talkin’!” I couldn’t put the book down to save my life. A lion could have come up and nibbled on my calf and I wouldn’t have noticed.
It was also about this time that Ms. Robson started setting up the next books in earnest. She brought out the background characters to play and hoo-wee! Mateo’s sister Lety is awesome! And Brody? He about stole the show right out from under Evie and Mateo. Can you tell I’m excited for their book, which is next?
So yeah, I liked Once Perfect but I wasn’t bowled over like I ALWAYS am by Ms. Robson’s UF series, Weird Girls. I do love you, Cecy, and this was a hard review to write but I’ve got to be honest. I more than just liked this book because the ending rocked. It was just the beginning that had me a bit all over the place wondering where we were going.
Did I mention I love you, Cecy? Ugh…. I hate when I can’t write awesome reviews all the time…
Wow, I had no idea what to think when I picked up this story. Well, I knew I would end up confused at times. I ALWAYSTricky world but a great story!
Wow, I had no idea what to think when I picked up this story. Well, I knew I would end up confused at times. I ALWAYS have a tough time with time travel stories and alternate/parallel worlds. I usually let the facts wash over me and nod my head like I understand. It’s how I got through college so it’s served me well. I think that skill came in handy with Dissonance, Erica O’Rourke’s newest world. But through it all, I really, REALLY enjoyed reading this book and ended up loving this story!!
Delancey “Del” Sullivan is the only one in her family of “Walkers” named after a train station in New York (everyone else is named after something in Chicago), she’s absolutely stands out as a prodigy of the family, having shown talents as early as four years old. But being talented doesn’t mean life is easy for her because her older sister, Addie, is PERFECT, as in by the book, rules, and manual perfect. So when Del makes a mistake, it’s like the end of the world has come crashing down and, “why can’t you be like your sister?”
Mom and Dad are super busy working 12 hour days for the Consort, leaders of all the Walkers. So Del has issues with authority and being told what to do by absentee parents. Which leads to Del “Walking”, a lot, on her own. Just as her grandfather has been teaching her since she was a tot.
Already you’re probably thinking, “Gee whiz, you’ve thrown some world-specific terms out at me and this is only a review!”
Don’t worry! Okay, I did at first… I paid real close attention to the rules of walking, terms, the definitions at the beginning of each chapter, etc. But then about the second chapter, I just let go and let the world flow. If it’s an important enough concept to the plot, Ms. O’Rourke will reiterate. You’ll get it – don’t worry. Now, if you’re a complete airhead, don’t understand algebra, or you can’t get out of your neighborhood without GPS turn-by-turn navigation maybe this book isn’t for you.
… but you’ll miss a great story.
Del has had a crush on Simon Lane for a few years. But Del doesn’t think Simon would ever notice her. Walkers are supposed to stay un-noticeable, in the background. The crux of the love story is this: if Del and Simon “hooked up” in an echo world, would Simon have ever have noticed her in the “Key” (real) world otherwise? What a conundrum for teenagers, huh? Turns out there’s a lot more going on than Del ever realized.
So, why only the four stars?
This is a looooong story that I personally think could have been tightened up to about 400 pages. I lose interest in long books, that’s why I read a lot of YA books. I often think that teens are turned off by the thick books, as well. Believe it or not, they look for thin, quick books so they can satisfy a Summer Reading Challenge or an assignment for school. I know, crazy! NOOOO, authors should NOT sacrifice a piece of personal art for the audience!!! I just think superfluous stuff not essential to plot should go. Wow, I’m getting in deeper and deeper… I better crawl out while I can!
Eliot, the typical best boy friend. Need I say anymore?
And why, oh why can’t any of the YA books I’m picking up lately NOT end on a pseudo cliff hanger? Dissonance is no different. There’s closure to the story line but there’s the typical YA cliffhanger that begs you to want to read the next book… that Ms. O’Rourke is currently working on per her blog. UGH…
It’s been a long, hard road to get to this book, for both the characters and myself. I’m not even joking. This was the toughest series for me to readIt’s been a long, hard road to get to this book, for both the characters and myself. I’m not even joking. This was the toughest series for me to read to date. I read to escape reality, not dive headfirst into some of the darkest parts of it. But I did and I made it. The question is: do Nova and Quinton make it?
I really thought going into this third book that it would end up being the romance I was searching for in very first book. I really shouldn’t put any expectations on books anymore because they never turn out the way I hope. Don’t get me wrong, there is romance in this story but it’s a sweet, slow burn to the end. Surprisingly, throughout the story I didn’t know for sure if they were going to end up boyfriend/girlfriend, friends, or whatever. But the way the story was told and the obstacles they had to overcome, I was fine with whatever they ended up being. Weird, huh?
I guess it’s a case of magic in the storytelling – I actually enjoyed the complex study of Quinton and Nova surviving and coping with life and working their way to getting everything they want.
I’m trying real hard not to spoil this book (or the series) but what stands out the most about the plot is the reversal of positions between Quinton and Nova. Nova needs the help and Quinton needs to get his act together and try to rise to the occasion, for Nova.
Despite the snail’s pace of a start, once we get about halfway into the book things start to pick up and get interesting. We’re hearing regularly from the supporting characters. We’re in the flow of this dual POV story. And once you’ve hit around 80-90% we’re off to the races! Ms. Sorensen leaves herself a surprise or two for the ending. Just enough to make you want more.
Tristan: Finding Hope is a free short story that is expected to be published on June 3rd, 2014. The next book in the series, Wreck Me, is due out October 22nd, 2014 and is Tristan’s story.
Perfect cute, summer read! Full review as soon as I stop smiling....
It’s summer time. That fabulous time for reading lots of books! Lots oPerfect cute, summer read! Full review as soon as I stop smiling....
It’s summer time. That fabulous time for reading lots of books! Lots of sunshine, rainbows, cotton candy and happiness. None of those downer books about apocalypse, arms being ripped out of sockets, your dog died so you’re going on a bender of epic proportions and getting a tattoo. NO, NO! No dark books! Those are for the rainy days. Or in case you can’t stop smiling after you finish this book, because that is a strong possibility…
I loved how we’re introduced to Charlie. She’s our narrator and she’s in the midst of getting pulled over for yet another speeding ticket. Been there and done that myself so I could totally relate. We’re quickly thrown into the battlefield called her family. This family consists of three older brothers – Jerom, Nathan, and Gage – and their father who is a police officer. Throw in the neighbor boy next door, Braden, who is always over and is considered family and you have a whole ton of testosterone and almost no estrogen.
The fact that Charlie is being raised in a household full of guys has led her to truly be a tom boy in every sense of the word. She’s had to fend for herself through all the “fun” girlie growing up moments. But she’s also one tough cookie, very smart, and extremely quick witted.
Yes, yes, this is a romance and from what you can tell from the synopsis, Charlie crushes on Braden. Blah, blah, blah… it’s a freaking awesome “love” story, yes. BUT what did I enjoy the most in the story? The brothers!!! Their banter back and forth was freaking hysterical!! If this is how Ms. West always writes, I HAVE got to read more of her books. I ate up the dialogue between Charlie and her brothers (with and without Braden) like it was the last piece of dark chocolate on earth; I savored and devoured it!!!
That is why I gave this book a five star review, in case you were actually wondering or unclear.
There is so much more to the story than what I’m alluding to, hinting at, or otherwise mentioning here that you really should just go read this. I highly recommend this book to those readers that like YA that is fun, light-hearted, but maybe with a tiny touch of serious drama added in. This book is a strong standout among the plethora of YA romantic books out on the shelves.
Got you wondering, don’t I? You know you want to… You can always cleanse your palate with a dark zombie book afterwards ;)
Bravo, BRAVO! *claps hands furiously* Full gushing review soon...
As soon as I saw the amazing cover art, I needed to have this book! NeveBravo, BRAVO! *claps hands furiously* Full gushing review soon...
As soon as I saw the amazing cover art, I needed to have this book! Never mind the synopsis; I am a sucker for a beautiful cover. What drew me into this cover were those clouds. Add in the layout of the girl, the white text on the darker background and you have, in my opinion, one of the best book covers of 2014.
But would the story be worthy of such a mesmerizing cover? I think so.
Story / Tempo
The book opens with seventeen year old Princess Lia being “prepared” for her wedding to a prince from a neighboring kingdom. Lia is struggling with the restrictions and responsibilities thrust on her shoulders. The most notable restriction, she can’t chose who she’s to fall in love with. She’s jealous of her three older brothers who played with her like she was one of the boys and made sure she knew how to protect herself. They are allowed to flirt and choose who they are allowed to love. It’s Lia’s strong sense of self that gives her the courage to run out of her wedding and hide in a distant village to start a new life. If it wasn’t for the two pesky hotties who show up: one who makes life difficult and one who can possibly make everything perfect(?)
The key word for this entire book is DECEPTION. Everyone, even the writer, is deceiving someone.
I found no problems with execution of the story. There was one lull in the story at about 20%. Otherwise, I wasn’t bored. Some say the story was predictable but I never saw that. Maybe I haven’t read enough fantasy. But I do have the first two A Song of Ice and Fire books by Martin under my belt, along with Jordan’s The Eye of the World. I think that gives me some street cred…
The story is written in multiple POVs, with a chapter dedicated to each voice: Lia, the Prince, and the Assassin. Love my multiple POV books!!
Because the story is written in multiple POVs, the reader is afforded a thorough view into the mind of each of the characters. You understand that Lia is struggling with living in a small village while not endangering those around just by her mere presence. The assassin is trying to complete his mission of killing the princess. The Prince is struggling with his anger over the fact that the princess thought to run out on their wedding before he did.
Well, okay, it is predictable that both these guys are intrigued by the Princess. Operative word is “intrigued”.
YES, Virginia, there is a love triangle.
I hate love triangles. I especially hate them when they don’t go the way I want them to. I could tell you who I was rooting for. But that might ruin it for you! I will tell you that this triangle plays out such that you are lead to the correct guy. There’s really no question who she should be with in the end.
Yes, Virginia, the story ends up dangling off the cliff a bit.
I hate cliff hangers. But this one wasn’t bad. Hence why the five stars. Ms. Pearson nailed the ending brilliantly. I can still hear the clapping from days ago when I finished the book… I was rather boisterous in my cheering at the end.
Completely appropriate for the YA audience it’s written for, this fantasy story would be perfect for those readers who enjoy high fantasy but don’t have the time to devote to the huge tomes written by Martin or Sanderson. It would also be a great way to introduce fantasy / high fantasy to a reader.
The next book in this trilogy, The Heart of Betrayal, comes out in 2015. *sigh*
In the meantime, if you’d like to read the first chapter of The Kiss of Deception or peruse the beautiful map of the world, check out this Macmillan website. The link goes directly to the “World” page so you can see the map. It kind of rocks…
I don’t even know where to begin. How do I explain and review this story and pay it the justice it deserves? Why did I see the title of this book andI don’t even know where to begin. How do I explain and review this story and pay it the justice it deserves? Why did I see the title of this book and cringe a little? Let me explain a bit. The “Fly House” has nothing to do with flys, as in those pesky things that haunt your picnic. For some peculiar reason, I kept getting awful images of that when I saw the title of this book. That or a roach motel. You all know I’m weird so it’s expected.
But this Fly House is a “house” that trains dragons. There are several houses that take on a task in the process of breeding dragons for the Plutians. But I’m getting waaaaay ahead of myself.
This story uses multiple POVs. After a little bit of a “storytime” moment set in the future, our story sends us back in time to the present day. We’re now following Maeve Aypotu, the heiress to a pharmaceutical/medical supply fortune who just wants her rich and aloof parents to leave her alone. But they’ve reluctantly paid for Maeve to be chemically suspended in time while the Earth is “repaired” so she can be revived when all the nastiness is over and life back on Earth is back to normal. Maeve relents and joins her folks in the Archive, figuring it would be better “sleeping” through Earth’s mess than suffering through it in her crappy apartment.
I can’t even begin to explain the rich, complex fantasy, dystopian, romance that occurs after Maeve wakes up! The story is set on Earth so there isn’t really a big sci-fi aspect to the story. Only that there are aliens on the planet. That’s about it.
One thing is for sure, this book is NOT for the kiddies. From characters with the most unusual names (for a very good reason) to some the most, errrr… carnal and impassioned love scenes I have read, this IS a grown up read.
The book is written from multiple POVs so if you sometimes have trouble with switching of POVs, you may get a bit confused. I personally LOVE multiple POVs. I get confused when there is a separate narrator to the story. But that’s my own little quirk. With the multiple POVs, I felt like I got a better understanding of each character’s personality and motivations. Especially the Plutians. Creeps…
This is a stand alone and it is perfect that way. There is a ton of action, too. Oooo, I can’t believe I almost forgot about the action! Flying dragon fights!
I’d be writing the longest review in history if I touched on all the coolest parts of this book. So I’m glossing over and saying the writing is fantastic. The characters are completely unique and often times hysterically funny as only Ms. Provencher can write. She rocks the snark and satirical humor like nobody’s business.
My only beef with the book was that I wished there was more time spent with the dragons. But then, I think chocolate goes good on anything and everything. Too much of a good thing is probably bad…
As I was approaching the end of Breaking Nova, I knew I had to have the next book in my hands. After a frantic search to make sure it was3.5 stars...
As I was approaching the end of Breaking Nova, I knew I had to have the next book in my hands. After a frantic search to make sure it was even OUT, I was lucky to find it on NetGalley. Phew, crisis averted.
Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t read Breaking Nova, this review will make no sense what-so-ever. You’ve been warned!!!
Even though this series was panning out to be such a toll on my psyche, I was truly invested in Quinton’s soul and his redemption. Between Quinton and Nova, his character was the one that I felt the most sorry for (yes, I’m aware my grammar sucks). Even though it felt like both “kids” were being punished for things out of their control, his punishment seemed a bit harsher, more brutal. But that’s just my opinion. I’m sure a book club could dissect that query for hours on end.
At the beginning of Saving Quinton, Nova is recovering. She’s healing and even without all the answers, she’s strong and brave. So brave that she’s determined to make it her mission to save Quinton. But he’s in a self-imposed hell. And he doesn’t believe for one second that he deserves to come back from hell.
Yes, this book was savage, merciless, and a complete kick in my gut.
My review is completely based on a combination of reading and skimming. After just coming off Breaking Nova, I was shredded. That’s about the best word for it. So after reading for a while and seeing what was happening to Quinton, what he was doing to himself, I had to start speed reading/skimming. Again, Ms. Sorensen’s writing was mesmerizing and the story wasn’t a straight line heading in any direction I could predict. So a skimmin’ I went. Hey, I’ve got a family to keep happy and only so many happy pills in my medicine cabinet. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do…
The ending… *sniff, sniff*
It’s not easy but it works. My stomach still clenches thinking about how Quinton got there. YES, I will be reading the next book in the series, Nova and Quinton: No Regrets. I’m hopeful this will be a happy ending for them…
This is a series I sort of jumped into the middle of, having started it with the third book, Believe. I actually had no problems starting th4.5 stars
This is a series I sort of jumped into the middle of, having started it with the third book, Believe. I actually had no problems starting the series in the middle and I really loved that story!
Shatter is Kylie’s HEA, err, I mean story. She’s the fourth best friend who had her heart shattered by her boyfriend, Nathan, when he hooked up with her very drunk best friend, Robin (her story is the one that precedes this one and trust me, Robin does NOT let herself off the hook for the mess she made!). Nathan then preceded to try for a repeat performance with Robin for an entire summer but Robin was having nothing to do with the jerk.
Shatter starts shortly after Believe as Kylie is just trying to keep her head above water. She’s trying to get her grades back to passing. She especially needs help in chemistry. When Kylie goes to meet with her new tutor at a coffee shop off campus, she finds that the tutor isn’t the greasy, geeky guy she just introduced herself to. It’s actually the good looking guy zoned out listening to his headphones she had checked out first. Oops.
I absolutely LOVED with all my heart and soul and toes and pinkies that Ms. McCarthy wrote a smart, good looking, and, how do you say… all alpha male in the sack? She has got THE best couple of the year with Kylie and Jonathon. Kylie’s the girl who has always seen the brightside to life but is only seeing a dark fog covering the world right now. Jonathon is almost too smart to know what he really needs in life. If he doesn’t know something, he goes out and learns EVERYTHING about it until he’s an expert. Kylie is the type of girl who would just wing it until she got it right.
So freakin’ perfect for each other, they just don’t know it!
The story itself is not at all what I had expected but when I actually thought about the title of the book, I realized I’m an idiot and I should have known. The story is well written and even with that tiresome but often used literary device of *groan* misunderstandings between the lead characters, I really enjoyed just about every single page of the book! The story moved fast and I never grew bored or wanted to put the book down. Ms. McCarthy is just a flat out talented writer!
I think my two favorite things about this story are the multiple side stories that add to the main storyline and Jonathan, himself. Can you tell I’ve got a little crush on the guy? He is totally my dream guy and I think I may have dated an enginerd way back when who sort of resembled him. Enginerd broke my heart but I know “Darwin” just wouldn’t…. eee gads! I’m lost in a book again!
You’ve just got to know I’m a sucker for good, non-angsty new adult romance. An outstanding finish to the True Believers series, this one was spot on for me in so many ways… mostly because of a guy they call Darwin ;)