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New Adult- Reviews

Hi everyone!

So I’ve been kind of in a new adult obsession recently. I’ve finished six NA books within a week which is kind of crazy considering that’s already surpassing my monthly amount of books read in March.

But before I say anything more I’d just like to point out that I think the new adult genre is vastly misunderstood and so are its readers. Many think that’s it’s all just trashy characters and too much sex (which I’ll admit is out there), but I’m under the firm impression that literature is literature and we’re free to read whatever we want to, hopefully without harsh judgement from others. I personally, was just in the mood for a romance when I picked up my first and now I’m hooked. It’s a genre I hope to explore even more in the future.

Because of the amount of books I’d read and my lack of blogging I thought I’d combine the two and:

1. Shed some positive light on the genre

2. Share some thoughts on the NA books I’ve read

These reviews will only be short because let’s be real, I don’t have enough motivation to write six full length reviews. Sorry 🙂

They will be in the order I read them.

First up is Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

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From the synopsis of this book I was not originally very impressed. It sounded very good girl meets bad boy and can’t resist his good looks and at the start this is what it was looking to turn in to. But as we delve deeper it becomes a lot more than that.

The characters are a lot more than one-dimensional as we are introduced into Travis’ fight club scene and Abby’s gambling prowess. I found these incredibly exciting and original. The romance between these two was really addicting and cute though at times very fast paced and the plot kept me hooked all throughout.

My main issues are quite difficult to express but here goes. It’s clear that the relationship is quite poisonous and I think this book is about trying to change yourself. At the end I didn’t feel this aspect resolved. Commitment doesn’t equal unconditional love and this is all the audience is given. Plus the male lead was annoyingly possessive at times. Other than that I was very happy with this book and I gave it;

4-stars

Addicted To You by Krista and Becca Ritchie

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I was hesitant to read a book about sex (and alcohol) addiction between two main characters fearing it would just turn into a very cheesy rom-com-like romance and I’m disappointed as it it did sort of turn into this. The characters were extremely unlikable as they hid their addictions from family and wouldn’t admit to each other they had problems and they dug their own graves as they lied and lied and lied some more. Lily especially never learnt from her mistakes and both had single-tracked minds (which is understandable, but still) didn’t allow for the audience to really get a good grasp on the story. It felt like the plot never progressed from the constant sex that was going on. The cliff-hanger however, is making me want to continue. I was a little bit let down only giving this one:

two-and-a-half-stars

Too Far Trilogy by Abbi Glines

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My main thought about these books: I CAN’T STOP READING, THEY ARE SO ADDICTING. Even when they aren’t that good, they just keep managing to suck you into the story. Blaire the main character is the issue with these books. She is the most presumptuous person I’ve ever read from the point of view of. For example, when Blaire and Rush kiss for the first time and Rush stops, says he needs to get out of here before it goes too far and leaves the room, Blaire starts going on about how he must be disgusted with me blah blah blah. It’s like: ‘Girl, get your head out of your a**’.

Fallen too Far was quite slow to begin with but lead up to a really good ending that left me like ‘what?!’ The writing isn’t anything special but definitely keeps you flipping those pages. And apart from Blaire’s annoyingness I did enjoy the first book giving it:

three-stars

Never Too Far was an improvement on the first. The thing I noticed most was that the plot line really developed and became stronger thus not just leaning on the make-out sessions between Blaire and Rush. Speaking of which, I started to like Blaire a lot more in this one. She wasn’t as presumptuous but she still did remain stubborn. The characters, I felt, developed from the attracted-sexual-tension-y leads we are introduced to and turned into individuals whilst at the same time still needing each other (if that makes any sense whatsoever). The drama once again kept me very entertained. I gave this one:

4-stars

Forever Too Far was overall a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy however still ended quite abruptly. The characters are assumed to live happily ever after but a certain plot line was left open. Something that rather shocked me in this book was the completely inappropriate handling of mental illness. A certain character is going through depression and experiencing suicidal thoughts and the main characters are just like ‘it’s for attention’. That’s never okay. However, the characters finally accepted each other in a very swoony ending that I liked a whole lot.

three-stars

Clarity by Loretta Lost

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This one was definitely my favourite new adult book that I read. It follows a blind girl who is an author living in isolation after a series of traumatic events affect her. One day she is visited by two doctors who give her the chance to regain her sight and the opportunity to be a part of her family again. She goes on a journey of friendship and family.

OMG I really loved this one! The characters were so great especially the love interest Liam (the doctor) and Owen (the other doctor) who made me laugh out loud multiple times. It’s been a while since a book has made me do that. The writing was very vivid, a talent that must be difficult to present given that the main character is blind, but some passages were extremely beautiful. The plot hits you in the heart straight away in the prologue and keeps you very entertained until the end. I just wanted more! This short book was just getting crazy when it ended. I gave this one:

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and definitely recommend it!

So those are the six new adult books I read this week.

Have you read any NA novels? If you have I’m definitely open to suggestions, put them in the comments below!!! If you’ve read these ones let me know your thoughts!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll talk to you in my next post.

Always,

Liam

Goodreads: Liamo’d

Twitter: @liamslibrary83

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3 thoughts on “New Adult- Reviews

  1. It’s weird to me that NA is widely accepted as a genre and not simply an age-group. Unlike YA Sci-Fi or YA Hist-Fic, for example, the stamp of NA is usually a preface (like 90% of the time, I’d say) for contemporary-romance (which is fine I guess?) but the implications it gets that it shouldn’t often involve trashy characters or leans more on sex just because it’s “supposed to be” suited for an older audience is funny to me. Sometimes life gets trashy when you’re carrying the usual baggage into that NA lifestyle. And sometimes there’s sex too. I guess one argument would be that there are perspectives that are grounded and “good” which aren’t being told because we only see the usual suspects of good-girl/bad-boy/misunderstood-drama/i-can-fix-them tropes blah.

    I don’t even know where I’m going with this haha so I’ll just stop typing. Just felt like rambling per your comment on NA getting pooped on haha.

    But in regards to other NA reads: plenty of bloggers have insisted I try Colleen Hoover for decades now (alas, I have not yet) but that might be an interest to you.

    Cheers,
    Joey

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    1. This is so true! Really NA is just a classification of books for the time after high school, through college and sometimes a bit beyond. Really it has nothing to do with romance but it is put that way because they don’t want younger readers to be exposed to sex. But Clarity is an example of no sex simply age related NA, I found it quite refreshing (not that I have anything against sex in books). It’s sad that you almost expect cheesy romance and bad characters whe you pick up an NA book so I just wanted to share my own perspective and put out some positive vibes.
      Thanks for the comment!

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  2. This post is interesting, mainly because admittedly, I haven’t read a single NA title (or if I did, I’m not aware?). And I think my (shameful) reason for this is that I have no grasp of what the genre is about and I’m too caught up with YA to venture out. So yeah. I might try harder this year.

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