August 28, 2016 by Valerie Ullmer
Favorite Reads – August 28th, 2016
YA and New Adult Books
When I finally became serious about writing, I honestly had no idea what genre to write in, much less the age group I would be writing for. Although my first love was romance in all it’s forms, I also devoured biographies, mysteries, some horror, and then I discovered the Harry Potter series. The series contained everything I loved in a story; action, friendship, and the possibility of romance.
I immediately went to the library and researched how to write in the YA genre. I wanted to write a book that contained the feelings and, well, let’s face it, the magic of Harry Potter, while being distinctly unique.
What I soon realized is that writing YA/New Adult is much more difficult than I had anticipated. While you have to create characters and worlds from scratch in any genre you write, YA also required a sensibility and knowledge that I had long ago forgotten. While I remembered some of what happened in school (most of it was repressed for good reason), I found myself unable to create a world that was believable and I found that my characters acted more like adults than teenagers.
Because of my experimentation in the genre and audience I wanted to write for, I quickly narrowed my focus to romance. While I still loved to read YA and New Adult books, I drifted toward romance and haven’t looked back.
The following three books are YA/New Adult releases that I fell in love with when I read them. They are all unique, but the story and the characters grabbed my attention from the first page.
Wicked (A Wicked Saga #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.
Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.
Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.
But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.
My Rating and Review
This book had everything. It was funny and sweet mixed with a badass heroine in Ivy and a wonderfully mysterious hero! I can’t wait for the next book in the series!!
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
My Rating and Review
This was a very original book that hooked me from the beginning. Although Maddy is insulated from the world, she is well read and interested in all things, including architecture and her next door neighbor, Olly. Their relationship was gradual, but by the end, their strong connection was completely believable, and remarkable. I enjoyed this book a great deal and would highly recommend it.
Push the Envelope (Blythe College #1) by Rochelle Paige
Alexa is just your average college junior, attending classes and piloting Mile High Club charter flights.Boys haven’t been on her radar for a couple years after a disastrous breakup with her high school sweetheart. Her plans to focus on school hit a bit of a snag when she meets bad-boy Drake Bennett and he sets his sights on making her his own.
Drake transferred to Blythe College for the rugby team, not for a new assortment of college girls. He’s sexy and cocky, and he attracts women like moths to a flame. When he meets Alexa, Drake knows he’s met his match. She tries to resist him, but Drake isn’t used to taking no for an answer.
My Rating and Review
This is a refreshing New Adult book that I loved from Page one, and I usually abhor New Adult releases. Alexa is a strong heroine, a pilot who has a great business sense, a great friend, and a wonderful daughter. She is responsible and when she meets Drake, despite her instant attraction, she contemplates whether she even should get to know him. Drake is pushy and blunt, but once he gives his word, he doesn’t break it. Alexa and Drake’s relationship is intense, and the two characters are wonderful. The only thing I wish for was more from Drake’s POV, but it was a great story and I highly recommend it!!!