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Monday, May 25, 2015

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New Adult: Two Reviews + Guest Post

Hello! My name is Haley! Some of you may know me from My Addiction: Books. Sophia has graciously allowed me to guest post at Bookwyrming Thoughts today (thanks, Sophia! :)). I decided I wanted to talk about New Adult (NA) fiction. Recently, I discovered this genre and read two books from it. This post will include my reviews of both books, and my overall first impression of NA fiction. Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments!

Easy (Contours of the Heart #1)
Author: Tammara Webber
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars

When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she's single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life.

Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by her ex's frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that night - but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound.

When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but he's hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.

Easy was a very problematic read for me. The main things I took issue with were the romance and how sexual assault is portrayed.

The romance: Where do I even start? Firstly, Lucas is your typical bad boy love interest. He's not unlikable, but he doesn't stand out in any way. And then there's this whole drama View Spoiler » and I just felt it was really unnecessary. Also, Jacqueline and Lucas meet when he rescues her from a would-be rapist, and that did not sit well with me. Their whole relationship was based on that, and it felt insta-lovey.

How rape is portrayed: I have never been in Jacqueline's situation, so forgive me if I sound judgmental. But I find it hard to believe that the attack would have no effect on her relationship with Lucas. She has no problem kissing Lucas and having sex with him even after she was almost raped. And also, I strongly believe that rape/attempted rape should not be used as a way for the heroine to be saved by the hero. 

I had some big problems with Easy, but it wasn't unenjoyable. I liked Jacqueline enough, and I am so pleased that there was no slut shaming.

Overall I'm not impressed but I didn't completely dislike Easy. So two stars.

Unravel
Author: Calia Read
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Six months ago, I was happy. I was simply Naomi Carradine.

One month ago, I was admitted into a psych ward.

Yesterday, Lachlan visited me. Kissed me. And told me that I’m starting to lose my mind.

Hours later, Max haunted my thoughts, reminding me I’m not crazy and that he needs my help.

A few minutes ago, I drifted further from reality, trying to unravel the past.

And now...everyone thinks I’m insane. But, I know he's real, and I know he needs me.

Do you believe me?

I think Unravel was a great novel.

Unravel is fascinating, because we have a mentally unstable narrator. Naomi is in the psychiatric ward. She is in love with a man named Max, but her doctors believe he doesn't exist outside of Naomi's mind. The story alternates between Naomi's life before entering Fairfax Mental Institution and her life during her stay there. Throughout the whole story, you never know whether Naomi's story is real or all in her head. That really interested me.

Also, I really liked Naomi. Her voice is so raw and honest, and I really felt bad for the situation she was in. And I like both Max and Lachlan (the love interests). It is rare when I don't mind a love triangle, but this one was done well. Both love interests were sweet and sexy.

The ending was really surprising. I had a theory about what would happen, but I was shocked to find out that I was right! It was a real surprise and I thought it was a good ending.

Overall, I thought this was a great novel. It had romance, mystery and great characters. I totally recommend it.

Overall Impression of New Adult Fiction

I read two very different novels. One was a contemporary romance. The other a mystery/suspense novel with some romance mixed in. One was, while not completely terrible, unimpressive, and the other was simply amazing. Overall I would say that New Adult a genre worth trying, but in my short experience, I have found that the books in this genre are either hit or miss. You will either like the book or you won’t. But I think there definitely are good books in this genre. I already checked out two more NA novels from the library (Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover and The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay). Let’s hope these are some of the good ones.

And that’s my first impression of the NA genre! What do you think of the genre? What are some of your favorite NA novels? Be sure to comment! And if you like my reviews, please check out my blog My Addiction: Books (www.myaddictionbooks.blogspot.com) where I blog with the awesome Carina for reviews, book-related memes, tags, discussions and more!

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Sophia is the owner and founder of Bookwyrming Thoughts. She also doesn't fit the Asian stereotype (maybe a little). She's a first year Communications major from the St. Louis area, though she sometimes wish she wasn't. Books, chocolate, technology, and music are among some of her favorite things. For more of her work, visit her personal website.

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