Favorite New Adult Novel
This was the hardest category, hands down. I am weird about NA romances. I actually dread reading them, and when I do, they turn out to be the best books ever! They are so often completely gutting, yet magical at the same time. Sometimes I find them a little difficult to read because I have a teenaged son, and it hits a little to close to home. I don’t want to read about teenagers doing it! But then once I am hooked into the story there is no going back.
My definition of New Adult: Books about 18-21 year olds who are broken and healed by love. Books that GUT you and put you back together again. Some of the best books I ever read.
I made a list of my top 20 (in no particular order) New Adult books and Series here. For this contest I will focus on the three I am giving away, but that list is almost ALL 5 STAR BOOKS, so check it out.
Although I am not giving away one of her books in this giveaway, because she is giving one in yesterday’s giveaway (novellas), I MUST mention Colleen Hoover here. You can’t even talk about New Adult without discussing the queen of it. I have read 6 books by Colleen Hoover and every one of them was a 5+++++ star rating, and they are all New Adult.
Watch Over Me by Tara Sivec: This story is so real, so gutting, so genuine, this came from deep within. It almost feels like we are reading private journals, it’s so blindingly honest. Yes, it is a tearjerker at times, but you will feel hope. After all, this book is about healing and moving on.
Tara Sivec, who writes my favorite funny book, The Chocolate Lovers, was able to take my emotions and just squeeze. I absolutely loved this book. Filled with incredible quotes, and despite tragedy, a very hopeful feel, it’s a must read. My favorite part was the use of Legos as a metaphor for life:
“And if something doesn’t fit, if one of your pieces just isn’t working, you can put it aside and find another one. There are so many pieces to work with that you don’t have to try and force one in where it doesn’t belong. You may not need that piece right now, and it may not be helping you right at this moment, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important and won’t fit somewhere else down the line when you need it more.”
Purchase Watch Over Me by Tara Sivec (standalone)
Left Drowning by Jessica Park pulled every emotion possible out of me. It was so well written that I feel no review can do it justice. You can tell this one took a lot out of the author to write. Jessica Park knows how to write a unique story that is completely addicting. She took what could be depressing and made it delightful. She knows just when you’ve had too much and turns it around on you. I think the dedication of Left Drowning really speaks well for the book.
“This book is for everyone who has survived. You are not broken. You can love and be loved, despite what may feel like the eternally brutal nature of the world. Even when you’re drowning and so far under, there is always time to reach for someone who will teach you how to breathe again.”
Purchase Left Drowning by Jessica Park (standalone)
There is heartache, loss, forgiveness, passion, guilt…and so much love. And the sex was off-the-charts hot.
I absolutely loved this book. It was the perfect blend of searing emotions, healing, love, loss, friendship, heartbreak, hot sex and so much more. Jasinda hit this one so far out of the park, that ball isn’t coming back.
“When we come together, when we kiss, when we drowse into sleep side by side, we’re falling into each other, and that’s when I’m okay When I’m falling into him.”
Purchase Falling Into You
This was by far the hardest category. I have 20 NA books on this NA list that are all 5 star reads, and I know I missed a few.
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