Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #1

Ten Hidden Gem New Adult Fiction Books


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the wonderful people at the broke and the bookish. This weeks topic involves books that are hidden gems in the genre of your choice. I chose to do New Adult fiction books.

At this point, just about any New Adult book is a hidden gem. Bookstores don't even have a New Adult section, which is a bummer since it's becoming one of my favorite genres! 

For this list, I've rounded up a few new adult books that I absolutely love! 

1) Flight by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Not only is Flight an awesome paranormal romance, but you can often score it for free on Amazon! That is exactly how I first discovered this series that takes place in the big easy! The world created by Ivy is engaging and the characters are hilarious. 

Check out my review of Flight here!


2) Shadows of the Ancients by Christine M. Butler

This werewolf story is truly entertaining! The main characters best friend manages to make me laugh practically every time she opens her mouth! Be warned however, the second book in this series is even better than the first!

Check out my review of Shadows of the Ancients here!


3) Bloodfire by Helen Harper

I wouldn't classify this as being a werewolf story, but instead a shifter story. I love how this book introduces all kinds of different shifters, from your typical wolf to a honey badger. It would be super wild to see some of the scenes that involve all the different animals.

You can see my review of Bloodfire here


4) Hope(less) and Clay's Hope by Melissa Haag

Melissa Haag allows us to see a story unfold in both the female's and male's pov. Both books are great in their own way. If you get the chance, I would say to read both, because it's pretty great to see the story from someone else's perspective. Not to mention, we got to see what was going on in Clay's head!

You can check out my reviews of Hope(less) and Clay's Hope!


5) Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

McGuire's Beautiful Disaster is one of the novels that first introduced me to the wonderful world of new adult books! Full of romance, action, and suspense, this story kept me turning pages. I had to know what was going to happen next! Far warning however, this isn't rainbows and unicorns love, this is messy...super messy love.

See my review of Beautiful Disaster here!


6) Deep Blue by Jules Barnard

Deep Blue is similar to Beautiful Disaster, however, it isn't quite as messy. It too kept me on the edge of my seat! The characters are great...especially Jaeger! 

Check out the review of Deep Blue here!


7) My Own Mr. Darcy by Karey White

This nod to Pride and Prejudice is, dare I say, one of the most adorable books I have ever read! It is a super cute romance that is sure to make you grin from ear to ear! 

Find my review of My Own Mr. Darcy here!


8) Accepting Fate by Deanna Chase

Although Accepting Fate is technically the second book in the series, you can definitely pick it up without reading the first. I did just that, and didn't feel as though I had missed a beat! I absolutely loved the light fantasy element Chase wove into the story! This is soulmates as you have never seen them before!!

Look for my review of Accepting Fate here!

*Not quite ten books, but I'm still working my way through this new genre! Hopefully I'll find some more hidden gems šŸ˜Š

Have you read any great New Adult books? Comment Below!!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Book Review: Crusade (Crusade Book 1) by Nancy Holder & Debbie ViguiƩ

Crusade Book 1
Title: Crusade
Author: Nancy Holder & Debbie ViguiƩ
Series: Crusade #1
Pages: 470
My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

The ultimate battle. The ultimate love.

For the past two years, Jenn has lived and trained at Spain’s Sacred Heart Academy Against the Cursed Ones. She is among the few who have pledged to defend humanity or die trying. But the vampires are gaining power, and the battle has only just begun.

Forced to return home after death takes a member of her family, Jenn discovers that San Francisco is now a vampire strong-hold. As a lone hunter apart from her team, Jenn is isolated—and at risk. She craves the company of her fighting partner, Antonio: his protection, his reassurance, his touch. But a relationship with Antonio comes with its own dangers, and the more they share of themselves, the more Jenn stands to lose.

Then Jenn is betrayed by one who was once bound to protect her, causing her to doubt all she had held as true. To survive, Jenn must find the courage to trust herself—and her heart.

I came across Crusade in a bargain bin at my local bookstore. I loved the premise and knew that I had to have it! Like most books I end up purchasing, this one simply got added to my TBR, which is pretty extensive. While cleaning out my bookshelf, I came across it once again and decided to read it. I have to say, that my bargain book skills are pretty top notch, because I absolutely loved it!

There is much more to this book than the synopsis explains. First off, the short snippet only talks about Jenn and Antonio, so when I started reading I was pleasantly surprised to find that the book is not just about them and their romantic woes. Instead, we get to meet a whole team of hunters!

Each member of the Salamanca Hunters is extremely unique. I'm not kidding! They are truly a diverse set of characters! Spanish, Japanese, Danish, and Irish lingo would all be used on a single page! It seriously brought me back to my high school Spanish days. The hunters are all great...except Jamie. I really want to like him, but I don't know if I can forgive his attitude. He's going to have to be pretty awesome in the next book to win me over!

Being a fan of all things action, I was enamored with the amount in this book. There was suspense, betrayal, fighting, and even some shock factor! At times, I found it impossible to put the book down, I had to finish a scene...or a chapter...okay or maybe the whole book!

Overall, I really enjoyed the crazy world that Holder & ViguiƩ created. I would say it's somewhere between True Blood and The Walking Dead, making it what I call an apocalyptic vampire action romance (sounds fancy, I know!).

"Do you know, Antonio's been going outside in the cold mornings, and then coming and putting his hands on your face, to bring your fever down. That's really awfully sweet, in a very strange way."


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