Hi, everyone! Welcome back to our New Adult event!
Today, I am so excited to introduce you to Jaime from Two Chicks on Books! I hope that most of you already know her! If not, she’s super amazing and you should go check out her blog! Today, Jaime is discussing why she wants New Adult books to branch out to different genres, as well as offering up a must-read list of new adult books!
I totally think this is such an important topic. Why? I’m getting sick of the same old NA contemporary stories. Yes, I love them some of them. Others, though, blend so much into other NA stories that it often feels like I’m reading the same old thing all over again. I can never find any NA books outside of the contemporary genre, with the exception of Randi Cooley Wilson’s amazing NA paranormal series. I want to see that change. Trust me when I say that I am VERY excited to read some of Jaime’s recommendations!
Hi everyone! My name is Jaime and I usually blog over at Two Chicks on Books but my buddy Nichole asked for people to help her out with a post about New Adult books so here I am!
Want to hear a couple confessions? Of course you do! Confession #1 I hate contemporary books (Adult, NA, & YA) I only read Fantasy, Paranormal, Sci-fi, Dystopian, etc. so that leads in to confession #2 I have not read much New Adult. But here’s the thing, I want to read more New Adult! I love my YA books but sometimes I like a little steam and sex in my books. The problem is that most NA Books are contemporary and like I said I don’t like/read contemporary so I don’t read them much. Also a bunch of my friends have told me that they tend to blur together after a while because there’s only so much you can do with contemporary stories.
So I have made a list of some New Adult in other genres like Fantasy, Paranormal, Sci-fi, Dystopian, etc. that I have read or want to read. There’s not many though which is sad. We need more non contemporary New Adult books! Authors please write some because I will read the shit out of them!
Ok so here’s the list of New Adult I have read! All Books are linked to their Goodreads pages.
The Study and Glass by Maria V. Snyder. Maria is one of my all-time favorite authors and these two series are my all-time favorite Fantasy books ever. This really is NA but the publisher likes to call it a YA/Adult crossover. But the character isn’t in her teens so really this is New Adult. Genre Fantasy.
A Court of Thorns And Roses & A Court of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas. I know the publisher markets these as YA but I call bullshit! These are definitely NA with heavy sex scenes. The publisher only calls it YA so they don’t lose her fan base (which they wouldn’t). Genre Fantasy.
The Architect of Song (Haunted Hearts Legacy #1) by A.G. Howard. I love A.G. Howard’s Splintered series and that was pretty steamy for YA so when I heard she was writing a New Adult I knew I had to read it! This historical fantasy was brilliant, beautifully written, and very steamy! I’ll just leave you with two words… Soul sex 😉
Astarte’s Wrath by Trisha Wolfe. Also beta read this and loved! It is Historical Fantasy!
The Causal Enchantment series by K.A. Tucker. This was K.A.’s first series before she went all contemporary on me lol. I actually beta read the last 3 books of the series for her after falling in love with book 1. I love this mash up of paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, alternate dimensions, and swoony romance! Also book 1 of this series is free on Amazon so give it a go!
And here’s the New Adult I want to read!
Vial Things (A Resurrectionist Novel #1) by Leah Clifford. Genre Paranormal.
Inspire (The Muse #1) by Cora Carmack. Genre Paranormal.
The Wicked Saga by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Genre Paranormal.
The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Genre Fantasy
Unknown by Wendy Higgins. Genre Post-Apocalyptic/Sci-Fi.
The Queen of Blood (The Queens of Renthia #1) by Sarah Beth Durst. They’re calling this High Fantasy a YA/Adult Crossover so let’s just call it what it really is. New Adult High Fantasy.
Ok so that’s my list I hope you check these out! Also if there’s a NA book that’s not a contemporary that you think I should read tell me about it in the comments section and I’ll check it out!
Thanks so much for stopping by, Jaime! I hope the rest of you enjoyed this post, as well! I know I did! I’m really excited to dive into these books & I already started one of them!!!! Have you read any of these books? Do you have any other NA suggestions that are not of the contemporary genre? Let us know in the comments section below!
More about Jaime:
My name is Jaime and I have been blogging here at Two Chicks on Books for over 5 years! When this blog started I had a partner but after almost 2 years I decided to break from that partner and run the blog on my own! I also used to be a reviewer for the San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review and did that for about three years. I am the Publicity and Marketing Director with the amazing Month 9 Books and I truly love my job!
Reading and music are my two passions and you will often see them combined somehow on this site. I am also a huge sports fan and if you follow me on twitter @arnoldjaime13 you’ll see my crazy tweets when the Oakland A’s and Oakland Raiders are playing, or there is a NASCAR race on.