Book Blog- My Foray Into New Adult

Recently, I've been doing reading some of the most successful authors who are publishing in New Adult.  The two books I'm blogging about today are both rich and layered, and while they have mature content, they're both books that I think could fit into a YA space, with high school-aged protagonists and complex characters who overcome traumatic pasts.


From Amazon:

I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.
Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her—her identity, her spirit, her will to live—pay.

Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But the more he gets to know her, the more of an enigma she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he will ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding—or if he even wants to.

The Sea of Tranquility is a rich, intense, and brilliantly imagined story about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.

From Talia:

So this book was pretty intense.  There was some beautiful, poetic writing about the meaning of life and love.  It's the kind of heavy, dark read that I'm not usually drawn to, yet I found it compulsively readable, engaging and powerfully uplifting.  The characters are unapologetic, but they are ultimately survivors.  I couldn't help hoping for their redemption, and the book didn't disappoint. While there were references to sex and sexual situations, this one felt like an older YA.  I wouldn't hesitate to put it in the hands of an older teen.  My favorite quote:

People like to say love is unconditional, but it’s not, and even if it was unconditional, it’s still never free. There’s always an expectation attached. They always want something in return. Like they want you to be happy or whatever, and that makes you automatically responsible for their happiness because they won’t be happy unless you are.

But you don't have to take my word for it, over 5000 readers have given THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY an average rating of 4.67 on Goodreads.

From Amazon:

Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies...

That's what Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she's never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he's nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn't at all who he's been claiming to be. When the secrets he's been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky's life will change forever.

From Talia:

So this book is not exactly a secret.  It's currently the number one Kindle book on Amazon.  It also as over 14,000 ratings and 4.68 average on Goodreads.  Those are incredible numbers for book that's only been out since December 17.  Hopeless is another love story involving two characters overcoming emotional trauma.  As Sky and Holder grow closer, their secrets start to unravel.  The building romance is enhanced by the mystery surrounding both them.  I loved how so many of the characters in the story were interconnected.  And, while this book was definitely on the sexy side, the sex didn't feel gratuitous, but was earned between the characters.  The story also has some shocking violence, so I would say it skews much more on the adult side of New Adult.  But it's also a sweet romance at heart.

My favorite quote is an exchange when Holder's introduced to Sky's friend Breckin:

Holder: "I thought Mormons weren't allowed to have caffeine."
Breckin:  "I decided to break that rule the morning I woke up gay."

And, I love this swoony one, after Sky apologizes to Holder that he will not be her first:

"F*** all the firsts, Sky.  The only thing that matters to me with you are the forevers."

If you are thinking of checking out some New Adult titles, I'd suggest starting with these.  How about you?  Do you have any recommendations for me?


Please please please don't tell me this is your only definition to NA. It's so much more than this.

Hi Stina,

Not at all! The opening was meant to be a tongue and cheek lead-in to two really wonderful books. I don't want to detract from them, so I've edited this post so the focus is on the featured books. I may tackle a post about the genre as a whole at some point, but I don't think I've read widely enough to even try. Thanks for letting me know the post was reading that way.

I have read wonderful things about Easy by Tamara Webber. I have it to read, but I haven't even read Through the Ever Night and that was like the first book I wanted to read this year, so Easy will wait. Oh and The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines.

I'm still getting a handle on NA but I'm thinking it has to do with the age of the characters, maybe in college, that sex isn't taboo or off the page, but it isn't gratuitous or explicit. It's also not as unusual for the main character to be living on their own without a dead parent or parents to contend with. Or for them to be traveling. Or even have a job.


I've heard really great things about Hopeless by Colleen Hoover. I want to read that and her other book, Slammed. I'd seen them around the blogs, but my aunt recommended them and I knew that if she liked them, I would enjoy them too. Thanks for sharing! :)

Thanks for sharing this NA insight :)


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