Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Review: The Bone Season by Samantha ShannonThe Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
on August 2013
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Science Fiction
Pages: 480
Format: Hardcover
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It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others’ minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing.
But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city—Oxford, erased from the map two centuries ago and now controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly—as soldiers in their army.
Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.
The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine—a young woman learning to harness her powers in a world where everything has been taken from her. It also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.

Supposedly this book is the first part of a 7 part series…I don’t know how in the world that will happen, but more power to the author Samantha Shannon for totally going for it. This booked was so talked about and so hyped up, I thought it was going to just blow me away. I put it down after about 10 pages completely overwhelmed and confused by the amount of info dumping in just the first chapter. It was so confusing trying to figure out all the slang and new words they were using, I got frustrated and lost interest.

I finally forced myself to pick it up again, and just powered through it. After awhile, I started to get the hang of what was going on in this new world that had been created, and my interest in the actual story started to develop. It was just so slow, and I kept getting bogged down in all the words. I consider myself a fairly intelligent person, and I started reading at a very young age, so I very rarely have to pull out a dictionary to look stuff up, but I totally did in this book. It was almost like the author would throw in extremely difficult vocabulary on purpose, it really aggravated me. I only continued to read it because underneath all the words, was an interesting story that pulled me along. I wanted to find out what happened to Paige, and there was enough action and adventure to keep me invested in this book.

The love story was totally bogus though because it was all Stockholm syndrome if you ask me. I hate when the girl falls for the bad guy that has kidnapped her. Several time during the story she even nurses him back to health…what?? Not me. I would have stabbed him the minute I had  a chance. It was not believable and I definitely was  not pulling for them to be together.

Also, she wants to go back home, but not to her dad, her mime lord that obviously is using her and doesn’t give two craps about her, and her gay crush that broke her heart. Say what?? According to her they are her peeps and they are the ones that care about her. Okay. So I really had trouble connecting with this chick…I really wanted to slap her for not being very smart.

I really am not bashing this book. I mean, I read the whole thing ,and to be so young the author did a great job. Maybe it’s because it was so hyped up, it just made me expect too much from the beginning. For whatever reason, I just had to find out what happened at the end. That is unusual for me because normally if I’m not liking something, or it’s just not for me, I will DNF a book real quick. I don’t have time to read books that I don’t like.

I gave this one three stars because even though there were lots of things I had trouble with, underneath it all was a fabulous idea that pulled me along to the end. I have no idea if I will read the next one. Maybe I will give it a try just to see if some of the problems have resolved the next time around.

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Literary Darling AKA Lindsay is a married, mother of two and a full time nursing student. Blogging and reading has become a way to stay sane!

Review: Starters by Lissa Price

Review: Starters by Lissa PriceStarters by Lissa Price
on March 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
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“Readers who have been waiting for a worthy successor to Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games will find it here. Dystopian sci-fi at its best, Starters is a terrific series kickoff with a didn't-see-that-coming conclusion that will leave readers on the edges of their seats . . .” raves the Los Angeles Times. In the future, teens rent their bodies to seniors who want to be young again. One girl discovers her renter plans to do more than party--her body will commit murder, if her mind can't stop it. Sixteen-year-old Callie lost her parents when the genocide spore wiped out everyone except those who were vaccinated first--the very young and very old. With no grandparents to claim Callie and her little brother, they go on the run, living as squatters, and fighting off unclaimed renegades who would kill for a cookie. Hope comes via Prime Destinations, run by a mysterious figure known only as The Old Man. He hires teens to rent their bodies to seniors, known as enders, who get to be young again. Callie's neurochip malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her rich renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, even dating Blake, the grandson of a senator. It's a fairy-tale new life . . . until she uncovers the Body Bank's horrible plan. . . .

Literary Thoughts:

This is just another book in a long list of dystopian, science fiction books that I have read lately. Isn’t it funny how we can get immersed in one genre for weeks? So anyway, I have been wanting to read this one for awhile now and I’m glad I was finally able to get my hands on it, and it did not disappoint!

Callie and her younger brother are street rats, living as orphans because their parents died from an attack of deadly spores. Only elderly and children had been vaccinated, so the population that is left is unique in the fact that you are either really old or young. The newest fad  is to take over the body of a young person and “rent” them for weeks or months at a time, and the young person is paid a large amount of money. This new technology is what seems to be the golden ticket for all the young at heart.

I loved the pace and uniqueness of the story, and I hung on every word as it unfolded. It had mystery, murder and mayhem all wrapped up in a technological package. Technology is so advanced these days, it makes you wonder if some of what was happening in the book could actually happen in real life. I think that is why I’m so caught up in science fiction and dystopian right now. My imagination just runs wild with “what ifs’ all the time, and these types of stories feed into that whole concept.

I’m not going to go into a play by play of what happens because I don’t want to reveal any of the excitement for those of you who have not read the book, but I will say that it does not lack in creativity and excitement, and I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the story. My only complaint is that at the end it all gets a little bit too convenient for me, and that is definitely a pet peeve of mine. It annoys me just a bit to watch the characters struggle through a whole book, and then at the end it all gets wrapped up neatly, and it’s just waiting for the next book to begin. The love interest was a stretch for me too. I didn’t really get it and he just happened to be the grandson of a governor, who they needed to help them. Meh. Too convenient.

Overall, the book was great. It kept me invested enough in the story and characters, and I will definitely be reading the next book in the series. I recommend this book to those who enjoy a good science fiction story filled with action and adventure.

About literarydarling

Literary Darling AKA Lindsay is a married, mother of two and a full time nursing student. Blogging and reading has become a way to stay sane!

Waiting on Wednesday#2


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. My WoW this week is:

dorothy must die

I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?
Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still the yellow brick road, though—but even that’s crumbling.
What happened?
Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.
My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas.
I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I’ve been trained to fight.
And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman’s heart.
Steal the Scarecrow’s brain.
Take the Lion’s courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!

Oh I MUST have this book soon!! I love anything to do with the Wizard of Oz and this is no exception! What is your WoW this week? 

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Literary Darling AKA Lindsay is a married, mother of two and a full time nursing student. Blogging and reading has become a way to stay sane!

Review: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Review: Incarnate by Jodi MeadowsIncarnate by Jodi Meadows
Series: NewSoul #1
on January 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Format: eBook
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Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?

Literary Thoughts:

This book is one of the best I have gotten my hands on in awhile. Simply because it was different, unique and I absolutely adored the characters. Jodi Meadows creates a world that I became immersed in, and the development of the story kept me  on the edge of my seat the entire time. I devoured this book in one afternoon, and I found myself reading as fast as I could just to find out what happens next. I love when you get your hands on a story like that…one that sucks you in and you can’t put it down until you find out the ending.

What I liked about the book was the characters. Ana and Sam meet and develop a relationship that is built on them discovering new things about each other, and being delighted in what they find. I found myself just grinning at the sweet parts, and being frustrated when they couldn’t make it work at first. Meadows takes her time though, and dangles the love story just out of reach as they get to know one another. I adored it. No instant love and starry eyes, it was just perfect.

The plot involves reincarnation, and the society that just keeps getting reborn for thousands of years, until Ana is born. She is a newsoul. She is not someone that has been reincarnated, and because of that she lives the first eighteen years of her life separated from the rest of the community, with just her heartless and cruel mother as a companion. Somehow, she has replaced another soul and it freaks everyone out. It has never happened before, so they pretty much exile her from the city.

As she get older, she decides she wants to know what happened for herself, and she hates her mother, so Ana sets off to the city to find some answers about her origin, and why she is the only Newsoul to ever appear. We follow her on her journey as she discovers the world around her, and learns more about who she is as a person. Ana has so many questions, and such a passion for knowledge, that she just soaks up everything like a sponge. She is childlike in her learning because everyone else has been around for 5,000 years and she has only lived a short eighteen. I thought the whole concept was fascinating, and I appreciated the world building and creativity of Meadows in this book.

To sum it up….this book was fantastic. I loved everything about it. I have had to really keep myself from gushing, and force myself to really write down some intelligent points about why I liked it instead of just….OMG I loved this book so, so much! I definitely recommend this to anyone who loves fantasy and dystopian. Its a great read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

About literarydarling

Literary Darling AKA Lindsay is a married, mother of two and a full time nursing student. Blogging and reading has become a way to stay sane!

Real Talk: How do you juggle blogging and “real life” ?


juggleSo, the million dollar question…how do you juggle blogging, and all the other demands of your life?

I have tried blogging before, and just had to give it up because I didn’t have the time. It made me sad because I really enjoy the community, and sharing my thoughts about books with others. As some of you already know, I am a mommy to a 4 and 7 year old, and I am a full time nursing student.

I have a very demanding schedule, and reading is the first thing to go if I have a packed day full of stuff to do. I try to always read a lil bit before bed each night, but early morning rotations at the hospital keep me from doing that too much.

I recently have read other posts that other bloggers have written, and they address this subject, and talk about what they do that allows them to keep up with this fun hobby. Kimberly over at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, talked about how she keeps a very organized calendar, and writes her reviews ahead of time. I actually think this is a great idea! I have adopted some of her ways, and now have a calendar of my own.

Another good idea that I got from several other bloggers…audio books! I have not really given audio books a fair chance…the few that I’ve tried have crappy narrators…and I just gave up, but I’m gonna give it another go. I think I could get so much more reading time in if I listened to them in my car, and while doing house cleaning, and even on the treadmill. I am really going to give this a good try and see how it works out! If any of you have any suggestions of good audio books leave me a comment and I  will check them out!

So how do you deal with reading, blogging and real life? I really want to keep blogging this time and hopefully I will find a way to make it work this time around! Wish me luck!

About literarydarling

Literary Darling AKA Lindsay is a married, mother of two and a full time nursing student. Blogging and reading has become a way to stay sane!

Waiting on Wednesday #1


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. My WoW this week is :

Lair of Dreams

After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to “read” objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners’ abilities…

Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?

I thoroughly enjoyed the first installment of this series and I adore Libba Bray, so I am dying to get my hands on this book! Too bad I have to wait until August to get it!!

What is your WoW this week? Leave a link in the comments and I will come check it out!

About literarydarling

Literary Darling AKA Lindsay is a married, mother of two and a full time nursing student. Blogging and reading has become a way to stay sane!

Review: School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins

Review: School Spirits by Rachel HawkinsSchool Spirit by Rachel Hawkins
on May 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 297
Format: Hardcover
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Fifteen-year-old Izzy Brannick was trained to fight monsters. For centuries, her family has hunted magical creatures. But when Izzy’s older sister vanishes without a trace while on a job, Izzy's mom decides they need to take a break.

Izzy and her mom move to a new town, but they soon discover it’s not as normal as it appears. A series of hauntings has been plaguing the local high school, and Izzy is determined to prove her worth and investigate. But assuming the guise of an average teenager is easier said than done. For a tough girl who's always been on her own, it’s strange to suddenly make friends and maybe even have a crush.

Can Izzy trust her new friends to help find the secret behind the hauntings before more people get hurt?

Literary Thoughts:

This book is a spin off of the Hex Hall series, so of course I had to read it. It’s based on Izzy Brannick, and how she has spent her life up until this point training to fight monsters. It reminded me of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, although Izzy is more like Faith, not Buffy. If you haven’t read Hex Hall, don’t worry, it is a stand alone series even though we originally meet the characters in the Hex Hall series.

Izzy Brannick is the last of a long line of hunters. Izzy,  her mom, and sister Finley have been fighting monsters together for awhile now. Finley is missing though, and her mother has decided that after months of searching, she and Izzy need a change of scenery. They move to a small town, and Izzy goes to high school for the first time. Up until this point, she has been completely sheltered from mainstream society. All that has been her focus is training, training and more training….well, killing monsters too. Witches, vampires, and werewolves aren’t really something you can chat about in the school cafeteria, so she is kinda lost when she first get there.

So the story focuses on how Izzy enrolls at school so she can track down a ghost that has been haunting the place. She teams up with the local ghost hunting club, and sets out to crack the case. In the process, she ends up making some great friends, and there are a few twists and turns along the way that make for great surprises in the plot. The pacing of the storyline was nice, and I enjoyed the friendships created and development of new characters. It’s Buffy meets Scooby Doo gang all rolled into one ,and I absolutely loved it.

There is a hint at a crazy love triangle that I think might be very interesting. Let me explain. Torin is a 400 year old warlock that has been trapped in a mirror. The Brannick family has kept him around because he has the power to see the future. He has the ability to be helpful, but for the most part he is more a pain the help. Izzy has grown up with him, talking to him and getting advice.  There is a hint that feelings on his part on developing. Torrin comes to her in her dreams, and it is clear that he has romantic thoughts towards her,although  she hasn’t quite gotten it yet. Then there is Dex, a boy she meets at school, and he is sexy and Izzy is instantly attracted to him. I like Torin and Dex! I don’t know if I can choose! I can’t wait to see how Hawkins develops this part of the storyline. Not sure if she will allow 16 year old Izzy to get it on with a 400 year old warlock…and he is trapped in a mirror…but we shall see!

Overall this is a short, comfortable read. It’s like hanging out with old friends. I loved the characters, the story was fun and interesting, and I most definitely want to read the next installment in the series. If you love ghosts, great characters and a compelling storyline, then pick up School Spirit and spend an afternoon in a good book!

About literarydarling

Literary Darling AKA Lindsay is a married, mother of two and a full time nursing student. Blogging and reading has become a way to stay sane!

Bout of Books Read-a-thon

Bout of Books Read-a-thon
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog- From the Bout of Books team


I have one week left before I start back to school….and of course I want to read as many books as I possibly can! So this read-a-thon is perfect for me! I will be updating here daily and keeping track of how many books and pages I manage to get through during the read-a-thon. I also plan on visiting and commenting on as many other blogs participating and of course keeping up on Twitter!


My Goals:

Read 4 Books , Comment on 100 different blogs, try to win the grand prize!

Daily Updates:



Books Read: 1

Pages Read: 297

1/6/14 UPDATE: Read School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins, Commented on 15 blogs and participated in one challenge….and took a nap! Going good so far! :)



Books Read: 2

Pages Read: 367 pgs 



Books Read: 3

Pages Read: 741

UPDATE: Read-a-thon is going well! I started reading Incarnate by Jodi Meadows this morning and I zipped right through it! Loved it! Starting a new book tonight….haven’t decided on what I’m in the mood for yet!



Books Read: 4

Pages Read: 1103

UPDATE: I have been having so much fun with this read-a-thon! I have really gotten my hands on some good books, and I have devoured them! I will share all the titles on Sunday with a Wrap Up Post!



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You can check back in to see how I’m doing and cheer me on! I’m going to enjoy every minute of it because when classes start back I have to cut back on my reading…this will be a luxury! Leave me a comment and let me know if you’re participating and I’ll come by and see what your up to! Happy Reading everyone!!!

UPDATE: I completed my goal! 4 books read and 100 plus blogs commented on! This read-a-thon was so much fun and I will definitely join again next time! I hope everyone else met their goal and read lots of great books :)


About literarydarling

Literary Darling AKA Lindsay is a married, mother of two and a full time nursing student. Blogging and reading has become a way to stay sane!

Review: Mind Games by Kiersten White

Review: Mind Games by Kiersten WhiteMind Games by Kiersten White
Series: Mind Games
on February 2013
Genres: Psychological Thriller
Pages: 261
Format: Hardcover
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Fia and Annie are as close as two sisters can be. They look out for each other. Protect each other. And most importantly, they keep each other's secrets, even the most dangerous ones: Annie is blind, but can see visions of the future; Fia was born with flawless intuition—her first impulse is always exactly right. When the sisters are offered a place at an elite boarding school, Fia realizes that something is wrong . . . but she doesn't grasp just how wrong.

The Keane Institute is no ordinary school, and Fia is soon used for everything from picking stocks to planting bombs. If she tries to refuse, they threaten her with Annie's life. Now Fia's falling in love with a boy who has dark secrets of his own. And with his help, she's ready to fight back. They stole her past. They control her present. But she won't let them take her future.

I love the name Fia…I want a cool nickname like that….short for Sophia. Of course mine would be stupid, like Lindy or …how about Say? you know short for Lindsay…or wait..I know! ….nah never mind….just not as cool. Every time someone would say this chicks name I would be like…that is such a cool nickname!

Okay, so on to the book…it was awesome. It was short, so I read it in basically one sitting. It was so action packed, and thrilling! I wasmesmerized by Sophia…from her name, her abilities, and all her heartache and desperation to protect her sister. All the way to the end, she selflessly sacrifices her own happiness, and she always puts her sister Annie first.

Fia and Annie have special abilities, and they are orphans that end up at a special school for the gifted. Annie is blind, and jumps at the chance, but Fia is dead set against it. In the end, Annie wins and they embark on a path that ends up being not all roses and sunshine like they were promised.

Special Abilities huh?

Annie is a Seer. She has visions of the future. Blind girl that has vision…that’s pretty special. Then there are other girls that are ReadersFeelers and then… there is Fia. She has perfect instincts.The ability to always choose the right path, the right answers, the right or wrong people to be around. These abilities are very appealing to the head of the school, and Fia becomes the target of interest, whether she wants it or not.

Show Me the Hotties!

Okay, so of course there is a love story of sorts. James is the son of the boss, the head of Keane Foundation, the foundation that runs the school. Fia and James meet early on in the story, and they bond in a weird, slightly psychotic kind of way. They both have issues, but are drawn to each other because of their similarities…they get each other on a level no one else can reach. He is the rich bad boy, that has no mother, and a horrible father. She is the broken, but beautiful badass, that lives for no one but her sister.

Fia meets Adam at the beginning of the story. She is supposed to kill him, but has pity instead and helps him. He is everything that she wants in a boy. The perfect boy that she can never have, but wants so desperately. So who does she choose? The bad boy, or the saint?

I loved how the story unfolded. It had flashbacks to show the girls parents died, and how they began to discover that they even had abilities. It was a roller coaster ride filled with heartache and pain, that is driven by one desperate girl who wants only the best for her sister.

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Literary Darling AKA Lindsay is a married, mother of two and a full time nursing student. Blogging and reading has become a way to stay sane!

Real Talk: What the Heck is New Adult Fiction?


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So I’ve’ve come to realize that a whole new category of books has popped up out of nowhere…. can they really do that?…. and it is my mission to investigate (read the crap out of) and decide if it is worth all the excitement. I discovered this new crop of books as I was reading through the best books of 2013 lists…and there it was….New Adult…hmmm….how did I miss this?

FangirlNow, if you are one of the people that have been chowing down and devouring New Adult (like apparently everyone but me) then disregard this post and continue on…BUT if there is just one person out there that is in La La land like me…then read on! I have got a gold mine to share with you!

When I first saw the category of New Adult, I turned to my most trusted friend and asked them what they thought….Google….who in turn directed me to WikipediaNew Adult  is a developing genre of fiction with protagonists in the 18-25 age bracket. New Adult fiction tends to focus on issues such as leaving home, developing sexuality, and negotiating education and career choices.

Ok. That sounds cool. It definitely sounds like something that I need to further check out and research….Wikipedia can not always be trusted…so I dig deeper.  As I continue my quest, I stumble upon article written by USA Today and another one by the Huffington Post, all singing praises of New Adult Fiction. Wow. Those are pretty trusted resources, and they always seem to be in the know…so I am pretty convinced by this point.


Those articles listed some specific authors like Jamie McGuire and Colleen Hoover, and they both had books that were VERY successful and they both had books listed in the New Adult category. I searched by their names and came across a whole list of books on Goodreads, and I quickly added every single one to my To Be Read list.

Now for the goldmine…I found an entire blog solely dedicated to New Adult fiction and New Adult authors! It’s a plethora of all thing New Adult!Its called NA Alley and you can find it HERE. So, to sum it all up…New Adult…is the new hot thing in literature. I better get on it and catch up , because this train is going full blast ahead into the future.


Beautiful DisasterThese book covers shown are just a couple of the long list of New Adult books that I found, and I can’t wait to get my hands on them. I think this new category is so great, because it seems to have all the great aspects of YA novels that I enjoy so much, but dig a little deeper to appeal to a more mature audience. I guess the only thing to do is read them for myself and I will make a decision on whether or not it is for me.  I have a feeling I am going to fall head over heels for these exciting new adventures!

Hopefully, this has answered any questions that you might have had about this New Adult phenomenon…and also peaked an interest! Let’s read some great books together and then we can chat later!

Anyone want to add any tips on this hot topic? Feel free to post them in the comments below! 

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Literary Darling AKA Lindsay is a married, mother of two and a full time nursing student. Blogging and reading has become a way to stay sane!

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