Mini Reviews: Contemporary New-Adult 2 Star Edition || The Thing About New-Adult: A Mini Discussion

Title: Royally Matched
Author: Emma Chase
Series: Royally, book 2 [Can be read as a standalone]
Heat Rating: Warm
Page Count and Format: 276 pages, Ebook
Published: February 21st, 2017 by Emma Chase, LLC

                  

Henry’s life is a complete mess after his brother Nicholas put the whole king responsibility upon his shoulders. He does not take his royal responsibilities seriously and when he gets to make a choice of his own, he jumps upon it. He gets an offer for a reality tv show where he would get the chance to choose his future would-be-wife but things start to go down the rails when he finds himself falling for Sarah, a contestant’s sister.

I didn’t quite enjoy the first book in this series but I was actually quite looking forward to this one because we were given a glimpse of both Henry and Sarah in the first book which got me intrigued. Anyway, I read a lot of rave reviews for this book but unfortunately, this book failed to impress me in any way. The plot was enjoyable although cliched. Henry is someone who has never taken much responsibility in any matter and he jumps up on the offer for the reality tv show in a whim. As the show proceeds, he finds himself falling for someone who is not a contestant. I, unfortunately, failed to enjoy the chemistry between Henry and Sarah though I did enjoy them together. 

I wanted more depth in the characters. Henry was charming but he failed to sweep me off my feet. Anyway, this book portrayed how actually a reality tv show actually works and in this book it was sometimes quite funny. But I loved when Henry finally manned up! Overall, I somewhat enjoyed this book. However, I did feel this book was unnecessarily long. The writing was smooth and the pace was even throughout the book.


Title: #1 Crush
Author:  T. Gephart
Series: #1 series, book 1 [Can be read as a standalone]
Heat Rating: Pretty warm
Page Count and Format: 316 pages, Ebook
Published: February 20th, 2017 by T Gephart

             

I received this book as a giveaway prize from Raven from Dreamy Addictions! Thanks again, Raven!

This book was weird. Super weird in a non-realistic way. Here’s the gist- Tia has always been in love with Eric Larsson who is actually a famous Hollywood actor. Whatever she does, she can’t get him out of his head so she decides to meet him in person. She’s sure he’s going to turn out an asshole which will help Tia to flush him out of her heart but when reality proves her wrong, she can’t help but fall for Eric more and more.

To meet Eric in person Tia decides to attend the premiere of his newly launched movie. As an imposter!!! She actually pretended to be someone else to get into the premiere. First of all, who freaking does that! This really bothered me. Anyway, her plan fails because Eric actually turns out to be a decent human being as well as quite charming. For this book, I liked the chemistry between the two characters. Eric meets up with Tia after a few weeks again and thus begins their whirlwind romance. But even after everything, she continues to lie to Eric about herself. Their whole relationship started off on a lie and I really hated that. I really enjoyed Tia as an individual but her tendency to not tell the whole truth put me off. She had plenty of choices to come out to Eric but she always pulled back. The plot twist threw me

The plot twist threw me off-guard. I was so not expecting that but instead of cheering, I was actually disappointed. Anybody would be!!! I mean love is blind but not that blind dude. Anybody in Eric’s situation would be offended and I didn’t get why and how he did what he did. Anyway, the writing was smooth and the pace was even throughout the book. I would have surely enjoyed the book more if some of the things were more properly addressed.


Title: Ladies Man
Author: Katy Evans
Series: Manwhore, book 3 [Can be read as a standalone]
Heat Rating: Pretty warm
Page Count and Format: 299 pages, Ebook
Published: April 24th, 2016 by KT Publishing LLC

                            

Tahoe is a player and Gina is a strong level headed woman who knows what she wants. They are both strictly friends yet the more they become close, the more they can’t avoid the undeniable attraction between them. It’s up to them to decide if taking a risk is worth the chance of losing their friendship.

Frankly, I think I have read too many books that have used this trope. I still enjoy if the execution’s well enough but unfortunately, I didn’t feel that way for this book and as a result, it fell flat for me. After Gina’s previous relationship fell out, she’s not ready to be on the dating front soon again but every time she’s with Tahoe her feelings leave her confused and flustered. Tahoe on the other hand, was on a totally different level, although he feels attracted towards Gina, he doesn’t stop being a player and he’s a painful one at that.

This book was too frustrating to read and I just wanted it to be over. For the majority of this book, Gina has a boyfriend who she didn’t even like very much, and Tahoe was well, still sleeping around. They don’t get together until the very end of this book and everything was just on and off and I just didn’t see the point. I definitely liked Gina as a character when I was introduced to her but being such a strong woman, I would have loved to see a bit more of a mature decision at least from her. Anyway, The writing was smooth and the pace was even throughout the book. Overall, I enjoyed this book the least among the three.


The thing about New-Adult-

Hey there guys! Welcome to Daydreaming Discussions. This is a monthly feature created by me where I discuss anything bookish related or sometimes it might be about any non-bookish things as well. Also, be prepared for a lot of ramblings and rantings and you’re very welcome to be a part of the discussion.

As these reviews and this topic matched I decided to punch them together. Honestly, I hadn’t even though of writing a discussion about this but while writing these reviews I felt the need to voice out my opinion about New-Adult and ask what you guys felt about it.

That cute Chimchim was basically me when I discovered New-Adult. A whole new world opened up to me!!

I didn’t use to enjoy contemporary until I came across New-Adult books, since then I love NA books and I also give YA contemporary a chance as well. But well, let’s not divert into anything else because I have a tendency to do so… like the way cute Jimin is jumping on and off like that and me obsessing over BTS day and night, especially Taehyung…

*Ahem!*

Anyway,  one thing you might have noticed in these 3 mini-reviews that they didn’t have anything extraordinary to make these books stand out.

The thing is that as much as New-Adult can be enjoyable, they can get tremendously repetitive as well. Most of the time I have seen that NA books seem to focus only on sex when it shouldn’t be the main concern at all. As a hopeless romantic, I’m 100% on the romance train *cho chooo* but seriously that shouldn’t be the only factor!

New-Adult books feature characters usually between the age of 18 to 25. This is the age when one steps into college or is trying out for a job and stuff. Basically, it’s the age where you step into adulthood, so there are numerous routes a New-Adult book take other than only romance because let’s be realistic for a second, this age group is freaking tough and sometimes pretty frustrating. I fall into this age group and there’s a whole lot of other struggles like the tension of getting a job, mental as well as physical. Yup, reality sucks!

I want New-Adult books to be more relatable, I want them to feature the daily struggles one goes through during this age group, the different distractions that they might fall into, the inner struggle, battling the inner demons and striving to achieve one’s dream in such a competitive world. Also on the positive side, as this age is the time for stepping into new boundaries, so naturally new friends should also be in the mixture.

Of course, I have found some gems in this category as well and some of those books were really awesome, like Whispers and the Roars by K. Webster (I really can’t say why because that would spoil the entire book) and The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott which was really emotional and beautiful.


So what do you guys think about the whole New-Adult category? Do you enjoy these books or would you like them more if they were more relatable? Also if you have any awesome NA recommendations, feel free to leave them in the comments!