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Book Review – YA Romance (2nd Annual)

Since this was so popular the last time around, here is another comparison chart for five YA romance novels. Hope you enjoy!

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YA Romance comparison chart 2016



Check this out… 25 “Adult” Books for Fans of YA Lit

25 “Adult” Books for Fans of YA Lit  via EpicReads.com

Being a reader of both YA and “adult” books, I can vouch for The Color of Magic, The Night Circus, The Magicians, and Ready Player One as being great reads.

Do you really think it matters what age group the book is meant for? Do you read YA lit even though you’re an “adult”? Hit the comments to discuss!

Book Review – My Life Next Door

My Life Next DoorMy Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Review: This was a good first novel from Ms. Fitzpatrick. I liked the coming-of-age and first love aspects of the story. It also had some nice surprises in the character development. There was a lot of drama toward the end and I felt that the ending was rushed but nevertheless, it was satisfying.

52 Books in 52 Weeks – Week #48

The Knife of Never Letting GoThe Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Total Reading Time: 3.5 hours

Review: I’ve done such a good job of avoiding books with cliffhangers this whole time… until now. And this one is a doozy. But straight up, I liked Mr. Ness’ opener. The premise? How do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought? I’m definitely anxious to read the second and third installments. Although it might be a good idea that I’m waiting awhile because I have a hunch they are going to be pretty heavy.

52 Books in 52 Weeks – Week #47

The Statistical Probability of Love at First SightThe Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Total Reading Time: 2.5 hours

Review: This book covers one day in the life of Hadley Sullivan as she travels to and attends her estranged father’s wedding. At the airport, Hadley meets Oliver, a cute British boy who is on the same flight. As the consummate romantic, part of me wishes Ms. Smith focused more on the budding relationship between Hadley and Oliver and less on the father/daughter drama. But, I don’t want to be a Monday morning quarterback, so I’ll say that this is a sweet book about true love, second chances and family.

52 Books in 52 Weeks – Week #43

Dash and Lily's Book of DaresDash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Total Reading Time: 3.25 hours

Review: From the authors of “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist” comes another erudite and fun teen “meet cute” story. At one point early in the novel, Dash describes himself as “horribly bookish” which made me smile. Also, the other main character, Lily, describes herself as “the weird girl.” So of course I was going to relate to them and like this one!

52 Books in 52 Weeks – Week #41

For Darkness Shows the StarsFor Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Total Reading Time: 4 hours

Review: Part Jane Austen and part H.G. Wells, this post-apocalyptic YA romance was actually rather good. It did meander a bit in the middle but I devoured it fairly quickly. Based on one of my favorite Jane Austen novels, Persuasion, I enjoyed how the little Austen-ian nods mixed with the science fiction elements. All in all a good story exploring class, arrogance and how too much of anything can be dangerous.

52 Books in 52 Weeks – Week #35

Anna and the French KissAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Total Reading Time: 3.5 hours

Review: I will admit that before my current endeavor I rarely read books of “substance.” I’m glad to say that I’ve learned my lesson and will make a concerted effort to read more non-fiction books going forward. However, there’s really nothing like an easy, escapism yarn which brings me to this week’s assignment. Yes, as a consummate chick-lit book, I’m most likely right inside Ms. Perkins’ target audience (although probably toward the higher age range now but that’s a whole other discussion), yet I still found that I couldn’t put this one down. Highly enjoyable!

52 Books in 52 Weeks – Week #16

The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Total Reading Time: 3.5 hours

Review: Charming. Painful. Romantic. Real. Heart-wrenching. Smiles. Tears. So. Very. Good.