Monday, June 17, 2013

If books had a rating system...

Hello my dears! So today we are going to explore a more scandalous side of life! The blog is called Snogging on Sunday and this post will definitely be more about snogging (kissing for all you Americans) than Sunday! There is a newly emerging genre called New Adult. It's target audience is hard to describe. I would say maybe just people who want to read something that's about young adults but not have it classified as young adult because the content can get a little more spicy. A lot of New Adult books have a college setting and more shocking themes. That being said I would give New Adult books the same rating as I would give a PG-13 movie. Usually the language can be stronger and the kissing more explicit! If you start looking into New Adult novels you have to do your research and make sure you are okay with the content of the book. I have picked up a couple that I was not comfortable with that I just didn't continue to read because my eyes were popping out of my head. That's life! You just gotta be smart and stay true to what you want. Goodreads is good when it comes to people telling you about book content and there are some authors that will disclaimer their book as clean or for a mature audience. There is even a Goodreads group for clean New Adult authors so there are some out there that will be okay for everybody. The New Adult books that I'm reviewing today in my personal opinion aren't as bad as some that I would never, ever suggest for you to read that I had to trash. I don't remember being too shocked. That being said-if you are a clean romance reader and only love G rated, squeaky clean romance where the characters only kiss at the end in happily ever after bliss-these books are probably not for you! If you are like me and are okay with a small degree of heat then you can give them a try! New adult books can have a deeper character development and a more complex and extreme plot and I really enjoy that. So now that I've made that clear here are some the New Adult books that I did like! Mainly I'm going to focus on one author today and I'll hit you up with another New Adult book review post later! Colleen Hoover deserves her own blog review!  :)

First book I would HIGHLY recommend because I loved it-

Slammed by Colleen Hoover is an epically good book! As far as content goes for this one-some cussing and a couple of make out sessions. 
Here's a little synopsis for you! Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she's losing hope. Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection. Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart. 

So if I am a fangirl for any book it would be Slammed.  This book will make you sigh and cry and feel a whole bunch of emotions so heads up for that! It makes my heart flutter just thinking about it while writing this review! You will fall in love with EVERY character in this book! One specific thing that I did love about this series is the actual slam poetry in it! I recommended these books to one of my best friends Julia. We are both English majors and big literature nerds! We had many discussions about this book! And some crazy discussions about the use of the word abdomen is not sexy...but that's a different story.  Then she left me and went back to her homeland aka Virginia so now I have to freak out about this book by myself! If you really want to enjoy a book make someone else read it with you! It's the BEST! Ahh Jules, miss that woman! Anywho, after reading Slammed we decided that we wanted to be slam poets! (It's still gonna happen Jules!) Want a little sample of what slam poetry looks like? I thought you'd never ask-this is from the book.

“And if you've ever grown up with dreams in your head about life, and how one of these days you would pirate your own ship and have your own crew and that all of the mermaids

would love



Well, you would realize...

Like I eventually realized...

That all the good things about her?

All the beautiful?

It's not real.

It's fake.

So you keep your ocean,

I'll take the Lake.” 

This leads me right on to the second book in the series! Hooray for sequels when the first book was AMAZING!

Sometimes sequels struggle after a mind-blowing first book. I'm happy to say that Point of Retreat was not one of them! I have read this book too many times to count! I love it! In this book the point of view changes from Layken to Will's perspective. It is one heck of a roller coaster ride of a book! We come upon the characters dealing with new challenges and still figuring out relationship stuff! Content wise this one was more sensual because of character development and did have some swear words in it! Also the poetry is still slammin'! One of my favorite slams from this book was-

“I love being with you so bad
When we aren't together, I miss you so bad
One of these days I'm going to marry you so bad
and it'll be

So for fun I do love watching slams on Youtube and thought I'd post my favorite one that I have found! It will give you a taste of what slam poetry is all about with it's flow and rhyme. This is Mike Taylor and he's so amazing to watch and listen to! 

Now there is a book three in the Slammed series but I SADLY haven't read it YET but as soon as I get it I will review it for you! I want it insanely bad so that review will probably be sooner rather than later! 

Next book is yet again another by Colleen Hoover called-

Synopsis-Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies… That’s what seventeen-year-old 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 just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that 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.

O my word...okay! How on earth do you write a review for a book that kind of blew your mind so you have no thoughts because your speechless...or rather...thoughtless?!?!? I remember at one point in the book I literally said "No freakin way!" out loud! Another time I was felt ill about what happens to the main character. I think it's funny that each time I read a Colleen Hoover book I expect something light and fluffy and instead I get deep and gritty and passionate. I get poetry and romance. There is a scene in the book where the main guy (Holder) promises to not kiss the girl because it's their first date and o my word it's one of the hottest non kisses of all time! I was shouting "Just kiss her already!!!" at my eReader! It's a mature read by the way! I had to skim over one part for sensuality and it does deal with the topic of rape. This book stays with you after you've read it and reminds you in the hopelessness of life there is always hope. 

"And while I could sit here and feel sorry for myself, wondering why all of this happened to me...I'm not going to do it. I'm not going to wish for a perfect life. The things that knock you down in life are tests, forcing you to make a choice between giving in and remaining on the ground or wiping the dirt off and standing up even taller that you did before you were knocked down. I'm choosing to stand up taller. I'll probably get knocked down a few more times before this life is through with me, but I can guarantee you I'll never stay on the ground."

Losing Hope the sequel to this book is coming out this July! I can't wait! Okay! That's all I've got for now! Hopefully these aren't TOO scandalous but at the same time who are we is all about the kissing! ;) 

1 comment:

  1. OOH! I just picked up Slammed, but havent' started it yet. I need to get on it so I can read the rest of these!