I have great news! My YA sci-fi romance book will be released July 20! Radiant Origin is currently available for preorder on Amazon. And I know you will absolutely love the cover! Go here to view the cover: https://www.amazon.com/Radiant-Origin-Dawn-Husted-ebook/dp/B0C4WFPBCW. (If you want to be part of this book's reader team, keep reading below.)
Six months ago, after working my butt off looking for a new job, I accepted a full-time position with a company as a writer and editor. The only downside is that I haven’t had much time to update my blog or work on my books. But this job is sort of a dream come true, which means the good totally outweighs the bad.
I read this book while on vacation! Normally, I'll bring books that I end up not having time to read, but that wasn't the case this time. I actually borrowed the eBook from the local library's app: Libby. And I can't remember exactly how I came across it, but I'm glad I did. And I love the cover.
It’s been years since I’ve read a book that actually made me cry. The last book was The Fault In Our Stars (TFIOS) by John Green. But Jennifer L. Armentrout’s The Problem With Forever is so deep and beautiful that it’s impossible not to be touched by Rider and Mallory’s story.
I happened to stumble on The Problem With Forever at the local library last week, and I’m glad I did!
I’ve come to realize that I pretty much love all of Armentrout’s books. Really. This awareness began by reading Obsidian for the first time after I’d written my first alien romance and was looking for comp titles for my book. (Comp titles are what authors use to show agents how our books compare to similar titles already in the market. My books can be found here, but not my YA alien romance because that’s still with my agent.)
At the end of another YA book I was reading, there was a preview of Ember of Night by Molly E Lee. The preview was good and interesting, and it contained a supernatural/paranormal element that I liked, and it was a YA too.
When I finally got a chance to order it, I couldn’t wait to dive in.
I finally watched the movie Vampire Academy the other week, and although I didn’t really like the movie all that much, it had likable parts. And that’s when I decided that the book HAD to be better, so I bought Book One of the Vampire Academy series to find out for myself.
Not too long ago, I wrote a review for the first book in this series: A Court of Thorns and Roses. By the end of that book, I decided to order the next book, and I'm so glad I did! Book Two is better than Book One.
I can't say enough good things about this series! I started reading the first book after finding From Blood and Ash in a video on TikTok. At the time, I'd just finished reading the Crave series and was really wanting another book with heavy paranormal romance. However, this book series is considered New Adult, which means there's allowed to be more descriptive romance on the page. When I first started reading From Blood and Ash, I was under the impression I was reading a young-adult book, so needless to say, I was surprised during the first 50 pages. LOL!
I bought A Court of Thorns and Roses because it came highly recommended! I wanted a book with fantasy and romance mixed in one, and from reading the reviews, my expectations for romance were relatively high.
Overall, I’m SUPER glad I read this book, and before I even finished the last 50 pages, I ordered the sequel. I def give it 4 out 5 stars.
I finally got a chance to read Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I’m so glad I did! I first heard about this book when my friend asked if I’d read it yet because it was being adapted to Netflix. Which totally made me curious, so I immediately bought it.
The plot and characters are well developed, but I felt like something was missing. I can’t exactly put my finger on what it was, though. The setting takes place in a Russian-inspired land where (flying, bird-like) monsters are real and are located in a place called the Shadow Fold.
Ahhh! The Crave series is so good. I couldn’t put the first book down! I’m a slow reader, so when I first bought this thick novel, I put off reading it for a few weeks. But when I finally started reading it, I devoured the story within days and immediately bought the next book—and the next. The fourth book doesn’t come out until September 2021, but I plan to grab it soon as it’s released.
âIf you haven't read my post-apocalyptic book yet, it is on sale for $.99 this week (US and UK). It doesn't go on sale often, so grab it while you can! Sale ends Wednesday night.
The ending of this book took me by complete surprise. My review is filled with spoilers at the end, but don't worry, I warn you first.
Have you ever wanted to read a YA book that takes place on a mysterious island? I have (and I also wrote one). The islands are always full of mysteries, no matter if the book’s genre is contemporary, magical, science fiction, or a combination of these.
So if you’re dying to read a YA book with a setting on a mysterious island, check out these five options below.
Ahh! I’m in the middle of reading Ghost Wood Song by Erica Waters right now. I’m actually in the middle of reading three books and always pick up the book I FEEL like reading at the moment. Do you do that? However, I’m loving this YA book and find the premise and characters sooooo intriguing.
It was released in July 2020. If you haven't added it to your Goodreads list, you should!
This isn’t a new release, but if you haven’t read the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld, you’re missing out. Add Uglies to your Goodreads list now so that you don’t forget. The books’ genres are: YA Science Fiction and Dystopian. Keep reading to see my review and a summary about Book One.
Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer is high on my list to read--or listen to. I'm third in line out of 26 people in my local library that are waiting to listen to the audio version. I was eighth in line, so I'm slowly climbing the ranks. I haven't bought it yet, but that's because I still have books on my shelves that I need to be read.
But after listening to the audio, you can bet your butt I'll be grabbing a physical copy and adding it to my collection. It's a must for me. Have you read it yet? Let me know!
As soon as I finish listening to the Midnight Sun, I'll be sure to post a review!
Most of the books I read are YA, however, since I’m currently writing an MG (middle-grade) book, I’ve made it a priority to read more MG. To be a better writer, I always need to read more in the genre and category I’m writing in. So when I was on the hunt for an MG book, I wanted to find some new releases, as well as old favorites.
As I researched new releases, I discovered The Miraculous written by author Jess Redman.
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