Welcome to yAdult Review, a space where two girls review novels from across the genres, from YA and MG, to fantasy and sci-fi, to historical fiction and mystery, with a sprinkling of non-fiction too. We hope you enjoy your stay here as much as we enjoy ours.

Tag Archives: publisher: william morrow

18635067The Total Package by Stephanie Evanovich
Release Date: March 15, 2016
Publisher:  William Morrow
Source: Edelweiss
Rating: starstarstarblank_starblank_star
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

Running away from home isn’t as easy as Ren thinks it will be. At least she isn’t running very far-just a few miles to the ghost town of Fortune . . . or Mis-Fortune as everyone else calls it. Mis-Fortune on the Mississippi. Supposedly, there’s an abandoned school on the outskirts with cheap rooms for rent. Ren knows her plan sounds crazy. But with only a few more weeks until Dad comes home from his tour of duty in Afghanistan, she also knows she has to do something drastic so Mom will come to her senses and stop seeing that creep Rick Littleton, the creep she promised she would stop seeing but didn’t, for good.

From the moment she enters the school’s shadowy halls, Ren finds herself drawn into its secrets. Every night old Mrs. Baxter, the landlady, wanders the building on a mysterious quest. What could she be up to? And can Mrs. Baxter’s outlandish plan to transform the gym into a pearl-button museum ever succeed? With a quirky new friend named Hugh at her side, Ren sets out to solve the mystery that could save Fortune from fading away. But what about her family’s future? Can that be saved too?– Goodreads

Review:

I expected this to be a funnier book, even one with more romance. After Evanovich’s previous reads I don’t feel like expecting much however The Total Package was about more than that. It was about character growth and there is nothing wrong with that. It’s just not what I was expecting when I started this book. Instead Tyson went from being an asshole who no one but his parents liked, to a respectable person who was tolerable. I say this because I don’t care if you’re an asshole, I personally am an asshole and tend to love assholes.

That being said, Dani is a good match for him. Don’t get me wrong, she has her own problems, she isn’t this perfect angel. They are good puzzle pieces for each other. I just…I went into it thinking romance so it was a surprise to me how much it was dedicated to character growth instead!

24157427Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan
Release Date: April 1, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Source: NetGalley
Rating: starstarstarblank_starblank_star
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

The galaxy is at war.

Although the Rebel Alliance has won a few battles against the Empire, hope is fading. The Empire is about to unveil the greatest weapon the galaxy has ever seen–the Death Star. The Rebels’ only chance to defeat it now lies in the unlikely hands of a princess, a scoundrel, and a farm boy….– Goodreads

Review:

 

This book had everything that should have had me love it. It references some of my favorite movies: Ocean’s Eleven and The Italian Job, but it was also lacking something. I wish the characters were more fleshed out. I often got them confused even though they were very different characters they were never different enough that they stood on their own.

I will admit that Dinan did surprise me within the final moments of the book, but not enough to bring the book around for me.



20525621All Broke Down (Rusk University #2)
by Cora Carmack
Release Date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Source: Audio from library
Rating: starstarstarstarblank_star (3.5)
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

In life, you can’t only fight for what you believe in . . .sometimes you have to fight for what you love

Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.

Environmental issues, civil rights, education—you name it, she’s probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail for a few hours, she meets Silas Moore. He’s in for a different kind of fighting. And though he’s arrogant and not at all her type, she can’t help being fascinated with him.

Yet another lost cause.

Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it’s trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He’s met girls like her before—fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn’t think he’s broken, and he definitely doesn’t need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about, his spot on the Rusk University football team.

Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.

Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all. . – Goodreads

Review:

Silas didn’t have an easy life. He hasn’t seen his mother in 8 years and when he did see his mother it was always questionable if there would be a bed for him to sleep on. This is why when he sees his mother, he goes to a bar itching for a fight. In the first book in the Rusk University series, we learn that Silas is a bit of an asshole. If he wasn’t a bit of an asshole, he would have never met Dylan.

Dylan is a do-gooder with a heart of gold that just wants to be seen. What the two have in common is they want a steady safe place in the world. To feel loved for being themselves. The thing is Carmack wrote All Broke Down and used very little to no tropes and it was glorious. Silas was an asshole in All Lined Up he could have easily been one here, but instead he was humanized and I enjoyed that evolution.

Silas always feels like a fuck up. His past. His present. His future. And Dylan makes him feel like a fuck up. The problem is Dylan didn’t mean to, Dylan’s brain just doesn’t stop thinking. Silas’ brain does the same thing, but in a completely different way. He’s hidden his past from everyone and he fears what this means for his future. He fears being a fuck up but while fearing that, he fucks up. A lot. Silas has not much going for him, all he has is the team and he’s on the verge of fucking that up too.

Dylan doesn’t want to be a fuck up either. As an adopted child, she fears that they will regret adopting her and she worries about that. This was the first Carmack book that I’ve read that I really got into and the one I really had problems putting down or stopping (since I was listening to it as an audiobook). I was also intrigued how Carmack ended the book because she showed she doesn’t hide away from important issues.


19501672Stay with Me (Wait for You #3) by J. Lynn
Release Date: September 23, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Source: Audio from library
Rating: starstarstarblank_starblank_star
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

At 21, Calla hasn’t done a lot of things. She’s never been kissed, never seen the ocean, never gone to an amusement park. But growing up, she witnessed some things no child ever should. She still carries the physical and emotional scars of living with a strung-out mother, Mona—secrets she keeps from everyone, including her close circle of college friends.

But the safe cocoon Calla has carefully built is shattered when she discovers her mom has stolen her college money and run up a huge credit card debt in her name. Now, Calla has to go back to the small town she thought she’d left behind and clean up her mom’s mess again. Of course, when she arrives at her mother’s bar, Mona is nowhere to be found. Instead, six feet of hotness named Jackson James is pouring drinks and keeping the place humming.

Sexy and intense, Jax is in Calla’s business from the moment they meet, giving her a job and helping her search for Mona. And the way he looks at her makes it clear he wants to get horizontal . . . and maybe something more. Before Calla can let him get close, though, she’s got to deal with the pain of the past—and some very bad guys out to mess her up if she doesn’t give them her mom. – Goodreads

Review:

Is there anything worse than a book slump? I don’t think so. After two weeks of not being to get into any book I finally decided to get into my library audiobooks, because they’ll be due soon. I am not sure that Stay With Me was the right choice. This book had so many problems for me, that while yes, it was nice to be reading again, I wished I would have read something…better.

Stay With Me could have worked, this could have turned into an awesome story about growth. But instead Calla was a huge pushover who annoyed me throughout the novel. I get that confidence does not come easy and takes awhile to come into, but even by the end there was no confidence. Ultimately, I expected more from this novel and was disappointed. I was disappointed that Calla kept calling her group of friends The Hot Guy Brigade, and she is just their friend. But I don’t think she’s really their friend, she doesn’t tell them anything. She’s told them her mother died. She doesn’t tell them anything about her past and that’s not friendship. Friendship is opening up and telling the hard things even when it sucks. The thing is, The Hot Guy Brigade, and their girlfriends want to know more about Calla. They want to be part of her family and they want to know more about her.

Following the same fashion as the previous two books in this series, it is full of the drama. But that drama is also what makes this book relatable. There were parts to Calla that I understood. I have next to nothing in common with Calla, I come from a fairly happy family, I’m not burned, I have no interest in being a nurse and yet I understood her longing to belong. I understood her wanting to be loved and to be part of her own family. The problem with this book and the rest of the series is so much of it ultimately blends together for me and makes it hard for me to enjoy or remember if I’m being honest.


18505845All Lined Up (Rusk University #1) by Cora Carmack
Release Date: May 13, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Source: Audio from library
Rating: starstarstarblank_starblank_star
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It—with this thrilling first novel in an explosive series bursting with the Texas flavor, edge, and steamy romance of Friday Night Lights.

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That’s what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn’t always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It’s obliterated.

Dallas doesn’t know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn’t know that Dallas is his new coach’s daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel. – Goodreads

Review:

Dallas wants to move on from high school but that’s hard when your life in college is much of the same from high school. She lives in the same state, and her father is still coaching the football team. Life hasn’t changed for her no matter how much she tries.

Carson has almost the opposite problem. He is the second string quarterback on a team where the first string, Levi, is a king from high school and is still working with his former coach, who happened to date Dallas, who also happened to be an asshole. They had sex to save their relationship and of course, that didn’t work and Dallas still loathes him.

Dallas and Carson shouldn’t work. But they do. They start out as friends, who also call each other on their bullshit. Which, if I’m being honest, is my favorite type of friendship! One thing I enjoy about Carmack is that she doesn’t hide from the tough issues that people face, including money issues in college. Carson went to community college and knows that if he doesn’t get a scholarship he can only be at Rusk for three semesters. Dallas just wants out of Rusk purely because her father is still there. What’s interesting though is that Carson does not know that Dallas is Coach’s daughter, who everyone wants. There is a pivotal moment in the middle of the novel where my heart went out to both characters because they were both hurt and said things that they both clearly did not mean but knew no other way to get their point across.

I also found the dynamic between Dallas and her father interesting because they both try to love the other as well as they could, but it’s hard because they don’t know how to show it. So they fumble it a lot. They both also admit to making faults, but it takes them quite sometime to get there. But of course, the most interesting dynamic throughout the book was between Dallas and Carson, they really are just friends. Carson doesn’t want to date anyone because he is dedicated to the team and getting a scholarship. Dallas learned her lesson from Levi and doesn’t want to date another football guy. Even though Carson is perfect for her, the fact he’s a football player drives her crazy and makes her throw her arms at him.

There was nothing particluarly horrible about this novel, I just am not interested in ever re-reading it. Basically how I feel about most New Adult novels.

 


17558817Be with Me (Wait for You #2) by J. Lynn
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Source: Audio from Library
Rating: starstarstarstarblank_star (3.5)
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

Teresa Hamilton is having a rough year—she’s in love with her big brother’s best friend, but he hasn’t spoken to her since they shared a truly amazing, mind-blowing, change-your-life kiss. She got out of a terrible relationship. And now an injury is threatening to end her dance career for good. It’s time for Plan B – college. And maybe a chance to convince Jase that what they have together is real.

Jase Winstead has a huge secret that he’s not telling anyone. Especially not his best friend’s incredibly beautiful sister. Even though he and Teresa shared the hottest kiss of his life, he knows that his responsibilities must take priority. He certainly doesn’t have time for a relationship. But it doesn’t help that all he can think about kissing the one girl who could ruin everything for him.

As they’re thrown together more and more, Jase and Tess can’t keep denying their feelings for each other. But a familiar danger looms and tragedy strikes. As the campus recovers, the star-crossed couple must decide what they’re willing to risk to be together, and what they’re willing to lose if they’re not… – Goodreads

Review:

Teresa’s life has never been the same since she kissed Jase. The problem is that Jase is her brother’s BFF and she knows better than to fuck up that friendship. But her she had an injury that fucked up her dance career and Teresa doesn’t know what her life is anymore. But what she is able to do is call Jase on his bullshit, particularly when he says that he was drunk for the event. I love that Teresa calls him on his bullshit.

I also enjoy that Lynn does not shy away from hard issues that so many New Adult novels try to touch on, but often fail. In Be With Me we have relationship abuse. Not only from a previous experience with Teresa, but also with one of Teresa’ friends. There is also Jase’s secret which is huge but doesn’t change Teresa’s opinion on Jase..at all. Which isn’t at all what he was expecting.

It was also nice and sweet to be reunited with the characters from the previous book in the series. What I didn’t expect was them to steal the show, which doesn’t bode well for Teresa and Jase. But when Teresa and Jase where in their own little world? Oh my heart.

This wasn’t an easy book to read. There was a lot  that happened in Be With Me from Teresa’s personal backstory, to her roommate’s story. This is what New Adult novels should be. This could have been a super predictable novel which bored me. But it was more than that. It worked, it tugged at your heart strings, it was one of the few realistic NA novels that I have read. I can’t actually wait to read more in this series.


20958246Wild (The Ivy Chronicles #3)  by Sophie Jordan
Release Date: November 18, 2014.
Publisher: William Morrow
Source: Library
Rating: starstarblank_starblank_starblank_star
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

A good girl goes fabulously bad in the final book in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s sexy New Adult romance series, in which three Ivy League suite-mates seek higher knowledge of just how far they can go.

Months after her boyfriend dumped her, Georgia can still hear the insults he hurled at her. Boring. Predictable. Tame. Tired of feeling bad, she’s ready to change her image, and go a little wild. What better way to prove her ex wrong than a hot night of sexual adventure at the secret campus kink club?

In the shadowy den of the kink club, she unexpectedly runs into Logan Mulvaney, her friend’s little brother. A player extraordinaire too hot for his own good, he may be younger, but the guy is light years ahead when it comes to sexual experience. Now he’s telling her to go home—“good girls” don’t belong here!

Georgia is tired of having others define her. She’s going to teach Logan a lesson he won’t forget—one white hot, mind-wrecking kiss . . . that leads to another . . . and another . . . and. . . . Realizing she’s way in over her head, Georgia runs.

Only Logan won’t let her go. Everywhere she goes he’s there, making her want every inch of him. Making her forget who she is. Who he is. And just how wrong they are for each other.– Goodreads

Review:

*sigh* I know that I stated I had problems with the first two books in the series, but I was fine completing the trilogy. I was happy to! And while I enjoyed Wild more then the previous first two books in the series, however, I still found aspects of it problematic. For example, 18 year old Hunter enjoys going to a sex club and is extremely popular in said sex club. I have no problem with sex clubs, I have no problems with people finding themselves, I have problems with Hunter almost being the head of the sex club and full of said confidence. I understand that Hunter had to grow up quickly; however, if Jordan would have aged him to be 20 or 21 it would have been more believeable.

Jordan still knows how to write sexy confident sex scenes, but, there was none of that confidence in other parts of this book. Georgia is extremely wishy-washy with how she treats Hunter, and there are a lot of loose ends throughout Wild that never got picked up again. From Georgia’s internship and the love of the guitar, to how she tried to convince everyone she was fine when she was anything but fine. My problem with this whole series has been the fact that while Jordan writes extremely amazing and sexy scenes, the quality of that writing doesn’t seem to carry through the novel.

I never felt that the characters were real, they felt extremely cardboard to me, and reminded me why I should not read NA books.


19095213Tease (The Ivy Chronicles #2) by Sophie Jordan
Release Date: May 27, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow
Source: Library
Rating: starstarblank_starblank_starblank_star
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

A born flirt and good-time party girl, Emerson has never had a problem finding a willing guy. She’s always chosen her hook-ups carefully, and she’s never broken her three cardinal rules:

Never let them see the real you.

Never fall in love.

Always leave them begging for more.

Then comes Shaw. A hotty from the wrong side of the tracks, he’s immune to her flirtatious banter and come-hither smile. After rescuing her from a disastrous night at a biker bar, he doesn’t even try to take her to bed—he calls her a tease and sends her home instead. Unable to resist a challenge, or forget the sexy dark-eyed bad-boy biker, she vows to bring him to his knees.

But instead of making Shaw beg, she finds herself craving him. For the first time in her life, she’s throwing out her rulebook. Suddenly, she’s the one panting for a guy she can’t control. A guy who won’t settle for anything less than the real Emerson, who forces her to do things she’s never imagined, including facing a past she thought she’d buried.

A guy who just might leave her wanting more… – Goodreads

Review:

After I read the first book in the series, I debated continuing on with the series, and then my holds came in at the library and it seemed that, yes, I would continue on with the series because it could get better right? Unfortunately Tease fell into the same trap that Foreplay did, solid characters, but a non-solid storyline. Emerson is the wild party girl out of her trio of friends and she’s fine with that, a hard exterior makes it harder to love and she’s fine with that. A troubling childhood with parents that don’t care has left Emerson to protect her heart and be seen as someone who doesn’t care.

What Emerson doesn’t expect is Shaw to find his way into his heart. It is honestly the last thing she expected, but he keeps trying to protect her and Emerson is very confused by this. She can protect herself, she makes this clear to everyone around her and doesn’t understand why Shaw cares so much and if I’m being honest, I really didn’t understand why Shaw cared so much either. I am all for people finding love, but not once did I feel like Emerson wanted anyone in her life to love her, including her own friends. She was so hard to them, and acted out and then got upset when people called her on her bullshit. While there is definite chemistry between the two and Jordan knows how to write her sex scene. I found the plot to be overly predictable and full of the normal NA tropes that I’m over. From the alpha male, to the bad parents, to the past that wasn’t really touched upon with the exception of a page in the novel.

I started Tease with low expectations and was still extremely disappointed by the end.