#NewReleasePromo ~ A Bleak December by Hanleigh Bradley

Hello, fellow bookworms! Wanted to talk to you today about A bleak December which I am very excited to read. In between reading Fantasy and Sci-fi, I am a total sucker for reading romance because it has all the feels and … Continue reading

The Cinder Earl’s Christmas Deception by Em Taylor (Release Blitz)

    ✿´¯`*•.¸¸✿ RELEASE BLITZ ✿´¯`*•.¸¸✿   The Cinder Earl’s Christmas Deception (Book 2 of The Contrary Fairy Tales) by Em Taylor  Release date: Friday 1st December 2017 EM TAYLOR brings you the second book in her series of Regency stories … Continue reading

NEW! Cover Reveal and Paperback release: His Viking Bride by Olivia Norem.

Hello my lovelies! I’ve got some great news from Olivia Norem! His Viking Bride is getting an update and will also be released on paperback on November the 15th; it will be available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk! How amazing is that?! There … Continue reading

Romance in Young Adult novels

soulmatesThe “Young Adult” romance I have stumbled lately on my random reading picks from Amazon on quite a few Young Adult novels, some good, some note quite so, but they all shared the same pattern.

The romance in YA novels has the same pattern (in 99.9% of books read) with all the ingredients that make me think that somehow teenagers will get it wrong, that along the lines they will understand a story worse than Cinderella’s…

The ingredients: we’re taking unexperienced girl and throw her in the mix with a hot guy, preferably dark, rich and with a murky past, then brand the chemical attraction and adolescent hormones as “true love”. Then we spice things up a bit with some drama and controlling/abusive/manipulative behaviour from our guy and we stamp is as being cool and seductive; nice, good guys are overrated. For extra flavour, we can remove the guy from the picture so that our girl can crumble into pieces, cry her eyes out, contemplate suicide because life without him is unbearable and there is No Way for her to live without him. Then we bring him back into the picture and he’s the hero of the day after he says “Sorry” and gives her a good kiss and a smack on the bum. 😉

It is also okay to think that you are destined, a.k.a you have no control over your emotions, body and soul. She is destined to be with him for all the stupid reasons and there is no real need for real communication because destined love doesn’t need that bullshit, right? I mean, they are destined to love each other, why should the petty details like his huge criminal record, the fact that he’s actually a monster (literally) coming from hell, has creepy stalking tendencies, etc, would actually matter.

“Soul mates” know each other from the womb and of course she knows he is not going to rape her, or sink her fangs into her throat or any other horrid thing, because they have the bond. Really? Are you f*ucking joking me? Plus that, are you really telling me that it’s either “fangy” over there or nobody else to love? Someone has to tell these gullible girls that the world doesn’t just spin around One Guy no matter how hunky, sexy, alluring, smart, witty, mysterious, etc he is. Love is a bit (insert sarcasm here) more complex and complicated than that and soul mates and destiny doesn’t even begin to cover it.

It’s not only an unhealthy message, it’s also bad writing since you don’t have to justify anything you throw in there since it can be branded as “true love”, “destiny” and/or “soul mates”.

 

 

Jet by Russell Blake

Twenty-eight years old Maya lives in a quiet island, running a business when she’s attacked by mercenaries, paid men to kill her and after she escapes, she needs to know why. But knowing, means bringing Jet back, leaving her new acquired life behind and be the same old killer machine.

She used to be Mossad’s best operative until she died in a car explosion, but apparently someone knew that she still walked the world and wanted her silenced; someone from her past. People like her always had strong, powerful enemies. Now Jet has to travel the world and track her old colleagues in order to find the truth and the man that she loves.

It’s a fast paced novel, packed with wit, action and sprinkled with romance and childhood trauma and fans of the genre will love it; I know I did. The characters are well-rounded, created to get out of the page and perform in front of you! Russell’s skill in portraying the characters is brilliant. The writing is clean and with no-bullshit and flowers, while it keeps you on the edge, toe-curling with suspense.

It’s a five-star book and I would recommend it to anyone. The plot, the writing, the characters are so good that you’re not going to have enough. Luckily, Jet is only the first book. 😉