Book Review: Orange Blossom by Sarah Daltry

young pretty kissing wedding couple against skyTitle: Orange Blossom

Author: Sarah Daltry

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Age Group: New Adult

Rating: 4 stars

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“I’ve never understood a year. A year was always a measurement of something bad for me. A year in my father’s prison sentence, a year since my mom’s death, a year left of school before I could get far, far away from here. Now, as I look down the end of my college career, with only a little more than a semester to go, a year seems like something magical. It has been a year since Lily chose me, since she sat with me on the old swing set and made a decision that I was worthy of her. And every minute of the entire year has been better than the last.”

You already know their stories: Lily, the perfect princess, always living someone else’s life. And Jack, the broken boy, who had stopped believing in hope. Somehow, though, they found each other and what was one night blossomed into a love story.

Now, a year later, Jack and Lily are dreaming of the future. Despite all of his promises to himself that he would never be indebted to anyone, Jack makes a new promise – this time to Lily – that he will be there for her forever. But when life unravels for them, he starts to pull away, and Lily worries he’s out of reach for good.

When Jack does the unthinkable, Lily is left destroyed. Is it possible to have a happily ever after? Does love ever really save anyone?

Reading Orange Blossom is my first time reading any books in the Flowering series, but I can already predict it won’t be the last time. The tale of Lily and Jack is raw, emotional, heart-wrenching. Jack was easily my favorite of both characters. He has a sense of realism about him, a dark past, and so many layers behind which he hides. This makes him interesting, mysterious. I wanted to find out what was haunting him, but never expected it to be so heartbreaking. Lily is exactly the opposite, and I hard a hard time connecting to her because of that.

So far, her life has been perfect, but it feels fake. She was always the perfect girl, the one with the perfect life, and now she longs for something real. I understand that, but I just had a harder time connecting to her. Their story is great, and it shows how opposites can feel attracted to each other. They both long for something different, and only the other can give that to them.

An interesting, well-written novel with a solid plot and interesting characters.

Book Review: Blood Moon by T. Lynne Tolles

BloodMoon_Tolles_EBOOKTitle: Blood Moon

Author: T. Lynne Tolles

Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance

Age Group: New Adult

Rating: 4 stars

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The gang finds themselves up to their eyeballs in family history when  clues are revealed that suggest an evil curse is hidden within the O’Rielly Book of Shadows. An old family diary divulges the O’Rielly family was an integral part in stymying a power hungry witch that took the lives of thirteen young girls and clues to spells whereabouts seem to suggest they’re in the O’Rielly Book of Shadows.
One by one young women are reported missing from neighboring towns when two mysterious women show up in town. Is it coincidence? Or has someone come back to complete the unfinished spell from the past? No one knows but when Allison’s life is in the balance, the gang pulls together to find a way to stop the past from repeating itself.

Blood Moon is the second book in a series. I haven’t read the first book, so it was hard to follow at first, but once I got the hang of who was who, it was a great read. The book focuses on Darby and Rowan, two sisters, and their friends. The main plot involves the disappearance of young woman, colliding with the arrival of two mysterious women in town. It’s up to Darby, Rowan and their friends to find out, and to stop the past from repeating themselves. But in between boy trouble and saving town, they have plenty of stuff on their plates.

Good writing, a solid plot, and an intriguing mix of old family lore, witches, werewolves and vampires. This book reads like an updated and improved version of Twilight. Much improved. I loved how the author managed to combine present and past, and blur the lines of history between both.

Rowan was my favorite character, although I loved Blake as well. And Devon. For some reason, I wasn’t so fond of Dean, and while I liked Darby most of the time, I much preferred Rowan. But hey, personal preferences.

An intriguing YA novel for everyone who likes witches, vampires and our furry friends.

Book Review: The Soured Earth by Sophie Weeks

soured-earth-coverTitle: The Soured Earth

Author: Sophie Weeks

Genre: NA Realistic Fiction

Age Group: New Adult

Rating: 4 stars

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When Margaret Campbell left her home, a working ranch in the Canada prairies, for the East coast and college, she never meant to come back. In the aftermath of a tragic accident that claimed the lives of her aunt and uncle, however, Margaret is called home to help. There she must assume a much less glamorous role as chef, gardener, and mother figure for her orphaned cousins.

But when a strange sickness strikes their cattle and blights their crops, Margaret’s family is threatened with the loss of their ranch and only livelihood. Now caught in the middle of a full-scale environmental disaster, Margaret finds herself divided between duty to home and family and the fashion designer career she’s still struggling to build.

In The Soured Earth, Margaret Campbell decides to go back home after a desperate phone call from her Dad. Her family is struggling. Her aunt and uncle passed away in a car accident, and now her Dad has to take care of the ranch she grew up in, her two cousins, and her aging grandma, all on his own. While Margaret wants nothing more than to finish studying for her degree in fashion, she knows she can’t abandon her Dad when he needs her the most.

But coming back home is a struggle. Her cousins each have their own share of troubles and teenage issues to go through. Her grandmother suffered from a stroke, but refuses to take things slowly. Money is scarce, and when an illness starts infesting the crops and animals on their ranch and the surrounding ranches, things are about to get ten times worse for Margaret and her family.

As they struggle to make ends meet, Margaret has to figure out what she wants in live – to be there for her family, or to chase her own dreams.

The Soured Earth was a truly inspiring story about family, dreams, and about what we sometimes give up for family. Margaret struggle with typical new adult issues, and she’s a very realistic character. Her family is lovely, especially Bonne-maman, her grandmother. She may nag every now and then, and she may be harsh on Margaret’s Dad, but she has her heart in the right place. Ranch life is tough, and I never realized how tough until reading this book, it was a real eye-opener.

The writing was good, the characters were enjoyable, and the story was truly inspiring.

Book Review: Down to Business by J.C. Alexander

downtobusiness_promocoverTitle: Down to Business
Author: J.C. Alexander
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Rating: 4 stars
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While everyone else headed off to college, small town girl, Autumn Malone, stays behind to help manage her family’s failing restaurant. Two years later, when a scholarship at Adelphi University comes her way, she can’t resist the chance to start a new life. The one thing that she isn’t planning on…is falling for irresistible Vinny Mazzola.

To outsiders, Hamptons born Vinny Mazzola has it all: good looks, money, and an esteemed reputation. While studying business at Adelphi, the last thing he expects to do is fall in love with awkward Autumn Malone, who forces him to ask himself what’s really important in life.

When the opportunity arises for Autumn to work at Vinny’s family-owned Italian restaurant, Mazzolas, it seems like a perfect way for her to get to know him better. That is until she meets his over protective mother and his conceited ex-girlfriend who both want nothing more than to get rid of her. Between frats, family, friends, and foes, when it comes down to business, will Autumn and Vinny have to sacrifice everything for a love they can’t live without?

Autumn is excited to start college – finally – after helping to manage her family’s restaurant for the last two years. Her roommate happens to be her best friend, Lindy, so things couldn’t get any better. Except that Lindy’s boyfriend has oved in as well, so her dream of colllege doesn’t exactly start out as planned.

She meets Vinny in one of her classes. He’s got the good looks, money, and reputation to match his attitude. With that, he should be able to get any girl he wants. Instead, he finds himself falling for Autumn, an awkward girl who doesn’t even seem in the same league.

But as these two grow closer to each other, there are people who will stop at nothing to keep them apart.

Autumn was a lovely, amazing character. I liked her awkwardness, the way she handled herself through everything, her intelligence, her quiet strength. I liked Vinny too, as the book progressed, but I wasn’t very fond of him at first. I absolutely hated his Mom, but I think most of the readers probably do. She’s a control freak, and has Vinny in an iron-tight grip.

The book had lots of romance, some steamy scenes, a good dose of drama and humor, and an enjoyable cast. An excellent read if you’re in the mood for some romance.

Book Review: The Windgate (The School of Ministry #1) by Braxton A. Cosby

coverTitle: The School of Ministry: The Windgate (Book One)
Author: Braxton Cosby
Genre: YA/NA Paranormal Fantasy
Age Group: New Adult, Young Adult
Rating: 4 stars
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A young man named Ziv struggles to find his place in life after both of his parents are murdered. Orphaned and alone by the age of six, he bounces in and out of foster homes hopeless and afraid, wondering if he will ever find a path to happiness. He resolves to accept a life of depravity, until one day he discovers he possesses the gift of sight: to see creatures from the afterlife, but not angels…demons! Ziv is recruited by The School of Ministry, a secret society that promises to help him find his best friend Stephanie, who has gone missing. But there is one catch: he must agree to join them in their quest to eradicate evil and protect the weak. Ziv learns that he is a “Conduit,” which allows him to cross over into the spirit world and transcend time itself. When he is partnered with two other young men who have similar gifts, the unlikely trio is trained in the mastery of weapons and the art of Shouting, during treacherous challenges of the tortuous Quad in preparation for their mission: to secure the Windgate. An untimely love triangle clouds Ziv’s judgment,  forcing him to choose between the love of his life and the new female interest Evan. Ziv becomes entrenched in a quest of identity, love, and will, until he comes face to face with pure evil itself–Akabod, the spiritual prodigal son to the School of Ministry and a master of talents.

The Windgate is the first book in the School of Ministry series. It’s kind of like Harry Potter but with demons instead of wizards. It’s also intended for a slightly older audience. The book is definitely intriguing, and I got hooked on the story early on, and I was sad to see it end.

Ziv struggles to find his place in life. His parents were murdered, so he’s an orphan, bouncing from one foster hme into another. He has gifts he doesn’t understand – like the ability to see demons. Along with two others who have the same ability, he gets recruited for The School of Ministry, a secret society that promises him to help him find Stephanie, his best friend who has gone missing. If he wants their help, he has to join the School of Ministry though – and that means going through a series of treacherous challenges and leave on a mission to securet the Windgate. In the meantime, he has to face some serious challenges in the love department, and has to fight evil itself.

I wasn’t too fond of the whole evil itself conflict – I’m convinced no one is truly evil, and everyone is a mix of things – but that aside, the book was great. Ziv – awesome name, by the way – is an enthralling, endaring character. His life story may be dipped in sadness, but he always manages to see the bright side of things, no matter how much he’s struggling.

There’s definitely more story to tell her, and I can’t wait for the sequel. Four well-deserved stars.

Book Review: The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines

16172220Title: The Vincent Boys

Author: Abbi Glines

Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Age Group: New Adult

Rating: 3,5 stars

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Ashton is getting tired of being good, of impressing her parents and playing ideal girlfriend to Sawyer Vincent. Sawyer is perfect, a regular Prince Charming, but when he leaves town for the summer, it’s his cousin Beau who catches Ashton’s eye. Beau is the sexiest guy she’s ever seen, and even though he’s dangerous, Ashton is drawn to him.

Beau loves his cousin like a brother, so the last thing he wants to do is make a move on Sawyer’s girl. Ashton is off-limits, absolutely. That’s why he does his best to keep his distance, even though he’s been in love with her forever. When Ashton wants to rekindle their childhood friendship in Sawyer’s absence, Beau knows he should say no.

Ashton and Beau don’t want to hurt Sawyer. But the more they try to stay away from each other, the more intense their urges become. It’s getting way too hard to resist….

The Vincent Boys was a mediocre read for me. I liked Ashton sort of, I liked Beau, and together they formed a nice couple, but some things bothered me. I’ll explain them later in this review. Overall, the book was a nice summer read though.

Ashton’s boyfriend, Sawyer, is on holiday during the summer, and she’s stuck at home, taking care of his cousin, Beau, when he gets drunk and needs a ride home. The encounter makes their old friendship resurface. When they were kids, they were best friends, always teasing each other, always joking around, but ever since they started growing up, they’ve grown apart. In a matter of weeks, they get as close as they once were, and a whole lot closer than that.

What didn’t make sense for me? Well, I read the adult version (I hope) and the way Ashton and Beau almost have sex the first time made me cringe. They’re in a field (I don’t think they moved away from the field), Ashton’s grandma just passed away, she needs a shoulder to cry on, and Beau completely takes advantage of her. Ugh. Then there’s the awkward sex scene later on. It wasn’t hot, it was just awkward.

Then there was Ashton’s silly behavior toward the end. I don’t want to spoil things, but at some point she goes to a gathering of kids her age, and she’s afraid of what’ll happen because Sawyer isn’t there to protect her. Uhm? Right? And then a little later, when Sawyer is mad at her, she’s scared of going to school because she’s picked on and Sawyer won’t help her.

Grow up. Put your chin up, and start being brave, Ashton. You don’t need a guy to protect you, you can take care of yourself. Stop relying on Sawyer and Beau for everything. Seriously.

Either way, apart from that, I actually liked the story. I love friendships-turn-to-romance books, and this was definitely one of the better ones. Ashton and Beau’s love was heartbreaking, and it sounded real. I thought Ashton was way too dependent on Sawyer and Beau to make her an intriguing character. She wasn’t very complex either – a good girl who really wanted to become a bad girl. Beau was a lot more intriguing. He was flawed, broken, human. Sawyer was Mr. Perfect, until the end, when his true colors showed, and which made him more interesting than in the entire first half of the book.

Overall, a nice, quick read, but the characters could’ve been more three-dimensional, and Ashton could’ve been less of a crybaby.

Book Review: Freaks Like Us by Jackie Trippier Holt

16071648Title: Freaks Like Us
Author: Jackie Trippier Holt
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Book Snuffler Company
Publication Date: October 11th 2012
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“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls and children of all ages! Welcome to Burfoot’s Circus, the travelling home of freaks, misfits, drop-outs and the socially inept – sometimes all of the above – come together for your entertainment pleasure tonight, out of a love of performing in some cases, and simply fear of discovery in others.
“We have little people, fae, werewolves and mutations, hybrids and humans in The Ring together! We have demons and dogs and those who prefer to keep silent about the stories of how and why they came to join the circus.
“Yet, most important of all, we have acts! We have The Saw Man, The Cat Boy, The Violet Illusion, Fearless Henry, Lady Fortunata, Benedict The Storyteller, The Bearded Lady, Snake and too, too many more to mention.
“Catch the show now, while you can. We can’t stay long in any town and who knows where we’ll be next? And honestly, folks, our circus isn’t what it was and certainly isn’t what it should be. See it now and you’ll be able to say, ‘Burfoot’s? I knew it before it was famous’.
“Because nothing can remain a secret forever.”

Throw everything you excepted about new adult literature out of the window and say hello to Freaks Like Us. This book is unique, original, entertaining and enjoyable. At times, I laughed out loud. At others, I felt ready to cry. It’s a short read and a quick one, but it’s definitely interesting enough to give it a try.

Burfoot’s Circus has been around since the dawn of time – or at least, for a very long time. The circus artists are nature’s freaks, an eclectic mix of shapeshifters, half-animals, dwarves, fae and even vampires. All of them joined the circus because they saw no way out. All of them have something in common: they’re different. They’re unique, but their uniqueness is not accepted but frowned upon. A circus is the only place they can be themselves. The current ringmaster, a dwarf named Zack, brings a new participant into the circus. He’s simply called “The Boy”, because his old name no longer matters and he gets to choose his new one only after he’s been at the circus for a year.

“The Boy” is an interesting character. He seems remarkably intelligent, but we know next to nothing about him. What’s his real name? Where does he come from? Why does he hide in the circus? His actions are at times extremely unpredictable, which kind of made me like him, although I don’t think I know him well enough to like him yet. The ringmaster was a fun character as well. His concern for the circus and the well being of his artists was obvious. He’s a sincere person, and always willing to make the best out of every situation, and I envied him for that.

The main love triangle focus here is on Violet, Hector and Henry. Violet is a strange mix of a cat and a girl, as in Catwoman but not just a suit. Or something like that. She has cat ears and a tail. Hector is the same, and although they had a brief relationship at some point – they were best friends, but never even kissed – that tension is still there. For Hector, Violet is the only woman he came close to loving. For Violet, it seems as if Hector treats every woman, including her, with the same carelessness. When Hector starts hooking up with Violet’s best friend Ruby, and Violet – although unknowing – begins a relationship with vampire Henry, the key elements are in place for all hell to break loose.

I liked Violet, although her indecisiveness bothered me, as well as her reaction to something awful Henry does at some point in the novel. She doesn’t value herself enough, or doesn’t think herself worthy enough, and most of her actions or based on this lack of self-esteem. It’s an interesting starting point, and I hope that in the following novels she moves beyond this point to evolve into a stronger, more confident person.

The setting was unique, abnormal and totally awesome. The circus looks like a great place, but after every corner hide dark shadows and lingering secrets. The circus’ rules are old, some even magical, and breaking the code may have dire consequences. Nevertheless it’s a fun, friendly world, and the entire circus grew seems to get along well. I liked how I got to see in the mind of many characters and got to know him better. The author has a way of briefly painting a character, and even though it’s brief you get the feeling you’ve known them for years.

The ending left me guessing. It’s very open, leaving room for other novels. In particular, I wondered who “The Boy” actually was, and I can’t wait to find out. The world of Freaks Like Us was intriguing enough to pull me in, the setting wonderful and imaginative and the characters divers and likeable.

Freaks Like Us is not suitable for a younger audience because of some explicit scenes. I wouldn’t recommend it to YA audience, only to a new adult audience and older. It reminded me of the first Darren Shan novels about a circus filled with freaks, but then for an older audience, and less grim and menacing. An excellent read, and very enjoyable.

Book Review: Just Remember to Breathe by Charles Sheehan-Miles and Giveaway

15827731Title: Just Remember to Breathe
Author: Charles Sheehan-Miles
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Cincinnatus Press
Publication Date: August 30th 2012 (ebook), November 12th 2012 (paperback)
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Alex Thompson’s life is following the script. A pre-law student at Columbia University, she’s focused on her grades, her life and her future. The last thing she needs is to reconnect with the boy who broke her heart.
Dylan Paris comes home from Afghanistan severely injured and knows that the one thing he cannot do is drag Alex into the mess he’s made of his life.
When Dylan and Alex are assigned to the same work study program and are forced to work side by side, they have to make new ground rules to keep from killing each other.
Only problem is, they keep breaking the rules.
The first rule is to never, ever talk about how they fell in love.

Just Remember to Breathe offers a rollercoaster of emotions with a wide variety of characters that touch the readers’ hearts in their own, unique way. What is so powerful about this book, are the characters – they truly drive it forward. They are not the typical characters you’d expect from a new adult contemporary romance novel, and that’s what makes them all the more intriguing. If you want to be swept away in a book, reading until the wee hours of the morning, then you want to read this book. It won’t dissapoint – in fact, it’ll probably amaze. It certainly left me feeling a myriad of conflicting emotions from anger and rage, to heartbreak and suffering. At some point, I even cried. Books that can cause such powerful emotions in those that read them are definitely worth taking a look at, if you ask me.

Dylan Paris, the male lead character, is nothing if not extraordinary. Raised by a drunk Dad who occassionally physically abused his equally-drunk Mom, his childhood wasn’t exactly a happy one. When his Mom finally did clean up her act, so did Dylan. After getting kicked out because he funked school, he re-enrolled, worked hard, went to live back home, and did so great he was accepted for an exchange program where he met Alex, the love of his life. But feeling guilty over everything that ever went wrong in his life, and feeling unworthy and undeserving for a girl as special and wonderful as Alex, Dylan never told her his real feelings on the last night they spent together – that this wasn’t just some summer fluke, but that he really did love her. They kept on a relationship of shorts (long distance though) for a while, but it never really worked out. When Dylan joined the army, that only made things worse. But when all is said and done, Dylan knows that he lost her for good, and part of that is his fault.

When a bombshell exploded brings Dylan to the hospital as a wounded soldier, he enlists in University, looking to build a life again. Accidently though, it’s the same university Alex is enrolled in, and they also happen to work for the same teacher, an author who wrote his bestselling novel at age twenty-two and has been struggling to write another one ever since. As Dylan is forced to spend time together with his ex-girlfriend, old feelings may resurface, feelings he thought he buried along with his dead comrades.

Alex on the other hand, always seemed out of reach for Dylan. Being the daughter of a wealthy ambassador, all she ever had to worry about were school and grades. Little does he know that all the time, Alex loved Dylan probably just as much as he loved her. The longer they spent apart, the more heartbreak Alex suffers. When one night it gets too much for her, she breaks up with Dylan through Skype. A stupid mistake, she sends him countless emails afterwards – but he never replies to them. He seemingly vanishes off the face of the earth. Alex struggles to go on with her life until suddenly, she sees Dylan at her own university. Forced to work together with the man who broke her heart, Alex fears she might fall for him all over again. But Dylan isn’t the boy she fell in love with anymore. Suffering Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and suffering from an enormous amount of survivor’s guilt, this war-hardened veteran may be even tougher to deal with than he was the first time around.

As you can see, these characters aren’t exactly your generic, typical new adult characters. I especially loved Dylan. I felt bad for everything he’s ever been through. And if the end result is that he sometimes becomes enraged beyond normal proportions, then that’s only fitting for the person he became, due to losing people he loved and feeling guilty for it. A lot of YA and NA books have a ‘bad boy’ male love interest for the female main character. Dylan never seemed like a ‘bad boy’ to me, although he did have some of its streaks: a bit possessive at times, and violent. But the thing was, here I understood his violence. His life wasn’t exactly rose petals and sunshine so far, and it shows in his personality, in his sometimes violent fits, like when someone attacks someone he loves. But he never appeared like ‘bad boy’, quite the opposite in fact, and that was a welcome chance. I thought he was quite romantic, sending Alex dried flowers from Afghanistan and keeping her picture in his locker. He also never seemed to have eye for any other girl – just her. It nearly broke my heart to see how he kept destroying their love over and over again, not because he didn’t want to be with her, but because he wanted to protect her from himself, his past and his present. Severely injured in war, with brain traumas and words sometimes slipping from his mind, filled up with rage ready to explode, Dylan’s main concern is to keep Alex safe. That was so touching it nearly broke my heart.

Just Remember to Breathe is about these characters, their lives and their journey to find each other. It was heart-warming from start to end, a rollercoaster of emotions. They made mistakes, they tried to get passed those, and with everything that went wrong, they tried to pick up the pieces and kept going. I can’t possibly explain to you how touching I thought this book was. Dylan’s journey is extraordinary, and how Alex keeps supporting him through all that is truly amazing. I loved them together as a couple: their interactions and joked showed they really did care for each other, a lot. The writing was superb, the voices very authentic and genuine. This book was written with a lot of love and emotion behind it, and it shows.

Give Just Remember to Breathe a try, especially if you’re a fan of stories that will have you laugh, sob, and cry at the same time.


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Book Review: Superheroes Wear Faded Denim by Law Reigns

14058779Title: Superheroes Wear Faded Denim
Author: Law Reigns
Genre: New Adult Fantasy Romance
Publisher: F3WSINC
Publication Date: May 20th 2012
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Blissany Cherry is tired of sleeping around. Her neurologists’ sleep solutions have failed her. Now that her bizarre sleeping habits have begun to include week long dreams she has resorted to her own methods for a cure.
METHOD ONE: CONTROL DREAMS. All attempts to morph dreams about a gorgeous warrior into romantic fantasies are thwarted. He keeps on insisting she is destined to marry a great king and lead their armies into war. At the end of every dream he asks her: will you fight the war and save mankind?
She laughs in his face.
METHOD TWO: RESIST! Blissany has plans for her life. None include fighting an intergalactic war. When her dreams begin spilling over into reality, she is forced to make a decision that will forever redefine her life. Standing between destiny and desire, she is left with only one option.

Superheroes Wear Faded Denim is an intense rollercoaster of a book. It’s dark, gritty, complex and fascinating from page one until the very end. I was so enthralled with this book I kept on turning the pages until the wee hours of the morning. This story has an entirely different outtake on what it means to be a superhero, the Angel lore, and the ancient battle of good vs. evil. I was more than a little amazed, and definitely enjoyed this book.

The main character, Blissany, is a delight to read about. Her thoughts range from focused to all over the place, which happens to a lot of young adults/new adults. Since I’m a college student myself, I loved the scenes at college, the roommates, classes, lunch, etc. Then, with the addition of the supernatural, things just turned one thousand times more interesting. What I found also very intriguing about this book is that it doesn’t offer the main character as the sole fighter or supernatural creature in this world, some sort of “chosen one” but instead focuses on Blissany and her friends, working together as a team to defeat the evil of this world. This is one of the first books featuring supernatural teams I’ve read, as opposed to singular heroes, and it works really well. Although Superheroes Wear Faded Denim also features multiple POVs, I had no trouble keeping up with them.

My only pet peeve with this book was how difficult the main characters’ names are. The name I had especially problems with was Wanikiya. I still don’t know how to properly pronounce it. And while I can take one or two ‘special’ names that one was just a bit too special for my tastes.

Superheroes Wear Faded Denim is different, special and original. The plot is forever evolving, with twists around every corner. The narrative is concise, the writing decent. I recommend this book to all fans of the New Adult genre, and fantasy in general. If you’d like to see an original take on Angels, try this one out as well.