Category: New Adult

The Emergence of New Adult by Abria Mattina (Author Guest Post + Giveaway)

Posted September 2, 2013 by Jana in Giveaway, Guest Post, New Adult / 2 Comments


It’s my pleasure to welcome Abria Mattina, author of Love Among Pigeons (companion novel to Wake), to the blog today to talk about the emergence of the new adult genre! I have never been a huge fan of new adult, but Abria makes some interesting points that have me thinking I should try dipping my toe into the genre again.

The Emergence of New Adult
by Abria Mattina

When I published Wake in the Fall of 2011, I lamented that the New Adult category didn’t exist yet. Here I had a book about characters in their late teens, facing issues and problems that weren’t necessarily appropriate reading material for young teens. So where do I list it? I ended up putting it in the General Fiction category, out of fear that someone would give it to a thirteen-year-old and then send me an angry email, accusing me of scarring their child for life.

Needless to say, I was overjoyed when New Adult began to emerge as a category, distinct from Young Adult and General Fiction. There’s been a lot of discussion about it recently, and some believe that New Adult is just sexed-up Young Adult. Personally, I think that’s making a generalization on the basis of the worst books in the category. The distinction between Young Adult and New Adult has to be more than sex — transitioning into college life or the workforce, taking on serious relationships for the first time, new levels of physical, intellectual, and spiritual freedom, etc.

I see New Adult fiction as books about characters in their college years, aimed at an audience of a similar age. Just like Young Adult is books about teens, for teens, encompassing the full spectrum of genres, styles, and plot types, I believe New Adult has the same potential.

Which brings me to the other New Adult stereotype: it’s all about the angst. Two tortured characters with severe emotional scars come together to heal each other. In basic terms, my first book Wake could be described this way, and it’s not a bad thing. The only reason it has become a stereotype in New Adult, I believe, is that the market has been flooded with books of this particular type. The category is young and has yet to diversify. I hope that it will, lest New Adult turn into a very grim one-trick pony.

Every market has its phases. Not so long ago the Young Adult category was jam-packed with dystopian trilogies. Before that it was the craze for everything supernatural, and now we seem to be moving into a glut of gritty realist fiction. New Adult will have its phases too. It just happens that the first one is heavy on tear-jerkers, but who doesn’t love those deeply moving books?

Released on September 27, 2011

Eighteen isn’t too young to run your life into the ground, but it’s not too old to fix it, either. The desire for change drives Willa Kirk from St. John’s, Newfoundland back to hometown of Smiths Falls, Ontario, away from her mistakes and the place where her sister died. She’s looking for a place to settle and rebuild, but Jem Harper just wants to get out of town, back to the life he knew before cancer. By letting the tragedies in their lives define them, they are both dying a little more every day. Welcome to the wake.

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Released on August 23, 2013

In this companion novella to Wake, Frank invites the Kirk family home to Smiths Falls for Thanksgiving weekend. Holidays are always a trial for the family that lost their daughter and sister, but Frank is hopeful that this Thanksgiving will be the exception. He has some happy news to share. If only he wasn’t so reluctant to talk about it.


Thanks so much to Abria for stopping by to share her thoughts! She has also provided a few giveaways as part of the tour! Hope you win!


Click here to go to the form to enter to win a Moleskine book notes journal, 1 of 5 signed bookmarks, and a $30 Williams Sonoma gift card.

Click here to go to the form to enter to win a $25 GelaSkins gift card.

Snowed Over by Angie Stanton (Mini Book Review)

Posted December 12, 2012 by Jana in Book Review, New Adult / 5 Comments

Snowed Over by Angie Stanton (Mini Book Review)Snowed Over by Angie Stanton
Published by Vanguard Management Inc. on October 12, 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Holiday - Christmas, Romance
Pages: 126
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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5 Stars

To college student, Katie Brandt, ‘Home for the Holidays’ sounds like hell. When her parents separated, their holiday traditions shattered like a dropped ornament. What could be worse than celebrating Christmas with her suddenly single mom and mom’s new boyfriend?

Alex Walker, an engaged 20-year-old, dreads going home for his own reasons. He has a daunting task ahead of him and wishes he could skip the holidays altogether. So when a friend of a friend needs a ride north, Alex finds that having beautiful Katie seated by his side proves to be just the distraction he needs.

A simple ride home for Christmas turns into a nightmare when light snow rages into a full-scale blizzard. Katie and Alex find themselves stranded, and a vacant cabin becomes a haven from the storm.
Under different circumstances, time alone with Alex would be the ultimate Christmas gift, but Katie knows Alex is engaged and she must hide her growing attraction.

However, Alex harbors a secret that just might change this holiday from the worst Christmas ever, to the best.

Ok. Christmas. Crazy Blizzard. Sexy boy. Abandoned cabin. Near-death experience. Fireplace. Can this get any better? Guys, if you love Christmas romances you have GOT to get your hands on this. It is darling, and romantic, and sweet, and had me giggling like a school girl. Oh, and it’s totally clean. No steam here, but plenty of tension to go around. I like that better anyway. :)

I’m a sucker for blizzards. I love it when they happen here at my house, and I love it when they happen in books. When the power is out and there’s no place to go and no outside communication, things happen. Katie and Alex were shoved together out of the blue, and had to become great friends really fast when their truck plunged into an icy river and they had to get themselves out and warm before hypothermia set in. I loved their small talk during the drive, I loved the concern they felt for each other as they trekked for miles in the snow, and I loved watching the romance grow as they sat by the fire in an abandoned cabin (that they broke into) eating watery tomato soup and awkwardly sharing a really uncomfortable hide-a-bed. The writing was witty, the characters were relateable, and the story was super Christmassy. Trust me when I tell you that I’d totally give up my traditional Christmas to eat sticky spaghetti by the fire with Alex. He’s a dreamboat. And Katie is just plain and normal enough to give me confidence that I can nab a guy like Alex.

This is a quick Christmas delight that I just know will warm your heart like it did mine. I can see myself reading this little gem over and over again. I’d recommend this to lovers of movies like The Holiday. Parts of this totally reminded me of Cameron Diaz and Jude Law in that movie. It’s just a silly story about two people who had no idea Santa was bringing them each other for Christmas!

5 Stars