Perhaps your local bookstore has added a new shelf label or your favorite author has announced a new series under this mysterious category. In any case, you’ve found yourself wondering, what exactly does “new adult” mean, especially in terms of literature? New Adult is the next step up for those of us who love YA but have graduated into the next stage of our lives and want something that hits a little closer to home. Usually featuring protagonists aged 18–30, New Adult fiction engages with themes such as sexuality, developing independence, change, and embarking on a career. While Young Adult works are often set in high schools, New Adult is usually set in college or the early years beyond schooling. Continue reading What Is This “New Adult” Genre and What Geeky Books Belong to It?
Sick of vampire stories set in high school? Wouldn’t a powerful and immortal creature of the night want to do something more interesting with her life than sit in a classroom re-learning algebra for the 50th time? If you’re looking for a more grown-up vampire tale, check out Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz, coming out next Tuesday, September 9th!
You may know Melissa de la Cruz from her Witches of East End novels, or the TV series adapted from them. Or maybe you’ve read her YA series, Blue Bloods. Her latest book, Vampires of Manhattan is the start a new series called The New Blue Bloods Coven, a continuation of the story from Blue Bloods, but set ten years in the future. Vampires of Manhattan is part of the budding genre of New Adult, which is geared toward a slightly older demographic than the usual YA audience. New Adult novels often feature characters in their early to mid-20s, either college-age or young professionals. Vampires of Manhattan delves into the lives of the sexy paranormal elite of New York City. From Oliver Hazard-Perry, the formerly-human head of the Coven, to Mimi Martin, the restless wife of the lord of the underworld, Vampires of Manhattan brings back beloved characters of Blue Bloods in an older and more sophisticated guise.
Melissa De La Cruz’s newest novel, The Ring and the Crown, is one of the most beautiful books I’ve read in a while. Not only are the cover and design gorgeous, but the characters, the settings, and the clothes are all beautifully crafted through words. This is a first installment in a new series, and I’m definitely going to be picking up the next book!The Ring and the Crown tells the story of five different characters. There’s a princess, her magician best friend, a scorned fiance, a rebellious prince, and a social climbing American. Though it takes a while to put together who everyone is and how they all connect, eventually all the storylines come together as all the characters are drawn towards London for one monumental season.