21 Stolen Kisses by Lauren Blakely
A USA Today bestseller about forbidden love that refuses to fade.
Inked by Eric Smith
A fast-paced fantasy adventure, perfect for anyone who has dreamed of being different . . . only to discover that destiny is more than skin deep.
The Sound of Us by Ashley Poston
The hilarious and heartwarming story of a classic-rock girl and a pop-starboy.
Pride’s Run by Cat Kalen
She’s the perfect killing machine, until the boy she is sent to hunt becomes her only chance at freedom.
Hollywood Witch Hunter by Valerie Tejeda
From the moment Iris first learned the truth about witches she knew she was born to fight them.
City of Fae by Pippa DaCosta
This New Adult urban fantasy is packed with action, suspense, and forbidden fae romance.
DISCLAIMER: I had read INKED and HOLLYWOOD WITCH HUNTER before I received this sampler, but I had never heard of most of these titles. Honestly, I’d say that the Bloomsbury Spark books will probably appeal to NA readers much more than YA readers. The YA (with the exceptions of INKED and HOLLYWOOD WITCH HUNTER) reads like NA anyway.
For those of you who don’t know, NA is characterized by the following:
- The main characters are in their late teens or early 20s.
- A lot more descriptive romance than YA.
I usually don’t review NA, so my review of these books solely reflects my opinion, not necessarily what I think other people will enjoy. For people who do like NA and higher YA, these are the books for you. That being said, I actually ended up really enjoying what I got to read of Cat Kalen’s PRIDE’S RUN.
Eighteen year old Pride is a tracker with a hunger for blood. Taught to trick and to lure, she is the perfect killing machine.
Kept leashed in the cellar by a master who is as ruthless as he is powerful, Pride dreams of freedom, of living a normal life, but escape from the compound is near impossible and disobedience comes with a price.
When she learns her master intends to breed her she knows she has to run.
Pride soon learns if she is to survive in the wild, she must trust in the boy who promises her freedom, the same boy she was sent to hunt.
Description taken from Goodreads.
I really enjoyed the premise of this novel. I thought it was well thought-out and a nice spin on the whole running away because you don’t want to marry someone cliché. I loved Pride’s personality and the world-building around her. Kalen did a great job of showing how caged Pride was, and at the end I was looking forward to Pride running away and getting into the world. From the start, she was a heroine that I could follow and root for. I’m looking forward to seeing what she’ll do in the rest of the plot. :D
For those of you interested in the Spark Sampler or seeing what it’s all about, it’s up for request on Netgalley until December 21st!