In My Mailbox – Heather Took It Easy

Posted 23 September, 2012 by Heather in Blog, Heather, Meme / 16 Comments

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Weekly meme from The Story Siren. The idea is to post the books you got this week, whether you bought them, got them as a gift, from the library, or received them to review.

Hi, everyone! I have one audio book and two new adult books I bought this week. (All links for books and authors are to Goodreads, descriptions are from Amazon, click the book covers to go to the page for the book)

Random House was so nice to provide the audiobook for Niall Leonard’s young adult debut, Crusher

To catch a killer, Finn Maguire may have to become one….

Everything changed the day Finn found his father in a pool of blood, bludgeoned to death. His dull, dreary life is turned upside down as he become’s the prime suspect. How can he clear his name and find out who hated his dad enough to kill him?

Facing danger at every turn, uncovering dark family secrets and braving the seedy London underworld,Finn is about to discover that only the people you trust can really hurt you…

I listened to a little of this audiobook as I loaded it onto my iPod, and I loved the narrator’s British accent. Hopefully this YA thriller is as exciting as it sounds. The author is Mr. EL James, of Fifty Shades of Grey fame, so I’m a bit curious to see how his writing compares to his wife’s. He has a background in writing for television, so I’m going to so how it goes.


The first New Adult book I bought was Lengths by Steph Campbell and Liz Reinhardt.

Nineteen-year-old Whit Conrad leaves her conservative Pennsylvania home for sunny California, looking for independence, a fresh start, and a place to stash her grief. She promptly finds a job at a tattoo parlor, a craptastic first apartment, and one friend—Ryan—who is a little less friend, a little more benefits.

Deo Beckett is a soulful surfer with a passion for tattoos and beautiful women. On the eve of his twenty-second birthday, he finds himself living with his grandfather, recently unemployed, and seriously adrift. He doesn’t know much about what he wants out of life, but he does know his current situation isn’t cutting it.

When Deo meets Whit, she’s all sexy makeup and fierce, smart-ass fun. It doesn’t take him long to see past her tough shell. And when he gets a good look at what’s under all the superficial stuff that usually gets his attention, it leaves Deo wondering if there might be more to life than living fast and free.

Too bad Whit has a past she doesn’t plan on sharing—no matter how hot Deo is. She might want him, but she knows better than to let her guard down.

Deo falls for Whit, and falls hard. But everything about her, down to that mysterious tattoo and the way she thrashes in her sleep, tells him that the girl he loves is hiding something. And the more he pushes for answers, the more Whit pulls away.

Having your guard up is one thing, but are the lengths Whit goes to to protect her secret worth throwing away the second chance she has at happiness with Deo?

LENGTHS is a Contemporary New Adult Romance to be released August 2012.

I’ll admit that I’m hitting the New Adult bandwagon since I’m getting a bit burned out on YA, and I’m yearning for a bit angstier stories that have a bit of heat to them. And this one is only ninety-nine cents, so it’s not much of a gamble with so many decent reviews.

I also bought Easy by Tammara Webber.

A girl who believes trust can be misplaced, promises are made to be broken, and loyalty is an illusion. A boy who believes truth is relative, lies can mask unbearable pain, and guilt is eternal. Will what they find in each other validate their conclusions, or disprove them all?When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she’s single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life.Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by her ex’s frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that night–but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound.When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but he’s hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.

This is another New Adult book that I’ve heard nothing but good things about. And I was able to snag it when it was mistakenly put on sale for ninety-nine cents.

What’s in your mailbox this week? Happy reading and enjoy the rest of your weekend.


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16 Responses to “In My Mailbox – Heather Took It Easy”

  1. I absolutely loved Easy & I’m part way through Lengths, so far it’s wonderful! Crusher is high up on my wishlist 🙂

    Happy reading & enjoy your book haul!

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    Heather 9/23/2012

    I’m glad to hear you liked Easy and that Lengths is good too so far. My review for Crusher will be up in November since we’re so booked solid with reviews for a while. I hope it’s good 🙂
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  2. I have to admit, I’ve been in the same boat with YA burn out. I do that to myself, though, getting all super-obsessed and diving into the deep end of a genre. Then, after a while of gorging myself, I get…tired. That’s why I’ve been trying to mix it up on the genre front (though I’ve gotten stuck in the UF genre…). I like that the NA books have a bit more heat, too. Happy reading!
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    Heather 9/23/2012

    Since I’m burned out, I’ve started watching tv shows on Netflix that I haven’t had the time to watch when they first aired or I wanted to rewatch. I just went through all of the seasons of Supernatural again, and I just watched both seasons of Teen Wolf last week. Now I’m reading more contemporary books, and it seems to be helping with the burn out.
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  3. I LOVED Easy and Lentghs was pretty awesome, too. Hope you have fun with those 🙂 I bet you’ll fall in love with Lucas from Easy. He totally rocked my world. Heh. Yeah, hope you enjoy 🙂 Like that you have New Adult books here, imo they’re better than YA or.. I’m just growing out of YA.

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    Have a lovely day, x
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    Heather 9/23/2012

    I think NA is much better than YA too, especially when you’re older…
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  4. Lengths sounds SO good! I must get me a copy! I’ve jumped aboard the New Adult bandwagon for the same reason as you. YA doesn’t seem to be doing it for me at the moment. My last few YA reads were just OK. I’ve read Easy and enjoyed it, but not as much as a lot of other people I know. Have you read Taking Chances by Molly McAdams? I swear I sound like a cheerleader for that book. It’s another New Adult. Really good! 🙂
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