Welcome to another day of New Adult August! We’re talking about all things New Adult throughout this month, and you can find out what we’ve shared so far and what to expect right here!
This week is about exploring the genres beyond the stereotypical contemporaries that make up the New Adult landscape. Below are a range of SFF NA books to get you started, but I hope you can help me discover more. Please do share in the comments if you know of any others!
Before we get started, I want to say that two series have been left off this list because I already recommended them during the YA/NA crossover recs post: A Court of Thorns and Roses by S.J. Maas and Air Awakens by Elise Kova!
I like my New Adult with a touch of the unreal!
The Dreamer by E.J. Mellow
Series: Dreamland #1
Published on: May 15th 2015
Published by: Four Eyed Owl
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy, Romance
It’s night. Always night. Dreams guard against the evil forged by nightmares. Infinite shooting stars illuminate a moonless sky. A city stands alone, surrounded by a darkened field. On its fringes, a man watches one star separate from the masses and fall. What survives the crash will unveil a secret centuries long hidden.
Molly hasn’t slept well since the night of her twenty-fourth birthday. Being struck by lightning might have something to do with it, but then again, her chicken did look a little undercooked at dinner. Whatever the culprit, her life quickly catapults from mundane to insane as, night after night, Molly is transported through her once dreamless sleep to a mysterious land illuminated by shooting stars.
There she meets the captivating but frustrating Dev, and together they discover Molly possesses a power coveted by his people—the ability to conjure almost anything she desires into existence. Seduced by the possibilities of this gift, Molly shifts her attention from waking life toward the man, the magic, and the world found in her dreams.
But Molly must ask herself—does something truly exist if you only see it when you close your eyes?
Faced with the threat of losing everything—her job, best friend, boyfriend, and most importantly, that little thing called her sanity—Molly will learn just how far she’ll go to uncover what is real and what is merely a figment of her imagination.
Ever found yourself dreaming something and wanting to just stay in that dream to see what happens next? That happens to me all the time (I can lucid dream), so this book was really up my street. There’s also a love triangle in this one that I can’t really choose sides on! I like both guys… Eek. Also, the covers are all freaking GORGEOUS.
A Hold on Me by Pat Esden
Series: The Dark Heart #1
Published on: February 23rd 2016
Published by: Kensington
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
She never wanted to return.
He wants nothing more than for her to leave.
But the fire between them is as strong as the past that haunts them.
Annie Freemont grew up on the road, immersed in the romance of rare things, cultivating an eye for artifacts and a spirit for bargaining. It’s a freewheeling life she loves and plans to continue–until her dad is diagnosed with dementia. His illness forces them to return to Moonhill, their ancestral home on the coast of Maine–and to the family they left behind fifteen years ago, after Annie’s mother died in a suspicious accident.
Once at Moonhill, Annie is shocked when her aunt separates her from her father. The next time Annie sees him, he’s a bizarre, violent shadow of his former self. Confused, she turns to an unlikely ally for support–Chase, the dangerously seductive young groundskeeper. With his dark good looks and powerful presence, Chase has an air of mystery that Annie is irresistibly drawn to. But she also senses that behind his penetrating eyes are secrets she can’t even begin to imagine. Secrets that hold the key to the past, to Annie’s own longings–and to all of their futures. Now, to unlock them, she’ll have to face her greatest fears and embrace her legacy…
I couldn’t decide if I was too scared to keep reading or too enamoured with Annie and Chase to stop! Wow, this book is dark, atmospheric and scary… And it has some cool twists that keep you guessing right to the end. Just read it, k?
City of Fae by Pippa DaCosta
Series: London Fae #1
Published on: May 7th 2015
Published by: Bloomsbury Spark
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy
From the moment Alina touches London’s hottest fae superstar, breaking one of the laws founded to protect all of her kind, her fate – and the fae – close in.
Below ground, the fae High Queen plots to claim the city as her own and places her pawns, ready for the battle to come. A battle she cannot lose, but for one small problem – Alina. There are four ancient keepers powerful enough to keep the queen in her prison. Three are dead. One remains … And to fight back, Alina risks sacrificing everything she has come to love.
This New Adult urban fantasy is packed with action and suspense and will have you yearning for more forbidden fae romance.
Um, hi, faeries!!! And all sorts of other cool creatures! Ok, in all honesty, the first book is more of an introduction, though it did freak me out quite a bit. In the second book, City of Shadows, things get particularly twisty, and Alina becomes a total BAMF! Also, prepare to swoon…
Daybreak Rising by Author
Series: Daybreak Rising #1
Publishing on: September 21st 2016
Published by: Torquere Press
Genres: New Adult, Fantasy
22-year-old Celosia Brennan spent sixteen years being raised as the heroine her nation needed. A dual-touched Elementalist with both the power to conjure fire and see glimpses of her future, Celosia was the best hope at overthrowing the oppressive Council in a mission called Daybreak, an attempt to secure justice for the massacre of her people and so many others. There’s just one problem: she couldn’t. Celosia broke down after realizing the enormity of her task, and is struggling to make things right while the blood of her fellows stains her hands.
Now branded a failure, Celosia desperately volunteers for the next mission: taking down the corrupt Council with a team of her fellow elementally-gifted mages. Leading the Ember Operative gives Celosia her last hope at redemption. They seek to overthrow the Council once and for all, this time bringing the fight to Valeria, the largest city under the Council’s iron grip. But Celosia’s new teammates don’t trust her—all except for a powerful ice Elementalist named Ianthe who believes in second chances.
With Council spies, uncontrolled magic, and the distraction of unexpected love, Celosia will have to win the trust of her teammates and push her abilities to the breaking point to complete the Ember Operative. Except if she falters this time, there won’t be any Elementalists left to stop the Council from taking over not only her country, but their entire world.
I personally haven’t read this, but enough people have told me that it’s great that I felt I had to include it! Not only is it NA fantasy, but it’s also incredibly diverse in almost every way possible. Definitely one to pick up if you’re looking to branch out from the same old characters.
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Series: The Bone Season #1
Published on: August 20th 2013
Published by: Bloomsbury
Genres: New Adult, Dystopian, Paranormal
The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.
It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.
This one isn’t marketed as New Adult, but I’m calling it as I see it. I’m sure people are getting sick of me saying this, but The Bone Season is the reason I even discovered book blogging, so not only did I love it (especially The Mime Order…that ending!!!), but it has a special place in my heart for bringing me into this world that I now can’t live without!
Have you read any of these? Are there any NA SFF books you’d add to this list?