Under the Radar Friday (1): Lisa of Lost in Literature on New Adult Books + Giveaway!

Friday, February 6, 2015



Under the Radar Friday is a weekly blog feature here at Oops! I Read A Book Again where I invite a person to share five books they think are under the radar. The goal is to promote books we utterly love but are unjustly unpopular. Here's an avenue to pimp them out! To learn more about this feature, click here.

Today is the first ever Under the Radar Friday and I am *so* thrilled to start the recommending and the squeeing! To start UTRF with a bang, I have a book blogger I look up to and whose recommendations I always listen to. Let's all welcome... LISA OF LOST IN LITERATURE!

First, let's get to know our guest of honor for today's UTRF with a quickfire interview!


A book (or five) you'd want with you if you're alone stuck in an island?

The Harry Potter series.  Though I haven't completed the series yet (*gasp* I KNOW!!) I plan to this year.  I have a feeling this is a series I could read over, and over... and over again.  

Favorite book (or let's be real, bookS)?

No, I refuse to answer this.  Not a chance!

Okay... I've given it some thought and I'm ready to answer it now.  ;)  I'll stick with books that I could read over and over again, since picking a favorite is always hard for me.  I'll go with the Anna and the French Kiss series.

Favorite fictional couple/ship?

Lola and Cricket (Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins)

#1 book boyfriend?

Ben (Five Ways to Fall by KA Tucker)

Favorite pizza topping?

Eggplant - so yum!

Celebrity crush?

Dane Cook That guy is HILARIOUS!!  And easy on the eyes.  ;)

Most favorite trope (a.k.a. I will like this book because it has my weakness)?

Best friends to more relationships. I'm a HUGE sucker for childhood friends that grow into something more.  It gets my every time.

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Now that you have an idea on what books Lisa loves, let's hear her picks for books that need more pimping! Lisa initially wanted to share five contemporary YA novels but she ended up doing NA and she'll tell you why. Take it away, Lisa!

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So as I started working on this, I realized that there are so many NA books that I just love, but that others have decided not to read merely because of the NA label.  (NA has received a bad rap in the recent past, for some reason)  So here are the 5 NA books/series that I think deserve more attention than they are getting.  :)

Reason to Breathe (Breathing, #1)
Reason to Breathe (Breathing Series) by Rebecca Donovan

This series I recently marathoned straight through on audio.  It was fantastic!  It had extremely realistic.  Life isn't all rainbows and butterflies.  These stories had love and friendship, mixed with heartache, pain, and even death.  These books are sure to leave a lasting impression on you.

Best Kind of Broken (Finding Fate, #1)
Best Kind of Broken (Finding Fate Series) by Chelsea Fine

This series of books remains on my top 5 list of very favorite series.  They are companion novels, all involving a wonderful group of characters that you're sure to fall in love.  They don't really need to all be read in order, but if you do read them in order you will enjoy the little cameo appearances of characters from prior books.  This is a fun, heartwarming, and emotional at times, group of books that every NA reader should check out.

Burying Water (Burying Water, #1)
Burying Water (Burying Water Series) by KA Tucker

KA Tucker is most known for her insanely popular series, Ten Tiny Breaths.  And trust me, I totally join in on this fandom.  The Ten Tiny Breaths series is probably my very favorite series EVER!  But this new book by KA Tucker hasn't gotten the attention I feel it deserves.  Though it's categorized as NA, it's has much more of an adult romantic suspense novel, in my opinion.  It's action-packed and sure to keep you on the edge of your seat, as well as full of swoony romantic scenes that will leave you blushing.  A new series by an amazing author that shouldn't be missed!

A Little Too Far (A Little Too Far, #1)
A Little Too Far (A Little Too Far Series) by Lisa Desrochers

I read A Little Too Far as part of a blog tour a couple of years ago.  The cover caught my attention and I thought, ehh, why not?  Well, guys, this book was amazeballs!  I was completely drawn to the story and zipped through it so fast.  I think some are hesitant because the hint at a love triangle in the synopsis.  And I guess you would say there is one.  But I didn't mind it one bit!  It was perfect.  I think many other NA fans would enjoy this book, and entire series, if they give it a chance.

Boomerang (Boomerang, #1)
Boomerang (Boomerang Series) by Noelle August

Ahhh.  This book was such a breath of fresh air in the NA genre.  It was unlike any other NA book I've ever read.  It was cute, it was addicting, and it was so much fun!  Another book that has scared people away simply because of the NA categorization.  Ignore that you think it's an NA, and just go into it expecting an entertaining read, and I'm sure you'll be as satisfied with it as I was.


These are all books that I rated 5 stars, and books that I think more people should read. Talented authors are far too often overlooked in such a vast community. I'm always looking for recommendations myself, so I'm sure others are looking for recs as well.  These are my top five "under the radar" books in the NA genre that I feel deserve more attention.


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Thank you so much, Lisa! Let's all give Lisa hugs and cookies and cake for her wonderful recs! Don't forget to check out (and follow!) Lisa's blog Lost in Literature. You can (and should) follow her too on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Giveaway

Lisa just recommended amazing New Adult books to try. Now, I'm providing a way for you to read it ASAP. I have awesome prizes to kick off the first ever Under the Radar Friday post!

Open worldwide:

One (1) winner of a SIGNED copy of REASON TO BREATHE by Rebecca Donovan
One (1) winner of a paperback of BEST KIND OF BROKEN by Chelsea Fine
One (1) winner of a paperback of BURYING WATER by K.A. Tucker
One (1) winner of a paperback of BOOMERANG and an ARC of REBOUND by Noelle August

Open to US residents only:

One (1) winner of a paperback of BOOMERANG

Thank you to Rebecca Donovan, Emily Lalone, Chelsea Fine, K.A. Tucker, Kelly Simmon, Lorin Oberweger, and Megan Schumann for all these prizes!

Good luck with the giveaway! *very envious host in here*


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Feel free to use the hashtag #UnderTheRadarFriday so we can discuss and chat. Come back next Friday for more book shoving and pimping!

54 comments:

  1. I love love love Boomerang by Noelle August! I've read one Chelsea Fine novel, Perfect Kind of Trouble, and I loved it as well. I have to agree with you, Lisa! They deserve to be on the spotlight!

    And congratulations, Dianne! :)

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    1. It feels like I'm the only one who hasn't read any of these books! Thank you, Inah! <3 You're up next MEHEHE

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  2. totally enjoyed Boomerang too and I'm so looking forward to reading KA Tucker's Burying Water since I liked Ten Tiny Breaths! Amazing recs, Lisa!

    SERIOUSLY THIS FEATURE IS FAB, DIANNE! Looking forward to more! <3 <3 <3

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    1. It means a lot coming from you, Hazel! Thank you so much! <3 I guess I really have to read Boomerang ASAP!

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  3. What a great blog section, Dianne! And thank you for the awesome book recs, Lisa! Got me curious to try them out. :)

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    1. Thank you, Anne! <3 I hope you get to read Lisa's recs and that you'll love them!

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  4. I'm very picky with new adult books.I've read so many bad ones that I now only read highly recommended ones from people who have a similar taste in books as I do.
    I've read Boomerang from the list and I absolutely loved it! It's one of my favorites now and I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

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    1. I feel you, Michi! There was a time when I read TONS of new adult and back then, traditional publishers haven't picked up NA. But now, I'm getting really picky as I only read from authors I love or if I really like the plot. It feels like everyone loves Boomerang. I need to pick it up, stat! Thank you for dropping by!

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  5. Reason to breathe and Boomerang has been on my to read list for a while now...I've always wanted to read these two but usually I forget to pick them up because a new book I've been waiting for was released.. ;)

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    1. Story of my life, Clarissa! Or sometimes, I request a book because I'm so excited for it but when I get it, I have my sights on another book. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. I really love Reason to Breathe. One of my favourites!

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    1. Been hearing nothing but great things about Rebecca Donovan's books! I need to check it out. Thanks for dropping by, Maria!

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  7. I haven't read any of Lisa's favorites, but I have Boomerang and Burying Water on my TBR list for some time now.
    My favorite under the radar NA books - Come Back to Me by Mila Gray, Last Will and Testament b Dahlia Adler and Pieces of Olivia by Melissa West.
    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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    1. Sandra, I've been eyeing those three books for the longest time as everyone seems to love them! Will have to finally get to them soon. I also have Boomerang on my TBR so I guess I'll be reading it sooner, especially with Rebound coming out. Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. I loved Reason to Breathe and Burying water, such great authors. Thanks for the chance!!

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  9. I also loved Burying Water. Much more than TTB, actually!

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  10. I haven't read Burying Water yet, but I love K.A. Tucker! Another under the rader NA favorite of mine is Brush Strokes by Janelle Stalder. Or Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins! :D

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    1. I haven't heard of Brush Strokes so will search for it now! Stir Me Up has been on my TBR since 2013 *hides* and I've been meaning to get to it. K.A. Tucker seems to be loved by tons so I HAVE to get on the train! Thanks for checking out the new feature!

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  11. I've only read 2 of the books mentioned. :)
    A Little too Far
    Burying Water

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  12. The Breathing Series is one of my favorites. They are just so good!

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  13. Boomerang I think :p

    Congrats on the new blog feature, D!

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  14. Definitely adding them to my TBR, though Burying Water's already there but I just don't have the time to read it now.

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  15. I've been dying to read all of K.A. Tucker's books and Best Kind of Broken sounds really good too!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  16. Maria Theresa SantosFebruary 7, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    No i have not read any of the books on the list

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  17. I love Boomerang. Can't wait for Rebound.

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  18. I don't read much NA, except from the ones that are quite popular in the market, so I don't really have an under-the-radar NA favorite. :) I haven't read any of Lisa's favorites, though I keep seeing Reason to Breathe and Boomerang around the blogosphere so I'm familiar with them. I've read Ten Tiny Breaths and One Tiny Lie by KA Tucker but not her Burying Water series. :)

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  19. Yay for this feature! :D I haven't read a single book in Lisa's list but I've heard great things about Boomerang and A Little Too Far! So I'm really excited to read those as wel as the other books on the list. :D

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  20. I love every book in the Ten Tiny Breaths series!

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  21. One of my favorite New Adult read that is under the radar is Poles Apart by Kirsty Moseley. If its NA paranormal, definitely The Revelation Series by Randi Cooley Wilson!

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    1. Oh, these books I haven't heard of AT ALL. Thank you for the recs and for visiting my blog!

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  22. I've read a little too far and I loved it! Love that series! And I want to start reading Boomerang. I haven't had the chance yet, but it's definitely in my TBR list!

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    1. Sometimes I regret not getting the A Little Too Far series for review. Everyone seems to love it! Thanks for checking my new feature out, Patricia!

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  23. I think Easy by Tammara Webber is a favorite of mine that's under the radar! I haven't read any books from the list but they sound like a great read! I'll have to keep those books in mind and thank you for this amazing chance! :)

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    1. EASY has been waiting for me on my shelf for more than a year now, I think. I need to get to it soon! Thanks for dropping by, Michelle!

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  24. Awesome feature, Dianne! It's always fabulous to spread word on books. :)

    Personally, my favorite NA under the radar reads are the Addicted series & the Calloway Sisters series by KB Ritchie, as well as Whatever Life Throws at You by Julie Cross. Oh, and like Lisa, I totally have a soft spot for childhood friends who end up together!

    Aimee @ Deadly Darlings

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    1. Whatever Life Throws at You <3 Gah, I feel like I'm the only one who hasn't read KB Ritchie's books! Childhood friends who end up together, YES. Love those too. Thanks for dropping by, Aimee!

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  25. I haven't read any of these yet, but I do have some of them on my TBR list.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  26. I have lots! Hahaha. Best Kind Of Broken, Boomerang, Conspiracy Girl, When Fate Collides and many more

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    1. Conspiracy Girl by Sarah Alderson? Thank you for checking out UTRF!

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  27. I have had Boomerang in my TBR for a while, and I was planning to read it after Let's Get Lost, but I got sidetracked as always. My favorite NA so far is This Girl by Colleen Hoover. :)

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  28. I loved Swimming to Tokyo by Brenda St. John Brown! I only read A Little to Hard from the list but I am interested in reading Burying Water!

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  29. Recently I've read and loved Sarina Bowen's The Ivy Years.

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  30. I haven't read that many NA's so far (4 exactly), however, out of those four, I loved Reason to Breathe the most I think.

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  31. I loved Reason to Breathe and Burying Water. My favourite under the radar NA book is The Edge of Never by J. A. Redmerski.

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  32. No, but I've read Chelse Fine paranormal books and love them

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  33. I've barely explored NA at all yet, so this feature has been really helpful giving me some books that look fairly high quality to start out with, Boomerang, especially sounds like a really good one to me.

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  34. I absolutely love Reason to Breathe! Another under the radar YA book I absolutely love is Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, which hasn't gotten nearly as much attention as it deserves.

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  35. An under the radar NA book is definitely Ignite by Lily Paradis. It deserves tons more of recognition!

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  36. I am sorry to say I have yet to read a book by this author. However, I would like to read one. I have added it to my TBR list.
    jwisley8@me.com

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  37. OMG I love everyone of Lisa's choices! Especially Reason to Breathe because I got her hooked on it!

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