So I 100% dropped the ball last week and didn’t even post at all for “Inspire by Mythology”. Christina over at Once Untold did a lovely post, so go check her recommendations out!
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This week’s topic: Main Characters with Baggage
Not the kind you take on an airplane. This is usually Contemporary for me, but you’ll see from my list that some fantasy heroines snuck in here as well. Baggage of the emotional variety is our driving force today; the main character has some terrible event in their past that affects their present life and relationships.
Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker
This was the first New Adult book I read. It was also the first book I read from NetGalley. It deals with a girl running from her past and trying to create a different future for herself and her younger sister. There’s a delicious twist near the end that absolutely shocked me. I highly recommend it for fans of New Adult.
Poison Study (Study #1) by Maria V. Snyder
While this is technically considered by many to be young adult, I would caution you that it’s VERY dark. Yelena, the main character, has been through some horrors and you get to see them as she recounts them. A really brilliant and thrilling read though. Really great for fans of fantasy.
Wait for You by J. Lynn
This is my favorite New Adult series. It definitely fills the “main character with baggage” category. Each book deals with a different couple (they are all at some point connected, it’s not just random people) and each is sweet, romantic, and has more plot than just the romance. Lots of fun, interesting characters, and it’s JLA, so what’s not to love?
The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
I absolutely love this series so far. It has to do with very talented kids working to solve crimes; the main character is a profiler and she and one of the boys (also a profiler) have some tough stuff in their pasts. It’s really interesting to see how they deal with it and how it helps them in solving the crimes.
Books on my to-read list:
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
I actually started this a few years ago but never finished it. I didn’t reach much contemporary back then, and I’d really only gotten it because I had just read Delirium and absolutely loved it. I need to go back and give this one a second try.
Easy by Tammara Webber
This one has been on my to-read list since it came out. I should really pick it up sometime.