Monday, February 23, 2015

Book Review: "Blushing" (Katie Delahanty)

You’ve heard of Young Adult (or YA) fiction for some time, no doubt, but have you heard of one of the latest trends in publishing?

It’s called New Adult (or NA) fiction, and it’s becoming more and more popular, not only with its intended target audience (protagonists tend to range from ages eighteen through twenty-five) but also with mature younger teens and adults, too.

Meet Olivia Bloom, secretly engaged to marry rock star Berkeley Dalton. She’s floored that someone so well-known, popular, and talented would even notice her, let alone date her and ask to marry her.

But she’s caught in a difficult position—she does have to keep their engagement … and even their relationship … a total secret. Otherwise, Berkeley’s opportunity to play the male lead in a huge new film project will be lost, especially because the leading lady is Berkeley’s jealous, manipulative ex-girlfriend, Chris, who wants Berkeley back very badly.

Meanwhile, Olivia, a fashion design major, is hired to help with the costumes for the production (thanks to Berkeley’s influence) but the work behind the scenes isn’t nearly as forthright, nor the people as possessed of integrity, as she expected. Before long, it’s clear that everyone is keeping secrets, and even Berkeley may have a hidden agenda.



Blushing, a Brightside novel by KatieDelahanty, debuts from Entangled Publishing’s Embrace imprint, their New Adult line of books. The work—essentially a romance, but with enough unexpectedness to keep readers from feeling like the whole thing is a “same old, same old” cliché—is innovative and entertaining, in equal measures.

The innovation is evident in the story’s format. Each chapter begins with one or more Twitter messages (“tweets”) between or among the characters. The quick snapshot-style messages are designed to ground the reader in the immediate scene of each chapter and, simultaneously, to open up different facets of each character.

The entertainment factor is present in a number of gratifying ways. The story is written in Olivia’s point of view, in a breathless, breakneck, first-person present-tense voice that perfectly encapsulates the typical New Adult female perspective. A wild cast of characters, both primary and secondary, maintain reader engagement from one encounter and page to the next. And the very newness of the New Adult genre itself— with its standard preferences for its characters to strike out on their own, assert their independence, and develop their own paradigms for life—is excellently portrayed.

Blushing is a fantastic example of the rising New Adult genre, and worth your time whether you’re a New Adult yourself or not.

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Author: Katie Delahanty
Title: Blushing
Publisher: Embrace (Entangled Publishing)
ISBN: 978-1-62266-309-5
Purchase here: http://amzn.to/1LxQ6dK


Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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