Under the Radar Friday (4): Yours Truly on YA Romances + Giveaway

Friday, February 27, 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.

It's the last Friday of February and this month, I've already featured contemporary NA and YA romances, as well as erotic romances. Now, I'm featuring my OWN under the radar reads, specifically my favorite underrated YA romances, regardless of genre. February surely feels lovey-dovey in here. Without further ado, here I go!

I think I'll sound like a broken record because once again, I'm highlighting these books in the blog. If you've been an avid reader of the blog (and in that case, hugs and kisses to you), you would have seen these books cropping up in my best lists. For certainly good reasons! Because they are great and I love them so much. Most of these are YA romances but the last one veers off into NA at the end of the series. LET'S DO THIS.

Life in Outer Space
Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil (linked is my review)

This novel sparked my love for Aussie YA fiction and it started my theory that ALL (no exceptions) Aussie writers and books are great. I love this book so much I arranged a blog tour for it. I also interviewed Melissa because I want to get into her mind. It's also one of the books that gave me a massive book hangover back in 2013. Let's just say any geeky romance I read, I compare to this. Any geeky character I encounter (especially movie buffs), I compare to Sam Kinnison.

Life in Outer Space was so much larger than life and it was this earnestness, in Sam, in the story, that made me so grounded and into the story. I reveled in every single thing Sam accomplished and I got hurt when he was in pain. The movie references were such a bonus too because MOVIE BUFF IN HERE!

Monstrous Beauty
Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama (linked is my review)

This book wrecked me. Elizabeth Fama's worldbuilding, tight storytelling, measured pace, and gorgeous, unputdownable prose floored me. But what made my heart ache and soar at the same time was the epic and eternal love she showed. 

This novel broke my heart. This book raised my standards for everything because here's a book, where I got immersed in the story and the world like nothing I've read before. Monstrous Beauty made me a fan of mermaid novels forever.

This is the book that made me love and pledge my allegiance to YA. There, I said it.

When the World Was Flat (and we were in love)
When the World Was Flat (and we were in love) by Ingrid Jonach (linked is my review)

The book hangover I got from this book was so intense it took me DAYS to move on. It was all I thought about because that ending? STOP MY HEART FROM HURTING.

It was glorious and it was epic. I also can't forget this book because my review was used in the book trailer! I mean, wow, right? I'll just leave you to my blurb below.

When the World Was Flat (and we were in love) by Ingrid Jonach is a compelling and outstanding masterpiece weaving in mystery, mind-bending twists, alternate dimensions and an epic love altogether seamlessly. Perfect for fans of parallel universe and time travel romance novels, which makes this book perfect for me. You wouldn't be able to stop thinking about it long after you have finished reading it.

After Hello
After Hello by Lisa Mangum (linked is my review)

I hate how underrated this book because after over two years since reading it, this is still one of the top contemporary YA romances I've EVER read.

Told in alternating POVs, we have such rich characters that you just love peeling all their layers. The story happens in only 24 hours and cue flailing!!! This book got me so giddy with glee and my face sore from all the smiling. But Lisa Mangum expertly weaves in a bit of angst in her characters, which makes me love them all the more. Their flaws, insecurities, and complexes, made them such whole characters for me.


Lovely Vicious (Lovely Vicious, #1)Lovely Vicious by Sara Wolf (linked is my review)
Two words to describe LOVELY VICIOUS? Viciously amazing.

This is my FAVORITE contemporary series OF ALL TIME. That's telling enough, right? Good lord, I love this series so much, I push it to friends.

The romance in here is just so worth everything. Worth all the sleep I lost, all the waiting for the next installment, EVERYTHING. Isis Blake and Jack Hunter FOREVER. In fact, I've been answering Jack Hunter as my #1 book boyfriend recently.

YES. That is how much I love this series. It can be a bit angsty at times, with what Isis went through, but boy, she's such a blast to read. Just, READ THIS.


That's it! Now, of course I want YOU to be able to read these so... giveaway!


Open worldwide:

One (1) winner of an ebook of WHEN THE WORLD WAS FLAT (AND WE WERE IN LOVE) by Ingrid Jonach
One (1) winner of an ebook of LOVELY VICIOUS by Sara Wolf (or any book in the series)

I'm sponsoring this giveaway myself so I'm so sorry that I can only afford these books. The others are a bit outside my price range but really, y'all have to read these books! Go invest in them!

Good luck with the giveaway!


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  1. I've read Life in Outer Space and After Hello and both are among my favorite contemporary reads! They're amazing! :)

    1. You are now one of my favorite people, Julie. They are in my top contemporary reads EVER too! Gah, those books. So much love for them. <3

    2. I agree they're 'under the radar,' though. More people should read those books! :)

  2. Sarina Bowen and Natasha Boyd both have very good series.

    1. I haven't heard of these authors. I'll be sure to check them out!


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