Why New Romance shouldn’t be treated as illegitimate and how it differs from Erotic literature.

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I have never been a very great reader of Romance, a rather ironic thing about a girl writing Romance, right? I know. The truth is that I started writing fantasy at twelve, and only recently I thought, “Why not? “. I, like many, had some prejudices about the genre. The more I read, the more I wrote, and the more I found it a pity that we qualify Romance as sub literature. In recent years, many subgenera have appeared, among them New Adult Romance. It concerns romances featuring characters whose ages range from 18 to 25 years, and recounting their first experiences as adults. In France, Hugo & Cie publishing house has created a brand new term: New Romance. This includes any romance featuring characters between 18 and 30 years (or so), with the particularity to refer to love and sexuality explicitly. In particular, we can find Colleen Hoover, Anna Todd, Brittainy C. Cherry, Emma Chase, Elle Kennedy, Jennifer L. Armentrout, or even myself.
Despite its breathtaking evolution, New Romance remains considered as sub-literature. Worse: it is called Erotic Literature, even “mommy porn”; reducing terms that make me mad. That’s why I want to talk about it, as a reader but also as an author.

But first, you should know that :
– this article isn’t supposed to denounce in an agressive way, so please be nice.
– it only represents MY opinion, and I’m not criticizing yours if it is different.
– the pourcentages that I used are based on a questionnaire that I shared on my Instagram account, which generated 1 021 responses.

So… let’s go, shall we?

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“Warcross” by Marie Lu : like reading a video game !

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Holy shit.
This actually was my first book of Marie Lu and I’m totally blown away. I absolutely loved it, so much I couldn’t stop reading. WHERE’S BOOK 2??

“Every locked door has a key. Every problem has a solution.”

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“Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell : a book close to my heart !

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“Underneath this veneer of slightly crazy and mildly socially retarded, I’m a complete disaster.”

Funny fact : a year and a half ago, I asked my followers on Instagram « what fictional character do they think I could relate the most ? ». A girl (who is now one of my best friends) answered me Cath, from Fangirl, and she didn’t even know me like she does now! Which says a lot. I know a lot of you didn’t like Fangirl and I can understand why. But I still love it from the bottom of my heart. Actually, it might be my all time favorite (??). 1. because I love everything Rainbow Rowell writes. 2. because reading this book is like looking at my life. I am Cath, Cath is me. And diving into this story always makes me happy and safe.

I’m emotional, and I’m sorry, but this book is a part of me.

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“Children of Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi : a brilliant debut novel !

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“As long as we don’t have magic, they will never treat us with respect. They need to know we can hit them back. If they burn our homes, we burn theirs, too.”

Holy shit.
This book is one of the best I read in 2018 so far.

Can you believe “Children of Blood and Bone” is a debut novel? This woman is a genius. I’m writing my review right after finishing the book so it may be a bit confused, I’m sorry for that but my feelings are upside down at the moment. To begin, can we talk about this amazing cover a few seconds? It is breathtaking. A job that I salute over and over. It’s also nice to have some diversity on the covers, so THANK YOU. It may sound silly, but I checked and I have no cover illustrating a person of color. I am proud to have this one.

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“A Gathering of Shadows” by V.E. Schwab : a thrilling sequel !

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Holy shit.
When I read A Darker Shade of Magic last month, I knew I was falling in love with this series. This book 2 just confirmed the thought and I’m so, so, so happy to meet Victoria Schwab in two weeks – she’s coming to Paris at a bookfair, can you imagine the luck?? I just admire her. Her style, her writing, her worlds, her characters, the feels she’s giving me… A Gathering of Shadows was amazing, so amazing that I read it in one day.

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“To Kill A Kingdom” by Alexandra Christo : follow the voice of sirens !

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Wow. I didn’t expect to love it this much, I must admit. I did not know the author at all and this first book totally convinced me. You must know that when I was little, I wanted to be a mermaid (like, obviously?) So surely it’s a universe that I love and that intrigues me a lot. Unfortunately I have so far only bad experiences with books that I have read about this subject. I hated “The Siren” by Kiera Cass for example. So I was very apprehensive about reading this book, by fear of being disappointed again.
And yet.
It was incredible.
Alexandra Christo transforms here the tale of The Little Mermaid by creating her own world, her own species and especially her own myths; we see for example Midas’. I loved this unlikely mix that works so good!

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“Restore Me” by Tahereh Mafi : the Regent of Sector 45 is back !

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WARNING : spoilers.

I apologize in advance for the long review but I have a lot of things to say and for that, I need to explain everything point by point. To begin with, you should know that Shatter Me is my favorite series, at least emotionally speaking. I discovered it when I was 16 and I fell in love with Tahereh Mafi’s writing as much as with her characters. Especially Aaron Warner, who is since 2012 the number one man in my heart (and Kenji, my precious baby that I love way too much). All that to say that everything related to this series is close to my heart and soul. When Tahereh Mafi announced that a sequel was being written, I literally cried, my hands shaking. I was happy because the end of Ignite Me had not pleased me at all; for me, it was not the end but rather the beginning, as the author confirmed.
So I was expecting a lot of this volume 4 … maybe a little too much, shall I say?

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“Scarlet” by Marissa Meyer : an enticing retelling of Little Red Riding Hood !

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This is official, I love Marisa Meyer’s style.
If Cinder was too predictable to really enjoy it, Scarlet was way better. As a retelling lover, I found my happiness in this book. Scarlet is obviously about Little Red Riding Hood, a tell which was revisited here with perfection. I do not know how Marissa Meyer does to find ideas like these, but I’m getting jealous haha.

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“The Secret History” by Donna Tartt : disturbing yet fascinating !

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« The Secret History » intimidated me at first. So much, actually, that I waited for months to finally read it. I couldn’t explain why, maybe because of its length, or maybe because it’s a thriller and I’m not accustomed to this genre. Silly me. This book was truly incredible and it had everything I needed without even knowing it. It literally blew my mind.

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