Hey all! So this week’s Top 5 Wednesday is coming to you a little late. I admit, this is totally NOT my genre of books, so I had some trouble picking out good ones. There was a LOT of “uh…well?…I wonder if THIS counts?” 😉 So my picks will probably not be the norm for ‘angsty romance’ suggestions, but here goes…
Carry On (Rainbow Rowell)
This book honestly feels like a Harry/Draco AU slash fanfic, which I’m pretty sure is exactly what the author intended. This is a side piece to her novel Fangirl and is supposed to be the final fanfic in a full series that her character in that book (Cath) wrote alongside the publication of HER favorite series, Simon Snow. Being a lover of fanfic & Harry Potter, I REALLY enjoyed this book (and Fangirl). Simon & Baz are an interesting duo and seeing how they come together, past their own inner demons, was quite compelling.
The Grave Artist (Paula Lynn Johnson)
The angst in this is less because of the romance and more because of supernatural influences, but there IS romance, so I’m going with it. 😉 In this one, the main character Clare starts compulsively drawing winged skulls and then progresses to full blown visions. This leads to a murder mystery 200 years old. This was a quick, suspenseful read, that also contains two love stories. Very good little book!
The Princess Diarist (Carrie Fisher)
More diary than romance novel, this one still has a ton of angst. The lovely, iconic Ms Fisher stumbled across some of the notebooks she wrote while filming the first Star Wars movie and decided to share them with the world. In them, preserved for posterity, were all her inner-most, teenagery-angst ridden thoughts of what it was like to start out in show biz and ultimately fall in love/lust with your hunky, much older co-star. I didn’t really know much about Ms. Fisher before listening to this book, so I was pleasantly surprised by her humor and honesty. I would definitely recommend this to her fans.
Wink Poppy Midnight (April Genevieve Tucholke)
This was quite an angsty little book and there was even a love triangle! See? I can find romances. 😉 This one is hard to describe, so here’s what Goodreads has to say: “Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them.” There’s intrigue and possible murder…and a lot of “why did you do that?” in this one. Good read, but be prepared to get mad at EVERYONE.
The Little Paris Bookshop (Nina George)
Most of this book is more broody over lost love than angsty-anger with current love. The main character in this book ends up going on a long journey to bring closure to a past love…and ends up rediscovering himself (and finding some new friends) in the process. The pace is slow and introspective, but not boring. I found myself getting quite attached to Monsieur Perdu and his motley crew. This is a sweet book that will leave you with a sense of cozy-happiness.
Well, I guess that wasn’t too bad. 😉 I hope I found some books that you will enjoy, even if they aren’t QUITE in the ‘angsty romance’ category!