The Best Trash Romance for When You Feel Like a Trash Person*

If anyone ever finds my Kindle, they are going to be horrified by the amount of embarrassingly non-age appropriate fiction on there. I’m serious. I live and die for books that sound like they’re written for thirteen year old girls. I also have a frightening amount of romance novels that I downloaded because A. they were free or less than two dollars and B. they were about college students and I thought I could relate to that but then they ended up actually being erotica. I should have figured considering they all had shirtless men on the covers. Either way, if you’re into books that have little to no plot outside of girls trying to tame their men, boy do I have some suggestions for you.

First up: The Selection series by Kiera Cassthe_selection
The Selection is essentially the same as The Bachelor except it takes place in a dystopian future in which the United States has been replaced by a monarchy called Illea. Also, to make things more exciting, there’s a caste system now. Adding more fuel to the fire is the fact that Prince Maxon is ready to get serious about being a ruler, which means it’s time for the Selection to take place, which is how America Singer ends up competing on national television to win the heart of Prince Maxon and become a part of the Royal Family. Of course, the story wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t mention that there’s also a love triangle and political revolution. Lots happening here. I highly recommend it.

Secondly, we have the Significance series by Shelly Crane.
If 18176917you think that I’m making fun of these books, think again. Think about the fact that I am a 23 year old woman whose career path has literally nothing to do with writing or literature at all and I still spent two consecutive days reading all four books in this series instead of working on my thesis. Significance has a plot so ridiculous that I hate that I loved it so much. It’s like when Jacob from Twilight imprints on Bella’s freak vampire baby, except less original because it’s literally the exact same thing but with a teen human instead of a baby. Maggie is a normal teen girl living her normal teen life, until one day she accidentally touches Caleb and is physically and emotionally bound to him for the rest of her life. This is rough for everyone involved because Caleb’s cousin Kyle has a big ol’ crush on her. This continues on to be the plot of the next three books. Also, they have super powers.

Third: Various Collegiate Hockey-Themed Romance Novels 51zhvoes2bfl-_sy346_
I understand that this is a very specific category. However, I have six individual books on my Kindle all falling under this umbrella. First, there is The Year We Fell Down by Sabrina Bowen. All Corey wanted her freshman year of college was to play varsity ice hockey, except she can’t anymore, because now she’s paralyzed. She’s in the handicapped suite of her dorm, directly across the hall from BMOC Adam who happens to be a varsity ice hockey player that is in the other handicapped dorm due to an injury he’s recovering from. I don’t feel like I have to explain the rest. (Spoiler alert: they obviously fall in love, it’s practically not even a spoiler because why would you even read a romance novel if it didn’t end perfectly). Next, there is Roommates by Tara Brown (under pen name Erin Leigh). Brady is a soon-to-be professional hockey player and notorious playboy in need of a roommate. Aspiring graphic designer and recent grad Natalie aka Nat needs a place to live. Although they’ve never 27276645met each other, the two have mutual friends and decide to live together. Since they’ve never met, Brady thinks Nat is a dude, Nat thinks Brady is a girl, and despite the mix-up they end up living together anyway. Much like The Year We Fell Down, I don’t feel like I have to explain the rest to you. Except for the fact that this was surprisingly sexually explicit, so don’t read it next to your mom. Finally, there is the Off Campus series by Elle Kennedy. There are four books in the series, each one focusing on a different hockey player at a small private university and how they each inevitably find themselves head over heels with a headstrong girl who somehow mana24920901ges to tame their inner bad boy. This is in Amazon’s “College and New Adult” section of the Kindle Store, which I never knew existed until I looked it up just now, but assume that these books have adult themes considering the cover of each book is just some dude’s abs. That being said, I love a good love story and these are fast, easy reads if you have some time to kill. Also of note, these books don’t have to be read as a series. Since they each focus on a different male and female couple, they can be read independently. Although, there is a tiny bit more character development if you read them in order. Because that’s why you’re reading these. For the character development.

So there you have it. Books for when reading something intelligent is too much to handle and you just want to read something easy, cute, and quick. Don’t get me wrong. These books aren’t lesser than any of the other books on this blog. I’ve read every single one of them, some of them twice, and I’m writing about them now so I obviously don’t hate them. Take a break from reading whatever the annoying know it all girl in your book club picked to make her seem more thoughtful and intelligent and read some fun trash romance. I hope you love it as much as I did.

*These books are not trash. They just won’t impress people when they inevitably ask what you’re reading, so keep that in mind so you can think of a good alternate answer to tell them.

“Poison Study” by Maria V. Snyder

My initpoison studyial thought when beginning Poison Study was that it was definitely going to be a hit or miss. Luckily, it was closer to a hit for me.

Although Poison Study may not be the most sophisticated book, for YA fantasy it was surprisingly good. Yelena is a teenage girl in jail for murder, something she openly admits to. Unapologetic for her actions, she has been rotting in the dungeons of Ixia for months when she’s offered the position of Food Taster for the Commander, which essentially means if anyone attempts to poison Ixia’s leader, she’ll be the one getting poisoned first. Trained by her handler Valek, Yelena must learn to defend herself and her Commander and hopes to plan an escape. However, Yelena quickly finds it will be much more difficult to survive outside the castle walls than she thought (mostly because she’s a murderer, even if she had a good reason for it). All in all, Poison Study is a book about a girl who for the first time in her life must learn not to run away, but instead to confront her past while attempting to stay alive in her present.

I personally tend to feel that YA fiction can be pretty predictable. While some of Snyder’s storyline was typical for the genre, the world-building in Poison Study provided an awesome backdrop for Yelena’s story. The kingdom of Ixia was believable and interesting, and the culture she created made Yelena’s character seem a lot more real. The characters were great. I could see Yelena change and grow throughout the book as she shed the girl she was in the dungeon and tried to figure out who she was supposed to be. Snyder threw in quite a few twists that I hadn’t seen coming and had me changing my opinion on one specific character time and time again, and didn’t leave any of the characters one-sided or forgotten.

My one and only complaint about Poison Study is the Yelena and Valek storyline, which probably makes me cynical and annoying. While the emotions felt real, that YA romance has been told time and time before.

All in all, Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder was a pleasant surprise. While I’m not sure I’m in it for the long haul through the entire series, it was a great start. (Followed by: Magic Study)

Rating: 4/5