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Between the Covers - Sophie Jordan, Lisa Desrochers, J. Lynn, Abigail Gibbs, Cora Carmack, Shannon Stoker, Jay Crownover, Molly McAdams, Jennifer L. Armentrout
[b:Between the Covers: The Hottest New Adult Books|17824566|Between the Covers The Hottest New Adult Books from Jennifer L. Armentrout/J. Lynn, Cora Carmack, Abigail Gibbs, Sophie Jordan, Molly McAdams, and Shannon Stoker|J. Lynn|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1366456307s/17824566.jpg|24934124] is a sampler e-book meant to entice readers to pick up the full-length novels from these authors. Selections include excerpts from some already-released titles and others that will be published in the next few months.

Despite the publisher's attempt to pique my interest in these ten titles, I was turned off by the poor writing, plotting, or characterization in all but three of them. The only three I would consider ever reading further included [b:Wait for You|17314430|Wait for You (Wait for You, #1)|J. Lynn|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1363819713s/17314430.jpg|23981243] by J. Lynn, [b:Dinner With a Vampire|15998621|Dinner With a Vampire (The Dark Heroine, #1)|Abigail Gibbs|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1347665414s/15998621.jpg|21759169] by Abigail Gibbs, and [b:Foreplay|17254035|Foreplay (The Ivy Chronicles, #1)|Sophie Jordan|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1367338814s/17254035.jpg|23845708] by Sophie Jordan. I am admittedly biased toward WAIT FOR YOU, as I have read it before and it is the best New Adult title I've read (though that's not saying a great deal, as I only gave it 2.5 stars). THE DARK HEROINE had a snappy and harrowing opening and was the one paranormal title among the mix, and FOREPLAY seemed like it could be a fun, mindless romance if someone was in the mood for that.

Otherwise, even THE REGISTRY, which I had high hopes for as a dystopian, held little appeal. The excerpts by Carmack and McAdams were especially egregious in their writing, complete with run-on sentences and comma splices galore, and horribly contrived or cliche plots. I would have hoped that these titles, which were primarily self-pubbed before being picked up by HarperCollins, would have been cleaned up before being promoted, but apparently not.