Today, I’m coming at you with a new series on this blog that will exclusively be reviewing and recommending Wattpad books to read!
For those of you who have no idea what Wattpad is – and more importantly, don’t have $$$ to splash on paper and e-books – Wattpad is a free, rising, online reading-and-writing community that is one of your best bets at satiating the bookworm in you. With a readership of 45million, Wattpad describes itself as “[taking] everything you love about storytelling, and [turning] it into a social, on-the-go experience.” Basically, Wattpad is an online community (that can be accessed on your phone!) where members create content for others to read and interact with.
I first discovered Wattpad six or seven years ago, when boredom coupled with a need for new books to read, led to me searching “free books” on my phone app. I quickly found Wattpad, and soon became hooked on the free stories written by people around the world.
Of course, as with all free content, while some books were amazing, others left me wishing that I had kept scrolling and ignored that promising title or book cover – which was often followed by much less promising plot-lines and characters.
To kick-off this series, and to get those skeptics of Wattpad out there to try-before-you-judge, today I will be recommending 3 books that have the oh-so-coveted “Vanessa-stamp-of-approval”.
Book #1: Winning At Love
I wouldn’t be me if the first book that I recommended from Wattpad wasn’t a YA novel. “Winning At Love”, by Elle Fielding (who writes under the username @LoveEpicLove), is one of the hottest and well-paced books that I’ve read on Wattpad in a while.
Set in Australia, the book follows the protagonist Abby Gillis as she competes for a promotion with her co-worker Justin D’Marco, who is looking to reignite a relationship with his high-school sweetheart.
Although it’s a bit cliche and has the predictable happily-ever-after ending that most YA novels have nowadays, this book was so satisfying to read. The characters were like real people who were figuring out their feelings and making difficult life choices in the circumstances they faced.
For anyone who has been struggling to find a good Wattpad romance book to read, I would absolutely recommend checking this book out.
Book #2: [sic]
For a little bit of diversity on this Wattpad review series, the second book that I am recommending is a teen murder mystery.
The premise of this book is a game between six kids: whichever kid is “tagged” by another player has to change their lives within the next 15 minutes. As the stakes in the game quickly rise, the book opens with the death of the game’s creator, David Bloom and becomes a “whodunit” story.
For a book that will keep you guessing until the end, and is laced with dark humour and wit, I would recommend checking out @ScottKelly’s [sic].
Book #3: Catching Jordan
Last on the list is a novel that is distinctly YA and captures all of the awkward moments that growing up and being in high school produces.
Catching Jordan follows the kick-ass protagonist, Jordan, who defies gender stereotypes and is the captain and quarterback of her high school (American) football team. Going into her senior year of high school, all Jordan wants is to get into a good college that will give her a scholarship to continue playing football. This becomes a problem when cute, new guy Ty joins the team though – threatening her spot as QB on the team.
For a light-hearted, yet entirely relatable read, check out Catching Jordan or any of @MirandaKenneally’s other awesome books in her Hundred Oaks series.
*Disclaimer: all images taken from Wattpad.com