This year I discovered contemporary YA. I'm an escapist reader which is why I like fantasy romance but real life romance has never really appealed to me, I've sort of had this idea that I want paranormal romance, why would I want to read about ordinary people? This year I got rid of that idea. I picked a Katie McGarry book up early this year and loved it to pieces and from then on have discovered a whole new load of books to obsess over. Contemporary stuff in many cases I have found is just as good as the paranormal romance, dystopia and fantasy I love.
According to Goodreads I read 179 books this year, according to Booklikes I've read 182. (Not sure how that works).
Best Books of the Year
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry - Review
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour - Review
The Drowning Girl By Caitlin R Keirnan - Review
Under The Never Sky By Veronica Rossi read not reviewed - 4 stars. One of the most original dystopias I have read this year. Loved both characters and world building.
Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke - Review
Mortal Danger by Anne Aguirre - Review
Prisoner of Night and Fog - Anne Blankman - Review
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour - Morgan Matson - Review
A Mad Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller - read not reviewed. 5 Star. This type of historical is really not usually my thing but I picked it up due to blogger enthusiasm. And so glad I did because I loved it.
Dangerous Boys - Abigail Haas - Review
Imaginary Girl - Nova Ren Suma - Review
Anna and the French Kiss and Isla and the Happy Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Best new authors discovered this year -
Nova Ren Suma, Nina LaCour, Jay Kristoff, Katie McGarry, Morgan Matson, Stephanie Perkins.
Fallen by Lauren Kate, Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
The Silver Chain by Primula Bond, Revenants by Amy Plum, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, The Selection by Kiera Cass
These are some of the books I took a chance on and really enjoyed.
The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes , The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, Shadow and Bone/Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, Ascension by Caris Roane, Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop, Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff, Open Road Summer by Emery Lord, Under these Restless Skies by Lissa Bryan, All that Glows by by Ryan Graudin, Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon
Most Anticipated Book of 2014
Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas read not reviewed. 5 stars.
Ever since Crown of Midnight last year I have been dying to get my hands on this book. I purchased 3 copies. A signed paperback, a hardback, and a kindle copy. I had a stare at my phone in utter disbelief moment of fangirl glee when Sarah J Maas actually replied to one of my tweets. And I'm still somewhat torn on where I stand with this book. I gave it 5 stars because the last couple of hundred pages and Manon Blackbeak's story alone were worth five stars. But I had some problems with the middle of the book. This may be because it took me forever to read it. I decided I would take my time because if I read it quickly I would be whining because I had finished and the next one won't be out until next September. I need to do a proper review and reread as well. But this is still my favourite fantasy series.
Worst books of 2014 -
These are the books that made me ranty and ragey.
We were Liars - E Lockhart - Review
The Wicked We Have Done - Sarah Harian - Review
. I have never before hated a book as much as I hated this thing.
The Jewel - - Amy Ewing - Review
The Secret Diamond Sisters Michelle Madow - Review