Top Ten Books of 2014

10:37 PM

The great year of 2014 is winding down...and this of course calls for a recap of my favorite books of 2014, through the awesome Top Ten Tuesday linkup courtesy of The Broke and the Bookish. :)

It was hard but not as hard as I thought it would be. Drum roll please. :) These are not in any particular order.

1. Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

Honestly, this book had me turning pages SO fast and my emotions didn't know what to do. Even though the premise of trolls and the way the author dealt with story building was fantastic, I think the book's strongest point was in the characters. I was so invested! They were written like all amazing  characters (at least to me), very complexly.

2. Hex Hall trilogy + School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins


No, I'm not cheating by listing four books for one slot. Nope. ;)

The thing is, though, that the whole Hex Hall trilogy and School Spirits (not shown here) are so amazing that I couldn't leave them out even a little bit. Besides the Hex Hall books are obviously all in the same series and School Spirits is a spin-off so it's all good. 

These books are paranormal set in modern times. It sounds cliche but these books stand out from so many others. From the paranormal world to the character dynamics to the awesome sarcasm, it was the best series I read this year. Promise. 

3. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge 

COVER. Look at its gorgeousness. It's one of my favorite covers of 2014 for sure. The story ripped my heart to shreds. Apparently I like that kind of thing because it was amazing. The characters were filled with pain but the author wove the story so beautifully. It was like...maybe these two broken people could fix each other and it would make the world seem better even if the world itself couldn't be fixed.

Just urgh. Heart wrencher.

4. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

First of all, this was the first book I read that dealt with a person that has mental issues. Michelle Hodkin completely portrayed all the emotions perfectly. And to top that off, I loved the characters too. I haven't read the next two books though because I'm so scared. O.O

5. Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

Juliet Immortal is based off the idea that original story of Romeo and Juliet was never true. That is the most intriguing thing ever for me. PLUS this is a paranormal re-telling. Uh huh. It was really easy for me to empathize with Juliet too because even though she went through so much she still cared about people and did the right thing.

6. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Oh. my. gosh. This book was like opening a whole new world in front of me. Not only was it a paranormal when I hadn't read many of those but Stiefvater's writing is so different from other writers. It's crazy. And it's written in such a way that magnifies the whole "fantasy" feel I think.

7. Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

This was a story about discovering and empowering yourself. Add a character who talks and thinks like me? Yes, please.

8. Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel

With the so-so cover and the younger MC, I didn't think I'd like this book at all. But anything with fairies + zombies + dust bowl has to be fabulous, right? It definitely impressed me. :)

9. The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

IT IS STEAMPUNK. Steampunk I tell you. If you know me, you know I love everything about steampunk from the clothes to the automatons. The big thing here though was that even though the plot and action was great, I fell in love with almost every single character. Especially the main character Finley. She is so kick-butt. 

10. The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney by Suzanne Harper

This is about a girl gifted with the ability to see, hear, and speak to ghosts. I just really liked the writing style, the main character (Sparrow), and the whole heart-breaking story. 

Those were my top ten! Have you read any of them? What did you think? Are there any books that you think I really have to read? SPILL ALL. 

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  1. Ugh I haven't read any of these, except for Raven Boys (FANTASTIC BOOK). I'm going to put a bunch of these on my TBR though!!

    You HAVE to read the rest of the Raven Cycle and more Maggie Stiefvater. YOU HAVE TO.

    1. Yes! *fist pump* I'm so glad I have added to your TBR. Mwuahahaha.

      I have read Dream Thieves (didn't like it as much as Raven Boys but it was still fantabulous) but I so need to read Blue Lily, Lily Blue. I NEED. And I will take your advice because YES.

  2. I am such a lazy reader! I have yet to pick up the Raven Boys (too much "Supernatural" watching taking up my time at the moment. Oops. Sorry-not-sorry.). I've seen Cruel Beauty mentioned a lot on several different blogs, and judging from your description it seems like the kind of thing I'd like. :) Do you think I'd like it?

    1. Hey, no excuses! (I have procrastinated on doing many things because of TV shows ;) I feel you) Honestly, Cruel Beauty is so amazing that I'd recommend it to almost anyone but I think it would fit especially nicely to your style. It's so intense and real even though it's fantasy. :)

  3. Ugh... I have to admit I don't know any of these books... but I do think, without wanting to rate the books, that the covers of the Hex Hall Books are great :-)

    1. The Hex Hall covers are great aren't they? :D My favorite one is the Demonglass one.

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    1. You really do *grins* I shove it in the face of everyone ;)


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