Favorite Books of 2014

According to Goodreads I read 71 of my wanted 75 books in 2014. But what Goodreads doesn’t know is that I also read 6 full manuscripts for friends (not to mention the number of times I read my own books, but M said mine don’t count!). So, I’m considering my reading challenge a total win.

There were books that I enjoyed, there were books I honestly didn’t care if I finished, and then there were books that blew my mind with their sheer brilliance. Books that I will push on friends and strangers just because everyone needs to read them. Books that inspired me, tortured me, made me laugh, made me cry and, most definitely made me grateful for so many different kinds of characters and stories. Below are the ones that I still can’t get out of my head.


A Corner of White and Cracks in the Kingdom by Jaclyn Moriarty

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, and Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan

Strange Sweet Song by Adi Rule

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor (I’m not finished with Dreams of God and Monsters yet, otherwise it would be on here too!)

Landline by Rainbow Rowell


Reading Rewind: Sweet Unrest and Blue Lily, Lily Blue


This week was still full of writing and revising my Pitch Wars manuscript, but at least my HUGE work project is now done. So you know that that means? More time to read! And the way I celebrated was with two books: a southern gothic love story and the third book in The Raven Cycle series! (I love the Raven Boys and the women of 300 Fox Way, so this was the perfect book for me to lose myself in this week.)


Goodreads Summary:

Lucy Aimes has always been practical. But try as she might, she can’t come up with a logical explanation for the recurring dreams that have always haunted her. Dark dreams. Dreams of a long-ago place filled with people she shouldn’t know…but does.

When her family moves to a New Orleans plantation, Lucy’s dreams become more intense, and her search for answers draws her reluctantly into the old city’s world of Voodoo and mysticism. There, Lucy finds Alex, a mysterious boy who behaves as if they’ve known each other forever. Lucy knows Alex is hiding something, and her rational side doesn’t want to be drawn to him. But she is.

As she tries to uncover Alex’s secrets, a killer strikes close to home, and Lucy finds herself ensnared in a century-old vendetta. With the lives of everyone she loves in danger, Lucy will have to unravel the mystery of her dreams before it all comes to a deadly finish.

My Thoughts:

Sweet Unrest has a lot of cool things going for it: Southern gothic feel, voo doo, a swoony boy, reincarnation, and a twisty love story. While a lot of these elements worked well and could’ve made a really brilliant book, for me, the relationships never felt very developed. It was as if there was a huge chunk of relationship building that got cut so I didn’t get to see Lucy and Alex fall in love. They just suddenly were after only talking a couple of times. I get the whole soul mate thing, but I still wanted to experience it with them not just have them be in love because they were in a past life. All of that led to the ending not having the emotional impact it would have if I was desperately invested in these character’s lives. It was a good read, but I wanted more from it.

**I received this ARC from Flux and NetGalley for an honest review.


Goodreads Summary:

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

My Thoughts:

Oh, my. This book. Building on characters and a story I’m already obsessed with, Blue Lily, Lily Blue did not disappoint. The story continues the search for Glendower, but along the way it delves even deeper into the emotions and motivations of the ever-amazing Raven Boys and the eclectic ladies of 300 Fox Way. There were so many moments throughout this book that just completely stole my heart (the hand cream for Adam, the phone calls between Blue and Gansey, the courtroom scene, the non-makeout scene, the hugging between Blue and Gansey and the lakeside by Blue and Ronan, and if I’m honest anything Ronan-related really.) The action wasn’t as fast-paced as in The Dream Thieves, but the tension was even higher in every scene. There was so much emotion hiding just beneath the surface of every character it couldn’t read fast enough. Now I’m dying for the next book to see how they all fare (and crossing my fingers that they can find a way to save Gansey and give Ronan’s crush some payoff!).

**I received an ARC of this book from Scholastic and NetGalley for an honest review.