Guys, the day has come when we have to say goodbye to 2014. I never know on New Year’s Eve if I should mourn or celebrate that the year is over.
So many things have happened to me this year, more than any other year. This blog was born in May, I attended my very first book event/author signing at Harper Collins, I received my first review copy, I’ve needed to buy a new bookshelf, I got my first job at Macca’s, I went to America and Canada for the first time and I got my first iPhone. This year has been a huge, awesome blast! I’ve read so many fantastic books and they’ve left this little imprint on my heart so it’s only fair that I share those with you.
1. Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas
Can I fangirl about this book anymore times? Can I give it anymore hype that it deserves because it deserves A LOT of hype! This book was just fantastic! It blew me away!!! Celaena’s bad-assness just flew through the roof, it was just so good! So good! It left me with so many feels and my impatience for book no.4 is exploding! If you haven’t gone on this bandwagon, you have to!!! You do not want to die before reading this series!
2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
This book is the epiphany of contemporary romances. It’s sweet and romantic and the love interest is to die for. If I met someone like Etienne St Clair, I would either faint or squeal. Then he would look at me weirdly but hey, its ETIENNE ST CLAIR! The main character is so relateable, the setting is gorgeous and the book in general is like a little bonbon with the creamiest centre.
3. In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken
This book is THE BEST concluding dystopian book, I have ever read. Last books in dystopian trilogies are hard to enjoy because there is always this massive price (see ending of Allegient). But In the Afterlight was perfect. It still held the intense seriousness that is needed in a concluding book but it also contained light-hearted, funny moments which I needed in a series like this. Good job, Bracken!
4. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
The release of this book was probably the biggest moment in fangirl history. And we were not disappointed. This series ended with a ka-boom; we fainted and laughed and cried. At the end, I couldn’t believe that it had ended. There was action and romance; it ended perfectly, with closure but at the same time with the anticipation of Lady Midnight. I am so excited for The Dark Artificies! Emma sounds like a kickass heroine that I will adore!
5. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
This was a great coming of age story! I loved the concept of it and I thoroughly enjoyed the character development in the main protagonist. This book just made me want to go out and actually experience life like Emily had. I just wanted to be Emily so that I could experience her freedom. I enjoyed the underlying romance and how it build up to something amazingly awesome!
7. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
This is definitely a 2014 highlight! I couldn’t write this post without mentioning this book. I think we all agree how awesome it was with all the alternate universes and the romance between Paul and Marguerite. Plus, the cover captivated us all. I was lucky to win an early, signed copy of this book! I loved this book and I am on my toes for the second book!
8. The One by Kiera Cass
Talk about swoon! The romance was beautiful (even though, America was frustrating and annoying), the cover is beautiful and the ending was beautiful! We were all sad that this trilogy was ending (because we were getting no more of Maxon) until we got news of an extension!!! YAY!!! Kiera Cass is officially continuing this series through the eyes of America and Maxon’s daughter. It’s because of this book that every Fangirl’s expectations of a husband/boyfriend rose, dramatically!
9. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
I read this book, this year and I absolutely adored it! Cath is a character every single one of us can relate to because a) she’s a fangirl and b) she would rather read than socialise. I LOVED it SO MUCH! I just want Cath’s and Levi’s story to continue on so I can just read their romance until the day they die. Another great coming of age, finding yourself story. Cath finds her confidence and independence and we were all there during the journey.
10. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
This is one of the most touching, heart-wrenching, saddest book you will ever read. It has so much depth to how loss touches us. I loved it so much and I could cry a river for this book. There is not one moment of this book that will leave you. Its memorable and original. Patrick Ness is one of those great authors who writes deep and meaningful books that never leave you. The writing is fantastic and the illustrations are breathtaking.
There you go! My 2014 Favourites!
You should pick them up when you get a chance. *wink*