I can’t believe 2014 is nearly over! This list was incredibly difficult to put together because there were just so many amazing books this year! 2014 has been the year of YA contemporaries, but I’ve also picked up some incredible YA sci-fis and psychological thrillers. There were also some stand out NA books and romances as well. This list also includes books that I read this year, not necessarily released.
Without further ado…Happy Indulgence’s Top 10 Books of 2014 are:
10. Red Rising by Pierce Brown (Review)
The arena in Red Rising may be inspired by The Hunger Games, but the sci-fi world with futuristic weapons and technology blended with the Greco-Roman war game was not. I read this at the start of the year and can still remember it vividly, especially the ruthless and vicious leader Darrow became. With excellent war tactics and plenty of action, I loved the experience this book offered and it definitely deserved to win the 2014 Goodreads choice award for Debut Author.
9. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover (Review)
Ridge and Sydney made me feel so, so much with their creation of music and the way they just suited each other so well. Their chemistry was palpable and it just felt so right that they were together. I have never, ever condoned cheating and these two respected the boundaries of Ridge’s girlfriend here, and that type of respect and restraint was so touching. With a soundtrack to go with it, Maybe Someday will set your heart a flutter.
8. Addicted to You by Krista & Becca Ritchie (Review)
A book about two characters who are addicted to sex and alcohol, and constantly struggle between their vice and caring for each other. From the sounds of things, it seems like your typical NA, but the depth of emotion in this one is incredible with the strongest bond between Lily and Lo. There’s also fantastic secondary characters as well who help this damaged couple manage their addictions. It’s all and all an incredible read and the series is just as fantastic.
7. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Review)
I can’t believe it took me this long to read this book because it was filled with so many twists and turns that it took my breath away. What makes this book fascinating is how things can be twisted and portrayed into one angle, and then you’ll see it from another and things will never be the same again. The protagonists here are also extremely unlikable, but the book is not. It’s an unforgettable experience.
6. Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (Review)
One of the only contemporaries that made it on the list, and totally deserving at that. This is a really beautiful story with a wonderful friendship between two boys who have supportive families. It was wonderful seeing Dante bring light and love into Ari’s life as he deals with family issues. The writing is beautiful and the story just touched my heart so much.
5. Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop (Review)
A completely fascinating and unique urban fantasy where humans live amongst monsters. The main character Meg, while practically food for The Others, have gained their protection by her sweet, child-like nature. I love the juxtaposition of her technically being ‘weak’ as a blood prophet who needs to cut herself to see prophecies, but she’s ‘strong’ in her influence and building a rapport between the humans and The Others. Plus it features big strong wolf leader Simon who likes dog biscuits.
4. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas (Review)
Surprised that I picked this over Heir of Fire? Even though The Assassin’s Blade is a collection of novellas, I enjoyed it thoroughly because it is integral to Celaena’s development as a character. It helped us understand her past and where she came from, and we also got to witness her disturbing relationship with her Assassin master Arobynn. Not to mention the devoted and wonderful Sam…It’s a must read even if you don’t do novellas.
3. This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (Review)
JUBILEE CHASE AND FLYNN CORMAC is my ship of 2014! Jubilee is totally badass and she shares my gamer tag <3. I loved how the stakes were high in this military vs rebel story and it brought so much world building to the series, even linking in Tarver and Lilac from the first book. The star-crossed lovers act definitely worked well here and I loved the action, characters and the sci-fi universe.
2. Cress by Marissa Meyer (Review)
I’ve never wanted a book to go on so badly. Even 600 pages was not enough for the next in the Lunar Chronicles series. I was totally impressed with how a new character based on Rapunzel was weaved into the storyline and she was totally lovable with her awkward geeky self and the charming, cocky Captain Thorne! I don’t know how a series develops multiple characters and couples so well while still introducing new ones and advancing the original characters, but Marissa Meyer does it so well.
1. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas (Review)
This was a tough decision, but no book in 2014 left a more lasting, memorable and breathtaking impact than Dangerous Girls. I was literally walking in a daze for the whole day after finishing this book, my mind reeling from an ending that I didn’t see coming. Throughout the book, you’ll cast your suspicion upon every single character and it will twist and turn in so many ways into the final crescendo. A brilliant, shocking and twisted experience that everyone has to go through.
Do you agree with my picks? What are your top books of 2014?