As the year comes to a close, we take a look back at the year of 2014 and think about all the things that stick out. There were a long list of books that came out made a difference in our year, whether it be that Young Adutl novel that you stayed up until the wee hours of the morning reading, or that Romance novel that you were glad you had on sunglasses to hide your blush while you read at the beach, or the suspence/thriller that you snuck a read any chance you got. There was a book that came out this year that you will be reading again and again.
We got a start of a few new series this year, including Marie Lu (author of the Legend trilogy) but it was the end of a few series that made the year. We saw the final book in The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, City of Heavenly Fire, and the final book in the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi, Ignite Me, come out. Each book ended with a bang and allowed us to close that chapter on that part (at least until the movie adaptation comes out).
Below is the list of the top books that came out this year.
#10. Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
When Stiefvater announced that she was adding to her Mercy Falls series, fans went crazy. Not only did we get another book, but it would be told in Cole St. Claire’s and Isabelle’s point of view. We get to see what happens to this couple after the events in the last book and we can see if Cole has what it takes to be the man that Isabelle needs. It’s a hard ride for Cole but seeing his transform from a reckless boy into a man is beautiful and certainly a perfect read to the fans of the series.
#9. The Young Elites by Marie Lu
In the first book of this new series by Marie Lu (author of the Legend series) she mixes a story about Assassin’s Creed and X-men. There is a whole lot going on but once you get to the end you will find yourself feeling emotionally towards the book for it’s twist ending. These are the types of books that should be read. The ones that spark emotion, whether good or bad and this one does just that.
#8. Stay with Me by J. Lynn
In the third book of the series, we follow Calla as she embarks on a relationship with Jax while trying to find her mother after she basically ruined her credit and stole money from her. Calla doesn’t believe that she doesn’t deserve love and that she won’t get it because of her scars and Jax makes it his life’s mission to prove her wrong. The story is perhaps the best one in the series as it has a thrilling aspect that we didn’t read in the first two books. We get to see more of the romance side as Calla tries to come to terms with the scars both physically and emotionally.
#7. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
In the final book of the trilogy, Juliette and Warner are trying to find his father so that they can take him down before he hurts more people. This book, like the other two books in the series, had a lot of twists and turns that keep you guessing. Juliette finally makes her decision about what she wants for her life personally and it’s not going to be who you think it is. It is a refreshing series and one that you should be reading if you are not.
#6 Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
In the first book of this new series by Colleen Hoover, we follow Sydney, a girl who just caught her boyfriend cheating on her with best friend, as she falls in love with the boy next door, Ridge. He is the perfect guy for her, but there is a problem, he has a girlfriend. The story focuses more on the angst of longing that one can have when they find the person that they are meant for with someone else. You can feel the struggle that Sydney and Ridge have because they are good people but are stuck in a bad situation.
#5. Rebel by Amy Tintera
In the final book of this duology, Wren and Callum work on breaking out the other Reboots that are trapped in HARC. As the war brews, Wren and Callum get closer but Wren starts to see that her feelings for Callum make her stronger not weaker. This is quick read that has a lot of action and fighting going on. Wren is not one to take crap from anyone and she is the perfect one to lead the charge for the war. This is the perfect series to read when you are missing out on Hunger Games or Divergent.
#4. Fighting to Forget by J.B. Salsbury
In the third book in the series, we follow Rex and Mac as they embark on their relationship but its not that easy road that we’ve read in the first two books. Rex has had a rough upbringing and has a hard time accepting love of any kind but he can’t stop this connection that he feels to Mac. Mac is keeping a big secret from Rex and when it comes out Rex is challenged in a way he hasn’t been before. This story tackles big issues that haven’t been done before and Salsbury knocks it out of the park.
#3. In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken
In this final book in The Darkest Minds trilogy, Ruby works with Cole as they try and overtake the government and their rules while figuring out her relationship with Liam. This story works that love story into a story of war and loss and gives us something to root for in the story. Ruby learns how to be a leader and how sometimes the right decisions are the hardest to make. This ending is beautiful tragic and really gives the fans that satisfying ending that they deserve.
#2. Breaking the Rules by Katie McGarry
This book takes place between the first and second books in the series. We follow the couple from the first book, Noah and Echo, as they embark on a journey from teenager to adulthood. For them, it seems like it will be a breeze considering everything that they’ve been through. But nothing is as easy as it seems. Echo and Noah learn that there is so much that they need to learn, not just about their relationship, but life as well. They really come in to their own and come into their own as adults.
#1. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
This is easily one of the most anticipated books of the 2014 and Clare was able to live up to the hype. This is the final book in the Mortal Instruments series as the group finally comes to terms with the war that has been brewing since the start of the series as they take down Clary’s brother, Sebastian. Clare is able to give her fans a satisfying ending and still offer that big twist for the series. This is the book that once you started you couldn’t put down and you would be hard-pressed to find a book that is able to grab you and hold on to you like this book did.
What is your favorite book of 2014?