Top 10 books from 2014

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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.

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#10.  Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
Out: 7/1
Review: https://nerdysoul.wordpress.com/2014/07/05/book-review-sinner-by-maggie-stiefvater-great-companion-novel-that-makes-you-want-more-of-cole-and-isabel/

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.

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#9. The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Out: 10/7
Review: https://nerdysoul.wordpress.com/2014/12/10/book-review-the-young-elites-by-marie-lu-thrilling-story-that-grabs-you-at-the-beginning-and-never-lets-go/

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.

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#8. Stay with Me by J. Lynn

Out: 9/23

Review: https://nerdysoul.wordpress.com/2014/12/22/book-review-stay-with-me-by-j-lynn-beautiful-story-of-acceptance-and-forgiving-the-mistakes-of-the-past/

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.

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#7. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Out: 2/4
Review: https://nerdysoul.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/ignite-me-book-review/

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.

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#6 Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
Out: 3/18
Review: https://nerdysoul.wordpress.com/2014/12/19/book-review-maybe-someday-by-colleen-hoover-story-of-how-finding-your-soul-mate-can-be-found-even-when-youre-not-looking/

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.

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#5. Rebel by Amy Tintera
Out: 5/13
Review: https://nerdysoul.wordpress.com/2014/05/15/book-review-rebel-by-amy-tintera-stunning-conclusion-to-an-action-packed-duology/

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.

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#4. Fighting to Forget by J.B. Salsbury
Out: 4/15
Review: https://nerdysoul.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/book-review-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.

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#3. In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken
Out: 10/28
Review: https://nerdysoul.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/book-review-in-the-afterlight-by-alexandra-bracken-stellar-finale-to-your-new-addictive-series/

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.

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#2. Breaking the Rules by Katie McGarry
Out: 12/8
Review: https://nerdysoul.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/book-review-breaking-the-rules-by-katie-mcgarry-echo-and-noah-go-from-teenagers-to-adults/

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.

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#1. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
Out: 5/27
Review: https://nerdysoul.wordpress.com/2014/06/01/book-review-city-of-heavenly-fire-by-cassandra-clare-epic-conclusion-that-will-leave-the-fans-satisfied/

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?

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Book Review – “Breaking the Rules” by Katie McGarry – Echo and Noah go from teenagers to adults

breaking the rulesFormat: ebook, paperback
Series: book 1 of 3 of the Pushing the Limits series
Rating: 16+ for language, sexual content, dark themes
Genre: Young Adult
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21859363-breaking-the-rules?from_search=true

In this book, which takes place between the first and second book, we get to see what happened with Noah and Echo during that summer road trip that they took together. They have to come with terms with the ghosts of their pasts while starting to shape their futures and the people that they are going to become.

Noah and Echo use this road trip across the country as a way to try and change for the better. They were both spiraling down and thought a change of scenery would do that. It doesn’t take long for them to see that leaving doesn’t make the problems go away. Echo still needs to deal with what her mother did and Noah has new issues about his mother’s past to deal with.

McGarry continues to develop these characters and show that transformation that we all go through from a child to an adult. Echo learns who she is in this world just as a person while Noah has to learn to trust that everything is going to be ok instead of expecting the worst.

Their relationship is challenged in ways it hasn’t been before but they come out stronger then ever. They give to each other everything that they have as they both learn what it takes to make a relationship work.

Echo grows so strong in this story. We get to see that broken girl that believed she didn’t deserve love or happiness. She finally sees that she does deserve to get it. With the help of Noah, she chases after her dreams and learns not to let anyone push her around. For Noah, he comes to terms with his parents’ death and why his mom’s past is a secret. We watch as he turns into a man and learns that Echo is not going anywhere.

It’s an amazing, beautiful, wonderful story that you won’t be able to put down once you start reading. You will be rooting for Echo and Noah as you hope that they have what it takes to make it.

It’s recommended that you re-read the first book before reading this one. There are things that McGarry hints at or talks about that you might have forgotten, considering it was three books ago.

Rating: A

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The Pushing the Limits series

Book 1 – Pushing the Limits
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK | Review

Book 1.5 – Breaking the Rules
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Book 2 – Dare You To
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK | Review

Book 3 – Crash Into You
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Book 4 – Take Me On
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What did you think of the book?

Book of the Week – “Breaking the Rules” by Katie McGarry

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This book is falling between the first and second book. We get to see that road trip that Noah and Echo talked about in the second book. This is going to be a great addition to the series as we finally see the part of their relationship that puts the nail in solidifying their relationship. Expect a lot of antics and fun times for these two and the moment that will make you fall more in love with them.

Will you be buying Breaking the Rules?

Top 5 books to read this month

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#5 – Becoming Us by Allie Everhart
Out: 12/12

In the final book in the Jade series, Garrett is going to be searching for Jade (who got kidnapped at the end of the last book) while trying to figure out what the organization wants from him. This is going to have a lot of drama and a bit of a thrilling mix as Garrett will stop at nothing to get Jade back. Should be interesting to see how things unfold in this final book and see if Garrett and Jade can get their happy ever after.

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#4 –  Fractured by Sydney Landon
Out: 12/20

The first book left fans wanting more and that’s the way to kick off a new series. Lia and Lucian will have to try and move on from what happened in the first book. Lucian fell in love despite trying everything in his power to not do that but it might be to much for Lia. It should be another roller coaster ride as the first one was and another one that you can’t put down.

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#3 – Forever with Me by Kristen Proby
Out: 12/2
In this book, we follow Domenic the love child of the patriarch of the family as he embarks on his love affair. He was introduced about half way through the series and quickly became a fan favorite as he had all that romantic qualities that we love to read in a leading male.

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#2- Wicked by Jennifer Armentrout
Out: 12/9
In the first book in this new series by Armentrout, we get a mix of thrilling, romance, and supernatural as the lead characters try and understand the magic of New Orleans. Ivy and Ren are going to be our two leads in this story as they try and figure out the murders that is going on in the city. No doubt that that characters are going to be fun to watch as Armentrout is amazing at creating dynamic and fun characters and make a story that readers just can’t put down.


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#1- Breaking the Rules by Katie McGarry
Out: 12/9
This book is falling between the first and second book. We get to see that road trip that Noah and Echo talked about in the second book. This is going to be a great addition to the series as we finally see the part of their relationship that puts the nail in solidifying their relationship. Expect a lot of antics and fun times for these two and the moment that will make you fall more in love with them.

The cover for “Breaking the Rules” by Katie McGarry released

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The official cover for the new book in the Pushing the Limits series by Katie McGarry was released. This book is technically #1.5 in the series, but it’s a full length novel that’s going to follow Echo and Noah (the couple from Pushing the Limits).

Breaking the Rules follows the couple as they go on a road trip before their college begins. And everything seems to be going great for the couple until Echo starts getting nightmares about her past. It challenges their relationship as Noah wonders if he will be able to help her and Echo hopes that she can overcome her past once and for all.

While we got glimpses of Noah and Echo in the other books in the series, it will be fun to go back to this couple and see where life took them after the first book.

Breaking the Rules is available for Pre-order and is currently on sale at Amazon for $3.82. We don’t know how long this deal is going to last so make sure to pre-order your book before it comes out December 8th.

breaking the limits series

Pushing the Limits
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK

Breaking the Rules
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK

Dare You To
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK

Crash into You
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK

Take Me On
Amazon| Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK

What do you think of the cover for Breaking the Rules?