It’s the most wonderful time of the year — when we look back on all of the great books we’ve read over the past 12 months. All during December the RT editors are sharing their favorite reads of 2014. Won’t you reminisce along with us? (Apologies to your TBR pile.)
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray — As a huge fan of Ms. Gray’s, I knew this book would be great, especially with its premise of alternate dimensions and romance. But I wasn’t prepared to love it as much as I did. Marguerite is such a lovely heroine, the romance is top notch and Gray’s execution of the story is sharp and perfect. An absolute thrill!
Compulsion by Martina Boone — This is such a wonderful addition to the YA paranormal genre. Its mythology and setting are so unique, and all of the characters really come to life across the pages. Eight Beaufort is so swoon-worthy that it’s ridiculous. Move over Four, Eight is here to stay!
Rush by Nyrae Dawn — A New Adult romance about two gay football players? Instant win, right there. Dawn is fantastic writer who successfully balances the sweet and sexy elements of the story to create a beautiful book about two friends who must overcome parental, societal and personal obstacles to find their happy ending.
Run To You by Clara Kensie — This was the first serialization I’d ever read and it set the bar pretty high. With the trademark elements of a well-written YA paranormal read, with welcome dashes of thrills and plot twists, Kensie has written a gripping and engaging series that features great family dynamics and the enormity of first love.
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor — This third and final installment in Taylor’s majestic Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy is undeniably epic. As Karou, Akiva and their friends finally confront their enemies to build a better world, readers are taken on a sprawling ride that doesn’t falter. This book and series feature one of the few book worlds I legitimately want to live in.
Stay With Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout writing as J. Lynn — While all of Armentrout’s books capture my heart in one way or the other, Stay With Me kicked it up a notch and really showcased Armentrout’s talents. Calla and Jax make a fantastic pair, and I really just wanted to make out with Jax the whole time. Also, Katie alone makes this book a winner!
Stray by Elissa Sussman — I will always be a hardcore lover of fairy tales, and Sussman’s debut captures the magic, darkness and romance of the timeless tales l know and love while weaving a wholly original and fascinating story. Aislynn’s struggle to be perfect while trying to adhere to the Path is heartbreaking and engaging, and readers will never look at fairy godmothers the same way again. I’ll take book two now, please.
Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren — I joined the Ansel/Sweet Filthy Boy train a little late, but better late than never, right? “Hot” doesn’t even begin to cover this book, and I immediately fell in love with the wild cast of characters and the romantic story. Writing duo Christina Lauren bring the heat without mercy.
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas — Epic, thrilling and bold, Heir of Fire is definitely the best Throne of Glass installment thus far. And this is only the beginning! Maas continuously expands her world and characters, and the introduction of Manon Blackbeak is solid gold. Maas never disappoints and I can’t wait to see where the series goes next!
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins — Perkins can do no wrong in my book and Isla is a fine example of her unparalleled talent and heart. Isla and Josh’s story is equal parts heartwrenching and heartwarming, and they remain two of the most honest and well-crafted characters I’ve come across this year. Definitely a career-defining accomplishment.
See any of your 2014 favorites? Sound off below! And stay tuned all week as we revisit our favorites from the year.