RT Editors’ Best Books of 2014 — Elissa’s Picks

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 Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev — Dev’s debut has been getting a lot of love, deservedly so! It’s such a delightful romance, Mili is a wonderful heroine — her nose waters through half the book! I can’t get over it! — and her hero really has to work to be worthy of her. It’s so good. 

Three Weeks with Lady X by Eloisa James — James is one of my auto-buy historical authors, I love her banter and smart heroines. The correspondence between hero and heroine made me quite literally laugh out loud. Watching India and Thorn fight — and then give into — their passion is truly a delight. I also particularly loved how James doesn’t vilify the other potential object of Thorn’s affection. Girl power!

Sweet, Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren —  I am an unabashed New Adult fan, while also being particularly glad I am no longer an actual New Adult. Phew! Those years! Christina Lauren brings the tumultuous time into startling, sexy focus with this read. This story is fantasy, sure, but it’s also truly steeped in reality, making it all the more enjoyable for me to revisit those years. Vicariously, thank you very much. 

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart — It’s hard to talk about E. Lockhart’s stunner because of the mega twist involved. Suffice it to say, this book has stayed with me since I gasped while reading the final pages earlier this year. An unreliable narrator in an enviable setting — I was hooked immediately. 

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige — I am a mega Wizard of Oz fan — I’ve read (and seen) Wicked multiple times — so I was thrilled to read this latest adaptation. Paige’s peek into a modern-day Oz — where Dorothy is terrible! — is dark and intriguing. It’s a dizzying ride as we accompany Amy Gumm (the other girl from Kansas) on her journey from trailer park to Oz. My only complaint is the cliffhanger ending.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater — The Raven Cycle series is truly wonderful. The literary tone, the secondary characters, the evocative setting, it’s dreamy and magnificent. Managing to meet the high expectations we’ve all developed for this series in the third of four books must have been difficult, but Stiefvater pulls it off. 

The Secret Place by Tana French — French is a most excellent mystery author and to me, this latest was the best yet in her Dublin Murder Squad series. There are layers upon layers peeled back as we get to the meat of the case alongside the detectives. That this tale reminded me of Margaret Atwood’s Cat’s Eye — another unflinching look at adolescence — can only be considered the highest of praise.

After I’m Gone by Laura Lippman — I am a huge fan of the flash-forward. Who hasn’t wished life could be like that sometimes, giving you a glimpse of what’s to come, years from now? Lippman’s tangled mystery does just that for us as we get to know these intertwined characters through the years, all women linked by a man who left them behind. I’d say more, but I don’t want to spoil the awesomeness.

See any of your 2014 favorites? Sound off below! And stay tuned all week as we revisit our favorites from the year.

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