You all know how much I love a good book, and out of the 50 I managed to read over the past year, these were my top picks!
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hairactually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out. When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka. Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free? The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him. But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?
Study Series – Poison Study, Magic Study, and Fire Study
About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison. As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear…
Bloodlines Series – Bloodlines, The Golden Lily, and The Indigo Spell
Sydney is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir – the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir – is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill’s guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the last place anyone would think to look for vampire royalty – a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. But instead of finding safety at Amberwood Prep, Sydney discovers the drama is only just beginning.
The Infernal Devices – Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, and Clockwork Princess
The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them.
Shatter Me Series – Shatter Me, Destroy Me, and Unravel Me
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color. The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now. Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.
City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) – I am not the kind of person to stop reading half way thorough a series, and would never image stopping half way through a book. Unfortunately in this case I did both. I just could NOT bring myself to finish this book. It wasn’t because there was anything wrong with the story, but the characters all seemed like watered down versions of the Infernal Devices characters and I didn’t want it to ruin that series simply through association. I know that sounds weird, but I couldn’t do it.
Allegiant (Divergent #3) – I wanted to love this book as much as the first two in the series, but talk about a bad end to a great story. It’s hard to explain without spoiling the ending, but suffice it to say it was definitely not as awesome as many readers had hoped.
Deadlocked and Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse #12 and #13) – “How many times can a person be expected to read the same dramatic roller coaster and be entertained? This whole love “hexagon” stuff just has me rolling my eyes. I know it may sound harsh, but I just want to tell Sookie to pick a damn guy or get killed already!”
Hidden and Revealed (House of Night # and #) – This is another series with far more books than is necessary. It is absolutely terrible, and I just want it to be over. Unfortunately after having followed along for so long, it has achieved “train wreck” status, and I must see how it all ends…because I’m masochistic like that. 🙁
The Elite (The Selection #2) – Just imagine the show the Bachelor as a book. Surprisingly the first in the series wasn’t too bad, but this one was pretty much a love triangle hell! I actually wished that I could reach into the pages and slap some sense into the main character.
Gates of Paradise (BlueBloods #7) – It normally doesn’t bother me when each chapter is from a different point of view, but this one almost had too many characters. It wasn’t exactly confusing, but felt really choppy. I’m glad everything finally got wrapped up with this book, but it was still just kinda “eh” as an ending. Maybe I’m just getting tired of all the “happily ever after” stuff I’ve been reading lately.
The Fiery Heart – Nov. 2013 – This one is already out, but my library hasn’t gotten a copy yet. I can’t wait to see what happens
between Sydney and Adrian now that her little sister Zoe has shown up at the school.
Ignite Me – Feb. 2014 – This is the final book in the trilogy and I can’t wait to see who Juliette chooses. Warner!
Dreams of Gods and Monsters – April 2014 – Warrior Angels are bursting out of the sky into our world. Nuf said.
Ruin and Rising (Grisha #3) – June 2014 – There are supposed to be about 6 books in this series by the time it’s done,
and I’m curious if the author will be able to sustain the series for that long without going overboard.
Throne of Glass #3 (still untitled) – ? 2014 – Most of the books I read are pretty predictable to some extent, but this is one of the few books/series that have me completely clueless about what’s going to happen next. In a good way!
What was the best book you’ve read last year?
Any suggestions that I should add to my TBR list?