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Monday, January 5, 2015

Top Ten Week!! My Favorite Books of 2014

This is probably one of  the things I look forward to most on my blog each year. Every year I pick out my Top Tens. In the past, I've done it as part of a group with bunches of other blogs, which I love, but they post before the New Year, and I like for the year to be over before I pick out my favorites. Remember last year? I had to go back and add a book that I'd finished in between making my lists and the New Year. (There was no way I was letting Unreap My Heart go unmentioned.) So this year, I decided to wait and do my lists during the first full week of January. This way, 2014 is officially over! Nothing last minute to sneak in. *wink*

Here are my Top Ten Favorite Books I've read in 2014!!
(in no particular order)

Wonderfully Wicked (The Dreamcaster Series #1) 
by C.J. Burright 
Genre: Adult (Paranormal Romance)
Date Published: May 13, 2014
Publisher: Swoon Romance

Why did I love this book?
Wonderfully Wicked was dark, and seductive, and very unexpected. I loved it! The author couldn't have picked a more perfect name for this book, because Wonderfully Wicked is exactly what it is!

The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass
Genre: Young Adult (Dystopian/Romance)
Date Published: 
June 5, 2014
HarperCollins Children's Books

Why did I love this book?
I love, love, loved this book. I loved the whole trilogy, and I'm sad that it's over, but everything was wrapped up nicely. I don't have any lingering questions. You find out so much about the true character of the characters. Some of them were surprising. There are more rebel attacks and some unexpected allies. Not to mention the romance. Things heat up quite a bit.
Click here for the blurb and my full review!

Nocte (The Nocte Trilogy #1) by Courtney Cole 
Genre: New Adult (Contemporary Romance)
Date Published: November 3, 2014
Publisher: Lakehouse Press Inc

Why did I love this book?
The story was suspenseful and dark with characters that are damaged and haunted. This is one of those books that you need to read knowing almost nothing about the story. The less you know going in, the better.

The Legacy (Legacy Series, #1) by Melissa Delport

Genre: Adult Fiction (Dystopian)
Date Published: July 2014
Publisher: Tracey McDonald Publishers

Why did I love this book?
Rebecca is hands down one of the bravest, gutsy-est, and strongest female main characters I've ever read about. The story was fast paced with heaps of action. Whether they were running for their lives, fighting, or steaming up the pages, the story kept my adrenalin pumping while pulling at my heart. 
Click here for the blurb and my full review!

Darkside Sun (Mortal Machine, #1) by Jocelyn Adams 
Genre: New Adult (Paranormal Romance)
Date Published: March 10, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Embrace (Entangled Publishing)

Why did I love this book?
This novel was stuffed to the brim with everything I like to find in a story, and I simply couldn't get enough of it. The premise and paranormal aspects were unique. I can't say I've ever read anything like it, and I loved that. The characters were so real. Even though I mentally argued with both Addison and Asher several times, I grew to really love them. 

Forever Layla by Melissa Turner Lee
Genre: New Adult (Science Fiction/ Romance)
Date Published: May 27, 2014
Publisher: AltWit Press

Why did I love this book?
The plot was gripping and flowed nicely. Layla & David were characters you could really grab onto. I believed them and their story. I felt entirely immersed into their lives as I read. I wanted it to be real. 

Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi
Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal Romance/Dystopian)
Date Published: February 5, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins

Why did I love this book?
I'm so sad that this was the last book. It's a fantastic trilogy! There's so much to say, but since this is the final book, I can't say much without spoilers, so go read this trilogy!

Bloodmark (Bloodmark Saga #1) by Aurora Whittet
Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal/Fantasy Romance)
Date Published: November 1, 2013
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing

Why did I love this book?
This book was so good in so many ways. It brought out a new spin on Werewolves and Bloodsuckers. We get to see a lot of the pack dynamic among the wolves which was interesting to say the least. They have some old world views on things. The main characters and even some of the supporting characters have a lush & interesting history. This book was packed with passion, suspense, danger, and a touch of humor. It was hard to put down!
Click here for the blurb and my full review!

Broken (Redemption #1) by Lauren Layne 
Genre: New Adult (Contemporary Romance/Fractured Fairytale)
Date Published: Sept. 2, 2014
Publisher: Flirt

Why did I love this book?
This is a story of two broken people trying to live. It has addictive bantering, tension that will make you weak in the knees, and a story that pulls you right into the lives of the characters. Broken was an exceptional re-telling of Beauty and the Beast, and it kept me lost in its world until the very last page.

Hemlock Veils by Jennie Davenport
Genre: Adult (Paranormal Romance/Fractured Fairy Tale)
Date Published: November 25th 2014
Publisher: Swoon Romance

Why did I love this book?
As you can see, I love fairy tale re-tellings, and this was a wonderful spin on Beauty and the Beast. The author created characters and a story that felt real and original. Even if you know the original Beauty and the Beast, Hemlock Veils will still keep you in suspense with it twists and surprises.

Honorable Mention!!

The Veiled - Expanded Edition (The Shilund Saga #1) by Jennifer Osborn
Genre: Adult (Paranormal/Fantasy Romance)
Date Published: October 5, 2014
Publisher: Indescribable Publishing

Why did I love this book?
I finished this book a day or so before the New Year. It's still fresh on my mind making it definitely worthy of an honorable mention! There was action, romance, danger, and a touch of horror. Plus we have Shilunds!

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