Can’t quite believe it’s the end of another year…where does the time go? What a year it’s been – I had a new baby, started studying my third year for my criminology/psychology degree (I’m exhausted), but I also managed nearly 100 books! It’s been ever so hard to narrow it down as usual as everything I’ve read (nearly) has been excellent. Big shoutout to all the wonderful UKYA authors out there who I loved picking up this year!
Book of the year:
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
I waited and waited on this book. I preordered it and it didn’t come for ages – which drove me insane! Anyway, it was well worth the wait. Bardugo’s rich and very inviting world is a wonderful place to be. I delight in the dark and dangerous adventures that the characters go on. I will well and truly miss this world and it’s characters (I had a little tear at the end too *sniff*)
1. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
I loved this book! It was a strange story but one that I just couldn’t look away from. I had no idea what was going to happen and when I got to the end…holy shit! Blew me away! I’m still thinking about it…
2.Finding A Voice: Friendship is a Two-Way Street by Kim Hood
This book was brave and very very beautiful. Disability issues often shied away from are tackeled head-on by this super talented author. Adults and teens alike should read this – everyone could learn a little something. Plus the two main characters are standout brilliant.
3. The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters
Cat Winters is a very gifted author who manages to transport the reader back into some of the ddarkest of times 1900’s. This particular tale sees a very strong female leading lady who I liked a whole lot. Cat makes the dark corners of the past awash with life and bursting with inviting colour. I can’t wait for her next book!
4. The Jewel by Amy Ewing
For me this was a perfect debut – it’s beautifully imagined and really well thought out! A harrowing tale in a harsh and very brutal world where wickedness & deceit rule with an iron fist! The characters are vividly moreish and I want more already….
5. The Dark Inside by Rupert Wallis
‘Sometimes as a reader there are some truly rare unexpected moments, when a book creeps up on you quite surprise, grabs you, mesmerises you, sweeps you away on a roaring adventure filled with darkness….and hope – it’s those moments as a reader that I live for and crave, The Dark Inside has these beautiful qualities in bucket loads.’ – taken from my review!
6. Deeper by Robin York
Deeper is a heaheartbreaking tale about a complete pair of misfits and the comfort they find within each other. It’s a rocky journey for Caroline and West but a very beautiful one. I appreciated the revenge-porn storyline as I had no idea how devastating it could be for a lot of people involved. York is a great writer and her follow-up Deeper was fantastic too. (PS: West is yummy)
7. Shift by Jeff Povey
Man, I loved this wickedly fast paced thrill ride of a read. It’s action packed and filled with thrills. The characters are stand-out brilliant and I really enjoyed getting to know each and every one of them (The Ape is a personal fav). The dialogue is fantastic and I thoroughly enjoyed the humour packed into every page. I know book 2 is out 2015 (April I think?) and I just can’t wait!!
8. Smart by Kim Slater
This book broke my heart, made me smile and had me rooting for main character Kieran the whole way through. I wasn’t at all expecting this story to be so awesome…it crept up and managed to blow me away with it’s gorgeous charm and all-round beauty! A beautiful, beautiful read that I’ll be thinking about for a long time to come. Plus it’s so gorgeous – just look at it!
9. Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones
I can never get enough of Charley Davidson and her wild adventures (mis-haps). Charley is my favourite fictional female of all time and her snark, charm and all round awesomeness is what keeps me coming back for more (well that and hot stuff Reyes *wink*). Darynda writes with precision and she never fails to amaze me with every instalmet.
10. Heart of the Wolf and Return of the Wolf by Dianna Hardy
I love these books! Dianna has this up front, no shit, take it or leave it writing style that I just adore! The series just keeps going from strength to strength – the emotion blows me away in each and every book. The characters bounce right up out of the page and I can never ever get enough. I’d love nothing more than for this series to go on forever… *sigh* I couldn’t pick one of these book because I loved both for different reasons!
Other books of very important note
Age of Iron by Angus Watson
Wow! An amazingly imagined and written historical fantasy. This had a bit of everything and I’m super excited top see where the series is headed. Unforgettable.
Front runner for 2015
All I’ll say is you need it in your life. A simplistically beautiful tale of death, friendship and falling in love! Watch out for this in 2015 – it’s gorgeously written!