Hey everyone! So I’m here today to tell you my re-cap on the best books I read in 2014. In 2014, I didn’t really keep track of the books I’d been reading, so I’ve had to look through my bookshelf to refresh my mind and look through my Goodreads to see what I’ve read, and I managed to find 10 that really stood out to me. Without further ado, and in no particular order, let’s do this!
House of Night Series by P.C and Kristen Cast
This series was a re-read for me this year, since the last book came out this year, and I LOVED it. It’s a different take on the vampire genre that I thought was seriously amazing. It focuses on a Cherokee girl named Zoey, who gets marked by a tracker and becomes a ‘vampyre fledgling’. She goes to the House of Night which is a school for all vampyres and there she finds out she has an extremely special gift for the five elements: earth, water, air, fire, and spirit which is a very rare gift from their goddess, Nyx. The series explores her journey in defeating darkness and defeating evil forces such as the evil Queen Tsi Sgili – Neferet. It was a long series but I have a serious soft spot for it. There is awesome romance in it, great action, beautiful poems within it and I think it was just a beautiful story overall.
The Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie
This was a series that I read in the early part of the year so my recall of this is quite foggy. But I do remember that I REALLY enjoyed this series. It’s centered around a girl called Cassie who lives in a world controlled by a group called ‘society’. They control where you work, what you eat, who you marry, when you’ll die. It’s a tradition that whenever you turn 17, you get matched with your “perfect match”. It begins with Cassie who has just turned seventeen and she is going to the banquet where all seventeen-year-olds get matched. When it comes to her turn, something goes wrong and she gets matched to two people. One is her best friend and one is an outsider, someone rejected by society. As the story progresses, she starts to fall in love with the outsider, whose name is Ky. She finds herself being drawn towards him and eventually they fall in love. Cassie starts to question the society as she starts to learn more about Ky and then one day Ky disappears and Cassie decides she is going to leave her home and go out of the borders of society to find him and at the same time, breaking the rules of society. The world that Condie created, I thought was awesome and I adored the characters. It was an easy read and an amazing story throughout all 3 books.
Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
Of course, it’s the Divergent series. When it first came out, I saw it being sold everywhere in the shops, so I had to grab it. It was amazing. This has a dystopian element to it, and I’m really into books that are dystopian, as you could probably tell. It centers around a girl named Beatrice (Tris) who finds out that she is Divergent, which is very dangerous in her society and could get her killed. There are distinct groups of people who have different traits. There is Abnegation – the selfess, Dauntless – the brave and fearless protectors, Erudite – the brainiacs, Amity – the peacemakers and Candor – the tellers of truth. Supposedly, you are only supposed to fit into one category but when Tris is tested, she turns out to have traits for multiple groups – Divergent. I loved the story and the romance. There was enough action to keep me excited to read and it had a good pace to it. I really got into the characters, and the ending literally made me cry, it was so unexpected! But I will not spoil it for anyone! Unless you want me to…
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
I got this book as a birthday present from my best friend after she told me about it and I told her I was really excited to read it. It was an incredibly quick read for me. I think it was a good book to read, the story was really good. It’s about a girl called Mia who falls into a coma after a terrible accident. It shows her struggle in her choice of deciding whether to give up and die or to stay and wake up. It addresses the pain of losing the people you love and it’s incredible to jump into the mind of someone in a coma. It made me think, I wonder if that’s what it’s like to be in a coma, to have the choice between life and death. But it was a heart touching story and it ended on a major cliff hanger which got me excited to read the next book, Where She Went.
Across The Universe by Beth Revis
Okay, so this book was amazing! It’s located in space, on a space ship that is heading for a new planet, carry a large amount of frozen people on board – who were carefully picked as people who could help build a new world on the new planet they were travelling to -, plus a community of people who live on the ship and take care of it. One of the frozen people is Amy, a teenage girl who is suddenly woken up from being frozen and is the victim of a murderer. She then lives a life on board the ship and finds out about what the society is like while trying to find out who tried to kill her. It centers around her and a boy the same age as her, who grew up with a life on the ship. He and Amy together try to find out what was going on in the ship and who the murderer is. There was that constant mystery through the whole story and it got my brain thinking, trying to solve the mystery. There was a good amount of romance and seriously, it was just amazing. There was also so many surprising twists and turns near the end that got me saying: oh my gosh! If you’re into sci-fi, I think this is a good book, plus it’s a quick and easy read.
Lost and Found by Brooke Davis
This was a beautiful read. It has 3 different main characters who live completely different lives and have entirely different lives and personalities, but the story brings them together. They all have something in common which is that they are lonely and quite lost in the world. This is a very real-life type book, not like the others above. It was really heartwarming and constantly made me laugh. The 3 main characters meet up, very unexpectedly and go on this crazy trip away from home. It’s a story about hope and love and life, and it’s seriously a book I recommend everyone should read.
All The Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld
This is much more of a literary fiction type of book. I honestly bought it due to the cover, which is really beautiful. This book has a very sinister, dark undertone that lingers throughout the entire story. It kind of made me freaked out to read it at night, but Wyld’s writing was beautiful. I could really picture the imagery within this story through her beautiful, descriptive words. The story focuses on a girl and her dog, and it seems like it’s exploring both her present experience and at the same time, it’s like she’s experiencing her past life in rewind at the same time. This was an extremely different read for me, not something I would typically read, but it was a really beautiful book overall.
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
This had so much hype this year, and the movie was also released this year too. I LOVED this book! The cover, first of all, drew me toward this book and convinced me to get it, along with the amazing feedback from others who had read this book. I was warned that I would cry, and man, did I cry. I finished this book extremely quickly, because the story just full on pulled me in. The character development was great and the love story between Hazel and Augustus was so beautiful. Hazel is a cancer patient and she meets Augustus, who had recovered from cancer. They become friends at Hazel’s support group and then soon they fall in love. This is a beautiful story about love and hope and that life cannot be limited just because of a disease. The ending made me cry so hard, I think I cried for 30 minutes straight!
The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
This series… guys, this was incredible. It’s a story about a group of people called Shadowhunters, also known as Nephilim, who are humans born with angel blood. It shows the mortal world and the shadow hunters live in that world too, but are hidden from humans. They fight demons and send them back to their realm, protecting the world from them. The story follows Clarissa, who one day sees the Shadowhunters and follows them, watching them kill a demon. She finds out she is also a Nephilim when her mother is kidnapped by demons, she is pulled into this crazy world. This series is amazing, probably my favourite series of 2014, maybe, of all time. It’s dystopian and wonderful and has the best romance – Jace and Clary, oh my…
Teardrop by Lauren Kate
I am a total lover of Lauren Kate’s series, Fallen. When I found out she had put out a new book, Teardrop, I got extremely excited. This is a fantasy novel that has magic and all that fun stuff in it. I really loved the plot and the characters and I’m really excited to read the second book, Waterfall, this year!
Well, that was my top 10 books of 2014! I hope you guys enjoyed that and found some new books to read for 2015. I do really recommend these books to you if you haven’t read them. If you have read any of these, please like this post and also leave me a comment telling me what you thought of any of these books! I would love to see your opinions! Thankyou for reading, and follow to see more of my posts as I go!