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2014 in Review: #2 & #1

ID-10088833Now that 2014 has drawn to a close and 2015 is here and upon us, I wanted to take some time this month to reflect on the best of what I read this past year.  I read way more than I ever have in a single year (306 books!) and while a few of them were not ones I’d recommend, most books were compelling and engaging reads.  While everything I’d recommend is either already here on the blog or still to come (I’ve some reviews already queued out into March), I’m going to highlight the 10 books I read in 2014 that I rated a whopping 5 stars.

Note: These are books I read in 2014, not necessarily published in 2014.

To begin, let’s take a look at two of those titles:

#2 – One Man Guy by Michael Barakvia

Michael Barakiva’s debut novel is a young adult, coming-of-age gem and is truly extraordinary.  Alek is growing up in an Armenian-American family and must reconcile the pressures of his family’s expectations with who he is and wants to be.  When he meets Ethan, an older boy with a bit of a reputation, he finds a whole new world he wasn’t prepared to explore on his own.  See my full review of One Man Guy.

#1 – Captive Prince: Volume Two by C.S. Pacat

17158513The incredible sequel to Captive Prince sees Damen and Laurent’s relationship grow in some very interesting ways.  And it also means that Damen’s secret is going to be harder and harder to be kept hidden.  See my full review of Captive Prince: Volume Two.

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2014 in Review: #4 & #3

ID-10088833Now that 2014 has drawn to a close and 2015 is here and upon us, I wanted to take some time this month to reflect on the best of what I read this past year.  I read way more than I ever have in a single year (306 books!) and while a few of them were not ones I’d recommend, most books were compelling and engaging reads.  While everything I’d recommend is either already here on the blog or still to come (I’ve some reviews already queued out into March), I’m going to highlight the 10 books I read in 2014 that I rated a whopping 5 stars.

Note: These are books I read in 2014, not necessarily published in 2014.

#4 – Something Like Winter by Jay Bell

Tim and Ben’s story is told quite well in Something Like Summer.  This follow-up gives readers the story from Tim’s perspective, filling in the holes about what happened in Tim’s life when he and Ben were apart and then continues the story beyond the first book.  And it’s masterfully written, incredibly engaging, and beyond moving.  I do think that reading the first book helps make this one more poignant, but it can also be read as a stand-alone if one is so inclined.  See my full review of Something Like Winter.

#3 – Love Comes Home by Andrew Grey

Gregory Hampton is a single father dealing with the knowledge that his 10-year-old son is slowly going blind.  All he wants is to find a way for his son to be happy, and that may mean having to put his own happiness on hold.  But when Tom Spangler shows up in their lives, he learns that both might be closer than he expected.  See my full review of Love Comes Home.

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2014 in Review: #6 & #5

ID-10088833Now that 2014 has drawn to a close and 2015 is here and upon us, I wanted to take some time this month to reflect on the best of what I read this past year.  I read way more than I ever have in a single year (306 books!) and while a few of them were not ones I’d recommend, most books were compelling and engaging reads.  While everything I’d recommend is either already here on the blog or still to come (I’ve some reviews already queued out into March), I’m going to highlight the 10 books I read in 2014 that I rated a whopping 5 stars.

Note: These are books I read in 2014, not necessarily published in 2014.

#6 – City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett

20174424Hands down the top science fiction/fantasy title I read this year, City of Stairs, tells the story of Shira Thivani who, in the course of investigating the death of a diplomat, comes to learn more than she could have imagined about the history of her world, her country, and her family.  See my full review of City of Stairs.

#5 – The River Leith by Leta Blake

22034261When former amateur boxer, Leith, wakes up from a coma with amnesia, he starts on a difficult journey of finding himself.  But there’s a similar journey to be had for those around him as they find what role they will play in Leith’s new life.  See my full review of The River Leith.

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2014 in Review: #8 & #7

ID-10088833Now that 2014 has drawn to a close and 2015 is here and upon us, I wanted to take some time this month to reflect on the best of what I read this past year. I read way more than I ever have in a single year (306 books!) and while a few of them were not ones I’d recommend, most books were compelling and engaging reads. While everything I’d recommend is either already here on the blog or still to come (I’ve some reviews already queued out into March), I’m going to highlight the 10 books I read in 2014 that I rated a whopping 5 stars.
Note: These are books I read in 2014, not necessarily published in 2014.

#8 – Townie & the Twink by Daisy Harris

The third installment in the Men of Holsum College series is one of the real highlights. And even though it is part of the series, all of the books work just as well as stand-alone reads. It’s one that I give my highest recommendation. See my full review of Townie and the Twink.

#7 – Snowcroft Lost by Christi Snow

18810166I love me a well-written mystery and this is definitely one of those. It’s a gripping story that will keep you guessing right up until the end. And it’s the first book in a series, so I’m hoping for more of the same going forward. See my full review of Snowcroft Lost.
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2014 in Review: #10 & #9

ID-10088833Now that 2014 has drawn to a close and 2015 is here and upon us, I wanted to take some time this month to reflect on the best of what I read this past year.  I read way more than I ever have in a single year (306 books!) and while a few of them were not ones I’d recommend, most books were compelling and engaging reads.  While everything I’d recommend is either already here on the blog or still to come (I’ve some reviews already queued out into March), I’m going to highlight the 10 books I read in 2014 that I rated a whopping 5 stars.

Note: These are books I read in 2014, not necessarily published in 2014.

To begin, let’s take a look at two of those titles:

#10 – The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd

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Nick Burd’s compelling coming-of-age tale captures the true essence of teenage angst and what it means to come to terms with yourself and the world you live in.  A highly recommended young adult title can speak to readers of all ages.  See my full review of The Vast Fields of Ordinary.

#9 – Heatstroke by Taylor V. Donovan

Michael Spencer has suspected that his grandmother was hiding secrets about his family’s past for some time.  But when he starts to uncover the truth about his grandfather, what he finds is a completely unexpected story of romance and overcoming adversity.  See my full review of Heatstroke.

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