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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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Title: One Man Guy
Author: Michael Barakiva
Publication Date: May 27, 2014

Rating: ★ ★ ★  
I’m not really sure where to begin with this book except to say: I loved it. Over the course of a single summer, Alek Khederian has his eyes opened and starts to find himself, in part thanks to Ethan, a slightly older boy whose reputation precedes him.

The writing is incredible. The story flows quite well and I found this to be a rather easy read. And it’s a coming-of-age tale that I think many people can relate to, everyone in their own way.

I really don’t know what more I can say without gushing on details and spoiling the story. But if you’re someone who enjoys young adult, romance, m/m, or just good books in general, I suggest picking this one up. It’s hard to believe this is Michael Barakiva’s first book – I certainly look forward to more!

(eGalley provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)