Now 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
The 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: Captive Prince: Volume Two
Author: C.S. Pacat
Published: May 22, 2012
Publisher: C.S. Pacat (rereleased by Berkley Books)
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The intrigue, the tension, and the stakes are all intensified in the second volume of the Captive Prince series. Damen is still enslaved to Prince Laurent and has managed to keep his true identity–that of crown prince of the neighboring kingdom and the one who slayed Laurent’s brother in battle–a secret. But Damen still hasn’t given up the hope of returning home and reclaiming his rightful place on the throne.
When Laurent’s uncle, the Regent, begins to move against him, however, Damen and Laurent find themselves force to move from the castle and instead to the country’s borders. But faced with potential battles, Damen cannot hide his own skill and prowess. And although he might be able to strike a tense peace with his master, will he be able to keep the truth of his identity a secret until he can earn his freedom?
Everything about this book is amazing. The story builds in an almost incredible way, with every single element of the plot seeming to be part of a perfect mathematical equation. C.S. Pacat proves to be a masterful storyteller and there were times when I was literally on the edge of my seat while reading this one.
Be warned, though, this one builds to an incredible cliffhanger finale that you may not see coming and that will leave you screaming out loud for the final book in this trilogy…