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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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Snowcroft Lost by Christi Snow

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Title: Snowcroft Lost (Snowcroft Men, Book 1)
Author: Christi Snow
Published: March 19, 2014
Publisher: Christi Snow
Pages: 295

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Review:
Is it too inarticulate to review this book by simply saying “Dang”? Because that was definitely the word that was on my mind when I finished the last page. I’ve read over a hundred books already this year and this one is definitely high up on the list of the best ones I’ve read. Not meaning to make an over pun on the title, but the world that Christi Snow has created here makes it very easy to get lost in Snowcroft. The characters are dynamic and very well-written – and I found myself both cheering and aching for Jamie and Trevor so many times throughout the book. Even though I had my suspicions about who was behind the crimes that Trevor was investigating before his amnesia set in, I can honestly say I had not pinned down all of the ways things unfolded. For me, that’s a hallmark of a great mystery and so rarely do I read something where I don’t have it all figure out before the ‘big reveal’.

Highly, highly recommend this one. And I’m certainly looking forward to further installments in this series – both because I want to read more from this author and also because I can’t wait to go back to Snowcroft and spend time with the men who live there…

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