I had a good reading year for 2014 with some amazing books and series discoveries. Last year I also took part for the second time in the Goodreads book challenge which was fun!
I've read a variety of different books throughout the year but the biggest surprise for me was my being drawn to many contemporary-romances! Not a genre I usually head for but enjoyed nonetheless!
This year there have been adventures with dark sexy Fae, with questionable Pirates, with dynamic men from fantasy Lands, with cool guys from Rock bands... oh, and a fab book on writing thrown in for good measure! (which could be called sexy it was so good, right?).
The books I really enjoyed this year in no particular order :-
This story was recommended and I'm so glad I took a chance on it. A gritty and exciting adventure on the high seas of the 18th century Caribbean with a cast of interesting characters. This tale has a good dose of comedy but doesn't skimp on the darker details of life either. Long and epic in feel.
Bloody brilliant. I read books 1-6 in this absolutely wowing urban-fantasy series. Mackayla Lane's sister is murdered but something isn't right and she travels to Ireland where she discovers a dark and seductive paranormal world within our own. From book 3 onwards the books become much darker which was just fine with me! My favourites are book 4 and 6 though they all have scenes to remember (book 3 and the MacHalo anybody?!).
This first book in this Fantasy series had me hooked. This is like a fantasy winter Fairytale adventure - for grown-ups! It has that magical feel that just wrapped me up and the further into Finnie (our heroines) story I got it became SOOO hard to put this book down.
This is a Sci-romance and a unique story, well-crafted with intricate, deep characters. Lovely tender romance and totally realistic. Lilac and Tarver are thrown together during a titanic-esque crash where the Starliner they are travelling on leaves them stranded alive on a mysterious planet where all is not as it seems. The audiobook was a pleasure to listen too and acted/directed in a very interesting way.
Book 2 in the Fantasyland series (the first being Wildest Dreams). Set in a different country and culture to book 1 this story could easily standalone. Circe wakes up to find herself in the land of Korwahk...and about to be hunted down by warriors in their annual 'bride hunt'! It is a barbaric and harsh land and there is plenty of drama and rough love here in the Lands of the Korwahk people.
This was a big surprise for me this year and I loved the story and idea. Ellie Brauer has worked undercover to expose illegal testing and enhancement of children which has been going on for decades. This has created a new species of humans and this is their story.
I enjoyed seeing Ellie and Fury's relationship develop and how the world created is emerging. Sexy and thought-provoking.
A solid, well-written medieval novella. I loved the way the characters acted and made decisions 'of the time'. Though a novella this felt like a complete novel and threw me back to this intriguing period of England's history.
The one non-novel on my list. I Loved this. Short and informative. It doesn't tell you 'how to write' but shares tips with a fresh voice. I particularly liked the sections on time management.
Lead is book 3 in the Stage Dive series and my favourite so far (I'd recommend the others too). The series focuses on the 4 members of a Rock band and this book is about their troubled and arrogant Lead singer Jimmy Ferris and his growing attraction to the no nonsense Lena.
This is a great book. A sweet and refreshing love story told from the point of view of a young prehistoric man named Ehd. This book tells the story of Ehd and Beh - the unusual girl he finds stuck in his pit-trap! Moving and comical.
A gentle paced Paranormal-Romance/Mystery...with elemental vampires! I really liked how the story and intrigue unfolded and the gradually developing and respectful romance between our 2 main characters - young librarian Beatrice and the mysterious Giovanni.
*My favourite read of the year :- The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning*