Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year's!


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Can you believe it is another new year already? This past year flew by and with it many epic reads, debut authors, and endings to some pretty amazing series and trilogies went right along with it.

The good news is, 2015 looks like it is going to be filled with just as many amazing reads, authors, sequels, stand alone reads, and starts to new series as last year was and I am so excited for so many of them!

I am looking forward to a year filled with wonderful books, friends, blogs, and good times.

No New Year resolutions here for me this year, other than trying to get that good ole TBR pile whittled down and some of the series and books I missed out on last year (okay and lets be honest here, even from 2013 and 2012), read this year.

I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will be able to make a sizable dent in my pile this year. 


I also look forward to another year filled with fun posts, giveaways, blog tours (although not too many), comments, and of course new people, blogs, and books to discover. 


I was going to list which books I am most looking forward to this year and then realized that would make this post way entirely too long so instead I will end this with a hope that all of you have a safe  and wonderful New Years Day. 

I look forward to seeing what this new year will hold!

Now for the fun part, I thought I would post my top ten reads for the year. I do have a list of all my favorite reads HERE but this is a shorter version for you in a mix of genres. Not all of these were released in 2014, just that I read them in 2014. I surprisingly didn't give out every many 5 stars this year but the ones I did, they all deserved them. 





I am not a huge Alice in Wonderland fan, never have been but I just love this series and I can't wait to see how it all ends when Ensnared releases in a few days.

To see my full review for this, you can click on THIS link. 







This book was just amazing and blew me away with how strongly I connected with all the characters, and, this is a short read, just under 200 pages. I have already decided I will read whatever this author writes in the future because of this book. 

Full review can be found HERE





This was my first but not last read by this author and just, wow. She messed with my mind in a wonderfully dark and mixed up way and I just loved this read. Plus, contrary to popular belief with that cover, this is not erotic, not even close.  If you haven't tried this author yet, try her. Don't put her work off, it is fabulous! I have since read another of her books and loved it every bit as much as I did this one. 

Full review HERE



What can I say about this book or this author other than they are both kick butt. This isn't my go to genre but Brown completely won me over with his debut novel. Not only that but I just finished the sequel and it was even better! I am so excited to see how this trilogy ends.

Full review HERE. 





Maas is a genius and this series still continues to be one of my most favorite YA Fantasy series. I just love every single thing about it. 

If you haven't tried it yet, do it. 

Full review HERE




Sarah Fine's writing is brilliant and her Guards of Shadowlands trilogy was just pure wonderfullness. It is dark and gritty and I just adored it. The last book was by far a very satisfying conclusion to the series. 

Also, she wrote a new new series this year and I loved it every bit as much as this series so that is why her YA series Of Metal and Wishes also makes my top ten list this year. 



Full review for both of these HERE and HERE.




This is another series that I never went into thinking I would love it but yet, here I am, professing my love for it. 

This series too is slightly darker and mysterious than other series in the YA genre but it is full of fabulous and is a must read for any lover of YA, Fantasy or just having a good time.

Full review HERE




For those that don't know already, I am a huge historic buff and when you add a paranormal and modern spin on that historic, you get a book I can't refuse. This trilogy was by far my favorite ever in the genre. Harkness is a writing genius. So detailed and so much foreshadowing. I just loved it and am sad it is over. I can't wait for her to come out with something new. 

Review HERE.



This series never ceases to make me laugh, make me cry and make me furious. I love everything about it. Cecy is the master of ripping your heart out of your chest stomping on it and then doing a little jig on it for good measure. She always has a way of putting it all back together by the end and she never ceases to make you come back begging for more. It will be so sad to see this series end but I am excited that the spin off will still be set in this same world and with the rest of the Weird Sisters. 

Review can be found HERE

And I know I said I was doing my top ten but this series is a favorite and I can't not include it in the list because it too never fails to make me laugh. I love all the shenanigans Charley gets herself into and who can resist the hot sexy son of Satan to boot?


There are a ton more series and authors that should be on this list, truly but I can't be here all day listing them! But some of my favorites would also include the Kate Daniel series by Ilona Andrews, the Mythos Academy series by Jennifer Estep (which ended brilliantly!), the Elemental Assassin series also by Estep which I just started and already am in love with, the Hollows series by Kim Harrison, Rosamund Hodges Cruel Beauty, the amazing Kasie West, Deanna Raybourn, Sophie Jordan, Kimberly Derting, Robin LaFevers, Eliza Crewe, Jy N. Hensely, and...okay. I will quite now. The point is, 2014 was full of amazing books and I hope if you haven't read some of these authors that you give them a try and fall in love with them too. 

45 comments:

  1. Puddle Jumping <3 Woah, such a powerful book! I can't believe we're in 2015!! Can you believe that in less than 12 months, Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare will be released?? :D LOL! Happy New Year!!

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    1. LO you are so funny! Let the count down begin! :P

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  2. Is Book of Life the one that got made into a movie or am I confusing it with something else? Haha. All I know is that's the one that won the Goodreads Choice Award this year. I really need to read Sarah Fine's books, that's for sure. Rashika loves her, pretty much everyone loves her, and I keep hearing that her writing is bloody fantastic!

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. I don't think it has been made into to a movie yet but I really hope it does soon! You definitely need to try Fine, she is amazing!

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  3. I need to read Mud Vein. Everyone I know loves it. I bought it too, just never got to it. Great list of books.

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    1. I am so excited you bought it Jennifer, you will love it!

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  4. Happy New Year, Ali! I wish you all the best in 2015. Let's just keep all our fingers crossed for all our goals/resolutions this year. Lol.

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  5. Happy New Year and all the best for 2015

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  6. I'm reading The Dream Thieves now, and can't wait to read Blue Lily, Lily Blue. Happy New Year! :)

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    1. So excited you are starting this series E.J, Happy New Year to you and I hope you love it!

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  8. Thank you so much for this great honor. I'm completely out of my mind with joy right now!!!

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    1. Yay! So happy you saw my list. ;) You deserve it!!!

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  9. All fantastic choices! Congrats to Cecy! A Cursed Bloodline is among some greats there, and rightly so. :)

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  10. Happy New Year to you too, Ali! I think we have a great one ahead of us.
    Some of these were my favorites as well, Blue Lily and Charley especially, and I'm still looking forward to reading some others.
    Hugs!!

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  11. Happy New Year! I'm hoping to get my TBR pile down this year, too. I think this year will be the one I finally read a Sarah Fine book :)

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    1. Yay definitely try her, you won't regret it!

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  12. Thank you for the list. Now I have some books to add to my TBR list! Happy New Year.

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  13. Happy New Year! I'm so with you. Crazy it's a new one already. Hope you have a fab one. And yes working down that tbr pile. Whew boy! Here too! :D

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    1. Here is to hoping we can do it and get it down this year!

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  14. Happy New Year and what a great post. I am getting Mud Vein right now. I thought it was erotica and I am so glad to find out it was one of your faves. I hope to make a big dent in my TBR pile - I'm listing to a lot me books that I've wanted to get to for a long time on audio, which has been really enjoyable to.

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    1. I really do need to get into audio, I just know I would get more read as well if I did.

      Happy New Year Ellen!

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  15. Happy New Year and good luck whittling down your TBR pile.

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  16. The only one of these that I've read is Unhinged, but I've heard amazing things about all of these!! There are so many good books to read!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. It is amazing how many wonderful books were out last year.

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  17. Happy 2015!!! Definitely have to look into some of these books. A Cursed Bloodline especially looks good :D

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  18. Happy New Year to you too! There will be no resolutions for me either. Your list ... Half the books I read and agree with you, and the rest I want to read.

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    1. You will love them all, I am sure of it. :)

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  19. Happy New Year! There are so many series that I really want to read- most that I never even started, but with so many of them ending (especially with the trilogies), it's about time. I need to read Sarah Fine's Guards trilogy, I'm currently on Scarlet by Marissa Meyer and need to read Cress (so I'll be caught up at least), as well as many, many more.

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    1. I know! I have so many trilogies I need to finish it is shameful.

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  20. Happy new year! :D

    I've read Splintered, but for some reason I haven't found the mood to read Unhinged. Maybe I'll binge-read when Ensnared comes out! :)

    I don't love Maas' books, but her series has been improving and I'm enjoying her writing style! Can't wait for Throne of Glass #4 for more Rowan. ;)

    I also need to read from Sarah Fine ASAP. Rashika's loved her books, so that gives me another reason to want to read them!

    Happy new year again, girl! I hope 2015 treats you well. <3

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    1. Definitely read Fine ASAP, she is amazing.

      And I agree, I want more Rowan as well in the next Maas book!

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  21. I have Maggie Stiefvater's Raven Cycle boys series on my TBR for this year. I keep hearing so many great things! Happy New Year!

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    1. I hope you try it and love it too! The writing is different but in a really good way!

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  22. So happy to see so many of my favorites on your list and a few are in my tbr pile. Happy New Year Ali. Thank you for being my # one commentor in 2014. for the second year in a row!! Love ya sweetie!

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  23. This year did go crazy fast, especially the last half! Yeah, I don't make resolutions as much as set goals. I just got Splintered and I was wondering if I should get Unhinged since it's on sale for 1.99 today. Red Rising really surprised me too. I'm still not sure what to think. lol is is so hard to pick favorite books! Happy New Years! :)

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    1. You should while it is one sale, it is a great deal!

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