TOP 10 OF 2014: Best Books I’ve Read in 2014




Today begins the week of looking back so let's begin with the BEST BOOKS I'VE READ IN 2014 as previously posted (Doesn’t have to be released in 2014, just a book you’ve read in 2014).

This list was not an easy one for because I had a bit of a change in direction of my reading preferences and I began to read quite a bit of New Adult reads. This change has caused my reading library to expand like crazy and so this list was the most challenging to narrow down.

Make sure to stop by tomorrow to see what my favorite book covers of 2014 are.

1. SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Katja Millay
This book....ahhh this book invaded by heart and soul and I could not stop thinking about it long after finished reading it. Two broken people that become whole by being together. Beautifully brutal with an extraordinary cast of unforgettable characters.

2. THE BOOK OF LIFE by Deborah Harkness
This novel was simple breathtaking with all loose ends coming together and tying up in such a manner that I did not want this book to end. Such a fantastic and brilliant ending to a fascinating series.

3. I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson
Jandy is one of my favorite writers because she can illicit feelings in me that I did not know I even had. This novel made me ugly cry like you would not believe but it is so beautifully executed that you will want to read it again and again.

4. THE KISS OF DECEPTION by Mary E. Pearson
This novel had me completely ensnared from the very beginning and I could not put it down. The who, what, who mystery of this read was pure genius and I loved how I could not guess it correctly.

5. RULE by Jay Crowover
One of my very first reads in the New Adult genre and I was completely hooked. This great read of book candy made me so happy that I quickly devoured the rest in the series and I found a new author to fangirl over.

6. ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Stephanie Perkins
This novel took years in the making and I was not dissappointed, in fact it exceeded my expectations. It was filled with romance and such longing that my heart still aches with it.

7. UGLY LOVE by Collen Hoover
More like ugly cry over a storyline that frustrated me and broke me in equal measure. Initially I thought I would not enjoy it but i was so sucked into it that I almost suffocated on the amount of tissue I used.

8. IN HER WAKE by K.A. Tucker
Ugly cry to end all ugly cry reads. This novel broke me down like no other and although it is the prequel novella to Ten Tiny Breaths I would HIGHLY suggest reading it after Ten Tiny Breaths otherwise you might not move forward. I know that it sounds strange but this novel is so dark, so very brutal that I literally will rob you of the will to move forward but it is because you know what happens in Ten Tiny Breaths that you are allowed to go on. 

9. JACKABY by William Ritter
I adored this book because of the unique element that gives this quirky novel it's edge. A sherlock holmesish style of read with a paranormal edge that I am constantly told is very Dr. Whoish...not that I know what that means but I take it to be a good thing.

10. IN THE AFTERLIGHT by Alexandra Braken
I held off on reading this series until some good friends insisted that I give it a try and I finally finished the last novel today and I must say that It was brilliant with this last novel making me happy.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

JUST ONE NIGHT by Gayle Forman
This series was so good but the ending on Just One Year just about killed me so when this lovely novella gave me everything I wanted I think I went into a book coma of happiness.

LICK by Kylie Scott
A sexy rocker and one night forgotten that leads to marriage....um yes I would love some more please and Kylie Scott gives you such an adventure that you cannot help but fall in love with all of the members of this band.

GATHERING DARKNESS by Morgan Rhodes
This novel had me glued to ever page and made me fall in love with fantasy reads all over again. More please

CRASHED by K. Bromberg
I read all three novels back to back and was HOOKED....so hooked that I literally did nothing but stay in bed all day devouring them. Although book two made me crazy I am glad to say that this novel made wickedly happy.

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Day 1: Best Books I've Read in 2014

Upcoming SF Bay Area YA Book Events for 2015


OH MY, OH MY! THE NEXT FEW MONTHS AHEAD ARE LOADED WITH AMAZING YA BOOK EVENTS IN OUR LOVELY SF BAY AREA.  PLEASE CHECK OUT ALL THESE GREAT EVENTS AND PRIOR TO ATTENDING ANY OF THEM PLEASE VERIFY THAT THEY ARE STILL HAPPENING (sometimes they get cancelled or change times). SOME EVENTS ARE TICKETED AND IF YOU PLAN ON ATTENDING PLEASE GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY SO YOU DON'T MISS OUT.


2015
JANUARY

STACEY JAY
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Friday, January 2 @ 7pm

KATIE COYLE LAUNCH PARTY!
Books Inc. in San Francisco
Tuesday, January 6 @ 7pm

JENNIFER NIVEN
A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland
Wednesday, January 7 @ 7pm

JENNIFER NIVEN
Books Inc. in Palo Alto
Thursday, January 8 @ 7pm

BRANDON SANDERSON

Barnes and Noble in El Cerrito
Saturday, January 17 @ 4pm

JOELLE CHARBONNEAU
Books Inc. in San Francisco
Wednesday, January 28 @ 7pm

FEBRUARY


LUNAR BALL with MARISSA MEYER
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Tuesday, February 3 @ 7 pm

Purchase tickets HERE

COURTNEY ALAMEDA Book Launch
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Thursday, February 5 @ 7pm


LISA MCMANN
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Friday, February 6 @ 7pm


RICHELLE MEAD
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Tuesday, February 10 @ 7pm
Purchase tickets HERE


MAUREEN JOHNSON
Books Inc. in San Francisco
Sunday, February 15 @ 6pm

JESSICA BRODY
A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland
Wednesday, February 25 @ 7pm


MARCH
 
YA Group Tour featuring SETH FISHMAN, MAGGIE HALL, RACHEL HAWKINS JESSICA KHOURY AND MORGAN RHODES
A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland
Monday, March 9 @ 7pm


AUGUST

SF GOLDEN GATE AUTHOR EVENT
YA/NA and Adult author event
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway
1500 Van Ness Avenue| San Francisco, CA 94109
415-447-3021  Saturday, August 8 11:30-4pm
Purchase tickets HERE
 

Today I have the most amazing opportunity for my fellow fantasy book lovers. GATHERING DARKNESS the third novel in Morgan Rhodes Falling Kingdoms series has been released earlier this month and if you have not had a chance to read them then you are in luck and if you have then you simply cannot pass on this giveaway of coolness. AIM FOR YOUR ENEMIES with a custom Falling Kingdoms dart board plus copies of Falling Kingdoms, Rebel Spring and Gathering Darkness.

GATHERING DARKNESS
Book 3 in The Falling Kingdoms series
by Morgan Rhodes
In stores December 9th



ABOUT GATHERING DARKNESS
The seeds of revolution have been sown…but in Mytica the lust for power reigns supreme.

THE REBELS forge ahead. Princess Cleo slays with sweetness—and a secret that might control Lucia’s magic—as she and vengeful Jonas lead the hunt for the all-powerful Kindred.

THE KRAESHIANS join the fray. Ashur and Amara, the royal siblings from the vast kingdom across the Silver Sea, prove to be just as ruthless as they are charming as they manipulate their way to victory.

THE WATCHERS follow Melenia out of the Sanctuary. They ally, in the flesh, with King Gaius, who vows to use Lucia’s powers to unveil the Kindred.

And which side will Prince Magnus choose, now that he’s been betrayed by everyone he’s ever loved?


SERIES OVERVIEW
In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed…and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even love.

In AURANOS, privileged Princess Cleo is forced to confront violence for the first time in her life when a shocking murder sets her kingdom on a path to collapse.

In LIMEROS, the king’s son, Magnus, must plan each footstep with shrewd, sharp guile if he is to earn his powerful father’s trust, while his sister, Lucia, discovers a terrifying family secret about her birth that will change everything.

In PAELSIA, rebellious Jonas lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished—and finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Witches, if four, are put to death, and Watchers, immortal beings who take the shape of hawks to visit the human world, have been almost entirely forgotten. A vicious power struggle quickly escalates to war, and these four young people collide against each other and the rise of elementia, the magic that can topple kingdoms and crown a ruler in the same day.

 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Morgan Rhodes is the New York Times bestselling author of the FALLING KINGDOMS series. As a child, she always wanted to be a princess—the kind that knows how to wield a sharp sword to help save both kingdoms and princes from fire-breathing dragons and dark wizards. Instead, she became a writer, which is just as good and much less dangerous. Along with writing, Morgan enjoys photography, travel, and reality TV, and is an extremely picky yet voracious reader of all kinds of books.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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AIM FOR YOUR ENEMIES GIVEAWAY

One (1) winner receives:
·         Falling Kingdoms dartboard;
·         plus copies of Falling Kingdoms, Rebel Spring and Gathering Darkness.


Prizing & samples courtesy of Penguin Young Readers
Giveaway open to US addresses only
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BOOK COVER REVEAL: ASA by JAY CROWNOVER


We are so excited about the cover reveal for Jay Crownover's ASA! ASA is the sixth and final book in Jay's Marked Men Series, published by HarperCollins. Check out the hot cover and don't forget to pre-order your copy today!

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About ASA: Starting over in Denver with a whole new circle of friends and family, Asa Cross struggles with being the man he knows everyone wants him to be and the man he knows he really is. A leopard doesn’t it change its spots and Asa has always been a predator. He doesn’t want to hurt those who love and rely on him, especially one stunning arresting cop who suddenly seems to be interested in him for far more than his penchant for breaking the law. But letting go of old habits is hard, and it’s easy to hit bottom when it’s the place you know best. Royal Hastings is quickly learning what the bottom looks like after a tragic situation at work threatens not only her career but her partner’s life. As a woman who has only ever had a few real friends she’s trying to muddle through her confusion and devastation all alone. Except she can’t stop thinking about the sexy southern bartender she locked up. Crushing on Asa is the last thing she needs but his allure is too strong to resist. His long criminal record can only hurt her already shaky career and chasing after a guy who has no respect for the law or himself can only end in heartbreak. A longtime criminal and a cop together just seems so wrong . . . but for Asa and Royal, being wrong together is the only right choice to make.
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And don’t miss the previous books in The Marked Men Series!

RULE

JET

ROME

NASH

ROWDY

And don't miss Jay at 3pm EST over at the Between The Covers page on Facebook today! Come chat with her!

Jay CrownoverAbout Jay Crownover: Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She will also be introducing the dark and sexy world of The Point in a new series this summer starting with Better When He’s Bad. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she'll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.      

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INSPIRE Blog Tour: REVIEW + MORE


Thank you for stopping by today on my tour stop for Cora Carmack's INSPIRE blog Tour. I am beyond INSPIREd by participating in this tour and telling you that Cora has done it again with this engaging read. Please check out my review for INSPIRE and follow the other blogs on this tour and if you have not purchased INSPIRE yet then what are you waiting for? Make sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post and Good Luck!

About INSPIRE:



Kalliope lives with one purpose.

To inspire.

As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.

Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.

Her presence may inspire genius.

But it breeds madness, too.


My Thoughts:

I am a huge fan of Cora Carmack and when I was given the opportunity to partake in her INSPIRE tour then I jumped at the chance because I knew I was going to witness something fun and amazing. I am more than pleased to say that Cora did not disappoint and she has sealed me as a forever fan girl (FFG) with this engaging new read.




Blog Tour Schedule:
 Cora Carmack’s INSPIRE Blog Tour Schedule:
December 15th
Smart & Savvy with Stephanie – Review & Character Interview





The Book Cellar – Guest Post


December 16th

Lost in Lit – Review & Character Interview-Kallie and Wilder


NC 2 DC – Review

The Cover Contessa – Review




December 17th

K-Books – Review




Romance Addict Book Blog – Dreamcast


December 18th
Author Groupies – Review

Booklovers For Life – Review




Ficwishes – Review

December 19th

Worn Down Glories – Excerpt

Jen in Bookland – Review

Vi3tbabe – Review

Ticket to Anywhere – Guest Post

December 20th
Four Chicks Flipping Pages Review & Playlist


Watcha Reading – Character Interview-Lennox


December 21st

The Shadow Realm – Review

Nose Stuck in a Book – Author Interview

StuckInBooks – Review


December 22nd
Anna's Book Blog – Excerpt

Lovin' Los Libros – Review


shelf life – Review




December 23rd
Stuck In YA Books – Review & Guest Post

LuLo Fangirl – Review

Give Me Books – Review


Step Into Fiction – Review



December 24th
Grown Up Book Reviews / Mundie Moms – Review & Author Interview



Wendi Galbreath – Review


Cocktails and Books – Review



Buy Links: (Amazon and B&N coming soon!)

About Cora Carmack:
Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

Links:
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Release Day Launch: INSPIRE by Cora Carmack

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We are so incredibly excited to be able to bring you the Release Day Launch for Cora Carmack's INSPIRE! INSPIRE is a New Adult Paranormal Romance novel and the first book in her new Muse Series!! Holy canoli, y'all. Go out and get this today!

Inspire
 

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo

About INSPIRE: Kalliope lives with one purpose. To inspire. As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real. Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal. Her presence may inspire genius. But it breeds madness, too.

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Excerpt: I can feel Wilder’s breath against my lips. More than that, I can see it. The sun has set and the temperature has dropped, and air fogs between us. There’s something about actually seeing it, like our lips are touching, we are touching, despite the distance between. And as we sway from side to side, my heart gradually begins to pick up speed. The strains of guitar music flowing out from the restaurant are nearly indecipherable over the heavy heartbeat in my ears. But Wilder must hear it. His hands are strong on my body, guiding my movements, and I’m practically clay in his palms. We dance, eyes on eyes, lips nearly on lips, and there is lightning beneath my skin each time his body brushes against mine in a new way. His touch is firm, but gentle, never pushing or pressuring, though I can tell from the dark look in his eyes that he’s just as affected as I am. The music shifts, building to a crescendo, and he spins us. My chest pushes tight against his, and I bite back a gasp. I don’t know if it’s the cold or him or some combination of both, but the tips of my breasts are painfully tight. Just the pressure of my bra is enough to rub them raw. I remember the night at his apartment, the way he’d taken his time learning my body. I think of the heat of his mouth on my skin, and the memory alone is enough to make me shiver and clench. He’s back to being business, grown-up Wilder tonight in his button down and glasses. Only now that I know him, it doesn’t seem like such a stark difference. He is neither the straight-laced man nor the tattooed bad boy. Or perhaps he’s both. Regardless of what he’s wearing, Wilder is caring and loyal and strong and so sexy that I’m having trouble remembering why I shouldn’t push him into the backseat of his SUV and crawl on top of him.

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About Cora Carmack: Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.      

Website ** Twitter ** Facebook ** Author Goodreads ** INSPIRE Goodreads

 
 

REMINDER: TOP 10 OF 2014





Hey everyone! Just thought I'd post a reminder to everyone who's signed up that Top 10 of 2014 starts on Monday, December 22nd!  Don't worry if you haven't signed up yet, you still have time. Keep reading for a link where you can sign up today.



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Monday, December 23rd - Best Books I've Read in 2014 (Doesn't have to be released in 2014, just a book you've read in 2014)
Tuesday, December 24th - Best Book Covers of 2014 (MUST be a book released in 2014. Would be best if it's a book you've READ in 2014, but it's not required)
Wednesday, December 25th - Best ________ Of 2014 (Readers/Bloggers choice. Please fill in the blank with ONE or more of these topics - Villains, Contemporaries, Dual POV's, Novellas, Adult titles, New Adult titles, Love Triangles, Couples, Bad Boys or Debuts. REMEMBER - this list MUST be from books you've READ in 2014)
Thursday, December 26th - Best Book Boyfriends of 2014 (MUST be from a book released in 2014 and from a book you've READ in 2014)
Friday, December 27th - Top 10 Books I'm looking forward to in 2015. (This list should be comprised of books released ONLY in 2015)

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Upcoming YA Bay Area Book Events

I have compiled all the SF, bay area YA and NA events in this section. If you know of any events that I have failed to post, please let me know. Also, please keep in mind that some events may change and it is best to verify all events prior to attendance.

2015

JANUARY

STACEY JAY
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Friday, January 2 @ 7pm

KATIE COYLE LAUNCH PARTY!
Books Inc. in San Francisco
Tuesday, January 6 @ 7pm

JENNIFER NIVEN
A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland
Wednesday, January 7 @ 7pm

JENNIFER NIVEN
Books Inc. in Palo Alto
Thursday, January 8 @ 7pm

BRANDON SANDERSON

Barnes and Noble in El Cerrito
Saturday, January 17 @ 4pm

JOELLE CHARBONNEAU
Books Inc. in San Francisco
Wednesday, January 28 @ 7pm

FEBRUARY


LUNAR BALL with MARISSA MEYER
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Tuesday, February 3 @ 7 pm

Purchase tickets HERE

COURTNEY ALAMEDA Book Launch
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Thursday, February 5 @ 7pm


LISA MCMANN
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Friday, February 6 @ 7pm


RICHELLE MEAD
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Tuesday, February 10 @ 7pm
Purchase tickets HERE

MAUREEN JOHNSON
Books Inc. in San Francisco
Sunday, February 15 @ 6pm

JESSICA BRODY
A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland
Wednesday, February 25 @ 7pm

YA Group Tour featuring SETH FISHMAN, MAGGIE HALL, RACHEL HAWKINS JESSICA KHOURY AND MORGAN RHODES
A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland
Monday, March 9 @ 7pm

...and lots more events are coming. I am so excited but cannot share them yet :) Stay Tuned!!

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