Best Books I’ve Read in 2014

Posted December 22, 2014 by Carmel in Miscellaneous / 115 Comments


Another year has come and gone which means that it’s time to participate in Two Chicks On Books, Reading YA Rocks, Magical Urban Fantasy Reads and Tales of a Ravenous Reader annual TOP 10 OF 2014 week long meme. Not only do I love lists but these posts are easy to put together and schedule during the holidays so that I can spend time with my family. Enjoy!

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10. The Given by Vicki Pettersson

This was by far my favourite installment in this trilogy; Vicki Pettersson sure knows how to go out with a bang! If you’re in the mood for something a bit different, give this supernatural noir mystery series a whirl. My Review
09. Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

It’s always difficult saying goodbye to characters who have been a constant presence in your life for years, but it was especially tough where Cat & Bones were concerned. Frost did a top notch job of ending their story though! My Review
08. Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

I can’t recommend this series enough! If you haven’t discovered Kate & Curran yet I only have one thing to say to you: WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU WAITING FOR?? Renée Raudman’s audiobook narration is equally kick ass. You can’t lose! My Review
07. Visions by Kelley Armstrong

I wasn’t sold on these novels at first, but Armstrong delivered a stellar follow-up installment which makes all things CAINSVILLE a must read. She’s my favourite Urban Fantasy author AND she’s Canadian, so one-click this already! My Review
06. A Secret to Die For by Sierra Dean

2014 was the year of UF series finales, and I’m really going to miss SECRET MCQUEEN and all of the wonderful secondary characters that make up Sierra Dean’s universe. However, as far as send offs go, this one was a monster WIN! My Review
05. Endless Knight by Kresley Cole

YA has been making a comeback on my TBR, and that’s in large part thanks to these books. This was also my first Dystopian EVER, so I have a pretty high opinion of this genre at the moment. Yes, there’s a love triangle, and yes, it’s still awesome. My Review
04. Black Widow by Jennifer Estep

Estep’s ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN series receives 5-star reviews from me on a regular basis, but this latest one was truly remarkable. The author pulled out all of the stops, and it read like Gin Blanco’s last hurrah, but it’s NOT. YAY! My Review
03. Evernight by Kristen Callihan

DARKEST LONDON consistently wows me at every turn; I’ve loved everything that Callihan has written in this world. Her style is in a league all of its own, and every novel is vastly different from its predecessor which is no easy feat. My Review
02. Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

I managed to squeeze in a decent amount of titles from my someday pile this year, and last but definitely not least was Briggs’ ALPHA & OMEGA. I inhaled all 3 books in record time, however this first one was definitely my favourite. My Review
01. Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop

I hope you aren’t sick of me singing this series’ praises yet, but Anne Bishop’s writing really is that good. There’s a reason why this novel has nearly 300 5-star reviews on Amazon. It’s fan-freaking-tastic! My Review

What were your top reads of 2014?

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115 responses to “Best Books I’ve Read in 2014

  1. Hi Carmel!
    Many top reads for me in 2014, but of course my favourite was “The Getaway God” by Richard Kadrey, continuing his Sandman Slim series. You’ve made some great picks on this list, and everyone’s been raving about the new Anne Bishop series so I think I’ll be adding this one to my TBR because it sounds fabulous, and I greatly enjoyed her jewels of the blood series previously. Have a happy, safe, and fun holiday!

    • It took me soooo long to narrow my top 10 down, you have no idea! We were allowed honourable mentions too, but then my list would go on forever, so I said screw it. Walk away, Carmel.

    • At least you’ve read Written in Red, so you’re halfway there. Ilona Andrews’ series is FABULOUS in audio; I’m listening to Burn for Me right now. Trying to hit 50 for this year’s challenge before the end of the month.

    • Save those tears for later this week because there are four more of these posts on the way. Hehe! Black Widow was one of Estep’s best EA installments IMO. ENJOY!

  2. That’s a pretty impressive list! I have a couple of those (Black Widow & Magic Breaks) are on my list as well. Since I’ve started audiobooks this year, I made two lists – reads and listens. My reads tend to be published in 2014, but the listens tend to be pre-2014 and felt that they deserved their own category!

    Looking forward to sharing 2015 with you and seeing what you find next!
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    • Audiobooks are a great way to catch-up on some of the series that have been on your TBR forever. That’s mostly what I use them for aside from the odd MUST listen that I hold out for. Seems like we’ve been on the same audio path lately; first Briggs’ Alpha & Omega novels, and now Burn for Me.

    • You’ll have your hands full with Estep & Andrews’ series, but they are well worth your time, so it’s all good. I’ll be sure to check out your list tomorrow. 🙂

    • I didn’t think you were participating in the top 10 of 2014, but then again it’s been a while since I last glanced at the host linky. Unless you’re doing your own list, that works too!

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    Commentreat list Carmel. I have a lot of 10 star reviews on my list for 2014, at least half of those are re-reads, so not counting them. I really have to mention Jean Johnson – Theirs not to reason why series. It is amazing.
    I am not up to date on some of the series you mention, but I have to agree with Patricia Briggs and of course Anne Bishop. I so look forward to book 3!

    • This list doesn’t have to be just 2014 titles, anything goes! As a general rule, I read more new releases than oldies, however I did pretty good this year on that front compared to usual.

    • Oooh, thanks for letting me know! I actually recognize the Twitter handle, so I totally thought it was someone else. Stupid CommentLuv playing tricks on me again…

    • I was first introduced to Callihan’s writing by another blogger, and ever since I just can’t stop reading ’em. Every single novel in that series has received 5-stars from me.

  4. That’s a great list. I think a couple of the books that really stuck with me this year are.. Dark Wolf by Christine Feehan, Wild Wolf by Jennifer Ashley, Rule Breaker by Lora Leigh, How To Seduce A Vampire Without Really Trying by Kerrelyn Sparks and Wulfe Untamed by Pamela Palmer.
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    • Wild Wolf will be on tomorrow’s list; I tried not to feature too many titles more than once, but it was tough. I enjoyed Pamela Palmer’s Vamp City novels, her Feral Warriors are still on my wishlist.

    • That’s a good starting point, many of them are fairly long though, so you might be at it for a while. Oh well, it’s a burden you’ll just have to bear.

    • If Bishop published an Other novels over the course of any given year, it automatically trumps all other books IMO. It’s no contest! Glad we’re on the same page. Hehe!

    • I got a little broken up over having to say goodbye to Cat & Bones this year, but Frost gave them a great HEA. I’m surprised that you’ve managed to hold out for 12 months!

  5. Visions!!! God I love that book. The Cainsville series is my new “must have” Kelley series. Olivia is such a great heroine and Gabriel has only grown on me since book one. Apparently the hero of her Nadia Stafford series is similar to Gabriel…so I’m gonna need to read that ASAP. 😉 Written in Red is going to be one of my upcoming reads for sure! I have a week of vacation time coming up and I’m sensing a major book binge is imminent.
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    • I haven’t gotten around to tackling her Nadia Stafford novels yet, but I finished one of her YA trilogies this year, so that’s progress. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Written in Red!

  6. YESSS to Murder of Crows, I think I’ve seen it as the best book on Joyous Reads and Not So Literary Heiresses as well and it makes me so proud I can say it’s on my list too! I love all of your recommendations, it makes me really miss being heavily into UF books and I aim to get into a few more of these series next year, especially the Ilona Andrews one. Great list lovely!
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  7. I’m not sure about the Celestial Blues, sounds weird. It really was a year of finales, wow! I read my first dystopian this year too. I’d marked the Arcana Chronicles as a not to read, but I might have to change that since it ranked so highly for you. (I was afraid of the zombies.) It is amazing how many people loved murder of crows, okay I have to read that too! Great list! 🙂

    • The Arcana Chronicles is NOT a zombie series; they are just part of the world, but never the focal point. Pettersson’s trilogy was indeed weird, however that was part of its charm!