2014 Wrap-Up: Best Books/Series I've Read
TOP 15 BOOKS/SERIES I'VE READ IN 2014
By doing a lot, and potentially embarrassing, fangirling.
Wow. Just wow. I can't believe someone could pack as much high fantasy goodness into a book whose length can be categorized as novella-sized. But someone did and that someone is Intisar Khanani. Show, not tell, was at play here and the descriptions and peeks into the culture and locations that makes Sunbolt tick made me feel I was there. I would normally be frustrated for it being short and I would normally say that That's it? but Sunbolt was just awesome and I was content.
I didn't expect to like Lichgates. It has been with me for so long that I didn't remember I had it. But I had and I read it out of - well, not out of curiosity but it caught my attention that day and actually added it to my book queue for the week.
The power play, the politics, the betrayal!
Seraphina is one of those books that best embodies the fundamental rule when telling a fantasy: show, don't tell.
The world building is fantastic, detailed and rich. Rachel Hartman's story-telling lets me immerse myself in Seraphina's world with the ease of an artist painting the landscape of his dreams.
THE SEQUEL, GIVE IT TO ME!!!
11. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
12. Forest of Whispers by Jennifer Murgia
14. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
15. Winterspell by Claire Legrand
I must say this was a great reading year! And 2015 has good books and anticipated sequels coming out!
I never thought I could like Shatter Me. I avoided it like the plague; partly because it was causing a mania among the blogging community and because I was like What the hell is this? But, apparently, I was wrong. I really liked it in spite of the weirdness in the first half, you know, the writing. I could probably say that there was something unique about this story.
There was. However, I couldn’t help but thought about XMEN. If anybody asks, my powers would be telekinesis and teleportation.
It was sublime, surreal and timeless feel to the storytelling. These traits are what set apart Forest of Whispers, removed from the usual bustle of young adult fantasy and placed on a separate unique place.
That was perhaps one of the most beautiful and the saddest endings I have ever read, especially the part where Liam was telling the "amazing story of us". I could have cried then. It was utterly, utterly perfect. And then, Ruby's decision. I asked myself if I'd be as brave as she was or would I be selfish.
My first question after reading the last word was: Will there be a sequel? Or perhaps a glimpse of what happened after Clara stepped through?
I was not so sure about this even after gushing about my excitement in a WoW post. I mean, it's a fairy tale retelling of some sort and though I adore them (the fairy tale retellings, that is), there is always a doubt in some part of my mind: Would it tear apart the original or would it go beyond and shine?
Thank goodness it was the latter for Winterspell. I should say that this was not a merely a retelling but a wholly new, wonderful, awesome story.