Top 10 Tuesday 32. Best books of 2014.


Today I'm going to cheat like I do with almost every list. I will share you my top 12 favorite books from 2014 so far. This list is a mixture of different genres, but mainly consist of fantasy books. There is also a very rare contemporary book and a historical one, so there is something for everyone. 

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Kristin Cashore – Graceling. The first book in a series about people with a special gift: a grace. Katsa is graced with killing. Together with Prince Po she travels to find out the truth behind his grandfather’s kidnapping. REVIEW: Graceling.

Rosamund Hodge – Cruel beauty. An epic mythology tale with roots in Beauty and the beast. It has flawed characters and an amazing world-building. REVIEW: Cruel beauty.

Danielle L. Jensen – Stolen songbird. A fantasy set in the world of Trolls! A cute, slow-developing romance with banter an a strong protagonist. REVIEW: Stolen songbird.

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Maggie Stiefvater – The raven boys & The dream thieves. Sarcastic MC, colourful characters and an interesting mystery around a ley line. REVIEW: The raven boys.

Anne Blankman – Prisoner of night and fog. A historical story set in the time where Hitler is starting to gain power. It’s about his niece Gretchen and her search for the truth behind her father’s death. REVIEW: Prisoner of night and fog.

A.C Gaughen – Lady Thief. I fell in love with Scarlet and Lady Thief is perhaps even better! It’s a retelling of Robin Hood, filled with a fantastic romance and a feisty heroin. REVIEW: Scarlet.

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Alison Goodman – Eon. Dragons. Do I need to say more?

Susan Ee – Angelfall. Forget everything about Angels you think you know. This is a bloody, terrifying world.

Sarah J. Maas – The assassin’s blade. I’m a huge fan of the Throne of glass series. These are by far the best novella’s I’ve read. REVIEW: Throne of glass. REVIEW: The assassin’s blade. REVIEW: Crown of midnight.

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Cat Winters – In the shadow of blackbirds. A creepy tale about the Spanish flu, ghosts and spirit photographs (which are included as pictures in the book!)

Elizabeth May – The falconer. HORRIBLE ENDING. I need more! Great tale about a girl who hunts fairies to find the one who killed her mother. Banter, great love-interest and action.

Cammie McGovern – Say what you will. A beautiful story about two teenagers who have to deal with their own struggles in their daily life. REVIEW: Say what you will.

Also a special shout-out to my re-read of Rae Carson – The girl of fire and thorns & The crown of Embers. I’m reading The bitter kingdom for the first time now and I’m so in love with this series.

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  1. EEEP. I'm so glad that Angelfall, The Raven Boys, Lady Thief and The Assassin's Blade are on your list!

    Also, I need to read Say What You Will this summer. In short, I need to read EVERYTHING on your list because it all sounds great.

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  2. Such a good list!!!! I've read about half of these and the rest are on the top of my TBR pile. I
    Completely agree with you about the Assassin's Blade. The novellas are so good!! I like how there are technically five different stories but they read like one big book.
    I also agree with Lady Thief. So much goodness in one book!!! I can't wait until the third book comes out!

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    1. I think that's why I love the novella's too. They make this one, espic story :)

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  3. I still need to read The Bitter Kingdom. I plan to re-read the first two books myself. And I'm SO glad to hear you loved Eon. Eona is even better! :) The Raven Boys, In the Shadow of Blackbirds, Angelfall and Lady Thief... so many of my own favourites. Love your list, Mel!

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    1. I re-read the first two too and I just finished The bitter kingdom. It's SO good I'm in a book hanger-over now.

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  4. Graceling is one of my hands-down favorite books of all time. I really need to re-read it this year! I also loved Cruel Beauty! High five on cheating like I did - there's no way to narrow it down to just 10! :)

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  5. What a great list! Most of these are on my TBR pile, and I'm super excited for Cashore, Stiefvater, Gaughen and Goodman. Ee, too, heard so many great things. :)
    Happy reading!

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  6. YAY :D So many amazing books sweetie. <3 I loved so many of these as well. My favorite will always be Graceling, though. <3 Sigh. So good :) Awesome list Mel. Thank you for sharing :D

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  7. Great books! Say What You Will is on the way to me now. I can't wait to read it and it looks like I've made a good choice buying it! I've got In the Shadow of Blackbirds on my shelf as well. I can't wait to read it! I will definitely check out the rest of the books!

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  8. Prisoner of Night and Fog, Cruel Beauty and Graceling all made it onto my list too :) The Assassin's Blade so nearly made it too.

    I've got Stolen Songbird, Eon and the Rae Carson books on my TBR list too, so I'm glad you enjoyed them so much!

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  9. Wheeee!!! You have read so many amazing books based on the reviews I've seen by you and other people, plus you loved one of my all time favorites--The Raven Boys. So excited to explore The Assassin's Blade, Angelfall, Scarlet, Cruel Beauty & Graceling. Such a great list, Mel!

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    1. You have some good books waiting for you :D

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  10. Yay for Eon! I don't see that one mentioned very often. That's a favorite of mine! Graceling and Angelfall are too. :) Stolen Songbird is a recent edition to my bookshelf, so I'm happy to see that on your list. I'll be reading Say What You Will soon. It looks like a good read!

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  11. OMG! I FORGOT TO READ THE ASSASSIN'S BLADE. What is wrong with my head!? I only wanted to wait until I wrote my review for the second book and then start right after but somehow... *starts reading*

    And SO MANY books I want: Scarlet+Lady Thief, Eon,The Falconer, In the Shadow of Blackbirds and Stolen Songbird! I just want all fantasy books :D

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  12. Wow! What a fabulous list! So many great books on there! I absolutely loved Say What You Will, Angelfall and Prisoner of Night and Fog as well, so I'm glad you enjoyed them as well! Thanks for sharing Mel! <3

    ~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

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  13. OOOh nice! LOVED Angelfall and Cruel Beauty too! Keep thinking about the Stolen Songbird, might have to break soon!

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  14. Nice picks. I haven't read many of these, only Cruel Beauty actually, but I have so many of these on my TBR list. The ones I am the most eager to get to are The Falconer, Raven Boys and I need to start the Throne of Glass series.

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  15. I've got The Assassin's Blade on my list as well! Definitely one of the best novella collections I've ever read. I've never heard of Eon before, but DRAGONS. There are so few YA novels I've read focusing on them; I just have to read this series now :D

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    1. And most of the dragon books are lame. This one rocks!

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  16. I haven't read most of these books, but happy to see that Prisoner of Night and Fog and Angelfall made your list! Have you read World After? I know some people were disappointed, but I loved it just as much as the first book.
    The Falconer, Scarlet, and The Raven Boys are series I definitely want to start, I'm just waiting for the sequels to be published. :P

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    1. World After is on it's way to me :D so I hope to read it soon!

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  17. I have The Raven Boys on my TBR. I really wish I'd get to it sooner. Great list!
    Jazmen@ThisGirlReadsAlot

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  18. The only book on your list that I've read is Graceling (and I agree with you 110%). That means I'm going to be adding a bunch of new books to my TBR pile.

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  19. I love Raven Boys, In the Shadow of the Blackbirds and Prisoner of Night and Fog! Say What You Will is on my TBR list. Thanks for sharing! Here are my favorites:http://wp.me/pzUn5-22h
    ~Megan

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  20. I do want to read Cruel Beauty, I actually tried to get the audiobook from SYNC when it was up, but apparently Canada is under that British commenwealth rule and I couldn't, gah. lol. You know, I glanced at Stolen Songbird a few times but haven't paid much mind to it.. TROLLS.. that's awesome... I think I'm going to check this out a bit more in depth now :)I am actually reading Say What You Will right now and I am LOVING it so far. I love the writing for one, but the story is awesome. It's raw and real and not perfect and just what I needed right now. I'm glad to know it's one of your favorites, can't wait to pick it back up tonight!!! Shadow of Blackbirds is one that I became interested from YOUR blog... it seems creepy as hell. Which never appeals to me, but for some reason it does right now lol. Awesome list :)

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    1. I hope you read both Cruel Beauty & Stolen Songbird. I was blown away by them :)

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  21. Graceling and Angelfall, definitely! I didn't quite enjoy Stolen Songbird (she didn't sing much). I need to read more. :(

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  22. The covers are all so beautiful too!

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  23. You have so many good looking reads on here, and I know I've said it before, but I need to read Stolen Songbird... I should just buy it!

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  24. YAYYYY to Angelfall and Prisoner of Night and Fog! I have a few of the others on my shelf, so hopefully I'll get to read them soon<3 Great list Mel!

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  25. OMG! I'm listening to The assassin's Blade right now. So freaking amazing!!!! SAM!!! Graceling for the win. Have you read Fire yet? Amazing book. I think it's my favorite in the Graceling series! Great list!

    Bethzaida @ Bookittyblog

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    1. Fire and Bitterblue recently came in my possession and I plan to binge read them this summer :D

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  26. I've only read, like, two on your list! But I know plenty of others adored many of the books there so I'm sure I can trust you, haha. ;)

    1. I have this book sitting on my shelf right now and I'm really excited to start it! I'm a sucker for anything fantasy, especially the darker ones, and this one sounds like it could be on the Shadow and Bone level -- which is a total plus.

    4. YESSSSS. So happy you enjoyed The Raven Boys! I was a little shocked by how much I enjoyed it because it's not the fastest-paced book around, but I did. The plot was just so complex and unique, and the characters so endearing. I enjoyed the sequel more, though, so you better get to The Dream Thieves ASAP, Mel. :D

    5. I find the premise for this book so interesting. Having Adolf Hitler as your uncle is both terrifying but intriguing at the same time. I'm really curious to see how Anne Blackman pulls this off, though I'm hoping the romance doesn't take up too much of the book. That seems to be the problem is a lot of YA books these days...

    8. To be honest, I didn't really find Angelfall to be anything groundbreaking. I mean, it's a good book which I enjoyed a lot, but it wasn't exactly five-star worthy. I'm in the minority here though -- a lot of other people loved it, so it's probably just me. Maybe I should re-read it just to make sure I got my opinions right. xD

    10. EEP. My sister got this for my birthday last year and I'm super pumped for it! I love that there are pictures; I can't wait to see them in all their black and white creepiness. I'm just crossing my fingers that the creepiness factor doesn't disappoint because I've been really waiting for a good horror novel.

    12. Currently reading this and so far I'm pretty impressed. I find Amy such an amazing character, and Matthew too, for not acting like the other kids. I'm not that far, so I'm hoping the book will impress me further. I know you loved it a lot!

    Great list, Mel! I haven't read that many books this year yet, but I'm hoping to change that soon. :)

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    1. Yeay, definitely trust me and read all the books :p!

      4. It surprised me too, but I was wrapped in the story by the characters! I've already finished The dream thieves, but haven't posted my review yet.
      5. The romance is hardly noticeable. It's cute.
      8. I guess it's because a lot of angel books are disappointing. This offered something new and bloody.
      10. Those pictures are AWESOME.

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  27. Cruel Beauty was such a good story. I am still surprised by people who didn't like it! I also loved ITSOB - one of my favorite historical fiction reads from last year.

    I started reading The Falconer a couple of weeks ago, but I stalled about 20% of the way in. Your comment has given me motivation to keep going!

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    1. The story really kicks in half way :D I hope you continue!

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  28. I see so many books I love on your list! Graceling for sure, Eon, In the Shadow of Blackbirds. And so many I'm hoping that I will love when I finally get to reading them: Maas' series, Cruel Beauty, The Falconer, Prisoner of Night and Fog, The Raven Boys. I love that so many of your picks are fantasies - the best types of books imo. :)

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    1. I totally agree. It's my number one genre :)

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  29. We have a few books in common c: For the ones I haven't read, I'll totally be checking them out. I think we have quite similar tastes in books. Now i'll take a more in depth look (aka me fangirling) for the books I have read

    2. Cruel Beauty! This one was such a enjoyable retelling c: I adored all of the characters and loved the romance. I loved the ending too, I totally didn't see it coming omfg
    3. YES! Hehe. I love the main character in this one c: And the world of Trollus was just so intriguing to me, I loved everything from the political aspects to the magical aspects. I need the next book like yesterday
    8. I don't read much books alike Angelfall but this one really appealed to me. I adored the world building and the characters. However I'm having issues getting into the second book /:
    10. Eeee this one is so underrated but amazing. It was so well researched and the mood of the time period really shone through. The tragic romance between the main character and her love interest really managed to tug at my heartstrings too <33
    11. I enjoyed this one a little less than you, would have appreciated more writing for the setting. Also the romance didn't appeal to me completely. That cliffhanger was crazy evil though, I need the next book now.

    Nice post Mel <33 Reminded me of how many great books are out there and how I must read them all c;

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    1. 2. The ending was great!
      3. Me too. I'm so excited to see how it continues :D

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  30. Stolen Songbird made my list too! It was fantastic! I can't believe how long we have to wait till the next one though! I really loved these choices :)

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  31. OMG I love your picks so hard Mel ^^ even though I've only read The Assassin's Blade and The Raven Boys so far...I own MANY of these: Graceling, Cruel Beauty, Eon, Angelfall and The Falconer! Seeing them here makes me all the more excited to get into them :D Stolen Songbird, In the Shadow of Blackbirds and Scarlet are all on my wishlist too so YAY ME! haha

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  32. Omg Mel this is such an amazing list. You have such good taste hahah I have read all of these but The Falconer, Eon and Say What You Will. Something tells me I need to read this three because I will love them :)

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  33. haha, I like that you posted 12 faves! Must mean that you've had a great reading year so far!! Now as far as your picks go, I've only read The Assassin's Blade, which makes me feel conflicted because on the one hand, I feel shamed that I've missed out on so many great reads, but on the other hand, it's kind of exciting because I clearly have MANY new favourites to discover for myself! Among the top of my tbr list is Angelfall and The Raven Boys. Oh, and I just started listening to the audio of Cruel Beauty - was not expecting it to like it so much because it's pretty romance-heavy, but I'm actually loving it so far!

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    1. Definitely! There was no way to take 2 of them away from this list.

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  34. Yay! I'm happy to see so many of my favorites on your list, including EON, GRACELING, THE RAVEN BOYS, ANGELFALL, and also SHADOW OF THE BLACKBIRDS. I've heard good things about many of the others as well, and hope to get to them soon. Hope the rest of your reading year is just as great!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  35. Aaa I've been hearing lots of amazing thing about Say What You Will. Can't wait to read that one.
    And ooh, Cruel Beauty and Prisoner of Night and Fog 0-0 Those two are perfection :D :D

    Great pick, Mel!

    Neysa @ Papier Revue

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  36. Cruel Beauty seems to be one of the books of the year. Good thing I plan to read it in the next few weeks!
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