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Best Books of 2014

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1triciareads55
des. 19, 2014, 2:51pm

I have been reviewing Booklist's, PW's, School library journal's best books and editor's picks and am not sure what to think about them. Any thoughts on these lists or the books you think were the best in 2014? Or even just your favorites.

Booklist - Editors' Choice 2014 for Youth
http://www.booklistonline.com/Booklist-Editors-Choice-Books-for-Youth-2014-/pid=...

Publishers' Weekly
http://best-books.publishersweekly.com/pw/best-books/2014/young-adult

School Library Journal
http://www.slj.com/best-books-2014/young-adult/

Goodreads Choice 2014 nominations
http://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-young-adult-fiction-books-2014

So, is We Were Liars really the best book of 2014?

My top books were:

Mortal Heart by Robin LaFever
Cress by Marissa Meyer
Hangman's Revolution by Eoin Colfer
Earth Girl trilogy by Janet Edwards (a friend lent me the last one Earth Flight (UK pub))
Sylo trilogy by D.J. MacHale

Obviously, I tend toward scifi/fantasy.

So, what were your favorites of 2014.

2sparemethecensor
des. 19, 2014, 2:59pm

I liked We Were Liars, but I didn't think it lived up to the hype. I was similarly underwhelmed by What We Hide, which was the only other 2014 YA release I read.

I have Laurie Halse Anderson's book on my TBR list, as I've enjoyed most of her past novels immensely, but few of the others on this year's list hold much appeal for me.

3Cailiosa
des. 19, 2014, 7:09pm

I enjoyed Mortal Heart, but I didn't like it quite as much as its predecessor, Dark Triumph. I could appreciate what the author did with We Were Liars, but it was never a book I really enjoyed. It was rather depressing.

I adored Cress and it's probably been my favorite of the Lunar Chronicles books so far. I feel like I should be excited for Fairest, but I'm not really a fan of books about villains or characters who will become villains. I have to be able to find something of merit in the characters I read about, and I'm not sure if I can do that about Queen Levana. I also kind of hate that its release has pushed back the release of Winter, mostly because I'm horribly impatient when it comes to waiting for books I really want to read.

The Kiss of Deception and The Winner's Curse were probably my favorite series starters, and reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue was like hanging out with old friends. I'm in love with Maggie Stiefvater's writing style.

The Caller was an excellent conclusion to Juliet Marillier's Shadowfell trilogy, which is saying something, since so many final books I've read here lately have been disappointing (or I haven't even bothered to read).

Traitor's Blade by Sebastien de Castell is an adult book, but I feel like it has great crossover appeal. It made me feel all the feels and I loved the main characters, especially Falcio. He's just so honorable and inspiring that you can't help but root for him, no matter how hopeless his circumstances seem.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown is a book that many have mistakenly labelled as a YA book, but I'd say it's more of an adult book. I can see a lot of teens enjoying it, though, if they can get past the realistic depictions of violence (Brown pulls no punches in that department, but it never seems gratuitous). I had the pleasure of reading the sequel, Golden Son, and it was even better than Red Rising. Reading it was one huge adrenaline rush, which kind of stressed me out, to be honest, but it was so worth it.

4pwaites
des. 29, 2014, 1:00pm

I haven't read many books published this year. Of young adult, I think Blue Lily, Lily Blue is the only one. I really loved it and would have to agree with Cailiosa's opinion on the writing style.

5JRlibrary
gen. 2, 2015, 8:43pm

I really enjoyed Love and other Variables
Anyone who liked The Fault in our Stars which I didn't like that much will really enjoy this one.

7nrmay
gen. 16, 2015, 1:27pm

I read many great YA books in 2014!

Contemporary novels –
Eleanor & Park Rainbow Rowell
Wonder R.J. Palacio
Purple Heart Patricia McCormick
A step from heaven An Na

Science Fiction–
Infinite Sea in the Fifth Wave series Rick Yancey
Unsouled in the Unwind series by Neal Shusterman
Rebel Heart, last in the Blood Red Road series by Moira Young
How I Live Now Meg Rosoff

Fantasy –
Winner’s Curse Marie Rutkoski
Girl of Fire and Thorns Rae Carson

Historical
In my hands : memories of a Holocaust rescuer Irene Gut Opdyke
I will plant you a lilac tree : a memoir of a Schindler's list survivor Laura Hillman.
Ludie's life Cynthia Rylant.
Chains Laurie Anderson
Journey Home Yoshiko Uchida
Ties that bind, ties that break : a novel Lensey Namioka
Never Fall Down Patricia McCormick
Lost in the Barrens Farley Mowat