A Deadly Christmas is a series of 2014 debut author features (quick interviews, reviews and giveaways) hosted by Deadly Darlings. Check out the full schedule here.
HAPPY NEW YEAR, BOOKNERDS! 2014 was an awesome year for us, and here are some things we accomplished, plus our favorite reads of 2014!
So here we go, first off with our blogging and bookish achievements!
• We celebrated our first blogoversary in May! Woot!
• 486 Bloglovin’ followers! Yay! We love you guys. *squishes*
• The four of us together read a total of 485 books this year! (Marga totally bumped it up with her shiny 201 books.)
And here’s our awesome list of favorite 2014 reads by category! Click the covers to check them out on Goodreads!
***Note: We tried not to repeat answers, so if a book fits in two categories, you’ll likely find the other as a runner-up instead! Most runners-up are Aimee’s, but Marga and Zoe had a couple in there.
• • • I Cried So Hard! • • •
Aimee | Faking Normal truly made me sob because of its deep, dark story with passionate and mentally unstable characters. There was also a lot of support going on that made me want to engulf all the characters in a group hug!
Marga | Well, that would’ve been the Clockwork Princess for me. It’s impossible not to. Right, guys?
Zoe | Rose learns about the power of hope and friendship under the most extreme of circumstances. What went on in these concentration camps is absolutely heart-wrenching and so horribly honest and will break your heart into a million tiny pieces.
• • • Hilarious! • • •
Aimee | Come on, guys. In A Little Something Different, we get to read a love story from 14 different POVs, including ones from a BENCH (yes, it does talk about butts) and a SQUIRREL. The book was cute and fun as a whole, but these two POVs made the laughter much more prominent.
Marga | I can’t remember some details now but this was seriously humorous. The laughs just kept coming.
Zoe | The story is told from the perspective of a dog, and being in this dog’s mind makes for a hilarious narration, while still managing to have a thought-provoking story at the same time. Reading this dog’s thoughts on everyday life (and cats especially) will make you laugh.
• • • Crap, That Was Scary • • •
Aimee | Japanese horror stories are off-the-charts scary. The Girl From the Well (a retelling) was no exception. There were severed heads (lots and lots of those), murderous and vengeful spirits, plus exorcisms. Freaking scary, but absolutely brilliant at the same time.
Zoe | Vega’s story is not completely flawless, but it does set out what it wants to do: create a spine-tingling, horrifying read. With its chilling ending and the many descriptive gory scenes, The Merciless is certainly not for the faint of heart.
• • • Never Seen That Before • • •
Aimee | I had no idea what “intersex” even was before I read None of the Above. This book opened me up to the concept of intersex people and how tough life must be fore them. Definitely a first for me.
Marga | Well, I read Under My Skin by Shawntelle Madison. It was quite different from other books I’ve read. Though I think the writing could’ve been done better.
Zoe | The Girl with All the Gifts is not like other YA zombie reads. It not merely a zombie novel nor a science fiction novel, but a combination of the two with multiple other genre elements thrown in, and the result is absolutely stunning.
• • • Favorite 2014 Debut • • •
Aimee | I read plenty of fantastic 2014 debuts this year, but I think the one I enjoyed most is probably Snow Like Ashes. I was hooked from chapter one, and although the big twist was kind of predictable, I really enjoyed the book as whole in the end. And also because Mather, you know.
Marga | I just noticed that the books I’ve read this year was mostly published from the previous years so it’s hard to choose what to put in this one. So in all of those few debuts I’ve read this year, I rated Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid the highest.
Zoe | I think I could quite honestly say that The Island at the End of the World is almost flawless. The concept is completely unique and engrossing – a post-apocalyptic novel set in Hawaii. There is no romance whatsoever. The focus is on familial relationships, and that just adds to the strength of the novel.
• • • Favorite Author Discovery • • •
Aimee | Siiri introduced me to Krista and Becca Ritchie, and let me tell you guys, I devoured all their books this year. They have the most heart-wrenching stories with lots and lots of gorgeous character development. Plus they’re twins, and that just adds another layer of awesome.
Marga | This was easy! It was Richelle Mead. Oh you guys, I’m addicted now. I started Vampire Academy series like this last two weeks of December and now, I’m on Golden Lily!
Zoe | Abigail Haas has a way of planting the prefect red herrings and blowing your mind when the culprit of the mystery is revealed. And, unlike most mysteries, her books don’t just focus on finding the culprit – there is an undeniable focus on human psychology and how people become who they are; something I adored.
• • • Best Book of 2014 • • •
Aimee | Hands down, my favorite read of the year has to be Stolen Songbird. It had a brilliant, unique premise and gorgeous characters who I got attached to. I laughed, I cried, I swooned and everything in between. I highly recommend it to all you high fantasy readers.
Marga | OMG this was the hardest. But I think for me, it’ll br Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. It was absolute perfection. I just love the heroine and the world building the guys. I mean, how could you ask for more?
Zoe | In Dangerous Girls, there are so many possibilities for who the culprit could be, and eliminating those possibilities is what makes this such an intense book. And at the final page with the reveal, my jaw just dropped at how wonderfully twisted this was.
Here are our goals this 2015!
• Read at least 100 books in 2015, like every year.
• Finish (not necessarily start) at least 5 series/trilogies.
• Discover and interact with more bloggers!
• Return to my old commenting and replying habits. I’ve been slacking off recently.
• Participate in Mel’s Fairytale Challenge–I’m going for the Big Bad Wolf category which is 10-15 books.
• Attend at least 2 bookish events. (Michelle Hodkin in Manila, anyone?)
• Take my grades more seriously. I did get a silver award in the second quarter, but let’s aim for gold!
• Discover more bloggers and actually talk to them like regularly.
• Post regularly on Tumblr, Goodreads and here.
• Read 100 books.
• Read at least 3 classics.
• Start and finish at least 3 new series.
• Read from debut authors.
• Finish all the series I already started.
• Read all my ARCs.
• Be more than just an “average” student.
• Get a 3.9 GPA in school.
• Get a featured role in a musical.
• Take the time to comment on blogs every day possible and try to get at least 10 ARCs or eARCs.
• Read at least 125 books.
So how do you guys spend New Year’s? Any noteworthy books you read this year?
Aimee loves being a little bookworm (okay–she doesn’t like being little). She also loves chocolates and sweets but is freaked out by the thought of possibly getting diabetes.