Friday 19 December 2014

Arianne's Top Ten Reads of 2014!


The Kiss of Deception was by far my favourite book of the year. It’s an extraordinarily captivating high fantasy, full of action as well as detail. 
It reads so effortlessly and the characters are divine.


Fangirl is one of those rare books that not only lives up to but surpasses all expectations. The story is more serious than you’d expect, but the romance is fantastic. 
Levi is perfection!


I just can’t stop recommending this book. I’ve loved it since the day I first read it.
The writing is incredible and it stays with you long after you’ve finished reading.


So many young authors were published for the first time in 2014,  but when I try to think of a favourite,Take Back the Skies is the one that springs immediately to mind. It’s a fantasy-steampunk adventure which heralds the arrival of a six-book series, and I can’t wait to read 2015’s The Almost King.


What can I say? In the world of contemporary YA fiction, Stephanie Perkins is without parallel. I still love Anna and the French Kiss best, but Josh and Isla’s story is a great finish to a wonderful trilogy readers will want to return to time and time again.


The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith: I will read anything Jennifer E. Smith writes, and it’s the little things in The Geography of You and Me - the chapters set in Scotland, the bittersweet missed-opportunity feeling, the independent spirit fostered in both leading characters - that make the difference.

Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle: this book makes the list simply because it surprised me so much. If you’re looking for a light, fun, page-turning read to round out the year, Famous In Love is ideal for you.

Eternal Night by Carina Adly MacKenzie: another surprise hit for me this year. There is only one way I can describe Eternal Night, and that is as Gossip Girl meets Revenge meets Percy Jackson. It’s packed with glamour and there maybe is a little too much time spent choosing outfits and going to high society parties, but it’s incredibly cinematic and totally enjoyable.

And finally, some honourary mentions to books I only got around to reading this year but were published in 2013:

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes: The Naturals is definitely the most original and unique book I read this year. I’ve never seen anything like it in YA before and I loved it. I need more, and soon!

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: I can’t believe I waited so long to read Throne of Glass. You guys, it’s a marvel. Celaena Sardothien is the heroine we’ve all been wishing for. It’s ridiculously well-written and the intrigue is immense – and it’s only going to get more complicated from here. Easily one of the best young adult fantasy series of all time.

What about you? Do you agree with the titles on this list? What were your favourite books of 2014?


  1. Thanks for sharing your top ten of the year! I can't wait to read Kiss of Deception!

    Danee @ Fiction Function

  2. ChristinaBookAddict20 December 2014 at 13:06

    Awesome list! I really enjoyed Kiss of Deception as well. Isla made my list, too! I am definitely going to read Throne of Glass ASAP this January- I've heard such awesome things and I can't believe I haven't read it yet. I also want to read Fangirl. I loved E&P, so I definitely want to check this one out. Happy Holidays!

  3. Fangirl and the Naturals are definitely two of my favourites! I really really need to read Salvage.

  4. I just read this book myself and loved it! Trouble was just so addictive. And the whole Aaron/Hannah thing was beautiful. Such an honest book :)
    Definitely agree with the consequences thing. I wanted Katie to get expelled or shunned on a bigger level or something. God, I hated her.

  5. It's great that you can find the time to blog in so much detail, I have recently just started blogging and trying to find the time fitting it around work and life is crazy but I really try my best as i'm dedicated to it, I have throne of glass, I am yet to read so I am glad it's in your top favs as I am looking forward to reading it!

    Me x


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