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2014 End of Year Book Survey!

2014 End of Year Book Survey: (hosted by Jamie @ The Perpetual Pageturner ) Number of books I read:  208 Number of re-reads: 32. Genre I read the most from: Contemporary adult. Best Book I read in 2014?  See my adult list HERE and my YA/NA list HERE tl; dr:   Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher / /   Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater Book you were excited and thought you were gonna love more but didn’t? I feel like there were a lot of bad books this year :( The biggest one for me was Stone Could Touch by JLA -- I loved the first book but I ended up DNF'd the second one.  It was so childish and faux drama! Most surprising (in a good or bad way) book you read in 2014? Probably Mud Vein for its mind-blowing just !!! (even though I should have expected no less from Tarryn Fisher) and the DNF sequels -- Stone Cold Touch , Seducing Lauren Book you pushed people to read in 2014? Mud Vein, The All For the Game series by Nora Sakavic, Escape to New Zealand


1.    Mud Vein  by Tarryn Fisher What can I say?  Tarryn Fisher tops my list AGAIN, for the third year in a row.  And there's a reason why:  no one writes like she does.  No one messes with your mind, heart, and life like she does when you are reading one of her books. 2.  The King's Men (All for the Game #3)   by Nora Sakavic In a close second to Mud Vein (which should tell you just how amazing this series is . . . ) is the final book in the All For The Game series by Nora Sakavic .   I've never read anything like this series and the final book was absolutely incredible -- so intense!! 3.   Night Owl (Night Owl #1)   and   Last Light (Night Owl #2)   by M. Pierce There is as much mystery in these books as there is in the author of these books.  LOVE LOVE LOVE.  My review of Last Light HERE . 4.     How to Kill a Rock Star  and  God-Shaped Hole   by  Tiffanie DeBartolo So I generally ONLY include books released in the year b


1.   Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3)   by Maggie Stiefvater Just when you think (not really) you could possibly plan what Maggie Stiefvater will do, she upends your world.  This series is PHENOMENAL and unparalleled.  My review HERE .  2.  Flat-Out Celeste (Flat-Out Love #2)  by Jessica Park You know that I absolutely LOVE this series and Flat-Out Celeste may be the best book in it!  My review HERE . 3.   Breathe, Annie, Breathe (Hundred Oaks)  by Miranda Kenneally Another book in this series was my favorite book of last year .  That being said, I always have high expectations for Miranda Kenneally books and she never ever disappoints -- I loved this one, too!  4.   How I Fall  by Anne Eliot Beautiful, beautiful new series by one of my all time favorites, Anne Eliot!  This book was completely unique and the best first love/kiss feelings EVER.  My review HERE . 5.  In This Moment   by Autumn Doughton   I discovered Autum

Review: The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Kate Rorick and Bernie Su

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Kate Rorick and Bernie Su Blurb from Goodreads : Based on the Emmy Award-winning YouTube series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Twenty-four year old grad student Lizzie Bennet is saddled with student loan debt and still living at home along with her two sisters -- beautiful Jane and reckless Lydia. When she records her reflections on life for her thesis project and posts them on YouTube, she has no idea The Lizzie Bennet Diaries will soon take on a life of their own, turning the Bennet sisters into internet celebrities seemingly overnight. When rich and handsome Bing Lee comes to town, along with his stuck-up friend William Darcy, things really start to get interesting for the Bennets, and for Lizzie's viewers. But not everything happens on-screen. Lucky for us, Lizzie has a secret diary. The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet takes readers deep inside Lizzie's world and well beyond the confines of her camera:  from

Waiting on Wednesday: Mr. Kiss and Tell (Veronica Mars #2) by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine , that spotlights upcoming releases that you are eagerly anticipating. Today, I am waiting on:   Mr. Kiss and Tell (Veronica Mars #2) by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham !! From Goodreads : In the second book in the New York Times bestselling mystery series, Veronica Mars is back with a case that will expose the hidden workings of one of Neptune’s most murderous locations. The Neptune Grand has always been the seaside town’s ritziest hotel, despite the shady dealings and high-profile scandals that seem to follow its elite guests. When a woman claims that she was brutally assaulted in one of its rooms and left for dead by a staff member, the owners know that they have a potential powder keg on their hands. They turn to Veronica to disprove—or prove—the woman's story. The case is a complicated mix of hard facts, mysterious occurrences, and uncooperative witnesses. The hotel re

Review: No Ordinary Bloke by Mary Whitney

No Ordinary Bloke by Mary Whitney Blurb from Goodreads : I’m not a philosophical kind of bloke, but I know something about luck. A childhood on the wrong side of advantage will teach you that. It’s all a matter of chance. It’s both your circumstances and the chances you take. So I've always been a gambler and a ladies man — they love me and I love them. Now I've found one like no other — an American, Allison Wright. When I met her, the fates were on my side, but too soon I learned the odds were against me. My Review: No Ordinary Bloke is a companion story to Mary Whitney's Beside Your Heart series   (review of book 3 of that series,  Forever Your Heart , here ).  This book is about Adam's cousin, David, who is introduced in that series although you need not read the series before this book as it is a stand-alone.   What can I say about David?  Certainly sometimes he is crass but it was pretty awesome reading his story and his slow

Waiting on Wednesday: Love, in Spanish (LIE #2) by Karina Halle

 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine , that spotlights upcoming releases that you are eagerly anticipating. Today, I am waiting on:   Love, in Spanish (LIE #2) by Karina Halle !! From Goodreads : The companion to the highly emotional, scandalous and USA Today Bestselling love story - LOVE, IN ENGLISH - is finally here! Love, in Spanish is a Love, in English follow-up novel told from Mateo Casalles' POV. While Love, in Spanish touches on some events that happened in LIE (you know the ones!) it is a whole new story set a year later that continues with Vera and Mateo's "happily ever after."  ***  “She sat beside me on the bus – and she changed my whole life.”  Successful, wealthy and absurdly handsome – Spanish ex-football player Mateo Casalles seemed like he had it all. A high-society wife, an adorable little girl, and flashy apartments in Madrid and Barcelona only sweetened the deal. But th


Have you heard that the  Morganville Vampires  books by Rachel Caine were turned into a web series? If not, they have been! This is one of my all time favorite YA series and the webisodes do not disappoint!! Episode 1 - "Glass House" : Episode 2 - "Bite Me" :

Review: Last Light (Night Owl #2) by M. Pierce

Last Light (Night Owl #2) by M. Pierce Blurb from G oodreads: Matt Sky is missing. After a solo ascent of Longs Peak that left only a large blood stain, tatters of climbing clothing, and the tracks of an animal in the snow, he is presumed dead ... Hannah Catalano is guarding a secret ... Tensions rise, secrets grow bigger, and passions run deeper in the highly anticipated second book in the Night Owl Trilogy. My Review: Earlier this year, I kept hearing cryptic but exciting things about M. Pierce and the author's debut novel, Night Owl .  I wasn't sure what to expect but I was absolutely blown away by Night Owl.  I couldn't put it down and it ended on this weird cliffhanger that has left me hanging for the past seven months.  After Mud Vein , Night Owl and Last Light are the best adult books I have read this year.   Last Light did not disappoint as it seems so many sequels lately have done.  Not only was the cliffhanger in the f

Waiting on Wednesday: Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine , that spotlights upcoming releases that you are eagerly anticipating. Today, I am waiting on:   Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher !! From Goodreads : Best friends since they could walk. In love by the age of fourteen. Dating for over four years.  She’ll do everything she can to never forget.  He’ll do everything he can to never remember.  Too bad it’s not up to them.  Um, what happens when two of your very favorite authors decide to write together?!  Needless to say, I LOVE LOVE LOVE both Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher and I cannot wait for this!!  Never Never  is scheduled for release in January, 2015! What books are you waiting on this Wednesday??