Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Read In 2014

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, is: Top Ten Books I Read In 2014 (Overall, By A Particular Genre, 2014 Releases).

I decided to go with all of my highest rated reviewed books. It’s interesting to me that looking back, some of the ones that I rated so high aren’t necessarily my favorite books of the year. I still love them, obviously, but my usual rating system (a star rating averaged from Plot, Characters, Readability, and Enjoyability) skews more towards best written, rather than most enjoyed. I’m doing a top 12 since these are all the books I’ve read so far this year that got above a 4 Star rating. Still no books this year got 5 stars from me.

Landline

1. Landline by Rainbow Rowell. 4.5 Stars

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)

2. Cress by Marissa Meyer. 4.44 Stars

The Last Letter from Your Lover

3. The Last Letter from your Lover by Jojo Moyes. 4.375 Stars

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)

4. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan 4.375 Stars

Criminal (Will Trent, #6)

5. Criminal by Karin Slaughter. 4.375 Stars

Me Before You

6. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. 4.375 Stars

Perfect Lies (Mind Games, #2)

7. Perfect Lies by Kiersten White. 4.25 Stars

Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)

8. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi 4.25 Stars

Illusions of Fate

9. Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White. 4.125 Stars

One Plus One

10. One Plus One by Jojo Moyes 4.125 Stars

Dangerous Girls

11. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas. 4.125 Stars

The Dead Will Tell (Kate Burkholder, #6)

12. The Dead will Tell by Linda Castillo. 4.125 Stars

What are your top books of the year? Agree or Disagree with any of my choices?

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12 Days of Book Tags

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Falling Down the Book Hole made up this fun tag. Feel free to tag yourself if you want to participate!

To try and give myself some different answers than I usually give, I’m only going to respond with books that I read in 2014.

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
A Partridge in a Pear Tree  : The Partridge Stood Alone In The Pear Tree? What is Your Favorite Stand Alone?

Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
Two Turtle Doves : Love Is In The Air, Who Is You OTP (One True Pair)?

Juliette & Warner from the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi

On the third day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
Three French Hens :  In The Spirit Of Threes, What Is The Best Trilogy You Have Read?

The Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
Four Calling Birds : Since Series Usually Consist of Four or More Books What Is Your Favorite Series?

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
Five Golden Rings : One Ring To Rule Them All! Who is Your Favorite Villain/Antagonist?

The Darkling from The Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
Six Geese a Laying : Creation Is A Beautiful Thing! What is Your Favorite World/World-Building?

I’m going to go with The Grisha series again – Bardugo is amazing!

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
Seven Swans a Swimming: Who Needs Seven Swans When All It Takes Is One Good Animal Sidekick To Make A Hero Rock! Who Is Your Favorite Animal Sidekick?

Douglas the duck from Jackaby by William Ritter

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
Eight Maids a Milking: Milk Is So 18th Century! Which Book or Series Takes Beverages/Food To A Whole New Level?

All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes by Betsy St. Amant

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
Nine Ladies Dancing : Dancing is Just One Skill of a Lady! Who is Your Favorite Kickass Female Lead?

Fi from The Mind Games duology by Kiersten White and Kami Glass from the Lynburn Legacy

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
Ten Lords a Leaping: Leaping Lords? How About Who Is Your Favorite Leading Lad?

The Raven Boys. Alllllll of them

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
Eleven Pipers Piping: Where Would We Be Without Music? What Is Your Favorite Book or Bookish Thing That Deals With Music? (It can be about music, reference music a lot etc.)

While I wasn’t in love with the book or the music, I thought it was cool that all the songs from Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover was recorded.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
12 Drummers Drumming: Drum Roll Please…………………….What Is Your Favorite Read of This Year?

Either Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan or Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White or One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Boookish is: Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year.

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)

1. Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy #1) by Sarah Rees Breenan. This is easily my favorite book I’ve read so far this year. The premise. THE CHARACTERS. Kami Glass. The dialogue. I. Love. It.

Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)

2. Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi. This is how you end a series!

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)

3. Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer. This series just gets better and better with every book.

Perfect Lies (Mind Games, #2)

4. Perfect Lies (Mind Games #2) by Kiersten White. Another great end to a series. And Fia. Crazy, crazy Fia.

The Last Letter from Your Lover

5. The Last Letter from your Lover by Jojo Moyes. Oh the emotions!!

Criminal (Will Trent, #6)

6. Criminal (Will Trent #6) by Karin Slaughter. Finally the answers I’ve been looking for!

Fear the Worst

7. Fear the Worst by Linwood Barclay. Another stellar effort from one of my favorite myster/thriller/suspense writers.

All the Truth That's in Me

8. All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry. This is such a unique, emotional book. It’s really great!

Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky, #3)

9. Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi. Another great end to a series.

Triptych (Will Trent, #1)

10. Triptych (Will Trent #1) by Karin Slaughter. The first book in one of my favorite series.

What books are your favorites from this year?

Review: Perfect Lies (Mind Games #2) by Kiersten White

Perfect Lies (Mind Games, #2)

Synopsis from Good Reads:

Annie and Fia are ready to fight back.

The sisters have been manipulated and controlled by the Keane Foundation for years, trapped in a never ending battle for survival. Now they have found allies who can help them truly escape. After faking her own death, Annie has joined a group that is plotting to destroy the Foundation. And Fia is working with James Keane to bring his father down from the inside.

But Annie’s visions of the future can’t show her who to trust in the present. And though James is Fia’s first love, Fia knows he’s hiding something. The sisters can rely only on each other – but that may not be enough to save them.

Perfect Lies is the fast-paced conclusion to the Mind Games series. I have to say the only thing I didn’t really like about it is that this series is a duology and not a trilogy. I want more Annie and Fia!

Like the first book, the story is told through alternating 1st person POV between Fia and Annie and in multiple timelines. While I understand that some people may find that style confusing, I loved it. It made for interesting twists and surprises throughout and also aided in the character development for each sister. White does a great job in giving them distinct voices.

Annie grows a lot throughout the months leading up to the end of the book. She stops being the victim and the protected one to becoming the protector. I liked how her relationship with Fia developed, even though they were apart for almost the entirety of the book. I also liked the slow build of her relationship with Cole.

Oh crazy, crazy Fia. How I love her. (Side note: her POV reminds me a lot of Juliette in the Shatter Me series. Can you imagine a crossover of these two series? Fia and Juliette would be best friends. And there would be a crazy love triangle with Warner.) Her ability to always trust her first instinct as right has begun to blur as she uses her love for James as her driving force for all her decisions. As Annie grows more confident, Fia grows a little crazier, but she never loses sight of her ultimate goal – to protect her sister at all costs.

I enjoyed the addition of “Pixie”, a mind reader who befriends Fia. Other than her, though, the secondary characters were not as developed as I would have liked. They were all as likable or as a suspicious as intended and I didn’t find any of their actions too surprising. I feel like Adam in particular got the shaft, even though I’m not that disappointed in how his relationship with Fia ended up.

Overall, I really enjoyed Perfect Lies. I loved the writing style and the character development of the two sisters. Even though I feel like there could be more story left to tell, it was a satisfying conclusion to Annie and Fia’s fight against the Keane foundation.

Rating (out of 5):
Plot: 4
Characters: 4
Readability: 4.5
Enjoyability: 4.5
Overall Average: 4.25 stars

Top Ten Tuesday: 2014 Releases I’m Dying To Read

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is: Top Ten 2014 Release I’m Dying To Read.

Alienated (Alienated, #1)

1. Alienated  by Melissa Landers  available 2/4/14.
I have to say, the cover is the reason I want to read this book. It’s so interesting.

Cress (Lunar Chronicles, #3)

2. Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer  available 2/4/14
So far I’ve really enjoyed this series. Scarlet was one of my favorite reads of 2013. And I love the covers!

Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)

3. Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi  available 2/4/14
I love this series so much. Please, please, please end better than Allegiant! Please, please,  please!!!

Perfect Lies (Mind Games, #2)

4. Perfect Lies (Mind Games # 2) by Kiersten White  available 2/18/14
I loved the first book in this series. The main characters are great.

Don't Look Back

5. Don’t Look Back by Jennifer Armentrout available 4/15/14
I love Jennifer Armentrout. I’ll read pretty much anything by her. And I love the cover for this book!

Secret (Elemental, #4)

6. Secret  (Elemental #4) by Brigid Kemmerer  available 1/28/14
I did a binge reading of this series and received a major book hangover for it. I’m very anxious for this book.

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)

7. Isla and the Happily Ever After  (Anna and the French Kiss #3) by Stephanie Perkins  available 5/13/14
This series is so adorable. I look forward to more Anna & St. Clair and Lola & Cricket. Here’s hoping there’s no cheating in this book, though! That’s been the major downside for me with Perkins’ books

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3)

8. Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3) by Leigh Bardugo  available 6/3/14
Alina, The Darkling, Sturmhond/Nikolai, Mal. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

The Dead Will Tell (Kate Burkholder, #6)

9. The Dead Will Tell  (Kate Burkholder #6) by Linda Castillo  available 7/8/14
I love this series. I love Kate and Tomasetti and the mysteries are always great.

10. Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer Armentrout available 8/5/14
The end of the Lux series is going to make me super sad, but I can’t wait to find out what happens! Origin left us with such a cliffhanger!

Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get My Hands

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is about sequels I can’t wait for.

The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines, #4)

1. The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4) by Richelle Mead (November 19, 2013)

Enders (Starters and Enders, #2)

2. Enders  (Starters and Enders #2) by Lissa Price (January 7, 2014)

Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky, #3)

3. Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi (January 28, 2014)

Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)

4. Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi (February 4, 2014)

Cress (Lunar Chronicles, #3)

5. Cress  (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer (February 4, 2014)

Perfect Lies (Mind Games, #2)

6. Perfect Lies (Mind Games #2) by Kiersten White (February 18, 2014)

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)

7. Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3) by Stephanie Perkins (May 13, 2014)

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3)

8. Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3) by Leigh Bardugo (June 3, 2014)

The Dead Will Tell (Kate Burkholder, #6)

9. The Dead Will Tell (Kate Burkholder #6) by Linda Castillo (July 8, 2014)

10. Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer Armentrout (August 5, 2014)