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My Top Reads of The Year 2014!


This is the moment I always eagerly await for the whole year. That moment when I look back and choose the best reads of the said year.

Surprisingly I read more average books in 2014 than really awesome ones. Still, there was enough for a memorable list. 

Here it is:



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The Rosie Project was quirky and wonderful although I can't say the same of its follow up. Deadshifted rocked my world and took Cassie Alexander's writing on a whole new level. Fabulous urban fantasy! Songs of Submission serial by CD Reiss opened my eyes to this extraordinary writer, and I haven't looked back.


Written in Red introduced me to Anne Bishop's own brand of urban fantasy (I can't say I've ever read UF quite like this). I adored Magic Breaks which was a huge milestone in Kate Daniels series and a seriously kick-ass read. Seraphina was poetic, whimsical and wholly gorgeous.



The Saint made me deeply fall in love with Soren. He was a formidable hero before, but now my crush is dangerously close to worship. Fortune's Pawn introduced me to another charismatic couple against all odds, and I loved this epic sci-fi romance. The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me was so impossibly cute and at the same time profound, that I could not leave it out from the list of books that made such an impact on me this year.



Burn For Me - a beginning of a new series from Ilona Andrews was a total breakthrough and a pure darling. Actually I need a re-read! Beauty and The Mustache - the book with one of the very few 10/10 ratings this year brought me to tears. It was poetry in motion and I wish it got made into a movie. Heir  of Fire showed how much Sarah j. Maas has grown as a writer as I devoured this epic book.


Anne Bishop's Black Jewels series sucked me right in and I emerged two months later with a hell of a bookish hangover. Her world was unholy exquisite.  The Perilous Sea was a brilliant follow up to The Burning Sky, and what a gorgeous couple! I wish all YA Fantasy relationships were like that. *grinning*  Master of Crows started my love affair with Grace Draven. What an author, ladies and gents! Beautiful...



 The Scholomance and Cottonwood - both reads from R.Lee Smith (who had her place of honor in my 2013 Top Reads) were mind blowing, unforgettable unique stories, and I only wish more people knew about her. Shades of Milk and Honey was absolutely adorable - beautiful and whimsical and charming.


At last, World After throughout the whole read left me on the edge of my seat. What a gripping, intense book! Really enjoyable follow up of Angelfall. Chronicles of the Warlands series were the last three books I read before this post went live and they were exquisite!

Honorable mentions go to

My Beautiful Enemy and A Case of Possession - amazing historical fantasy reads with larger than life characters.

This is it.
Have you read any of these?
 What did you think? 
What are your top reads of 2014?
See my top reads of 2013 here.

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