Top 10 Books of 2014! (Done 30 minutes before 2015!)

Hey bookworms! I know this is a little last minute, but I just finished my last book of 80 of my 2014 reading challenge. Here are the books that made my top 10 (In no particular order) of 2014.

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Sinner By:Maggie Stiefvater

My last book of 2014 and it just did not disappoint in bringing a whole new close to my favorite series. It brought me a sense of healing that I needed.

The Giver

The Giver By: Lois Lowry

I read this book later in my life than most and I saw positives and negatives of doing so. The positive was I was able to see and appreciate the themes more. The negative is if I would’ve read this earlier I feel I would’ve appreciated dystopian books more than I do now. If you haven’t picked up this series by now, I recommend picking up in 2015!

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Saga the Graphic Novel By: Brian K. Vaughan (Writer), Fiona Staples (Artist)

My first graphic novel series and I adore it! I love the character, how it’s narrated, and the art. I will warn now it does have sexual and mature content, but this is a series anyone mature enough will enjoy. I cannot wait for volume 5!

The Probability of Miracles

The Probability of Miracles By: Wendy Wonder

If you looking for a good cry and a really inspiring story (that has cancer). It has love in it, but other like other stories written previously it focuses more on the love of family and friends than the love story. A great debut novel by this author had me in tears. The writing was a little rough, but was an amazing story.

Reboot by Amy Tintera

Reboot By: Amy Tintera

A much more fun way to me, to look at “zombies”, well that’s what I defined the characters as after the fact. It had a strong female character and pulls you into the action. The second book is definitely on my TBR pile for next year!

Silver Shadows

Silver Shadows By Richelle Mead

Since I don’t want to spoil the series for my fellow bookworms that haven’t gotten this far in the series, I will just say: Sydney and Adrian’s love! Grab a box of tissues before this read because the feels are definitely in this book! I may also be biased because my name was in this book! I will be so sad to see this series come to an end in 2015…

The One

The One By Kiera Cass

Another book I don’t want to spoil, but I will just say it was what I hoped for! I am so glad that there are going to be more to this series!

Otherkin

Otherkin By Nina Berry

A shifter series that I discovered and fell in love with the first book especially was my favorite. I will always be hoping secretly that there is a way to shed this human skin, so whenever I find a shifter series I devour it. I also love the themes these books cover were good ones that shows acceptance should triumph.

 Lies my Girlfriend Told Me

Lies My Girlfriend Told Me By Julie Anne Peters

I’ve spoken about this book earlier, but it is touched me in a deep way. It shows how to heal again after someone you had once cared for has hurt you, and how to move on and open your heart once more. Most importantly it shows the importance of forgiveness.

Kalona's Fall

Kalona’s Fall By:P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Another book that I have mentioned before but I loved this novella! It is one of the few of the books this year that gotten a 5/5 rating for me. Novella’s allow you to see new sides to characters and it can change your view of them and that is what this book did for me.

So those are the books that reached my top of this old year? Did you read any of these books, bookworms? What made it to your top 10? Any recommends for me to read in 2015 let me know! I am always up to talk in the comments!

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Sinner Book Review and Discussion

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Author:Maggie Stiefvater

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Release Date: 1 July 2014

Format: E-Book

Hey bookworms! I know this book review is late, and I apologize for it! I am hoping how I feel with this book and how active I plan to be in 2015 will make up for it! Well bookworms this is my last read of the year! I know I kind of pushing it to the last second, but this book needed time. Well bookworms this is the last book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls Read-A-Long, Sinner, that I’m doing with Girl in the Pages and She Reads She blogs. Now I will get started with telling you why this book was one of the lucky few to receive 5/5 stars!

Voice and Characters

First of all this book was based on two amazing characters that stole my heart in the previous book  Forever. The way Maggie slips into her characters is amazing and to keep it diverse like the previous three books she switches between points of views. The sarcasm that both Cole and Isabel used had me giggling in the middle of the night. For each of these characters the characteristic of sarcasm and coolness is their armor. Cole’s favorite thing to say was, “I never do things in even numbers”, it was something ridiculous to say to throw off someone’s worry or concern. He was more nonchalant letting everyone think nothing truly affected him.

Isabel on the other hand had more of a cold snarkiness to her. She let herself seem she was above it all. She let it seem when she was at work or just in public in general that she was above the troubles of others although when she returned “home” though she get her soul being taken apart piece by piece. She couldn’t hide at home she was faced with the sadness of her family around her. Isabel though was one who is able to conceal her emotions with a mask.
In contrast to these two characters who hide everything with a different skin, whether it’s Isabel’s mask, Cole’s persona as Cole St. Clair the rock star, or even his shifting to his wolf form there was the characters of Sofia and Jeremy. Sofia is overemotional and tries to overcompensate with perfection. She is so much of a raw character that Isabel herself refers to her cousin as, “childlike”. She clings to Isabel in a constant familial friend even if Isabel is less than friendly to her cousin most of the time. Jeremy, Cole’s bandmate, is calm and soothing; he is laid back and tends to be the voice of reason. He is a reminder of how you technically don’t have to let the influence of fame get to you. He mentions to Cole that it was a choice not to fall into the rabbit hole.

Themes/Problems

Family: This book is another reflection of how family can affect their children without knowing it and vice versa. There are times in many families especially in divorce/separation that parents believe either by choice or ignorance that their children are unaware. Children on the other hand can do the same to their parents. Family can leave members shadows of themselves. The true strength is being able to have someone to let it out to and rise above it.

Perseverance: Whether it’s Cole’s comeback to music, his pursuing Isabel, or Isabel’s insistence on Medical school. Isabel is using it for stability in her chaotic life. It becomes her mantra on days that get too hard for her to handle. I love that her and Cole both start and achieve an end goal in this story.

Discussion

Besides what you thought of this last book, my discussion doesn’t really have to do with the book. This book helped me through some family issues letting me know I wasn’t alone in that department? What book have you read through recently that has helped you get through a tough time or made you feel less alone? Maybe it just gave you a laugh? I’m sorry if I am pushing a tough subject, but I guess one of my favorite things about books is they can connect you to others. These authors connect with us as readers, and help us to know we’re not as alone in the world as we feel. Hope you enjoyed this review Bookworms and I am hoping you are all have a fun AND safe New Year’s Eve! I hope 2015 brings you good health, happiness, love, and lots of good books!

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Forever Book Review

Forever

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Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Release Date: 12 July 2011

Format: E-Book

Rating: 4.8/5 Stars

Hey Bookworms! Miss me? I know it’s been a while, but I couldn’t post until my grades were in. Happy to say I got an A- in the class and my other grades were good as well. Anywho the topic at hand is my book review! I know and apologize that this review is overdue. (I got caught up in finals and family stuff, and I’m hoping blogging will keep me sane during the continuing family stuff)

I am part of the Mercy Falls Read-A-Long with Girl in the Pages and She Reads She Blogs! As you may or may not know. Since there are three books in main series we each decided to review and discuss one and decided to each do a review and discussion of the companion novel Sinner. I chose to do Forever, since out of the three I think it was my favorite. I won’t summarize because I don’t want to spoil the series for people who haven’t read the other two, but if you continue on reading and haven’t read the other two there may be spoilers for you ahead! I hope you guys enjoy this, but please take it easy on me since this is only my third or fourth book review.

Thoughts as a Reread

As a reread it was easier to fall into than Linger, but I don’t know if it was because of situation. It drew me in a lot quicker letting me easier into Grace’s head than the previous two. In this book I didn’t feel as much of an observer as the other two, but I felt part of the action. Overall it made me very excited to open up Sinner!

What I Loved!

 I loved the use of wolf behavior in Grace’s transitional behavior into the pack in contrast to Shelby’s twisted version of a wolf. Her scene with killing the starling quite torturously as in a way to “relive” the experience of being a wolf, but I personally showed more insight to how twisted Shelby’s past truly is. Wolves never killed for sport, by having this scene I feel the author showed Shelby’s need for power over something. This book showed truly how a pack acts and that you do not have to be blood to be family.

Leading into another plus that I loved about this book which was lacking in book two was the way the characters were beginning to take control of their situation. Linger really rubbed me the wrong way when all the characters seemed to be and embrace their hopeless situation. In Forever, the characters looked and worked for a solution. Within the constantly changing point of views you got a feel of how each character was now looking and trying for a solution: Cole with trying to find the right formula, Sam looking for a new home for the pack, Grace coming up with the plan to move and standing up to her parents, Isabel keeping tabs on her father and helping Cole research. In this book they shed off the skin of helpless teenagers they held in Linger. This book they find voices their own and grab a hold of ones from the past. No matter the situation there will always be a light or if you try hard enough a way out. That is what this book taught me.

Lastly I loved how we get a peek at both Sam’s and Cole’s musical talents although brief. It makes me envious that although I write poems… I truly have no idea how to turn them into songs. I love Maggie’s sense of creativity shining through. The detail in how Sam decorates his room reminds me of the wall mural I have seen on her facebook. Reminding readers that there is always a constant way to express yourself. One example of expression of this book was the book trailer for Forever featuring Sam’s song: (found on the Author’s youtube)

Things I Wasn’t Too Fond Of

Honestly it was just the parents in general, but then again I liked finding myself relating with the characters. No family is truly without flaws, but seeing the dysfunction made me realize I am not alone. This leads into my discussion: There is a saying, “Children are a reflection of their parents” What does this saying mean to you? Are you defined by what they teach you, or how they act. I think past a certain point we are responsible for defining who we are. It’s just about being brave enough to act and speak on it.  Shelby and Sam both from abusive situations show different sides of the spectrum. One shows where it can end if you blame your parents, the other if you take control surrounding yourself with people who love and support you. Do you think Grace’s parents truly loved her or did they feel guilty for losing control? What themes really resonated with you in this book? Did you love it? Did you hate it? What were your favorite parts? Do you agree or disagree with me? Feel free to comment down below and let me know! Also would appreciate critiques on my reviewing! Have a good Christmas bookworms!

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Wolves of Mercy Falls Read-A-Long Discussion Post: Baby, It’s Cold Outside

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Hey Bookworms, how are you enjoying the colder weather? Well, in the spirit of The Wolves of Mercy Falls Read-A-Long I am doing with Girl in the Pages and She Reads She Blogs, this post will be about which characters in the series have kept my heart warm and my body warm with the amount of fan girling I do! This is the best part of book blogging I FINALLY have people to “hear” my fan girl rants… Normally I would be embarrassingly rant at friends and family who would not even begin to understand, and they wonder because of my excessiveness if I need to be given the happy jacket that makes me hug myself. I am glad my readers that for me reading these books are reread for me especially now that I am a bit older than I was when I first read them. I find myself noticing and loving new details about not only the characters, but the bonds they share. I am curious for the other readers who are participating are noticing most? Well any who lets gets started on who my picks are! This post will be focusing on two of my former book boyfriends. (I wanted to post pictures of the boys, but I know it wouldn’t be proper to take someone’s fan art. Plus that everyone will have different perceptions of each character, so this blog will only include banners that I think depict these boys’ personalities.)

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Sam is the main love interest in the Shiver series, and affectionately known as Grace’s wolf. He warmed my heart from the very start even from before he meets Grace personally. I don’t want to spoil too much for you who aren’t in the read along, so I will just include a least on the things that make him AWESOMINGLY CUTE:

  • His EYES
  • He LOVES to read
  • He can come up with lyrics in his head by any inspired moment
  • How gentle and appreciative of any moment he gets with Grace
  • Can play guitar
  • He cooks for Grace
  • Has a broken past

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  • Also a sexy, musician, but is a famous rock star
  • His Sarcasm
  • Also has a broken past

So there my readers are a few vague characteristics of these boys, but key details to peak your interest about these yummy book boys. I really tried my best in this post to not spoil you. I am sorry that I haven’t added more. I would have added quotes, but I am behind on reading Linger because of finals at school. I think I will try to include my favorite quotes from both of these very yummy boys in my review of Forever. If you did join us on this read-a-long, how are you enjoying the books? Who are your favorite characters? Let me know bookworms in the comments down below! I am always up for a good book talk. Stay warm and look forward to much more frequent posts from me after this one. It is my last one for class!

PS: Don’t forget to enter the give away that She Reads She Blogs is hosting for a gorgeous copy of Sinner! Click here to enter!!!

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