Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Best YA Books Of 2014

 2015? 2015?!

Where on earth did 2014 go?! 

I can't believe another year has passed, and that too so quickly! This year has been absolutely incredible what with The Dark Dictator being born and finally being a part of the amazing blogosphere! But aside from blogging (which I absolutely love), there have been some great Young Adult titles that were released this year and I'm going to take you through my favourites! 

Though there have been many 2014 releases, unfortunately I didn't have the time to read them all so I'm pretty sure there are dozens of other YA titles I have missed that deserve to fall under this category!

The selection of books I have listed below are only 2014 releases that I have read. Of course I read way more but I thought I would focus on the mind-blowing titles this year had to offer that blew me away!

Let's start with UKYA!

#1 - Banished by Liz De Jager

Released: February 27th
Goodreads: Here

The beginning of a fantastic urban fantasy trilogy filled with witty kick-ass characters and faerie lore, monsters and magic galore! Liz has been on fire with releasing not one, but two books this year with the sequel Vowed recently published in early November by Tor UK. I absolutely love the setting and plot that takes place in modern day and age. The charming characters, especially female protagonist Kit were a delight to read about! A sensational debut for Fantasy fans - this is a must read for you! (Then again, it's a must read for everyone.)

#2 - Horrors/Thrillers

I think my interest in the Horror/Thriller genre has increased this year. There were just so many great titles but I managed to narrow down to four.

Say Her Name by James Dawson
Released: June 5th 
Goodreads: Here

A retelling of the Blood Mary myth in a contemporary setting. Terrifying? Yes. But it is an incredible novel by our Queen of Teen and one worth reading! Loved it!

Now You See Me by Emma Haughton
Released: May 1st
Goodreads: Here

A chilling debut from Emma Haughton circling around the disappearance of a young boy whose best friend frantically tries to find him only to uncover certain truths that will change her life. It definitely captured my attention so I look forward to reading more from Emma!

Night School Resistance by C.J. Daugherty
Released: June 5th
Goodreads: Here

The fourth installment in my new all-time favourite series! This series just gets better and better and I absolutely cannot wait for the final book that is due to release in 2015!
This series follows the life of Allie Sheridan who is sent to a secret reform school to shape up her act. But the secrets she uncovers there soon change everything. There is a definite sense of thrill in these books!

Shattered by Teri Terry
Released: March 6th
Goodreads: Here

The final book in the Slated trilogy. The best YA dystopian trilogy I have read till-date with incredible thrilling elements. It was a definite favourite of mine this year with a more-than-satisfying conclusion!

UKYA is just incredible. Here's a few debuts that made it onto my favourites!

Solitaire by Alice Oseman
Released: July 31st
Goodreads: Here

One of the best debut's I have read this year. A honest and humorous contemporary that is on-point about today's teenage society. It was certainly entertaining and one of those books everyone should read at least twice in their lifetime. Yes. Twice. Or more actually.

Trouble by Non Pratt
Released: March 6th
Goodreads: Here

A popular favourite and for good reason! Non's staggering debut deals with teenage pregnancy like you wouldn't believe! Her writing is unrivaled and just so heart-warming, I fell in love with Trouble during the first few pages. I'm so excited for her next novel!

The 100 Society by Carla Spradbery
Released: September 4th
Goodreads: Here

This book definitely deserves more credit than it's given. This is one I am desperate to see on-screen because it's one of those twisted horror books done correctly with all appropriate elements. That means gore, mystery and scenes that will make you feel as if your brain is being torn apart. There's even a romance that actually works and doesn't overtake the plot. This book took me by surprise and I ended up loving it.

Though this next book is set to release in January 2015, I couldn't help but add it in to my 2014 favourites because it is the best book I've read during 2014!

Vendetta by Catherine Doyle
Release: January 1st 2015
Goodreads: Here

A Romeo and Juliet inspired tale with a modern twist! I've never read a book involving mafia which is something that interests me. It really does. So when I first heard about this book, I knew I had to read it and was lucky to win a copy. Turns out I loved it! Everything about this book screams flawless and perfection. I am desperate to read the next book.
(This cover has the most beautiful sprayed edges EVER!)

Of course we have non UKYA titles too!

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Released: May 15th
Goodreads: Here

One of 2014's most popular novel's with the buzz surrounding it and spreading even today! With the vague reviews and comments, I was eager to read about this special contemporary and why there was so much fuss. I was not prepared for what was coming. Threw me off balance. And for that, it's a 2014 favourite.

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Released: October 14th
Goodreads: Here

The best YA Fantasy (not including urban Fantasy) I have read this year! A phenomenal debut with a stunning female protagonist and impeccable world building! With a diverse range of characters and a heart-stopping plot with fierce action, it looks like it's going to be one of my all-time favourite trilogies once complete!

Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira
Released: May 1st
Goodreads: Here

This one really tugged at my heartstrings. It was beautiful and intense based on a young girl's strive to live through the hardships of her life after her sister's tragic death. This is now one of my favourite contemporaries and I highly recommend it if you haven't read it!

What were your favourite YA 2014 releases? I'd love to know!

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