Guest Post: TOP 10 BOOKS of 2014

I have Honey from Gaga Over Books on my blog today and she will talk about her favorite books she has read in 2014.

Hello everyone. I am Honey or you can call me Red I don’t mind. I will enlist from the books I have read so far my top 10 Books.

Genre: Fantasy

Unhinged – Sequel to Splintered
This re-telling of Alice in the Wonderland is a perfect mix of deceit, romance, and adventure unlike any other before. I had loved the introduction to this world crafted by A.G. Howard and this sequel was more than perfect. If you like fantasy, classic re-tellings, and craziness and then this is your book.

Genre: Contemporary

Party Girl
I read this book back in February and I super enjoyed it. It is a sweet sweet book and it made me so happy. If you like cute contemporary’s with a headstrong female lead this is your book. My full review if you feel like reading it. :p

Genre: Dystopia

Ignite Me - Finale to the Shatter Me Trilogy
This book was so good. After disastrous/sad endings to my other beloved trilogies such as Divergent Trilogy and the Legend Trilogy, this was a happy one although it did feel rushed at the end and left me wanting more of the characters. My review. :p

Genre: Contemporary

Attachments 
Rainbow Rowell exploded in the book world this year I have read all her books now except the newly released Landline and I am so excited to get my hands on it. From the three books I have read, Attachments is my favorite novel. It is in email format with regular chapter formats in between. This is an adult contemporary. Really cutesy. Had so much fun reading it.

Genre: Contemporary

My Life Next Door
This book was making book news everywhere when it was released last year and there is still too much hype about it and I finally picked it up this year. And I absolutely loved it. It isn’t your normal cutsey cheesy contemporary- it has its cutesy moments but there is also some real life drama. And me likes iiit.. D:

Genre: Contemporary

What I Thought Was True
Another Huntley Fitzpatrick, I really enjoyed this book. Another cutesy book but with real life problems ingrained in the lives of our leads. My feelings.

Genre: Supernatural

City of Heavenly Fire 
If you haven’t ventured into Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter world I recommend that you do it. If you don’t feel like reading her Mortal Instruments series after watching the disastrous City of Bones film adaptation– do read her The Infernal Devices books- I promise they are fantabulous. As for this conclusion to her TMI series, it was amazing mostly because it featured the characters from her upcoming spin-off and cameos from beloved characters from TID. Cassie had us all scared of things were going to be in this finale but everything was amazing and finely executed.

Genre: Contemporary

The Distance Between Us 
I really enjoyed this book. This book was about a relationship that is formed between a rich guy and a somewhat poor girl. Yeah, you can say it hasn’e been seen before but I loved the way it was portrayed in this book. ALso, I loved the female leads dry humor. I am known to be dry like her form time to time. Me telling you how much I love this book. XP

Genre: Mystery

Vengeance
The sequel to Fracture that I read back in 2012 and loved. This sequel was as awesome as the first book. Love Decker. Love Megan Miranda’s haunting writing.

Genre: Thriller

Don’t Look Back 
From the minute I started reading this book I was hooked. JLA’s first thriller book it was amazing. Although a little predictable it was a super tensed journey as we experienced it with out lead. If you haven’t checked Jennifer L. Armentrout you can start by this stand-alone novel. My thoughts.

These are my top 10 books so far. I have others as well but they are part of series/trilogies and so I didn’t include them in. D:

I have yet to read more books and this list is bound to change. Nonetheless, all of these are really good and just fab. T_T

I would like to thank Vlvet for having me on her blog today. (:

Thank You, Honey. It was really nice having you on the blog today.

Young,Gifted and Dead – Lucy Carver

When I started reading Young, Gifted and Dead, I already had a plot and storyline developed in my brain :p. Obviously, what I thought I was reading about wasn’t the plot. I think I have read quite a few books involving academy’s, and I do enjoy reading about them. My hopes were pretty high for this one, and I don’t know why but I like the book cover. It grabs your attention. Back to the plot, I think the plot had a lot to offer – murder plots always have that. The story is pretty interesting but I had trouble with the author’s writing style. I just couldn’t grasp it, it was like I was just reading-  no mental fireworks were happening here and there. The love line developed too quickly for me. I felt like it was being thrown at me :p. I don’t know how I felt about Alyssa while reading the book, I don’t know if I love her as a female protagonist.  I felt like I was hanging on a thread. A lot of characters which I truly hated. The other things happening in the storyline made me like the book.

Teaser: “I didn’t know I was stealing him from anyone.”

My Rating:

3 RoboRating

 

Inferno- Dan Brown

I don’t remember what I felt when I read Da Vinci Code and Deception Point because I was thirteen :p, but I plan to read them again. After reading Inferno I was in a happy place. There are always books you remember even after you finish reading them. The plot, characters are stuck in your head, Inferno was one of those for me. I enjoyed reading it, and the curiosity level while reading it was beyond 100. I like Robert Langdon,  as a character but I didn’t enjoy Angels and Demons the movie :(. Plus, being an art student it was wondrous. I was so into the deadly sins concept of Dante’s paintings and every other aspect. The blending of history with the plot was just marvelous. I enjoyed reading more of Langdon’s POV and just placing the plot visually in my head was brilliant. Obviously, the author knows how to write and I don’t even need to pin point it out. Sienna’s character was mysterious and I liked her storyline as well. Transhumanization concept is something which has been focused on for a quite a few years, and its always interesting when science is involved, where you read about it evolving at a pace that makes you wonder.

Teaser: “The decisions of our past are the architects of our present.”

Me: *dazed*

My Rating:

Five RoboRating

 

The Testing – Joelle Charbonneau

The Testing is said to have similarity to the worlds of Divergent and Hunger Games. When I read it, I wasn’t reminded of these series-weirdly. Like yes, it was a gaming series, but the plot was different, and then maybe it was sort of resembling, I don’t know. I am just confused. I enjoyed reading this one, and yes I didn’t enjoy reading it in the start, but after a while, I got into it. It was a quick read, I don’t trust the male lead but let’s see. I don’t know how I feel about Cia’s character. She’s is too trusting and that’s not a good thing. The side characters were interesting and the plot keeps you invested. I can’t say anything else about the book, because I might be spilling beans. Independent Study here I come:).

Teaser: “Didn’t your father warn you not to trust anyone?”

Me: “Atleast, he is honest.”

My Rating:

4 RoboRating

 

Delirium Trilogy- Lauren Oliver

In my head, I had done a review for Delirium but apparently, I was wrong :p- but I still feel like this is going to be my second review on Delirium:O. I think I finished both Pandemonium and Requiem this month. For starters, the world in Delirium is just crazy. What’s the point of  fearing the disease, when at the end of the day you guys are still match making? I am seriously questioning the authorities right now. I just couldn’t bring myself to read the Matched trilogy by Allie Condie which has a similar structural world. Back to Delirium, I enjoyed reading it, I liked the characters and everything. Lena didn’t bother me much in the first one. I watched the tv series, and omg they ruined everything, like it was so rushed I was like whattttt… I was quite upset that they ruined it sort of. I think only the guys looked their parts, Lena was so different in my head.  Well, should forget that, it’s a lost cause now.

Pandemonium plot was a bit too obvious for me, like I knew things way before they actually happened. It was a nice twist but I really liked the end of this one. I liked the end of Delirium as well.  I didn’t hate the introduction of the new characters. I seemed to like Julian’s character as well, but Lena didn’t inspire me that much. I think I like their couple more than I liked Alex and Lena. I was Team Alex in the first but I think I might have changed my team in the second.

In Requiem, I was kind of satisfied with the storylines and characters,  but I hated that ending so much. I was hoping for a more definite ending, and they left me with an open one ;p. Over all, the trilogy is interesting in it’s own way. Didn’t hate the author’s writing style and the idea. I hated Hana’s character till  the end. Didn’t feel anything for her. I think I liked the old Lena more. She was physically there, but emotionally she bothersome for me. The plot stick in your head and that’s always a positive.

Teasers:

Delirium:” I love you. Remember. They cannot take it.”

Pandemonium: “Don’t believe her.”

Requiem: “If you’re not with me, you’re against me. And tolerance is not one of my virtues. Cassie would tell you that, but I’m afraid she doesn’t get much of an audience these days.”

My Ratings:

Delirium:4 RoboRating

Pandemonium and Requiem:

3 RoboRating

 

 

Blood Magic – Tessa Gratton

I read Blood Magic last month and I wanted to write a review, but I have been so lazy these days its just weird. I always end up reading books involving magic. I was kind of excited about this one, because some one recommended this series ,so, I decided to check it out- and I had to read a grey cover book for my birthstones challenge:p. I have to say, I wasn’t disappointed. I did feel sometimes the story went a little slow but that’s just my opinion. Plot wise I think there was a lot to offer. It didn’t particularly remind me of any other series, and I believe that I have read quite a few series about magic. Just the way it was written, reminded me a little of the Immortal series by Gillian Shields , and that was just due to the change in story due to past and present storylines. I think I enjoyed the ending more. I am planning to read the next part soon, and its a duology. That’s going to be interesting. I am not digging the couple but apart from that I fairly enjoyed reading it, the plot is pretty much crazy- in a good way.

Teaser: “I am Josephine Darly, and I intend to live forever.”

Me: “Death is much sweeter.”

My Rating:4 RoboRating

 

Lila- Sarah Alderson

I read Hunting Lila and Losing Lila while I was dying from sleep but definitely motivated to read. I enjoyed reading it,  the plot was funny and interesting. There were a few things which I expected way before I read it but still it didn’t annoy me. I just went like, I knew it! lol.  In my mind I was reading a contemporary novel when I picked it up, but it turns out I wasn’t- it’s all because of the fact that I don’t read synopsis :P I like to go into books blind and then falling in love with the world, characters and every other connection. I have a thing for EO’s so the moment that part was revealed in the plot, I was sold :P.  That’s all I can say without leaving major spoilers.

Teasers:

Hunting Lila: “What are you guys – Married or something? Promise, or I’m not telling.”

Me: “Way to go.”

Losing Lila: “You acted like I didn’t even exist.”

Me: “Don’t care about it.”

My Ratings: (BOTH)

4 RoboRating

 

 

 

 

 

Every day- David Levithan

Every day was one of the books I wanted to read but somehow, the reading matter got delayed :p. Finally, I read it and I have to say, I absolutely adored it. I love the idea of the soul swapping. Every day, waking up in a different body but still being you- it’s brilliant. It’s one of the books you have to read to understand why I have fallen in love with it. I don’t even know what to say anymore. Its like, I would be unraveling everything if I did. When I read the tagline of the book, I was literally in awe. It just grabs your attention and honestly, even with the body swapping, our lead protagonist is honest about his feelings and is consistent. Plus, I love reading books from a guy’s POV , it just adds to a little different type of drama. The plot is generalizable because the bodies the lead swaps into are so different and everyone has something unique to offer,  and knowing the fact that you are also borrowing their memories,  yet you are being true to yourself, knowing your own standing point was something I enjoyed reading. So check it out :). I am really excited for the next part.

Teaser: “I don’t love him!”

Me: “I had a feeling :D”

My Rating:

4 RoboRating

 

Vampire Academy Series- Richelle Mead

 

My sister was a huge fan of  Vampire Academy – the whole series, so, I decided to read it. When I watched the movie, I didn’t think that I would  read the series, but I did. There are six books in the series, and I loved them all. I liked the world the author has created and its quite fast pace.  I wasn’t bored, because I read the six books in a go. You tend to get over characters after a while, but these characters didn’t bore me out. The side characters are as interesting as the protagonists. Talking about the romance, I was supporting both Teams. I liked Adrian’s character a lot, but then I didn’t hate Dimitri at the same time- I liked crazy Dimitri more :p. Each book had a lot to offer, and the way the characters evolved, was great. I don’t want to give spoilers, Rose’s character is really interesting and these books are equally funny. She was badass and vulnerable at the same time, it was the perfect balance. The verbal insult’s Rose could come up with were brilliant.  I really liked the whole idea of being bonded to Lissa. I loved the fact that the Moroi’s could practice elemental magic, they weren’t the average vampires :p.  It was a well written series and I adored it.  I have already started reading the spin off series, Bloodlines and I am sooo excited.

Teasers:

Vampire Academy: ” Go find your pacifier, and shut the hell up.”

Me: “:D”

Frostbite: “Don’t worry, Rose. It’ll go away. Besides, its not your face guys are interested in.”

Me: “*Ouch*”

Shadow Kiss: “Great. So I’m just the lucky one who gets to put up with your sexual harassment.”

Me: “Hahahahaha.”

Blood Promise: “You forgot my first lesson: Don’t hesitate.”

Me: “Oh noo nooo. *pulling hair*”

Spirit Bound: “It’s not over,Roza. Do you really think there’s anywhere on this world I can’t find you?”

Me: “You found yourself a stalker. Good job:p”

Last Sacrifice: “I loved you, and you destroyed me. You took my heart and ripped it up. you might as well have staked me!”

Me: “:O :'(. You will find someone better.”

My Ratings- The whole Series:

Five RoboRating

 

 

 

The Forever Song- Julie Kagawa

The Forever Song-  the final book of the Blood of Eden Trilogy didn’t fail to impress me. I was waiting for this books release and I had my fingers crossed. I was a supporter of Team Kanin, I don’t hate Zeke but still, if I had to choose between a vampire master and a human, I obviously picked the wrong one :p. I was hoping that Allison might end up with Kanin but she didn’t :(.  I am right now literally confused on how to write a review on this one, cause its like step by step I would be unravelling the whole plot. I don’t want to do that, so, I will be vague. We got to see a couple of transformations which were important for understanding how the characters were triggered. I liked that the book was divided into parts which gives a certain mysterious feeling and I loved it since the first book. I really like Allison’s character because she seems to know what she wants and how she’s going to get it. She is not a confused soul where she gets effected by her surroundings, she’s badass and like the fight scenes of this trilogy were really great- just visualizing it is amazing. I wasn’t expecting the ending to be that, in my mind someone else was dying and in the end that someone wasn’t dead :D, someone else died ,so, I was kind of broken hearted over that but,  I think it was a great way to end the trilogy and it was an interesting trilogy. Considering, how much the characters evolved and understood their internal feelings was interesting in its own way.

Teaser:”You owe me, vampire girl. Let me end it, tonight. No more pain, no more grief, no more senseless, bloody deaths. I promise, you won’t feel a thing. And you can take your evil from the world for good.”

Me: “Oh God!”

My Rating:

Five RoboRating

 

 

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