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December 16: Top Ten Books I Read In 2014.

These are all 5-star books I’ve read this year.

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1) 14; Peter Clines. Horror is hit-or-miss with me, but this one is a winner for sure. It’s about a weird apartment building, with a new tenant who decides to start investigating–and the more he finds, the stranger things get.

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2) Ancillary Sword; Ann Leckie. (#2) The first book introduced Breq the ancillary (AI run bodies of captured enemies), who had her ship-body and all but one ancillary destroyed, and wants vengeance. This book is focused less on world-building, explaining the ideas, and how angry the main character is, and more on her acting, her thought processes, and her attempts to make change.

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3) The Brothers Cabal; Johnathan L. Hubbard (#4). A book about a necromancer who isn’t as bad as he wants people to think–and likable despite himself. And his brother–watching siblings squabble is always fun.

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4) Burn for Me; Ilona Andrews (#1). I am so excited to see how this magic family-run world develops, especially since these are mobster style families, with power-hungry killers in them. And the characters have a real spark, though it is nowhere so near as romance-driven as the cover suggests.

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5) Future Falls;Tanya Huff (#3). This book has a character really coming into her own, a weird magic dominated family, some science, and an asteroid about to destroy the Earth.

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6) Raising Steam; Terry Pratchett (#40). Steam power comes to Discworld! Can they handle the changes a train will bring?

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7) The Raven Boys; Maggie Stiefvater (#1). I finally got around to this book about magic seeping into the life of some private school boys, who tangle with the daughter of a psychic. There’s a scary promise made in the beginning, that having read Stiefvater before, will happen–but not how you expect.


8) Republic; Lindsay Buroker (#8). This is actually the last book in a series about a woman and a rather unusual collection of individuals trying to clear their names and/or help the emperor. A few of them got 5 stars from me, but this one has a bunch of character development with its usual madcap adventure.

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9) Skin Game; Jim Butcher (#15). Hey, it’s Dresden. He’s an amazing wizard. But this one has some extra special maneuvering. If you like Urban Fantasy, and you haven’t started this series… you should.

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10) Swamp Ghosts; Marcia Meara (#1). I’m totally biased for the author on this one, but it has just the right balance of creepy–but not too creepy–a nice twisty puzzle, laughs and mayhem, and some illegal use of wildlife.


About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

16 responses »

  1. THE RAVEN BOYS!!! Yay! I’m so glad you read it! I agree that it’s definitely not going to happen in a way anyone expects.
    My TTT!

  2. lynnsbooks says:

    Burn for Me was sooooo good! I need No.2 – NOW.
    Lynn 😀

  3. tessalsantos says:

    I sadly haven’t read any of those yet, but there are quite a few on your list I’ve been meaning to read! This only makes me want to pick them up even more now. Oh, if only I had all the time in the world to read every book out there!

  4. Oh man, I’m getting the chills already just reading your description of 14. (To which I will say: never will I ever investigate a creepy apartment building LOL).

    joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts

  5. samoak says:

    Awesome list! I loved Burn for Me too. I only wish that book 2 wasn’t so far away!

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