Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The First Half of 2014 Part I - Top Five Historical Fiction and ScienceFiction

Today I'm starting a new mini-series celebrating the fact that we are halfway through 2014, and I have discovered some really great books this year that I'd like to share with you all! Today I wanted to start with Science Fiction and Historical Fiction. These are two genres that I haven't read as much of before 2014, but thankfully this year I found quite a few that I've loved within the first six months of 2014. Historical fiction particuarlly was a genre that generally hadn't appealed to me, so I'm really happy to have several new beloved historical fiction YA to share with you.

In no particular order...

My first completed read of the year, and what a fantastic start to 2014. I've reviewed this on both Goodreads and the blog, and basically this is a great science fiction that's intense, a tale of survival and excellent character development.

I don't know why I delayed picking this sequel up for so long. Dark Triumph is the second book in His Fair Assassins series, and Sybella's tale was beautifully written. I loved seeing more of the story that had started in Grave Mercy, and especially meeting the new characters and seeing the returning ones once more. I adored this book and reviewed it on Goodreads.

I read this as part of a readalong that A Book Utopia hosted, and it came at the perfect time for me. I had read a book that I was feeling very disappointed in, and it was a series ending book so I'm sure many readers can agree how pivotal those can often be. I felt as if I were in a reading funk- not a slump but just not as engaged with what I was reading. This science fiction with a lighthearted feel and witty writing and characters instantly cured me, and I thought it was a great sci-fi read.

The Red Necklace (French Revolution, #1)

This is a historical fiction set in the dramatic period of the French Revolution. The writing, characters, and intricate weaving of magic and history in this book completely captivated me. I had never heard anything about this book but it's really wonderful and part of a duology if I'm not mistaken. 

This 2014 debut is unique, as it's about a girl with supernatural abilities set in Soviet Russia. Yulia is interesting, resourceful, and has a dry wit and style that makes her narration memorable. I loved the group dynamics in this story, and also how the setting and time period are so unique.

So, here is the start of a series where I can look back at the first half of 2014 and share some of my favorite reads with you all. Let me know what your favorite sci-fi and historical ficiton reads were down in the comments below!

From the paper world,


  1. kinda embarrassing to say but I haven't read any of those.. though pretty much all (4 out of 5) are ones i've been MEANING to read but never got around to reading! You reminded me to film my new video ;) I am hoping to pick up Dark Triumph this year since Mortal Heart is coming out.. as for These Broken Stars.. i really want to read it but i don't own it *cries*

    awesome series! ;)

    1. If you end up picking them up let me know! I'm so happy this reminded you for your vid- can't wait to see it too! :) Dark Triumph was truly fantastic, I'd forgotten how much I'd loved that series since it'd been awhile since I read Grave Mercy but it's really well done. I cannot wait for Mortal Heart! And no!! If you end up getting a copy and read it, let me know your thoughts.

      Thank you so much that means a lot! :)


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