For a genre that's traditionally been one of my favorites, I read some paranormal this year, but I've branched out into quite a few other genres as well. However, I wanted to share my picks of paranormals as well for the first half of 2014. As usual, if you have any paranormal favorites I would love to hear about them!
This was a book I had heard a lot about, namely everyone saying they loved the cover. For me, the cover's not a favorite, but the story within definitely is. Harper is absolutely wonderful- snarky and flawed but she develops into an even better character as the story progresses. And her witty banter with David? Absolutely priceless. While I wasn't a fan of Harper's past friends and circle, she really becomes someone unique in this story and I can't wait to see how her tale continues on. Also, Rachel Hawkins's writing style is fabulous, and I had to pick up Hex Hall because I loved how fast paced and engaging the writing is.
no. 2 - Abandon by Meg Cabot
I loved how this story incorporated some elements of Greek mythology to it, yet was its own story, idea, and plot. The narration jumps between past and present, yet does so in a way that just gives the reader the full context of the events, and by the end I was ready to continue on with a series that has unique and witty characters and a fast paced plot.
To be completely and fully honest, City of Heavenly Fire is not my favorite book of The Mortal Instruments. However, despite my qualms with it, this is the finale of a series that I've enjoyed and treasured for years, and so I thought it appropriate to include it on my list. I think series finales are books with a lot of expectations on them, but COHF is definitely a fan favorite and a great conclusion to a hugely popular series.
no. 4 - Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier
Speaking of series finales, let's talk about Emerald Green. I love how the entire Precious Stone trilogy is comprised of a really unique take on time travel as well as fast paced books with lighthearted characters. Is there insta-love? Yes, but since whole books encompass a few days it doesn't feel as rushed and underdeveloped as some, and Gwen is definitely a flawed but likeable character. She had me laughing, cheering her on, and truly loving this ending to a unique and wonderful trilogy.
no. 5 - Gilded by Christina Farley
Gilded was a 2014 debut I was really excited about. I mean, that cover's amazing and I was super excited about reading a book set in Korea- I'd yet to read one in Seoul and my inner wanderlust and reader was curious. I picked Gilded up after reading a book I hadn't much enjoyed, yet I fell in love with the world, rich background, and story. Jae wasn't my favorite protagonist because of her recklessness, but overall I thought she became a better character and her story is definitely just getting started and is already fantastic. I can't wait for Silvern and more of Jae's tale in Korea!
From the paper world,