Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books of 2014 + Quotes (Top 10 out of 125 books, to be exact)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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Top Ten Books of 2014 (in no particular order)

This is a list of my top 10 books I read in 2014, regardless of publication date. These are the books that gave me the most feeeels, that I purchased, that I'll recommend to others until the end of time. I give ALL of these books 5/5--the highest rating! All the STARS IN THE SKY!!! 

This list is a preview of my upcoming End of the Year post, which will list all my Favorites of the year w/ superlative awards, like "Favorite Heroine", "Book Boyfriend", "Favorite Bromance", etc. Stay tuned for that :)

Mirror Sword and Shadow Prince (Tales of the Magatama, #2)
1. Mirror Sword and Shadow Prince by Noriko Ogiwara
original publication date: 1991, Japan; 2011, U.S.
genre: YA Fantasy

In a fantasy-inspired Japan, young Toko must go on a journey to defeat the kingdom's greatest enemy, her beloved childhood friend, Oguna.
Thinking about it, Toko realized that she had not embarked on this quest simply for her people. She had come here to keep a promise—a small, personal promise. Why otherwise would her heart be beating so fast even while her eyes sought the enemy she must defeat.
The Forever Song (Blood of Eden, #3)
2. The Forever Song by Julia Kagawa
original publication date: 2014
genre: YA Post-Apocalyptic, YA Horror > Vampires

In the conclusion to Julie Kagawa's Blood of Eden series, Allison must find the cure to  rabidism and exact revenge on the sadistic master vampire who murdered her beloved.
I would not fail them. I would [...] beat my wings against the coming dark until it swallowed me whole, or I drove it back entirely. 
The Hunted (The Enemy #6)
3. The Hunted by Charlie Higson
original publication date:
genre: MG/YA Horror > Zombies, MG/YA Post-Apocalyptic

In the penultimate novel in Charlie Higson's YA/MG Horror series, Ed & the gang discover more about the disease that has turned all adults over the age of 16 into mindless, child-eating zombies. Meanwhile, a young girl, Ella, is saved from being eaten by a monster without a face.
“I won’t let you die. I can’t have anyone else die, even if you are just a freak, a sicko, one of them, even if you can’t talk and you’re no use as a friend. You’re just an ugly old hunter, a munter, a face-ache, but you’re my hunter. You’re my Face-Ache.”
The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)
4. The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
original publication date: 2014
genre: YA Historical Fantasy

In a fantasy world inspired by Ancient Rome, a slave and a general's daughter fall in love.
"In my memory, I am small and sleepy, and she is doing something strange. Every time the carriage turns into the sun, she raises her hand as if reaching for something. The light lines her fingers with fire. Then the carriage passes through shadows, and her hand falls. Again sunlight beams through the window, and again her hand lifts. It becomes an eclipse. [...] Just before I fell asleep [...] I realized that she was shading my eyes from the sun."
To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)
original publication date: 2014
genre: YA Contemporary Romance

A girl writes love letters to all the boys she's ever loved. To her great horror, they're all mailed out.
I don't want to be afraid anymore. I want to be brave. I want...life to start happening. I want to fall in love and I want a boy to love me back. 
Out of the Easy
6. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
original publication date: 2013
genre: YA Historical Fiction

In 1950's French Quarter, New Orleans, a young woman who cleans rooms at a brothel dreams of going to college.
I wished I had a friend in the Quarter, someone like Charlotte. Someone I could share secrets with, collapse on her bedroom floor, and spill my guts about Patrick to. I saw so many girls walking arm in arm, laughing, an inexplicable closeness and comfort that they had a protector and confidante. They had someone they could count on. 
Sabriel (Abhorsen,  #1)
7. Sabriel by Garth Nix
original publication: 1995
genre: YA Fantasy > Necromancers

18-year old necromancer, Sabriel, must venture over the wall into the Old Kingdom, where the dead walk, in order to find her lost father.
But now, I live again for only a short time—a hundred hundred heartbeats, no more—and I must win a battle against a terrible enemy. 
The Time Paradox
8. The Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer
original publication: 2008
genre: MG Fantasy > Fairies, Time Travel, MG Humor

Artemis Fowl must go back in time to rescue the extinct lemur in order to create a cure for his mother's terminal illness, only to face the person who caused the extinction of the lemur in the first place, young Artemis Fowl himself.
Artemis smiled mirthlessly. “Ah yes, the trusty time paradox. If I go back in time and kill my grandfather, then shall I cease to exist? I believe, as Gorben and Berndt did, that any repercussions are already being felt. We can only change the future, not the past or present. If I go back, then I have already been back."
Silver Shadows (Bloodlines, #5)
9. Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead
original publication: 2014
genre: YA Paranormal Romance > Vampires, Witches

Adrien & Sydney have to find a way back to one another, after being ripped apart by the Alchemists.
“Adrian?”
Her voice was small, nearly lost in the dripping of water from the fountain. But the power it carried—and the effect it had on me—was monumental. I’d heard the expression “weak-kneed” before but had never lived it until now. 
After the Night
10. After the Night by Linda Howard
original publication date: 1995
genre: Historical Romance

A young girl falls in love with her town's golden boy, only to have him shatter her heart one devastating night when she loses everything. She returns, twelves years later, to find out what happened that night, and to finally let go of her unrequited love.
“I love you,” she said in a low voice, aching with tenderness. “I’ve always loved you, even when I was a little girl. I lived for glimpses of you, and the chance to hear your voice. Nothing has ever changed that, not what happened that night, not the twelve years when I was gone.”

Like I said in the header, these are my 10 favorite books out of 125 read this year! What were you favorite books of 2014?
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