Top Fourteen Books of 2014

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In 2014 I read a total of 161 books (this includes some rereads). These are my top fourteen books I’ve read this year! You might notice that I cheated a little bit. Any series I read and loved is counting as one because otherwise this would have well and truly been over fourteen books! I also found it difficult to rank the fourteen books, so this post will list the books in order that I read them.

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Anatomy of a Misfit – Andrea Portes

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Anatomy of a Misfit – Andrea Portes
Title: Anatomy of a Misfit
Author: Andrea Portes
Year Published: 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen
Format: Paperback, 328 pages
ISBN: 9780062366771

 I don’t think I have ever read a book that has left me as frustrated as Anatomy of a Misfit did. I am someone who will always finish the book I am reading. Always. It doesn’t matter if I hate it so much I want to throw it at a wall. It doesn’t matter if it is confusing me so much that I have no idea what is going on and therefore feel a need to stop. It simply does not matter how negative the situation, I will continue until I am done because how am I to know if the ending gets better if I quit part of the way through? Anatomy of a Misfit really pushed my stance on this matter, as there were so many times I put it down, dreaming of never picking it up again. But alas, I soldiered on, to discover that it barely improved. If you’ve been wondering if you should read this one, my recommendation would be to skip over it and read something else – there are definitely better books out there.

Fair warning, it has been a few weeks since I read this book, and a lot of it has slipped my mind, but I figured it would be better to wait and let my rage die down before writing this review because I knew my anger would have made this possibly my nastiest review to date.

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This Shattered World – Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

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Title: This Shattered World (Book 2 of The Starbound Trilogy)
Author: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Year Published: 2014
Page Count: 390
ISBN: 9781743319703

 It’s very rare that I find a sequel better than the first novel in a series. I can probably count the amount of times on one hand, and This Shattered World is definitely one of those times. Book one, These Broken Stars, was so incredible that I honestly didn’t know what to expect with its sequel. And I’m so incredibly happy that this sequel was not a let down. If you haven’t already picked up book one, then go and do it now! It truly is one of my favourite series I’ve read this year!

This Shattered World is a companion sequel, meaning that the characters (Lilac and Tarver) we meet in book one are not the main characters in this book. They do turn up, and play a role in this story, but the main characters in this book are Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac. They live on the planet Avon, and are on opposing sides of the war that ravages this planet. Avon is a planet that is struggling to maintain its position in the galaxy. It has struggled to pass its terraforming tests (I don’t even know where to begin to explain what this is so I’m just going to skip over that explanation – if you have read the first book, you should know what I’m talking about), tests that when passed promise a better life for the inhabitants. Flynn Cormac is the brother of the girl who led the rebellion against the terraforming organisation ten years ago. Jubilee, or Lee as she prefers, is a Captain in the military that fights on behalf of the terraforming organisation. When Flynn takes Lee hostage one night, he sets forth their future as being unlikely allies, a partnership the two try to fight. Reluctantly relying on help from one another, Flynn and Lee discover that there may be an unseen reason as to why Avon is failing its terraforming, and why every soldier who lands on Avon with the exception of Lee, falls ill to the fury, a disease-like thing that cause the soldiers to become unaware to their heightened levels of violence. Lee and Flynn must betray their own sides in order to unearth the secrets that ravage Avon, and to create a future that results in a peaceful state on Avon.

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She Is Not Invisible – Marcus Sedgwick

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Title: She Is Not Invisible
Author: Marcus Sedgwick
Publisher: Indigo
Year Published: 2013
Page Count: 354
ISBN: 9781780621340

She is Not Invisible was a book that had me so excited to read. I was so intrigued with the blurb of the book, and all the covers I had seen were equally beautiful. Though upon completion, I was completely disappointed with this book. It was not what I was expecting and I had way too many problems with it. I am so disappointed with it that I kind of wish I never bought it.

She is Not Invisible follows the story of Laureth, a sixteen-year-old blind girl who refuses to let her disability rule her life. When Laureth’s father, a well-known author, disappears, Laureth takes it in her stride to find out where he’s gone. The only clue to finding him lies in his notebook which has turned up in New York. Semi-kidnapping her younger brother Ben, Laureth takes off to New York to find answers as to how their father ended up missing there when he was supposed to be somewhere in Europe. The notebook is filled with his research on coincidences, a topic he has been obsessed with for years, and as Laureth and Ben investigate the mystery, it becomes a question that perhaps their father’s obsession with coincidences was his downfall. Continue reading