I'm not restricting myself to books published in 2014. I'm just going to list my favorites of the books I read, some of which were published in previous years and some forthcoming.
Grave Mercy, by Robin LaFevers
I'd heard so many great things about this book, but I just hadn't gotten around to reading it yet. I have no idea how or why I held out so long, because this book is epic. It's my favorite in the series for sure. Not only is it exciting and original, but it has a great ship. Ismae + Duval 4evah
On the Fence, by Kasie West
Holy cuteness, Batman! I discovered Kasie West this year, and I don't know how my reading life survived without her novels. Seriously, she's become one of my favorite contemporary YA authors. Love, love, love her books! I've loved all the books of hers I've read (three this year), but this was my favorite, so I just decided to put only it on here.
The Winner's Curse, by Marie Rutkoski
AHH!! THIS BOOK! It's so amazing. I wasn't expecting it to be half as awesome as it was. I couldn't put it down. I loved the worldbuilding, the characters, everything. (And side note: this was my favorite cover of 2014. I mean, JUST LOOK AT IT!)
The Conspiracy of Us, by Maggie Hall
Y'all, this book is epic. It's so fun and exciting and full of gorgeous settings. Talk about armchair travel! Also, there's a delicious love triangle that's not really a triangle yet but that I'm hoping will form. Everything about this book was perfect for me, and I can't wait to bug Maggie until she gives me the sequel. *evil laugh*
Exquisite Captive, by Heather Demetrios
A SHIP TO END ALL SHIPS! Oh man. I know he's the villain, but dude, I loved Malek. So. Much. And I shipped him so hard with Nala, even though she's his slave. It was twisted. I know. But seriously. Whoa. This book was so dark and amazing.
Dreams of Gods & Monsters, by Laini Taylor
This series basically slaughtered me. And I can't believe she ended it like that. I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS! Surely this isn't the end of this world. SURELY.
A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness
I was really behind the times with this one, as it originally published in 2010. I honestly wasn't expecting to love it, but I totally did. It's beautiful and heartbreaking, and I'm totally going to force my nine-year-old niece to read it.
Cress, by Marissa Meyer
If this isn't on your favorites list and you read it this year, you're insane. Seriously. Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles series is masterful, and this is probably the best so far. The way that she weaves all the stories together is so amazing. And seriously, if you don't love Cress and Carswell, there's legitimately something wrong with you.
Stolen Songbird, by Danielle L. Jensen
Danielle's debut really blew me away. I loved this concept so much, and the worldbuilding is amazing. Oh, and did I mention the characters? I want a Tristan of my own, even if he is a troll.
Vicious, by V.E. Schwab
This was one of the first books I read in 2014, and it was definitely one of my favorites. It's so dark and twisted and amazing. These characters are epic. Seriously. I'm crossing all my fingers and toes that this film goes through into production. It would be amazing.
Ignite Me, by Tahereh Mafi
This was one of my most anticipated 2014 releases, and it totally delivered. What an amazing end to one of my favorite YA series! THAT ROMANCE THO! Omg. I can't even. She totally surprised me, in a totally amazing way. And her words. I just want to crawl into Tahereh Mafi's head and sit there for a while, just to watch the words flow through it.
*And I'd like to make a note that Heather Petty's Lock & Mori was also a favorite this year, but it doesn't have a cover yet. So just imagine its soon-to-be-revealed-cover-that-I'm-sure-is-gorgeous right here. :)
And my favorite book of 2014 was...
Hostage Three, by Nick Lake
I'd never read a Nick Lake before this one, and I devoured it in one day. I was camping in South Africa, and I couldn't put this book down to even enjoy travel. I was so engrossed in this story and these characters. I don't think I've ever read a YA book that so wonderfully captures the meeting (and conflict) of first and third world and makes both characters so sympathetic. I was really moved by this story. It will totally make you rethink how you see crime in the third world, especially in places like North Africa. Such a powerful read!
I read a lot of other great books this year. Some others that I really loved but didn't quite make my list were...
There Will Be Lies, by Nick Lake
The Storyspinner, by Becky Wallace
Under a Painted Sky, by Stacey Lee
Falling into Place, by Amy Zhang
Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein
Fire & Flood, by Victoria Scott
Panic, by Lauren Oliver
What were your favorite reads of 2014?