Happy 2014

The end of 2014 was really busy for me (Holidays are like that), and as I’m updating my reading list, I realized I didn’t read one book in December. Not one. But, as for the books I did read, I chose my absolute favorites: The Fault in our Stars by John Green, every single Colleen Hoover Book, Tarryn Fisher’s Love Me With Lies trilogy and The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay.

The stand alone books that stuck out for me are: Wait For Me by Elisabeth Naughton, Geoducks are for Lovers by Daisy Prescott and Seeds of Hate by Melissa Perea (Loved this- it’s actually only a stand alone right now because the next book in the series hasn’t been published yet, so I guess it’s not really a standalone at all, but I loved it a lot.)

 

Commitment. Commitment comes in many forms. For me, I’m already married and committed in most things I do. HOWEVER, when it comes to committing to a huge book series, I tend to invest a lot: my time, my heart, my emotions, and a good portion of my brain for the entirety of the series. One of the series I’ve committed to that I LOVE is Jillian Dodd’s The Keatyn Chronicles. They’re lots of fun, and I read them immediately when they’re released- that’s one kind of committment. Another kind of commitment that I fear I’ve never engaged in to any degree is Harry Potter. To me, those books are so intimidating, BUT so many authors I admire have read, loved and raved about the series- so – I think I’m going to start them. I’m going to try not to make it a marathon and just enjoy them. Cheers to 2014!

Here’s my list from 2013- I enjoyed 95% of these books 🙂

The Underworld from the Fallen Star Series (1/13) Jessica Sorensen
The Vision from the Fallen Star Series (1/13) Jessica Sorensen
The Promise from the Fallen Star Series (1/13) Jessica Sorensen
Divergent  (1/13) Veronica Roth
Insurgent (1/13) Veronica Roth
The Coinsidence of Callie and Kayden (1/13) Jessica Sorensen
The Lost Soul Book 1 (1/13) Jessica Sorensen
Hopeless (1/13) Colleen Hoover
The Perfect Game (1/13) J. Sterling
Someone to Love (1/13) Addison Moore
Chance Encounters (1/13) J. Sterling
Wait for Me (1/13) Elisabeth Naughton
   
Ten Days of Perfect (2/13) Andrea Randall
Stolen Fury (2/13) Elisabeth Naughton
Stolen Heat (2/13) Elisabeth Naughton
The Stranger I Married (2/13) Sylvia Day
The Opportunist (2/13) Tarryn Fisher
Dirty Red (2/13) Tarryn Fisher
Slammed (2/13) Colleen Hoover
Point of Retreat (2/13) Colleen Hoover
   
Stalk Me (3/13) Jillian Dodd
Kiss me (3/13) Jillian Dodd
In Dreams (3/13) J. Sterling
Fallen Too Far (3/13) Abbi Glines
Never Too Far (3/13) Abbi Glines
That Boy (3/13) Jillian Dodd
That Wedding (3/13) Jillian Dodd
   
Reason to Breathe (4/13) Rebecca Donovan
Barely Breathing (4/13) Rebecca Donovan
Date Me (4/13) Jillian Dodd
Reckless Abandon (4/13) Andrea Randall
Love in all the Wrong Places (4/13) Audrey Harte
   
True Love Story (5/13) Willow Aster
   
This Girl (6/13) Colleen Hoover
Forever Too Far (6/13) Abbi Glines
   
The Final Piece (7/13) Maggie Myers
   
Geoducks are for Lovers (8/13) Daisy Prescott
Thief (8/13) Tarryn Fisher
The Game Changer (8/13) J. Sterling
The Forever of Micha and Ella (8/13) Jessica Sorensen
Losing Hope (8 /13) Colleen Hoover
The Fault in our Stars (8/13) John Green
   
Left Drowning (9/13) Jessica Park
Love Me (9/13) Jillian Dodd
   
Seeds of Hate (10/13) Melissa Perea
The Sea of Tranquility (10/13) Katja Millay
In the Stillness (10/13) Andrea Randall
   
Out of Breath (11/13) Rebecca Donovan
Adore Me (11/13) Jillian Dodd
Saltwater Kisses (11/13) Krista Lakes

<a href="Saltwater Kisses: A Billionaire Love Story (The Kisses Series, #1)Saltwater Kisses: A Billionaire Love Story by Krista Lakes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Short and sweet, I chose this book as a free rental. It kept me entertained, so I decided to rent Rainwater Kisses, it’s sequel-ish – seems like a cute, fun series but can also be read as a standalone.

It says off the bat that it’s a billionaire love story, so I wasn’t expecting anything more or anything less. For a light, fun read, it kept me wondering what would happen next. The characters weren’t extremely well-developed, but they didn’t need to be for this story.

<a href="Adore Me (The Keatyn Chronicles, #4.5)Adore Me by Jillian Dodd
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book 4.5 of the Keatyn Chronicles gets five very bright stars from me. I ADORED the sweet, innocent romance between Peyton and Damian and truly hope it growns into MUCH MUCH more.

In this novella, Keatyn was battling between what to do, staying at Eastbrooke, messing with Vincent to finish the drama once and for all… and then Aiden gives her a mason jar full of dirt. Possibly not meaning anything to most, it means a lot to Keatyn, and they end up in paradise together over Thanksgiving break, which makes her decision that much harder.

Like most Jillian Dodd books, the ending left us wondering what’s going to happen next. Aiden is insisting that he stay with Keatyn or go where she goes. Personally, I really hope she accepts that proposal and that they both ward off Vincent together and live happily ever after. The End. ❤

<a href="In The StillnessIn The Stillness by Andrea Randall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In the Stillness was one of the darker novels I’ve read. At first, I didn’t understand or like the main character, Natalie. As the plot thickened, Natalie realized she had issues and why she was having issues. Going through that revelation with her pulled me in, and I was hooked.

This story is not butterflies and flowers AT ALL. It was intense, vulgar at times, real, sad, and emotional. By far, this is my favorite Andrea Randall novel!

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<a href="Seeds of Hate (Cardboard Hearts, #1)Seeds of Hate by Melissa Perea
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Seeds of Hate is a unique story told in several points of view. What I loved most about it is the individuality of each of the characters. They were all flawed in some way but found something to love in each other, and watching those relationships develop was genuine, sweet, captivating, and emotional.

I was so impressed with the writing style and story line, and I cannot wait for the sequel to be published!!! 🙂 I will read any books written by Melissa Perea because I related so well to her story-telling. Even though I’ve never experienced what the characters experienced, she found a way to portray/generalize a point through events that made me view certain situations in life differently.

I loved this book.

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View all my reviews“>The Sea of TranquilityThe Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From start to finish, this book had me completely hooked. I LOVED the characters, I LOVED that it wasn’t a typical romance novel, and I LOVED the detailed descriptions of the different character traits. For example, the main male character does wood work. What other book have you read where a guy is doing intricate wood work? None. I absolutely loved Josh’s passion and how Nastya was drawn to it. It was completely unique and interesting. Nastya’s baking obsession was amazing, and I love love loved that Josh cooked for her. They had this unexplained balance that was relevant the whole story and so beautiful to watch grow.

This is a book I would recommend to anyone. Most romance novels I feel the need to filter as I recommend, but this is a book I have already recommended to people and will continue to recommend to people because I think it’s an absolute, extremely well-written, undeniably inspirational, must read.

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