Best of 2014: YOUNG ADULT BOOKS!


The year started off a little shaky in the YA category for me. Everything I read was the same and I was tired of dystopian, save the universe plots. As the year progressed, I was able to read several young adult books that gave me hope in the category once again. Some of them completely blew me away. Here are my favorites from 2014 (in no particular order).

Cruel Beauty by Rosamon Hodges
A new twist on the classic tale of beauty and the beast. This book combines the fairy tale with mythology and spins a gripping adventure that was impossible to put down.
SEKRET by Lindsay Smith
Russian conspiracy, psychics, and the cold war all make this a historical thriller that lived on in my thoughts long after I finished reading.
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
A riveting tale of deception, war, and leadership. It was captivating. I highly recommend this book to fans of intrigue, romance, and brilliant heroines.
On the Fence by Kasie West
A sweet, squeaky clean YA romance about a tomboy and her search to find herself.
Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg
Another sweet, clean, teen romance about a boy and a girl who are best friends, until they realize they may be something more.
Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch
A terrifying, captivating story about human pets. It was thought provoking and wildly interesting. I couldn’t have put this book down if I’d tried.
Born of Illusion by Teri Brown
I read both this book and Born of Deception, but I liked the first one the best. It was unique and so much different than anything else I had read. I loved it.
The Far Dawn by Kevin Emerson
I debated reading this one but this book proved to be everything I had been hoping for in a series conclusion. I absolutely loved it!
Itch Rocks by Simon Mayo
While I enjoyed Itch, I was completely blown away by its sequel. This is a great series for young adult boys (and girls) that like explosions, conspiracies, and mad scientists.
Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
This is a stand alone novel (as far as I know) and it was everything I hoped for in a fantasy. It was dark, yet not too disturbing. I can’t wait to read more books from this author.
Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little
This is a breathtaking work of historical fiction about a girl whose family slips away from her one at a time, the trials she faces as the promised wife to the tribe prince, and the forbidden love she has for a stranger.
Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
In the final book of the His Fair Assassin trilogy, we get Annith’s story. I loved her story. It was different from the other girls’ and I loved that about it. It was beautiful.
Funny, adventurous, and smart, this series was impossible not to love. I got carried away in the steampunk world and the characters. SO MUCH FUN!
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    Julie @ Books and Insomnia
    January 1, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    I've only read Illusions of Fate though I'm not really fond of it. On the Fence and the Finishing School series are on my TBR list. 🙂 Happy new year!

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    January 3, 2015 at 12:13 am

    On the Fence, Better Off Friends, and Mortal Heart are all books I REALLY enjoyed! I still have to read The Winners Curse, unfortunately I didn't get around to it in 2014 🙁 I also loved the Throne of Glass series….Will have to read some of the others on this list also!
    Thanks for sharing! Happy New Year!

    Em @

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    Tressa S
    January 6, 2015 at 5:29 am

    I loved so many of these too! I still have to put all my favorites together and I normally do some statistics as to what I read of what and how much ect. I just haven't had time to do any of that yet. There were some great books this year! 🙂

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    Tina at
    January 8, 2015 at 10:29 am

    I'm kind of where you were at the beginning of the year, a little disillusioned with this genre. Thanks for your recommendations here. The only two I can remember enjoying this year were Shannon Hale's sequel to Princess Academy and Dream Warriors by D. Robert Pease (I think.) Thanks for being a part of Booknificent Thursday this week!

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