My Favourite Books of 2014

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Can you believe that 2014 is coming to a close? This year seems to have flown by, and brought with it, its fair share of chaos.
I have been ready for this year to be over for a LONG time. But that isn’t to say that there was not some very good moments in this year.

My daughter blossomed, she also turned three.

I made some great friendships this year with amazing authors that I have had the privilege of working with.
So while I am thankful for a new year and a new start. I am glad that *most* things happened this year.

Going through my posts this year, and I realized that my best books of the year are all books I always have on me and have constantly been recommending. I love that people are coming to me for suggestions.

I have also become a member in an awesome community that gives me great opportunities to gift books a lot more. 🙂

My Best Books of 2014 are:

cover_PROPHECY (2)

Prophecy, was re-released this year, with the second book in the series so I am totally counting it as a 2014 book. 🙂
My Review.
outlanders

Outlanders is also up for my best of 2014. If you haven’t read this series, then really, what are you waiting for?!

bone treaty

Oh, Bone Treaty, you surprised me. You’re also still on my mind, all these months later. C’mon Book 2.
My Review.

Becoming Monsters

I waited what was forever for this book. But it was so worth it.
My Review.

hera queen of mortals

*Fangirls* Canadian author, too I might add. 🙂
My Review.

Pocket of PrarieKidlet loved this one as much as I did. This book is BEAUTIFUL.
My Review.

Never-Again-Cover

A free short put out by the author, for fans of the series. This review helped me find another author to add to my favourites.
My Review.
(If you haven’t read Atlantis Rising from 2013 you NEED to read this.)

love and salt

Love and Salt. I talk about this one all the time. So I won’t bore you by making you read the same thing. haha.
My review.

thisissarah

This book, blew my mind. Raw, powerful and really just WOW.
My Review.

Aqua FINAL Front

Pyke is my book boyfriend. The first and only for me. So that says something about the magic of this book.
My Review.

faery marked

I got an ARC of this.  Everything was perfect about this book, except having to wait for book 2. 🙂

thomas moore

This book, I purchased on a whim and it changed my life.

2014 was a pretty great year for books. But there is so much promise in 2015 that I am even more excited.

What were some of your favourites this year?

 

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Review: This Is Sarah

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thisissarah

Rating: 5 Stars

When Colin Leventhal leaned out his bedroom window on the night of May 12th and said goodbye to his girlfriend, he never expected it would be forever. But when Sarah Evans goes missing that night, Colin’s world unravels as he transforms from the boyfriend next door to the main police suspect. Then one year later, at her memorial service, Colin makes a phone call that changes everything. Is it possible that Sarah is still alive? And if so how can he bring her back?

As Colin struggles with this possibility, across the street, Sarah’s little sister, Claire learns how to navigate the strange new landscape of life without her sister. While her parents fall apart, Claire remains determined to keep going even if it kills her.

THIS IS SARAH serves as a meditation on loss, love and what it means to say goodbye.

 

This may just be the toughest review I have ever had to write.  I loved THIS IS SARAH. It definitely is a 5 star book.
But it it is a raw, gut wrenching read. So gut wrenching that I honestly wondered whether it was based on real events. (It’s not, I asked)

A child going missing is a parents worse nightmare. The author manages to capture the emotion of what that must feel like and really makes you feel it from everyone’s perspective.
My heart bled reading THIS IS SARAH.
The book stayed with me for DAYS and DAYS.

THIS IS SARAH is not a read you will forget easily.
Impressively, it works its way into your heart and mind with out being graphic or gory.
This is part of what made this book for me.
I don’t do gore, or scary.

Colin was my favourite character.
He was also the most raw and intense. Possibly, the most intense character I have read in quite awhile, if not only.
I also kind of feel like he got a raw deal – especially since there was no vindication for him.
Were I in his shoes, I honestly feel like I would have coped the same way.  I really just wanted to tell him it was going to be okay.

I was kind of surprised by the way things played out with the members of Sarah’s family. It made it hard for me to have much respect for anyone but Claire by the end.
Claire is trying to survive the worst event of her young life, and she does it in the shadows.

I really enjoyed seeing the kind of person that she turned out to be growing into. Though for a brief awkward period I was also kind of mortified. But I guess it could be chalked up to that awkward stage that we all go through Claire’s was just a bit more weird and awkward.

I wish there was more to follow Claire later in life, and see how things turn out for her. She just seemed to be growing so much and her character development had so much potential.
Especially with that ending. (!!!)

I most definitely recommend THIS IS SARAH to anyone that likes a good read that has a play of mystery to it.
If you are looking for a read that is going to tug at your heart strings this is it.
Need a book that is going to shake you out of your reading rut, pick up THIS IS SARAH.
It definitely recharged my reading and made me look forward to what the author is going to come out with next.
She has done an amazing job genre jumping.

 

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