Top Ten YA Debuts and Series Books I Read in 2014

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature from The Broke and the Bookish.

The topic this week is Top Ten Books I Read In 2014, and I’m focusing on my top 10 YA debuts and books in a series. To spread the love I’m not including any overlap from my other lists; so also check out my favorite new-to-me authors and diverse titles of the year. Look for my favorite Romance and Audiobook best-of list soon.

YA Debuts:

1. Words and Their Meanings by Kate Bassett – In this sharply written debut, “Anna’s a writer whose left wordless after the death of her beloved young uncle. Food, family, friends, Patti Smith and paper cranes help move the healing process along.”

2. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord – “Open Road Summer is a comfort read that features all my favorite things – the bonds of friendship, a summery backdrop, and a music theme. This debut is packed with emotion and heart to keep you company during your sun-filled adventures.”

3. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira – “The subject matter of grieving the loss of a loved one is heart wrenching and makes you feel” and “the letters are mini history lessons about their subjects and bring their music & films to life.” This one has really stuck with me.

4. Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley – This debut features a kick-ass heroine who shows what she’s made of when she’s one of the first female recruits at a military school. This one kept me up late reading!

5. Pointe by Brandy Colbert – I just finished this one so I don’t have a review to link to just yet. It’s one haunting debut – just read it!

6. A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller – Look at the new pb cover- it’s so different from the hc! This debut features “a vivid London setting, art, feminist and class themes, eye-catching fashion, and swoon-worthy romance.”

YA Series:

7. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – I thought this one was worth the wait! It’s a “super sweet and swoon-worthy finale.”

8. Heir of Fire and Crown of Midnight by Sarah Maas – Love this series! “This installment is a game changer in a lot of ways with so much to ponder and digest. The slow-burn action pays off in the end and leaves you clamoring for the next book.”

9. Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead – That ending- wow!! I may have to re-read this one soon to get ready for the final Bloodlines book.

10. Champion by Marie Lu – “The ending of Champion was just perfect though, a little open ended, bittersweet, and satisfying. If you’ve been wondering whether to read the Legend series or not I’d say proceed with confidence.”

Your turn…. I’d love to know your favorite books of the year!


13 thoughts on “Top Ten YA Debuts and Series Books I Read in 2014

  1. I haven’t read any of the books you’ve mentioned in your post. I’ll have to check them out! Here is a link to my TTT list for the week:

    Lisa @ Captivated Reader recently posted: Top Ten Tuesday --- Top Ten Books I Read In 2014
  2. I absolutely loved Open Road Summer. I’m looking forward to reading more from Emery Lord. I’m currently reading Heir of Fire which I’m enjoying very much! It looks like you’ve had an amazing reading year!

    Chrissi Reads recently posted: Top Ten Books I Read In 2014
  3. I experienced one of Stephanie Perkins short stories in My True Love Gave to Me and now I want to try more of her work! I’m adding Isla to my wish list.

    bermudaonion (Kathy) recently posted: Review: Maus
  4. Joanne says:

    Waiting for new Bloodlines books is so hard! But we’re really almost there on the sixth book, which is going to be kind of a bittersweet day for me, at least.

    Joanne recently posted: Top Ten Books I Read in 2014
  5. I’ve heard so many great things about Rites of Passage and Love Letters to the Dead. They are still on my tbr and one of these days I’ll get around to them:-)

    Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy recently posted: Tammy’s Top Ten Adult Books of 2014
  6. Great list! I STILL have not read Love Letters to the Dead, despite really really wanting to earlier in the year! Isla was so worth the wait and thought it was a wonderfully adorable wrap up to the series. Glad you had so many good reads this year!

    Candice @ The Grown-Up YA recently posted: Top Ten Tuesday – Countin’ ‘em down! Again!
  7. Kyra says:

    Open Road Summer and Love Letters to the Dead sound fantastic, they’re on my wishlist! 🙂

    Kyra @ Blog of a Bookaholic
    My TTT Post!

  8. I haven’t read any of those, glad you enjoyed them. Thanks for sharing! Here’s my Favorite Books of 2014.

    Karsyn @ KaKiJoKoJa recently posted: Top 10 ~ Books I Read in 2014
  9. Your list is pretty darn awesome. It has given me more books to add to my TBR. I figure if it’s in someone’s top 10 for the year list, it must be worth reading. 🙂

    Mel @ Reviews In A Pinch recently posted: Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Books I Read in 2014
  10. LisaILJ says:

    I loved Open Road summer too. It made my list of the best books I read this year. I will have to check out some of the others. I also really liked Silver Shadows and it just missed out on making my top 10. Nice list.

    My TTT
    LisaILJ @ I’ll Tumble for YA

  11. Can’t wait to read your review on a Pointe.

    Amy @ bookgoonie recently posted: Deadly Sting by Jennifer Estep
  12. Mandy says:

    Great list. I’ve haven’t read any of these yet but I hope to in the near future. Thanks so much for sharing this week. Have a great week and Happy holidays. My TTT

    Mandy recently posted: Top Ten Tuesday!
  13. EM @ Books and Iced Coffee says:

    I’ve heard nothing but awesome things about Open Road Summer, Isla and Heir of Fire! I hope I get to pick them up soon ^_^

    Awesome list!

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