This is the most torturous thing I do every year. In fact, I think I completely wussed out last year on compiling this collection. It’s like asking a mother to pick a favorite child – agh! I can never pick just one because if I don’t like a book, it doesn’t get reviewed.
The collection of novels below comprise my favorites of the 160+ novels reviewed this year, with links to each individual review so you can check them out. I’m so sorry to any author whose novel wasn’t included – deciding where to draw the line is migraine inducing because I want to include them all!
Please note: Any novel reviewed after Thanksgiving was not included. Also, if you want to check out all the books reviewed this year just click here. Each book cover on that page is a link to its review.
No worries – all book links will open new tabs so you won’t be taken away from this page before you have a chance to enter the giveaway.
Once you’ve looked them over, be sure to enter our International Giveaway for the Best of 2014 Giveaway Hop. It’s an Amazon gift card you can win to buy any of these novels or anything else you choose – our holiday gift to you!
Children’s Picture Books:
If You Give a Mouse an iPhone by Ann Droyd. Whatever would a little mouse do with an iPhone?
Middle School (Characters in) Fiction:
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley. Bradley’s pint-sized intrepid sleuth is at it again, and of course there are dead bodies involved.
Mr. Samuel’s Penny by Treva Hall Melvin. A young girl learns valuable lessons when she spends the summer in a small NC town.
Last Minute Addition: I couldn’t decide where to put this one, and inadvertently left it out. Agh…can’t believe I did that!
A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman. Ove is a bonafide curmudgeon, but behind every curmudgeon is a story and this is his.
The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis. A man must confront his past and those who betrayed him as well as those he betrayed if he is to salvage his future.
The Sweetness by Sande Bortiz Berger. How World War II affects a Jewish family in Eastern Europe and their relatives in New York.
Three Souls by Janie Chang. A woman and her three souls must re-examine her life during the Cultural Revolution to learn the lessons needed if she is to move on.
Red Rising by Pierce Brown. In a color-coded future society, a man must find a way to bring freedom to his oppressed caste.
We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas. A woman born to Irish immigrant parents wants more for herself and her family, but is she willing to pay the price?
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness. Witch Diana Bishop and vampire Matthew Claremont return to face what awaits them in the present.
The Hawley Book of the Dead by Chrysler Szarlan. A woman with the sight flees a killer with her children to what she hopes is a safe haven.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. The lives of a blind French girl and a bright German boy intersect during World War II.
The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin. That sometimes beauty is a curse as well as a blessing could be the morale of this story about royalty.
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon. The revolutionary war finds the entire Fletcher family – will they make it through alive?
The Collector of Dying Breaths by M.J. Rose. A man obsessed with preserving the one he loves more than life itself.
Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix. An Ikea wanna-be store transforms at night – will anyone make it out alive?
The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood. In an apartment building filled with odd people, a bizarre serial killer lurks undetected.
Mysteries & Thrillers:
The Cairo Affair by Olen Steinhauer. An international political conspiracy plot so complex that it seems nothing is as it appears.
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica. A man paid to kidnap a young woman could be her salvation or her destruction, but which?
The Secret Place by Tana French. This English boarding school contains a deadly secret – a murderer in its student body.
The Martian by Andy Weir. One man stranded on Mars in an expedition that goes very wrong. Can he survive?
Robogenesis by Daniel H. Wilson. The robot war is over, or is it?
Jubilee’s Journey by Bette Lee Crosby. Children in search of a relative find much more than they bargained for.
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. The story of a Charleston slave and her owner’s daughter, inspired by real 19th century uppity women (the best kind).
Hello from the Gillespies by Monica McInerney. An Australian woman’s rant is accidentally emailed to her entire holiday greeting list, and that’s just the beginning.
The Moment of Everything by Shelly King. Can a woman laid off in Silicon Valley find who she’s meant to be in a used bookstore?
The Sleepwalkers Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob. Can a young woman dealing with her immigrant father’s decline into Alzheimers find the hidden gift?
Counting to D by Kate Scott. A brilliant math student must confront the dyslexia she’s hidden so well when forced to move to a new school.
The Tyrant’s Daughter by J.C. Carleson. A political refuge tries to adjust to being a U.S. teen while dealing with the tragedy she’s left behind in her country.
YA Dystopian Fiction:
Uninvited by Sophie Jordan. In the future, teens with certain genetic traits are labeled killers – even musical prodigies…
Severed Tower by J. Barton Mitchell. On an earth conquered by aliens, teens must venture into the Strange Lands if they have any hope of saving humanity.
YA Fantasy/SciFi Fiction:
Black Dog by Rachel Neumeier. Three teens from Mexico must travel to New England in hopes they’ll be taken in by the only group that can protect them, a band of werewolves not known for welcoming strangers.
Katya’s War by Jonathan L. Howard. On a water world, Katya finds herself in the middle of a war and allied with a group of pirates – she never saw that coming.
Our International Giveaway:
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