As we get closer to the end of the year, I like to take the time to look back at all of the amazing books I’ve read, in preparation for our Best of the Year lists. We take those lists seriously here at BT, by the way. 🙂
Three of my favorite book series came to an end this year, and I don’t want to miss out on sharing my thoughts on the final books and the series themselves. If you’ve read my profile at the bottom of my posts, you probably noticed that I am the resident paranormal romance girl here, both YA and New Adult. This is definitely my favorite genre, so it should come as no surprise that I love these books!
The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy) by Deborah Harkness
Matthew de Clairmont holds a very special place in my heart, because he is as close to perfection for a book husband in my eyes. I adore him, so he’s more than a boyfriend. LOL Diana listed all of his best parts perfectly- the poet and the scientist, the warrior and the spy, the Renaissance prince and the father- fell away until only the darkest, most forbidding part of him remained. He was only the assassin now. But he was still the man I loved.
When I looked back at the passages I highlighted in this last book, I found myself loving Philippe more, Matthew’s estranged father and husband to Ysabeau, his maker. Throughout the book, he kept resurfacing and his wisdom didn’t go unnoticed by me or Diana for that matter.
Do not let the ghosts of the past rob the future of its joy.
Think—and stay alive.
Even Matthew realized that he shouldn’t underestimate Diana and her power, intelligence or love.
“This reminds me of another part of the Aurora Consurgens,” he murmured. “As I am the end, so my lover is the beginning. I encompass the whole work of creation, and all knowledge is hidden in me.”
“What do you think it means?” I turned my head so I could see his expression.
He smiled, and his arms circled my waist, one head now resting on the babies. They moved as if recognizing their father’s touch.
“That I am a very lucky man,” Matthew replied.
“But you don’t need words to tell me how you feel,” Matthew said. “I see you, even when you hide from the rest of the world. I hear you, even when you’re silent.”
If you are looking for an amazing storyline filled with magic, power, romance, time travel, and mystery, this is THE best book series out there. Deborah does an amazing job in the last book and it does not disappoint. BUT if I had to choose a favorite, the second book Shadow of Night, would be mine.
City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments series) by Cassandra Clare
This particular series is special to me for a number of reasons. First I’ve been reading about Clary, Jace, Simon, Isabelle, Alex and Magnus Bane for 5 years now, so I’ve become quite attached to these characters. After reading the Twilight series multiple times in 2009, this series was the first one I started, when I finally decided to step out of my comfort zone.
There is so much about the last book that made me so very happy. Everything that you’ve been waiting to happen, happens. Even things that I didn’t see coming, made me feel so much. I was basically reading through big fat tears, the last 1/3 of the book. I am not surprised by this, because I love these characters like they are real people. Simon Lewis is my favorite. I read somewhere that his character is based on Cassandra’s husband, so that might explain why he grabbed my attention and won’t let go. A close second is Magnus Bane. So glad he is getting his own series of books, because he has lived an interesting long life, and I would like to read about all of it. LOL
One of the things Jace had always secretly liked about Magnus’ apartment was that it rarely looked the same way twice. Sometimes it was a big modern loft. Sometimes it looked like a French bordello, or a Victorian opium den, or the inside of a spaceship. Right now, though, it was messy and dark. Stacks of old Chinese food cartons littered the coffee table. Chairman Meow lay on the rag rug, all four legs sticking straight out in front of him like a dead deer.
“It smells like heartbreak in here,” said Jace. “That’s the Chinese food.” Magnus threw himself onto the sofa and stretched his long legs out.
“I don’t repeat my mistakes,” Magnus said, offended.
“You’re right. You make all new and even worse mistakes,” Catarina told him. “ Don’t do it, whatever it is. Don’t lead a werewolf uprising, don’t do anything that might accidentally contribute to the apocalypse, and don’t start your own line of glitter and try to sell it to Sephora.”
In the last book, Cassandra did what I had hoped she would do. Bring my favorite character from the Infernal Devices series to the rest of the gang. Silent Brother, Zachariah. *happy sigh with weepy eyes* In fact, his character rivals with Simon to be my favorite character that Cassandra has ever created.
“We are all the pieces of what we remember. We hold in ourselves the hopes and fears of those who love us. As long as there is love and memory, there is no true loss.”
If I had to describe the series in just a few words, I would say funny, clever, action-packed, and addictive. I can’t wait to read whatever Ms. Clare writes next.
Opposition (The Lux series) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Only one person needs to be mentioned about this series, Daemon Black. Yeap, that’s pretty much why you should read this series. LOL Both Tamie and I have written reviews and shout-outs to the books in this series here and here. We are both pretty much obsessed with Daemon.
In this last book, everything comes to a head, and l love that we get alternating POVs from both kids. Katy and Daemon go through hell, but the ending makes everything worth it. What an incredible journey! There were so many twists, turns, totally kick-ass fight scenes, and swoon-worthy love scenes. Yeah, Jen really pushed the YA envelope, and did it really well. Daemon and Katy were equally sexy and funny, but I will always kiss Daemon first, if given a choice. One more thing, hands down stellar epilogue. I am so going to miss these kids.
“Kat.” He uttered my name like it was some kind of prayer, and then he pressed a kiss against the skin behind my ear.
“I broke every rule of my kind to heal you and keep you with me. I … burned down an entire city to keep you safe. I’ve killed for you. Did you think I’d forget what you mean to me? That anything in this world— in any world— would be stronger than my love for you?”
I wanted Kat out. Every cell of my being demanded that I protect her, even though I knew she was hella capable of doing so herself, but I wanted her far away from here.
Hell, I’d keep her in Bubble Wrap if it weren’t so damn creepy and also inconvenient, considering I had a terrible habit of obsessively popping the damn things until not a single bubble was left.
I think that this series is special to me because I started reading it when I stepped up to doing a regular post on BT and Obsidian was the first book from JLA that I read. Katy is a book blogger, so I loved reading about a character who loved books and sharing her love of them as much as I do.
I also wanted to take this time to talk about a couple of new book series that I started reading this year, and completely love. I am looking forward to reading all of the books, and finding new characters to love and cheer on to the end.
King Hall (Forever Evermore series) by Scarlett Dawn
A fresh, meaty, sink-your-teeth-in-and-hold-on-tight new adult fantasy series kicks off with King Hall…
King Hall — where the Mysticals go to learn their craft, get their degrees, and transition into adulthood. And where four new Rulers will rise and meet their destinies.
Lily Ruckler is adept at one thing: survival. Born a Mystical hybrid, her mere existence is forbidden, but her nightmare is only about to start. Fluke, happenstance, and a deep personal loss finds Lily deeply entrenched with those who would destroy her simply for existing — The Mystical Kings. Being named future Queen of the Shifters shoves Lily into the spotlight, making her one of the most visible Mysticals in the world. But with risk comes a certain solace — her burgeoning friendships with the other three Prodigies: a wicked Vampire, a wild-child Mage, and a playboy Elemental. Backed by their faith and trust, Lily begins to relax into her new life.
Then chaos erupts as the fragile peace between Commoners and Mysticals is broken, and suddenly Lily realizes the greatest threat was never from within, and her fear takes on a new name: the revolution.
Think Harry Potter meets The Mortal Instruments, but definitely New Adult. All of the main characters are seriously cool, and become thick as thieves. Serious heartbreak and a cliffhanger at the end of the first book, so as soon as the price comes down for the rest of the books, I’ll be reading about what will happen next.
Uglies (The Uglies series) by Scott Westerfield
Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that?
Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. Not for her license – for turning pretty. In Tally’s world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.
But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to be pretty. She’d rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all.
The choice Tally makes changes her world forever…
I recently read this book late into the night, because the themes running through it just kept playing in my head. That to me is the sign of the great book; if I keep thinking about characters or the story, when I’m not reading it.
It’s interesting what everyone’s perception of what beautiful is. What perfection is. It’s a billion dollar business, that tricks us into thinking that we have to look a certain way. What if we were forced to all look the same? Like surgically enhanced? Tally learns about the reality of her world only when she is forced to leave it behind.
This is another series that I want to keep on reading for sure!
Can’t wait to see what everyone here at BT will list as their favorites of 2014, and I always want to know what our readers love as well. Please share in the comments!!