I know I know..I'm a wit bit late with this post! Well I have a reason for that, originally I wasn't going to post this. You see 2014 was all a horrible reading slump, and just in general a rocky year for me, I wasn't blogging much because I was so busy working on 'me'. 2014 consisted of A LOT of re-reading, I didn't read that many new books.

Now I decided to post this though because I REALLY loved these 2 books, and I felt they deserved a special recognition post since they were so good and they definitely were my favorite NEW reads of 2014!

So without further ado my favorites reads of 2014 were...


 Firebolt by Adrienne Woods book information
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Dragons. Right. Teenage girls don’t believe in fairy tales, and sixteen-year old Elena Watkins was no different. Until the night a fairy tale killed her father. Now Elena’s in a new world, and a new school. The cutest guy around may be an evil dragon, a Prince wants Elena’s heart, and a long dead sorcerer may be waking up to kill her. Oh. And the only way Elena’s going to graduate is on the back of a dragon of her own. Teenage girls don’t believe in fairy tales. Now it’s time for Elena to believe – in herself.


#16thingsithoughtweretrue by Janet Gurtler book information
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Heart attacks happen to other people #thingsIthoughtweretrue

When Morgan's mom gets sick, it's hard not to panic. Without her mother, she would have no one—until she finds out the dad who walked out on her as a baby isn't as far away as she thought...

Adam is a stuck-up, uptight jerk #thingsIthoughtweretrue

Now that they have a summer job together, Morgan's getting to know the real Adam, and he's actually pretty sweet...in a nerdy-hot kind of way. He even offers to go with her to find her dad. Road trip, anyone?

5000 Twitter followers are all the friends I need #thingsIthoughtweretrue

With Adam in the back seat, a hyper chatterbox named Amy behind the wheel, and plenty of Cheetos to fuel their trip, Morgan feels ready for anything. She's not expecting a flat tire, a missed ferry, a fake girlfriend...and that these two people she barely knew before the summer started will become the people she can't imagine living without.


So since I loved both of these books so much I will be giving away a paperback copy of both of these books to 1 lucky winner! All you have to do to enter is fill out the rafflecopter below! Good luck, and I hope you love FireBolt and #16thingsithoughtweretrue as much as I do! 

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Title: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Release Date: October 6th 2015


Game of Thrones meets Ocean's Eleven in this brand-book in the world of the Grisha by New York Times-bestselling author Leigh Bardugo.

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.
Title: The Night She Disappeared by April Henry
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery
Details: 240 pages
Source: Netgalley

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Gabie drives a Mini Cooper. She also works part time as a delivery girl at Pete’s Pizza. One night, Kayla—another delivery girl—goes missing. To her horror, Gabie learns that the supposed kidnapper had asked if the girl in the Mini Cooper was working that night. Gabie can’t move beyond the fact that Kayla’s fate was really meant for her, and she becomes obsessed with finding Kayla. She teams up with Drew, who also works at Pete’s. Together, they set out to prove that Kayla isn’t dead—and to find her before she is.
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Gabie works at Pete’s Pizza, where she delivers pizzas in her mini cooper. Her co-worker Kayla switches Friday night with her. But when Kayla goes out to make a delivery, she doesn’t come back, and now she is missing. As if this wasn’t horrifying enough to hear, Gabie also learns that the man that has kidnapped Kayla, had originally asked if the girl with the mini cooper was delivering that night. Kayla was never the target he wanted…Gabie was. Now with the city of Portland on edge, Gabie and her coworker Drew will work together in trying to piece together where Kayla is, and who took her, before it’s too late.

The Night She Disappeared is a riveting on the edge of your seat mystery! The Night She Disappeared is written from various points of view, the main ones being Gabie, Drew, Kayla, and John Robertson (the man keeping Kayla hostage). Reading from all the different point of views makes this novel so much better, you will watch through Kayla and Drews eyes and them listening to how everyone suspects that Kayla has been killed, then in the next chapter you’re reading from Kayla’s point of view being trapped in a basement and having to call her captor ‘master’.

Kayla’s point of view is the most stressful to read, you don’t know if she will be around much longer, if her captor will kill her soon since she isn’t his intended victim, if she will try and attack her kidnapper, reading Kayla’s point of view was always the most ‘exciting’. Gabie is an interesting character throughout the novel, she is taking Kayla’s disappearance very hard and is feeling guilty that it should have been her, not Kayla taken that night. Also Gabie seems to have some sort of ‘6th sense’ the novel never goes into too much detail about it, but throughout the novel Gabie constantly says that she knows Kayla is still alive, that she can just feel that she is still alive. Not in the hopeful way, but that she actually feels something almost like a psychic ability telling her Kayla is still alive. Kayla and Gabie were the most interesting to read from, Drew was enjoyable, but Kayla and Gabie were always more exciting to read from.

Overall The Night She Disappeared was a great YA, suspense, mystery novel. You will be on the edge of your seat not knowing if they’re going to find Kayla in time, or if they will piece it together a little too late. This novel has suspense, mystery, a little bit of action, some romance, mental disorders, and just so many other factors that made this a great read!
Title: Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Series: Book 1 in the Across the Universe series
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-fi, Dystopian
Details: 398 pages, released January 11th 2011
Source: Bought

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A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone - one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship - tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.
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Amy is a normal 17 year old girl she has (had) a boyfriend who she loves, and goes (went) to school, but Amy is going to be frozen for the next 300 years with her parents, and be packed away on Godspeed a very large spaceship. She is supposed to awake with her parents, on a new planet, what she's not supposed to do is be woken up 50 years earlier and almost die because someone broke open her case. Amy is terrified, and well freaking out. She can’t be re-frozen, it’s too risky, now she must find out who is murdering people on the ship, before her parents, or she becomes their next victims.

Across the Universe was much better than I thought it was going to be, the chapters flip back and forth between being in Amy's perspective and being in Elder's perspective. I found myself not being able to put this amazing read down, throughout the whole book you can’t help, but feel like you’re part of the story. I thought Across the Universe was going to be heavily romance based, when really the romance took a far back seat to the crazy amounts of suspense and mystery. Across the Universe had me stumped, I could not for the life of me figure out who was killing people on the ship, and I never knew what was going to happen next. Godspeed is a ship built on secrets and lies, which made for a never boring moment in Across the Universe.

Amy and Elder are both great characters, and I loved seeing from both their perspectives! Amy is strong willed and knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to speak her mind, even if it means what she is saying could risk her life. Then there is Elder, he is mesmerized by how different Amy is from everyone, and can’t seem to stop thinking about her. Eldest tells Elder she is trouble, that she’s a ‘freak’, but that doesn’t change Elder’s mind, to him she is perfect.

Overall this was an outstanding YA, Sci-fi thriller with a touch of romance, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes sci-fi, or YA novels! Beth Revis wrote a novel that will capture its readers and completely blow their minds with all the secrets and lies hidden on Godspeed! Across the Universe is a novel that has a lot of praise and is highly recommended, after finishing it I can easily understand why it is a favorite to so many people!

"I want to take her into my arms and hold her tight. But at the same time, I know that is the exact opposite of what she wants. She wants to be free, and all I want is to hold her tight against me."

“I never thought about how important the sky was until I didn't have one.”

“And in her smile I see something more beautiful than the stars.”

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