My favorite paranormal reads of 2014:
Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan
Gillian's pitch: Series ender full of kissing, heartbreak, banter, heartbreak, magicks, heartbreak, sacrifice, and HEARTBREAK
"Hello, I just read this book that ripped me to shreds and sloughed off 23 years worth of emotional armor and left me cold and shivering and vulnerable and in the fetal position. Here read it."
Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard
Gillian's pitch: Series ender full of kissing, heartbreak, zombies, heartbreak, Egypt, heartbreak, moral grey areas, and HEARTBREAK
Burn Bright by Bethany Frenette
Gillian's pitch: Can you guys just PLEASE read this series? It has demons and superheroes and a cute ship and fabulous friendship and CAN YOU JUST. READ IT?
Bloodlines and assorted sequels by Richelle Mead
Gillian's pitch: Adrian. Fucking. Ivashkov. Sydrian. Adrian and Sydney. Adrian... doing things. Being Adrian. Adrianing about whilst Adrian.
Frostbite and Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
Gillian's pitch: These were my two favorite books in the Vampire Academy series, which I also crazy loved... but (unpopular opinion) my heart truly belongs to Bloodlines (and to Sydrian). NOT THAT I DIDN'T FREAK OUT READING ALL OF VAMPIRE ACADEMY IN ABOUT... OH, A WEEK. I forgot how to sleep/eat/breathe/person.
Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker
Gillian's pitch: The swamp. Eats. People. There's magical realism, then just straight up magic, Southern Gothic goodness, and prose you want to eat with a spoon.
This book is the definition of "atmospheric" and I loved it to pieces.
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Gillian's pitch: Flawless Book, Book Flawless
Between the Spark and the Burn by April Genevieve Tucholke
Gillian's pitch: I can't exactly put my finger on why these books work for me, but they say do. I think the sequel addressed a whole bunch of issues present in the first, there was a suuuuuper cute boy, the WRITING, the creepies, the atmosphere--yes please.
And now, my favorite science fiction reads of 2014:
Ignite Me by Taherah Mafi
Gillian's pitch: Okay, so obviously I don't need to sell you on this series, but this book was like a big delicious GIFT of Warner Juliette empowerment Warner and hot scenes and Kenjiness and sure it's not perfect but Warner and hot scenes and Juliette empowerment and Kenji like what else do I need in life
Cress by Marissa Meyer
Gillian's pitch: MY FAVORITE IN THE WHOLE FREAKING SERIES THE CRESS AND THE THORNE AND WHAT CINDER WAS DOING AND KAI AND OH MY GOD SCARLET and if you're not reading this...why? DID THE LUNARS GET YOU?!
Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
Gillian's pitch: I binge-read this entire series wayyyyy back in last December/January. Seriously, three books and two novellas in three days. ROAR. ARIA. THE EVERYTHING. OH BOOK HOW I LOVE YOU.
Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis
Gillian's pitch: Though I rated this three stars, this sci fi Snow White was pure entertainment, super cute, very voicey, and totally funny. I just can't resist redux fairy tales.