Adventuring Year in Review: 2014

Happy New Year, fellow adventurers!


We want to ring in the new year with some of our most anticipated reads, and take a look back at 2014. Read on, fellow adventurers!

Peeking Ahead

Stacey’s Picks

stacey's picks

Sand of Bone by Blair MacGregor | I just got myself a copy of this book that was published last year, and tore through it, night and day. It’s a fast-paced exciting desert adventure with magic, tragedy, betrayal, and a smidgeon of budding romance (maybe). I’ll be reviewing this one very soon, so stay tuned!

Cannonbridge by Jonathon Barnes | A literary alternate timelines story about a mysterious figure who should never have existed… and the mystery of when history changed. While it’s a little outside my usual  purview, it looks suspenseful and a little spooky.

Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia | This is another literary fantasy, set not in England but in Mexico City. Another horizon-broadening book, the magic here is based in music, and the world is very like our own.

The Oathbreaker’s Shadow by Amy McCulloch |This one has a lot in common with Sand of Bone – a desert setting, a teenaged main character, an elite guard, and traveling across the desert to escape enemies. How exciting!

The Norma Gene by M.E. Roufa | Wherein Abe Lincoln’s illegal clone gets kidnapped and kleptomaniac Norma Greenberg, clone of Marilyn Monroe, is his only chance for rescue. It looks a little bit ridiculous and a whole lot of fun.

Jaclyn’s Picks

There are so many books that I’m looking forward to in 2015. I’ve already listed some of them in my Winter Itinerary. But what will I be reviewing this winter? Well, so far, the highlights include five awesome books.

peek forward

After the War is Over by Jennifer Robson | After reading and loving Robson’s Somewhere in France, how could I not tune in for her follow up? I loved this one, and can’t wait to share my review in early January.

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn | I’m a big fan of Quinn’s historical romances and have been anxiously waiting for this one since I heard of it’s existence. Thankfully it meets and exceeds expectations. My review will be up later this January.

The Eterna Files by Leanna Renee Hieber | I will admit that I had some mixed feelings about this one, but I do think it has merit for a specific audience. What audience? Well you’ll just have to find out in late January.

The Diabolical Miss Hyde by Viola Carr | Another one with a cool concept that left me a tad uneasy; that said, I’m quite certain that I’ll be tuning in for book two since I really need to see how the author deals with the romance in this very odd novel. Find out why I am both compelled and uncertain about this one in the last week of January.

If the Viscount Falls by Sabrina Jeffries | Oh, Sabrina Jeffries, I wouldn’t even be reading historical romance if it weren’t for you. Her latest does not disappoint and I’ll explain why on January 21st.

Looking Back

What were our favourite books of 2014? There were so many it was hard to choose! But we narrowed it down month by month. Check out our favs and read our reviews of why these books were the best of 2014 (even if they weren’t all published in 2014).

Stacey’s Picks stacey's

January | Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells and The Other Tree by D.K. Mok
February | Girl Genius, by Phil and Kaja Foglio
March | The Dreamer, by Lora Innes
April | Sold for Endless Rue by Madeleine E. Robins
May | Peacemaker by Marianne de Pierres
June | Deadly Curiosities by Gail Z. Martin
July | Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen
August | Archetype by M.D. Waters
September | Prototype by M.D. Waters
October | Charming by Elliott James
November | Superheroes Anonymous by Lexie Dunne
December | Undercity by Catherine Asaro

Jaclyn’s Picks jac's 2014

January | Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare
February | The Unbound by Victoria Schwab
March | Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop
April | The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
May | The Devil’s Workshop by Alex Grecian
June | Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
July | The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan
August | The Shadow Throne by Django Wexler
September | Night Storm by Tracey Devlyn
October | Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh
November | Gunpowder Alchemy by Jeannie Lin
December | The Martian by Andy Weir

Our favorite special features…

Lastly, we also want to highlight our favourite special features for the year. Feature posts, like genre maps, top ten lists, or sharing discoveries are something that we’d like to increase in 2015. We’ve had some in 2014, these are two of our favourites.

The Genre Blender | Because we all need one more place to discover new books…

A reader’s map of The Dragon Territories | Dragons? Enough said!

Thanks to all our readers who’ve stayed with us in 2014, we hope that you’ll stick around in 2015. We’d love to hear from you. Tell us what you’ve liked from us this year, comment on reviews and share reading recommendations with us.

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