I could go on ad nauseam about all the fantastic books I read last year, but for brevity’s sake, here are half a dozen of my 2014 favorites. (All but two of the following titles were published in 2014.)
The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove
“In 1891, in a world transformed by 1799’s Great Disruption–when all of the continents were flung into different time periods–thirteen-year-old Sophia Tims and her friend Theo go in search of Sophia’s uncle, Shadrack Elli, Boston’s foremost cartologer, who has been kidnapped.”
Book 1 of the Mapmakers trilogy. The second book, The Golden Specific, will be out this July.
The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire
“Toby thought she understood her own past; she thought she knew the score. She was wrong. It’s time to learn the truth.”
Book 8 in the October Daye series. This urban fantasy series is hands down my favorite.
The Girl’s at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine
“This reimagining of the “Twelve Dancing Princesses” traces the story of a family of flappers who work in a 1920s speakeasy until their suspicious father decides to marry them off, prompting a confrontation with a bootlegger from the eldest sister’s past.”
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
“Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily receives special protections from the spiritual forces of Neverland, but then she meets her tribe’s most dangerous enemy–Peter Pan–and falls in love with him.”
Jackaby by William Ritter
“Newly arrived in 1892 New England, Abigail Rook becomes assistant to R.F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with the ability to see supernatural beings, and she helps him delve into a case of serial murder which, Jackaby is convinced, is due to a nonhuman creature.”
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
“Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and forever, and they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill.”