Top Ten 2014 Releases I Didn’t Get To
I can’t even begin to count the 2014 releases that I didn’t manage to get to. Are you kidding?! I’ve divided this list up into the top 2014 releases I already own that I didn’t get to, and the top 2014 releases that I didn’t even manage to buy/lend in 2014… that I didn’t get to…
1. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell: This was an unexpected purchase I made while doing my grocery shopping, and I’ll admit I was being shallow, purchasing it based solely on that cover. It’s hardback. It’s delicious.
Synopsis: One drowsy summer’s day in 1984, teenage runaway Holly Sykes encounters a strange woman who offers a small kindness in exchange for ‘asylum’. The Bone Clocks follows the twists and turns of Holly’s life from a scarred adolescence in Gravesend to old age on Ireland’s Atlantic coast – a life not so far out of the ordinary, yet punctuated by flashes of precognition, visits from people who emerge from thin air and brief lapses in the laws of reality. For Holly is also an unwitting player in a murderous feud played out in the shadows and margins of our world, and may prove to be its decisive weapon.
2. The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory: I’ve already read and (mostly) loved the first 5 books in this series, so I eagerly anticipated this book’s release day and snapped it up… but still haven’t read it yet. I’m debating doing a reread of the whole series.
Synopsis: Regarded as another threat to the volatile King Henry VII’s claim to the throne, Margaret Pole, daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, is married off to a steady and kind Lancaster supporter—Sir Richard Pole. Sir Richard is entrusted with the governorship of Wales, but Margaret’s contented daily life is changed forever with the arrival of Arthur, the young Prince of Wales, and his beautiful bride, Katherine of Aragon.
3. The Girl With All The Gifts by M R Carey: The cover of this one really drew me in, and then the storyline sounded pretty amazing. Then I found out it’s actually a horror, and I’ve no idea what to make of it.
Synopsis: Melanie is a very special girl. Dr. Caldwell calls her “our little genius.” Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh. The Girl With All the Gifts is a groundbreaking thriller, emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end.
4. The Accident by C L Taylor: In the past year or so I’ve discovered that I really like thriller/crime/mystery novels, and I’m gathering quite a collection of them now…
Synopsis: Sue Jackson has the perfect family but when her teenage daughter, Charlotte, deliberately steps in front of a bus and ends up in a coma she is forced to face a very dark reality. Retracing her daughter’s steps she finds a horrifying entry in Charlotte’s diary and is forced to head deep into Charlotte’s private world. In her hunt for evidence, Sue begins to mistrust everyone close to her daughter and she’s forced to look further, into the depths of her own past.
5. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult: One of my auto-buy authors. This book was released, I found it as well-priced as I could, I purchased.
Synopsis: Jenna Metcalf was with her mother the night she disappeared in tragic and mysterious circumstances, but she remembers nothing. Over 10 years have passed, and still Jenna rereads her mother’s journals, hoping to find some hidden clue in the meticulous recording of her scientific research with elephants. Desperate for answers, Jenna uses all her savings to recruit the aid of a private detective – and a psychic. She knows her mother loved her. Knows she would not leave her. And she will not rest until she finds out what happened that night.
6. Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke: ianna Stone:I need this book in my life so bad, it hurts! I’ve lusted after it for a while, and I adore that cover, but they’ve only gone and done a cover change. Le sigh.
Synopsis: Every time someone makes a choice, a new parallel world is spun off the existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, sneaking out instead of staying in bed – every decision creates an alternate universe in which an Echo self takes the road not traveled. As a Walker who can navigate between these realities, Del is training to help keep the dimensions in harmony. When Del secretly starts to investigate other dissonant worlds, she get tangled up with an Echo of her longtime crush. She knows she shouldn’t keep seeing him. But as Del persists, she uncovers a truth that the Council of Walkers is trying to hide – a secret that threatens the entire multiverse.
7. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: I love WW2 fiction. I love this title. I love the cover. I love the premise behind this story. Sold.
Synopsis: Marie lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks. When she is 6, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie’s agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.
In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie.
8. A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Walker: This is a 2014 release I’m lusting after based purely on reviews. Anyone who has read it seems to adore it.
Synopsis: Welcome to the world of fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes 17 year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist – a nearly impossible dream for a girl.
9. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson: Again, this is one that only landed on my radar based on how much love it was getting in the bookish community, and how many good things I’ve heard about it.
Synopsis: Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At 13, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude wears red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But 3 years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins… The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.
10. The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel: This isn’t a book I would have paid much attention to at first glance, but I’ve seen some amazing reviews from reviewers I trust, so it has been added to my wishlist for 2015.
Synopsis: After a brutal nuclear war, the US was left decimated. A small group of survivors banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual. This year, it is my turn. My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power.
What books have made your list? Are there any of these you highly recommend? Let me know in the comments!