I didn't read as many books as I wanted this year but all the books in my top 14 have a special place in my heart. I know that a lot of these books aren't the most well written books. I know that. But these are the books that had the more fun reading(The selection, TSDoLB....), that made me cry(ItSB...), that made me laught, that took my breath away...
So to cut a long story short, those are the books that I enjoyed the most:
Top 14 Books of 2014!
1.Into the still blue by Veronica Rossi
2.The program by Suzane Young
3.The secret diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick
4.The Selection series(yup, a full series,it's my to 2014 so it's my rules;) by Kiera Cass
5.Silver shadows by Richelle Mead
6.The madman's daughter by Megan Sheperd
7.On the island by Tracey Garvis Graves
8.Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Galbadon
9.Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta
10.The trap by Andrew Fukuda
11.The Bone season by Samantha Shannon
12.The silver linings playbook by Matthew Quick
13.The farm by Emily McKay
14.Cress by Marissa Meyer
This was a fitting ending to the Lumatere series. I really enjoyed this series as a whole, the writing is incredible, the characters are rich and layered, and the world is both tragic and beautiful.
Quintana of Charyn was a little bit different from the other books, it was most noticeably the end of things, there were no new characters to meet, and you could see everything and everyone's stories finally tying together and coming to a comfortable ending point. I think I had expected to see a little more inside of Quintana's head (especially considering the title) but we honestly got too see most of the things regarding her more through other beloved characters eyes. It was fine though, I really enjoyed it, but after meeting her in Froi of the Exiles, I was dying to get more from her, and I was a smidge let down not to see some more of her growth on an internal level.
I really quite liked how everything turned out. It was a little more lovey dovey than the previous books as well, but I think it fit after all that these people had been through. Each one earned their happiness. It wasn't all sunshine and rainbows though, I mean it's still a Lumatere book after all, there was plenty of heartache, struggles and loss to tear your heart to shreds. Marchetta just does a more thurough job of patching your wounded heart up in this one.
Is it just me or does it still feel as if Lumatere has some more stories to tell?! Maybe that's just me and not wanting to let go of such an incredible story. I'm just saying if Marchetta decides to add more on down the line....I'll immediately be picking that up! I think a book some years in the future, maybe with the little king and queen to be grown up would be amazing. For now I suppose I will just move on and look on the side of wonder :)
So I did like Finnikan of the Rock. I loved Froi of the Exiles. How did Quintana of Charyn measure up? Well I really liked it, but it was not on the same level as Froi.
I feel like FotR (sorry, I'm getting lazy) is just the background and prequel to the rest of the series. I did really like it, but the main crux of the storyline starts when Froi gets sent to Charyn and meets their insane princess.
This book mainly wraps up all of the storylines in an epic fashion that had me regretting reading in public for all my involuntary reactions. It's a fun and exciting book, though a bit predictable.
I highly recommend this series, even if the first one doesn't hook you. Froi and Quintana have become one of my favorite book relationships.