There were so many excellent books this year. Narrowing down my favorites alone was hard. Then I asked all the VBC reviewers to send me their top lists, too. (I’m pretty sure the ladies thought I was evil incarnate when I asked for just five favorite books for the year.)
The best of the best rose quickly, though, as favorite titles appeared on our reviewers lists again and again. I cheered each time my favorites made an appearance. I hope you have the same feeling as you read through Vampire Book Club’s Best Books of 2014 list below. I hope you see your favorite books here, and spot others to add to your must-read list. Each title on this list comes with a VBC seal of approval. We promise its awesomeness.
1. MURDER OF CROWS (THE OTHERS #2)
Author: Anne Bishop
Murder of Crows lived up to our anticipation. We’d fallen in love with The Others series with Written in Red, and Murder of Crows lived up to our expectations. In her review, Amy said “The subtle mix between Meg finding her life amongst the Others and the broiling tensions waiting to explode on the outside keeps me coming back for more.”
2. SILVER SHADOWS (BLOODLINES #5)
Author: Richelle Mead
Silver Shadows is the darkest book in the Bloodlines series to date. It’s also the best. Richelle Mead has deftly woven painful, deep scenes with breaths of warmth, light and hope.
…and Sydrian is legit and awesome and the best ‘ship ever. We’re still swooning over Adrian Ivashkov in this book.
3. DARK SKYE (IMMORTALS AFTER DARK #15)
Author: Kresley Cole
Dark Skye made VBC’s Candace—firmly Team Lycan—forget that MacReive ended on a cliffhanger. That good. Lanthe and Thronos and their rediscovery of a long-lost love was everything we wanted it to be. It was enough to make us forget favorites, forge new ones and overall melt.
4. UP FROM THE GRAVE (NIGHT HUNTRESS #7)
Author: Jeaniene Frost
The beautiful thing about this series-ending novel is that it brings together everything we’ve loved about this series. Jeaniene Frost takes us down memory lane with nuance and care. Every element that’s a callback to a prior book is pivotal to the plot instead of being a “hey remember that time…” bone thrown to fans.
5. THE FOREVER SONG (BLOOD OF EDEN #3)
Author: Julie Kagawa
This is the second finale book in the Best of 2014 list. It was a year for good endings, apparently! The Forever Song made us cry. It made is rejoice. It did transitioned from overwhelming emotions seamlessly. Julie Kagawa played with the tension levels through the book, and it worked from the end to end. The final pages of the book were so strong and satisfying, we could handle letting go.
6. SIXTH GRAVE ON THE EDGE (CHARLEY DAVIDSON #6)
Author: Darynda Jones
We’d be best friends with Charley. Let’s just get that out there. She and the standout secondary characters made Sixth Grave on the Edge and top read for us. Cookie never fails to make us laugh, and Reyes continues to get us all gooey. We just love the dynamic he has with Charley.
7. SHIELD OF WINTER (PSY-CHANGELING #13)
Author: Nalini Singh
We’re all Nalini Singh fangirls here at VBC. (There was debate over if it would Guild Hunter or Psy-Changling series on this list.) Shield of Winter was stellar at every turn. The gradual build of Ivy and Vasic’s relationship was perfect for the characters, and sometimes we just love the slow burn. This is one for the keeper shelf.
8. LOVE ME TO DEATH (UNDERVEIL #1)
Author: Marissa Clarke
It’s not all established series on this list. We loved this new vampire romance novel from Marissa Clarke. It was hot and feisty and generally all the things we want in a vampire novel. Plus, it had one of the sexiest vampire transformation scenes we’ve ever read. Enough said?
9. HEIR OF FIRE (THRONE OF GLASS #3)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
The Throne of Glass series just gets better and better. Heir of Fire was the best novel we’ve read from Sarah J. Maas to date. You don’t need to be a huge fantasy fan to fall for this tale, but three books in a few of our reviewers have found themselves more and more at home in the genre.
10. HOUSE IMMORTAL (HOUSE IMMORTAL #1)
Author: Devon Monk
There’s a strong homage to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein within House Immortal, and we loved it. Moreover, the novel is a great start to a series with strong character development. We backed the good guys and found the bad ones truly vile. Better yet: We didn’t always know who to trust. House Immortal kept us guessing and engaged. Both very good things.
There were hundreds of excellent books nominated for the Reader’s Choice Best of 2014. We ended up with two books tied for the top spot. It’s the giving season, so we’re naming them both Reader’s Choice of 2014.