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Sunday, December 28, 2014

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Best of 2014: October-December

The last three months must have been the months of grumpy.

Seriously. No 5 Owl reads? I'm a sad book blogger. It's why I've taken off and left Ella to her own devices since December 20. I shall not return until January 5.

I'm kidding. I'm pretty much internet-less throughout winter break, so I'm letting scheduling do its fantastic work (and leaving Ella to her own devices, which I probably feel a bit guilty about). Oh, and Big Brother is watching ya'll. O_O

'Twas an awfully awkward book.

Welcome to the near end of December, where I shall now present the grumpiest fantastic reads of 2014. Well, October through December. If you really want to know what the best reads for the entire year of 2014, it's pretty much all of the 5 Owl reviews of this year.

The negative side of me that developed a few months ago says some of those books *whispers* don't really deserve to be on that list, though most are... *whispers*

  1. Whispers at Moonrise by C.C. Hunter - I'm sadly one of the peeps who are conflicted about reading the last book. I do know I want to read the spin -off because Della is my favorite character. It's the attitude and sass. ;)
  2. Discern by Andrea Pearson - A lot of books that have magical powers in regards to children almost always have something to do with the number 7. In Discern though... it's the fourth kid.
  3. This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner - Despite the fact This Shattered World has a few similar concepts to its predecessor, These Broken Stars, the sequel certainly meets up to expectations. I secretly prefer Jubilee and Flynn over Lilac and Tarver (Yes, they make an appearance!). ;)
  4. Of Sea and Stone by Kate Avery Ellison - The world of Itlantis sounds so imaginative. *happy sigh* Okay, there were some character history and development problems... but I'm a little lenient towards the first book in a series. A LITTLE. Not so much in the second and further on.
  5. Anomaly by Tonya Kuper - I fully admit I had a brain fart earlier this month and mistook December 3 for December 5. I obviously have numerical problems. But just so you know... "may the mass x acceleration be with you" when you read this book, because us wooden slabs are made to sound worse than the mundanes.
  6. Silvern by Christina Farley - A little too focused on romance, but most YA books tend to do that and I probably need to wrap my "pringly" little brain around this fact soon or I'm doomed. I still enjoyed the exotic world of Korea. Surprisingly, it's also the only Asian cultural food I've never eaten. O_O
  7. Neverland by Anna Katmore - Awww, lookie here! It's a sneak peek into the review - isn't that fantastic? Here's something you should know about Neverland: Katmore gives Captain Hook a twist from the scary, ruthless pirate of the original. It's almost like he's the good guy.... To read the review (because that statement may be rephrased), stop by on Tuesday for the blog tour!
  8. Eon by Alison Goodman - Mr. Pokey may be happy to find out Eon managed to stick its claws in at the last minute on this list, but the middle drags. A LOT. And it is a HUGE reason why I didn't give it a fantastically fantastic rating that I probably would have given (because it's the best dragon book in the history of dragon books!). If it makes anyone feel better, Eona is longer. 600+ pages? If the middle drags again, expect a crabby Sophia in the review.
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Sophia is the owner and founder of Bookwyrming Thoughts. She also doesn't fit the Asian stereotype (maybe a little). She's a first year Communications major from the St. Louis area, though she sometimes wish she wasn't. Books, chocolate, technology, and music are among some of her favorite things. For more of her work, visit her personal website.

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