I also want to say that 2014 was made exceptionally brilliant by the existence of YALC. I hope it comes back.
So, onto my favourite titles from the year...
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Why? It was incredibly creepy with a really unique premise. Being scared to see the unknown is one thing, but not being able to survive seeing the unknown is even scarier! I really recommend this book to fans of creepy horror.
My review: http://www.mabismab.com/2014/12/bird-box-by-josh-malerman-review.html
The Fall by Bethany Griffin
Why? The Fall was incredibly gothic and paid homage to Edgar Allen Poe. In my teenage years, I would have been ALL OVER this book. As an adult, I am hugely thankful it exists. It was a wonderful, sweeping tribute to the original story that enhanced it rather than sacrificed it.
My review: http://www.mabismab.com/2014/10/the-fall-by-bethany-griffin-review.html
We Were Liars by E Lockhart
Why? The language! This book was hit and miss amongst bloggers, but I am definitely on the side of "OMG THAT WAS AMAZING!" The story itself wasn't as good as its presentation, but hey, it wasn't bad either. Dark and twisting, We Were Liars had me hooked.
My review: http://www.mabismab.com/2014/06/we-were-liars-by-e-lockhart-review.html
Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas
Why? This book was a rollercoaster ride of a thriller. It was fast paced and unrelenting. Dark, twisted, messed up, amazing! I can't recommend it enough. So much outpour of love happened that Mily (The YA Nightstand) and I ended up doing a no holds barred virtual book club to discuss the spoilers, ha!
My review: http://www.mabismab.com/2014/08/dangerous-boys-by-abigail-haas-review.html
We Used To Be Kings by Stewart Foster
Why? Another one I loved for the writing style, We Used To Be Kings is the emotionally wrought tale of a troubled teen and his younger brother, dealing with issues of mental health and grief. Deep, sensitive and wonderful.
My review: http://www.mabismab.com/2014/02/we-used-to-be-kings-by-stewart-foster.html
Echo Boy by Matt Haig
Why? Another fast paced thriller, I loved that Echo Boy was unafraid to ask challenging questions within YA. I loved the characters, and it was one of the few books in which I truly hoped for a romance. I've recommended this book a lot this year!
My review: http://www.mabismab.com/2014/03/echo-boy-by-matt-haig-review.html
PLUS SPECIAL SHOUT-OUTS TO: Trouble by Non Pratt, Tease by Amanda Maciel and The Girl With All The Gifts by M R Carey
And for your bonus films
I couldn't leave my "best of" post without a mention of the year's slew of wonderful book adaptations.
I have to say I think my favorite was Divergent (how could anything with a real life Four not be?!) I felt it kept very faithful to the book, and the cast were great. That said, The Fault In Our Stars, Before I Go To Sleep, Gone Girl and Mockingjay Part 1 were all AMAZING too. What a great film year for book geeks!