2014 In Review: Books

Like everything else that suffered as a result of too much work in 2014, reading took the biggest back seat. For a moment there, I went months without reading a book. MONTHS. That was unheard of in years past for me, and in truth, it made me feel a bit crazy this year. I need the escape reading gives me! While I succeeded in really restricting myself from buying anything outside of my pre-orders this year, I failed at coming even close to my usual reading count of 50-60 books.


The list below are the 24 books I read in 2014 in the order I read them, with clickable links to my reviews on GoodReads. Fingers crossed I can tackle far more of my TBR pile in 2015.



Cold Spell (Fairytale Retellings, Book 4) by Jackson Pearce
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel by Ransom Riggs
The Magician’s Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, Book 1) by C.S. Lewis
The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, Book 2) by C.S. Lewis
 Hollow City (Miss Peregrine, Book 2) by Ransom Riggs
The Unbound (Archived, Book 2) by Victoria Schwab
Fracture Me (Shatter Me, Book 2.5) by Tahereh Mafi
Ignite Me (Shatter Me, Book 3) by Tahereh Mafi
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Illusion (Chronicles of Nick, Book 5) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Sinner (Wolves at MercyFalls, Book 3.5) by Maggie Stiefvater
What I Though Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Drowned by Nichola Reily
Crash (Crash, Book 1) by Nicole Williams
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld
Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, Book 1) by Kendare Blake
Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff
Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker
My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins
Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Misc. Other (aka: Comics)

Afterlife with Archie, Vol. 3 & 4

The Walking Dead, Vol. 132 (LootCrate Exclusive)

Batman, Vol. 36 (LootCrate Exclusive)


Echo Effect

After months of extreme dedication and hard work, my best friend/critique partner Heather () launched her first webcomic Echo Effect today! I can't express how proud and happy I am for her to be fulfilling a dream she's had for a long time now. I've been lucky to see the next 35+ comics after this first one and I can honestly say, it's a great story. If you're into Greek mythology, antisocial girls, and/or popular pretty boys, Echo Effect is the comic for you! Check it out! 

(Clicking the picture above will take you to the first comic strip.
Bookmark the site and check back every Monday/Wednesday/Friday!)



This Week: In My Mailbox

This week I finally pre-ordered all (I think all, at least) of the books I must have for the year. There were 16 total (thank God it doesn’t all come out of my pocket at once). I also ordered three additional books (pictured) that were either necessary for the pre-orders coming or just because. I had a gift card leftover from Christmas so there was no guilt in these buys!

Books Pre-Ordered:  Spellbound (Hex Hall, Book 3) , Infamous (Chronicles of Nick, Book 3) , Body & Soul (Ghost and the Goth, Book 3) , City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, Book 5) , Endure (Need, Book 4) , The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle, Book 1) , Hidden (Firelight, Book 3) , Fathomless , Time Untime (Dark-Hunter, Book 21) , The Blood Keeper (The Blood Journals, Book 2) , Just for Fins (Fins, Book 3) , Rapture (Fallen, Book 4) , and Purity

I also bought one of Starline Hodge’s Candi ACEO cards and I’m super stoked about it! I’m amazed at all the awesomeness done with markers packed into such a tiny card. I already want more!

It was a good week for my mailbox. 🙂

You guys order/receive anything cool lately?



My Best Friend is made of Awesomesauce!

Why, you’re wondering?

Because she published a freaking book for me for Christmas this year!

I never talked about it here for some reason (probably because I suck at cross-blogging), but back in October Heather made THIS for me. (Be sure to read the explanation behind it.)

Well this year for Christmas, not only did she send me framed art of our characters (even featuring my latest novel’s lead male!), she also published a book – all shiny and colorful – called, “Torture Christmas Art,” the first volume of more to come hopefully!  I can’t show you every page or this would be a mighty long post (and spoilerific!), but check out the pictures I have included! It’s awesome, right?

Yeah… my best friend rocks! You jelly? 😉 

P.S. See that snarky blonde haired boy? His name is Arden. You should check out this Christmas short story featuring him called, “Holiday Sneer”!