Top Five Books of 2014 by Ashley G.

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in Other Writings | 0 comments

Today, AYWI student blogger Ashley shares her top five reads of 2014 in no particular order!

These are the top five that I recommend to read for 2015.

ASHFALL by Mike Mullin

An apocalypse. Super volcano. Ash. Snow. Disaster. Alex has to deal with a volcano erupting and having to get to his parents and sister who are only 3 hours away in another state, but with ash and obstacles all around him it takes months. Along the way he meets Darla, a girl with a farm to attend and mother to care for. The super volcano blacks out the world. Ash covers everything. It’s a grey world. The erupting volcano shut down electricity. Alex and the whole world have to convert to the olden days where there was no electricity to survive. Darla and Alex have to deal with people trying to kill them and a group called FEMA. Though along the way, Alex meets people that help him. For the months they travel, danger is their newfound friend.

ELEANOR AND PARK by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor is a red haired, curvy girl who wears weird clothes, and Park is Korean with comics to read and music to listen to. They may have been mean in the beginning but over the months they gradually become friends and eventually a couple. To say the least, Eleanor isn’t perfect. Her mother deals with abuse. Her stepdad wants her in the worst way possible. She has bullies at school and siblings who have to deal with their stepfather and mother. Park has been different since birth. He never really hung with the popular kids but is considered one. He reads comics. Father disappointed but mother happy and proud. Eleanor and Park make a dangerous couple. But somehow make it work until they no longer can. It’s a beautifully heartbroken story. It’s real.

SHADOW SOCIETY by Marie Rutkoski

She doesn’t remember her past. Afraid of fire. She has gone from foster home to foster home. But one school day, Darcy meets Conn, a new guy at school. In a few weeks he builds Darcy’s trust only for that to shatter when he arrests her. Waking from being drugged, she find she’s from a different dimension. Conn was only there to bring her in. She’s considered dangerous in the other dimension. She’s a Shade. She doesn’t understand who these “cops” are that interrogate her about why she was in the other Chicago (the normal Chicago). But one thing Darcy knows is that for her to go home she has to spy on her own species to see if they may be planning a terrorist attack on the Other Chicago. She has to report to Conn if she finds anything on the attack. Along the way she wants to know her past. She wants to know who she was before she was found outside a firefighter building. She’ll do anything to get it. And that may mean that she has to trust Conn again.

HEREAFTER by Tara Hudson

On her birthday, she died. For a century, she walks the earth, having the same nightmare and waking on top of the same grave. One night changes everything. A boy drives off a bridge. It’s the same bridge that Amelia jumped off from (or so she thinks). She doesn’t want him to die like her so she tries to save him only she can’t touch him. But then he opens his eyes to see her. For seconds they look at each other. Amelia is surprised to know that this boy can see her. He can exactly see her. Surprised, she yells at him to swim, and he does. Days later he meets her again. Immediately, they connect. During their time together, a ghost tries to stop Amelia from knowing her past. But Amelia and Josh will do anything to find out who she is and end the ghost that haunts her.

GRAVE MERCY by Robin LaFevers

Ismae has a scar of poison on her back that shows what the Hebrew witch did when her mom wanted to cast of her out. Fourteen years old she was arranged to a man but she escaped. Three years later she is trained to kill by Death himself. Now she’s trained as a deadly machine to kill only by Death wishes. One assignment changes everything. She has to deal with Gavriel Duval, a bastard from a King who died. His fourteen year old sister now rules the country, Brittany. Ismae and Gavriel now have to deal with a situation which involves another kingdom, many lives on the line, an old bachelor, his sister, a young bachelor, Duval’s mother and brother, and many more. It’s a mystery that needs to be solved before the coronation for Duval’s sister.

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