1) Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira - I love epistolary novels and, while this isn’t completely epistolary, it does have elements in it. I actually met Ava Dellaira at the TLA Annual Conference last April and she was so sweet. I think I just wasn’t in the mood for a potentially heartbreaking novel.
2) The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness - At 576 pages, this book is a tome. To be honest, I had so many problems with the first two books in this trilogy, that struggling through this one just didn’t appeal.
3) Open Road Summer by Emery Lord - After reading the synopsis and meeting the author at Teen Book Con last April, I was so excited to read this one. I really have no idea what my excuse is for not doing so.
4) Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga - When Game came out in 2013, I didn’t read it because I had been told there were too many cliffhangers. So when this final book came out, and I still hadn’t read book two...
5) Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins - This is the book I mentioned above. I waited so long for this book and a big part of me was (and still is) afraid that it can’t possibly live up to my increasingly high expectations.
6) Bonfire Night by Deanna Raybourn - This is the last of the Lady Julia novellas and I didn’t even know it existed until a month after it was released. I’m actually ashamed to admit that. I think the reason why I haven’t read this one yet is because once I do, there will be no more Lady Julia stories. Sigh.
7) China Dolls by Lisa See - I read half of this book immediately after it was published, but I just wasn’t in the mood for the heaviness of it. I think I put it down in favor of something light-hearted and fluffy. Mood really does make a difference.
8) The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas - I loved The Burning Sky a lot more than I thought I would, but had to wait for the library’s copy of the sequel to come in. Which it just did last week. I can’t wait to read it!
9) Breakable by Tammara Webber - Easy was my first experience with New Adult and I loved it. But since this is basically a retelling of Easy from a different perspective, I wanted to wait awhile before revisiting the story again.
10) On the Fence by Kasie West - This is another contemporary YA novel I was really looking forward to, yet didn’t manage to read. I even had an ARC of it months before it came out! I have no excuse.
What 2014 releases did you miss out on reading?