Best Books of 2014 – #BookBlogWriMo

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Best Book I Read This Year

Ok, for my long-term readers, let say it all together now:

Who Fears DeathWho Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In a post-apocalyptic future in sub-Saharan Africa, the Nuru are waging war against the Okeke. The Nurus believe in using rape as a weapon. They know that raped Okeke women will be shunned by their families and that any children born will be Ewu. Ewu children are identifiable by their skin color. It is believed that children conceived in violence will be violent themselves so Ewu are kept outside civilized society.

After a powerful Nuru sorcerer rapes an Okeke woman, she flees to the desert where she gives birth to a girl who she names Onyesonwu. It means Who Fears Death. Onyesonwu grows to be a powerful sorcerer herself but will her society reject the possibility of a savior who is twice an outcast – both Ewu and a woman?

I feel like I’m a broken record on this book. I’ve plugged it so often. Here’s the rest of my review.

Best Conclusion to a Series

The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy, #3)The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My review

 

 

Fiction Favorites

The Invention of WingsThe Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My review

 

 

The Midnight RoseThe Midnight Rose by Lucinda Riley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My review

 

 

Best Fiction Audio

Calling Me HomeCalling Me Home by Julie Kibler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My review – including why listening to the audio drove me batty.

 

 

Best NonFiction So Far

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil WarLiar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My review

 

 

Series I’m Glad I Started This Year

Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1)Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My review

 

 

 

Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #1)Hounded by Kevin Hearne

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My review

 

 

 

Enchanted, Inc. (Enchanted, Inc., #1)Enchanted, Inc. by Shanna Swendson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My review