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2014 YEAR-END REVIEW: Jenni

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FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR: 

The Place Where They Cried” by Rose Christo

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This book may haunt me—in the best and worst ways—for the rest of my life. Set in the mid-1860s, The Place Where They Cried is a sweeping, beautiful story about the plight of Native Americans during those years. It profoundly affected me and my opinions about these beautiful, peaceful people. As I said in my review back in April: Rose Christo writes some of the most stunning, breathtaking, perfect words I’ve ever laid eyes on. Having read several of her books now, I believe that more than ever, and I’m patiently waiting for her next story.

4.5 & 5 STAR BOOKS OF 2014:

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Overhyped book of the year

(What’s all the fuss about?):

Honestly, I can’t think of anything that was outrageously overhyped this year. That said, I do think folks went a little batty over Cross & Crown. I had the lucky chance to review it for the blog and gave it 4 stars, but I understand why some people thought it wasn’t quite as good as they’d hoped. (I feel for authors who write beloved series, a la Abigail Roux. The writers have a lot of hype to live up to when it comes to the series stars we m/m readers know and love!)

Underhyped book of the year

(Why haven’t more people read this?):

The Dogs of Balboa by Rose Christo, Glory Lands by Vastine Bondurant, Wave Goodbye to Charlie by Eric Arvin, and The Butterfly King by Edmond Manning.

(For reference, I’m only listing books published this year. I’ve got plenty of others from years prior if you ever want to know!)

Best surprise of the year

(didn’t know what to expect or the story caught you off guard or anything that just…surprised you…):

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, um…Rose Christo? ;-) All I read from her: the Gives Light series, The Place Where They Cried, The Dogs of Balboa; there wasn’t a single book that I rated less than 4.5 stars. Other big surprises (and new loves!) I found this year: My girl (forever and always) Harper Fox (starting with the Tyack & Frayne series and pretty much all her other works from there, gaaahhhh), and the brilliant, friendly and always funny Edmond Manning (read The Lost and Founds series; do it NOW).

Auto-buy authors

(I’d buy anything these authors write, without a doubt):

Big changes for me this year! I remain an ever-so devoted Kim Fielding fan, but this year I’m adding Josh Lanyon, Harper Fox(!), Rose Christo (duh) and Jordan Hawk (even though I’ve only read one of her books; I can’t WAIT to read more!).

My reading experience in 2014:

Ah, 2014. The year in which I discovered Rose Christo. ;-) And Harper Fox (sigh). And Vee Hoffman(!). And Edmond Manning (himself). And Eric Arvin and Jordan L. Hawk (I’ve only read one book each by them, but…OH SO GOOD). I feel lucky to be part of this blog, lucky that I get to read books by some extraordinarily talented writers who create stories that speak to my heart. And then I get to share my thoughts and feelings about them with other readers. How fun is that?!? I’m two years into my journey with the m/m genre, but I feel like there are so many more books and authors out there to read and to discover. Pardon me, but I’m pretty giddy over that thought! ;-)

What I’m hoping for/looking forward to in my 2015 reading journey?

More Rose Christo and more Harper Fox. Like, seriously, they need to write more books, for the greater good, but also just for me. C’mon ladies, chop, chop. ;-)

14 comments on “2014 YEAR-END REVIEW: Jenni

  1. llesarlorraine
    December 27, 2014

    At nearly 1000 pages! and a bittersweet? ending….hmmmm not sure. Please tell me the ending it is a HEA?

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    • Carolyn
      December 27, 2014

      It’s not an HEA, no. It’s beautiful and amazing and worth every moment you spend reading and thinking about it, but there’s no seeing two romantic partners going off into the sunset together. I wish that wouldn’t stop you or others from reading it, but I understand that people want their happy ending in a romance. If you ever need something that will touch your heart in unimaginable ways and you don’t mind crying, please, please remember this book.

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      • Jenni
        December 28, 2014

        Well said, I totally agree! :)

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    • Jenni
      December 28, 2014

      I wish I could tell you there’s an HEA, but no. Listen though, I promise you, it’s still worth your time. It’s one of the most stunning collection of words I’ve ever laid eyes on, and it deserves your attention. Go for it and let me know what you think!

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  2. Kim W
    December 27, 2014

    Wave Goodbye to Charlie was so good. It was nice to read something really different from everything else out there.

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    • Jenni
      December 28, 2014

      It was deliciously different, wasn’t it, Kim?! Glad you liked it too! :)

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  3. TracyTG
    December 27, 2014

    I love your love of Rose Christo! :D I still need to read the rest of that Harper Fox series. (Only have finished #1 so far.) I’m psyched to hear how much you dig it! It’s something to look forward to. :-D

    Great write-up!

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    • Jenni
      December 28, 2014

      Thanks, T! :D Ah, Rose Christo. Le sigh. You met her, right? Le sigh. ;-)
      I’m so ready for you to read more Tyack & Frayne! Based on what I’ve seen that you like, I think it’ll continue to appeal to you, and the series gets better with each book!

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      • TracyTG
        December 29, 2014

        Ah, Rose Christo had to cancel her trip to GRNW. :( Maybe next year. And yeah, I’m looking forward to reading #2-#4 of Tyack and Frayne. I’m psyched she continued it! :D

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  4. Ami
    December 27, 2014

    Great that you found Lanyon *YAY*

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    • Jenni
      December 28, 2014

      I LOVE me some Lanyon, Ami! :)

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  5. Sheri
    December 29, 2014

    *hip bump* yep, C&C was the same for me.
    Wave Goodbye to Charlie freaked me out!!
    I’m 2 years in too…can’t wait to discover some hidden goodies with you!

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  6. susanylee
    December 29, 2014

    I took a break from Lanyon and Harper Fox this year…kinda. BUT…reading their short stories in the Comfort & Joy holiday anthology nudged me back on their trains! Excited to be reading their new stuff now…

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    • Jenni
      December 29, 2014

      Their Comfort & Joy stories were perfect, right?!? I’ll be reading those again fo sho! :)

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