And just to be clear, these are my favorite books that I read in 2014, not books published in 2014. Links take you to the book's page on goodreads.
My top 5 in no particular order:
The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld - A heartbreaking story of the Lady, a death row inmate, and a priest. Easily one of the best books I've ever read, and it will definitely make you think! Be warned - it contains dark subject matter. I could only read in small portions.
Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt - It's the story of June, who loses her Uncle Finn to AIDS, and the strange man she first notices at his funeral. But it's also the story of June and her sister Greta, the pains of growing up, and what it means to love someone. Beautiful writing and a story that will stay with you for a while.
Something Real by Heather Demetrios - This one's about Bonnie™/Chloe Baker, a 17 year old who doesn't want to be on her family's reality show any more. Of course her mother won't let her and drama follows. I loved the teen characters - certainly Chloe, but also her bother Benton, and boyfriend Patrick.
Rats Saw God by Rob Thomas - The story of a teenage boy dealing with his parents' divorce and falling in love for the first time. Sounds so cliché but it's not. Also, the ending: WHOA.
Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor - A good, old-fashioned YA fantasy + romance with the added bonus of exotic locations. Loved it! I adore stories where I'm figuring things out with the characters and there was certainly plenty of that going on. Skillfully written, and all the characters were well done, not just Karou.
And if you're interested in more . . Jessica's top 10 of 2014 and RA's top books of 2013.