Google+ YA Romantics: February 2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Just Finished Reading ... Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park
by Rainbow Rowell
Published on February 26, 2013
by St Martins Griffin

Source: bought

Connect with the author: blog : tumblr : Facebook : Twitter.

Summary from jacket flap: Eleanor: red hair, wrong clothes. Standing beside him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough ... Eleanor.

Park: He knows she'll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punchline. There's a place on his chest , just below her throat, that makes her want to keep promises ... Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen year olds -- smart enough to know that true love never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

My take: If you love realistic YA fiction, you've got to put Eleanor and Park on your to-read list. It's really something special. It's a love story, it's a gritty family drama, it's a story about bullying and outcasts -- all woven together with a magic and subtlety that astonished me. Usually books like this -- books about kids that don't fit in, kids who have tough home lives, kids who are picked on -- are written with a fair amount of hand-wringing and fist-shaking. Which is okay with me, because these are important issues, to be sure.

In contrast, Eleanor and Park just shows us these two characters and their worlds. Eleanor is the new girl at school. Her hair is too red and her clothes are too odd and she's immediately a target for the mean kids on the bus. Park doesn't really fit in either -- he's half-Korean in a school that's, as the book describes it, "seriously white." But Park flies under the social radar. He smiles at the kung fu jokes and puts on his headphones to drown out all the noise.

Park didn't have any luck -- or status -- to spare on that dumb redhead.

When Park sees Eleanor on the bus, his first thought is that she's crazy to look that weird on purpose. She starts reading comic books over his shoulder. He gives her one to borrow. Note: they still haven't said a word to each other at this point. Eleanor's home life is tough. It takes a number of chapters to piece together exactly what's going on, but it's clear that she hates her stepfather and dreads being at home. She and Park fall hard for each other, a relationship that seems born of mutual understanding as much as teen hormones. And I loved the fact that the book even pokes gentle fun at their love, having Eleanor mock Romeo and Juliet to her English teacher, saying "they don't even know each other." Park's response? That the play endures because "people want to remember what it's like to be young and in love."

Eleanor and Park definitely gets that "first love" feeling just right: the desperation, the scheming, the awkwardness, the pure magic, the inevitable heartbreak. Like Juliet, Eleanor has to hide her relationship with Park. Her difficult life at home is presented with such matter-of-fact, soul-crushing detail that I had to pause in my reading a few times. I sat there, wondering about those kids I remembered from school, the ones who never had clean gym clothes, who spent lunch in the library, who walked through the halls with a wary expression.

I definitely related a lot to Park. I also attended a very homogenous high school and, like Park, I fit in just enough but not completely. This book is set in the 1980s, and I confess to memories of mix tapes and gym suits and 867-5309 and moms who gave home perms in the garage.

Eleanor didn't have anywhere to hide her secrets ... She was running out of time with him.

As their love deepens, Eleanor's situation at home gets more dire. The ending of this book was moving. Realistic. Poignant. Beautifully subtle. Don't miss this one!

Giveaway Alert: St. Martin’s Press is giving away a set of Harman Headphones to celebrate the release of Eleanor & Park. One grand-prize winner with receive a set of headphones and Eleanor & Park. Twenty runners-up will receive a copy of the book.

Click here to enter the Eleanor & Park Headphone Sweepstakes!
Enter through Wednesday, March 6.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Just Finished Reading ... The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

The Madness Underneath (Shades of London #2)
by Maureen Johnson
Published by Putnam Juvenile
on February 26, 2013

Source: e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley. My FTC disclosure is to the right of this post, on the sidebar.

Connect with the author: website : blog: Twitter.

Summary (adapted from Goodreads:) After her near-fatal run-in with a copycat Jack the Ripper, Rory Devereaux has been living in Bristol under the close watch of her parents. When her therapist suddenly suggests she return to Wexford, Rory jumps at the chance. But Rory's brush with the Ripper touched her more than she thought possible: she's become a human terminus, with the power to eliminate ghosts on contact. She soon finds out that the Shades—the city's secret ghost-fighting police—are responsible for her return. The Ripper may be gone, but now there is a string of new inexplicable deaths threatening London. Rory has evidence that the deaths are no coincidence. Something much more sinister is going on, and now she must convince the squad to listen to her before it's too late.

My take:  Do you enjoy the following: ghosts, boarding school stories, Maureen Johnson's twitter feed, and books that take place in London? If so, then you should definitely try the Shades of London series.

As The Madness Underneath opens, Rory is stuck living with her parents, who are eager to keep her safe after her close brush with death in book one. When they finally allow her to return to school, she's thrilled to be reunited with her roommate Jazza, her hook-up buddy Jerome, and her special friends Stephen, Callum and Boo. Even though the culprit in book one is no more, there's a new murder right near campus that seems to have a supernatural element. Rory finds she has a new talent. As the synopsis discloses, she can kill ghosts on contact. She also discovers something interesting about her boarding school --shades of Buffy and the Hellmouth!

That's pretty much all that happens, plot-wise. As I was listening to The Name of the Star on audio to refresh my memory before I started The Madness Underneath, it struck me that these books move at a leisurely pace rather than thriller-y one. To enjoy them, you have to slow down and enjoy the journey: the quirky details about London, the boarding school stuff, and Rory's humorous asides about her eccentric relatives in the South. In The Madness Underneath, Rory isn't that involved in Wexford life, but there's plenty of London atmosphere and spooky stuff. There are also a couple of new characters, one of whom raised a huge red flag for me, and I was right: Person to Beware. Then at the end there's a "finally" moment, and right on top of that, a "what????" moment. What? I was really not expecting that. I will definitely be reading the next book!

EDITED to add: Heidi @ Bunbury in the Stacks says that there was a change to the ending in the finished copy. What??

RE-EDITED to add: I have checked this out. Yes, the ending is a little more expanded upon in the finished copy. But it's not a completely different ending. If you want to know more, just email me.

Interested in this series? Book one, The Name of the Star, will be part of my Freebie Friday giveaway this week, so be sure to stop by!

This series also had a cover change. What do you think? On the far left is the original cover of The Name of the Star, in the middle is the UK version, and on the end is the new US cover.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Hot Off the Presses: New YA February 26-March 4

Hot Off the Presses -- brand new YA releases!

Welcome to Hot Off the Presses! Every Tuesday, I tell you about all the great new YA books releasing that week, then give you a chance to win one. If you're a reviewer, you can also link your blog or Goodreads reviews of any YA book publishing this week so we can all check them out!

Prizes? My US winner can choose one: ARC of Pulse by Patrick Carman, or a finished copy of: Fragments by Dan Wells, The Trouble With Flirting by Claire LaZebnik, The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter or Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally. 
International winner can choose one:  The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson,  The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter or The Revenge of the Girl With the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg 

Here's what's releasing the week of February 26-March 4 -- click the covers to find out more and add to Goodreads!

*Asterisked titles may have a different international release date.

Pulse by Patrick Carman The Madness Underneath Also Known As

Pulse by Patrick Carman (Katherine Tegen Books)

The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson (Putnam Juvenile)

Also Known As by Robin Benway (Walker Children's)

Things I Can't Forget Things I Can't Forget Eleanor and Park

*Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally (Sourcebooks)
Note: Barnes and Noble lists this as releasing on March 1. Amazon says March 5. The Book Depository says April 1.

Fragments (Partials #2) by Dan Wells (Balzer + Bray)

*Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (St Martin's)


Dualed by Elsie Chapman (Random House BYR)

Killing Rachel (The Murder Notebooks #2) by Anne Cassidy (Walker)

Me, Him, Them and It by Caela Carter (Bloomsbury)

Wicked Kiss (Nightwatchers #2) by Michelle Rowan (Harlequin Teen)

The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson (Arthur A. Levine Books)

Being Henry David by Cal Armistead (Albert Whitman Teen)

The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter (Harlequin Teen)

*The Trouble With Flirting by Claire LaZebnik (HarperTeen)

Hot Off the Presses aims to highlight every YA release by a traditional publisher, large or small. If I missed something, please let me know in comments and I'll add it!
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Monday, February 25, 2013

Just Finished Reading ... Requiem by Lauren Oliver

by Lauren Oliver
To be published by HarperTeen
on March 5, 2013

Source: e-ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss. My FTC disclosure is to the right of this post, on the sidebar. I was also lucky enough to score a finished copy at a book event for charity, so ..... GIVEAWAY!

Only very mild plot spoilers for Delirium and Pandemonium.

Summary, excerpted from Goodreads: Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight. After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancĂ©e of the young mayor.

My take:  To me, this series defines high-concept: what if love were viewed as a disease? After finishing Requiem, it seems to me that this entire series is an exploration of different types of love. In Delirium, Lena faces the prospect of her impending cure, then falls in love with Alex and risks everything to be with him. In Pandemonium, Lena faces life after a loss, and learns more about herself as a person as she faces life in the wilds, helps infiltrate the DFA (Deliria-Free America) and grows close to Julian. If Delirium is about first love and Pandemonium looks at love after loss, then I'd say that Requiem explores the idea of love as sacrifice.

Lauren Oliver's writing is beautiful and lyrical in all three books and I've enjoyed this entire trilogy. But after finishing the series, I'd say Delirium was my favorite of the three. I preferred the single point of view, loved all the incredibly creative excerpts from The Book of SHH and other sources, and just found it more gripping to read about life within this dystopic society than life on the outside in the Wilds.

Like Pandemonium, Requiem has shifting points of view. While Pandemomium shifted chronologically from chapter to chapter, alternating between "now" and "then" in Lena's point of view Requiem shifts between Hana's point of view and Lena's. I will probably be in the minority on this, but I much preferred Hana's chapters in Requiem, probably because they reminded me of Delirium. Hana has been cured, and she's not quite herself, but I still found her situation complelling. Like Lena in Delirium, Hana is counting down the days to an important date -- her wedding to the mayor's son -- and as that date grows closer, her anxiety about the ceremony and her groom begin to grow. She starts sneaking around Portland, investigating a hunch. She's also keeping a BIG secret from Lena.

Lena's chapters in Requiem follow her work with the resistance in the Wilds. There are a lot of characters (most from Pandemonium, a few new) that I couldn't always keep straight, and a lot of hiding and skirmishes and moving from point A to point B. It was frustrating to me that Lena uses her group's precarious situation as an excuse to refuse to talk about or deal with the dramatic event at the end of Pandemonium. While I suppose this was realistic -- the group is trying to plan a rebellion while evading Regulators -- it was also frustrating.

In Requiem, Lena and Hana are each haunted by the past and tormented by guilt. There's a story -- borrowed from the Old Testament and the adapted in The Book of SHH -- that preoccupies both women. Thinking about that story -- in either version -- made me a little nervous about the ending of Requiem. Basically, the SHH version of the story ends in tragedy and the Biblical one in self-sacrifice. I won't tell you which way things go in Requiem, but I'll be very curious to see how other readers react.

Dying to read Requiem? I have this finished copy to give away. It's the first edition with the bonus chapter from Alex's POV. I'll draw the winner first thing Monday morning, March 4 and mail it Priority Mail as soon as I get the winner's mailing address. US only, sorry!  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, February 24, 2013

YA Academy Awards Results!

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Thanks so much to all of you who participated! This was really fun and I hope to do it again next year.

A special thanks to those who submitted fashion picks for our final four in each category. If you want to check out what people suggested, I pinned everything on my YA Academy Awards Pinterest board.  Hope you're having fun watching the fashions on the real Academy Awards!

If you want to know more about the YAAA nominations and rounds of voting, check out the nomination postthe semifinalist post, and the final voting post.

It's time to find out who won and what my three winners -- to be drawn tomorrow -- can choose from as their prize.

Best Villain in YA 2012: Warner from Unravel Me!

Most Comedic YA of 2012: Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins!

Most Dramatic YA of 2012:  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green!

Favorite 2012 Supporting Girl in YA: Zuzana from Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor!

Favorite 2012 Supporting Guy in YA:  Roar from Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi!

Favorite Leading Lady in YA 2012: Cinder from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer!

Favorite Leading Guy in YA 2012:  Adrian from the Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead!

I'm kind of ridiculously excited that each winner comes from a different book, meaning that each of my three lucky winners can choose one of these books as their prize:

Bloodlines, The Golden Lily or the Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
Cinder or Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Daughter of Smoke and Bone or Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Hex Hall, Demonglass or Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins
Shatter Me or Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Under the Never Sky or Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi


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I'm linking up to Sunday Post hosted by the lovely Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer


Happy Sunday! Hope you're looking forward to a great week ahead.  First off....

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VOTE in the YA Academy Awards!

Inspired by the real Oscars tonight, we're having our own YA awards show. TODAY IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO VOTE for Best Leading YA Guy of 2012, Best Leading YA Girl of 2012, Best Supporting Characters, and more!

Voting ends tonight at 9 pm EST. I'll be watching the real Academy Awards at 7pm EST on ABC!

But please vote -- don't let your favorites get left out in the cold! Voting will also give you a chance to win one of the books that inspired our winners. The Rafflecopter is right below the voting stuff.

If you haven't checked out the Pinterest board featuring your suggestions for what our nominees should wear, you can do that here. You can submit a look by leaving me a link to a webpage, Pinterest board or Polyvore collage in comments.

Current Giveaways:

Well, there's the one above. And...

Hot Off the Presses -- you can win a great YA new release!

New Books:  

Last week, I forgot to highlight the great books I got on Edelweiss and NetGalley. Here's what I've loaded onto my Kindle in the last couple of weeks...

Click on any cover to find out more or add to Goodreads.

This Is What Happy Looks Like Game by Barry Lyga Rotten by Michael Northrup

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith - I loved Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, so I am so excited to read this. Thanks, Little Brown!

Game by Barry Lyga. You might remember how much I loved I Hunt Killers. Thanks, Little, Brown!

Rotten by Michael Northrup. I enjoyed Trapped by this author, and also heard him speak at a conference. And I love dogs. Thanks, Scholastic!

All below are from HarperTeen -- thanks so much!

Reboot by Amy Tintera Parallel by Lauren Miller Born of Illusion by Teri Brown

Reboot by Amy Tintera

Parallel by Lauren Miller

Born of Illusion by Teri Brown

Severed Heads, Broken Hearts by Robyn Schneider

Transparent by Natalie Whipple

Some of last week's reviews:

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi -- this love triangle is the worst ever!!!!

Mind Games by Kiersten Miller -- what twist was I hoping to see in this one?

This past week's winners:

Rachel won For the Love of Swoon giveaway and chose Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Bea won Hot Off the Presses and chose Pivot Point by Kasie West

Upcoming Reviews:

Requiem by Lauren Oliver -- with a giveaway!

Plus The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson and Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.

What's new with you this week? Tell me in comments. Leave a link so I can visit you back!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Just Finished Reading .... Radiant by Christina Daley

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I love discovering new authors, so I've resolved that in 2013, I'll go through my review requests and pick something to try each month. For February, I'm featuring:

by Christina Daley
Self-published on February 12, 2012

Source: e-copy from author. My FTC disclosure is in the right sidebar.

Connect with the author on: her blog : twitter : facebook.

Summary (from Goodreads:) Mary is part Vietnamese. Carter is a complete jerk. Normally, they don't talk much. But when Mary's in an accident on the way to school one morning, Carter nearly dies saving her life. The doctors say his chances of living are slim, and Mary's feeling the full weight of survivor's guilt.  However, Carter's back at school in a matter of days, as if nothing had happened. Although, he is a little "glitchy," and he's developed a sudden and intense interest in Mary. She thinks he's suffering from major brain trauma from the accident. Or that he's been possessed. As it so happens, Carter really is possessed. And the thing controlling him is having the time of its life learning to be human.
Featuring a diverse cast of characters, RADIANT is a funny "paranormal-lite" story about being human, being in love, and being healed.

What appealed to me about Radiant:  Christina's pitch was friendly yet professional. I loved the idea of a main character with Vietnamese heritage, and I was intrigued by the whole "jerk who suddenly saves the girl's life and could be possessed."

My take: There were a lot of things I enjoyed about Radiant. Mary is a main character I hadn't seen before. Her mother's family is Vietnamese, and both Mary's mother and grandmother are a huge part of her life. I really enjoyed learning about these three generations of her family. Mary is also an artist with an interest in astronomy, and loves to look at the sky through a telescope on the roof of her building. She's seventeen, but her voice felt younger than that to me, more like a tween. She's not your typical snarky, rebellious teen. She's quite earnest, and struggles a little academically, but is obviously smart.

Mary doesn't have a ton of friends at school. So when her  popular classmate Carter not only saves her life, but starts following her around like a lost puppy, she's confused and curious. Carter's friends write off his weird behavior as a result of his near-death experience, but Mary has a bunch of different theories about what might have happened to him and starts investigating. Post-accident, Carter comes off sort of like an even more robotic Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory.While I liked this part of the book, it did feel a little long -- we're kept in the dark for a long time about exactly what the deal is with Carter and the tension begins to wane a bit. On the plus side, new Carter and Mary begin to seem like two quirky people who are perfect for each other.

By the end of the book, all is revealed and a several other sub-plots and secondary characters-- Mary's missing father, the murder of a woman in the neighborhood, and a weird janitor -- are all neatly wrapped up. Though I felt that a lot of the action was loaded into the last few chapters, I thought that the author did an excellent job tying a bunch of seemingly disparate plot elements together in a way that made complete sense.

To me, Radiant had a sweet -- if slightly young for YA --  voice and romance, a twist that kept me guessing, and a slight drag in the pacing that was redeemed by a well-crafted ending. If this sounds like something you'd enjoy, definitely give Radiant a try.

Friday, February 22, 2013

YA Academy Awards ... FINAL VOTING!

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Thanks so much to all of you who submitted nominations!

A special thanks to those who also submitted fashion picks for our final four in each category. If you want to check out what people suggested, I pinned everything on my YA Academy Awards Pinterest board. If you want to suggest a look, just comment on Wednesday's post with your links.

It's time to find out who will be facing off this weekend in our awards ceremony. Just like in the real awards show, I took the top four candidates in each category.  

May the best books and characters win. And remember, it's an honor just to be nominated...

If you want to know more about the nominations and first round of voting, check out the nomination post and the semifinalist post.

Though I loved the fun colors of my old polling site, I think it had pop-ups -- bad!-- so I switched to PollDaddy, which is pop-up free if a little blah... If you voted, please enter in the Rafflecopter! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Just Finished Reading ... Mind Games by Kiersten White

Mind Games
by Kiersten White
Published by HarperTeen
on February 19, 2013

Source: Giveaway at KidLit Con 2012. My FTC disclosure is to the right of this post, on the sidebar.

Connect with the author: blog : Twitter : Facebook.

Summary from Goodreads: Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future. Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways… or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.

My take: I read Paranormalcy and was charmed by its snappy pace and snarky humor. So I admire the fact that after wrapping up that trilogy, author Kiersten White decided to write a book that, on the surface, seems completely different. After reading Mind Games, I wouldn't say that's necessarily the case. Yes, the narrative structure of Mind Games is somewhat of a departure from White's prior work. Yes, the tone is slightly darker. But, like ParanormalcyMind Games is fast-paced and dialogue-heavy.

Mind Games is told in dual POVs with flashbacks, giving us both Fia's and Annie's points of view. Fia's voice is unique -- she has the habit of repeating words (words words words) in a sort of mental tic.   But the technique was used sparingly enough that it didn't bother me. The book's timeline also jumps around quite a bit between the past and the present.  I'm not generally a huge fan of flashbacks, but the chapters are short and the chapter headings helpfully announce whose head and what time period you are in.

I was intrigued by Fia and Annie and their loving yet co-dependent relationship. I was further intrigued by the school they attend, though the details on that are pretty sketchy. Same with the secondary characters, some of whom seem to be bad guys, though we're never really given much information on who they are or exactly what they're supposed to be up to. For me, knowing the stakes beyond Fia and Annie's desire to protect one another would have upped the tension level considerably. Also, the fact that this book is so weighted toward dialogue and internal monologue and so light on description and exposition made the story feel not-quite grounded in reality. I wouldn't have been at all surprised if Mind Games had ended with the revelation that Fia had multiple personality disorder and that Annie was one of her identities.

Okay, I would have loved that, but it wasn't the case. The ending was still an interesting surprise. All along, you're given clues that things are going to end tragically, but let's just say I was never completely sold on that idea. So I was pleased to be both right and wrong on that front.  Given the short length of Mind Games, I think it would have worked well as a standalone. But I did like the direction that the story was taking by the end, and I will definitely check out the next book.

Interested? I'm giving Mind Games away this week in Hot Off the Presses. Along with some other choices too :)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

YA Academy Awards -- Dress Our Finalists!

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Thanks so much to all of you who submitted nominations and voted. It's time to find out who will be facing off this weekend in our awards ceremony. Just like in the real awards show, I took the top four candidates in each category.  You can see how close the voting was --some beloved characters and books lost out by just one vote! So when voting re-opens, please vote!
But remember, it's an honor just to be nominated.

If you want to know more about the nominations and first round of voting, check out the nomination post and the semifinalist post.

And, there's a new chance to win by dressing one of our nominees. But first, let's find out who made it through to the finals!

Best YA Leading Guy of 2012

Adrian from the Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
Daemon from Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Four from Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Jace from City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

Best YA Leading Lady of 2012

Cinder from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Sydney from the Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
Tessa from the Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Tris from Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Best Supporting Guy in YA 2012

Isaac from Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Kenji from Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Roar from Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
Simon from City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

Best Supporting Girl in YA 2012

Calla from the Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Iko from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Liv from Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
Zuzana from Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Most Dramatic YA of 2012

Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Funniest YA Book of 2012

Before I Wake (Soul Screamers series) by Rachel Vincent
Spell Bound (Hex Hall series) by Rachel Hawkins
Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
Endlessly (Paranormalcy series) by Kiersten White

Best Villain was a write-in category -- by popular demand. Here are our top four vote-getters:

from Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi (11 votes)
The Darkling from Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (7 votes)
Anderson (Supreme ) from Destroy Me/Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi (5 votes)
Queen Levana from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (5 votes)

After the winners are picked, I'll draw three people who participated in the awards and entered in the Rafflecopter. Each winner can choose from the books that inspired our final winner in each category.

New way to enter -- dress a nominee!  What would Sydney Sage wear to the awards ceremony? Perhaps that red dress we heard so much about? How about the Darkling? I'm picturing him in a long black coat. Just pick any of the finalists in any category and find them something to wear for the ceremony. You can include accessories if you'd like. Then leave a link in comments to your outfit -- you can link to a web page, a Pinterest board, a blog post, or a Polyvore collage.

If you want to see what other people have suggested, check out or follow my YA Academy Awards Pinterest board. I'm pinning everyone's ideas with their name and comments.

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