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We have counted your many, many, many votes, and the ballots are officially in! We’re finally ready to announce the winners of this year’s *Book Shimmy* Awards and, can we just say, this was, by far, one of the most competitive years ever! Every category was so close we wish we could divide each award up and give them to all the nominees.

What are the *Book Shimmy* Awards, you ask? They are an annual awards show that we do here on Epic Reads dedicated to honoring young adult novels. The awards are 100% community nominated and voted on and 100% awesome. You can see this year’s previous rounds here, here, and here!

And onto the winners! You can see last year’s right here. But for now…

 

Best of Shelf

The award given to the overall best book of the year 👑

Winner: THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas!

Other finalists: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas, King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard, and Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

About THE HATE U GIVE: Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

 

The Cover Lust Award

Award given to the YA book with the most gorgeous cover design 😍

Winner: CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber!
Designed by Erin Fitzsimmons and Ray Shappell!

Other finalists: The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo, Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, and An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

About CARAVALScarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner. Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

 

The All By My Shelf Award

Award for the best standalone novel 📘

Winner: THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas!

Other finalists: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera, Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, and Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

About THE HATE U GIVE: Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

 

We Need Diverse Books Award

Award given to the best YA book of 2017 that explores the diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities 👬

Winner: THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas!

Other finalists: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee, and Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

About THE HATE U GIVE: Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

 

The Heartstopper Award

Award for the book that had the biggest plot twist that made you gasp 😱

Winner: LORD OF SHADOWS by Cassandra Clare!

Other finalists: Warcross by Marie Lu, King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard, and A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

About LORD OF SHADOWSEmma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

 

The Reality Bites Award

The award for the best sci-fi or fantasy novel 🚀

Winner: TOWER OF DAWN by Sarah J. Maas!

Other finalists: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare, and Caraval by Stephanie Garber

About TOWER OF DAWNChaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

 

The Hot Under the Covers Award

Award given to the steamiest and/or best romance novel of the year—also known as the Theo James award for sexiest novel ☺️

Winner: A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN by Sarah J. Maas!

Other finalists: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee, and Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

About A COURT OF WINGS AND RUINFeyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

 

Mental Health Matters Award

Award for the best book that shines a light on mental health 🌩️

Winner: TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN by John Green!

Other finalists: History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, A List of Cages by Robin Roe, and Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

About TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWNSixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

 

The Maniacal Laughter Award

Award for the book with the best villain of 2017 😈

Winner: KING’S CAGE by Victoria Aveyard!

Other finalists: One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake, Renegades by Marissa Meyer, and Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

About KING’S CAGEMare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

 

The Under the Radar Award

The award for the most underrated or quiet YA book of the year 🚨

Winner: DIVIDING EDEN by Joelle Charbonneau!

Other finalists: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody, The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy, and Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

About DIVIDING EDENTwins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure.

But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.

As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe—from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains beyond the kingdom’s wall. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family.

 

The Here and Now Award

Award given to the best contemporary novel 🌞

Winner: ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LARA JEAN by Jenny Han!

Other finalists: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Geekerella by Ashley Poston, and The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

About ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LARA JEANLara Jean is having the best senior year. And there’s still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she’ll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends.

Life couldn’t be more perfect!

At least, that’s what Lara Jean thinks…until she gets some unexpected news.

Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans—but when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

 

The World Series Champ Award

The award for your favorite new, ongoing, or concluding series in 2017 🏆

Winner: A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN by Sarah J. Maas!

Other finalists: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare, Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab, and Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

About A COURT OF WINGS AND RUINFeyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

 

The Squad Goals Award

Award given to the best group cast 👯

Winner: A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN by Sarah J. Maas!

Other finalists: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, Warcross by Marie Lu, and Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

About A COURT OF WINGS AND RUINFeyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

 

The Retelling Award

Award for the best YA retelling published this year 🐉

Winner: HUNTED by Meagan Spooner!

Other finalists: Geekerella by Ashley Poston, Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh, and The End of Oz by Danielle Paige

About HUNTEDBeauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. After all, her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering its secrets. So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters out of their comfortable home among the aristocracy and back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance. The Beast.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange creature back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of magical creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin, or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

 

Blast From the Past Award

The award given to the best historical fiction book published this year ⏳

Winner: THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE by Mackenzi Lee!

Other finalists: Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco, Now I Rise by Kiersten White, and Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz

About GENTLEMAN’S GUIDEHenry “Monty” Montague doesn’t care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

So Monty vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

 

The Most Anticipated Award

Award for the book you’re most excited to read in 2018!

Winner: WAR STORM by Victoria Aveyard!

Other finalists: Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare, Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi, and A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

About WAR STORMMare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all . . . starting with the crown on Maven’s head.

But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolish everything—and everyone—in his path.

War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?

 

The Pagemaster

The award given to your favorite YA author that published in 2017 ✍️

Winner: Sarah J. Maas!

Other finalists: Victoria Aveyard, Cassandra Clare, and Angie Thomas

 

Book Nerd of the Year

Award for your favorite contributer to the YA community!

Winner: Jesse (@jessethereader)!

Other finalists: Sasha (@SashaAlsberg), Cait (@paperfury), and Kristen (@myfriendsarefiction)

 


That’s it for this year’s *Book Shimmy* Awards!!

Thank you all SO much for voting, and we’re already so excited to show you what we have in store for next year. It’s going to be truly epic. But until then…

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