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Presenting the Winners of the 2019 *Book Shimmy* Awards!

Presenting the Winners of the 2019 *Book Shimmy* Awards!

Forget the Oscars. Throw your American Music Award away. And the Golden Globes—who? There’s only one awards ceremony we care about here at Epic Reads, and it’s finally time to reveal the books that took home the gold in this year’s *Book Shimmy* Awards!

Before we get to it, though, we hope you’ll stick with us being a little sentimental for a minute.

It’s important to give props to and recognize the books that impacted the YA landscape, yes, but this awards ceremony is most important to us because it gives a voice to you. An entire month and a half where readers get to gush and rave about the books that took root in their hearts that year? Yes please. Your enthusiasm and love for these books is a highlight for us every year, and 2019 was no exception. So thank you, readers. We can’t wait to see what 2020 has in store!

Now, let’s have a big round of applause for every book that made it through to even a single round. The competition was heavy, and even a nomination is a huge accomplishment. Pat yourselves on the back! And then—are you ready?—scroll down, prepare your best *book shimmy*, check out the 2019 *Book Shimmy* Awards winners, and get your copies from the Epic Reads display at Barnes & Noble!

 

The 2019 *Book Shimmy* Awards Winners

Warning! Some book synopses below contain spoilers.

 

Best of Shelf: The Wicked King by Holly Black

Other finalists: Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin, Finale by Stephanie Garber, Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

📚 This is the sequel to: The Cruel Prince

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

 

The Group Chat Award: Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Presented by Barnes & Noble, the Group Chat Award is for that read that—whether it was with your book club or book BFFs—you just could not stop talking about.

Bound as one, to love, honor, or burn.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

As a huntsman of the Church, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. But when Lou pulls a wicked stunt, the two are forced into an impossible situation—marriage.

Lou, unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, must make a choice. And love makes fools of us all.

 

Cover Lust: King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

Other finalists: Wilder Girls by Rory Power, Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson, Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built.

With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.

 

All By My Shelf: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Other finalists: Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte, Again, but Better by Christine Riccio, House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

 

We Need Diverse Books: We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

Other finalists: Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan, Frankly in Love by David Yoon, I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver

Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways.

Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.

War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.

 

Heartstopper: The Wicked King by Holly Black

Other finalists: Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake, Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus, Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

📚 This is the sequel to: The Cruel Prince

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

 

Reality Bites: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Other finalists: Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell, The Toll by Neal Shusterman

Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.

Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? As she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall… and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

 

Ship It: The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

Other finalists: The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu, Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin, Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco

📚 This is the finale to: The Cruel Prince

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power.

Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.

Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics.

And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity…

 

Mental Health Matters: How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow

Other finalists: The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson, I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver, The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

Here is what happens when your mother dies.

It’s the brightest day of summer and it’s dark outside. It’s dark in your house, dark in your room, and dark in your heart. You feel like the darkness is going to split you apart.

That’s how it feels for Tiger. It’s always been Tiger and her mother against the world. Then, on a day like any other, Tiger’s mother dies. And now it’s Tiger, alone.

Here is how you learn to make friends with the dark.

 

Mic Drop: On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Other finalists: With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo, Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater, Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, Kelly Link, Sarah Rees Brennan, & Robin Wasserman

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill.

But it’s hard to get your come up when you’re labeled a hoodlum at school, and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral… for all the wrong reasons.

Bri soon finds herself at the center of a controversy, portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. But with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri doesn’t just want to make it—she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be.

 

Under the Radar: Vow of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson

Other finalists: The Merciful Crow by Margaret Own, The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones, Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

📚 This is the sequel to: Dance of Thieves

Kazi and Jase have survived, stronger and more in love than ever. Their new life now lies before them―the Ballengers will be outlaws no longer, Tor’s Watch will be a kingdom, and the two of them will meet all challenges side by side, together at last.

But an ominous warning mars their journey back, and in their rush to return to Tor’s Watch, just outside the fortress walls, they are violently attacked and torn apart―and each is thrust into their own new hell.

Unsure whether the other is alive or dead, Kazi and Jase must keep their wits among their greatest enemies and unlikeliest allies. And all the while, Death watches and waits.

 

Here and Now: On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Other finalists: Again, but Better by Christine Riccio, Frankly in Love by David Yoon, American Royals by Katharine McGee

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill.

But it’s hard to get your come up when you’re labeled a hoodlum at school, and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral… for all the wrong reasons.

Bri soon finds herself at the center of a controversy, portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. But with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri doesn’t just want to make it—she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be.

 

World Series Champ: The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

Other finalists: Broken Throne by Victoria Aveyard, Finale by Stephanie Garber, The Toll by Neal Shusterman

📚 This is the finale to: The Cruel Prince

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power.

Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.

Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics.

And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity…

 

Squad Goals: Supernova by Marissa Meyer

Other finalists: Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi, Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

📚 This is the finale to: Renegades

All’s fair in love and anarchy…

The epic conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s thrilling Renegades Trilogy finds Nova and Adrian fighting to keep their identities secret. While the battle rages on between their alter egos and their allies, there is a darker threat shrouding Gatlon City.

The Renegades’ worst enemy is back among them, threatening to reclaim Gatlon City. Nova and Adrian must brave lies and betrayal to protect those they love. Their greatest fears are about to come to life, and unless they can bridge the divide between heroes and villains, they stand to lose everything. Including each other.

Intrigue and action will leave readers on edge until the final, shocking secrets are revealed.

 

Retelling: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Other finalists: Romanov by Nadine Brandes, House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig, Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.

Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? As she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall… and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

 

Blast From the Past: Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco

Other finalists: The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys, Romanov by Nadine Brandes, Enchantée by Gita Trelease

📚 This is the finale to: Stalking Jack the Ripper

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell have landed in America, a bold, brash land unlike the genteel streets of London they knew. But like London, the city of Chicago hides its dark secrets well. When the two attend the spectacular World’s Fair, they find the once-in-a-lifetime event tainted with reports of missing people and unsolved murders.

Determined to help, Audrey Rose and Thomas begin their investigations, only to find themselves facing a serial killer unlike any they’ve heard of before. Identifying him is one thing, but capturing him—and getting dangerously lost in the infamous Murder Hotel he constructed as a terrifying torture device—is another.

Will Audrey Rose and Thomas see their last mystery to the end—together and in love—or will their fortunes finally run out when their most depraved adversary makes one final, devastating kill?

 

Most Anticipated: Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

Other finalists: The Betrothed by Kiera Cass, Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi, Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Welcome to Edwardian London, a time of electric lights and long shadows, the celebration of artistic beauty and the wild pursuit of pleasure, with demons waiting in the dark. For years there has been peace in the Shadowhunter world. James and Lucie Herondale, children of the famous Will and Tessa, have grown up in an idyll with their loving friends and family, listening to stories of good defeating evil and love conquering all. But everything changes when the Blackthorn and Carstairs families come to London… and so does a remorseless and inescapable plague.

James Herondale longs for a great love, and thinks he has found it in the beautiful, mysterious Grace Blackthorn. Cordelia Carstairs is desperate to become a hero, save her family from ruin, and keep her secret love for James hidden. When disaster strikes the Shadowhunters, James, Cordelia and their friends are plunged into a wild adventure which will reveal dark and incredible powers, and the true cruel price of being a hero… and falling in love.

 

Pagemaster: Leigh Bardugo

Other finalists: Victoria Aveyard, Holly Black, Marissa Meyer

 

Book Nerd of the Year: @Emmmabooks

Other finalists: @Jessethereader, @Haileyinbookland, @Paperfury

 


 

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