Happy New Year! Of course, my favorite part of today is checking out the Cybils finalists. Please go peruse.
My YA fantasy & science fiction list is more of a surprise this year than usual. For one thing, Daughter of Smoke and Bone isn’t a finalist! Really thought I had a slam-dunk there. In fact, I’ve only read one, and hadn’t even heard of most of them. Not only that, but one — Angelfall — is an e-book-only publication, a first in my Cybils career, anyway. And it looks like only 2 out of 7 are part of series. Maybe we’re swinging back to a stand-alone trend? I can only hope.
I’m excited to dig into some books I wouldn’t have known about otherwise. Cybils YA F&SF: Blood Red Fire edition, you may commence! (Note: I’m not allowed to review these between now and when the winner is announced on Feb. 14, lest enterprising souls try to triangulate a winner from the judges’ reviews. I’ll have to keep with my Post-a-Day mission in other ways, which may or may not be relevant/interesting/sane. You have been warned.)
Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, Book 1), by Susan Ee
Anna Dressed in Blood, by Kendare Blake
Blood Red Road, by Moira Young
Misfit, by Jon Skovron
Red Glove (Curse Workers, Book 2), by Holly Black
The Girl of Fire and Thorns, by Rae Carson