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Tracey Neithercott, Katy Upperman, Alison Miller, and Jessica Love
Most Envy-Inducing Plot (Or, the plot you wish you'd thought of yourself.):
While Cinderella retellings are certainly not a new thing, this particular spin on the fairy tale was so unique to me—Cinderella as a cyborg and all of the other science fiction elements of this awesome story. It seemed like after Cinder came out, I started seeing a whole pile of unique twists on familiar stories cropping up. Also worth mentioning: For Darkness Shows the Stars, a sci-fi spin on Jane Austen's Persuasion. I love when authors put creative twists on stories we know.
Most Formidable World (Or, the setting you most definitely would NOT want to travel to.):
This is a no-brainer. Seriously, who in their right mind would want to travel to a world plagued by zombies?! Not this girl.
Wanderlust-Inducing (Or, the setting you'd happily travel to.):
I could probably travel happily to a few places in Wanderlove and In Honor, but for me there is one destination that I'd hop on a plane to in a heartbeat: London, England. Hubby and I just visited London back in May, but since we were only there for a few days there's still a ton of places left unexplored. Personally, I feel like Julia in Meant to Be needs a do-over on her London trip what with all the hijinks and shenanigans that kind of robbed her of what she expected from her trip.
While I wasn't quite as into this one as I was Daughter of Smoke & Bone, there's no doubt that the prose was just as awe-inspiring as in Book 1. There's just something about the way she describes things that makes me pause and reread. And then, of course, there's Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Boys. I'm not even sure I need to say anything beyond this woman's name for you to understand what I mean.
Best First Line:
Oh, looky here. It's only my second reference to The Raven Boys today! With so much emphasis on a great first line, it's kind of funny just how many books have only meh opening sentences. The Raven Boys captured my interest instantly with: "Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she'd been told that she would kill her true love." Pretty great, right?
Most Dynamic Main Character:
Celaena Sardothian is such a great MC. I liked her from the start when she was an angry, snarly, bloodthirsty assassin, but I loved her just as much when she transformed (returned to?) something a little softer around the edges but no less deadly.
Most Jaw-Dropping Ending:
We have us a tie, folks. Shockingly, this is my first reference to Insurgent this entire blogfest. I won't ruin the experience with spoilers for those of you haven't read one or the other. But let's just say I was left with a feeling of "Well, I didn't see that coming" at the end of both of these books. Needless to say, I'll be queuing up like a boss when the sequels come out.
Best Performance In a Supporting Role:
I suck at choosing only one. Sigh. While Bitterblue was my least favourite of Kristin Cashore's Graceling Realm series, I loved having Po and Giddon return. Roar was one of my favourite characters in Under the Never Sky, though most of my fangirly attention is placed squarely on Perry. And then there's the debut appearance of Ziri*, a seriously sweet (and smoking hot—at least in my mind) chimaera in Days of Blood & Starlight.
Best Use of Theme:
I'm going to stick with simple themes of sacrifice and good vs. evil in Days of Blood & Starlight. Without going into spoilery details, there were a number of instances of characters sacrificing themselves for others, whether it meant putting their life on the line or something perhaps a little less severe. When you get into good vs. evil in this book, everything gets a little murky. We get to see things from both sides of the war between chimaera and angels, and it's difficult not to sympathize with both. In many ways, I think this is very true to life (though not in every instance in the book or in life).
* I had to stop and think for minute about his name. I was all set to type 'Kiri', which had me pausing to make sure I wasn't confusing him with a seriously hot dwarf named 'Kili' in The Hobbit. Managed to finally get it right, though. ;P