My work as a judge for the 2012 Cybils is over. With my fellow round two judges I helped pick the winner for this year’s Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy category.
The winners were announce earlier on the Cybils site so now I can share with you that our winner this year is . . .
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman.
Here’s what we had to say about Seraphina:
Seraphina is a genre-blending fantasy that dazzled us all. Dragons, a murder mystery, family secrets, and a love story — there is something here for everyone, even those who aren’t regular high fantasy readers. We were hooked by the mystery and intrigue of dragons and conspiracies as well as the fascinating and intricate world building. Seraphina is a complex and appealing heroine. She’s fiery and vulnerable and gifted and brave. Her love of music is a refreshing thread throughout the story as is a fairly surprising mystery. Seraphina’s transformation throughout the novel was inspiring and wonderful to follow. With beautiful writing and tight pacing, Seraphina kept us turning the pages, eager to follow the heroine and learn more about the strong ensemble cast. We’re sure readers will find a lot to love in this highly original dragon story.
I’m really happy with our selection. Seraphina was one of my favorite books from 2012 along with fellow finalists The Curiosities and Vessel (my own Cybils nomination that made it all the way to finals!). I also had a lot to say about Every Day last year (one of my Hurricane Sandy reads) and will likely later have thoughts on the other finalists should I decide to review them. It was a great year to be a SFF judge and I hope everyone is as excited with the winner as we are!
In fact, since it is Valentines Day, it might be a great time to treat yourself with a gift of this multi-award winning title or one of its fellow finalists.
You can read the rest of the Cybils winner announcements on their site: http://www.cybils.com/2013/02/the-2012-cybils-awards.html