YABC WINS Best Book Blog in the Eighth Annual UTOPiA Awards!!
It’s time to announce the winners in the Eighth Annual UTOPiA Awards.
But first I have to say a huge thank you to the members of the UTOPiAcon Academy, which is almost 1,000-members strong, who nominated their peers and associates this year. We had the highest number of nominations ever received. I’m talking 51 pages of nominees to go through to narrow down to a maximum of seven final nominees in respective categories that then go to the public voting round.
It was staggering, and a true testament to how this community really feels about each other. It was clearly an honor for members to recognize those they respect and admire, and it showed. This speaks louder than any drama of the week. You love what you do, you love this community of writers, editors, bloggers, readers, designers, and more. You show up for yourselves and each other.
We also surpassed last year’s public votes tally! So, a huge thank you to the fans and readers who voted, shared, and participated in the awards outcome this year.
There is no live awards celebration this year, but stay tuned, because the UTOPiA 2021 event in Nashville is in planning mode, and we have over 30 authors already signed up to participate!
While there can only be one winner in each category, my personal congratulations go to all those nominated, and to all of you out there who are leading your dreams.
Without further ado…Drumroll please….
Eighth Annual UTOPiA Award Winners 2019
Best Sci-Fi/Dystopian Book
TRAITOR BORN by Amy A. Bartol
Best Paranormal Book
FALLEN ACADEMY: YEAR ONE by Leia Stone
Best Fantasy Book
ELEMENTAL WITCH by Shannon Mayer
Best Contemporary Book
COVET by Ella James
Best Short Story/Novella
GYPSY HEART by Randi Cooley Wilson
Best Mystery/Suspense Book
VERITY by Colleen Hoover
Best Middle Grade Book
REVENGE OF MAGIC by James Riley
HELLION by Karen Lynch; narrated by Erin Mallon, Zachary Webber
THE MONSTER BALL: A Paranormal Anthology by Heather Hildenbrand, Randi Cooley Wilson, Nikki Jefford, J.L. Weil, Jane Washington, Melissa Haag, Stacey Marie Brown, Jennifer Snyder, Alyssa Rose Ivy, Raye Wagner, Desni Dantone
Best Serial Series
DRAGON SCHOOL by Sarah K.L. Wilson
Best Book Hangover
THE WICKED KING by Holly Black
Best Debut Novel
THE RULE OF ONE by Ashley Saunders and Leslie Saunders
Best Supernatural Book Cover
QUEEN OF AIR AND DARKNESS by Cassandra Clare; Margaret K. McElderry Books
Best Contemporary Book Cover
IF by Randi Cooley Wilson; cover design by Hang Le
Best Book Trailer
HIGH STAKES by Casey L. Bond; produced by The Illustrated Author Design Services
Best Book Editing
TRAITOR BORN by Amy A. Bartol; Edited by Jason Kirk at 47North
Best Interior Book Design
BRUTAL CURSE by Casey L. Bond; Melissa Stevens of The Illustrated Author Design Services
Best Contemporary Lead
Lana Peri in THE CURSED SERIES PARTS 1 & 2 by Rebecca Donovan
Best Supernatural Lead
Roselle St. Sismode in TRAITOR BORN by Amy A. Bartol
Agent Crow in TRAITOR BORN by Amy A. Bartol
Francesca and Wolfe in THE KISS THIEF by L.J. Shen
Shea in FALLEN ACADEMY by Leia Stone
Best Quote or Highlight
“For every light, there was a shadow, for every dream, a nightmare.”
DREAM KEEPER by Amber R. Duell
Best Book Blog
YA Books Central
Best Book-to-Screen Adaptation
UMBRELLA ACADEMY; series by Gerard Way
Best Supernatural Series
FALLEN ACADEMY by Leia Stone
Best Contemporary Series
BLINDED LOVE series by Stacey Marie Brown
UTOPiAN of the Year
Book of the Year
TRAITOR BORN by Amy A. Bartol
Author of the Year