Monday, 12 January 2015

YA Yeah Yeah Year-Ends 2014 - The Winners!

I'm really pleased to finally bring you the results of the YA Yeah Yeah Year-End Awards, giving you my personal favourites in a host of categories! For the first four, there were no shortlists as I hadn't read enough in that category to feel justified making one, but I wanted to spotlight a brilliant short story and three superb books. For others, click on the category name to be taken to the shortlist post, with my thoughts on each of the selections.

Best Short Story:

Hunting Monsters by SL Huang (Read it over at The Book Smugglers!)



Best YA Historical:




Best YA Non-Fiction:

This Book Is Gay by James Dawson


Best Adult Non-Fiction:

Harry's Last Stand by Harry Leslie Smith



Best Bookshop:

Highly commended:

The Big Green Bookshop

And the winner is...


Tales on Moon Lane (photo credit - www.talesonmoonlane.co.uk )

Best Cast:

Highly commended:


Department 19: Zero Hour by Will Hill and Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

And the winner is...

Trouble by Non Pratt


Best Pairing:

Highly commended:


Apple and her mum (Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan) and Stella and Caitlin (Stella by Helen Eve)

And the winner is...



Fin and Marrill (The Map To Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis)

Best Supporting Character:

Highly commended:


Little Pea (I Predict A Riot by Catherine Bruton) and Mark (Bone Jack by Sara Crowe)


And the winner is...

Sturmhond (Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo)


Best Main Character:

Highly commended


Pearl (Year of the Rat by Clare Furniss) and Jake (Fifteen Bones by RJ Morgan)

And the winner is...


Kat Stephenson (Courting Magic by Stephanie Burgis)


Best artwork:

Highly commended:


The Sleeper And The Spindle (written by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell)


And the winner is...


The Imaginary (Written by AF Harrold, illustrated by Emily Gravett)

Best Self-Published:

Highly commended:



Zero Sum Game by S L Huang



And the winner is...






Dirty London by Kelley York


Best Adult Novel

Highly Commended:


We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

And the winner is...



The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson


Best YA Speculative:

Highly commended:


Department 19: Zero Hour by Will Hill

And the winner is...


Bone Jack by Sara Crowe


Best YA Contemporary:

Highly commended:


Lobsters by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison and Trouble by Non Pratt


And the winner is...


Far From You by Tess Sharpe


Best MG:

Highly commended:

Girl With A White Dog by Anne Booth, Pea's Book of Holidays by Susie Day and Starring Kitty by Keris Stainton

And the winner is...


Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders


Best 2015 Release I've already read

Highly commended


Bloodstone by Allan Boroughs


And the winners are..

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson AND The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell.
(Did anyone seriously think I'd be able to split these?!)



And finally - no surprise to anyone who's heard me talking about it this year! - the Best Book released in 2014 overall was...

Bone Jack by Sara Crowe

Thank you for reading! It would be awesome if you'd like to leave me a comment and let me know what you think of the awards.

3 comments:

  1. Some great recommendations here - my reading pile is about to get a whole lot taller!

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  2. Bone Jack made a lot of your best of categories. I definitely need to add this book to my wish list!

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  3. Oh, this is just deadly! Your enthusiasm always makes me want to buy whichever book you're reviewing - but there must be twenty to thirty books here. I'm going to have to go and put my credit card somewhere really hard to reach now...

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