Sunday, November 25, 2012

Cybils Love

I'm excited to be a part of the Cybils-Children & Young Adult Bloggers Literary Awards-again this year.

The Cybils have been mentioned in School Library Journal:

A little FAQ:

What's a Cybil?
The Cybils awards are given each year by bloggers for the year's best children's and young adult titles. Nominations open to the public on October 1st.
Can anyone nominate?
Yes, anyone may nominate one book per genre during the public nomination period. New this year, we are asking authors, publishers and publicists to wait until after the public nomination period ends to submit their own books.
How do I nominate?
We post an online form for public nominations from Oct. 1-15 every year. The form will be live at at 12:00 a.m. on October 1. This year, we’ve tried to make the form mobile-friendly, so you can use your phone to nominate if you prefer. Authors and publishers may use the public form to nominate books other than their own, but should contact for information on submitting their own books.
Which books are eligible?
Any English or bilingual books published in the U.S. or Canada between the end of one contest and start of another. For 2012, that means books released between Oct. 16, 2011 and Oct. 15, 2012. Books must be specifically published for the children’s or young adult market.
PLEASE NOTE: Born-digital ebooks are ONLY accepted in Poetry,YA SFF, and YA Fiction.
More contest info:
Cybils penFinalists are posted January 1st. Winners are announced February 14th. Winners receive a fountain pen in an engraved wooden box. 

This year I'm on the first panel and get to read/review YA fantasy/Sci-Fi books.

I thought I'd share a taste of what I've been reading so far so everyone can see how the 2012 YAs are filled with awesomeness!

This is a retelling of the story THE LITTLE MERMAID told in a haunting, chilling way.

This is one emotion-packed zombie tale that kept me on the edge of my seat.

A fresh retake on Edgar Allan Poe's MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH only this is in a futuristic world.

Loved the voice of this story where a teen finds out she's part of the family Grim Reapers.

Not all books we judge are tradition ones.  This one BECOME is about a girl who's half human/half daughter of Lucifer.  She's set to Earth on a mission.  So far loving the voice of this one!

Intriguing premise set on Mars. Action packed writing with one strong female protagonist.

A great read for teen boys:

Dystopia where it's illegal to make movies with footage from the net. Lots of computer backdrop and a futuristic Charles Dickson's feel.

Also there's time travel ones:

Ones with a ROSWELL feel:

Really enjoyed this YA dystopia meets THE BACHELOR. Engaging storyline with a protagonist you can cheer for. 

So many great reads!  There's 205 nominated books!  I have a lot of reading to do but that's okay as I love doing that!


  1. With all of these great sounding books I bet it's hard to narrow it down to the finalists. Lots of fun reading them though.

  2. This year there are so many awesome books! I'm loving the nominations. This is only a sliver of the selection of books I've read so far! Yes, it's going to be really tough to narrow them down but we'll have a fun time doing it!