Goodreads names best YA of 2015


queen of shadows sarah j maas usThe Goodreads Choice Awards announced their winners, as voted on by their huge readership. It named two YA novels the best of the year: Jennifer Niven’s All the Bright Places, for general YA fiction; and Sarah J. Maas’ Queen of Shadows, for YA sci-fi and fantasy.

All the Bright Places follows a romance between Violet, obsessed with the future, and Finch, obsessed with his own death. They pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their home state. It beat out Jenny Han’s P.S. I Still Love You and Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, among others.

In Queen of Shadows, everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire — for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past. It beat Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On and Marissa Meyer’s Winter, among others.

Victoria Aveyard – whose novel Red Queen lost in the YA sci-fi and fantasy to Queen of Shadows – took home the debut Goodreads author award with almost twice as many votes as An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir, who came in second.

Who did you vote for in the Goodreads choice awards? Sound off in the comments below!


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