Wow, talk about starting the year off right. I just found out that Angelfall is one of seven finalists for the 2011 Cybils Award for the Year's Best Fantasy & Science Fiction for young adults. There were 1,289 nominated books for the Cybils Awards this year.
Cybils is a major bloggers' literary award that has been running since 2006.
Angelfall is the only one of the finalists not backed by a corporate marketing machine. You, the awesome readers, are exerting your Reader Power by your fabulous blog posts, forum chats, gushing reviews and recommendations to friends. THANK YOU!
There's something about this whole thing that makes me feel rather giddy and punky—like I'm getting away with something I'm not supposed to. :) No matter what happens, I feel like Angelfall has already won just by making it to the finalist list against all odds.
Special thanks goes out to readers Lydia Dawson, who nominated Angelfall, and to Sommer Leigh, who wrote up a beautifully compelling description of the book on the Cybils site.
The finalists are:
Angelfall (YAY!!!!! :) by Susan Ee
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Misfit by Jon Skovron
Red Glove (Curse Workers, Book 2) by Holly Black
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
The Shattering by Karen Healey
Winners will be announced on Valentines Day.