UKYA celebrates Young Adult fiction by home-grown British authors, which is refreshing given the dominance of American YA authors and books in the market. What makes these awards extra special is that ANYONE can vote. There are 20 different categories, and 5 fab YA books nominated for each, so if you fancy voting (for anyone, it doesn’t have to be me, although that’d be super-nice and I’ll be your friend forever!),
hop along to one or all of these blogs – but be quick, as voting closes on 21st September!
Cicely Loves Books: Funniest Book; Most Heart-Breaking Book; Best First Sentence; Best Ending (including LITTLE WHITE LIES!)
Big Book Little Book: Best Contemporary; Best Historical; Best Crime/Mystery; Best LGBT
Readaraptor: Best Horror; Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy; Best Paranormal; Best Adventure
Much Loved Books: Best Protagonist; Best Couple; Best Friendship; Best Villain
A Daydreamer’s Thoughts: Best Self-Published; Most Social Author (Online); Most Social Author (Offline); Author Whose Mind You Wish Was Yours
So quite a mix! I am so thrilled and honoured to be nominated among such stellar authors, and especially chuffed at the category I'm nominated for, as I think endings can be so hard to get right – often I really enjoy reading a book but something about the ending lets it down – sometimes things aren’t completely resolved which makes you think there’s going to be a sequel, which can be frustrating – especially if there is no sequel! Conversely, if an ending’s TOO neat, that can be dissatisfying too. So it’s a tricky balance!
I love endings that make you re-examine the whole book in a new light, and consequently some of my all-time favourites are Daphne Du Maurier's REBECCA - what a shock!; Jodi Picoult’s SALEM FALLS – it’s so subtly done, but one sentence at the very end makes you re-examine an entire character and relationship; and WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart, which made me immediately flick back through the book again. I always love a twist, but when you can spot all the clues in hindsight, that’s really satisfying.
What are some of your favourite book endings?