first ever Book Oscars, and I had such a blast I thought I might as well make it a tradition. So I've busted out the tiara and evening gown, am very uncomfortable (dude this is wayyy snugger than last year, what have i been eating??!) and I'm ready to hand out some shiny little men..
The rules are simple, I had to have read it in 2010, and it couldn't be a re-read (i.e. no Harry Potter ).
Without further ado, this is a painfully long show folks, here are the winners, starting small:
The Devil Wears Prada, by Lauren Weisberger- This year was a bad one for costumes in books, very little that was extravagant or delved into. But the Devil Wears Prada, with it's constantly changing array of designer goodies was a treat to read costume wise. And hey, the book was good too! (my review)
honorable mention to Clockwork Angel who mention Charles Worth- Swoon
Best Visual Effects:
The Undrowned Child, by Michelle Lovric and Hunger, by Jackie Morse Kessler - This was a hard category this year, I read so many fantastically descriptive books detailing such unusual and lovely (sometimes slightly horrifying) worlds. Two totally different books made up my tie, but equally as well imagined and described.
The Undrowned Child was so unusual and yet so believable that I'll be hard pressed to believe there's not a contingent of mermaids with some outstanding language when I finally make my dream trip to Venice. Michelle has captured such an amazingly imaginative world in language that wasn't dumbed down for her middle school readers which is why this book is my top two for Visual Effects. (my review)
Hunger, was the polar opposite in many ways, except for the fact Jackie writes with such clarity that for the first time I really understood eating disorders. Her descriptions and visuals were rich and so moving I would be surprised to find someone it doesn't resonate with. (my Review)
Best Art Direction:
Behemoth, by Scott Westerfeld:
As gorgeously illustrated as Leviathan (except for that rotten cover), Keith Thompson's art takes Scotts enchanting stories to a whole new level. (my review)
Best Scary Read:
The Strain, by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan:
With Giving me the Creeps October I launched into a whole new level of scary reads. Previously not my favorite genre I caved to my hubbies fave genre and dug in. Boy are there some hideously scary books out there! And wow do I love them! The Strain hits so many creepy notes of "I could see this happening", and seriously I was so jumpy after reading it, it was a hands down winner for this category. (my review)
Best Supporting Actor:
Doren and Newel- from Fablehaven:
Great characters throughout the series, Doren and Newel really got to shine in the final book Keys to the Demon Prison. Greatest battle cry ever is still "Frito-Lay!". And the truly good news? Keys to the Demon Prison is finally available in Canada! Only took a year. (my review)
Best Supporting Actress:
Jessamine, Clockwork Angel:
Okay, so you sort of can't stand her right? But I loved the idea of a girly shadowhunter who resents she's a fighter and just wants to be womanly. And obviously she turns out to have a couple of redeeming features, I suspect she'll be the surprise of the series eventually. (my review)
I gave him runner up best actor last year and I really had to up it this year after Mockingjay. You hate him, you love him, you're sad for him and your a little scared of him, Peeta has one of the best roles in the entire series by book three. Please, please cast him well for the movies or there is no way I can watch them! (my review)
Sam, before i fall:
Last years Best Actress made me sob, and so did this years. I loathed Sam in the start of before i fall, she made my skin crawl, so it amazed me when somewhere along the way I fell in love with her, so much so I was borderline inconsolable by the end of the book! Now that is a stellar character, and proof of considerable talent for a debut novelist. (my review)
Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay:
As mentioned last year, wrapping up a stellar series with a satisfactory bang of an ending is an art form. There are very many authors who can write a good series with an OK ending and even more who can build up an interesting series to a god awful ending, but the true test of talent is an ending that carries as much excitement and page turning right through to the last page and leaves you feeling fully sated by the final words. Every book of the Hunger Games trilogy was a marvel to me and I was astounded by how deep the final book went and how equal parts emotionally exhausted and sated it left me. This woman belongs in the same league as JK Rowling and Rick Riordan, I cannot wait to see what she does next.
Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins:
This was THE hardest decision to make, but hands down this book rocked my world this year. The waves of emotions at the end were overwhelming and to be frank I haven't felt that intensely about a story since the final Harry Potter. But there were some drop dead amazing books I have to give an honorable mention to:
The Forest of Hands and Teeth, by Carrie Ryan (my review)
The Dreamdark books, Silksinger and Blackbringer, by Laini Taylor
Tyger, Tyger, by Kersten Hamilton (my review)
and White Cat, by Holly Black (my review)