The Shortlist for the 2010 Morris Award was announced several days ago. In case you are unfamiliar with the Morris Award, it is in its second year and honors a young adult novel written by a newly-published author. This is one of those awards I get very excited about, because it means I am guaranteed to read a number of well-written books by someone I had never read (or possibly even heard about) before.
Ash, by Malinda Lo
This one has been on my to-read list since I discovered it’s a retelling of Cinderella with a GBLT twist (and plenty of magic).
Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
A huge doorstopper of a book advertised as a Southern gothic thriller with plenty of mystery and romance. Normally right up my alley, but I confess the length (626 pages!) is daunting.
The Everafter, by Amy Huntley
The book that has (in my opinion) the most unique concept of those on the list: Teenage Maddy has died, and she finds herself in a place filled with glowing objects from her life. Upon touching these objects, she is able to re-experience parts of that life and in the process unravel the mystery of her death.
Flash Burnout, by LK Madigan
It’s difficult for me to determine what this book is about – most blurbs describe it as a book about a teenage boy with a complicated life that involves juggling two girls: a friend and a girlfriend. Probably the one I’m least excited about.
What do you think of the list? Had you heard of most of these books before the shortlist was announced? I’m actually quite surprised that I had – that was not the case last year.