2012 Morris Award Finalist Announced

I am feeling really good about my reading at this moment!  The 2012 Morris Debut Author Finalists were announced by YALSA today.  And I am happy to say that I read and loved three of titles, and read parts of another (but didn’t like it, so, I didn’t finish it). So, there is only one other nominee that I have yet to get my hands on.  I just ordered that one for my library.  Maybe I’ll get it before the winner is announced in January. That is doubtful, but we’ll see.  I don’t envy the committee members who have to choose the winner because the three titles I read were spectacular and all very different.  What a tough choice!

Here is my take:

  • The Girl of Fire and Thorns (fantasy) by Rae Carson:  Great world building.  I really liked the heroine Elisa.  The book takes you in one direction and then switches things all around.  It is not as predictable as one my think when beginning the story.  The romantic elements are complex and even heartbreaking.  My only complaint was that I felt the author needed a map because of all the character movement to different locations.  I can’t wait to read the sequel (Crown of Embers, Fall 2012)!
  • Between Shades of Gray(Historical Fiction) by Ruta Sepetys:  A fascinating, emotional story about the horrors of Lithuanian deportees during World War II.  This is a story of the war that is rarely told.  Linia is a great protagonist.  This story is truly touching.
  • Under the Mesquite (Realistic Fiction/ Verse Novel) by Guadalupe Garcia Mccall:  A verse novel based on McCall’s childhood and family life.  The books reads fast because it is a verse novel.  I am a fan of verse novels so, I loved the format.  (Poetry and fiction all wrapped into one exquisite bundle!  What could be better?)  Beautifully written, an emotional read.  Really excellent!
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