Congratulations to the Winners of the Fifth Annual UTOPiA Awards

Utopia Announcements, UTOPiA Awards

UtopiaCon2016_Winner_Badge_LBefore you scroll down to the winners, I wanted to take a quick second to thank YABC and especially New York Times bestselling author CJ Redwine, and movie critic at The Mix 92.9 and Redwine and Movies, Clint Redwine, for the spectacular last-minute hosting they did of the Fifth Annual UTOPiA Awards. Their lip sync of Bohemian Rhapsody was incredible, and their energy took the room to the rafters.

Among the 31 categories, five of them were new to the UTOPiA Awards, and we thank the public – all of YOU readers and fans – for voting. Almost 5,000 votes came in over the two-week voting period!!!

 

Without further ado, here are your winners:

 

Best Sci-Fi/Dystopian Book of the Year
  • Winter by Marissa Meyer
Best Fantasy Book of the Year
  • The Shaadow Queen by CJ Redwine
Best Paranormal Book of the Year
  • Den of Sorrows by Quinn Loftis
Best Contemporary Book of the Year
  • #Heart by Cambria Hebert
Best Middle Grade Book of the Year
  • The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
Book Cover Model of the Year
  • Nathan Weller
Best Contemporary Book Cover
  • A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole; Cover design by Hang Le
Best Supernatural Book Cover
  • The Other Side of Gravity by Shelly Crane; Cover design by The Cover Lure
Best Book Trailer
  • #Nerd by Cambria Hebert; produced by Timid Monster
Best Edited Book of the Year
  • Darken the Stars by Amy A. Bartol; edited by Jason Kirk at 47North
Best Contemporary Lead
  • Matt from Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino
Best Formatting
  • Wings of Vengeance by Cameo Renae; formatting by Inkstain Interiors
Hottest Couple
  • Evie & Reed from Iniquity by Amy A. Bartol
Best Bestie/Buddy
  • Jen from Den of Sorrows by Quinn Loftis
Best Quote or Highlight
  • “Even swimming in sorrow, he won’t let me drown.” ~ Darken the Stars  by Amy A. Bartol
Best Supernatural Hero/Shero
  • Zoey Daniels from Across the Divide by Stacey Marie Brown
Best Supernatural Villain
  • Queen Irina from The Shadow Queen by CJ Redwine
Best Book Hangover
  • Darken the Stars by Amy A. Bartol
Best Book to Screen
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (book by Suzanne Collins)
Best Debut Novel
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Best Series Finale
  • Iniquity (Book 5 in the Premonition Series) by Amy A. Bartol
Best Anthology
  • Supernatural Chronicles: The New Orleans Collection by Kristie Cook, Morgan Wylie, Jamie Magee, Brenda Pandos, Kallie Ross, Rebecca Ethington, Lila Felix, S.T. Bende, Delphina Henley, Julia Crane
Blogger/Booktuber of the Year
  • Benjamin of Tomes
Best Blog of the Year
  • Vilma’s Book Blog
Best Novella
  • The Witches by Jamie Magee
Best Serial Series
  • Love and Decay: Revolution by Rachel Higginson
Best Supernatural Series of the Year
  • An Unfortunate Fairy Tale series by Chanda Hahn
Best Contemporary Series
  • The Hashtag Series by Cambria Hebert
Book of the Year
  • The Other Side of Gravity by Shelly Crane
Utopian of the year
  • Heather Hildenbrand
Author of the Year
  • Cambria Hebert

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CONGRATULATIONS!

 

Full list of all who were nominated is as follows:

Best Contemporary Book of the Year
Focus on Me by Megan Erickson
When Sorrows Come by Katie M. John
Every Wrong Reason by Rachel Higginson
Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry
#Heart by Cambria Hebert
Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino
A Shattered Heart by Tiffany King

Best Dystopian/Sci-Fi Book of the Year
Darken the Stars by Amy A. Bartol
The Other Side of Gravity by Shelly Crane
Winter by Marissa Meyer
Frenzy by Casey Bond
Rite of Revelation by Sarah Negovetich
Intransigent by Cameo Renae

Best Novella of the Year
Point of Origin: A Legacy Novella by Rebecca Yarros
The Witches by Jamie Magee
The Skin Walkers by Lila Felix
One King’s Way by Samantha Young

Best Dystopian/Sci-Fi Book of the Year
Darken the Stars by Amy A. Bartol
The Other Side of Gravity by Shelly Crane
Winter by Marissa Meyer
Frenzy by Casey Bond
Rite of Revelation by Sarah Negovetich
Intransigent by Cameo Renae

Best Paranormal Book of the Year
Hear the Crickets by B.J. Sheldon
Iniquity by Amy A. Bartol
Chasing Destiny by Tia Silverthorne Bach
Whiteout by Nikki Jefford
Den of Sorrows by Quinn Loftis
Heartless by Kelly Martin
Across the Divide by Stacey Marie Brown

Best Fantasy Book of the Year
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
The Forgotten Mountain by Heather Lyons
Lying, Cheating Heart by Mindy Ruiz
The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
The Heart by Rachel Higginson

Best Novella of the Year
Point of Origin: A Legacy Novella by Rebecca Yarros
The Witches by Jamie Magee
The Skin Walkers by Lila Felix
One King’s Way by Samantha Young

Best Book Hangover
Darken the Stars by Amy A. Bartol
Queen of Always by Sherry D. Ficklin
Hallowed Ground by Rebecca Yarros
Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino
#Heart by Cambria Hebert
Hawthorne & Heathcliff by R.K. Ryals
The Sins That Bind Us by Geneva Lee

Best Anthology of the Year
SEVEN
Fairy Tale Confessions
Supernatural Chronicles: The New Orleans Collection
Twisted Fairy Tale: An Anthology
Prep For Doom
Tick Tock: Seven Tales of Time

Best Serial Series
Love and Decay: Revolution by Rachel Higginson
Temptation by Casey L. Bond
The Dimension Thieves by Misty Provencher
French Kiss For Hire by multiple authors: Amanda Lance, Nikki Jefford, Nana Malone, Morgan Wylie, Lizzy Ford, Amanda Askel
Beautiful Freaks by Katie M. John
The Arrangement by H.M. Ward
Calendar Girl by Audrey Carlan

Best Middle Grade Book of the Year
Abby & the Mystic Dancers by L.C. Miller
The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms by Chris Colfer
The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
Story Thieves by James Riley
The Spirit of Steel by J.R. Roper

Best Series Finale
* final book in a multi-book series.
Iniquity (Book 5 in the Premonition Series) by Amy A. Bartol
Queen of Always (Stolen Empire #3) by Sherry D. FIcklin
Rogue (Relentless Book 3) by Karen Lynch
Steam (Legends Saga Book 3) by Stacey Rourke
Forever (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale Book 5) by Chanda Hahn
Light of Dawn (The Dawn Trilogy) by Komali da Silva
Defend (A Lost Tribe Book 2) by Kallie Ross

Best Contemporary Book Cover
Sexiest Man Alive by M. Clarke; cover design by Regina Wamba of Mae I Design & Photography
Desperately Seeking Epic by B.N. Toler; cover by Kari with Cover to Cover Designs
Made You Up by Francesca Zappia; cover by Greenwillow
A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole; cover design by Hang Le
Why Now? by Carey Heywood; cover design by Sarah Hansen
#Rev by Cambria Hebert; cover design by Regina Wamba of Mae I Design & Photography

Best Supernatural Book Cover
The Forgotten Mountain by Heather Lyons; Cover design by Whit & Ware
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo; Cover design by April Ward
Wings of Vengeance by Cameo Renae; cover by Regina Wamba of Mae I Design
The Other Side of Gravity by Shelly Crane; Cover design by Cover Lure
Across the Divide by Stacey Marie Brown; cover design by Kelly Walker
Perfekt Order by S.T. Bende; cover design by Cora Graphics
Twisted by Elizabeth Montgomery; cover design by Regina Wamba of Mae I Design

Book Cover Model of the Year
Cameo Hopper: recent cover Den of Sorrows by Quinn Loftis
Amanda Daws: recent cover Master of Machines by Starla Huchton
Nathan Weller: recent cover Sexiest Man Alive by M. Clarke

Best Book Trailer
The Siren by Keira Cass; produced by Epic Reads
Denise Grover Swank: The Rose Gardner Series
Curse of the Sphinx by Raye Wagner
Sexiest Man Alive by M. Clarke; produced by Timid Monster
#Nerd by Cambria Hebert; produced by Timid Monster

Best Edited Book of the Year
Darken the Stars by Amy A. Bartol; edited by Jason Kirk at 47North
Underland by Chanda Hahn; edited by Bethany Kaczmarek
Tap by Georgia Cates; edited by Marion Archer of Marion Making Manuscripts
Soulless by Kelly Martin; edited by Tia S. Bach at Indie Books Gone Wild
Rylen by Morgan Wylie; edited by Maria Pease of Paisley Editing

Best Formatted Book of the Year
(interior design and layout)
Wings of Vengeance by Cameo Renae; formatted by Inkstain Interiors
Emancipation by Jo Michaels; formatted by Indie Books Gone Wild
Frenzy by Casey L. Bond; formatted by Cover Me, Darling and Athena Interior Book Design
Tap by Georgia Cates; formatted by Indie Formatting Services

Best Contemporary Lead
Kate Carter – Every Wrong Reason by Rachel Higginson
Brian – A Shattered Heart by Tiffany King
Kat Darby – A Shattered Heart by Tiffany King
Grace – Moonlight on Nightengale Way by Samantha Young
Fiona Archer – Happily Ever Ninja by Penelope Reid
Jake Whitmore – Why Now? by Carey Heywood
Matt – Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino

Best Supernatural Hero/Shero
Kricket Hollowell- Darken the Stars by Amy A. Bartol
Lucy Sullivan – Ignited by Liz Long
Zoey Daniels – Across the Divide by Stacey Marie Brown
Evie – Iniquity by Amy A. Bartol
Lorelai Diederich – The Shadow Queen by CJ Redwine
Alice – in The Forgotten Mountain by Heather Lyons

Best Supernatural Villain
Augustus Rivers – Ignited by Liz Long
Dr. Rapava – Across the Divide by Stacie Marie Brown
Kyon – Darken the Stars by Amy A. Bartol
Queen Irina – The Shadow Queen by CJ Redwine

Hottest Couple
Alice & Finn in The Forgotten Mountain by Heather Lyons
Trent and Drew in #Junkie by Cambria Hebert
Zoey and Ryker in The Barrier Between by Stacey Marie Brown
Alex and Violet in Pucked by Helena Hunting
Evie and Reed in Iniquity by Amy A. Bartol
Maxton and Sophelia in Other Side of Gravity by Shelly Crane

Best Quote
“I’m not sure anyone knows what they’re looking for until they find it.” The Heir by Kiera Cass
“Chocolate is the only cure for madness,” Den from Underland by Chanda Hahn
“Even swimming in sorrow, he won’t let me drown.” Darken the Stars by Amy A. Bartol
“We have mates to berate, a mission to lead, and some force of evil that needs its ass kicked. It’s go time lades.” Jen, Den of Sorrows, Quinn Loftis
“Stop being a coward and let go of the past. Embrace the future, because they are two very different things.” Cayman ~ Every Last Breath by Jennifer Armentrout

Best Bestie/Buddy
Alexis – Defend by Kallie Ross
Jordan – Rogue by Karen Lynch
Jen – Den of Sorrows by Quinn Loftis
Sprig (Collectors Series) by Stacey Marie Brown
Iseult and Safi – Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Buns & Brownie – Iniquity by Amy A Bartol

Best Debut Novel
Flesh and Stone by P.M. Hernandez
A Cygnet’s Tale by Susan Burdorf
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Regress by S.F. Benson

Best Book to Screen
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (book by Suzanne Collins)
The Martian (book by Andy Weir)
Shadowhunters (based on the Mortal Instruments books by Cassandra Clare)
The 5th Wave (book by Rick Yancey)
The Shannara Chronicles (books by Terry Brooks)

Best Blog of the Year
I Read Indie
Vilma’s Book Blog
Belle’s Beastly Book Blog
Sweet Love and Hotness Britches
One Guy’s Guide to Good Reads
Jo Michaels Blog
Lula Fangirl

Blogger/Booktuber of the Year
Maria Pease
Jo Michaels
Christina Marie
Vilma Gonzales
Benjamin of Tomes
Tammie Zimmerman

Best Supernatural Series of the Year
The Premonition Series by Amy A. Bartol
Hidden Wings Series by Cameo Renae
Collector Series by Stacey Marie Brown
The Kricket Series by Amy A. Bartol
Frenzy Series by Casey L. Bond
The Dawn Trilogy by Komali da Silva
The After Light Saga by Cameo Renae

Best Contemporary Series
The Hashtag Series by Cambria Hebert
In Focus by Megan Erickson
GearShark Series by Cambria Hebert
On Dublin Street Series by Samantha Young
Knitting in the City Series by Penelope Reid
Fractured Lives Series by Tiffany King

UTOPiAn of the year
* This award celebrates the person in our community who embodies the values and tenets of UTOPiA — education, collaboration, inspiration — all year long.
Carlyle Labuschagne
Carol Kunz
B.J. Sheldon
Jo Michaels
Heather Hildenbrand
Regina Wamba
Chelsea Starling

Best Book of the Year
Queen of Always by Sherry D. Ficklin
The Other Side of Gravity by Shelly Crane
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
The Forgotten Mountain by Heather Lyons

Author of the Year
Jennifer L. Armentrout
Shelly Crane
Heather Lyons
Quinn Loftis
Rae Carson
Tiffany King
Cambria Hebert

 

Thank you all for sharing your gifts. We, the readers and fans, are so very grateful.

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