This book sounds amazing and I’m a huge fan of David Levithan, so I will get this book the minute it’s released! Invisibility by David Levithan and Andrea Cremer is released in NZ by Penguin Books in July.
It was an exciting week last week, with both International Book Giving Day and the announcement of the winners of the 2012 Cybils Awards on Thursday 14th February. It’s always exciting to find out which books judges pick as the winners, and it was even more exciting for me as I got to help choose the winner of the Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy category. You can find out about all the winners of each category on the Cybils website.
I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the Round 2 judges for the 2012 Cybils Awards. My group of judges had the tough task of choosing our favourite YA science fiction and fantasy book from the 7 shortlisted titles (you can see them all here). It was a really interesting and enjoyable experience, even though it was tough at times. For someone like myself, who won’t finish a book if I’m not enjoying it, I had to push through a couple of the finalists and force myself to finish them.
We chose Seraphina by Rachel Hartman as our winner of the Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy category. Seraphina was one of my top 3 books in the category, along with Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi and Every Day by David Levithan. I think these are three books that all high school libraries should have in their collection, and you can find out what I loved about these books below.
Seraphina works as the music assistant to the royal court composer in Lavondaville. Her world is populated by humans and by dragons able to take human form, and for now there is an uneasy peace between them. In fact, the fortieth anniversary of the treaty between human and dragonkind is rapidly approaching. But then a member of the royal family is murdered, and the crime appears to have been committed by a dragon. The peace and treaty between both worlds is threatened.Seraphina is caught desperately in the middle of the tension. Her father is human, and her mother was a dragon in human form.She is unique, and completely illegal – and if she is found out, her life is in serious danger . . .
Two refugee children, Mahlia and Mouse, are known as ‘war maggots': survivors who have barely managed to escape the unspeakable violence plaguing the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities. But their fragile safety is threatened when they discover a wounded half-man -a bioengineered war beast named Tool, who is hunted by a vengeful band of soldiers. When tragedy strikes, Mahlia is faced with an impossible decision: risk everything to save the boy who once saved her, or flee to her own safety.
Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.
And then A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.
Every Day by David Levithan is one of my absolute favourite books of 2012. If I could give a copy to every person I saw I would do, but sadly I can’t afford to do so. Instead I’m giving two lucky people the chance to win a copy.
To get in the draw all you have to do is enter your name and email address in the form below. If you’re super keen to get a copy you can even enter every day if you like. Competition closes Monday 29 October (NZ and Australia only).
This competition has now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered.