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Thursday, March 24, 2016

RT Book Reviews Award Winners for 2015

The May edition of RT Book Reviews (in stores now) announces the Reviewers' Choice Awards for 2015 in a variety of categories. 

This post includes ONLY those books that won in otherworldly categories such as paranormal romance, steampunk, urban fantasy, general fantasy, and science fiction. Click HERE to go to the RT web page showing the winners in all of the categories.

If a title is a pink-link, you can click on it to read my review of the book.

Reviewers' Choice Awards

      Paranormal Romance:
      Vampires Never Cry Wolf, by Sara Humphreys
      (Novel 3 in DEAD IN THE CITY series)

      Paranormal Worldbuilding:
      Shadow's End, by Thea Harrison
      (Novel 9 in ELDER RACES series)

      Paranormal Romantic Suspense: 
      Gideon, by Cherry Adair
      (Novel 1 in STARK BROTHERS series)

      Fantasy Romance:
      The Talon of the Hawk, by Jeffe Kennedy
      (Novel 4 in THE TWELVE KINGDOMS series)

      Of Silk and Steam, by Bec McMaster
      (Novel 5 in LONDON STEAMPUNK series)

      Urban Fantasy Novel: 
      The Dragon Conspiracy, by Lisa Shearin
      (Novel 2 in SPI FILES series)

      Urban Fantasy Worldbuilding: 
      Vision in Silver, by Anne Bishop
      (Novel 3 in THE OTHERS series)

      Indie Urban Fantasy: 
      One Good Dragon Deserves Another, by Rachel Aaron
      (Novel 2 in THE HEARTSTRIKERS series)

      Fantasy Novel: 
      Wake of Vultures, by Lila Bowen (aka Delilah S. Dawson)
      (Novel 1 in THE SHADOW series)

      Epic Fantasy Novel: 
      Black Wolves, by Kate Elliott
      (Novel 1 in BLACK WOLVES series)

      Fantasy Adventure: 
      The Aeronaut's Windlass, by Jim Butcher
      (Novel 1 in THE CINDER SPIRES series)

      Science Fiction Novel: 
      Radiance, by Catherynne M. Valente
      (Stand-alone Novel)

Seal of Excellence (SOE) Awards:
Each month, RT Book Reviews staff members evaluate reviewers' Top Picks and narrow the list down to six to nine books that garnered the most enthusiasm from reviewers. Those books are then further evaluated, with one book receiving that month's SOE. Here are the otherworldly books that received SOE Awards in 2015:

       Grave Phantoms (Paranormal Romance) 
       Jenn Bennett
       (Novel 3 in ROARING TWENTIES series)

       Time Salvager (Science Fiction)
       Wesley Chu
       (Novel 1 in TIME series)

       Menagerie (Adult Fantasy) 
       Rachel Vincent
       (Novel 1 in THE MENAGERIE series)

Career Achievement Awards 
In addition to the book awards, twelve authors were recognized for contributions in their genres. Here are the three authors of otherworldly works who were honored for career achievement:

      Paranormal Romance: Christine Feehan

      Urban Fantasy: Laurell K. Hamilton

      Science Fiction and Fantasy: Nalo Hopkinson

If you missed reading my post that listed all of the 2015 nominees, click HERE to take a look. Some of the runner-ups are just as good as, if not better than, the winners. That list also has pink-links to my reviews.

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