2009 Finalists

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Best Romance

Counting the Cost
by Liz Adair
Illuminations of the Heart
by Joyce DiPastena
All the Stars in Heaven
by Michele Paige Holmes
Santa Maybe
by Aubrey Mace
Previously Engaged
by Elodia Strain

Best Mystery/Suspense

by Traci Hunter Abramson
Methods of Madness
by Stephanie Black
Murder by the Book
by Betsy Brannon Green
Lemon Tart
by Josi Kilpack
Altered State
by Gregg Luke

Best Youth Fiction

Princess of the Midnight Ball
by Jessica Day George
Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary (Fablehaven Book 4)
by Brandon Mull
My Fair Godmother
by Janette Rallison
Bright Blue Miracle
by Becca Wilhite
The Chosen One
by Carol Lynch Williams

Best Speculative Fiction

Servant of a Dark God
by John Brown
The Maze Runner
by James Dashner
by Aprilynne Pike
by Brandon Sanderson
I Am Not A Serial Killer
by Dan Wells

Best Historical

by Sandra Grey
The Undaunted
by Gerald Lund
by H.B. Moore
The Last Waltz
by G.G. Vandagriff
In the Company of Angels
by David Farland

Best General Fiction

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
by Jamie Ford
No Going Back
by Jonathan Langford
Gravity vs. The Girl
by Riley Noehren
The Route
by Gale Sears
Eyes Like Mine
by Julie Wright

Unlike previous years, no finalists are being announced for the two overall awards. Instead, the Whitney Academy can choose from any of the eligible finalists in any category. In other words, all of the novels listed above are still in the running for Best Novel of the Year.

Likewise, any of the above finalists that meet the eligibility requirements for Best Novel by a New Author can be chosen for that award. This year, the eligible books are:

  • Servant of a Dark God, by John Brown
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford
  • No Going Back, by Jonathan Langford
  • Gravity vs. The Girl, by Riley Noehren
  • Wings, by Aprilynne Pike
  • I Am Not A Serial Killer, by Dan Wells
  • Bright Blue Miracle, by Becca Wilhite

This year we will also be asking voters to certify that they have read each of the books in the categories they are voting in. If, for example, a voters wants to vote for Best Romance, then the ballot will contain a checkbox asking the voter to certify that they’ve read all five novels in that category.

To vote for Best Novel of the Year, you must have read all of the finalists in all categories–all thirty novels.