Young Adult RITA Nominees

Congratulations to all the nominees for the RITA® in the Young Adult Romance category!

And here are the nominees:

ENCLAVE by Ann Aguirre
Macmillan Feiwel & Freinds

In Deuce’s world, people earn the right to a name only if they survive their first fifteen years. By that point, each unnamed ‘brat’ has trained into one of three groups–Breeders, Builders, or Hunters, identifiable by the number of scars they bear on their arms. Deuce has wanted to be a Huntress for as long as she can remember.

As a Huntress, her purpose is clear—to brave the dangerous tunnels outside the enclave and bring back meat to feed the group while evading ferocious monsters known as Freaks. She’s worked toward this goal her whole life, and nothing’s going to stop her, not even a beautiful, brooding Hunter named Fade. When the mysterious boy becomes her partner, Deuce’s troubles are just beginning.

Down below, deviation from the rules is punished swiftly and harshly, and Fade doesn’t like following orders. At first she thinks he’s crazy, but as death stalks their sanctuary, and it becomes clear the elders don’t always know best, Deuce wonders if Fade might be telling the truth. Her partner confuses her; she’s never known a boy like him before, as prone to touching her gently as using his knives with feral grace.

As Deuce’s perception shifts, so does the balance in the constant battle for survival. The mindless Freaks, once considered a threat only due to their sheer numbers, show signs of cunning and strategy… but the elders refuse to heed any warnings. Despite imminent disaster, the enclave puts their faith in strictures and sacrifice instead. No matter how she tries, Deuce cannot stem the dark tide that carries her far from the only world she’s ever known.

Find out more on Ann's Website

Ann is giving away a signed copy of ENCLAVE. See entry details below.

FLAWLESS by Lara Chapman

Bloomsbury Publishing

FLAWLESS is a modern retelling of the Cyrano story in which a senior-class salutatorian with a notable nose agrees to help her perfectly gorgeous best friend catch the eye of the new hottie at school, only to discover he’s actually the perfect guy for her.

Check out Lara's website.

Lara is giving away a copy of FLAWLESS. See entry details below.

HOURGLASS by Myra McEntire

Egmont USA
One hour to rewrite the past . . . 
For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn't there; swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She's tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.
So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson's willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past. 

Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he's around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened?
Full of atmosphere, mystery, and romance, Hourglass merges the very best of the paranormal and science-fiction genres in a seductive, remarkable young adult debut.

Find out more at Myra's website.

Myra is giving away a signed copy of HOURGLASS, a signed copy of her new book, TIMEPIECE and a poster for TIMEPIECE. See entry details below.

I'M NOT HER by Janet Gurtler

Sourcebooks Fire

"For the first time in my life, I didn't feel envy..."

Tess is the exact opposite of her beautiful, athletic sister. And that's okay. Kristina is the sporty one, Tess is the smart one, and they each have their place. Until Kristina is diagnosed with cancer. Suddenly Tess is the center of the popular crowd, everyone eager for updates. There are senior boys flirting with her. Yet the smiles of her picture-perfect family are cracking and her sister could be dying. Now Tess has to fill a new role: the strong one. Because if she doesn't hold it together, who will?

Find out more at Janet's website.

Check out Janet's GLIAS interview.

Janet is giving away a copy of I'M NOT HER. See entry details below.

TOUCH OF FROST by Jennifer Estep

Kensington Teen

Gwen Frost is an outsider at Mythos Academy, a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody's head with a sword. Gwen is an outsider both to the students of the Academy and the rest of the world. But when her gift of psychometry - the ability to know an object's history just by touching it reveals dark undercurrents and danger afoot, she has no choice but to get involved.

Learn more at Jennifer's website.

Jennifer is giving away a copy of TOUCH OF FROST. See entry details below!

WARPED by Maurissa Guibord

Delacorte Press
Tessa Brody doesn't believe in magic. Or Fate. But there is definitely something weird about the dusty unicorn tapestry that she discovers in a box of old books. The wild, handsome creature woven within it draws Tessa, and frightens her too.

Soon after the tapestry comes into her possession strange things begin to happen. Tessa experiences vivid dreams of the past and scenes from a brutal hunt. When she accidentally pulls a thread from the tapestry, Tessa releases a terrible secret-one that has been contained for centuries. She also meets William de Chaucy, a young sixteenth-century nobleman with gorgeous eyes, an odd accent and haughty attitude to spare. His fate is as inextricably tied to the tapestry as Tessa's own. "His Lordship" is pretty hard to get along with but equally hard to resist.

Together with Will, Tessa must correct the wrongs of the past to defeat a cruel and crafty ancient enemy.

But what is she willing to sacrifice in order to do it?

Learn more at Maurissa's website.

Maurissa is giving away a paperback copy of WARPED. See entry details below.

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  1. congrads and thanks for the chance

  2. Holy mackerel, you guys sure are generous!
    Way to go, RITA nominees!
    seytype at hotmail dot com

  3. Loves 2 Read Romance - LauraJuly 28, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Congrats again to all the nominees. I can't wait to see who won! Thanks for sharing all these great looking books.

  4. Congrats to all the Young Adult finalists. Tonight's the big night !! The best of luck to all.


  5. Floored to be included with these amazing writer!

  6. Congrats!

    I read 4 of the books and they are all terrific!

  7. Congrats to all

  8. Congrats to all of you! I have not read your work before because I don't read a lot of YA romance but may start.

  9. Congratulations again to all the nominees. I'm going to be so excited for all of you tonight!

  10. Congrats to all the nominees, So many great books.

  11. Congratulations! All the books sound good.


  12. Congrats to all the nominees.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  13. congrts, another genre book i love to read :)

  14. Even though I'm fast approaching 50, there are several young adult books and authors that enjoy reading.