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Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award: Announcing the Winners in the BBNYA 2020

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Hello, fellow book lovers. 💜 Today is my latest and final Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award post of the year. I’m excited to share with you the winners in the BBNYA 2020.

I’m proud to have been on the panel of judges. You can find out about the competition, the stages and my experiences by reading my previous BBNYA posts.

BBNYA Panelist 2020 Badge

As a quick re-cap the author prizes are as follows:

1st place

  • A BBNYA 2020 trophy.
  • An ‘Ultimate Blog Tour’ from TheWriteReads.
  • A ‘Winner‘ BBNYA 2020 badge designed by Jenniely.
  • A 100-pound sterling Folio Society voucher.
  • A 100 euros cash prize.*

2nd to 5th place

6th to 10th place

📚 The Winners in the BBNYA 2020. 📚

In reverse order…

At 10th place is Ever Alice by H.J. Ramsay

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Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award: Announcing the Winners in the BBNYA 2020Title: Ever Alice by H.J. Ramsay
on 1 August, 2019
Genres: Young Adult (YA), Fantasy
No. of Pages: 339

Alice’s stories of Wonderland did more than raise a few eyebrows—it landed her in an asylum.

Now at 15 years of age, she’s willing to do anything to leave, which includes agreeing to an experimental procedure. When Alice decides at the last minute not to go through with it, she escapes with the White Rabbit to Wonderland and trades one mad house for another: the court of the Queen of Hearts. Only this time, she is under orders to take out the Queen.
When love, scandal, and intrigue begin to muddle her mission, Alice finds herself on the wrong side of the chopping block.


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Our 9th place winner is The Devil’s Apprentice by Kenneth B. Andersen

Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award: Announcing the Winners in the BBNYA 2020Title: The Devil's Apprentice by Kenneth B. Andersen, Kenneth Bøgh Andersen
Series: The Great Devil War #1
Published by Hidden Bower Press on 8 October, 2018
Genres: Young Adult (YA), Fantasy
No. of Pages: 311

Book 1 in the multi-award-winning series. Published in more than 10 countries and movie rights optioned!

Philip is a good boy, a really good boy, who accidentally gets sent to Hell to become the Devil's heir. The Devil, Lucifer, is dying and desperately in need of a successor, but there's been a mistake and Philip is the wrong boy.

Lucifer has no other choice than to begin the difficult task of training Philip in the ways of evil. Philip is terrible at being bad, but when he falls in love with the she-devil Satina and experiences the powerful forces of love and jealousy, the task becomes much easier.

Philip finds both friends and enemies in this odd, gloomy underworld--but who can he trust, when he discovers an evil-minded plot against the dark throne?

The Great Devil War is a gripping and humorous tale about good and evil seen from an unusual perspective, wrapped in a fast-paced plot full of adventure, mystery, and engaging characters, and set in a world beyond your wildest dreams...


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In 8th place is Specter by Katie Jane Gallagher

Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award: Announcing the Winners in the BBNYA 2020Title: Specter by Katie Jane Gallagher
Published by Hidden Bower Press on 7 July, 2019
Genres: Young Adult (YA), Urban Fantasy
No. of Pages: 259

Stranger Things with a ghostly twist! This gripping, genre-bending debut will keep you holding your breath till the very last page.

Horror aficionado Lanie Adams should be thrilled when two eighties-era ghosts materialize in her bedroom. Yet after a fainting incident unbecoming of a horror nerd, she would rather her haunting just go away—the ghosts’ waterlogged voices and ice-cold auras are more terrifying than any movie. Enlisting the help of Ryan, an entirely-too-cute stoner, she makes it her mission to put the spirits stalking her to rest.

Some sleuthing reveals that their sleepy Connecticut town is host to a shadowy, decades-old conspiracy. If Lanie wants to say a final goodbye to her ghosts, she’ll need to keep digging. But it’s important to tread carefully. The culprit is still in town—and they’ll stop at nothing to keep the truth buried.

Perfect for fans of Stranger Things! With strong characters who are easy to root for, this stunning, multilayered debut is not to be missed.


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7th place is Calico Thunder Rides Again by T.A. Hernandez

Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award: Announcing the Winners in the BBNYA 2020Title: Calico Thunder Rides Again by T.A. Hernandez
Published by Sanita Street Publishing on 5th November 2019
Genres: Fantasy
No. of Pages: 196

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to the Most Fantastic Show on Earth...

Three years ago, the Ban changed everything, outlawing certain forms of magic and bringing about the rise of powerful crime syndicates. Now, speakeasies in every city sell illegal charms and jinxes, and bootleggers traffic restricted potion ingredients across the country. But even in this changing world, the magic of the circus still acts as a wondrous escape and provides entertainment for all.​

Jake Strickland owns one such circus, inherited after an accident ended his career as a rodeo dragon rider. He also inherited the circus’ financial troubles, but since the show became his, he’s slowly managed to turn it into a profitable business once more. Or at least, that’s what he thought.

When a dangerous mobster comes to collect an old debt, Jake resorts to desperate measures to get the money before a strict deadline. With lives and livelihoods at stake, he battles the clock, his responsibilities to the circus, and a longstanding personal grudge that has festered for years. Can he pay back the mob before it’s too late?


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Our 6th place winner is Marrow Charm by Kristin Jacques

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Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award: Announcing the Winners in the BBNYA 2020Title: Marrow Charm by Kristin Jacques
Series: The Gate Cycle #1
Published by The Parliament House on 1 October, 2019
Genres: Young Adult (YA), Fantasy
Narrator: Amie Lyn Hornick
Length: 10 hours 24 minutes
No. of Pages: 346

Azure Brimvine lives in a world decimated by magic. One where humans have retreated underground from the overwhelming dangers of the surface. But Below is no safer than Above. Magic borne plagues continue to eat away at the remaining human cities. A sickness that doesn't merely kill, but creates aberrations from the stricken: people twisted by magic into something dark, dangerous, and powerful.

But when Azzy's brother, Armin, is infected and cast out into the Above, she sets out after him, determined to be there for him no matter what he becomes. The world Above is full of monsters, both wild and cunning, some more human than Azzy was led to believe.

Her search for Armin leads her to Avergard, a ruthless city of inhuman lords and twisted creatures. Azzy must find allies and forge new bonds in this broken world, brave the perils of the Above, and reach Armin before his new power is used to open the Gate once more.


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We’ve reached the halfway point. I’m so excited to see which books are in the top 5!

Coming in at 5th place is Ranger’s Oath by Blake Arthur Peel

Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award: Announcing the Winners in the BBNYA 2020Title: Ranger's Oath by Blake Arthur Peel
Series: Fall of Radiance #1
Published by Aethon Books on 28 February, 2020
Genres: Fantasy
Narrator: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
Length: 9 hours 23 minutes
No. of Pages: 299

The barrier between worlds is broken. Only he knows the truth...

Magic has protected Tarsynium for a thousand years, shielding its people from being ravaged by bloodthirsty demons. When a young ranger's apprentice named Owyn Lund discovers that the Arc of Radiance has been breached, he tries to warn anybody who will listen.

But legends aren't supposed to be real.

When a village is mysteriously destroyed, rangers, mages, and rebels all point the finger, blaming each other for the demons' brutality. However, Zara Dennel, a mage's ward, has heard Owyn's tale—and she's inclined to believe him.
Together, they must prove that friendship is greater than intolerance, unity is more important than division, and that even the most powerful magic can sometimes not be enough.

Failure means the end of all things. A second—and lasting—Doom.

Experience the beginning of a thrilling Epic Fantasy series suitable for all ages. It's perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir, Sarah J. Maas, and Brandon Sanderson.


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Our 4th is The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey

Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award: Announcing the Winners in the BBNYA 2020Title: The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey
Series: Sovereign #1
Published by Silver Sun Books on 25 June, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Dystopian
No. of Pages: 298

In the last city on Earth, death is just a step into the trees.

In the Blue, the world’s last city, all is not well.

Julia is stuck within its walls. She serves the nobility from a distance until she meets Lucas, who believes in fairytales that her world can’t accommodate. The Blue is her prison, not her castle, and she’d escape into the trees if she didn’t know that contamination and death awaited humanity outside.

But not everyone in the Blue is human, and not everyone can be contained.

Beyond the city’s boundaries, in the wild forests of the Red, Cameron has precious little humanity left to lose. As he searches for a lost queen, he finds an enemy rising that he thought long dead. An enemy that the humans have forgotten how to fight.

One way or another, the walls of the Blue are going to come down. The only question is what side you’ll be on when they do.


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Ooh, the tension is mounting. We’re at the top 3 rated books in this competition!

In 3rd place is Stay Mad, Sweetheart by Heleen Kist

Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award: Announcing the Winners in the BBNYA 2020Title: Stay Mad, Sweetheart by Heleen Kist
Published by Red Dog Press on 19th November 2019
Genres: Thriller
No. of Pages: 337

THERE’S A FINE LINE BETWEEN INNOCENCE AND GUILT. AN EVEN FINER LINE BETWEEN JUSTICE AND REVENGE.

Data scientist Laura prefers the company of her books to the real world – let alone that cesspit online. But when her best friend Emily becomes the victim of horrific cyberbullying, she makes it her all-engulfing mission to track down the worst culprits.

Petite corporate financier Suki is about to outshine the stupid boys at her firm: she’s leading the acquisition of Edinburgh’s most exciting start-up. If only she could get its brilliant, but distracted, co-founder Laura to engage.

Event planner Claire is left to salvage the start-up's annual conference after her colleague Emily fails to return to work. She’s determined to get a promotion out of it, but her boss isn’t playing ball.

As the women's paths intertwine, the insidious discrimination they each face comes to light. Emboldened by Emily’s tragic experience, they join forces to plot the downfall of all those who've wronged them.

But with emotions running high, will the punishments fit the crimes?

A pacy and suspenseful novel with its feet firmly in the #MeToo era. 9 to 5 meets Suits with a dash of Black Mirror.


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And in 2nd place is Fid’s Crusade by David H. Reiss

Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award: Announcing the Winners in the BBNYA 2020Title: Fid's Crusade by David H. Reiss
Series: The Chronicles of Fid #1
on 23 June, 2018
Genres: Sci-Fi & Futuristic
No. of Pages: 371

Rage, grief and guilt have fueled Doctor Fid's endless quest to punish the unworthy and he has left a long trail of blood and misery in his wake. For more than two decades, the sight of the villain's powered armor has struck fear into the hearts of hero and civilian alike! But when a personal tragedy motivates Doctor Fid to investigate a crime, he uncovers a plot so heinous that even he is taken aback.

Haunted by painful memories and profound guilt, the veteran supervillain must race against time if he is to have any hope of confronting the approaching threat. Every battle takes its toll...but the stakes are too high for retreat to be an option.

In the end, it may take a villain to save the world from those entrusted with the world's protection.

Winner of the "Science-Fiction / Fantasy / Horror" category in the 2018 Publishers Weekly BookLife Prize, and IndieBRAG medallion honoreeAlternate cover edition.For previous cover edition see here: ASIN B07C92PMDH


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Which means that our 1st place winner is The Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King

Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award: Announcing the Winners in the BBNYA 2020Title: The Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King
Published by Fallen Leaf Press on 30 November, 2018
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Thriller
Narrator: Gildart Jackson
Length: 11 hours 27 minutes
No. of Pages: 287

John Carver has three rules: Don't drink in the daytime, don't gamble when the luck has gone, and don't talk to the dead people who come to visit.

It has been almost five years since the incident in Kabul. Since the magic stirred within him and the stories began. Fleeing the army, running from the whispers, the guilt, and the fear he was losing his mind, Carver fell into addiction, dragging himself through life one day at a time.

Desperation has pulled him back to Afghanistan, back to the heat, the dust, and the truth he worked so hard to avoid. But there are others, obsessed with power and forbidden magics, who will stop at nothing to learn the truth of his gifts. Abducted and chained, Carver must break more than his own rules if he is to harness this power and survive.


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A big thank you to all the authors who submitted their books and congratulations to our ten BBNYA winners.

As part of the judging process, I read The Devil’s Apprentice, Specter, and The Lore of Prometheus. Find out what I thought about these books next month when I post my reviews.

Don’t forget, you can visit the official BBNYA website for further information. Or why not follow the official BBNYA Twitter account and get up-to-date information about next year’s competition in your feed. 

Thanks for stopping by and for reading this post about the winners in the BBNYA 2020. Have you read any of these books? Which ones have caught your eye? Drop me a cotment and let’s chat.

Bye for now,

Flora x

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