2012 GraveTells Book Awards: See our picks for Book, Author, & Series of the Year!
Each month, GraveTells recognizes outstanding stories and authors in the genres of paranormal romance and urban fantasy through our Readers Choice Awards and our Book of the Month & Reviewer Top Pick honors. The winners for the most popular of 2012 have been voted on and awarded in our annual Readers Choice Awards and now it’s time to crown the recipients of our official 2012 Book Awards!
Candidates for these categories, aside from the All-Star Reviewer, were considered using the same qualification criteria as in our Readers Choice Awards. Go here to see the list and how they were chosen. Note that all winners of these awards were chosen in early December 2012, before voting for the RCA commenced, and are completely unrelated to those results.
Book of the Year
|Reading a story by Joan Swan is like diving head-first into another universe… one where the characters’ chemistry is searingly sensual, the camaraderie heart-warming, and the adrenaline-spiked action palpably tangible. Here’s a snippet from DaVinciKittie’s review of Blaze, the second story in Joan’s Phoenix Rising series (click the book cover below to read the full review)…
Voted as the 2012 GraveTells Readers Choice Most Promising New Author, Joan is most definitely a rising star in romantic fiction, and Blaze is a “must-read” story, GraveTells’ Book of the Year for 2012!
Series of the Year
|First published in 2011, Rebecca Zanetti has captivated discerning readers of paranormal romance with her sinfully sexy and brazenly intelligent series about vampires, demons, shifters, and witches: the Dark Protectors. In the Dark Protectors world, where alpha vampire and shape-shifter kings rule secretly amidst an unknowing human population and intrepid witches craft their spells by manipulating advanced quantum physics, the race is on to beat a debilitating, mate-stealing virus engineered by the evil Kurjans and win the ongoing brutal and bloody war against their mind-shattering demon enemies. Here’s what DaVinciKittie had to say about the series in her review of Hunted…
If you are looking for a sexy, smart, immersive series to lose yourself in, you absolutely must check out the Dark Protectors! The fifth book in the series, Provoked, was the recipient of one of only two perfect review scores awarded in 2012 and its hero Kane Kayrs was recently voted as Sexiest Geek at the GraveTells 2012 Readers Choice Awards. The Dark Protectors series also won for Most Original Story Universe and both Hunted and Provoked were chosen as Books of the Month last year. Congratulations to Rebecca Zanetti on her stellar work on the Dark Protectors series, the GraveTells 2012 Series of the Year!
Author of the Year
Debut Author of the Year
|2012 was a great year for paranormal romance and an excellent time for debut authors in the genre. GraveTells was fortunate enough to be able to review and feature several stellar new PNR authors last year, and one in particular stood out as a force to be reckoned with. A published author through Kensington press as well as her own self-publishing efforts, Joan Swan has crafted an incredibly addicting and sensual series about a group of firefighters blessed (or cursed) with supernatural abilities after a vicious, and suspiciously convenient, chemical warehouse explosion. The first two books in the Phoenix Rising series were released in 2012, garnering Ms. Swan a debut review score of 4.5 for Fever (which was also chosen as our March 2012 Book of the Month AND Reviewer Top Pick) followed by our first, one of only two awarded in 2012, perfect score of the year for Blaze (also chosen as Book of the Month and a Reviewer Top Pick in August of 2012).Joan Swan is a fresh new voice in paranormal romance, demonstrating incredible skill in both storycraft and searing character chemistry, and we are excitedly anticipating her works to come. Congratulations to Joan on being named as the GraveTells 2012 Debut Author of the Year!|
|2012 was the first full year GraveTells published reviews by a composite cast of reviewers. We have been blessed with an incredible roster of fourteen talented ladies, all of whom have, at some point between mid-2011 and December of 2012, lent their wit and literary review skills to bring you the lowdown on over 200 paranormal romance and urban fantasy books. Since joining the team in November of 2011, the longest-tenured active reviewer on the site besides DaVinciKittie, Rachel Elizabeth has published 30 reviews for GraveTells; 28 of those were in 2012. Folks, that’s (just about) 2 or more reviews every single month, since she joined the team, and is an incredible accomplishment considering the mental toll all that reading, analyzing, and composing puts on a reviewer.Rachel is also the team’s most perfectionistic when it comes to formatting her reviews and following the GraveTells guidelines and quality standards. Her drafts rarely need corrections (of any kind, including spelling, grammar, and sentence structure!), and her insights are always fresh and entertaining. She is also incredibly reliable, almost always meeting the calendar deadlines necessary to organize our busy post schedule, and has a contagious, sunny disposition and positive attitude.This year, Rachel was the only reviewer (aside from DaVinciKittie, who as Executive Editor is understandably personally motivated when it comes to writing reviews for GT) to publish more than 25 reviews, earning her the honor of 2012 GraveTells All-Star Reviewer! Congratulations Rach, and keep up the amazing work!|
I’d like to give a shout-out to all the GraveTells reviewers who have been part of our team in 2011 and 2012. Not all of them are currently active, and some have moved on to more focused writing pursuits and personal projects, but each has made a positive impact on the culture and success of the site. *mwuah!* You ladies are the best!
Thank you as well to all of you who are reading this now, especially our regulars! Your support is what makes what we do worth the investment and we love getting to dish about our favorite sexy heroes with our fellow PNR addicts. <3 Bring on 2013!