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GraveTells December 2011 Book of the Month & Reviewer’s Choice Awards

GraveTells December 2011 Book of the Month & Reviewer’s Choice Awards

by davincikittieDecember 31, 2011

December’s Book of the Month is…

Laura Kaye’s North of Need is the talk of the season, and for good reason! Here’s what GT reviewer The Captain had to say about it, after giving it our rare, perfect score, Gold Heart Award

North of Need is a love story that will crawl inside your noggin and take up residence. I challenge you to read it and not be in tears at least twice. It is sad, but it is also uplifting and beautiful in the truths that it conveys about what love really is. Real love, true love, means wanting another’s happiness and fulfillment even after we are gone. It is seeking to help them continue to contribute to the world and experience its beauty.

Read the full review here!


December’s Reviewer’s Choice Award goes to…

Published in 2009 by the highly-acclaimed and prolific author Nalini Singh, Angels’ Blood is the starter novel for the Guild Hunter series. These are vampires and angels as you’ve never seen them before, vicious and remorseless, with the human Guild hunters caught in the middle.  Raphael is the alpha to rule all alphas, and his sights are firmly locked onto hunter Elena.  The Captain is on a roll this month!  Here’s what she had to say about Angel’s Blood

Nalini Singh is now my girl crush of the moment.  I loved this book.  It was scary, sexy, impressively plotted, well thought out, and the perfect beginning to a new series.  The only thing that’s keeping it from being a five is that I never felt like I was going to bawl all over myself. (Which is one of the requirements, y’all.  And truth be told, I can only handle so many North of Need type books in mah life.  The Captain is a softie.)

You’ll love reading about Raphael and Elena and their journey together.  I suggest getting book 2 at the same time as book 1, so that you don’t have to stop and wait to start it.  You’ll be jonesing, I promise you.


How do we choose the winners?

I’m sure you’re wondering how we make these decisions.  Here’s the skinny…

For Reviewer’s Choice, each GT reviewer that posted a review for the selection month gets a number of votes equalling their total reviews posted for that month.  They can spend those votes, in whatever split or block they want, on any book that earned a 4.0/5 or higher rating in its GT review.  The book(s) with a combination of the highest vote total and the highest number of reviewers who voted for it wins the honor and gets the nifty little silver ribbon on its book cover across our site.

For Book of the Month, the selection is a little more complicated and it is chosen solely by me.  As Executive Editor of the site, I take several factors into consideration, but most importantly, the book must have a minimum 4.5/5 rating and its review (if I haven’t personally read it) or story (if I have read it myself) needs to be memorable and have impact.  It’s largely based on “gut” feeling, so it’s hard to spell out the specific metric for you guys, but basically it’s an informed subjective decision that I make each month, and I don’t take that lightly.

What’s missing?  A Reader’s Choice award! Starting in January, you guys will get to vote on your favorite GT-reviewed books at the end of each month, and those winners will be announced along with our BotM and RvC selections.  *confetti* We’ll have the results from our currently-ongoing 2011 Readers Choice Awards tomorrow, so thank you to everyone who is participating!


Where can I get those cover badges for my site?

Want to display our awards on your site?  Whether you’re an author, publisher, fellow blogger, or enthusiastic reader, we’d be honored for you to share the GraveTells awards in your sidebar, post, or homepage!  The code, along with side-bar friendly image sizes, is below…



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About The Author
Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at
  • Sophia Rose
    December 31, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    I haven’t read either of those books yet, but I definitely have them on my book list.

    Glad they won as I had that feeling off of them too- that they were winning reads.

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