The Inside a Dog Inky Awards , which are run by The Centre for Youth Literature at State Library Victoria, are the only young adult novel awards in Australia that are judged and voted on solely by teenagers. A few weeks back, I posted to share my excitement at seeing some of my favourite ya books make the longest. Now, the shortlist has been announced and I am still as excited as ever!
Since the longlist announcement in March, the books have been slimmed down from these 20 books:
To these top 10:
(Note: the ‘Gold Inky Awards’ focus on books Australian authors, while the ‘Silver Inky Awards’ are for international authors).
My thoughts on the shortlist:
Beautiful Mess by Claire Christian was one of my favourite reads of last year so I am hyped to see it make the cut.
I’m disappointed that The Lonliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James wasn’t chosen- it’s an amazing book that is completely underrated.
I adored The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue by Mackenzi Lee and think it is well deserving of all its hype.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas was an okay read for me. While its message is important, the writing style and slow start downgraded my rating to a 3.5 out of 5.
Release, In Dark Spaces and Take Three Girls are all novels that I’m interested in reading, especially Release by Patrick Ness, which I own a copy of.
Follow the link to find out more about the Inky Awards for 2018 and to vote. Voting is now open (for teen readers) and closes on 16th September. Winners will be announced by The State Library of Victoria on 2nd October.
Have you read any of the shortlisted books? Were you disappointed to see a favourite book not make the cut?