About a month ago we launched the YABuzz Debut YA Book of 2016, we started with a call for nominations and an overly complicated idea but nonetheless we still received 13 nominations. So a BIG thank you to everyone who took the time to vote on Twitter and on Instagram.
A hasty change to the way this was going to work to make it fair for all and the poll which would decide the winner was launched.
680 votes later and we have a winner but before we officially reveal this we’d like to say just how close the poll was – the leading book changed almost daily last week and has only really settled in the last few days we’re so pleased to report that all books nominated received votes and the winning book won with 22% of the votes. We think this just goes to show the strength of YA so congrats to all!
Okay, so we’ve kept you wondering for long enough – we are pleased to reveal and say congratulations to as the winning YABuzz YA Debut Book of 2016 is….
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Riverkeep by Martin J Stewart
The Danék is a wild, treacherous river, and the Fobisher family has tended it for generations—clearing it of ice and weed, making sure boats can get through, and fishing corpses from its bleak depths. Wulliam’s father, the current Riverkeep, is proud of this work. Wull dreads it. And in one week, when he comes of age, he will have to take over.
Then the unthinkable happens. While recovering a drowned man, Wull’s father is pulled under—and when he emerges, he is no longer himself. A dark spirit possesses him, devouring him from the inside. In an instant, Wull is Riverkeep. And he must care for his father, too.
When he hears that a cure for his father lurks in the belly of a great sea-dwelling beast known as the mormorach, he embarks on an epic journey down the river that his family has so long protected—but never explored. Along the way, he faces death in any number of ways, meets people and creatures touched by magic and madness and alchemy, and finds courage he never knew he possessed.
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Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to nominate and later vote, we’re hoping to bring this back next year as we love and want to continue to shout about debut authors so to get you started why not check out our list of debuts to look out for in 2017. Who know’s they may make it onto next years nomination list!