Congratulations to Cassandra Clare for her final novel of The Mortal Instruments series, City of Heavenly Fire, for achieving the top spot in the Young Adult Fantasy category of this year’s Goodreads Choice Awards.
Being that it was the final book of the series, a lot was expected out of it, tying up all the loose ends and coming to a satisfactory conclusion. We believe Cassandra Clare had achieved that, and it looks like quite a few other readers did as well.
There were many worthy novels in the same category, including 2nd place Hollow City by Ransom Riggs, the second book of the Miss Peregrine series, which had 27,851 votes as compared to Heavenly Fire’s staggering 53,247 votes. The others that filled the top 5 spots in the YA Fantasy category were Marissa Meyer‘s Cress (Book 3 of the Lunar Chronicles) in 3rd place, Kiera Cass‘s The One (Book 3 of The Selection series) in 4th place, and Sarah J. Maas‘s Heir of Fire (Book 3 of the Throne of Glass series) in 5th place.
Other notables that hit the top 20 were Veronica Roth‘s Divergent set of short stories, Four: A Divergent Collection, Laini Taylor‘s Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Book 3 of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone series), Marie Lu‘s introduction to her new series, The Young Elites, Richelle Mead‘s Silver Shadows (Book 5 of the Bloodlines series), and one that wasn’t on the original list but written in by reader votes, Leigh Bardugo‘s Ruin and Rising (Book 3 of The Grisha series).
Our other congrulations goes to Rick Riordan for The Blood of Olympus, the fifth and final book of The Heroes of Olympus series for easily nabbing top spot in the Middle-Grade and Children’s category.
The demigods, both Greek and Roman, shed more than enough blood with 63,219 votes, as compared to 2nd place The Long Haul (Book 9 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series) by Jeff Kinney, which had 18,042 votes. The duo writing team that is Cassandra Clare and Holly Black took 3rd place with 15,412 votes for The Iron Trial, the first book in their Magisterium series.
In the YA Fiction category also had an impressive list of books that we’d like to mention. 1st place went to E. Lockhart‘s We Were Liars with 33,943 votes, 2nd place went to the third book of the Anna and the French Kiss series, Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins with 20,352 votes, and 3rd place went to Panic by Lauren Oliver with 16,713 votes.
One other final book we’d like to mention is that of the Debut Goodreads Author winner Pierce Brown for his YA novel, Red Rising, a category in which all new authors, regardless of book genre, were placed into.