YARWA is proud to announce the 2019 winners for the Athena contest for Excellence in Young Adult & New Adult Fiction.

YA Contemporary

The Athena Contest 1st Place Someone I Used to Know, by Patty Blount
It’s been two years since the night that changed Ashley’s life. Two years since she was raped by her brother’s teammate. And a year since she sat in a court and watched as he was given a slap-on-the-wrist sentence. But the years have done nothing to stop the pain or lessen the crippling panic attacks that make her feel…Read more on Goodreads
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2nd Place: The Last Wish of Sasha Cade, by Cheyanne Young
3rd Place: Knight Moves, by Julie Moffett
3rd Place: The Impossibility of Us, by Katy Upperman

New Adult Contemporary

The Athena Contest 1st Place: Maybe Someone Like You, by Stacy Wise
Katie Capwell is a bright and accomplished recent law school graduate, and she has her shiny future all mapped out. It’s brimming with courtroom victories and creating change. Ryan Brincatt is a tattooed and impossibly cool martial artist, and he’s mastered a fierce roundhouse kick. Their paths never should have crossed. Read more on Goodreads
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2nd Place: Under a Storm-Swept Sky, by Beth Anne Miller
3rd Place: The Reluctant Princess, by M.C. Vaughan

YA/NA Paranormal

The Athena Contest 1st Place: Undefined, by Jessica Ruddick
The truth about her past may define her future.
Sophie loves being an elemental. Being able to bend the natural world to her will is thrilling, even if the need for secrecy is putting a cramp in her dating life. Lately, though, her powers have been growing, making it difficult to resist the heady temptation to use her gifts. Trying to balance the elemental world with having …Read more on Goodreads
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2nd Place: The Spellbinder’s Sonata, by Stephanie Keyes
3rd Place: Manifest Destiny, by NJ Damschroder

YA/NA Speculative

The Athena Contest 1st Place: Toxic, by Lydia Kang
Hana isn’t supposed to exist. She’s grown up hidden by her mother in a secret room of the bioship Cyclo until the day her mother is simple gone – along with the entire crew. Cyclo tells her she was abandoned, but she’s certain her mother wouldn’t leave her there to die. And Hana isn’t ready to die yet. She’s never really had a chance to live. Fenn is supposed to die. He and…Read more on Goodreads
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2nd Place: Valiant, by Merrie Destefano
3rd Place: Neliem, by Clare Di Liscia

Best First Book

The Athena Contest Neliem, by Clare Di Liscia
Half the population of the island of Madera are dead, killed by an unforgiving and indiscriminate plague. Oriana dreams of escaping her life of ruthless cruelty from the people who now rule over those who remain. No telling whom the plague will strike next, Oriana means to find freedom for herself and her people. Drawing strength from ancient tales of her enemy, young Oria…
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Best of the Best

The Athena Contest Someone I Used to Know, by Patty Blount
It’s been two years since the night that changed Ashley’s life. Two years since she was raped by her brother’s teammate. And a year since she sat in a court and watched as he was given a slap-on-the-wrist sentence. But the years have done nothing to stop the pain or lessen the crippling panic attacks that make her feel…
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