Best-of Lists and Awards Update!


Now that awards season is upon us, we’ve been receiving a great deal of good news for our JABberwocky authors!



Five JABberwocky authors appeared on Buzzfeed’s recent “32 Best Fantasy Books of 2015″ list! Buzzfeed highlighted Silvia Moreno-Garcia‘s SIGNAL TO NOISE, calling it a “charming debut”; Daniel José Older‘s HALF-RESURRECTION BLUES, the “engaging beginning to a promising new series”; Brandon Sanderson’s SHADOWS OF SELF, full of “excitement, adventure, and magic”; Peter V. Brett‘s “endlessly fascinating and increasingly complex” THE SKULL THRONE; and Michael J. Sullivan‘s “fast-paced and entertaining” THE DEATH OF DULGATH. released their Reviewer’s Choice list for the Best Books of 2015. “The G” chose Silvia Moreno-Garcia‘s SIGNAL TO NOISE as one of their favorites, saying: “It’s premised on the notion of magic that’s activated by music, which—as a music obsessive—really struck a chord with me (sorry—I couldn’t help myself there). But, like many of the best novels, it’s really about growing up, and dealing with the fallout from how that transpires. Moreno-Garcia is a wonderful writer, and I look forward to reading her next novel.”




School Library Journal chose Daniel José Older‘s SHADOWSHAPER for their Best Books of 2015: Young Adult list. The novel has received great critical acclaim, with starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Romantic Times, and School Library Journal.




SHADOWSHAPER was also a finalist for the 2015 Kirkus Prize, and it made Kirkus’ “Best Teen Books of 2015” list. In their starred review, Kirkus raved: “Warm, strong, vernacular, dynamic—a must.”



Barnes and Noble released their Best Science-Fiction and Fantasy of 2015 list, barnes-noble_couponsand included two JABberwocky titles on their list of twenty-five!  Daniel Jose Older’s HALF-RESURRECTION BLUES, which they called “vividly realized,” was one, and Silvia Moreno-Garcia‘s “charming literary fantasy,” SIGNAL TO NOISE, was another. For their “6 of the Most Fascinating Galactic Empires Outside of Star Wars” list, B&N selected Dave Bara‘s STARBOUND.


rt-bannerAdditionally, RT Book Reviews just released their nominations for the Reviewers’ Choice Awards, and SIGNAL TO NOISE made the shortlist for Best Fantasy Novel. Erin Lindsey‘s BLOODFORGED, made the Best Epic Fantasy Novel list.



Waterstones chose Brandon Sanderson’s SHADOWS OF SELF and Peter Brett’s THE SKULL THRONE for their Best Fantasy Books of 2015 list. Both titles were also recently nominated for Best Fantasy in the Goodreads Choice Awards.


Reddit released their Stabby Awards for the best fantasy novels of 2015, selecting two of Brandon Sanderson’s works. SHADOWS OF SELF won Best Novel, and “The Perfect State” won for Best Short Fiction.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s SIGNAL TO NOISE and Daniel José Older’s SHADOWSHAPER were both selected for Galleywampus‘s “Favorite Books of 2015” list.

Daniel José Older’s SHADOWSHAPER was chosen as one of Esquire Magazine‘s “80 Books Every Person Should Read”, along with books like The Great Gatsby and To Kill a Mockingbird.

Many JABberwocky authors have been selected for the Fantasy Faction “Best Fantasy Books of 2015” list: Brandon Sanderson made the list twice, with FIREFIGHT at #32 and SHADOWS OF SELF at #22; Michael J. Sullivan’s THE DEATH OF DULGATH made #30; THE SKULL THRONE by Peter Brett was #16; and Myke Cole’s GEMINI CELL came in at #15.

HALF-RESURRECTION BLUES and MIDNIGHT TAXI TANGO in Daniel José Older’s Bone Street Rumba series was selected as one of Al Día’s Best Books of 2015. According to Al Día, these books “redefine the urban fantasy genre.”

Mayhem and Magic selected Leigh Perry’s THE SKELETON TAKES A BOW for Pam’s 2015: Top Picks, calling it “a great cozy mystery.”

Myke Coles’ GEMINI CELL was selected as one of Rob’s Blog o’ Stuff’s Favorite Fantasy Novels of 2015. He also gave an honorable mention to Peter V. Brett’s THE SKULL THRONE.

Denver Library chose Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s SIGNAL TO NOISE as one of the “Adult Books with Teen Appeal” on their “Best and Brightest Teen Books” list. Moreno-Garcia’s novel was also mentioned by Jason Heller in A.V. Club’s pop-culture recap article, as one of his “favorite novels of the year.”

Continuing in the praise for SIGNAL TO NOISE, i09 chose this “wonderfully plotted” story as one of the “Very Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2015.” Shelf Talk also chose the book for their Best of the Year list, and Vice listed it in their article, “Why 2015 Was Another Good Year to be a Geek.” SIGNAL TO NOISE also made Best Fantasy Book‘s “Top 25 Best Fantasy Books of 2015” list.

Scott Meyer’s AN UNWELCOME QUEST was picked by SFFWorld for their “Best of 2015” Review.

Strange Currencies selected Myke Cole’s GEMINI CELL and Peter V. Brett’s THE SKULL THRONE as two of the “Top 5 Books Published in 2015.” The Book Plank also chose GEMINI CELL for their “Best Urban Fantasy of 2015” list.

Both E.L. Tettensor’s MASTER OF PLAGUES and Brandon Sanderson’s FIREFIGHT made Bibliosanctum‘s “Best of 2015” list.

The Book Plank chose Brandon Sanderson’s FIREFIGHT for their “Best Young Adult Books of 2015”, along with Ari Marmell‘s “highly recommended” COVENANT’S END.

Robert Brockway‘s THE UNNOTICEABLES was picked as one of the “30 Best Fiction Books of 2015” by Paste Magazine!

Daniel José Older’s “cinematically paced fantasy of bright originality SHADOWSHAPER was chosen for Booklist‘s Editors’ Choice, Books of 2015″ list! It was also picked for Kirkus’ “Best Teen Books of 2015” list, and the “Best Multicultural Books of 2015” Pinterest list. SHADOWSHAPER was also selected for Seven Scribes“This Year in Color.”

Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist just released the Top 5 Speculative Fiction list of 2015, which includes Myke Cole‘s GEMINI CELL!

Myke Cole’s GEMINI CELL is also on SFFWorld’s Best of 2015 Horror/Fantasy list, along with Jim C. Hines‘ UNBOUND.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s SIGNAL TO NOISE made Bookriot‘s 13 of the Best Books of 2015 You Might Have Missed list, where they raved: “If you want a book that will have you feeling feels, this book is for you!” SIGNAL TO NOISE was also chosen for RT Book Review’s “Editor’s Best Books of 2015” list, and Curiouser and Curiouser‘s “Best Books of 2015” list.

Brandon Sanderson’s “incredibly satisfying” FIREFIGHT was picked for Buzzfeeds 24 Best Science Fiction Books of 2015″ list!