CAM POST in Entertainment Weekly (week of 2/17/10 issue). “…for LGBT youth and outsiders everywhere, Cameron’s story will take on epic resonance.”
I’m just going to come out and say this - I have some crazy wild cover envy for Sara Wilson Etienne’s HARBINGER, which came out on February 7th. Actually that’s not entirely accurate, since I’m totally in love with my own cover, which is a perfect fit for my book, so I guess what I really mean is that I wish I had a book coming out that would work with this kind of cover - this EXACT kind of cover, because it totally strikes a chord with me. It has a very hyper-realist feel combined with some incredibly evocative imagery that manages to be both unique and current while appearing timeless and somehow reminiscent of some of the really great fantasy art that came out in the 1980s. Beautiful. Phew, that was a blurt out if there ever was one.
Be sure to check out Sara’s website, because she has been rolling out a very cool HARBINGER inspired art project involving 25 artists and illustrators.
SYNOPSIS - In a near future in which the diminishing oil supply has led to mass rioting, 16-year-old Faye is sent to an educational facility for “delinquents and crazies,” where she is tormented by strange visions of a being sent to destroy the Earth in order to save it.
THE OTHER LIFE (Usborne, Feb 1/2012) by Susanne Winnacker (@susannewrites) is a very exciting sounding YA dystopian-kind-of-zombie sorta story from another one of the fab Apocalypsies. The cover features a stylized butterfly floating above barbed wire - pretty symbolic and eye-catching. There’s also a great book trailer which is worth a google :)
SYNOPSIS - 3 years, 1 month, 1 week and 6 days since I’d seen daylight. One-fifth of my life. 98,409,602 seconds since the heavy, steel door had fallen shut and sealed us off from the world
Sherry has lived with her family in a sealed bunker since things went wrong up above. But when they run out of food, Sherry and her dad must venture outside. There they find a world of devastation, desolation…and the Weepers: savage, mutant killers.
When Sherry’s dad is snatched, she joins forces with gorgeous but troubled Joshua - an Avenger, determined to destroy the Weepers.
But can Sherry keep her family and Joshua safe, when his desire for vengeance threatens them all?
Halflings (Zondervan - Feb 1/2012) is book one in the Halflings trilogy by Heather Burch (@heatherburch) - Halflings has only been out for a couple of weeks, but it’s already getting some great buzz online. Heather’s done some very cool prequel release stuff as well - always smart when you’ve got an audience who is dying to know more about your world and characters!
SYNOPSIS - After being inexplicably targeted by an evil intent on harming her at any cost, seventeen-year-old Nikki finds herself under the watchful guardianship of three mysterious young men who call themselves halflings. Sworn to defend her, misfits Mace, Raven, and Vine battle to keep Nikki safe while hiding their deepest secret—and the wings that come with.
A growing attraction between Nikki and two of her protectors presents a whole other danger. While she risks a broken heart, Mace and Raven could lose everything, including their souls. As the mysteries behind the boys’ powers, as well as her role in a scientist’s dark plan, unfold, Nikki is faced with choices that will affect the future of an entire race of heavenly beings, as well as the precarious equilibrium of the earthly world.
Article 5 (Tor Teen - January 31) is a new YA dystopian by Kristen Simmons (@kris10writes) - I love this cover for two reasons - I think black/red color combos are slick and futuristic and awesome, and I absolutely love the imagery of kids/teens staring out at some vision of the world/adventure that’s stretching out in front of them. Very cool.
SYNOPSIS - New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.
The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.
There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don’t come back.
Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard for her to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It’s hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.
Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow.
That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings…the only boy Ember has ever loved.
Fellow Apocalypsie Jodi Meadows (@jodimeadows) released Incarnate on January 31. I think the cover will totally jump off the shelves at people - it’s got a really colorful, attractive, luminous butterfly thing going on. Good luck with your release, Jodi!
SYNOPSIS : New soul
Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.
Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?
Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?
Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.
Brodi Ashton released EVERNEATH on January 24th. I’m not sure if it was Ashton’s intent or not, but the synopsis draws seems to make some allusions to the Orpheus in the Underworld myth - sounds very cool!
SYNOPSIS : Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she’s returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld… this time forever.
She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can’t find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.
Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there’s a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.
As Nikki’s time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she’s forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole’s…
Jasmine Richards's BOOK OF WONDERS is a really exciting and fun sounding MG novel with a cover to match. I am particularly fond of the way the light plays in this image, as the silhouettes of the two main characters, Zardi and Ridhan, look out towards the adventure awaiting them!
SYNOPSIS : Magic, Djinn, Ogres, and Sorcerers. Thirteen-year-old Zardi loves to hear stories about fantastical beings, long banned from the kingdom of Arribitha. But anyone caught whispering of their powers will feel the rage of the sultan—a terrifying usurper who, even with his eyes closed, can see all.
When her own beloved sister is captured by the evil ruler, Zardi knows that she must go to any lengths to rescue her. Along with her best friend, Ridhan—a silver-haired, violet-eyed boy of mysterious origins—and an unlikely crew of sailors led by the infamous Captain Sinbad, Zardi ventures forth into strange and wondrous territory with a seemingly impossible mission: to bring magic back to Arribitha and defeat the sultan once and for all.
FRACTURE is the debut novel YA/Supernatural by Megan Miranda. It was released on January 17th and is another Apocalypsie debut. The cover is lovely and haunting and although I haven’t read the book (yet!) it seems to fit the story well.
SYNOPSIS : Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine
-despite the scans that showed significant brain damage. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she’s far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can’t control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?
Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she’s reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy’s motives aren’t quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?
For fans of best-sellers like Before I Fall and If I Stay, this is a fascinating and heart-rending story about love and friendship and the fine line between life and death.
NEVER EIGHTEEN is the new book by Megan Bostic that came out on January 17th. Megan is another Apocalypsie, and belongs to my world, in that this is also a contemporary novel! I love the cover - it’s very different, with a retro graphic quality that I love. I totally dig the multi-colored letters and the kind of watercolor image of the muscle car. Totally cool.
Synopsis : I had the dream again. The one where I’m running. I don’t know what from or where to, but I’m scared, terrified really.
Austin Parker is never going to see his eighteenth birthday. At the rate he’s going, he probably won’t even see the end of the year. But in the short time he has left there’s one thing he can do: He can try to help the people he loves live—even though he never will.
It’s probably hopeless.
But he has to try.