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When the Sea Is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen
Farrar, Straus, & Giroux/2.28.2012

Description (from Goodreads):
After seventeen-year-old Felicita’s dearest friend Ilven kills herself to escape an arranged marriage, Felicita chooses freedom over privilege. She fakes her own death and leaves her sheltered life as one of Pelimburg’s magical elite behind. Living in the slums, scrubbing dishes for a living, she falls for charismatic Dash while also becoming fascinated with vampire Jannik. Then something shocking washes up on the beach: Ilven’s death has called out of the sea a dangerous wild magic. Felicita must decide whether her loyalties lie with the family she abandoned . . . or with those who would twist this dark power to destroy Pelimburg’s caste system, and the whole city along with it. 

I want it. Seriously. Awesome description and such a moody cover… The only thing I’d change is possibly making the title larger. There’s almost too much open space around it. Otherwise, I love it.

Add it on Goodreads here.

Cover of the Week (32)

Taking a month long break from blogging and stalking Goodreads makes coming back a bit overwhelming… AND exciting. There are so many new covers to look at… for example, this one:

Arthur A. Levine Books/2.28.2012

CUT meets HATCHET in this lacerating debut about girls, knives, and redemption.
The Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area stretches across two million acres in northern Idaho. In its heart sits the Alice Marshall School, where fifty teenage girls come to escape their histories and themselves.
Lida Wallace has tried to negate herself in every way possible. At Alice Marshall, she meets Elsa Boone, a fierce native Idahoan; Jules, who seems too healthy to belong at the school; and Gia Longchamps, whose glamour entrances the entire camp. As the girls prepare for a wilderness trek, Lida is both thrilled and terrified to be chosen as Gia’s friend. But everyone has their secrets–their “Things” they try to protect; and when those come out, the knives do as well.
THE GIRLS OF NO RETURN is a bold and powerful debut.

“CUT meets HATCHET.” That’s a lot to live up to… it gives me goosebumps.

I love the color scheme of this cover. I like the girly font of “THE GIRLS” and the stark font of “OF NO RETURN.” The slash marks through the title are the finishing touch… genius.

Check out THE GIRLS OF NO RETURN on Goodreads!

Cover of the Week (32)

Past Perfect by Leila Sales
Simon Pulse/10.4.2011
Description (from Goodreads):
A summer job is exactly the distraction that Chelsea needs in order to finally get over Ezra, the boy who dumped her on her a** and broke her heart to pieces just a few weeks before. So when Chelsea’s best friend, Fiona, signs them up for roles at Essex Historical Colonial Village, Chelsea doesn’t protest too hard, even though it means spending the summer surrounded by drama geeks and history nerds. Chelsea will do anything to forget Ezra.

But when Chelsea and Fiona show up for their new jobs, they find out Ezra’s working there too. Maybe Chelsea should have known better than to think a historical reenactment village could help her escape her past. …or will this turn out to be exactly the summer that Chelsea needed, after all?

I absolutely adore this cover! Leila Sales debut novel, MOSTLY GOOD GIRLS, was hilarious and an unexpected favorite, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the cover. This one is great though and I’m really like the description!

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Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Description (from Goodreads):
“Since the age of fourteen, Emerson Cole has seen strange things – dead things – swooning Southern Belles, soldiers, and other eerie apparitions of the past. She’s tried everything to get rid of the visions: medication, counseling, asylums. Nothing’s worked.

So when Emerson’s well-meaning brother calls in yet another consultant from a mysterious organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to give it one last try.

Michael Weaver is no ordinary consultant. He’s barely older than she is; he listens like no one she’s ever met before; and he doesn’t make her feel the least bit crazy. As Emerson ventures deeper into the world of the Hourglass, she begins to learn the truth about her past, her future–and her very life.

A seductive time-slip novel that merges the very best of the paranormal and science fiction genres, Myra McEntire’s Hourglass is a stunning debut from an author to watch.”

I saw this cover and immediately said “WOW.” And then “ohmygosh, ohmygosh, ohmygosh.” And then “that’s so creepy.” I definitely need that book on my bookshelf, especially when the cover is coupled with the fantastic description!

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Cover of the Week is a weekly feature at The Hiding Spot, in which I share a cover that gives me that swoony feeling.

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Tor/September 2011
Description (from Goodreads):
Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story. . .

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.

I love, love, love this cover. It was only a few weeks ago that I heard about this book (the awesome title caught my eye). I checked out the author’s website and found a pretty intense description, which intrigued me further. Then… THEN… I saw this cover AND HOLY MACARONI I NEED THIS BOOK. I wanted to point out things I like about it, but there are just too many elements… But I think it was the hair that wowed me first. Then the rest of the cover came into view and I swooned. Really, honestly swooned. Gorgeous!

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Cover of the Week is a weekly feature at The Hiding Spot, in which I share a cover that gives me that swoony feeling.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Simon & Schuster/9.27.2011
Description (from Goodreads):
Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a
hospital with no memory of how she got there. It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember
that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed. There is.

She definitely doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been
through, she can fall in love. She’s wrong.

Michelle Hodkin’s THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER is one of my top 10 most anticipated debuts of 2011… and now that there’s a cover to look at, I’m even more interested! Absolutely gorgeous! Hurry up, September…!

Cover of the Week (28)

Cover of the Week is a weekly feature at The Hiding Spot, in which I share a cover that gives me that swoony feeling.

Away by Teri Hall
Dial BFYR/9.15.2011
Description (from GoodReads):
Rachel’s adventure continues when she Crosses into the mysterious territory known as Away.

Oh my goodness! The colors on this sequel to Teri Hall’s THE LINE are so gorgeous together! Plus, it’s definitely going to look good on your shelf next to the first installment…

Description (from GoodReads):
An invisible, uncrossable physical barrier encloses the Unified States. The Line is the part of the border that lopped off part of the country, dooming the inhabitants to an unknown fate when the enemy used a banned weapon. It’s said that bizarre creatures and superhumans live on the other side, in Away. Nobody except tough old Ms. Moore would ever live next to the Line.
Nobody but Rachel and her mother, who went to live there after Rachel’s dad died in the last war. It’s a safe, quiet life. Until Rachel finds a mysterious recorded message that can only have come from Away. The voice is asking for help.
Who sent the message? Why is her mother so protective? And to what lengths is Rachel willing to go in order to do what she thinks is right?