AUTHOR: MARISSA MEYER
SLATED RELEASE DATE: February 5, 2013 (Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan – North America)
OFFICIAL BLURB: This book will feature Cinder and Little Red Riding Hood and will take place in France. It continues Cinder’s story as she attempts to escape Queen Levana’s vengeance and learn more about her past. The story also introduces readers to Scarlet, a girl living in southern France whose grandmother has mysteriously disappeared. In order to find her, Scarlet seeks the help of Wolf, a street fighter with more than a few mysteries of his own.
COMMENTS: HOW MUCH AM I LOVING THIS COVER? I really hope this is the final cover because it’s gorgeous. And I love how Wolf doesn’t seem to be the bad guy, for once, so I can’t wait to read this. Luckily I got a signed copy at ALA, so I hopefully I can make a hole in my review schedule wide enough to read this soon!
AUTHOR: MARIE RUTKOSKI
SLATED RELEASE DATE: October 16, 2012 (Farrar, Straus, Giroux FYR/Macmillan – North America)
OFFICIAL BLURB: Darcy Jones doesn’t remember anything before the day she was abandoned as a child outside a Chicago firehouse. So she isn’t surprised that she doesn’t recognize Conn, the new boy at her high school, even though he seems to know her—or at least know something about her.
What does surprise her is how quickly she comes to trust Conn, and that he makes her feel both desire and desired in a way she hadn’t thought possible. But his interest in her is confusing. It doesn’t line up with the way he first looked at her.
As if she was his enemy.
When Conn betrays Darcy and she is arrested, she realizes that she can’t rely on anything—not Conn, not herself, and not even the laws of nature. Because this world isn’t the only one. Darcy belongs in an alternate world where the Great Chicago Fire never happened, and deadly creatures called Shades terrorize the human population.
Darcy needs some answers.
And she hates that the person most able to help her get them is Conn.
COMMENTS: I kind of like the cover that was released previous to this, but this one seems to be truer to the spirit of the content of the book. And I’m really digging the mirror image/shadow/blue themes to this cover. I hope I can get to this one soon – it looks awesome. I hope it’s as awesome as the blurb and cover make it out to be!
AUTHOR: JILL WOLFSON
SLATED RELEASE DATE: April 26, 2013 (Henry Holt FYR/Macmillan – North America)
OFFICIAL BLURB: Three high school girls become the avenging Furies of Greek legend.
We were only three angry girls, to begin with. Alix, the hot-tempered surfer chick; Stephanie, the tree-hugging activist; and me, Meg, the quiet foster kid, the one who never quite fit in. We hardly knew each other, but each of us nurtured a burning anger: at the jerks in our class, at our disappointing parents, at the whole flawed, unjust world.
We were only three angry girls, simmering uselessly in our ocean-side California town, until one day a mysterious, beautiful classmate named Ambrosia taught us what else we could be: Powerful. Deadly. Furious.
COMMENTS: Reminds me a bit of “Fury” by Elizabeth Miles, but hopefully this series will be better. It looks gorgeous, and I seriously can’t wait for this title. It’s definitely on my TBR-priority list for 2013 so far. I can’t wait for what will hopefully awesome Fury girl action!
AUTHOR: KAI MEYER
SLATED RELEASE DATE: February 12, 2013 (HarperTeen – North America)
OFFICIAL BLURB: Romeo and Juliet meets shape-shifters amid an exotic—and very dangerous—Sicilian setting in this thrilling sequel to Arcadia Awakens.
COMMENTS: Oh god, these covers are SO much more gorgeous than the original German ones. As you guys know, the first book in the Arkadien series made my best of 2012 so far list, and so you can imagine how impatient I am for this one! Shapeshifting, Italy, obscure Greek myths, and the mob? Yes, please.
AUTHOR: MEGHAN SHEPHERD
SLATED RELEASE DATE: January 29, 2013 (Balzer + Bray/HarperTeen – North America)
OFFICIAL BLURB: London, 1894. Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns her father is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations were true.
Juliet is accompanied by the doctor’s handsome young assistant and an enigmatic castaway, who both attract Juliet for very different reasons. They travel to the island only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: he has created animals that have been vivisected to resemble, speak, and behave as humans. Worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape the island, even though her horror is mixed with her own scientific curiosity. As the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.
COMMENTS: A retelling of “The Island of Doctor Moreau”?! YES, YES, YES! Biopunk and Victoriana and retellings galore! I am so excited for this title, guys, and the cover is simple, but GORGEOUS. This is another must-read for my 2013 so far list, and I’m having a grabby hands moment right now. Here’s hoping it’ll be awesome.
So, what do you think of these covers? Let’s discuss them in the comments section!