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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Cover Judge

Cover Judge is a semi-weekly feature that spotlights the covers of upcoming YA novels. Some may say that you can't judge a book by its cover, but with covers as gorgeous as these, it's hard not to.

This week there are two featured covers, both for upcoming novels by Kimberly Derting. What can I say? I just love her books!

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

Release: November 15, 2011

In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she’s spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It's there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she's never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can’t be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country’s only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.
Cover: Um, ya, this cover definitely has the creep factor down pat. It's mesmirizing in the sense that it both worries and intrigues me - a perfect combination for a dystopian cover!

The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting

Release: April 17, 2012

Violet kept her morbid ability to sense dead bodies a secret from everyone except her family and her childhood-best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay Heaton. That is until forensic psychologist Sara Priest discovered Violet’s talent and invited her to use her gift to track down murderers. Now, as she works with an eclectic group of individuals—including mysterious and dangerously attractive Rafe—it’s Violet’s job to help those who have been murdered by bringing their killers to justice. When Violet discovers the body of a college girl killed by “the girlfriend collector” she is determined to solve the case. But now the serial killer is on the lookout for a new “relationship” and Violet may have caught his eye...

Cover:  Ever since I first saw the cover for Desires of the Dead, I've been a fan of this series' covers. The flowers go along perfectly with the "echoes" Violet sees - a huge part of the series. The past two covers have done a great job of juxtaposing a bright, semi-creepy flower against a jet black background. This most recent cover is not different. The purple and black color combination never fails to enchant me. I think it's especially fitting for this series considering the main character's name is Violet. Okay, that was bad. Still, the cover is a lovely addition to the series.

(Note: Despite it's title being The Last Echo, this book will not be the final installment in the series. That means more Violet, more Jay, and more gorgeous covers!)

1 comment:

  1. I wasn't as big of a fan of The Body Finder as you were, but I also really love the covers for this series. I need to hurry up and pick up my copy of Desires of the Dead. Great post!


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