Thursday, 11 April 2013

Cover Love - Karen Y Bynum

Please welcome sassy Southern author of YA paranormal romance - Karen Y Bynum to the blog, with her five favourite covers and why she loves them.

The Iron Butterfly by Chanda Hahn
The thing that drew me into this cover, first of all, was the butterfly. I’m a sucker for butterflies and dragonflies. And the way the butterfly fades into the background, made me feel the urgency of the story even before I read the blurb. I love the simplicity of it and the way the title grabs your attention.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin Normally covers with the font overtop the character or picture distracts me, but for this cover it just works. It gives me a sense of hiding, like Mara doesn’t want to be noticed. And the way she’s being rescued from the water gives that sense of urgency. Will she live? I need to know! The fact that we can’t see the couple’s faces also adds a mystery element. Who are they really? Why is she in a party dress? How did she get in the water?

Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter
First of all, there’s fog… Sold. Second, there’s a massive tree… Double sold. Lastly, there’s a girl who looks like she could be a complete bad-ass. I also love the contrast of the font. The title is more elegant (soft) while the author’s name is almost an old-timey (hard) typewriter font. And then when I read the premise of the book: supernatural summer camp, there was no question I was reading it.

Wake by Lisa McMann
I know I’m supposed to talk about the cover, but first I just have to say that this is by far one of the best, most realistic, unique supernatural, boundary-pushing, fantastically told YA series out there. Okay, now, on to the cover! It’s so simple, yet captures my attention right away, and made me ask lots of questions. What’s the deal with the pillow? Why all the darkness? Is there a supernatural element? It also screams of mystery and heart-break to me. I had to read it, and I’m so glad I did!

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
First of all… Butterfly, so, sold. I haven’t read this book yet, but I’ve already bought my copy. The cover is absolutely breath-taking. I just want to stare at it. Everything about it from the colors to the font to the mixed look of despair and hope on the girl’s face just makes me want to read it! Then after I read the blurb about a twist on immortality (she won’t be reincarnated) and saw that there were dragons in it… Double sold. I can’t wait to read this book!

Witch Way to Turn blurb:
Can you give one guy your heart and another your soul?

The last thing eighteen-year-old Breena Cross needs in her life is more complications. It’s all she can do to balance studying, working, trying to keep her foster-sister safe and drooling over the new guy at work. But things go from complicated to crazy when a fit of rage ignites the dark magic inside her and she finds herself fending off the supernatural underworld.

Myles, Breena’s drool-worthy coworker and vampire convict, is carrying a load of secrets--one of which is that he’s fang-over-lip in love with Breena and in danger of violating the terms of his sentence.

Orin is a soul-hungry assassin sent to kill Breena. However, he takes one look into her eyes and sees his own lost humanity. For once thinking of someone other than himself, he chooses not to end her life, even though it means risking his own.

Despite a convict and an assassin fighting over her, all Breena wants is custody of her sister. But to do this, she will need help from both Myles and Orin. And if Breena doesn’t learn to control the darkness within, she could lose her sister…forever.
WARNING: Contains strong language and some graphic content.

Thanks, Karen! I have to say the butterfly cover would catch my eye too. 


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