28 August 2011

Cover Gallery: Girl power edition


Suzanne Johnson
Series info

Cover Art: ROYAL STREET by Suzanne Johnson (April 10th 2012 by Tor Books), Sentinels of New Orleans #1. Cover art by Cliff Nielsen.

Description: As the junior wizard sentinel for New Orleans, Drusilla Jaco’s job involves a lot more potion-mixing and pixie-retrieval than sniffing out supernatural bad guys like rogue vampires and lethal were-creatures. Her boss and mentor, Gerald St. Simon, is the wizard tasked with protecting the city from anyone or anything that might slip over from the preternatural beyond. Then Hurricane Katrina hammers New Orleans’ fragile levees, unleashing more than just dangerous flood waters. While winds howled and Lake Pontchartrain surged, the borders between the modern city and the other world crumbled. Now, the Undead and the Restless are roaming the Big Easy, and a serial killer with ties to voodoo is murdering soldiers sent to help the city recover. Gerald St. Simon has gone missing, the wizards’ Elders have assigned a grenade-toting assassin as DJ’s new partner, and an undead pirate Jean Lafitte wants to make her walk his plank. The search for Gerry and the killer turns personal when DJ learns the hard way that loyalty requires sacrifice, allies come from the unlikeliest places, and duty mixed with love serves up one bitter gumbo. 

Not only did the cover immediately grab my attention, so did the summary. It speaks about loads of action in store for the reader. Plus, it intrigues me that the author took something as catestrophic as Katrina and gave it a paranormal spin to it.


Jennifer Bosworth
Book info

Mia Price is a lightning addict.

She’s been struck so many times she’s lost count. She can’t sleep, she’s covered in veiny red “lightning scars,” and repeated strikes have even stopped her heart on occasion. Still, Mia can’t resist a storm.

That's why Los Angeles, where it never rains, is the perfect place for her to find peace . . . until a massive earthquake devastates the city.

Now Mia finds herself struggling to hold her family together in a strange and terrifying new version of Los Angeles. The beaches have become massive tent cities populated by millions of homeless. Downtown is a wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the attendees drawn to the destruction by a magnetic force they cannot deny.

The blind prophet of a doomsday cult called the Church of Light, who predicted the earthquake with frightening accuracy, says a storm is coming to usher in the end of days, and only his Followers will be saved. Mia’s traumatized mom has become obsessed with the Church of Light, while her younger brother Parker is desperate to join a second doomsday cult called the Seekers. But Mia is the one both cults need.

The Seekers are recruiting people with an energy-based power they call the “Spark,” and Mia has it stronger than most. They claim the false prophet of the Church of Light will bring about the end of the world, and they are the only ones who can stand against him.

But without Mia on their side, they will fail.

Mia’s lightning addiction is both the key to saving the world . . . and destroying it

For some reason I'm drawn this week to post apocalyptic stories. Or I think they fall under this category - please correct me if I'm wrong! This cover shows a street full of destruction and a woman spreading her arms to the lightning. If you read the summary then it all makes sense but for me it was an instant invitation to investigate further.

Both stories appeal to me for the worl building. And if the author's have done it right even the young protags will be able to keep me completely invested in their trials and tribulations :)

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1 comment:

  1. Royal Street really speaks to me, but then I have a weakness for witches and wizards. The other book not really my thing, cults.

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