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
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.
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 :)
Each year comes with new authors or series to discover...I love it!!