Let me know what you think of the featured covers in comments. Will you be adding any of these to your wish list?
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows has got me all intrigued. I'm always interested in themes of reincarnation, and this one certainly sounds like a very different twist on the theme! Love that cover too!
Incarnate by Jodi MeadowsPublisher: HarperCollins Children's BooksRelease date: January 2012Ages: YA
Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.
Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are suspicious and afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?
Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?
Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.
Love, love, love the sound of The Gathering Storm, the first in a trilogy by Robin Bridges. This one is set in Tsarist Russia and has lots of Paranormal goodness too. Can't wait to read this!
The Gathering Storm by Robin BridgesPublisher: Delacorte Books for Young ReadersRelease date: January 2012Ages: YA
St. Petersburg, Russia, 1888. As she attends a whirl of glittering balls, royal debutante Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, tries to hide a dark secret: she can raise the dead. No one knows. Not her family. Not the girls at her finishing school. Not the tsar or anyone in her aristocratic circle. Katerina considers her talent a curse, not a gift. But when she uses her special skill to protect a member of the Imperial Family, she finds herself caught in a web of intrigue.
An evil presence is growing within Europe's royal bloodlines—and those aligned with the darkness threaten to topple the tsar. Suddenly Katerina's strength as a necromancer attracts attention from unwelcome sources . . . including two young men—George Alexandrovich, the tsar's standoffish middle son, who needs Katerina's help to safeguard Russia, even if he's repelled by her secret, and the dashing Prince Danilo, heir to the throne of Montenegro, to whom Katerina feels inexplicably drawn.
The time has come for Katerina to embrace her power, but which side will she choose—and to whom will she give her heart?
I love contemporary fiction with an edge, and this one certainly fits the bill! Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale will be released in the UK and the US in 2012. I'm going with the UK cover, which I prefer, but you can also check out the US cover here.
Someone Else's Life by Katie DalePublisher: Simon & Schuster UKRelease date: April 2012Ages: YA
When seventeen-year-old Rosie’s mother, Trudie, dies from Huntington’s Disease, her pain is intensified by the knowledge that she has a fifty-per-cent chance of inheriting the crippling disease herself. Only when she tells her mum’s best friend, ‘Aunt Sarah’ that she is going to test for the disease does Sarah, a midwife, reveal that Trudie was not her biological mother after all... Devastated, Rosie decides to trace her real mother, hitching along on her ex-boyfriend’s GAP year to follow her to Los Angeles. But all does not go to plan, and as Rosie discovers yet more of her family's deeply-buried secrets and lies, she is left with an agonising decision of her own - one which will be the most heart-breaking and far-reaching of all...
The Sharp Time by Mary O' Connell is another book with an intriguing premise and a pretty cover. I first spotted this over on Books for Company and immediately added it to my wish list!
The Sharp Time by Mary O' ConnellPublisher: Delacorte PressRelease date: November 2011Ages: YA
Sandinista Jones is a high school senior with a punk rock name and a broken heart. The death of her single mother has left Sandinista alone in the world, subject to the random vulnerability of everyday life. When the school system lets her down, her grief and instability intensify, and she ponders a violent act of revenge.
Still, in the midst of her crisis, she gets a job at The Pale Circus, a funky vintage clothing shop, and finds friendship and camaraderie with her coworker, a boy struggling with his own secrets.
Even as Sandinista sees the failures of those with power and authority, she's offered the chance to survive through the redemptive power of friendship. Now she must choose between faith and forgiveness or violence and vengeance.
I love this cover for the special edition of Delirium by Lauren Oliver (out August). I wasn't a huge fan of the original cover, and I think this one is so much better!
* Please note: These covers may not be final and may be subject to change.