Some cover elements scream “young-adult fantasy”: Great dresses, amazing hair. Brooding faces. Titles of one sizzling word.
We get all those things this season, and more. There’s some serious water action, over and under. Kick-butt women with weapons. Images with an unsettling beauty. Not to mention some very cool insects.
Today and tomorrow, the Inkpot will take a look at young-adult fantasies with pub dates between January and June 2013. We’re calling a book “young adult” if it’s intended for readers between ages 12 and 18. As always, if there’s one we’ve overlooked, please link to it in the comments.
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Water, water everywhere . . .
Who knows what’s happening under there?
The insect world is a little worrying
What’s that behind you? I’d get scurrying.
That look on your face says all's not well
And this place you’re living in looks like hell.
But you’re pretty calm. Are you in denial?
And you with the weapon . . . I like your style.
Technology will have its day
And important gems lead us astray.
Back to back and face to face,
With wings and feathers all over the place.
Sometimes a cover says it with hair,
Eyes that are icy or filled with despair,
Or images eerie, sure to ensnare.
But you can’t beat a gorgeous dress, can you?
Ellen Booraem is the author of THE UNNAMEABLES, SMALL PERSONS WITH WINGS, and the upcoming TEXTING THE UNDERWORLD (August 2013). She lives in Downeast Maine with an artist, a dog, and a cat, one of whom is a practicing curmudgeon. She's online at www.ellenbooraem.com.