Like all polls, it had its controversy. (Well, okay, a reflected eyeball that I missed.) Its laughter and tears. Now all that’s left are the announcements and rambling thank you speeches, and then we can all go home!
The winners of our people-free cover poll are…
*tries to do drum roll on edge of desk*
In third place we have the gorgeous, minimalist cover of Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy, which is scheduled for release on 18 March 2014.
What if you’d been living your life as if you were dying—only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you?
When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs—however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, whom she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that’s as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her arch nemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger and reliving some childhood memories). But just when Alice’s scores are settled, she goes into remission.
Now Alice is forced to face the consequences of all that she’s said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey. But has she done irreparable damage to the people around her, and to the one person who matters most?
In second place is The Steele Wolf by Chanda Hahn (second in the Iron Butterfly series). Because who doesn’t love a wolf?
After finally settling into her new life at the Citadel, Thalia is reunited with her father, who is disturbed at the changes within her. Risking banishment, Thalia must work to prove to her clan and herself that she is still capable of leading them. The problem is, her memories haven’t returned, and she cannot shake the feeling that she doesn’t belong.
Thalia discovers that betrayal runs deep within her clan, just as she sets out to join Joss and Kael in doing the one thing she fears most: track the Septori to save Joss’ kidnapped sister. Along the way, she must confront her own fears on a journey of self-discovery that will take her deep into the stronghold of Denai, as they travel to the ancient floating city of Skyfell.
And in first place we have Burn by Addison Moore, the third book in the Celestra series. A few different books in this series were nominated, actually, and I chose this one (after much agonising) because I thought it was the prettiest. I strongly recommend checking out the rest of the series, though, because they all have gorgeous covers. And they’re a great example of branding a series as well, because all the covers are distinctive but in the same style.
Sixteen year-old, Skyla Messenger is having difficulties with the living and the dead.
With Chloe’s diary in her hands, Skyla embarks into the mind of one of Paragon’s most twisted former residents.
After accidentally kick-starting the faction war, Skyla finds herself in more danger than ever before. So, when Marshall offers her a taste of the gift of knowing, Skyla attempts to use it to alter the outcome of future prophesies.
And now that Skyla’s love life seems to involve one boy too many, she must choose who to be with. If she waits too long, the decision just might be made for her.
Thanks to everyone that voted!
Cassandra Page is a book afficianado who could stare at pretty covers for hours. And maybe will. Starting … now. (You can find her at her blog, here.)