I have a particular fondness for messy hair and I'm always trying to get mine to look tousled. My hair ("Mexican hair" sneers The Husband, who has curly hair) will not tousle no matter how much Aveda product I dump on it. It will not "texturize." Judging by all the messy hair book covers, I'm not the only one enamored of good tousling.
I am really liking the cover of Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore. The Western-style font, the half-hidden face and the title itself all intrigue me. The book will be released July 12.
Amy Goodnight's family is far from normal. She comes from a line of witches, but tries her best to stay far outside the family business. Her summer gig? Ranch-sitting for her aunt with her wacky but beautiful sister. Only the Goodnight Ranch is even less normal than it normally is. Bodies are being discovered, a ghost is on the prowl, and everywhere she turns, the hot neighbor cowboy is in her face.Rosemary Clement-Moore's Website
Release Date: July 12, 2011
Nothing has been the same for Will ever since what happened last summer. One day, on an ordinary sailing trip with his brother, there is a strange accident. When Will wakes up, he learns his brother has disappeared, presumed drowned. Worst of all, Will can't remember what happened—his family finds him unconscious, with no memory of the accident.More...Lisa Papademetriou's Website
Now Will and his best friend and neighbor, Gretchen, are starting a new summer. Gretchen seems troubled—her sleepwalking habit is getting worse, and she keeps waking up closer and closer to the water. Will is drawn to Asia, the exotic new girl in town. Nobody knows where she's from—all Will knows is that her beauty and her mesmerizing voice have a powerful effect on people.
Then there is another mysterious drowning, and Will and Gretchen begin to wonder: Is Asia just another beautiful, wealthy summer resident? Or is she something entirely more sinister . . . and inhuman?
Release Date: September 2011
"Once upon a time there was a girl who was special. This is not her story. Unless you count the part where I killed her."R.J. Anderson's Website
Sixteen-year-old Alison wakes up in a mental institution. As she pieces her memory back together, she realizes she's confessed to murdering Tori Beaugrand, the most perfect girl at school. But the case is a mystery. Tori's body has not been found, and Alison can't explain what happened. One minute she was fighting with Tori. The next moment Tori disintegrated--into nothing.
But that's impossible. No one is capable of making someone vanish. Right? Alison must be losing her mind--like her mother always feared she would.
For years Alison has tried to keep her weird sensory abilities a secret. No one ever understood--until a mysterious visiting scientist takes an interest in Alison's case. Suddenly, Alison discovers that the world is wrong about her--and that she's capable of far more than anyone else would believe.
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Release Date: September 29, 2011
The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it's the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.Maureen Johnson's Website
Soon "Rippermania" takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn't notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target? In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.
I'd have to say I prefer to UK cover. There's too much going on in the US version, which could have worked if layed out properly. Like the man-ghost could have been off to the right perhaps. The title could have been placed at top where it isn't detracting from the girl and vice verse.
If I saw the books placed next to each other on a table, I know which one I'd want to own -- the one with the girl who's looking right at you, knowing something, mysterious and dark with the butterfly in her hair, instead of the girl who's being presented as innocent and passive, a pure victim in her white nightgown.
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Hmm, what would be a good theme? I think I'll go for Brand New Videos. I like the style of Cantrous new vid.
This is something for my Northern neighbors, a tribute to one of your great exports.
Haven't seen this before, Bella Swan with Lestat.