Friday, November 1, 2013

Johnson's cover real a dramatic introduction to the eye of the storm in 'Always You'

I stumbled across this author recently and I have to admit, the cover for Always You has me hooked. There's something about this that is really resonating with me. For whatever reason, whether it's the high contrast of open sky with the snowy field, the two characters enjoying a tender moment, the storm that's brewing in the background. This story, if the cover, is doing it any justice, is telling me these two are in for a conflict. Why are they out in the field? In the snow? And that boarding school? Yikes. It's like I'm about to watch Mona Lisa Smile without Adam's Ribs.

I don't usually judge a book by its cover, unless I am familiar with the cover artist's work and there are a few artists who I can spot with my eyes squinted. This cover, yeah . . . interesting. I can already hear the frustration in Wrenn's voice, so hopefully whoever this guy is will be able to help her keep her wits about her in this elitist town.

I suspect, as probably many of you have, he's got baggage too. You can't live in an elitist town without its dogma spreading into every facet of daily life. Elitist? Let me back up a bit. Not elitist. An alpha lab.

I think I've found something to read when this book comes out. I'm not a fan of boarding school stories, because most of them play up abuse or secret societies or self-loathing, but this one has promise. Where, you ask?

Here's what did it for me. On the back cover . . . That second to last paragraph. Yup. That one. Let me lift it out for you:

My name is Wrenn, and I'm only here because my aunt took me in after what happened, but my aunt also happens to be the headmistress of this academy … Can you see my problem?

Yup. That's the moment. I am interested.

But this is a cover reveal, so have a look. What do you think? Has Missy Johnson nailed it?

I think she hit one out of the park. What do you think? Leave a comment. And thanks again for stopping by. 

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