Welcome to The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant Blog Tour. The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant is a YA paranormal mystery that I have had my eye on for quite some time. I have a copy and will be reading it soon. For now, enjoy the awesome guest post by Joanna where she picks out her favorite YA covers for 2014 9 (so far). Also, don’t forget to enter the giveaway below.
Title: The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant
Series: The V Trilogy #1
Author: Joanna Wiebe
Publisher: BenBella Books (Jan 14, 2014)
Genre: Paranormal, Mystery, Young Adult
Find It: Goodreads | Amazon Print | Amazon Kindle | Barnes & Noble
After her mother’s death, 16-year-old art prodigy Anne Merchant moves from sunny California to the cold woodlands of Wormwood Island, Maine for what is supposed to be a fresh start. She is the newest student of Cania Christy, an elite boarding school that is as filled with secrets as it is with the world’s most privileged—and competitive—teens.
Like every student, she is assigned a guardian, and a unique mission. Anne’s assignment is to “look deeper.” Anne is determined to succeed, and won’t let anything —not even her distractingly beautiful neighbor Ben—get in the way. But the deeper she looks the more questions arise, and the more she is forced to reexamine all of her assumptions—about the school, her classmates and even herself.
by Joanna Wiebe
I’m slightly obsessed with Book Cover Gazing. I hunt new covers down; I compare them against each other; I seek out the names of the fonts used on the covers (which is why I adore that more and more publishers are now sharing the names of their fonts, graphic designers, etc.). For me, a great book cover needs to:
– Pop on a bookstore table
– Reflect the tone of the story
– Elevate the title and author’s name (rather than minimizing it)
I was really, really lucky to be part of the creative process that led to the cover for my novel, The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant (in bookstores Jan 14). My amazing publisher BenBella let me help select the cover model, took my feedback on the feel of the background and even sat patiently as I submitted typography ideas and favorite fonts for the title. The result is a cover we’re all quite proud of.
FAVORITE: Amy Plum’s After the End (Coming May 6, 2014)
Set in post-WWIII Alaska, this novel is one I’d be dying to read even if the cover wasn’t so spectacular.
The scene stands alone; the title pops; and there’s just enough of a hint of the story that I definitely want to read more. Obsess-worthy for being different and, dare I hope, trendsetting…
In fact, it’s not a book about competing ballerinas. It would be very odd for sci-fi master Bick to write such a book! J But, well, the cover art doesn’t give that much away about the story, which is in fact about a girl who jumps between the lines of books.
This one attracts my eye more when the cover is surrounded by other YA covers. It stands out because it’s so different from what we’ve been seeing in paranormal, in fantasy, and even in contemporary YA like John Green and Rainbow Rowell.
But when you put it next to the blue, orange and yellow covers, with all their layers, of 2013’s top YA cover picks, this does seem unusual. Unsafe. Different. And not only worth picking up but, for me, impossible to pass up. I can only hope the hardcover is all matte and smooth…
One beautifully icy. Another eye-catching from afar and up close. And two with fantastic typography that, admittedly, is similar to what we’ve already seen from them but oh-so-dazzling.
By day, Joanna is a copywriter and the co-founder of CopyHackers.comand Page99Test.com, a critique site for published and unpublished writers. As an undergraduate student, Joanna won several academic awards for excellence in creative writing: Canada’s James Patrick Folinsbee Prize, which she won twice, as well as the Godfrey Prize.
The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant is her first novel and the first installment in the V Trilogy.