Waiting On Wednesday (#2)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme started by Jill @Breaking The Spine, where we talk about upcoming releases we just-can’t-wait for.

This week I’m waiting for – oh, screw it – this I MUST INSANELY ACQUIRE –

This Is Not A Test
by Courtney Summers
Expected Publication – 19th June, 2012

From Goodreads:
It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually wantto live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?

Why I’m waiting for this:

Dude, it’s COURTNEY SUMMERS! Need I say more?

And okay, lets be honest, I’m not particularly fond of zombies, but HAVE YOU READ THE EXCERPT SHE SHARED? No? Go. Read. It. Now.

Her writing is so haunting, and well…it reads like an edgy contemporary – more focus on the characters, less focus on the zombies. Which totally makes it my kinda read.

Also, this is about a girl who wants to die. And if you’ve read any Courtney Summers, you’d know that she specialises in troubled characters. And she does them brilliantly.

And that cover? All that hair matted with blood and those sprinkled drops up there and all that blue? This is possibly the best cover of the year yet.

That’s a book I desperately want to hold in my hands.

What are you waiting for?

Cover Re-creation: Help Me? Round II

Okay, so this comes in quick succession, but I need your help again. To help me pick a cover. For the cover recreation contest at Confessions of a Bookaholic.

So, yesterday I posted 6 covers I re-made for Holly Cupala’s new book Don’t Breathe A Word. And I asked for your opinions regarding which you thought would make the best entry (for the contest, ie). If you have no idea what I’m talking about, refer here. Well, THANK YOU for your suggestions! I really appreciated it 🙂

Anyway, based on what you said, I narrowed it down to the top three. I reworked one, tweaked another and let one just be. And now I need you to tell me which ONE you think should be my contest entry, okay?
So, here’s the actual book cover:

In Holly’s own words, these are visual ideas from the book:

Streets, darkness, light (I love the bokeh lights in the final official cover!). Asher, the abusive boyfriend, is obsessed with crows, and Joy feels like she is trapped like one. He gives her a Tiffany I.D. bracelet with a crow dangling from the edge. At the beginning of the novel, Joy cuts off her long, dark hair and bleaches it to disguise herself on the streets. There is a romance, too, with Creed—a talented musician who is on the streets for reasons of his own. 

Taken from here.

And here are the ones that I made:

Cover#1

Cover #2

Cover #3

Please choose just ONE cover. It would make my job easier AND I will love you forever. For reals.

Help Me Pick A Cover?

So, Confessions of a Bookaholic is hosting a re-cover contest for Holly Cupala‘s upcoming 2012 release, Don’t Breathe A Word. Which obviously means, that it’s the fun fight over recreating the cover of Don’t Breathe A Word. Recreating THIS cover.

I really like this cover. There’s a certain subtle fierceness to the way the girl’s hair is whipping about her face. And I love the font used. Overall, I think it really captures the mood of the book, from what I get out of the summary. For those not in the know, this is what it’s about:

Joy Delamere is suffocating… 
From asthma, which has nearly claimed her life. From her parents, who will do anything to keep that from happening. From delectably dangerous Asher, who is smothering her from the inside out. 
Joy can take his words – tender words, cruel words – until the night they go too far. 
Now, Joy will leave everything behind to find the one who has offered his help, a homeless boy called Creed. She will become someone else. She will learn to survive. She will breathe… if only she can get to Creed before it’s too late. 
Set against the gritty backdrop of Seattle’s streets and a cast of characters with secrets of their own, Holly Cupala’s powerful new novel explores the subtleties of abuse, the meaning of love, and how far a girl will go to discover her own strength.

So, as you must have guessed by now (unless you’re skimming through this – which I can’t really blame you for. I ramble a lot), the Queen Procrastinator in me took over (as it does, most of the time) and *I* decided to participate. Of course there’s the added perk of winning a signed copy of Don’t Breathe A Word. I mean, who wouldn’t want that? I really, really liked Holly Cupala’s debut novel, Tell Me A Secret, so of course, I’d read every book she comes up with.  And, DUDE, this one’s a *signed* copy!
This happens to be the first time ever that I’m recreating a cover. Any cover, at all. It’s just that, I always knew I wanted to read this book, but there’s the matter of *when*. I need to be not-broke, like I perpetually am, so I can pre-order/buy it. And ever since I read an excerpt from the novel I was a goner. It was THAT good. Which brings me to this contest. With the recreation, I actually ended up creating several different covers for Don’t Breathe A Word. I’m obsessive like that. Sadly, it’s only one cover per person, so I need to choose. Which I can’t. So I need you. To choose for me. Can you do that? Please? I’ve told you what the book is about and I’ve showed you the original cover – well, my covers are waaay different from that, I think, but I need you to tell me which you think works best for the book. Okay?
Here goes.

Cover #1

Cover #2

Cover #3

Cover #4

The next two aren’t in book cover size only because it’s distorting the photograph. But don’t chuck them out because of that! 🙂
Cover #5

Cover #6

So, there.
Tell me which one you like best. Choose one to make it easier for me 😉
Tell me if you like something but think it could be better. I appreciate suggestions.
Tell me if you hate them all. Then I’ll think about reworking them.
Sound off in the comments!

See how much I want that book?