Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Before I Read Shadowlands

Before I read a book, I look at its cover. Despite what people say, you can tell a lot about a book based simply on what it looks like on the outside. Although you can't judge a story by its cover, the outward appearance is what can draw you in and make you want to read it. I love talking about covers maybe as much as I love talking about the novels themselves, so I started this feature that spotlights these essential works of art.

Shadowlands by Kate Brian

Release: January 8, 2012
Rory Miller had one chance to fight back and she took it. Rory survived… and the serial killer who attacked her escaped. Now that the infamous Steven Nell is on the loose, Rory must enter the witness protection with her father and sister, Darcy, leaving their friends and family without so much as a goodbye.

Starting over in a new town with only each other is unimaginable for Rory and Darcy. They were inseparable as children, but now they can barely stand each other. As the sisters settle in to Juniper Landing, a picturesque vacation island, it seems like their new home may be just the fresh start they need. They fall in with a group of beautiful, carefree teens and spend their days surfing, partying on the beach, and hiking into endless sunsets. But just as they’re starting to feel safe again, one of their new friends goes missing. Is it a coincidence? Or is the nightmare beginning all over again
Atmospheric, intense, a bit eerie, and utterly gorgeous are all words that could be used to describe this cover, which allows it to set readers up for that slightly creepy vibe the story should contain. It does a great job proclaiming what Shadowlands will be like stylistically; however, its true beauty lies in its misleading side. The looming clouds and foreboding black birds lend an almost paranormal feel to the cover, but not so much that readers will be hard-pressed to believe it is really contemporary. This will give readers of the genre something new to look at and potentially attract readers who may otherwise be disinterested, possibly creating a larger audience. Which is good because, if Shadowlands is anything like Kate Brian's previous books, it will be fantastic and deserves all the readers in the world.


  1. I cannot wait to read this book! I hadn't even heard about it until a few days ago, but it sounds fantastic!!! I completely agree about covers. I feel like the cover is what is going ot get my interest to begin with, and if it doesn't match the book... well I'm highly likely to be very upset. Even if the book is actually pretty good!

  2. This cover is amazing. It hints at the creepiness in the book and reminds me of Alfred Hitchcock! Sooooo, I might steal this cover for a Cover Love post :)

  3. I can't wait for this! It looks FABULOUS and sounds amazing. I haven't read anything by Kate Brian yet so this will be exciting :)


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