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 cannot judge a story by its cover, the outward appearance can draw you in and make you want to read the words inside. I love talking about covers maybe as much as I love talking about the novels themselves, so I started a feature to spotlight these essential works of art.
The Notorious Pagan Jones by Nina Berry
Release: May 26, 2015 from Harlequin Teen
Pagan Jones went from America's sweetheart to fallen angel in one fateful night in 1960: the night a car accident killed her whole family. Pagan was behind the wheel and driving drunk. Nine months later, she's stuck in the Lighthouse Reformatory for Wayward Girls and tortured by her guilt—not to mention the sadistic Miss Edwards, who takes special delight in humiliating the once-great Pagan Jones.Large-scale excitement and drama are sure to run high in this story—if the book's blurb does not make that clear, the cover certainly does. The first element of this alluring image that catches my eye is the newsprint-esque layout, which lends the cover an air of importance. The bold title and the teaser that evoke the feeling of a headline and sub-headline hint that The Notorious Pagan Jones will tell a historic, headline-worthy tale. Almost as intriguing is the cover model, who appears to hold plenty of glamour and secrets, ensuring that the monumental story will be one worth reading. If its cover is any indication, Nina Berry's newest novel will have readers following the plot like the latest national scandal, and I cannot wait to become embroiled in its exciting world.
But all of that is about to change. Pagan's old agent shows up with a mysterious studio executive, Devin Black, and an offer. Pagan will be released from juvenile detention if she accepts a juicy role in a comedy directed by award-winning director Bennie Wexler. The shoot starts in West Berlin in just three days. If Pagan's going to do it, she has to decide fast—and she has to agree to a court-appointed "guardian," the handsome yet infuriating Devin, who's too young, too smooth, too sophisticated to be some studio flack.
The offer's too good to be true, Berlin's in turmoil and Devin Black knows way too much about her—there's definitely something fishy going on. But if anyone can take on a divided city, a scheming guardian and the criticism of a world that once adored her, it's the notorious Pagan Jones. What could go wrong?