Thursday, June 20, 2013

Cover Love #31

There is no cure for being stung.

Fiona doesn’t remember going to sleep. But when she opens her eyes, she discovers her entire world has been altered—her house is abandoned and broken, and the entire neighborhood is barren and dead. Even stranger is the tattoo on her right hand—a black oval with five marks on either side—that she doesn’t remember getting but somehow knows she must cover at any cost. She’s right.

Those bearing the tattoo have turned into mindless, violent beasts that roam the streets and sewers, preying upon the unbranded while a select few live protected inside a fortress-like wall, their lives devoted to rebuilding society and killing all who bear the mark.

Now Fiona has awakened branded, alone—and on the wrong side of the wall.
Not gonna lie, you guys. This cover is probably the scariest cover I've ever seen in all my life. When it first burst onto the interwebs, I wouldn't even look at it. I didn't want to see it, I didn't want to read the description, nothing.

I hate bees. I HATE bees. Bees, wasps, yellowjackets, mud daubers, everything. Anything that flies, buzzes, and looks like it could possibly have a stinger scares me to pieces. You know that scene in The Hunger Games where Glimmer dies by trackerjacker stings? That is my nightmare incarnate.

So of course the psychopath of a designer has to take a BEE and cross it with a NEEDLE?! And then put it on a jet black background?! And then make it all x-rayed and pretty so it'll catch my eye and I'll look before realizing once again what I'm looking at?! Who DOES that?!

A psychopathic yet clever designer, apparently, because I was so intrigued that I finally looked past the bee to the synopsis. Okay, I looked because of the bee. I wanted to know what sort of awful, nausea-inducing gorefest Stung was. Instead, I read a synopsis for a book that sounds freaking interesting, though still dark and tense, as befits such a cover. Really, if I'm honest, it's... pretty, in a demon-beast sort of way.

Your turn! What cover are you loving this week?