Monday, January 10, 2011

January Blues

"January is here, with eyes that keenly glow,
A frost-mailed warrior
striding a shadowy steed of snow."
- Edgar Fawcett

January is named for the Roman god Janus, the god of doorways. He is depicted in ancient art with two faces—one looking back and one looking forward. I have to say that the month of January is well placed. What better time to reflect on the old and look forward to the new than now, in the heart of winter? After Carol’s look at last year’s favorites, I thought I’d ring in the New Year with a look at some fresh new releases. I just didn’t expect them to make me so… blue.

Blue and dark and wintery. As you look at the collection below, can't you just feel the frigid wisps of winter air, creeping in around you, trying to find their way in? All of them speak in winter whispers...

Shadowspell by Jenna Black (St. Martin's Griffin, January 2011)

Witch & Wizard #2: The Gift by James Patterson and Ned Rust (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, December 2010)

Awakened by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast (St. Martin's Griffin, January 2011)

My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent (Harlequin, December 2010)

Tempestuous by Lesley Livingston (Harper Teen, December 2010)

This one is a little different... but the bare trees behind her and the white of the title made me shiver:

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (Harper Teen, January 2011)

The Lost Saint (Dark Divine Series #2) by Bree Despain (EgmontUSA, December 2010)

Timeless by Alexandra Monir (Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers, January 2011)

I will thrown in a caveat that not every YA fantasy being published this winter is adorned in blue, and not every blue-covered YA fantasy was released this winter. It just so happens that the color blue seems to dominate the YA fantasy new-release section these days.

Last but not least, a shout out to Carol, Julie, and all of our friends up in Vermont at the VCFA winter residency. Stay warm and enjoy the company, the book chat, and the year ahead!

Winter, a bad guest, sitteth with me at home; blue are my hands with his friendly handshaking.” - Friedrich Nietzsche


  1. It *is* an awful lot of blue, I see what you mean. But have you seen UNEARTHLY in the wild? VERY different from the graphic online, IMO:

  2. They really do look striking, all compiled together like this. Thanks for your sharp eye, I always enjoy seeing these connections.

  3. Thatcovergirl, thanks for the link! Readers, if you haven't seen the "live" version of UNEARTHLY, I'd recommend checking out That Cover Girl's recent post. What a difference!

    Madigan, thanks for your comment! We're always looking for new and different visions of cover art--please feel free to send us any suggestions.


  4. Great January post--I love all the blue, even though I'm a little burned out on YA paranormal romance these days... And your earlier post of reader favs is phenomenal--gorgeous jackets!

  5. Thanks for the shout-out, PB! Hard to keep warm in these drafty dorms, but the lectures make you want to be writing like your fingers are on fire--so that's keeping me warm. CB