ALLURE (The Hoodoo Apprentice #2)
Coming October 1, 2013
About the Book
Worst. Summer. Ever.
Emma Guthrie races to learn the hoodoo magic needed to break The Beaumont Curse before her marked boyfriend Cooper’s sixteenth birthday. But deep in the South Carolina Lowcountry, dark, mysterious forces encroach, conspiring to separate Emma and Cooper forever. When Cooper starts to change, turning cold and indifferent, Emma discovers that both his heart and body are marked for possession by competing but equally powerful adversaries.
Desperate to save him, Emma and her twin brother, Jack, risk their lives to uncover the source of the black magic that has allured Cooper and holds him in its grip. Face with the horror of a soul-eating boohag, Emma and Jack must fight to resist its fiendish power to free Cooper long enough to join their strengths and face it together, before it destroys them all.
I hadn’t planned on participating in any cover reveals here on the blog, but I heard that the cover for ALLURE was pretty and I couldn’t resist the chance to get an early peek. I figured if I didn’t love it I didn’t have to participate in the reveal.
But I did love it, I do love it. It’s even prettier than I imagined it would be. There’s something magical about it. From the colors, to the setting to the title font. Everything works together really well and definitely creates an alluring cover, suiting the book’s name.
I love the brightness that highlights the title and the flourish beneath. It feels natural, as if it’s something in the woods and not just an artificial light source made to enhance the font.
I like how the author’s name also appears to have that slight gradient change in color and adds weight and balance to the bottom of the cover. And I like that a different, more classic, font choice was used.
For the series title I might have liked to see a different font used, even though it would then be inconsistent with the series title on the first book’s cover. But I like its placement above the title and I like that its color is white, so it’s not in competition with the title. It is sized perfectly and feels very cohesive. Although it does make me wonder why a lower case “e” wasn’t used for the series title like it was for the title itself.
I am not a fan of the look of blurb, though. Especially as the second line only has the one word. Had it not been centered, it might have taken up less visual space and been less distracting. And having the quote surrounded by ellipses only makes me wonder what was left out.
I am also not a fan of the tagline used on the cover. While I love the line, I don’t see how it relates to either the title or the what’s being presented visually. There’s nothing about the girl reclining in the forest that screams, “Worst. Summer. Ever.” So I think the line itself doesn’t make sense. Though I love its off-center placement.
Would I buy this book based on its cover?
Absolutely. It’s gorgeous and it makes me want to discover the story beneath.
And it’s a marked improvement over the cover for the first book in the series, though I do love the way “Conjure”looks visually on that cover.
About Lea Nolan
Lea Nolan couldn’t read until the third grade. After a lot of hard work she finally got the hang of it and quickly learned the best way to get out of doing chores was to tell her parents she was reading. Soon she was hooked, devouring books by Roald Dahl, E.B. White, Judy Blume, C.S. Lewis, and anything with a shiny Newberry Award sticker on the cover. Books provided a portal to enchanted lands where anything was possible and characters relied on their wits to wiggle out of sticky situations.
Today, even though she’s all grown up, Lea writes the kinds of stories she sought as a teen–smart paranormals with bright heroines, crazy-hot heroes, diabolical plot twists, plus a dose of magic, a draft of romance, and a sprinkle of history. She holds degrees in history and women’s studies concentrating in public policy and spent fifteen years as a health policy analyst and researcher.
She lives in Maryland with her heroically supportive husband and three clever children, who’ve figured out how to get out of doing their chores.
CONJURE (The Hoodoo Apprentice #1)
Release date: October 23, 2012
Formats: Paperback, eBook
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Emma Guthrie expects this summer to be like any other in the South Carolina Lowcountry–hot and steamy with plenty of beach time alongside her best friend and secret crush, Cooper Beaumont, and Emma’s ever-present twin brother, Jack. But then a mysterious eighteenth-century message in a bottle surfaces, revealing a hidden pirate bounty. Lured by the adventure, the trio discovers the treasure and unwittingly unleashes an ancient Gullah curse that attacks Jack with the wicked flesh-eating Creep and promises to steal Cooper’s soul on his approaching sixteenth birthday.
When a strange girl appears, bent on revenge; demon dogs become a threat; and Jack turns into a walking skeleton; Emma has no choice but to learn hoodoo magic to undo the hex, all before summer—and her friends–are lost forever.
“Richly filled with exquisite imagery, a compelling story, and a strong, smart heroine, Conjure will keep you up way past your bedtime.” ~ Trinity Faegen, author of The Mephisto Covenant series
“A true adventure, complete with pirates, romance, a flesh-eating curse, and ancient magic. I couldn’t put it down!” ~ Inara Scott, author of The Talents (Delcroix Academy) series
“If there is one book teens and adults should have on their must read list, Conjure is it! Fans of young love and adventure will hurry to the end of each chapter, in anticipation of what will happen next. Unfolding at an easy pace, this tale is magical and spellbinding. Nolan is one to watch!” ~ RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ Stars Top Pick
“Conjure is a sweet, adventure-packed romp for young teen readers… There are pirates, lost treasure, curses, and ancient curses, chases, narrow escapes, and secret letters galore.” ~ New York Journal of Books
“This is an unexpected read: exciting, dangerous, adventurous – everything we want from a good book. Yet Nolan puts that creative twist on all the elements, making Conjure something special. Conjure is recommended, 4 out of 5 stars.” ~ Teen Librarian’s Toolbox
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