01 March, 2013

Uncovered (4): The Night Itself

Hello, everyone! It's Friday which means it's time for Uncovered, a weekly cover love post that I do over on our sister blog Nite Lite. When I feature a YA cover, I also cross-post it to RNSL. This week I have a really awesome looking cover to The Night Itself by Zoe Marriott. I can't remember where I first saw this now, but I immediately put it on my cover lust list. Besides being illustration based (I am so predictable), I love how the purple and pink really stand out. I am not sure what the patterns are going around the girl but they remind me of an octopus, one of my favorite sea creatures. Is it weird to say that I also like this girls haircut?  Now let's take a look at the synopsis. 
A breathtaking new urban fantasy trilogy from the critically acclaimed, award winning author of The Swan Kingdom and Shadows on the Moon. 
When fifteen year old Mio Yamato furtively sneaks the katana - an ancestral Japanese sword - out of its hiding place in her parent's attic to help liven up her Christmas party costume, she has no idea of the darkness she is about to unleash on modern day London, or the family secrets that she is going to uncover. 
The paralysing paranoia that descends on her before she gets to her friend's party is her first clue. The vivid and terrifying visions that nearly get her killed are a pretty good warning too.

The giant nine-tailed cat demon that comes after the sword and tries to rip her throat out? Overkill. 
Seconds away from becoming kitty-food, Mio is saved by Shinobu, a mysterious warrior boy. But it's already too late. Mio has ruptured the veil between the mortal realm and the Underworld, and now the gods and monsters of ancient Japan stalk the streets of London, searching for her and the sword.

With the help of her best friend Jack, a fox spirit named Hikaru - and the devoted protection of the betwitchingly familiar Shinobu - Mio attempts to discover the true nature of the sword and its connection to the Yamato family. Because if she doesn't learn how to control the katana's incredible powers, she's in danger of being overwhelmed by them. And if she can't keep the sword safe from the terrible creatures who want it for their own, she'll lose not only her own life... but the love of a lifetime.
How awesome does this sound? A YA fantasy novel with a katana, gods and monsters, and a fox spirit? Sign me up! Not only does it have a gorgeous cover but it sounds like an awesome book. This one doesn't come out until July 4 but you can bet that I've already got it on my wishlist.

Anyone else think those swirling tendrils look like tentacles?

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