Young adult author Aprilynne Pike first captivated us with Wings, a Top Pick! rated delightful story about faeries, family and love, which was also a 2009 Young Adult Paranormal/Fantasy Award Nominee. Since then, Aprilynne has continued to work her magic and this year saw the release of Earthbound, which our reviewer lauded for its "clever twists and turns and nice flashes of humor." Readers have been desperate for the sequel, Earthquake, and while it doesn't release until July 15, 2014, we have something to help tide fans over: THE COVER! Hooray! But before we get to the gorgeouesness, let's take a look at what the book is about. Beware of spoilers!
Tavia Michaels has discovered that she’s an Earthbound — a fallen goddess with the power to remake the Earth — and that a rival faction of Earthbounds, the Reduciata, has created a virus that is literally wiping swaths of the planet out of existence. Tavia is captured and imprisoned before she can act on this information, along with her eternal lover, Logan. Huddled in a claustrophobic cell, they lose track of the days, their attempts to escape proving as ephemeral as Tavia’s newly gestating powers. But then Tavia and Logan are mysteriously rescued ...
They’re brought to the underground headquarters of the Curatoria, another group of Earthbounds that Tavia doesn’t fully trust. There, she’s told that she can save the Earth before it disappears. She agrees. Tavia quickly realizes that she isn’t like other Earthbound, and as her abilities continue to awaken, they begin to threaten her centuries-long relationship with Logan. When Benson — Tavia’s former best friend and romantic interest — appears at Curatoria headquarters, Tavia will again have to make a choice about who to be with even as she tries to stop the virus that is destroying the world and uncover the truth about the two Earthbound organizations that have her tangled up in their webs.
Alright, onto the cover!
Isn't that just gorgeous? Seriously. It's unique, fresh and all around very eye-catching. The warm color scheme really takes it up a notch and is sure to help it stand out from other books on shelves.
But we're not the only ones who love the cover. Here's what Aprilynne had to say:
"The second Earthbound book is called Earthquake and, trust me, it is so fitting! I was so stoked when I first saw the cover because it's a true mirror of the story. The striking colors, the desert background, the couple helping to lift each other up. And if you think you know what to expect coming out of book one, think again. Like the title suggests, this is the book that tosses everything around."
And, as an added bonus, here's a look at the new cover for the paperback edition of the first book, Earthbound!