It's no secret Delilah S. Dawson is one of our favorite new author finds this year. Her Blud series second, Wicked as She Wants, won our May 2013 Seal of Excellence, and we were excited to learn that next year the author will be debuting her first YA novel, Servants of the Storm, which sounds like a spooky, magical adventure judging by the back cover blurb:
A year ago Hurricane Josephine swept through Savannah, Georgia, leaving behind nothing but death and destruction — and taking the life of Dovey's best friend, Carly. Since that night, Dovey has been in a medicated haze, numb to everything around her.
But recently she's started to believe she's seeing things that can't be real ... including Carly at their favorite cafe. Determined to learn the truth, Dovey stops taking her pills. And the world that opens up to her is unlike anything she could have imagined.
As Dovey slips deeper into the shadowy corners of Savannah — where the dark and horrifying secrets lurk — she learns that the storm that destroyed her city and stole her friend was much more than a force of nature. And now the sinister beings truly responsible are out to finish what they started.
Dovey's running out of time and torn between two paths. Will she trust her childhood friend Baker, who can't see the threatening darkness but promises to never give up on Dovey and Carly? Or will she plot with the sexy stranger, Isaac, who offers all the answers — for a price? Soon Dovey realizes that the danger closing in has little to do with Carly ... and everything to do with Dovey herself.
Wanna see the cover? If you're in a dark room, we suggest turning some lights on. Check this out:
Isn't it creepy!? We are so in love with this cover, because it's nothing like what we were expecting based on the title, genre and back cover blurb. When it comes to new and exciting covers, the YA genre is usually where you can find publishers experimenting. While the blurb sounds like there's an inevitable love triangle in this story, the cover really conveys an eerie tone, leaving us thinking Dovey's adventures will be anything but ordinary.
How does Delilah feel about the cover? More than pleased: "Pardon the squealing, but I love this cover! It's everything I hoped it would be and perfectly sets the tone for what waits inside: creepy, atmospheric, dark and ambiguous. Servants of the Storm was inspired by the haunting images of Six Flags NOLA after Hurricane Katrina, but the story really came together when I delved into the curious history of the Savannah that tourists never see. I don't know whether the girl on the cover is meant to represent Dovey or one of the demonic, mindless servants lurking on River Street — and I don't want to know."
You can delve into Servants of the Storm, available Summer 2014. For more spooky teen stories visit our Everything Young Adult Page.