Time for another gorgeous cover! Today we have a look at WICKED LIKE A WILDFIRE by Lana Popović, coming August 2017 from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins!
Here's a little about the book:
All the women in Iris and Malina’s family are born with a gleam—a unique way of manipulating beauty through magic. Seventeen-year-old Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, her twin sister Malina interprets moods as music, and their cold, distant mother Jasmina bakes scenery into decadent treats at her confectionery in Old Town Cattaro, Montenegro.
Jasmina forbids Iris and Malina to share their gleams with anyone, and above all, she forbids them to fall in love—being discovered could shatter the quiet lives they’ve built in their tucked-away, seaside town. But Iris and Malina are tired of abiding by their mother’s rules and rebel in secret whenever they can.
Yet when a mysterious, white-haired woman attacks their mother and leaves her hovering between life and death, the sisters unearth an ancient curse that haunts their line—a wicked bargain that masquerades as a blessing, and binds the twins’ fates—and hearts—to a force larger than life. To save each other, they must untangle a thousand years of lies and reveal their own hurtful secrets. But even the deepest sacrifice might not be enough.
Wicked Like a Wildfire is the first book in a sumptuous, bewitching duology about the power of love, death, magic, and the many faces of beauty.
Here are Lana's thoughts about the cover:
I’ve been in love with Lisa Perrin’s work since laying eyes on Wink Poppy Midnight (one of my all-time YA favorites) by April Genevieve Tucholke. The jewel tones, the intricacy, all those hidden treasures winking from their sinister, beautiful nooks! I thought its complex aesthetic was just captivating, and I was beyond thrilled when my editor suggested Lisa for the Wicked cover design.
I was also lucky enough to be warmly included and consulted by the Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins team on all aspects of the cover, from the typeface to the visual gems plucked from the story (be on the lookout for bells, moths, and feathers throughout the narrative, and a plot-twist clue might even have snuck in) to the color scheme, which we went back and forth on several times. Ultimately, we were all bowled over by that show-stopping purple—my favorite color, and one that’s eye-catching and unusual for YA.
To top things off, there’s something subtly Eastern-European about the fractalled flowers and creeping vines, which reminds me of the dark, sometimes macabre fairy tales I grew up with. In no world could I have asked for more—or better—and I’m so, so excited to finally share my dream cover!
Are you ready?
Lana Popović is a literary agent with Chalberg & Sussman, specializing in Young Adult fiction. Lana studied psychology and literature at Yale University, law at Boston University, and publishing and writing at the master's degree program at Emerson College.
Lana was born in Belgrade, Serbia, and grew up hopping back and forth between Eastern European countries—Hungary, Bulgaria, and Romania—before moving to the United States for college. She spent her childhood summers in Montenegro and now lives in Boston, subsisting largely on cake, eyeliner, and aerial yoga. (She'd happily spend most of her waking hours hanging out in silks, and may very well be upside down right now.)
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