Shelf Analysis: The Big Red Dress

So, has anyone else noticed something rather red about YA covers as of late? Big, red and rather poofy?

Yes, I am talking about all the gorgeous red dresses that are gracing YA book covers. While I absolutely love all these covers, I am rather perplexed by the trend.  Was there a fashion notice that I missed?  Should I be rushing out and buying matching gowns to go with my books?

Dark Heart Rising by Lee Monroe
Forgiven by Janet Fox
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Captured by Maggie L. Wood
Falling Under by Gwen Hayes
Die for Me by Amy Plum


Dark Angel by Eden Maguire

Supernaturally by Kiersten White (Thank you, Maggie, for pointing this one out!)

I feel like I’ve missed some out – are there any other red dress books I’ve skipped?  Not that seven nine is exactly a small number… in fact, I didn’t realise how many red dress books there were out there until I put together this post. And any thoughts on the trend?  While I like it, I’m not sure I get it…

August 2010 Releases: Books I can’t wait to read!

God, I can’t believe it is August already!  I seem to say that every month, but hey – I am always legitimately surprised by the date!  Anyhow, the arrival of August has means some books we’ve all been longing for a soon to be released.  Luckily, the books I have been longing for this month aren’t coming out towards the end of August.  Why is this good?  Because I still have catching up to do from July!  My copy of Jealousy by Lili St. Crow only got here today and Linger is still in the post… *grumbles*  Anyhow, even though I need the time – y’all can sit around waiting with bated breath.

So, here are a few YA Paranormal novels I am looking forward to.  As usual, check out Tez Says for a list of August Releases, Fiendishly Bookish for a list of PNR/UF releases and LE for a general list of paranormal releases.

Paranormalcy by Kiersten WhiteGoodreads – August 31st by HarperTeen
Nevermore by Kelly Creagh – Goodreads – August 31st by Atheneum
The Candidates by Inara Scott – Goodreads – August 24th by Hyperion Book CH
Intrinsical by Lani Woodland – Goodreads – August 20th by Pendrell Publishing