If you saw it, would you read it? When the Sea is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen
About the front:
This cover has a totally creepy vibe to it. Wouldn’t you say? I mean … is she dead? Or … is that water really, really cold? When I think of the Red Sea, I probably inadvertently think of the Dead Sea, so I’m kinda expecting her to start floating away what with all the salt water and all. But she’s there … fixated on something above her (or dead and just stuck in that position).
It almost gives me the chills to look at the cover because not only does it look cold, she really doesn’t look alive.
Crazily enough … that’s why this one caught my eye. The only thing I know about it at this point is that it’s a YA novel, so let’s ‘flip it over’ and check out the back!
What the back says:
In sixteen-year-old Felicita’s world, magic is strictly controlled—or so those in power like to believe. After her dearest friend, Ilven, kills herself to escape an arranged marriage, Felicita chooses freedom over privilege. She fakes her own death and leaves her sheltered life as one of Pelimburg’s magical elite behind. Living in the slums, scrubbing dishes for a living, she falls for charismatic Dash while also becoming fascinated with vampire Jannik. Then something shocking washes up on the beach: Ilven’s death has called out of the sea a dangerous, wild magic. Felicita must decide whether her loyalties lie with the family she abandoned . . . or with those who would twist this dark power to destroy Pelimburg’s caste system, and the whole city along with it.
Does it match? Front to Back without the in between?
Ooooh. Creepy factor continues. We have paranormal. We have death. We have sacrifice. We have a bad guys and from the sounds of it, the vamp might not be a bad guy. What’s the thing that washed up on the beach? What has death called out of the sea? These are questions I need to know! Yes, just from this little blurb of a back cover, I already want to know. Is the person in the water Ilven? Is it Felicita herself later on? I sense something larger looming on the horizon and need to know!
Where I’d read it
I think I’d need this one out in the open. The scary factor already abounds, so no dark nights, home alone for me on this one.
Will you add it to your bookshelf virtual or otherwise? Share in the comments!