Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Cover Art and Jacket Flap Copy for ICE!

Ooh, ooh, ooh, look what I just got from my editor -- cover art for ICE!!! Created by Cliff Nielsen, the same artist who did the covers for Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series.

OMG, I absolutely LOVE it. If it is possible to fall in love with a jpeg file, I have just done so. What do you think? Do you like it? Do ya? Do ya?? Do ya???

As you may have noticed from the sidebar, I've started plastering this image all over my website and blog. And in honor of the occasion, I added an ICE page to my website, complete with a new book description, also recently received from my editor, which I'll reproduce here:

When Cassie was a little girl, her grandmother told her a fairytale about her mother, who made a deal with the Polar Bear King and was swept away to the ends of the earth to become a prisoner of the trolls. Now that Cassie is older, she knows that this was a nice way of saying her mother had died. Cassie lives with her father at an Arctic research station, she is determined to become a scientist, and she has no time for make believe.

Then, on her eighteenth birthday, Cassie comes face to face with a polar bear who speaks to her. He tells her that her mother is alive, imprisoned in the troll castle. And that he can bring her back -- if Cassie will agree to be his bride.

That is the beginning of Cassie's own real-life fairytale, one that sends her on an unbelievable journey across the brutal Arctic, through the Canadian boreal forest, and on the back of the North Wind to the land east of the sun and west of the moon. Before it is over, the world she knew will be swept away, and everything she holds dear will be taken from her -- until she discovers the true meaning of love and family in the magical realm of ICE.

Soooo..... Do you like it? Do ya? Do ya?? Do ya???

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At 7:11 PM, Blogger Sarah Rees Brennan said...

I do!

At 7:11 PM, Blogger Sarah Rees Brennan said...

I do!

At 7:29 PM, Blogger Q said...

I was going to ask you whether you had the cover art yet on the last post, but I didn't want to jinx it. I'm so glad!

The cover is beautiful and the story intrigues me enough to DEMAND that time move faster so I can read it. *DEMANDS*

At 7:42 PM, Anonymous Kathryn Hope said...

Wow! I absolutely love it. You want to know the funny thing about it, my sisters' name is Cassie!


At 7:46 PM, Blogger BookChic said...

I love the cover- it's so pretty!!

Also, I want a review copy- we will to work something out soon. :)

At 7:52 PM, Blogger Erin said...

SARAH! IT'S GLORIOUS. Gorgeous beyond belief.

And the TAGLINE is amazing and makes me want to read the book like ten times more than I already did.

At 7:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally want to read this book!!


At 8:03 PM, Blogger Jay Asher said...

Love it!

I especially like how the only two colors other than variations of white are the purple letters and red hair.

You've got a winner!!!

At 8:39 PM, Blogger Anne Leigh said...


At 9:10 PM, Blogger christine M said...

Like it? I love it! WooHoo!

At 9:19 PM, Blogger GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

I love it! Guess what's going to be my Want It Wednesday Post for tomorrow?:)

At 10:51 PM, Blogger Priya said...


At 11:24 PM, Blogger Melissa Walker said...

Ooh! Pretty! Hey, wanna do a cover story for my blog?

At 11:24 PM, Blogger Amy Sisson said...

Oh my!

I've been saving the covers of Pullman's The Golden Compass and Pattou's East. I haven't read the latter -- I literally bought it because I want to frame the cover with the Pullman cover.

Now it's going to have to be a triptych of covers! Polar bears on spec fic books -- I love it!

At 12:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my that's stunning.

At 1:56 AM, Blogger Maya Ganesan said...

OH MY GOSH I love it I love it I love it!

At 8:51 AM, Blogger Abbey Clarke said...

This looks great. Definitely on my to-read list!

At 9:51 AM, Blogger GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

Hey Sarah-

I posted it on my blog. You should stop by and check it out-I've gotten lots of comments about it. I can't wait to tell my teens at work about it.

Sarah Bean
Teen Librarian-Springfield MO


At 11:31 AM, Blogger tanita✿davis said...

Sarah Beth! It's a STUNNER. Yay, you!

At 3:03 PM, Blogger Allanna said...

It's gorgeous! I heart it very much!

At 9:35 PM, Blogger Sarah Beth Durst said...

Sarah Rees Brennan: Yay! Glad you like it! Just saw your Japanese cover. Very cool. Congrats!

Q: I can't wait for it to come out. I'll start working on moving time faster...

Katie: Good name! I picked Cassie because it rhymes with "lassie" (which is what the heroine in the fairy tale "East of the Sun and West of the Moon" is called).

BookChic: So glad you like it! Review copies don’t exist yet, but I'll let my publisher know you're interested.

Erin: Yay! I think it's glorious too. I love everything the artist did with it. Glad to hear you like the tagline too. (Credit for that goes to my editor.)

Mary: Music to my ears. :)

Jay Asher: Thanks so much, Jay! I'm totally enamored with it.

SavyLeartist: :) !!!!!!

Christine M: "WooHoo" is exactly what I said when I saw it!

Sarah Bean: So cool of you to put Ice on your Want It Wednesday Post! And what lovely comments. Yay!

Priya: Glad you like it!

Melissa Walker: Sure. I'd love to! Thanks for asking me!

Amy Sisson: I love the idea of a collection of spec fic polar bear covers! Very cool.

Janni: Thanks, Janni! So happy you like it!

Maya Ganesan: I love it too. I'm totally planning to frame it once the full jacket is done.

Abbey: That's wonderful to hear!

Tanita Davis: So glad you like it! I'm so thrilled with it.

Allanna: Thanks, Allanna! I heart it too!

At 10:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This cover is awesome! I love the arctic and polar bears and fairy tales and adventures, so I will definitely have to pick up a copy. ;)

At 1:51 AM, Blogger Alyssa F said...

Oh. My. That is amazing! Do I really have to wait until September? This just shot up to my top 5 "I want it now" books!

At 3:40 PM, Blogger Antonietta May said...

h, now i really can't wait to read it. i marked my calender- and the calender on a book review forum i belong to. i can't wait.. goes off to do happy dance.

At 6:48 PM, Blogger Valerie said...

The art is beautiful, and the story sounds fantastic! Can't wait!

At 12:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful cover. The Abilene Public Library in Abilene, Texas just ordered three copies.

At 2:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love that cover! I do, I do!

I also love the blurb: this book is definitely going to the top of my to-read list. When does it come out?

At 9:25 AM, Blogger Sarah Beth Durst said...

polargriff: Thanks! I love all those things too. Hence the writing of this book. :)

Alyssa: I’m honored to be in the top 5!

Hedgi: I’ve been doing a happy dance ever since I saw it.

Valerie: Thanks so much! I can’t wait either.

Anonymous: Great to hear! Thanks, Mom!

pdlloyd: Yay! Glad you like it. The book comes out on Octber 6th.

At 12:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is seriously one of the most gorgeous covers EVER. Congrads!!!


^ (polar bear)

At 5:17 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

That's so pretty! Can't wait to get my hands on the book now -- East of the Sun and West of the Moon is one of my favorite tales.

At 9:41 AM, Blogger Sarah Beth Durst said...

Anonyomous: Glad you like it! I'm totally in love with it.

Rachel: Thanks! I can't wait for it to come out. I'm excited to hear what people think of it.

At 2:09 PM, Blogger Judi Guizado said...

My daughter's always wanted a polar bear. After seeing your new, beautiful cover, she's even more adamant!


At 4:32 PM, Blogger Jakob Dailes said...

Awesome! I can't wait to read the book.

At 5:31 PM, Blogger Sarah Beth Durst said...

Judi: I want a polar bear too. Sadly, my husband says no. The bear wouldn't be safe from our cat.

Lucas: Thanks so much!!


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