Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Seven reasons you like this cover...
...and why that means you're going to love Grave Mercy
You zeroed in on PRETTY DRESS
It's pretty fabulous, isn't it? It's all flowing and red, and it actually looks like it came from the past and not a prom catalog. Ismae has a few notable scenes where she gets to dress up in pretty dresses I wish I owned.
This dress also has presence, and unlike many "pretty dress" covers, this dress doesn't seem like it will hamper Ismae's ability to use that crossbow.
Ok, so maybe running is out, but Ismae isn't the type to run an hide anyway. Plus, imagine how many weapons she can hide in those folds? And I promise you, she does.
You're tired of damsels in distress
If your interest was piqued at the sight of a female lead toting a giant "Don't Mess With Me" weapon, then you're in for a treat.
Ismae is an assassin, and this point is driven home on multiple occasions. That crossbow? It's only a small part of her arsenal--an arsenal she makes full use of throughout the book.
You want to live in a castle
Come on, be honest, when you looked at that castle, did a tiny part of you cry out, "Mine!"? Or was that just me?
Ismae spends most of the book inside a castle as she tries to figure out which one of the guests is a viper in disguise.
Doesn't that font scream "historical"? Grave Mercy takes place in medieval France and the historical setting is definitely a presence (though not at all in a boring, overly-detailed way).
You want more than a Barbie
No question, the cover model is pretty. But she's not gorgeous in that "I don't want to stand in a room with you because you're so overwhelmingly beautiful" kinda way either.
And that's Ismae. Her looks don't monopolize anything. As it should be.
You're not going to be bored with the YA cliches of Ismae talking about how plain she looks (while simultaneously attracting the eye of every single male character in the entire book), nor will you be bombarded with reminders of her shinning hair and porcelain skin.
But don't fear, someone will find her attractive...eventually (*hint* *hint* Do you remember what kind of romance I love?)
Does this tagline need any more explanation? If you like the sound of it, then I have a feeling Ismae and Duval will be your new best friends.
Check out those clouds! I don't need to be a meteorologist to figure out that some nasty weather is rolling in. Darkness swirls around Ismae in the story, too, with dastardly plots closing in on her from multiple directions. But see that brightness behind her? See that strong stance and determined look in her eyes? Yep, Ismae is SO going to bring it.
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