I've got the details on another one of Strange Chemistry's upcoming releases, Broken, and it sounds absolutely fantastic. I'm a huge fan of Frankenstein and I love reimaginings so, let me tell you, I cannot ruddy wait for January 2013. SO FAR AWAY. Before I give you the summary, however, just take a look at the cover:
What do you think? I love it. I think it's haunting and beautiful and I love the title font. It's great. If you saw my post about the Strange Chemistry covers a couple of months ago you'll already know I'm a big fan of their cover designs and Broken is definitely one of their best yet.
So if the cover has you intrigued, here's a little more about the book itself:
Imagine a modern spin on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein where a young couple’s undying love and the grief of a father pushed beyond sanity could spell the destruction of them all.
A string of suspicious deaths near a small Michigan town ends with a fall that claims the life of Emma Gentry’s boyfriend, Daniel. Emma is broken, a hollow shell mechanically moving through her days. She and Daniel had been made for each other, complete only when they were together. Now she restlessly wanders the town in the late Fall gloom, haunting the cemetary and its white-marbled tombs, feeling Daniel everywhere, his spectre in the moonlight and the fog.
When she encounters newcomer Alex Franks, only son of a renowned widowed surgeon, she’s intrigued despite herself. He’s an enigma, melting into shadows, preferring to keep to himself. But he is as drawn to her as she is to him. He is strangely…familiar. From the way he knows how to open her locker when it sticks, to the nickname she shared only with Daniel, even his hazel eyes with brown flecks are just like Daniel’s. The closer they become, though, the more something inside her screams there’s something very wrong with Alex Franks.
And when Emma stumbles across a grotesque and terrifying menagerie of mangled but living animals within the walls of the Franks’ estate, creatures she surely knows must have died from their injuries, she knows.
Broken will be simultaneously released in paper and ebook versions in all English-speaking territories in January 2013 but if you can't wait until next year (I certainly can't, damn it!) Strange Chemistry have been kind enough to let me give an ARC of Broken away to one of you! This giveaway is UK only but any US/Canadian readers can hop over to any of the US/Canadian blogs on the list at the end of this post to enter one of their giveaways.
To enter the giveaway please leave a comment on this post letting me know you'd like to be included and leave either your email address or Twitter handle (if you'd rather not give out your email) so I can contact you if you win. After the contest closes on the 25/07/2012 I'll randomly select one entry as the winner and notify them via Twitter/email.
The ARCs won't be printed for a few weeks yet but I'll pass the winner's address details onto Strange Chemistry so the book can be sent out asap!
In case all of the above didn't have you excited to read Broken I've also got a little snippet to share with you all that will hopefully give you a hint as to what you can expect from the book:
IT DOESN’T BEAT FOR ME
A heavy breath escapes me, and if he wasn’t holding me so close, I might melt and pour from this dress.
Alex clings to me like I may honestly be a fairytale princess and when he lets go, I’m going to disappear. He pulls off one glove, tingles following his bare hand as it glides over the curve of my back, up my neck to tangle in my curls. He guides my head to his chest. Thunder rumbles in his heartbeat, and his electric surge slicks over my skin like warm oil.
Neither of us speak. Words have less meaning than time in his arms.
“There’s so much I want to say,” he whispers in my ear. I press my fingers to his lips. My heart jolts when Alex kisses them. Then he curls them in his gloved hand and holds my hand pressed above his heart. “Feel that? It doesn’t beat for me, Emma.”
Phew. Bit of a long post today, thanks for sticking with me, folks! Finally, there are a few other lovely blogs taking part in today's cover reveal so do check them out when you have a spare moment: