Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Cover Love + Interview: The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna
August 28, 2012
Balzer + Bray

From the author's blog
Eva's life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination - an echo. Made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, she is expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her 'other', if she ever died. Eva studies what Amarra does, what she eats, what it's like to kiss her boyfriend, Ray. So when Amarra is killed in a car crash, Eva should be ready.

But fifteen years of studying never prepared her for this.

Now she must abandon everything she's ever known - the guardians who raised her, the boy she's forbidden to love - to move to India and convince the world that Amarra is still alive. 

"The most honest portrait of grief and loss that I've read in a long time. Filled with heartache, love, and things that would stir Mary Shelley's ghost, this is not a story to be missed."
-Lauren DeStefano, bestselling author of the Chemical Garden trilogy

This book sounds so good, right? I would do dangerous things to get an ARC of this book right now because of how good it sounds. And Lauren DeStefano blurbed it, and I freaking loved Wither. 

I love the cover. HarperCollins does the most amazing job with covers, but sometimes I'm skeptic. A lot of their covers are girl in dresses, and I'm rather glad this one isn't a girl in dress cover. This cover... man. I love this cover. I don't know how many times I'm going to say that, but all the covers I've said I loved? This cover bypasses those by MILES. If you were to ask me what my favorite cover was, I would say The Lost Girl. SUCH A GORGEOUS COVER.

I also managed to get an interview with the author, Sangu Mandanna, about her cover and maybe a few things about The Lost Girl... 


Ashelynn: MKAY! So you already know that I showed my enthusiasm for your cover—maybe a little too much—but I can’t help it. I LOVE IT so much. What is one cover that you absolutely freaking love (besides your own)?


Uh, how gorgeous is THIS cover?
Goodreads
Sangu: Oh, that’s hard! There are so many. Eeep. OK. This isn’t YA, but there’s a cover for THE GIRL WITH GLASS FEET by Ali Shaw, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. There’s a silver, ghostly deer on the front and the colouring is so beautifully stark and wintry, just like the story, and I could go on about it for days so I’ll stop now.


Ashelynn: What is your favorite thing about your cover? For me it probably is the girl and how she’s not all the way there, and that you can see India in her outline. Also I LOVE that the setting is India. I hope there are elephants in this book.


Sangu: There is an elephant in the book! But, oddly enough, the elephant makes its appearance in England, not India. My India scenes are sadly elephant-less, alas. [That is very sad.]


But back to your question. My favourite thing about it, erm, does my name count? Seeing it on a real book is such a thrill! Seriously, though, I think the girl is my favourite thing too. I love that she’s a silhouette, it’s so haunting, like she’s not quite real. Which suits the ‘lost girl’ of the book perfectly, whether you assume that girl is Eva or Amarra.


Ashelynn: Did you have any say in your cover?


Sangu: I didn’t throw out any ideas for the concept or design or anything, but my editor sent me an early version to get my take on it.


Ashelynn: When you saw your cover, what did you do? I would have jumped up and down and maybe make inhuman sounds all day.


Sangu: Just stared, I think. And stared some more. And then sent squee-filled emails to my editor and agent. And grinned foolishly for the rest of the day. I have no doubt inhuman sounds featured somewhere.


Ashelynn: Describe your cover in three words.


Sangu: Beautiful, haunting, perfect.


Ashelynn: Describe The Lost Girl in three words.


Sangu: Beautiful, haunting, perfect?


No? Pity. The real answer: exciting, eerie, heartbreaking. [This answer made me LOL. For reals.]


Ashelynn: I love teasing because it’s always fun to watch people squirm—can you say anything teasing about The Lost Girl?


Sangu: Ooo, great question! This should be fun. The last word of the book is ‘water’. There is kissing. And finally: “You,” he says, before the door closes all the way. “I often dream of you.” [Ack! Why did I ask this question!] 


Thank you, Sangu, for allowing me to fangirl over your cover and for asking you some questions! Readers, what do you think of the cover for The Lost Girl?

20 comments:

  1. What a great interview! You asked some great questions. I have been hearing about this book on quite a few blogs :)

    I have to agree with you about the cover. I'm glad it's not another girl in a puffy dress as well.

    Book Enslaved

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    1. thank you!! <3 I love the puffy dress trend, but I also hope THIS type of cover becomes a trend! Tres amazing.

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  2. Oooooo isn't it gorgeous! LOVE IT! As beautiful as all the dress covers are, I love that this one is a little something different. Now it stands out a bit:) And did she say there's kissing? Win. And I want whoever is speaking to often dream of me as well ;-) Thanks so much for the cover reveal and interview!

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    1. haha, right?! Kissing scenes are the best. :)

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  3. Cool interview, I love The Lost Girl cover too :) And I love the last line, ahh I'm excited for this book!

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    1. thank you! I am too. HOPING HT sends me a review copy! :)

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  4. Thanks for such fantastic interview questions, Ashelynn! It was so fun to answer them :-)

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    1. thank YOU for letting me fangirl all over you and for not running away from my first email. <3

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  5. Great interview! This was a fun one to read and I don't usually read author interviews unless I already love the author. But, I liked how you conducted this one--very original.

    I'm going to have to put this book on my list. It sounds like a lot of books are going in this direction with souls meant to replace people in their own bodies. I like the idea of that a lot because it reminds me of "Quantum Leap," that old sci-fi TV show.

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    1. oh, thank you so much, Cathy!! I strive for short but fun interviews and I LOVE that you actually stopped by and commented. It means the world to me. <3

      I have never heard of Quantum Leap, but that's because I don't watch TV a lot. I am weird like that.

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  6. THERE IS AN ELEPHANT IN THIS BOOK? Now I want to read it even more!

    This cover is so cool and it's so great that you did a pre-reading interview, Ashelynn! Love it.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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    1. IKNOWRIGHT. gah. NEED this book!

      thanks! :)

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  7. THERE IS AN ELEPHANT IN THIS BOOK? Now I want to read it even more!

    This cover is so cool and it's so great that you did a pre-reading interview, Ashelynn! Love it.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  8. Great interview and teaser. Glad you brought this book to my attention.

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  9. Go ahead and say your name on the cover is the best part! That is the thrill of the first book isn't it?

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    1. haha, I know, right? But I think it might be the thrill of ANY book you publish.

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  10. Great interview. Love the cover, and the book sounds amazing! Good luck with it!

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  11. Great interview, ladies. I love Sangu and I cannot wait to read this book.

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  12. Great interview. Love those teasers! Adding this one to my list =D

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