Gorgeous book tuber, Megan Olivier, is joining me in revealing the cover for my YA shapeshifter circus novel, THE WANDERERS, out this September with Sky Pony Press. Megan has championed the book so much already, talking about it in videos and interviews, so I’m thrilled to be sharing the cover alongside her today. Megan is hosting the reveal on her fabulous YouTube channel (go subscribe if you haven’t already — she’s amazing!), and I’m showing it here. So whether you watch Meg’s video, read my post, or both, I hope you love the cover as much as we do!
Here’s Megan’s video:
And a link to her channel: Megan Olivier
And here’s what I think of the cover, plus the book description, and . . . the actual cover:
For fans of Maggie Stiefvater, a unique twist on shapeshifters with high-pace action, thrilling adventure, a bit of mystery, and a beautiful romance.
Flo lives an eccentric life—she travels with a popular circus in which the main acts star orphaned children with secret shapeshifting abilities. Once Flo turns sixteen, she must perform, but she’s not ready. While practicing jumping a flaming hurdle in a clearing beside the circus, she spots a dark figure in the trees and fears he saw her shift. The news sends the circus into panic.
In Flo’s world, shifters are unknown to humans with the exception of a secret organization—the EOS, referred to as “hunters.” Hunters capture and kill. Shifters have heard stories of their kin taken to labs for testing—a place they will never leave—while hunters deem the others useless, a danger to society, and eliminate them. To avoid discovery, shifters travel in packs, constantly moving, and keep themselves hidden. Up until now, the circus was the perfect disguise.
When the elders notice four specific hunters have been attending the show each night, the tension in the camp rises. Believing she brought the attention to the group, Flo feels the dread and anxiety the most, causing her to make a mistake during her performance—a mistake that triggers a violent attack from the hunters.
Flo manages to flee the torched circus grounds with Jett, a bear shifter who loves her, the annoying elephant triplets, and a bratty tiger named Pru. Together they begin a new journey, alone in a world they don’t understand. They unravel secrets and lies that surround the circus and their lives and discover an unthinkable betrayal by the people they trusted the most.
I’ve had a hard time making my thoughts make sense because !!!!!! I couldn’t imagine what would come back when my editor and I discussed the cover for THE WANDERERS. I didn’t want show lights and circus stripes, because the circus in the book is quite rundown. Because of this I knew I wanted it to be gritty and look a bit worn and faded. I have a mood board on Pinterest and the colours are fairly dull and muted, lots of greens and yellows, so the colour scheme ticks all the boxes. The poster I saw that originally inspired the story was torn and weathered and bright yellow, so that colour and worn look really stuck with me. The scratchy effect, the bunting, the title font and its placement on the circus tent roof is all so perfect for me. And the shadows of the animals behind the curtain – wow! The designers have captured the mood of the book so well. They’ve nailed the atmosphere and I couldn’t love it more. Hope you do too!