Cover Love: Across a Star-Swept Sea


March 14, 2013 by Alice in Readerland

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Cover Love is hosted by Bookshelver’s Anonymous 

For this week’s Cover Love, I chose Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund:


Centuries after wars nearly destroyed civilization, the two islands of New Pacifica stand alone, a terraformed paradise where even the Reduction—the devastating brain disorder that sparked the wars—is a distant memory. Yet on the isle of Galatea, an uprising against the ruling aristocrats has turned deadly. The revolutionaries’ weapon is a drug that damages their enemies’ brains, and the only hope is rescue by a mysterious spy known as the Wild Poppy.

On the neighboring island of Albion, no one suspects that the Wild Poppy is actually famously frivolous aristocrat Persis Blake. The teenager uses her shallow, socialite trappings to hide her true purpose: her gossipy flutternotes are encrypted plans, her pampered sea mink is genetically engineered for spying, and her well-publicized new romance with handsome Galatean medic Justen Helo… is her most dangerous mission ever.
Though Persis is falling for Justen, she can’t risk showing him her true self, especially once she learns he’s hiding far more than simply his disenchantment with his country’s revolution and his undeniable attraction to the silly socialite he’s pretending to love. His darkest secret could plunge both islands into a new dark age, and Persis realizes that when it comes to Justen Helo, she’s not only risking her heart, she’s risking the world she’s sworn to protect.

In this thrilling adventure inspired by The Scarlet Pimpernel, Diana Peterfreund creates an exquisitely rendered world where nothing is as it seems and two teens with very different pasts fight for a future only they dare to imagine.

First off, I love how the girl’s dress fades right into the sea. And then the sea itself with the waves and the little glowing multicolored lights is beautiful. But I also love all of the details in this book cover, because we also get to see clouds and a spectacular starry sky. Mind you, I also adore the cover to Diana’s previous book, For Darkness Shows the Stars:

For Darkness Shows the Stars

What cover do you love this week?

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22 thoughts on “Cover Love: Across a Star-Swept Sea

  1. Livvy @Nerdy Book Reviews says:

    That is definitely a beautiful cover. I haven’t read the first book yet, but the covers certainly tempt me. I like the blue theme and the flowing dresses.

    I quite like Winter Queen by Amber Argyle. The cover is pretty stunning with the effect it has spanning out from the girl in the centre. I think you’d like it! :)

  2. Shelver506 says:

    It’s a very pretty cover. I’m not sure how I feel about her hair, but at least it’s different.

  3. Stunning cover. I love how it matches with the first cover. Blue is a great color :D

  4. KateB says:

    Both those covers are gorgeous. I think I prefer the first in the series – there’s something about the hair on the second one that irks me a little. But they’re both beautiful.

    • I prefer For Darkness Shows the Stars too, as I don’t generally like to see much of the character’s face on book covers, but Across a Star-Swept Sea was too beautiful not to use! :)

  5. Candice says:

    I STILL need to read For Darkness Shows the Stars! I’ve really been wanting to! I really love both of these covers; so pretty!

  6. The Reading Girl says:

    Beautiful covers for both books! I agree about the hair part. Its not the best but the cover is just beautiful . And yes blue is a great color for book coers, i think. Blue is my favorite color :D
    And I will definitely read both of them.

  7. The Reading Girl says:


  8. Wow, that is seriously gorgeous!

  9. Sunny says:

    Very pretty! I love how you brought up For the Darkness Shows the Stars because they are very similar!

  10. Both covers are gorgeous! Really lovely choices!

  11. Anya says:

    Wow excellent choice, that is simply stunning! I’m a little lost with parts of the description, but I would probably give this one a try just to stare at the cover more :D I’m also a bit sea-obsessed lately, so there’s that ;-)

    Anya @ On Starships and Dragonwings

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