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Judging a Cover by Its Book: Choose the Cover Direction for THE DARK IN-BETWEEN

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We'll tell you what's up: We're thrilled to share with you the four cover options for the recently renamed The Dark In-Between by Elizabeth Hrib! ICYMI, here's the lowdown on this book:

A terrible accident brings sixteen-year-old Casey Everett's life to a halt—literally. Pronounced dead on the beach during the year-end harbor party, Casey’s sudden return to the living is shadowed by the drowning of her best friend, Liddy.

Overcome with grief, Casey returns home for the summer only to find the memories of the accident won’t let her go. Shadow-drenched nightmares. Whispers in the back of her mind. Her friend's screams.

Casey thinks she's losing it... until she watches a boy fall from the sky. Red—an angel fallen to earth to regain his wings—takes her to Limbo, a place that exists somewhere between the living and the dead. Now, in order to save her best friend, Casey must learn to walk these mysterious and dangerous paths or else risk losing Liddy's trapped soul to something worse than death.

The very awesome Tim Green at Faceout Studio took on this one and created four fantastic cover directions for you to choose from, and has supplied some thoughts about the inspiration behind each one. Remember, the below images aren't necessarily final. These are just directions, so there will probably be some tweaks made before the book hits the shelves. (Want to see how a cover goes from concept to final? Click here.)

To view enlarged images, right click the image to view it in a new tab. Cover voting will close at noon EST on Thursday, August 22.

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Hand and Feathers Cover

The falling feathers connect with Red, the fallen angel. The view of the girl’s hand suggests her dreams of being in a dark, muddy forest, only to wake and discover that her hands are dirty. The type is tense and mysterious, with sharp lines moving off the page. This feels like opposing forces or even Red’s character falling to earth.

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Graphic Feather Cover

A graphic view of one of Red’s fallen feathers, with the shaft treated in red. The title shifts in and out of the red area, almost like a portal, emphasizing the idea of “between.”

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Face in the Forest Cover

A mysterious merging of the main character and the dark forest.

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Face in the Feathers Cover

An iconic way of showing forces of light and darkness, using angel feathers, with the title “in-between” to reinforce the theme. Here the main character’s face can be seen faintly behind the feathers.

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