Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover Issue 164: Young Adult Contemporary (Part 41)

Today’s post is sponsored by Kosoko Jackson and USA Today bestseller The Forest Demands Its Due!

Title The Forest Demands Its Due
Author Kosoko Jackson
Intended Target Audience Young Adult
Publication Date October 3rd 2023 by Quill Tree Books
Find It On GoodreadsAmazonChaptersBlackwell’sBarnes & NobleIndieBound

A Lesson In Vengeance meets The Taking of Jake Livingston in this page-turning YA horror/fantasy set in dark academia about a queer Black teen who discovers the sinister history of his boarding school and the corrupt powers behind it all. A USA Today bestseller!

Regent Academy has a long and storied history in Winslow, Vermont, as does the forest that surrounds it. The school is known for molding teens into leaders, but its history is far more nefarious.

Seventeen-year-old Douglas Jones wants nothing to do with Regent’s king-making; he’s just trying to survive. But then a student is murdered and, for some reason, by the next day no one remembers him having ever existed, except for Douglas and the groundskeeper’s son, Everett Everley. In his determination to uncover the truth, Douglas awakens a horror hidden within the forest, unearthing secrets that have been buried for centuries. A vengeful creature wants blood as payment for a debt more than three hundred years in the making — or it will swallow all of Winslow in darkness.

And for the first time in his life, Douglas might have a chance to grasp the one thing he’s always felt was missing: power. But if he’s not careful, he will find out that power has a tendency to corrupt absolutely everything.

A high-octane mystery of murder and magic for fans of Ace of Spades, House of Hollow, and Get Out!

Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover is a regular feature on Pop! Goes The Reader in which I pay tribute to some of the best and brightest the publishing world has to offer in the way of book cover design.

Please Note: As always, I’ve done my best to credit the designers and artists responsible for the stunning covers below, but was unable to find this information for a number of those listed. If you know of an uncredited designer and/or artist responsible for any of these book covers or if I’ve credited someone incorrectly, please let me know and I would be happy to include proper attribution in this post. Their work is lovely and deserves attribution.

01. My Fair Brady by Brian D. Kennedy
Cover design by Chris Kwon, Cover art by Betsy Cola

02. On The Bright Side by Anna Sortino
Cover design by Kaitlin Yang, Cover art by Christina Chung

03. True Love and Other Impossible Odds by Christina Li
Cover design by Laura Mock, Cover art by Christina Chung

04. This Night Is Ours by Ronni Davis
Cover design by Gabrielle Chang, Cover art by Andi Porretta

05. Midnights With You by Clare Osongco
Cover design by Marci Senders, Cover art by Dana Lédl

06. Dear Wendy by Ann Zhao
Cover design by Julia Bianchi, Cover art by Betsy Cola

07. Flopping In A Winter Wonderland by Jason June
Cover design by David DeWitt, Cover art by Ricardo Bessa

08. Wish You Weren’t Here by Erin Baldwin
Cover design by Lucia Baez, Cover art by Bex Glendining

09. Four Eids and a Funeral by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé and Adiba Jaigirdar
Art direction by Samira Iravani, Cover art by Ursula Decay

10. I Wish You Would by Eva Des Lauriers
Cover design by Aurora Parlagreco, Cover art by Fevik

11. I Hope This Doesn’t Find You by Ann Liang
Cover design by Maeve Norton & Elizabeth Parisi, Cover art by Robin Har

12. Arya Khanna’s Bollywood Moment by Arushi Avachat
Cover art by Petra Braun

13. All Roads Lead To Rome by Sabrina Fedel
Cover design by Casey Moses, Cover art by Petra Braun

14. Dungeons and Drama by Kristy Boyce
Art direction by Casey Moses, Cover art by Liz Parkes

15. We Got The Beat by Jenna Miller
Cover design by Laura Mock, Cover art by Carina Guevara

16. Not Your Average Jo by Grace K. Shim
Cover art by Doejin Lee

17. The Last Love Song by Kalie Holford
Cover art by Larissa Ezell

18. Hearts Overboard by Becky Dean
Cover design by Ray Shappell, Cover art by Libby VanderPloeg

19. Playing For Keeps by Jennifer Dugan
Cover design by Kelley Brady, Cover art by Jeff Östberg

20. Shut Up, This Is Serious by Carolina Ixta
Cover design by Joel Tippie, Cover art by R Kikou Johnson

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