Shadows on the Moon is one of my favourite books, it's an absolutely beautiful Cinderella reimagining and I just love everything about it. So you can imagine my excitement when Zoe Marriott announced she was writing another book in the same world! It feels like I've been waiting forever to read Barefoot on the Wind, a feminist reimagining of Beauty and the Beast (which happens to be my favourite fairytale to boot!), but the wait is nearly over and even better, we have a beautiful cover to drool over!!
Just look at that gorgeous work of art! Isn't it stunning. I CAN'T WAIT to have that beauty on my shelves!
Zoe's thoughts on the cover (taken from her blog post HERE):
Is that gorgeous, or is it gorgeous? I love it. Everything on this cover - the white, red and green colours, the frosty white thorns, the moths, the red butterflies and the falling snow - is symbolic (Google 'butterflies in Japanese mythology' for a hint) and comes directly from stuff that's in the story. I want to burble on endlessly about how much they nailed making the cover represent the book, but it's basically all spoilers so I'll just be over here quietly squeeing while you absorb this
Blurb (taken from goodreads):
A companion title to Zoë Marriott's critically acclaimed Shadows on the Moon, BAREFOOT ON THE WIND is a darkly magical retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" set in fairytale Japan.
There is a monster in the forest...
Everyone in Hana's remote village on the mountain knows that straying too far into the woods is a death sentence. When Hana's father goes missing, she is the only one who dares try to save him. Taking up her hunting gear, she goes in search of the beast, determined to kill it - or be killed herself.
But the forest contains more secrets, more magic and more darkness than Hana could ever have imagined. And the beast is not at all what she expects...
As if that wasn't exciting enough Zoe had even more news to share with us. Because it's been five years since the original release of Shadows on the Moon Walker Books have decided to give it a revamp, with a brand new cover to match Barefoot in the Wind and EXTRA CONTENT! OMG I can barely contain my excitement today! Zoe will be sharing the new cover for Shadows on the Moon sometime next week so I'll be sure to post about it as soon as I spot it but in the meantime I strongly suggest you get your pre-orders in now.
Barefoot on the Wind will be available from the 1st of September and the new version of Shadows on the Moon will follow not long afterwards. These books are both set in the same fairytale realm but there is no overlap of characters so you can read them in any order but I can't recommend Shadows on the Moon highly enough and I'm desperately looking forward to reading Barefoot on the Wind for the first time.
What do you think of Barefoot in the Wind's cover? Do you love it as much as I did? Have you read Shadows on the Moon? I think it's one of the most underrated YA fantasy stories out there, Zoe was ahead of the trend and this was published before the genre really took off so I'm hoping that the re release is going to come at just the right time for it to have the success that it so rightfully deserves!