Cover Reveal: Black Iris by Leah Raeder

I’ve been looking forward to BLACK IRIS for what seems like forever. I might have a bit of a crush on Leah, and I’m super excited about her new book. First, let’s see the cover, shall we?

black iris by leah raeder

Super simple but quite effective, I think! I’d definitely flip that book over to see what it’s about. Clicky for an even bigger version.

BLACK IRIS by Leah Raeder

It only took one moment of weakness for Laney Keating’s world to fall apart. One stupid gesture for a hopeless crush. Then the rumors began. Slut, they called her. Queer. Psycho. Mentally ill, messed up, so messed up even her own mother decided she wasn’t worth sticking around for.

If Laney could erase that whole year, she would. College is her chance to start with a clean slate.

She’s not looking for new friends, but they find her: charming, handsome Armin, the only guy patient enough to work through her thorny defenses—and fiery, filterless Blythe, the bad girl and partner in crime who has thorns of her own.

But Laney knows nothing good ever lasts. When a ghost from her past resurfaces—the bully who broke her down completely—she decides it’s time to live up to her own legend. And Armin and Blythe are going to help.

Which was the plan all along.

Because the rumors are true. Every single one. And Laney is going to show them just how true.

She’s going to show them all.

If that doesn’t pique your interest, here’s a short excerpt:

April is the cruelest month, T.S. Eliot said, and that’s because it kills. It’s the month with the highest suicide rate. You’d think December, or even January—the holidays and all that forced cheer and agonized smiling pushing fragile people to the edge—but actually it’s spring, when the world wakes from frostbound sleep and something cruel and final stirs inside those of us who are broken. Like Eliot said:mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain. In the deepest throes of depression, when sunlight is anguish and the sky throbs like one big raw migraine and you just want to sleep until you or everything else dies, you’re less likely to commit suicide than someone coming out of a depressive episode. Drug companies know this. That’s why antidepressants have to be marked with the warning MAY CAUSE SUICIDAL THOUGHTS.

Because what brings you back to life also gives you the means to destroy yourself.

I’m pretty sure BLACK IRIS is going to tear me into tiny pieces, but I’m still super excited. Maybe excited because of that. Also, Leah just wrote this post on her blog about BLACK IRIS, which increased my excitement even more. Yes, I knew there was f/f — which we need more of — but I love how Leah’s saying this is me, this is what I write. April 28, 2015 is a long way away. Atria Books, you’re torturing me.

About the author:

Leah Raeder is a writer and unabashed nerd. Aside from reading her brains out, she enjoys graphic design, video games, fine whiskey, and the art of self-deprecation. She lives with her very own manic pixie dream boy in Chicago. Visit her at Facebook. Twitter. Instagram.

Pre-order links:
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UK: Amazon | B&N | Waterstones | Foyles | Kobo | Apple | Google
AUS: Apple | Amazon | Google

3 thoughts on “Cover Reveal: Black Iris by Leah Raeder

  1. I agree with your assesment of this cover ebeing Super simple but quite effective. I also like the colours used for this cover, it’s pretty! And the black background with one coloured object on it, seems to work quite well for a cover. However the excerpt convinces me this isn’t a book for me, I stay away from suicide in books, can’t deal well with too dark subjects.

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