‘Tis the season — for more cover reveals! Today, we’re revealing the gorgeous cover for Valynne E. Maetani’s debut, Ink and Ashes, an exciting YA novel about a girl who discovers her father was a member of the yakuza. Stay tuned after the reveal for a chance to win an advance copy of the book! Ready to see the goods? Good, let’s get started!
Claire Takata has never known much about her father, who passed away when she was a little girl. But on the anniversary of his death, not long before her seventeenth birthday, she finds a mysterious letter from her deceased father, addressed to her stepfather. Claire never even knew that they had met.
Claire knows she should let it go, but she can’t shake the feeling that something’s been kept from her. In search of answers, Claire combs through anything that will give her information about her father … until she discovers he was a member of the yakuza, the Japanese mafia. The discovery opens a door that should have been left closed.
So begins the race to outrun his legacy as the secrets of her father’s past threaten Claire’s friends and family, newfound love, and ultimately her life. Ink and Ashes, winner of Tu Books’ New Visions Award, is a heart-stopping debut mystery that will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page.
Drum roll, please!
“One of the things that blew me away when I first saw my cover was the award because it is beautifully designed. Everything about it is perfect. Another thing I love is the red crest at the bottom, which is the actual Takata family crest, and I am overjoyed it is part of the layout.” — Valynne E. Maetani
To enter for a chance to win an advance copy of Ink and Ashes, fill out the widget below! This giveaway is open to U.S. readers only — no P.O. boxes, please — and will conclude next Thursday. Please note: The advance copy won’t be ready until January and the winner will receive their copy as soon as possible. Good luck and happy reading!
We weren’t kidding when we said it was a gorgeous cover! Tell us what you think in the comments after entering the giveaway, and keep an eye out for Ink and Ashes next May! For more YA cover reveals, giveaways and buzz, visit our Everything YA page!