Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: Cate of the Lost Colony

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Breaking The Spine, where bloggers post about upcoming book releases they are eagerly anticipating.

My can't wait to read book for this week is Cate of the Lost Colony by Lisa Klein:

The greatest unsolved mystery of American history--what happened to all the colonists who landed on Roanoke Island in 1587? This novel traces the fortunes and misfortunes of one Cate Archer, banished to Virginia by a jealous Queen Elizabeth because of her dalliance with Sir Walter Ralegh. What will be her fate in this dangerous New World?

Seamlessly weaving together fact with fiction, Lisa Klein's newest historical drama is an engrossing tale of adventure and forbidden love—kindled by one of the most famous mysteries in American history: the fate of the settlers at Roanoke, who disappeared without a trace forty years before the Pilgrims would set foot in Plymouth.

I love books set in the Tudor era and have read many about Queen Elizabeth, Sir Walter Raleigh and courtiers and also books about voyages to and exploration of The New World so this book sounds like a perfect mix of setting, romance, drama and real historical figures.

Covers: I found that they were two covers for Cate of the Lost Colony and I think that one is an ARC cover and one is the final cover that was changed before the ARCs were printed as the covers are the same on Amazon UK and US.  

 Initially I preferred the top cover because of the close up of the girl's expression which was clearer and the white swirly writing. I also think it would appeal more to teenagers than the cover the left. However, the cover on the left is growing on me as I like the details of the dress and the illustration of the ships gives a better idea of the story and makes it look more like historical fiction. It also looks like more work and thought has been put into it. Which one do you prefer?

One thing I have noticed about YA historical fiction is the trend to have full face covers like the one on the left. I quite like full face covers but having them on every cover can be a bit repetitive and boring. What do you think about that?

Cate of The Lost Colony is published by Bloomsbury and will be released on the 12th of October this year- definitely something for me to look forward too! If you would like to read an ARC review of it, visit this link to Rebecca's Book Blog.

What are you Waiting on Wednesday for? I'd be happy to check out your posts too and I'd love to hear if you like the sound of this book or have added it to your wish list!

Stephanie <3


  1. Oh yes I have this one pre-ordered and cannot wait to read it. I have always wondered about what happened to all the people in Ronoake so it is very cool that an author has done a book about it.

  2. Thanks for linking my review! You are correct that the cover with the ship in the background was used on the ARC. I actually prefer that cover as it looks more historical, I love the dress and the marsh and the ship.

  3. Sounds good. A story that incorporates this big mystery. Thanks.

  4. Yay a historical fiction find...looks good! I like the second cover, but I'm a sucker for great backgrounds.

    Our pick is at BookSake.

  5. I have this one on my TBR list already---love, love, love historical fiction! I like the bottom cover.

  6. The history behind Roanoke Island is so intriguing, and I liked Lisa Klein's Ophelia, so this book sounds like it should be excellent :)

  7. Great pick, it sounds so intriguing! My WOW is at The Crowded Leaf.

  8. I'm usually a fan of historical fiction, so this one sounds interesting. Nice pick! (and I like the 2nd cover, with the ship)

    If you'd like, you can check out my WoW here.

  9. Great choice - I love historical fiction and the cover to this one is so beguiling.

  10. This is on my TBR list too, sounds soo good.

  11. I do like the sound of the book and have added it to my I need to look into this one list.... The 2nd cover is my fave also and yes the full face shot is getting way old!

    My WOW today are both out end of August

    jackie ^_^

  12. Sounds like a great book. I LOVE that second cover. I'm going to put it on my TBR pile :D

    Come by and see my WOW

  13. Thank you for all your lovely comments, it's nice to know that many of you prefer the second cover too. It's a shame that the publisher decided to use the top cover though.
    I'm off to check out the links to your WOW posts now! :)

  14. This book sounds good. I have been enjoying YA Historical Novels recently.


  15. i've been waiting on this one too!! i've heard its great!


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