NIL by Lynne Matson Cover Reveal and Giveaway – Take Two!

Remember when I revealed the cover for Lynne Matson’s NIL a few months ago? I’m thrilled to be revealing it… again! The awesome people at Macmillan have come forth with a new cover, and I must say, I love this even more than the first.

Here’s a little message from Macmillan about the new cover:

Back in July, the cover for Lynne Matson’s NIL (March 2014) was revealed here on Icey Books. Since then, we at MacKidsBooks had a new vision for the cover for this creepy good book. The result is this spooky blue cover! April Ward, the designer, had this to say: “With this new cover I wanted to shift the focus from the characters to the island itself. I kept the swirling tallymarks that represent the passing time and wormhole (and also ties in to the interior design.) The color palette is more sophisticated for the YA age group, and the bubbles are intended to suggest the darkness and danger that surround the island…lurking and threatening. We wanted the new cover to be beautiful enough to reflect the romance angle, but also menacing.” We hope you love the new cover as much as we do!

Thank you again Hafsah for hosting!

You are SO welcome ;) Never heard of NIL? Here’s what it’s about. Then, check out the awesome cover and be sure to enter to win an ARC plus swag!

On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have exactly 365 days to escape—or you die.

Seventeen-year-old Charley doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t even know where she is. The last thing she remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, she’s naked in an empty rock field.

Lost and alone, Charley finds no sign of other people until she meets Thad, the gorgeous leader of a clan of teenage refugees. Soon Charley learns that leaving the island is harder than she thought . . . and so is falling in love. With Thad’s time running out, Charley realizes that she has to find a way to beat the clock, and quickly.

Lynne Matson

Lynne is a former attorney who thinks writing books for teens is much more fun. :) Her debut novel, NIL, a YA thriller with a SF twist, will be published by Macmillan/Henry Holt on March 4, 2014. When she’s not writing or reading, you’ll find her hanging out with her husband and their 4 boys, usually at the beach. Cookies are her kryptonite, especially thin mints.

And now for the cover! What do you think?


Compared to the old one:

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Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    December 19, 2013

    I love the new cover!

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    December 19, 2013

    I’m really loving the new cover, maybe because my favourite colours blue? Probably, but blue covers always look pretty. :)

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    December 19, 2013

    I love the cover! And the book looks very interesting. :D I’d love to win it.

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    December 19, 2013

    I love the new cover. Way better =)

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    Lena Marsteller

    December 19, 2013

    I love the dark blue sea, and how the title gets blurry underneath the ocean!! awesome new cover!! thank you for showing us!

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    Stephanie Diaz

    December 19, 2013

    I love this so much!! Such a creepy tagline!

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    December 19, 2013

    This cover is AWESOME! I love how the title looks like it’s drowning, and the tagline… SPOOKY.

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    December 19, 2013

    I like it a lot more!! The coloring suits the cover better.

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    December 19, 2013

    Love it….both are nice, but the new one is mt favorite of the two…dyinfg to read it!!!
    Thanks for the giveaway!!!!

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    December 19, 2013

    Phew! Tried to comment earlier but it wouldnt let me! Love the new cover! Especially the color and how the title floats in the middle of the water line! :)

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    December 19, 2013

    I’m in love with this new cover!

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    Vannah Batista

    December 19, 2013

    OMG, OMG!! I LOVE the cover!! Its so different and refreshing!! I can’t WAIT to read this book! It’s definitely one of my MOST anticipated books of 2014!!!

    Thanks for the awesome Cover Reveal and for the chance to win!!! :D

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    Eli Madison

    December 19, 2013

    New cover looks awesome… Looking forward to NIL even more now!

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    Mandie Baxter

    December 20, 2013

    The first one was pretty but the new with the blue really stands out. Gorgeous!!!

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    Lynne Matson

    December 20, 2013

    Thanks for all the NIL cover love y’all! I’m so glad y’all love the new design too–I can’t stop staring at it.:)

    And thank you Hafsah, for hosting my reveal not once, but TWICE! You’re amazing!

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    December 20, 2013

    The scratch marks of counting gives a creepy feel to it and they really stand out against the blue because I never noticed them on the first cover.

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    Jaime Lester

    December 20, 2013

    Thank you so much for the giveaway! This book sounds great and I can’t wait to have the chance to read it. As far as the covers go, I like the new cover but I think the old cover is better. I really liked it.

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    Mary H

    December 20, 2013

    I also prefer this cover to the original. I’m a big fan of blue. :)

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    Holly Letson

    December 21, 2013

    While I do like both of the covers, I really prefer the colors of the newest one.

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    December 21, 2013

    I think the new cover is way better than the previous one. I think it’d appeal to both boys and girls, which I really appreciate as a middle school language arts teacher.

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    December 21, 2013

    I liked the old one, but the blue of the new cover is pretty. It does match the book a little more with it showing more of a beach scene.

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    December 21, 2013

    I also like how the font used for the author’s name and the teaser phrase is cool since it looks like the hash marks almost. NIL is a GREAT book.

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    December 22, 2013

    Very nice! I love the font underwater! :D

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    April Books & Wine

    December 22, 2013

    I like the new one — it feels less busy, ya know?

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    Lynne Matson

    December 22, 2013

    Thank you all for the comments! Karin, I’m SO glad you enjoyed NIL! And that you like the cover–since you’ve read it, I love that you feels it fits the story. I do too! And April–yes, less busy! Exactly! I feel the same. I feel like I can get lost in this cover…pun not intended–at least not at first!– but it’s so true!

    And Franny-thank you! I love your cover insight from the teacher perspective!

    Thank you to EVERYONE who took the time to comment! :) Good luck in the giveaway! :)

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    Rosie @ Paper Town

    December 23, 2013

    Wow, the new cover looks so amazing! I’d love to win it :)

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    December 23, 2013

    I really like the new cover..looks intriguing!

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    Sallie M.

    December 26, 2013

    I love the new cover, but I did like the original too. I love how the title is half under water, it looks pretty creepy/cool!

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    Miss Wisp

    December 26, 2013

    The cover is awesome! I recently heard about this book. Sounds SO GOOD! Thanks so much for this opportunity.

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    Ariel T

    December 29, 2013

    I like both the old and the new one! But I like the font of the new one better. NIL looks really good though! I can’t wait to read it.

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    Jessica C.

    December 29, 2013

    I liked the first cover but the new one is so great. It really shows off the story. Can’t wait to read it!

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    Jessica L. Brooks

    December 30, 2013

    The new one is GORGEOUS! I feel like I know a lot more about it just by looking at this cover! Congrats, Lynne!

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    Stephanie @ Inspiring Insomnia

    December 31, 2013

    The new cover has more of an eerie, and less of a tropical, feel. But I’m sure the story will be wonderful regardless. :)