Zenn Scarlett is a bright and occasionally a-little-too-smart-for-her-own-good 17-year-old girl training hard to become an exoveterinarian. She specializes in the treatment of exotic alien life forms, mostly large and generally dangerous. Her novice year of training at the Ciscan Cloister Exovet Clinic on Mars was going well - until there are a series of inexplicable animal escapes from the school that Zenn finds herself blamed for. As if this isn't enough to be dealing with, her father vanishes under strange circumstances, and Zenn is worried that she has started hearing the thoughts of the creatures around her...With the help of Liam, a towner boy, and Hamish, an alien bug also training at the clinic, Zenn must try to find her father, rescue the animals and unravel the mystery of who is behind the attacks on the school. And all without failing her first year.
This is the first time I've heard of Zenn Scarlett but based on the summary, my interest is totally piqued. Normally I don't go for space stories (with the very notable exception of Beth Revis's Across the Universe trilogy) but there's something about this one that has me curious. The story seems not to fall into the typical pigeonholes of space fantasy -- falling civilizations and apocalyptic failures abound. No, this one is about a girl who wants to become an alien vet? That's super cool.
As for the cover: from a graphic artist's POV, I'm really liking the space theme and coloring. I think the text is a bit too plain, but it definitely screams "READ ME, I'M UBER AWESOME".
Zenn Scarlett releases in May 2013 from Strange Chemistry. You can add it to your Goodreads shelf here.