Cover Art Coverage: 14 New Titles!!

January 25, 2012 Cover Art Coverage 7

Though I usually can’t stand when a model’s eye color is used as the accent, the Carrie Jones’s ENDURE is the beautiful exception that proves the rule. And though Abigail and I both love a man in a fitted t-shirt, cover model on Sylvia Day’s A HUNGER SO WILD earned two enthusiastic thumbs up.  We didn’t agree on whether the high impact colors in BOUND deserved a thumbs up or a thumbs down, but RENEGADE’s trippy wonderland palette worked for us both.
 

 

 
Tainted Night, Tainted Blood by E. S. Moore

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  • Series: Kat Redding #2
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I like the color and lighting on this cover, the red looks foreboding without going over the top.  A little more stylized than cover #1, but this one looks great, too. Not quite as striking as the debut, but I love that she is wearing actual clothes that would let her do some serious damage with that sword.  I wonder if that’s the same character though?
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To Walk the Night (Kat Redding...

 

 

Darkness Becomes Her by Jaime Rush

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  • Series: Offspring #6 
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I like the use of light, it even makes the orange text work.  As nice as those forearms and t-shirt are, they don’t make up for the  “What’s that smell” facial expression. This series has been all over the place cover – wise, but I hope they keep this style.  This is what I like to see on PNR covers.  He is much hotter w/ the black t-shirt than he would be bare chested.  No cheese factor here at all.
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A Perfect Darkness (Offspring,...Out of the Darkness (Offspring...Touching Darkness (Offspring,...Burning Darkness (Offspring, #...Beyond the Darkness (Offspring...

 

 

The Eldritch Conspiracy by Cat Adams

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“We’re VERY (SUPER, AMAZINGLY) excited to show you a sneak peek of our next cover! THE ELDRITCH CONSPIRACY. Isn’t it incredible!? We just love this artist and model. She looks so very . . . Celia in this pose. Just exactly how we think of her.” – C. T. Adams

  • Series: Blood Singer #5 
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THE ISIS COLLAR started the trend to much more specific covers for this series, and I like that direction.  This cover is all about Celia, and that works for me. Love the daggers on her wrists & the lighting is beautiful. I do wish the entire series had unified covers, but I do like the direction they’ve gone with these last two.
Previous Covers in This Series

Blood Song (Blood Singer, #1)Siren Song (Blood Singer, #2)Demon Song (Blood Singer, #3)The Isis Collar (Blood Singer,...

 

 

Hearts of Fire & Hearts of Darkness by Kira Brady

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Hearts of Fire is the prequel novella of the Deadglass Trilogy, which will debut in July as ebook only.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the first of a dazzling new romantic trilogy, one woman’s courageous search plunges her into a millennia-old supernatural war—and an irresistible passion…

Nurse Kayla Friday has dedicated her life to science and reason. But for her, Seattle is a place of eerie loss and fragmented, frightening memories. And now the only clue to her sister’s murder reveals a secret battle between two ancient mythologies…and puts Kayla in the sights of lethally-sexy werewolf mercenary Hart. He’ll do whatever it takes to obtain the key to the Gate of the Land of the Dead and free what’s left of his soul. But seducing the determined Kayla is putting them at the mercy of powerful desires neither can control. And as the clock ticks down to hellish catastrophe, the untested bond between Kayla and Hart may lead to the ultimate sacrifice.

“I am so excited to announce my very first covers!!!” – Kira Brady

  • Series: Deadglass #0.5 & #1 
  • Artist: N/A
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  • Publisher: Zebra
  • Release Date: July & August 1, 2012
  • Source: Author’s Blog

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The perspective on HEARTS OF FIRE is a little campy, but I love the street view on HEARTS OF DARKNESS.  This almost looks like the placeholder image that shows up *before* the final cover w/ the character front and center. There just isn’t anything here. And the little dragon graphic looks just the the one on Debra Cooke’s Dragon Diaries series.
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A Hunger So Wild by Sylvia Day

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Sylvia Day draws us back into the shadows of a seductive underworld where lycans, vampires and angels vie for supremacy…

Elijah Reynolds is the most dominant of lycans, a rare Alpha whose skill on the hunt is surpassed only by his primal sexuality. When the lycans revolt due to the iron fist of angelic rule, he steps into command, becoming both enemy and coveted ally in the conflict between vampires and angels.

Vashti is the second most powerful vampire in the world, a lethal beauty with a path of devastation in her wake. Tasked with proposing an alliance between vampires and the lycans who killed her mate, Vash approaches Elijah, whose need to avenge a friend demands Vash’s death even as his passion demands her surrender. More…

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  • Series: Renegade Angels #1
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Mmm, mmm, mmm.  It’s like
Bruce Banner and Sam Winchester had a love child.  Despite my usual stance on shirtless covers (and soul patches), this one is working for me.  The glow on his shoulders alone is worth the price of admission.
Tony Mauro did the art for the first cover & I think this is his work again.  The glow is beautifully conveyed, and the scratches=werewolves is there, which is accurate, so, overall, nice.
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A Touch of Crimson (Renegade A...

 

 

Ironskin by Tina Connolly

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2012 by Tor Books                     Ironskin (Ironskin #1) by Tina Connolly

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Jane Eliot wears an iron mask.

It’s the only way to contain the fey curse that scars her cheek. The Great War is five years gone, but its scattered victims remain — the ironskin.

Now Jane returns to the war-torn country to help a fey-cursed child. Helping the unruly Dorie suppress her curse is hard enough — she certainly didn’t expect to fall for the girl’s father, the enigmatic artist Mr. Rochart. But her blossoming crush is stifled by her own scars, and by his parade of women. Ugly women, who enter his closed studio — and come out as beautiful as the fey. More…

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  • Series: Ironskin #1
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The description alone would be enough to pull me in on this cover, but I love the use of light and fog as well. Wow is this beautiful.  Before I read the description, I thought this would be Grecian based on her dress, but I’m now very curious to find out what’s under her mask.
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Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones

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April 3rd 2012 by St. Martin's Press                   Death and the Girl Next Door (Darklight #1) by Darynda Jones

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Things get turned upside down for sophomore Lorelei MacAlister when the Angel of Death starts high school in her small town. What she doesn’t know is that she has been slated to die. It’s simply her time. And Death has been sent to do the deed. But when she touches him, when she peers into his eyes and reaches into his heart, he realizes she is more than what he was led to believe, and he disobeys his orders. He brings her back from the brink of death when he was supposed to push her into it. Because of this, he gets trapped on this plane. And that’s when all hell breaks loose. Literally.

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  • Series: Darklight #1 
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Oh boy.  The lighting on all three heads don’t even remotely match, wh
ich is bad enough, but the expression on the center girl completely freaks me out.  She’s like a reptilian Emma Stone.
Nothing special here. I would have loved to see something like the Personal Demons series covers by Lisa Desrochers. This just doesn’t look like it was made by a big publishing house (and it was).
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The Highgate Vampire by Asa Bailey

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July 7th 2012 by Hodder Children's Books                 The Highgate Vampire by Asa Bailey

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Kathy is an innocent, an outsider who longs to belong somewhere. Anywhere. Dreams of her half-sister Amber and of the centuries old Highgate Vampire are taking her to places she doesn’t want to go. Kathy can’t stop the sequence of events. If her nightmares and reality collide, the Highgate Vampire will come to take her soul…

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I love the contrast colors on this one, her eye is riveting and her hair makes a great backdrop for the title. Love the simple bold colors and the way her hair almost looks alive.
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Rebel Heart by Moira Young

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October 30th 2012 by Margaret K. McElderry                Rebel Heart (Dust Lands #2) by Moira Young    

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The Tonton have been defeated. Lugh has been rescued. The heartstone has brought Saba and Jack together. Now, Saba and her family head west to meet him and start a new life. All should be well.  But shadows of the dead are stalking Saba.  And another kind of shadow is creeping over the dustlands.  Then a messenger shows up. With news of Jack.

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  • Series: Dust Lands #2 
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Love the silhouette, but but I thought the title was “Dust Lands”, not REBEL HEART. Mysterious and alluring. The pose is so strong, yet the way he’s looking back adds that touch of vulnerability. I really love this.
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Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1...

 

 

Dark Heart Surrender by Lee Monroe

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April 5th 2012 by Hodder Children's Books                  Dark Heart Surrender (Dark Heart Forever #3) by Lee Monroe

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ONE GIRL. TWO WORLDS. SHATTERED. Jane’s world has changed now that Luca, love of her live, inhabits it, and she’s happier than she ever thought she could be. But how can a werewolf survive in the real world? When an immortal lives in the mortal world, the natural order of things must change. And what seems perfect, becomes destructive. They’ve overcome different worlds. But nothing could prepare Jane for this …

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  • Series: Dark Heart Forever #3
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The blue and red on prior covers worked as accent colors on the dark background, but this seafoam looks very out of place.  It also looks out of place next to the magenta author text. The covers from this series are all stunning, so even though this one is my least favorite (it’s missing the really strong Gothic vibe that the others had), it’s still really beautiful.  I feel sad just looking at them, which is what the artist wanted to convey. Plus the shade of blue for her dress is striking.
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Dark Heart Forever (Dark Heart...Dark Heart Rising

 

 

Bound by Erica O’Rourke

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Tangled

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  • Series: Torn Trilogy #3 
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There are too many conflicting accent colors on this one, and the branches combined with creepy fingers and vacant expression make this a cover that tries too hard. Finally a decent cover for this series!  I am not a fan of the first two covers (still have no idea how they relate to the actual stories), but the books themselves are great.  I like the branches here, and while it’s still not a ‘wow’ cover, wow is it an improvement.
Previous Covers in This Series

Torn (Torn Trilogy, #1)Tangled (Torn Trilogy, #2)

 

 

Endure by Carrie Jones

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It’s all-out war (and no-holds-barred romance) in the climactic conclusion to Carrie Jones’s bestselling series.

Zara is at the center of an impending apocalypse. True, she’s successfully rescued Nick from Valhalla, but it simply isn’t enough. Evil pixies are ravaging Bedford, and they need much more than one great warrior; they need an army. Zara isn’t sure what her role is anymore. She’s not just fighting for her friends; she’s also a pixie queen. And to align her team of pixies with the humans she loves will be one of her greatest battles yet. Especially since she can’t even reconcile her growing feelings for her pixie king . . .

Unexpected turns, surprising revelations, and one utterly satisfying romantic finale make Endure a thrilling end to this series of bestsellers.

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  • Series: Need #4 
  • Artist: N/A
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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books
  • Release Date: May 8, 2012
  • Source: Author’s Blog

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Eye color is something that has to be done right, and I think this cover is a great example of success.  This gold combined with the filigree in the background looks otherworldly and not overdone. This isn’t my favorite cover from this series (not loving the filigree), but I really appreciate that they all ‘go’ together enough for a thumbs up.
Previous Covers in This Series

Need (Need, #1)Captivate (Need, #2)Entice (Need, #3)

 

 

Renegade by J. A. Souders

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Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has been trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes all her life she’s thought that everything was perfect; her world. Her people. The Law.

But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into their secluded little world, she’s forced to come to a startling realization: everything she knows is a lie. Her memories have been altered. Her mind and body aren’t under her own control. And the person she knows as Mother is a monster.

Together with Gavin she plans her escape, only to learn that her own mind is a ticking time bomb… and Mother has one last secret that will destroy them all.

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  • Series: N/A
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  • Publisher: Tor
  • Release Date: 2012 
  • Source: Mundie Moms

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Though the colors are over the top, I think this works together.  ALICE IN WONDERLAND meets Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. The image is on the small size, so it’s a little hard to see all the details. It’s pretty and the colors are rich and vibrant, but I don’t see the connection to the description at all.
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7 Responses to “Cover Art Coverage: 14 New Titles!!”

  1. Stephsco

    I really like the Highgate Vampire cover, it's a little different than everything that's out now in a good way. I really liked O'Rourkes Torn, but this latest cover is kind of strange.

  2. the epic rat

    I love Ironskin's cover – and the story sounds sooo good!

    I love a good series, but I hate when they change cover designs in the middle of it (unless, of course, the change is for the better! although sometimes I prefer the old covers).

  3. Tamlyn

    I think some of the comments are mixed up. Or possibly the thumbs – ie Ironskin has a thumbs down from Abigail, but it's her best pick (I can't see any comments), and Dark Heart Surrender has Julia with thumbs up, bad comment, and Abigail with thumbs down, good comment.

    It's probably not important, it just confused me a little :)

  4. Julia

    Good eye, Tamlyn, looks like an older draft got published (those were default thumbs, not a change of heart).

  5. Julia

    Losing a good cover scheme can be the *most* frustrating thing in the world, I can only imagine how the author feels. I hate it when the theme changes mid-stream, too, though I usually just cross my fingers and hope that they re-pub the earlier books in the new style.

  6. Julia

    I think the style of HIGHGATE VAMPIRE really fits the subject, though it will be interesting to actually read a copy to see if the tone matches up. And we're entirely in agreement on BOUND. Sometimes a cover looks better in person, but the model's expression doesn't work at all for me.

  7. Abigail

    Yep, it looks like a few thumbs down should have been thumbs up. You can tell from the comments which we liked and didn't. Thanks for mentioning the discrepancy :)