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This week we could have really used the neutral hand, as there were a few covers that fell right in the middle of the road for me.  Luckily, Anne Greenwood Brown’s DEEP BETRAYAL is both gorgeous and exciting, I can’t wait to read the sequel to Brown’s wonderful LIES BENEATH.  Are there any covers that whetted your appetite for a book coming this year or next? *NOTE FROM ABIGAIL* We’ll be officially adding a neutral thumb next week :)

Pivot Point by Kasie West

Pivot Point

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Expected publication: February 12, 2013 by HarperTeen | Source: Young Adult Books Central
  

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Reminiscent of the movie Sliding Doors, Pivot Point is about a girl who has the power to Search alternate futures. When faced with a life changing decision, she lives out six weeks of two different lives (in alternating chapters), both holding the potential for love and loss, and must ultimately choose which path she is willing to live through.

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I’m a fan of these reflection style covers, especially when they suit the story as this one does. I would definitely pick this up in a store to find out more. This is a style/approach that is pretty common in YA, and this instance is pretty forgettable. Nice reflection use. Are those supposed to be bubbles or light reflecting?

Rise (Eve #3) by Anna Carey

Rise (Eve, #3)

Expected publication: April 2013 by HarperCollins | Source: Bloody Bookaholic
  

Previous Eve Covers

Eve (Eve, #1) Once (Eve, #2)

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I didn’t realize this was a new cover at first. I thought it was one of the previous books. Probably not a good sign. I’d go neutral if I could. Is she sitting in railroad tracks?  Eep!  Gorgeous colors, love the title font. Pretty looking but why is she on train tracks? Get off of the tracks! I like the title design.

The Asylum Interviews: Trixie (The Asylum Tales #0.5) by Jocelynn Drake


Expected publication: September 4, 2012 by HarperCollins | Source: Author’s Blog
 

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The second of two prequel stories to Jocelynn Drake’s Angel’s Ink—the first novel in her new Asylum Tales series about a magical tattoo artist, Gage, and his friends: Trixie, a gorgeous elf who hides her true identity, and a hulking troll named Bronx.

“Isn’t she positively lovely?  I do so love my covers. Happiness really is a new book cover some days.  What I love even more is that the covers for Bronx and Trixie match! ” – Jocelynn Drake

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For a novella cover, great. She’s really working that aggressively sexy vibe. I’m not a big fan of the novella cover styles, they’re so stark and kind of trashy compared to the haunting vibe on ANGEL’S INK. Very cool. I love how the tattoos pop on these covers. The spray paint text of Trixi’s name is neat as well.

Split at the Seams (Sierra Fox #2) by Yolanda Sfetsos

Expected publication: August 28, 2012 by Samhain | Source: Wicked Little Pixie
  

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Spook catcher Sierra Fox has paid her debt to the Spook Catcher Council.  Life should be easier.  Except everything is going to the dogs – or the demons, as the case may be.  Her boyfriend Jonathan is acting like a possessive jerk.  She can’t stop drooling over Jason, her hunky, injured houseguest, who turns out to be a werewolf.  To top it off, something seriously freaky is happening to spooks all over Sydney.

Prime example: a ghost who wants to hire her fades while inside her office, and some they’re disappearing all over Sydney – sucked out of existence.  When Sierra finds out who’s behind it, it’s more than just her own life at stake.

As the problems continue to mount, keeping her head abovve water is a daily battle.  Add a stalking, feral animal who is determined to take a piece out of her hide – literally – and life is anyting but a bunch of buttercups.  Especially when those around her start dropping their facades.

Eventually, she knows, the dust will settle.  Only this time, life as she knew it may never be the same.

Warning: Spook catching: Do not try this at home, if you’re under eighteen, or under the influence.  Must be prepared to fight off ghosts, demons, weird black dogs and sexy werewolves… Okay, maybe not the werewolf. 

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I think this is a nice progression for the series. Same model, but a much stronger cover overall. Wow, her posture and the way she’s holding that knife looks super creepy, I’m a fan. Very gritty feel.The orange and brown make it look like rust on the cover.

Earth Thirst (The Arcadian Conflict #1) by Mark Teppo

Cover Art: Cody Tilson

Expected publication: January 2013 by Night Shade | Source: Author’s Blog
  

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The Earth is dying. Humanity–over-breeding, over-consuming–is destroying the very planet they call home. Multinational corporations despoil the environment, market genetically-modified crops to control the food supply, and use their wealth and influence and private armies to crush anything, and anyone, that gets in the way of their profits. Nothing human can stop them.

But something unhuman might.

Once they did not fear the sun. Once they could breathe the air and sleep where they chose. But now they can rest only within the uncontaminated soil of Mother Earth–and the time has come for them to fight back against the ruthless corporations that threaten their immortal existence.

They are the last guardians of paradise, more than human but less than angels. They call themselves the Arcadians.

We know them as vampires . . .

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This looks like a graphic novel cover…it’s striking, but somehow dated feeling. Wow, that is a dark, frightening image.  I love how the characters’ heads form part of the skull. Nice skull cover.It looks like the middle guy is forming the skull’s nose hole and the other two the side parts of the skull. Creative technique.

Portlandtown by Rob DeBorde

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Expected publication: October 16, 2012 by St. Martin’s Press | Source: Author’s Blog
  

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Welcome to Portlandtown, where no secret is safe—not even those buried beneath six feet of Oregon mud.

Joseph Wylde isn’t afraid of the past, but he knows some truths are better left unspoken. When his father-in-law’s grave digging awakens more than just ghosts, Joseph invites him into their home hoping a booming metropolis and two curious grand twins will be enough to keep the former marshal out of trouble. Unfortunately, the old man’s past soon follows, unleashing a terrible storm on a city already knee deep in floodwaters. As the dead mysteriously begin to rise the Wyldes must find the truth before an unspeakable evil can spread across the West and beyond.

“I like it. A lot. And the process from concept to creation was painless. They took my suggestions, made some changes, and the end result is something everyone’s happy with. Shocking.” – Rob DeBorde

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Love this. The sinister monster movie feel is perfect and I love that he’s still got the noose hanging from his neck. I love this camera angle, and the gun on the zombie’s hip. It looks like they’re having a Old West showdown. I like the grittyness of this cover. It looks like it was drawn with pastels.

Dracula’s Secret (Blood Wings #1) by Linda Mercury

Dracula's Secret (Blood Wings, #1)

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Expected publication: July 19, 2012 by Kensington Publishing | Source: Submitted by the Author
 

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In a world where humans and paranormal creatures share an uneasy coexistence, Valerie Tate has a secret. Not only is she one of the last surviving vampires, she is also the Dracula of legend, having lived her life in disguise and eventually reverting to her natural, female form after going into exile during World War II.

On the eve of a historic paranormal summit in Portland, Valerie has come to the city with one sole goal: to kill her brother, vampire Radu Tepes. Radu is about to announce his candidacy for the office of President, but he has secret, sinister motives for his desire to become the first vampire president of the United States.

At the same time former Army chaplain Lance Soliel has opened the doors of his struggling homeless shelter to both humans and paranormals, a controversial move that attracts the scrutiny of the media and the ire of Radu. Targeted for death, Lance is rescued by Valerie. Despite their smoldering attraction Valerie does not want to be distracted from her goal, but when she realizes Lance can lead her to Radu she becomes his bodyguard. But not all is as it seems, for Lance is no ordinary human. He is actually a Fallen Angel with paranormal abilities of his own, abilities that he will have to rediscover in time to save both his life and Valerie’s.

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Not terrible for an ebook, but I expect more from Kensington The halo around them has me expecting a wall behind them, the city vista doesn’t look right. It looks like they are photoshopped onto the cover. Just not really feeling it.

Deep Betrayal (Lies Beneath #2) by Anne Greenwood Brown

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Expected publication: 2013 by Random House/Delacorte | Source: Author’s Blog
  

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It’s been thirty days, two hours, and seventeen minutes since Calder left Lily standing on the shores of Lake Superior. Not that she’s counting. And when Calder does return, it’s not quite the reunion Lily hoped for. Especially after she lets her father in on a huge secret: he, like Calder, is a merman. Obsessed with his new identity, Lily’s dad monopolizes Calder’s time as the two of them spend every day in the water, leaving Lily behind.

Then dead bodies start washing ashore. Calder blames his mermaid sisters, but Lily fears her father has embraced the merman’s natural need to kill. As the body count grows, everyone is pointing fingers. Lily doesn’t know what to believe—only that whoever’s responsible is sure to strike again. . .

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I’m missing the mermaid feel that the debut had because of the pose. I do like that the image is slightly distorted and that it feels somewhat tragic. Such a perfect cover for Lily’s book, I can’t wait for this one.  Gorgeous lighting and movement in the water, love it! I like how she is underwater. It fits with the description.

Sever (The Chemical Garden #3) by Lauren DeStefano

Sever (The Chemical Garden, #3)

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Expected publication: February 12, 2013 by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing | Source: USA Today Books
  

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What if you knew exactly when you would die? In the not-too-distant future, genetic engineering has turned every newborn into a ticking time bomb — males only live to age 25 and females only live to age 20.

In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out. When 16-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by “the Gatherers” to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Rhine has only one purpose after she has been married to her new husband, Linden: to escape and find her twin brother.

But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden’s eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant to whom she is dangerously attracted, Rhine is desperate to learn the truth and protect those closest to her. But, as her sister wife Cecily keeps insisting, her role may be much bigger than that.

In the first two books of the Chemical Garden trilogy, Wither and Fever, Rhine struggles to escape the mansion and then to navigate the brutal world outside. Now in Sever, the third and final book, Rhine uncovers some shattering truths about the past that her parents never had the chance to tell her and the alarming implications regarding her own genes. She may be the one who can save the human race.

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These covers are a hoarder’s dream. Make sure you click the cover to see the full jacket so, like me, you can pour over every object for clues about the story. I really love the style of these covers.  The green background is gorgeous, and I like the geometric overlay that highlights parts of the cover. I love the title design and her dress is very pretty. The all green background cover is a bit jarring though.

The 13th Sign by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb

Cover Designer: Rich Deas

Expected publication: January 8, 2013 by Feiwel & Friends | Source: Author’s Blog
  

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What if there was a 13th zodiac sign?

You’re no longer Sagittarius, but Ophiuchus, the healer, the 13th sign.

Your personality has changed. So has your mom’s and your best friend’s.

What about the rest of the world?

What if you were the one who accidentally unlocked the 13th sign, causing this world-altering change—and infuriating the other 12 signs?

Jalen did it, and now she must use every ounce of her strength and cunning to send the signs back where they belong. Lives, including her own, depend on it.

“Thank you, as always, to cover designer Rich Deas and the fantastic Feiwel & Friends team for knocking it out of the ballpark again!” – Kristin O’Donnell Tubb

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I always appreciate covers like this that let you discover something new every time you look at it. From the doll to the clock. Very interesting. I like the stark style, and all the little easter eggs hidden in this image.  The key, the snake, the poppets, very intriguing… I love this cover.The designs around the number 13 are a little creepy and I like how the number 1 is a key.

Undead and Underwater (Undead #11.5) by MaryJanice Davidson

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Expected publication: March 5, 2013 by Berkley Trade | Source: Wanton Thoughts & Wicked Scribes
 

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Undead and Unwed (Undead, #1) Undead and Unemployed (Unde... Undead and Unappreciated (U... Undead and Unreturnable (Un... Undead and Unpopular (Undea... Undead and Uneasy (Undead, #6) Undead and Unworthy (Undead... Undead and Unwelcome (Undea... Undead and Unfinished (Unde... Undead and Undermined (Unde... Undead and Unstable (Undead...

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My working title has been UNDEAD AND UNDERWATER, and there are three novellas.

The first (UNDEAD AND UNDERWATER) is the Betsy/Fred team-up I’ve been threatening…I mean, promising to do. (To paraphrase Stan Lee: Because no one demanded it!) Yes, the queen of the undead and the dour could’ve-been-a-princess mermaid reluctantly team up to help a mutual “friend”. Madison Fehr has gotten her silly self in a jam, and calls an old friend of the family for help (her mother and Betsy’s mother grew up together). From the beginning, Betsy and Fred recognize how absurd their team-up is (“My life is now a buddy movie. A bad one. Because of you, Betsy Taylor! I hold you entirely responsible!”). It doesn’t help that neither of them are cops or have any lawful authority. It also doesn’t help that neither believes in the other (“There’s no such things as–” “Mermaids?” “I was going to say vampires. But that works, too.”). And it absolutely doesn’t help that the reason they’ve been thrust together is because Madison Fehr has crappy taste in men. (Madison is the annoying intern readers met in SLEEPING WITH THE FISHES, the one who “rilly rilly” loves dolphins.) Luckily Fred’s old flame Prince Artur, who’s been spending a lot of time at the New England Aquarium, stands ready to help. “And by luckily,” Fred sighed, “I mean horribly.”

SUPER, GIRL! (I like how it emphasizes the importance of correct punctuation) is about Karen Kilher (“Your name is not Killer!” “The ‘h’ is silent, so relax.”), HR rep by day, super-hero also by day (and sometimes early evening, and occasionally mid-afternoons as well). When she’s not fighting crime, she’s helping fellow employees as best she can despite management’s plan to nickel-and-dime them to murder/suicide pacts (“Wow, they really leave the human out of Human Resources, don’t they?”). Ironically, she often has to write herself up for chronic tardiness, long lunches, and early departures (“Crime neither sleeps. And I guess I don’t either. Dammit.”), since you can’t plan for terrorists wanting to rob every SuperAmerica station in town. Karen was born with the ability to eat anything and convert it to energy: ice cream, granola, wrenches, ashes, steak, tacks, yogurt (“Ugh!”), sticks, tomatoes…like that. Her other power is her Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (“Of course scrubbing my kitchen floor with toothbrushes is an advantage! What ELSE would it be?”). Luckily the new hire is extremely cute, has a crush on Karen’s alter-ego, Meta-Girl (“Wait, you met a girl? Or Meta-Girl saved you?”), and thinks his new boss is great. It’s weird, though, how Karen keeps disappearing all the time…

The last story, CRYING WOLF (alternate title: END OF DAZE), is set twenty-five years in the future, and features Lara Wyndham (now Pack Leader on Cape Cod) struggling to lead her Pack through the tremendous upheaval caused by the Kardashian Riots of 2025. Her father, Michael Wyndham, isn’t dead, but caused an uproar by retiring (the only Pack Leader to ever do so; all others were killed in fights for dominance or died of natural causes) so Lara can learn how to lead while having the advantage of her father’s advice and wisdom. Naturally, some of the more die-hard Packers (heh…Packers…) find this unacceptable, and move to dispatch both the Usurper (as they refer to Lara), the Monkeylover (Michael), and the Skank (one guess, and Jeannie Wyndham doesn’t count). Meanwhile, she’s fending off the distractingly yummy advances of Jack Gardner, Derik and Sara’s son (we met them in DERIK’S BANE, and saw them again in UNDEAD AND UNWELCOME). Jack’s got his father’s alpha tendencies and his mother’s gift for landing in fabulous trouble. If Jack would just go away and let her work, Lara figures things would settle down. Or at least seem less weird. Yes, that’s the answer: Jack should leave and he should take his mouth with him, and his strong long-fingered hands, and his wonderful scent (“Cotton and…blueberries?” “I really love jam.”), and he should definitely take his heart-stoppingly fine ass somewhere else…anywhere else…

“My editor asked for a quick summary of the novellas in UNDEAD AND UNDERWATER, and I thought I’d show you guys, too. Enjoy!” – MaryJanice Davidson

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Never seen a Betsy cover like this. I’m not a fan of the plastic doll covers the series usually has, so I love that this is such a departure. Plus how fun is it going to be to read a Betsy/Fred crossover story? This cover creeps me out.  Her posture, and the side lacings of her bathing suit kind of looks like claws. Interesting bathing suit. I like the underwater theme.

Leopard’s Prey (Leopard People #6) by Christine Feehan

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Expected publication: December 24, 2012 by Jove | Source: Wanton Thoughts & Wicked Scribes
 

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#1 New York Times bestselling author “Christine Feehan knows how to weave a tale of action, suspense and paranormal passion” (Romance Junkies). Now, she’s back — and the New Orleans nights have never felt so torrid or so dangerous…

From a tough stint in the armed forces to stalking the unknown as a bayou cop, leopard-shifter Remy Boudreux has been served well by his uncanny gifts. And right now, New Orleans could use a homicide detective like Remy.

A serial killer is loose, snatching victims from the French Quarter with pitiless rage and unnatural efficiency. But something else is drawing Remy into the twilight — a beautiful jazz singer bathed night after night in a flood of blood-red neon.

Sultry, mysterious, and as seductive as her songs, she’s luring Remy deeper into the shadows than he ever imagined. And as their passions swell, his keen instinct for survival will be challenged like never before. By a killer — and by a woman.

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Bleh, cheesy and dated. Not a fan of the font either. The covers for this series have been all over the map, this newest iteration doesn’t work for me.  As much as I like how the latticed porches remind me of New Orleans, the model’s expression is kind of derpy, and all of these elements are too much. Not a fan of everything at an angle. It doesn’t look very much like a paranormal romance to me.

Iron’s Prophecy (The Iron Fey #4.5) by Julie Kagawa

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Expected publication: September 1, 2012 by Harlequin TEEN | Source: Author’s Blog
 

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Meghan Chase is finally getting used to being the Iron Queen, ruler of the Iron Fey. Her life may be strange, but with former Winter prince Ash by her side at last, she wouldn’t have it any other way.

But when they travel to the Summer and Winter courts’ gathering for Elysium, the oracle from Meghan’s past returns with a dire prophecy: “What you carry will either unite the courts, or it will destroy them.” Now Meghan faces a devastating choice that may determine the future of all fey—and her and Ash’s unborn child….

Dear readers:

This is Meghan and Ash’s last story, an e-novella that takes place after The Iron Knight and before The Lost Prince.  It will be available online (release date to-be-announced) and as part of The Iron Legends Anthology coming this fall.

One last adventure.

And the answer to the question: will Meghan and Ash finally get their happily ever after?

–Julie

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I know this is an ebook, but it looks unfinished with just the snake. Ok for a novella, I like the border curls.  The snake isn’t well integrated with the background, but its not too bad. I like the snake and the detailing in the corners.

The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) by Richelle Mead

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Expected publication: February 12, 2013 by Razorbill | Source: Author’s Blog
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“Cool, eh? We’ve already had a few questions about it, so let me clear some things up. First, this is an early version, so the tattooing hasn’t been added yet. It’ll come later, so don’t worry–it’s not some secret about the book. What is secret is who the guy on the left is. Lots of people have been asking…but well, you need to be surprised by some things! When the cover gets a few more tweaks and is in its final version, I have a feeling you’ll be able to figure it out. :)” – Richelle Mead

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Once again the title design is awesome. I love the calla lily flowers and I’m dying to know who the other guy is. I’m listening to the audiobook of THE GOLDEN LILY right now and completely caught up in this world. A little bare, but as this is just a prelim I imagine those little blending touches will come next.  The girl’s bright, pale complexion makes her bookend boys look a little out of place, I’d like to see their lighting look more uniform on the final version. It kind of continues the the theme in the series except there are three people on this cover. I like the flowers around the title.

Shattered Circle (Persephone Alcmedi #6) by Linda Robertson

Cover Art: Don Sipley

Expected publication: November 27, 2012 by Pocket Books | Source: Wanton Thoughts & Wicked Scribes
  

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After her werewolf boyfriend, Johnny, tried to kill her, Persephone Alcmedi finds herself in the comforting arms of powerful vampire Menessos. She’s trying to sort out her feelings for the two men, but not even Seph is above the confusion of tangled emotions. All Johnny wants to do is mend their relationship and reveal the life-altering news he’s recently received, but his new responsibilities as the werewolf king take up most of his time.

Does this mean Menessos can finally make his move?

Meanwhile, unknown to Seph, her beloved foster daughter, Beverley, has been playing with a magical artifact and making dubious friends on the other side. When Beverley disappears, Seph must seek help from a supernatural being so potent that even Menessos fears him…and such aid always comes with a very steep price.

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Big change this late in the series. I would never have guessed this was a Persephone book. It’s a little sexier than usual…not sure if that’s because of the story this time…? This is back to the style of the first covers (WICKED CIRCLE looked a little SciFi).  This is pure glamor UF, so glad she’s not in a bustier.  Well done. Very Urban Fantasy looking. I like the ‘sparkle-y” lights surrounding her. And I would like to have that dress….

Inhuman (Fetch #1) by Kat Falls

Inhuman (Fetch, #1)

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Expected publication: March 2013 by Scholastic | Source: Tez Says
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In a world ravaged by mutation, a teenage girl must travel into the forbidden Savage Zone to recover lost artifacts or her father’s life is forfeit.

America has been ravaged by a war that has left the eastern half of the country riddled with mutation. Many of the people there exhibit varying degrees of animal traits. Even the plantlife has gone feral.

Crossing from west to east is supposed to be forbidden, but sometimes it’s necessary. Some enter the Savage Zone to provide humanitarian relief. Sixteen-year-old Lane’s father goes there to retrieve lost artifacts–he is a Fetch. It’s a dangerous life, but rewarding–until he’s caught.

Desperate to save her father, Lane agrees to complete his latest job. That means leaving behind her life of comfort and risking life and limb–and her very DNA–in the Savage Zone. But she’s not alone. In order to complete her objective, Lane strikes a deal with handsome, roguish Rafe. In exchange for his help as a guide, Lane is supposed to sneak him back west. But though Rafe doesn’t exhibit any signs of “manimal” mutation, he’s hardly civilized . . . and he may not be trustworthy.

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Reminds me of Steve Stone’s covers. Love the jungle overtaken urban landscape in the background, and how resigned she looks. I would totally buy this just based on this cover alone. This cover has such a strong set of place, I love it.  I expect this model to go trail blazing off into the jungle. I like the golden sunset like hue on this cover. And she’s clothed in practical clothes which is always a nice thing to see.

Touched (Touched #1) by Corrine Jackson

Touched (Touched, #1)

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Expected publication: November 27, 2012 by Kensington Teen | Source: Goodreads
  

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Remy O’Malley heals people with touch—but every injury she cures becomes her own. Living in a household with an abusive stepfather, she has healed untold numbers of broken bones, burns,and bruises. And then one night her stepfather goes too far.

Being sent to live with her estranged father offers a clean start and she is eager to take it. Enter Asher Blackwell. Once a Protector of Healers, Asher sacrificed his senses to become immortal. Only by killing a Healer can a Protector recover their human senses. Falling in love is against the rules between these two enemies. Because Remy has the power to make Protectors human again, and when they find out, they’ll becoming for her—if Asher doesn’t kill her first.

This is Book One in the Touched trilogy.

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I’ve been waiting for this one after the  gorgeous GE cover was revealed awhile back. This is so generic/Twilight-y by comparison. Simple, but the lighting around these elements work well.  A nice example of not over reaching.  By keeping it simple and given each item proper spacing, they don’t compete. Love the rose in the the hands and the light shining out of the upper right corner

Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky #2) by Veronica Rossi

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Expected publication: January 8, 2013 by HarperCollins | Source: Author’s Blog
  

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“I’ve been staring (literally staring) at it for weeks. I’m so excited to finally share it with all of you!  I hope you love it as much as I do” – Veronica Rossi

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Big risk to switch to a male on the cover, but I love it. I fell in love with Perry in the debut, so if this means I’ll get even more of him in this book, I’m psyched. These covers don’t really work for me.  The models are the main focus, but they’re too small and “cat walk-esque” to be dramatic.  The titles are big, but so long they’re not particularly effective as a focus either… I like the blues and purples and the lines around the model are interesting. Its a very different tone to the previous cover. I like this one better.

Born of Fury (The League #6) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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Expected publication: 2013 by Grand Central Publishing | Source: The Bookoholic Zone
 

Previous The League Covers

Born of Night Born of Fire Born of Ice Born of Shadows Born of Silence

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The war is on…

Counted among the fiercest Andarion warriors ever born, Hauk is one of the five founding members of the Sentella- an organization that has declared war on the League that rules the Ichidian universe with an iron fist and terrifies it with an army of well-trained assassins. Hauk’s enemies are legion, but he fears nothing and no one. He will do whatever it takes to survive and protect his Sentella brethren.

Sumi Antaxas is one of the best assassins the League has ever trained. In her world, failure is not an option and she has never met a target she couldn’t execute. So when she’s assigned Hauk, she believes it’ll be a quick and easy mission.

But nothing is ever as simple as it seems, and Hauk is far better trained…

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Julia’s Thoughts 

Kristina’s Thoughts 

I need a neutral thumb. Nothing really stands out here. But it does fit with the series. I’m not a fan of this cover style, these swords aren’t distinct or interesting enough to carry the cover.  This cover in particular looks too stark at the moment, I hope they soften the edges or add an effect that makes the sword and background blend together more. It looks like the Thundercats sword! It looks like they switched themes for the covers of this series randomly. I like the different types of swords on each cover and hope they continue with this theme for the covers.

Rock On edited by Paula Guran

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Expected publication: October 2012 by Prime Books | Source: Publisher’s Website
  

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Kick out the jams with hot licks and fantastic riffs on rock and roll from the only kind of fiction that feeds the soul: science fiction and fantasy. Like rock, speculative fiction is larger than life and there’s no limit on where it can take you. Electrifying stories with the drive, the emotion, the heart of rock. Headliners, award winners, and rising stars take the stage with their greatest fictional hits. Find a place, grab some space…get ready to rock! Includes two original stories.

Contents (in alphabetical order):

Elizabeth Bear, “Hobnoblin Blues”: What if the trickster god Loki—who could sing gold from a dwarf, love from a goddess, troth from a giantess, bargain kidnapped goddesses away from giant captors, and blood-brotherhood from the All-Father—became a rock star?

Poppy Z. Brite, “Arise”: Cobb and Matthews are fictional renditions of Lennon and McCartney. Cobb, who faked his death years before to escape fame, hears Matthews has died of cancer. But the “death” turns out to be a creative resurrection.

Edward Bryant, “Stone” (Nebula Award winner; Hugo nominated):
Stim music: the empathy of the star performer feeds the wired-in audience and the audience feeds it back to the performer. But how far can it go?

Pat Cadigan, “Rock On”: In the near future, rock ’n’ roll faces extinction. Only those who’ve experienced the real thing via neural interface can keep it alive.

Lawrence C. Connolly “Mercenary”
 (Original): Bobbie Silver turns up to play and Silverheads—musicians and fans—gather at secret concerts. The music seems to bring hope and joy to a hopeless, joyless world, but not all see it that way. Online warnings of hidden threats and secret agendas…and perhaps the sources themselves…disappear.

Bradley Denton “We Love Lydia Love”
: To what lengths will the industry go to keep a rock megastar producing platinum? How far will a musician go to get a recording contract?

Elizabeth Hand “The Erl-King” (World Fantasy Award Nominee, Novella):
Linette, the daughter of a survivor of the glitterati Warhol set of the 70s, meets a reclusive former rock star who her mother once knew. He can see magical beings through the windows of his mansion, and these are dark creatures indeed…

Del James “Mourningstar” 
(Original): Fearing he will lose his guitarist, the lead singer of a band dedicated to darkness is determined his desires will be fulfilled and no sacrifice is too great.

Graham Joyce “Last Rising Son”: Two young people, an old blues song about doom updated, and a haunted Wurlitzer.

Greg Kihn “Then Play On“: Sometimes a guitar player’s fingers hurt so bad you can’t play, but you still gotta play. One night Charlie appears, playing a harmonica, and a guitarist’s prayers are answered…maybe “prayers” isn’t the right word, though…

Marc Laidlaw “Wunderkindergarten”: “Like a monster movie in which the monster gets to tap dance to rock. Only more so.“

Caitlín R. Kiernan “Paedomorphosis”: Annie plays in the band, TranSister, but when she visits a member of the rock band Seven Deadlies (who practice—loudly—next door), she discovers a really weird scene.

Charles de Lint “That Was Radio Clash”: In a salute to the Clash’s Joe Strummer, a story about making the right choices, taking chances—maybe getting a second chance—and a little bit of wish fulfillment.

Graham Masterton “Voodoo Child”: Jimi Hendrix is long dead, but there he is in London, recognized by an old friend. The man who wrote and performed “Voodoo Chile” had more acquaintance with certain strange rituals than we knew.

Alastair Reynolds “At Budokan”: Starts with a nightmare about being crushed to death by a massive robot version of James Hetfield of Metallica fame and ends with a Tyrannosaurus rex playing a Gibson Flying V.

David J. Schow “Odeed”: Nihilism, anarchy, audiences gone wild—it’s all rock’n’roll, right? Then one night the band Gasm takes it all the way…the true power of rock literally annihilates.

Lewis Shiner “Jeff Beck”: Blue-collar Felix loves Jeff Beck. When he takes an unusual new drug he makes a wish: “I want to play guitar like Jeff Beck.” We all know to be careful what we wish for…

John Shirley “Freezone”: Rick Rickenharp is a retro-rocker in a near-future cyberpunk world of warring corporations and multi-cultural chaos.

Lucius Shepard “…How My Heart Breaks When I Sing This Song…”: Rock returns to a post-semi-apocalyptic world in the form of an android with the memories of a long-dead musician. Haunted when he was alive, in his present form, his is a tortured soul.

Norman Spinrad “The Big Flash”
 (Nebula Nominee, Novelette ): Rock and roll and a secret Pentagon propaganda campaign get way out of hand. A tour-de-force of style with multiple viewpoints.

Bruce Sterling “We See Things Differently”
: A future America—with nothing much left except pop culture to sell—seen from the perspective of an Arab visitor. Tom Boston is a famous rock star and demagogue whose tour he covers for Al-Ahram

Michael Swanwick “The Feast of Saint Janis”
 (Nebula Nominee, Novelette): A vistor from New Africa visit a future America in which Janis Joplin is worshiped as a goddess made flesh, with all the power and pitfalls that accompany the role.

F. Paul Wilson “Bob Dylan, Troy Johnson, and the Speed Queen”: Man from the future goes back to the sixties, thinking he can use his knowledge of the history of rock to become part of its heyday as a rock star. Things, of course, do not go as planned.

Howard Waldrop “Flying Saucer Rock and Roll”:
 A brilliant celebration of the underdog and a capella do-wop rock…with UFOs.

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Abigail’s Thoughts 

Julia’s Thoughts 

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Perfect cover for this title. I’m totally digging the subtle 80’s vibe too I’m not wild about the blue neon title, but I love the lighting and expression on this model.  She looks sensual and rock awesome. Very cool. She really loves her guitar I see. Though I don’t get a sci-fi or fantasy vibe from this cover.

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