Cover Art Coverage: 14 New Titles!

August 22, 2012 Cover Art Coverage 9

Cover Art Coverage

It’s so hard seeing the cover art for a much anticipated book without getting to hold the book in your hands… seeing the cover for Kim Harrison’s EVER AFTER is probably going to send me back to my shelves for the annual re-read of Rachel Morgan’s adventures.  Of course, seeing the kick-butt cover for HOT BLOODED reminded me that there are some series that I’m already falling behind on.  Based on Abigail’s review teaser below, it sounds like FULL BLOODED was pretty great!

Two Ravens and One Crow (Iron Druid Chronicles #4.5) by Kevin Hearne

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: September 4th 2012 by Del Rey

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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Atticus O’Sullivan is back in an all-new, action-packed, laugh-out-loud novella from the author of The Iron Druid Chronicles. Two-thousand-year-old Atticus may have outwitted and outfought everyone from Odin to Bacchus, but in this eBook original, he’s about to discover what comes around when you go around messing with gods.

Six years into the training of his beautiful apprentice, Granuaile, a large crow swoops down and transforms into none other than the Morrigan, a goddess who insists that Atticus come with her at once. He must leave his apprentice behind, along with his Irish wolfhound, Oberon—and he must also leave his sword. The Morrigan has always taken extreme pleasure in pronouncing the Druid’s mortal danger and imminent doom, so the fact that she won’t reveal the purpose of their journey makes him very nervous. Of course, any time the Celtic Chooser of the Slain drops in unannounced, it’s never good. When she does let slip that she’ll be saving his life in the near future, Atticus is left to wonder . . . will he soon be giving his legions of enemies something to crow about?

Includes a preview of Kevin Hearne’s highly anticipated new novel in The Iron Druid Chronicles, Trapped!

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Abigail’s Thoughts 

Very reminiscent of the first three covers–which I love. Really love that the publisher created a complete cover even for a novella.

Julia’s Thoughts 

An awesome cover for a novella, does a great job matching the series.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

I love how he is doing a different sword holding pose in each cover. He hasn’t duplicated a pose yet! I like the light surrounding his head on each of the covers.

Breath (Riders of the Apocalypse #4) by Jackie Morse Kessler

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: June 4th 2013

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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Hunger (Riders of the Apoca... Rage (Riders of the Apocaly... Loss (Riders of the Apocaly...

Contrary to popular belief, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse aren’t just harbingers of doom—they actually keep life in balance. But what happens when their leader and creator, Death, becomes suicidal?

Before the first living thing drew its first gasping breath, he was there. He has watched humanity for millennia. And he has finally decided that humanity is not worth the price he has paid time and again. When Death himself gives up on life, a teenager named Xander Atwood is the world’s only hope. But Xander bears a secret, one that may bring about the end of everything.

This heart-pounding final installment of the Riders of the Apocalypse series looks at the value of life, the strength of love, and how a small voice can change everything . . . forever.

“**happy dance**” – Jackie Morse Kessler

Abigail’s Thoughts 

A colorful departure from the previous covers, but the details are beautiful…wish there was a bigger image.

Julia’s Thoughts 

The gold is a much brassier look than prior covers, I’m not a huge fan.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

That mobeus strip or infinity symbol(?) is a nice touch. I like the detailing on that symbol too.

Hot Blooded (Jessica McClain #2) by Amanda Carlson

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: April 23rd 2013 by Orbit

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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Full Blooded (Jessica McCla...

It hasn’t been the best week for Jessica McClain.

Her mate has been kidnapped by a Goddess hell-bent on revenge — but Jessica is playing for keeps.

Because she’s the only female werewolf in town…it comes with its own set of rules…and powers.

Aided by two vamps, two loyal Pack members, and one very reluctant human, Jessica must rescue her man while coming to terms with what being a wolf really means.

All in a day’s work for a girl.

The second novel in the Jessica McClain series is a full on action adventure featuring one angry Goddess and plenty of monsters, demons, and a few newly risen beasties…

I love my new cover! It’s AWESOME! I’m so excited to share it with the world. Let me know what you think! HOT BLOODED hits shelves April, 2013!” – Amanda Carlson

Abigail’s Thoughts 

I already read FULL BLOODED (review coming next month, but it was awesome), so I’m a little biased, but I love this. The visual nods to her shapeshifting ability are perfectly communicated and her ready-for-a-fight stance is spot on. I can’t quite make out what she’s holding in her hand..is it a dagger?

Julia’s Thoughts 

They do such a great job with light and motion in these covers.  I love the claw marks on her cheek, they almost look like make-up.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Wow! I love the orange moon and the glow it gives the model. Nice touch with the claw marks on the tree mirroring the claw marks on her face. Her violet glowing eyes are awesome as well. Love the title font in this series!

Dance of Shadows (Dance of Shadows #1) by Yelena Black

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: November 27th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books

Source: Goodreads

 

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Vanessa Adler isn’t so sure she really belongs at the School of American Ballet. But dance runs in her family. It’s been a part of her life for as long as she can remember. Her grandmother and mother were prima ballerinas, and her older sister Margaret was, too. That is, until Margaret mysteriously disappeared from school three years ago. Vanessa is heir to the family’s gift and the only person who can fulfill her sister’s destiny. She has no choice.

But she never could have guessed how dangerous the school is. The infamous choreographer, Josef, isn’t just ruthless with his pupils, he guards a sinister secret, one in which the school’s dancers—prized for their beauty, grace, and discipline—become pawns in a world of dark, deadly demons.

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail’s Thoughts 

This is all kinds of pretty. The blood red petals against her snow white skin is so striking. Really beautiful.

Julia’s Thoughts 

I’m not real sold on the petals (it’s hard to tell if they’re going up or down), but I love her hair streaming back and her long, long legs.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Flower petal dress! I love the effect of the dress though I hope the petals are falling onto her and not up and away. The title font is very pretty and elegant. It fits with the ballarina shoes on this cover.

Cold Days (The Dresden Files #14) by Jim Butcher

Cover Art: Chris McGrath

Expected publication: November 27th 2012 by Penguin Group (USA)

Source: Ace and Roc Facebook

 

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HARRY DRESDEN LIVES!!!

After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad. Because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard.

He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long. And now, her word is his command, no matter what she wants him to do, no matter where she wants him to go, and no matter who she wants him to kill.

Guess which Mab wants first?

Of course, it won’t be an ordinary, everyday assassination. Mab wants her newest minion to pull off the impossible: kill an immortal. No problem there, right? And to make matters worse, there exists a growing threat to an unfathomable source of magic that could land Harry in the sort of trouble that will make death look like a holiday.

Beset by enemies new and old, Harry must gather his friends and allies, prevent the annihilation of countless innocents, and find a way out of his eternal subservience before his newfound powers claim the only thing he has left to call his own…

His soul.

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail’s Thoughts 

Warning delivered, the cover–like all of Chris McGrath’s Dresden covers–rocks. Totally digging the shotgun.

Julia’s Thoughts 

The rifle doesn’t look as natural in Harry’s hand as a staff, but he looks ready for action.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Okay he looks like Baltar from Battlestar Galactica which is kind of freaking me out. He still looks badass which is good though where is his staff?

Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Cover Art: Sammy Yuen

Expected publication: January 22nd 2013 by EgmontUSA

Source: Cover Artist’s Blog

 

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There are people in this world who are Nobody. No one sees them. No one notices them. They live their lives under the radar, forgotten as soon as you turn away.

That’s why they make the perfect assassins.

The Institute finds these people when they’re young and takes them away for training. But an untrained Nobody is a threat to their organization. And threats must be eliminated.

Sixteen-year-old Claire has been invisible her whole life, missed by the Institute’s monitoring. But now they’ve ID’ed her and send seventeen-year-old Nix to remove her. Yet the moment he lays eyes on her, he can’t make the hit. It’s as if Claire and Nix are the only people in the world for each other. And they are—because no one else ever notices them.

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail’s Thoughts 

Simple but the scope on her eye is very effective.

Julia’s Thoughts 

Very Charlie’s Angels, the clouds under the eye are quite a contrast to the neon crisp image in the eye.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

I love the scope in the eye. Nice touch.

The Keep (The Watchers #4) by Veronica Wolff

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: June 4th 2013 by NAL Trade

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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Isle of Night Vampire's Kiss Blood Fever (The Watchers, #3)

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Abigail’s Thoughts 

I’m dying for a larger image, but even at the size, I love it. The series is my current YA vampire favorite and I love the way Carden is looking at Drew here.

Julia’s Thoughts 

I like the staging of this one, but I need to see a better quality file before I can give it a thumbs up.  What is the gleam in his eyes?  It looks like they photoshopped moving his irises and had to fudge his eyelashes.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

I like how it goes back to the previous two covers with the blue tones and both characters on the cover. Interesting how he’s looking at her while she’s looking at us.

Thirst No. 5: The Sacred Veil (Thirst #5) by Christopher Pike

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: March 5th 2013 by Simon Pulse

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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Quench your Thirst with the finale to the #1 New York Timesbestselling series from Christopher Pike.Sita has lived for centuries. She has seen more than most people could ever imagine.

She has loved and she has lost; she has killed many, and she has given life.

Now, at last, Sita’s story culminates in an epic—and satisfying—conclusion to the enormously popular Thirst series.

“Six months ago I had several more Sita books planned. Now I’m not sure if she’ll survive this one — Thirst V. So, if she dies, I guess that’s it. Not that I want to kill her but Sita has a mind of her own. Right now she’s doing everything she can to get herself killed. We’ll have to wait and see. “ – Christopher Pike

Abigail’s Thoughts 

I can’t help it. This is all I can think about when I see these covers. *shudders*

Julia’s Thoughts 

She looks more “hungry” than “thirsty”.  All this white would certainly stand out on the shelf, but I’m not excited by it.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

The style is something different which is good. I like the idea of having someone be completely white and kind of blending with the white background. But then again an all white looking person does come off as kind of creepy looking.

Witch World by Christopher Pike

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: November 13th 2012 by Simon Pulse

Source: Goodreads

 

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Witches are real—and each of us may be one—in this all-new paranormal suspense novel from #1 New York Timesbestselling author Christopher Pike.Heading off for a weekend in Las Vegas with her friends, Jessie Ralle has only one worry—how to make it through the road trip in the same car with her Ex, Jimmy Kelter. The guy who broke her heart five months ago when he dumped her for no reason. The guy who’s finally ready to tell her why he did it, because he wants her back.

But what Jessie doesn’t realize is that Jimmy is the least of her problems.

In Las Vegas she meets Russ, a mesmerizing stranger who shows her how to gamble, and who never seems to lose. Curious, Jessie wants to know his secret, and in response, alone in his hotel room, he teaches her a game that opens a door to another reality.

To Witch World.

Suddenly Jessie discovers that she’s stumbled into a world where some people can do the impossible, and others may not even be human. For a time she fears she’s lost her mind. Are there really witches? Is she one of them?

#1 Bestselling author Christopher Pike offers up another classic edge-of-your-seat thrill ride that keeps you guessing right until the last page.

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Abigail’s Thoughts 

Meh. This cover doesn’t really entice or reveal what the book is about.

Julia’s Thoughts 

I like how the title font spikes up between them and trails down into the dark, but I’m not a fan of this shade of red.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Not a big fan of the red overtone and I don’t understand how the cover relates to the book. Is she a twin? Is that twin evil? Because the one girl has a shady look to her.

Ever After (The Hollows #11) by Kim Harrison

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: January 22nd 2013 by Harper Voyager

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels the human world, is shrinking. If it disappears completely, so does all magic. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to avert catastrophe and keep life from changing… for the worse.

While saving the world is important, it isn’t Rachel’s only motivation. There’s also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, setting off a chain reaction of unfortunate events. That little mistake has made her life forfeit unless she can fix it. It’s also made her more than a few enemies, including the most powerful demon in the ever after—a terrifying entity who eats souls and now has an insatiable appetite for her. He’s already kidnapped her friend and goddaughter to lure her out, and if Rachel doesn’t give herself up soon, they’ll die.

But Rachel has more than a few impressive and frighening skillls of her own, and she isn’t going to hand over her soul and her life without one hell of a fight. She’s also got a surpise: elven tycoon Trent Kalamack. With this unlikely ally beside her—a prospect both thrilling and unnerving—she’s going to return to the ever after, kick some demon butt, rescue her loved ones… and prevent an apocalypse before it’s too late. Or, at least that’s the plan…

“Sometimes, it all comes together.  Wow.  I’m so pleased to be able to share this awesome cover with you guys.  I always like my covers, but some of them stand out as exceptional, and this is one of my favorites if not my number one.  :-)” – Kim Harrison

Abigail’s Thoughts 

A step back compared to A PERFECT BLOOD, but this is the most visible Rachel has been on any cover yet…wonder if that’s significant.

Julia’s Thoughts 

I love the magic, but am disappointed in the hair!  In this light, Rachel looks like a blond (though if she goes blond as a disguise in the book I’m going to feel like a jerk for this thumb).  Can’t wait to get my hands on this!

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Love the magic coming from Rachel’s hands. Its more intense and powerful than the previous covers. I’m excited to see what happens in this book!

Rogue Descendant (Nikki Glass #3) by Jenna Black

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: April 30th 2013 by Pocket Books

Source: Goodreads

 

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Abigail’s Thoughts 

Love the lime green. My favorite Nikki Glass cover yet.

Julia’s Thoughts 

I’m usually a hard sell for these bright green covers, but they did a great job with this one.  Like the lighting and smoke.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

I would think lime green wouldn’t work but it does! I like how the tiger looks half hidden behind the green light/mist.

Redlaw: Red Eye by James Lovegrove

Cover Art: Clint Langley

Expected publication: September 25th 2012 by Solaris

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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The eastern seaboard of the USA is experiencing the worst winter weather in living memory, and John Redlaw is in the cold white thick of it. He’s come to America to investigate a series of vicious attacks on vampire immigrants – targeted kills that can’t simply be the work of amateur vigilantes. Dogging his footsteps is Tina “Tick” Checkley, a wannabe TV journalist with an eye on the big time.

The conspiracy Redlaw uncovers could give Tina the career break she’s been looking for. It could also spell death for Redlaw.

“This has just come in, hot off the press, or hot off Clint Langley’s hard drive at any rate.  I’m trying to be cool and casual about it, you know, it’s a nice piece of artwork, does its job well, fits the brief perfectly… But I can’t. BECAUSE IT’S TOTALLY FREAKIN’ AWESOME!!!” - James Lovegrove

Abigail’s Thoughts 

No surprise that artist Clint Langley has a graphic novel/comic background. Make sure to click the cover and see all the details. It’s frightening but very cool.

Julia’s Thoughts 

This cover has one strong vibe: “Creepy”.  All that red, those fangs, violence just drips from this cover, which sounds perfect for this book.  Very well done.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Very cool with the crucifix around the same wrist that is holding the gun. Those vampire teeth are super creepy too. It looks like this book will have a lot of fun action scenes with lots of stuff blowing up.

Legacy of the Clockwork Key (The Secret Order #1) by Kristin Bailey

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Expected publication: March 5th 2013 by Simon Pulse

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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My head swam. I couldn’t move my feet. I tried to breathe. The stays of my corset gripped too tight. I just couldn’t breathe. 

Desperate, I ran down the lane, but the fog confused me. I found myself in a small and quiet square. There was no place to run. I turned to face my attacker. 

A man in a dark coat stalked down the lane beneath the skeletal trees. His face remained hidden behind his high collar and the brim of his hat. The mist swirled around him as he slowly raised the gun. 

I was going to die. 

When a fire consumes Meg’s home, killing her parents and destroying both her fortune and her future, all she has left is the tarnished pocket watch she rescued from the ashes. But this is no ordinary timepiece. The clock turns out to be a mechanical key—a key only Meg can use— that unlocks a series of deadly secrets and intricate clues that Meg has no choice but to follow. She has uncovered evidence of an elite secret society and a dangerous invention that some will stop at nothing to protect, and that Meg alone can destroy. Together with the handsome stable hand she barely knows but hopes she can trust, Meg will be swept into a hidden world of deception, betrayal, and revenge. The clockwork key has unlocked her destiny.

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail’s Thoughts 

It’s the little details that are bringing this cover to life: the wet looking cobblestones, the finger-less gloves she’s wearing, and the exquisite bird.

Julia’s Thoughts 

I like the image (the heroine has a little Catherine Zeta Jones vibe going on), but the title font and color kills this for me.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

I love the type used on the titles. It looks like the tops of keys sticking out from the letters. I am very interested in the bird she’s holding. It looks like some sort of clockwork contraption. The guy looks a touch angry like someone made a lewd gesture in front of him….

Plague Nation (Ashley Parker #2) by Dana Fredsti

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: April 9th 2013 by Titan Books

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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Plague Town

Having stopped the wave of the undead that swarmed their facility, Ashley Parker and the other wild cards (those immune to the zombie virus) are assaulted by an unknown enemy and forced to travel to a secret laboratory in San Francisco.

En route some are killed, while others are kidnapped by their shadowy foe, who seems to use the zombies as a weapon. But the worst is yet to come, as the plague begins to manifest in key locations nationwide. And the truth begins to emerge about the paramilitary society, the Dolofónoi tou Zontanoús Nekroús (DZN).

“I loved the cover for Plague Town.  This one makes me even happier, what with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background and multiple zombies instead of one.” - Dana Fredsti

Abigail’s Thoughts 

I agree with Dana that the group of zombies is a nice touch…if the next book is titled Plague World…they may need a bigger cover.

Julia’s Thoughts 

Oh boy, this really doesn’t work for me.  That much make-up makes our cover model look like a (bad) female impersonator and I don’t know why that symbol is plastered on her chest.  The best part is the zombie silhouettes that almost look like they’re dancing.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

I like the zombie horde approaching from behind. Looks like an interesting book.

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9 Responses to “Cover Art Coverage: 14 New Titles!”

  1. Kristin @ My ParaHangover

    Awww, Julia didn’t see the red-head cover of Ever After (just like I missed it!) so in my mind I’m going to change her vote (she can beat me up later, hee, hee). And I had NO CLUE there was a novella in the Iron Druid series!!! UGH – I can’t keep up with all my favorite authors! THANK YOU!!!

    And I love the new Butcher cover… I absolutely HAVE to get caught up on that one, although I’m not looking forward to a certain book…

    • Julia

      A red-head?! Where? She looks like a blond to me above (probably because her hair doesn’t look that much darker than her white outfit). I’m happy with the thumb change, though, I realize I was holding this series to an unfair standard. At this point, my expectations are so high, the series could have Rachel bursting off the book on a ley line with a flock of pixies at her back and I’d still have issues.

    • Julia

      Stephanie, I actually stopped to think, “The *same* Christopher Pike?!” before posting that first cover.

  2. Paraphina

    Hmm…I would have to go with Dance of Shadows as the best (though Hot Blooded is a very close second) and worst would be Thirst.

  3. Zeenat

    Julia–Kim’s fb said that she put up the 1st draft of the cover originally. The one she reposted on fb has redder haired Rachel. :)

    • Julia

      Oh, this makes me so happy. Kristin, insert *two* thumbs up on my behalf. The hair is a tiny change, but a critical one in my opinion. Let the red-headed badassery commence!