Cover Art Coverage: 15 New Titles!

September 19, 2012 Cover Art Coverage 0

Cover Art Coverage

There’s some gorgeous “end of series” cover art in this week’s update.  It looks like Chris McGrath saved the best for last in Caitlin Kittredge’s Black London series, and the final dress for Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers so a distinct and ethereal cap for the series.  What’s your favorite final cover?

A Taste of Ice (The Elementals #2) by Hanna Martine

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: December 31st 2012 by Berkley Sensation

Source: Lov Liv Life Reviews

 

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Liquid Lies (The Elementals...

There is an untapped world of magic that any man would covet… 

Five years ago, Xavier escaped from the Ofarian Plant. Today he calls a Colorado mountain town home. It’s there he buries himself in his work, swearing off magic and relationships—until a woman threatens every promise he’s made to himself.

Cat has always known she is different. Water speaks to her on an uncanny level, and she channels this gift into beautiful painted waterscapes. Now, a gallery is debuting her work in Colorado—and it’ll reveal far more about her than she imagined.

The spark between Cat and Xavier is enough to throw both of them off balance. Every tantalizing moment sends them dangerously close to a rising flood of desire. Dangerous because Xavier comes to suspect that Cat is an Ofarian—his people’s enemy. But they’re both about to discover a far greater, more malicious power at play…

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Abigail’s Thoughts 

The ice is way too thick and obtrusive.

Julia’s Thoughts 

Something About Mary 2: “What’s that in your hair, is that… ice?”  Beyond the viscous overlay, the icicles highlight the cover models in unflattering ways.  Those mouths aren’t happy.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

I like the ice dripping from the top of the book.

The Outcast Prince (Unnamed Series #1) by Shona Husk

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: July 2nd 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

Source: Publisher’s Website

 

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The Goblin King Kiss of the Goblin Prince For the Love of a Goblin Wa...

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Abigail’s Thoughts 

I thought this was part of her Goblin series, but it’s actually the start of a new series. The guy is hot enough that I’ll excuse his wardrobe.

Julia’s Thoughts 

I wasn’t keen on this for Shadowlands (I was missing the distinct color background), but for a new series it looks good.  The reflections out of the mirror wash it out a little bit, though.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Nice. While the vest without a shirt underneath look is not my favorite fashion statement he pulls if off. I like the magic mirror he is in.

Stalked by Death (Touch of Death #2) by Kelly Hashway

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: July 23rd 2013 by Spencer Hill Press

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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Untitled (Divergent, #3)

Jodi knows that any slip-ups made by the Ophi–a special group of necromancers born under the 13th sign of the zodiac–will fall on her shoulders… and that Hades is just waiting for them to screw up so he can wipe out the Ophi line.

Unfortunately, Jodi has only convinced one Ophi to join her school: A hot guy named Chase who jeopardizes her relationship with Alex. Jodi loves Alex, but Chase can enhance her powers with just a touch—making her stronger than any Ophi has ever been.

Her mixed emotions send her powers surging out of control, and the dead start rising without her conscious summoning—exactly what Hades doesn’t want! If she chooses Alex over Chase, she may lose the battle to Hades, leading the Ophi race to extinction. If she chooses Chase, she might be able to stop Hades for good… but lose everything else.

Jodi needs to figure things out fast–because death is stalking her at every turn.

“Here it is! The cover of Stalked by Death, book two in the Touch of Death trilogy!” – Kelly Hashway

Abigail’s Thoughts 

My only complain with this cover (and the previous one) is that it looks unfinished. The font is flat and very self pub looking.

Julia’s Thoughts 

She’s channeling a little Faith on this cover, I just wish the font was as rich as the colors.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Its okay. I would have liked them to do something extra with the background.

False Sight (False Memory #2) by Dan Krokos

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: August 2013 by Hyperion

Source: Author’s Tumblr

 

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False Memory (False Memory,...

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Abigail’s Thoughts 

I like the fiery color mixed with the circuit-like graphic.

Julia’s Thoughts 

Very cool, I love the lighting on the central icon.  It looks great on book one, too.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Cool circuit design.

Undead for a Day by Chris Marie Green, Nancy Holder, & Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

Cover Art: Frauke at Croco Designs

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Source: Author’s Blog

 

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“Get ready… Early October… Coming to your e-readers–three original urban fantasy stories!” – Chris Marie Green

Abigail’s Thoughts 

I always appreciate covers that tell you exactly what kind of book to expect: This looks like sexy/tough urban fantasy, which is exactly what these authors write.

Julia’s Thoughts 

The author font is a little stark, but I love the image and lighting.  All those straps and weaponry, I love the combination of sex and danger.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Badass and sexy. I likethe purple moon.

With All My Soul (Soul Screamers #7) by Rachel Vincent

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: March 19th 2013 by Harlequin Teen

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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My Soul to Take My Soul to Save My Soul to Keep My Soul to Steal If I Die Before I Wake

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“I’ve been sitting on this for quite a while and am thrilled to finally get to show it off, so in case you haven’t already seen it on FB, Twitter, or a blog, here’s the cover for With All My Soul, the seventh/final Soul Screamers book!” – Rachel Vincent

Abigail’s Thoughts 

I was expecting a bright, saturated color like on the previous covers, so the change to gold for the final book is a fitting surprise.

Julia’s Thoughts 

Absolutely gorgeous, the gold dress is so ethereal.  Perfect for the finale.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Wow. So elegant looking. I like the dress flowing all around the cover and the title design is really nice too.

What the Spell? (Life’s a Witch #1) by Brittany Geragotelis

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: January 2013 by Simon and Schuster

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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Hadley Bishop is the descendant of the most powerful and famous witch of all time—and as the most popular girl at Astor High, it appears as if she’s gotten all her best qualities. But when Hadley’s mother is kidnapped and killed by the same evil coven that betrayed her great, great, great Grandmother during the Salem Witch Trials, Hadley swears to get rid of the witches once and for all. With the help of the other kids in her coven, the teens wage a war against Samuel Parris and his followers which results in a battle so epic—and dangerous—that the magical world will be changed forever.

“I think there’s something so dynamic and energetic about the new cover. I love the colors, LOVE the magic flying off her fingertips and how it still has a bit of playfulness to it. I’d call this a makeover success.” – Brittany Geragotelis

Abigail’s Thoughts 

The original cover wasn’t bad, but this one looks a lot more fun and young. I love the sparkler writing coming from her finger

Julia’s Thoughts 

Those bright colors are great, and they bring more attention to the cover model, too.  The new design allows her to look demure and in the spotlight.  I love how the title looks like sparkler writing.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Nice improvement! It looks more fun with the pink and the magic floating about.

The Holders (Holders #1) by Julianna Scott

Cover Art: Lee Gibbons

Expected publication: March 2013 by Strange Chemistry

Source: Publisher’s Blog

 

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17-year-old Becca spent her whole life protecting her brother from, well, everything. The abandonment of their father, the so called ‘experts’ who insist that voices in his head are unnatural and must be dealt with, and the constant threat of being taken away to some hospital and studied like an animal. When two representatives appear claiming to have the answers to Ryland’s perceived problem, Becca doesn’t buy it for one second. That is until they seem to know things about Ryland and about Becca and Ryland’s family, that forces Becca to concede that there may be more to these people than meets the eye. Though still highly skeptical, Becca agrees to do what’s best for Ryland.

What they find at St. Brigid’s is a world beyond their imagination. Little by little they piece together the information of their family’s heritage, their estranged Father, and the legend of the Holder race that decrees Ryland is the one they’ve been waiting for. However, they are all–especially Becca–in for a surprise that will change what they thought they knew about themselves and their kind.

She meets Alex, a Holder who is fiercely loyal to their race, and for some reason, Becca and Ryland. There’s an attraction between Becca and Alex that can’t be denied, but her true nature seems destined to keep them apart. However, certain destinies may not be as clear cut as everyone has always believed them to be.

Becca is lost, but found at the same time. Can she bring herself to leave Ryland now that he’s settled and can clearly see his future? Will she be able to put the the feelings she has for Alex aside and head back to the US? And can Becca and Ryland ever forgive their father for what he’s done?

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Abigail’s Thoughts 

I’m yawning even as I type. This looks like an old fantasy cover. Nothing says YA, nothing says contemporary, nothing says exciting.

Julia’s Thoughts 

A little too symmetrical and boring for me.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

While the shiny green gem in this cover is nice looking, isn’t really much. Seen this before and really is not YA feeling.

Time Thief (Unnamed Series #1) by Katie MacAlister

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Expected publication: May 7th 2013 by Signet

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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“Mmrowr!” – Katie MacAlister

Abigail’s Thoughts 

Katie MacAlister really has the market cornered on hot PNR covers, doesn’t she? I could star at his eyes for hours (can anyone tell what’s reflected there?) Click the cover for a peek at the stepback image

Julia’s Thoughts 

Not that big of a fan of the front cover (very PNR, but not memorable), but the stepback is gorgeous.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Love the lightning (?) in his eyes! And I also love the light/veins crawling down his arm.

‘Til the World Ends by Julie Kagawa, Ann Aguirre, & Karen

Cover Art: Kathleen Oudit

Expected publication: January 29th 2013 by Harlequin Luna

Source: Publisher’s Blog

 

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Dawn of Eden by Julie Kagawa

Before The Immortal Rules, there was the Red Lung, a relentless virus determined to take out all in its path. For Kylie, the miracle of her survival is also her burden—as a doctor at one of the clinics for the infected, she is forced to witness endless suffering. What’s worse, strange things are happening to the remains of the dead, and by the time she befriends Ben Archer, she’s beginning to wonder if a global pandemic is the least of her problems…

Thistle & Thorne by Ann Aguirre

After a catastrophic spill turns the country into a vast chemical wasteland, those who could afford it retreated to fortresses, self-contained communities run by powerful corporations. But for Mari Thistle, life on the outside—in the Red Zone—is a constant struggle. To protect her family, Mari teams up with the mysterious Thorne Goodman. Together, they’ll face an evil plot in both the underworld of the Red Zone and the society inside the fortresses that could destroy those on the outside… for good.

Sun Storm by Karen Duvall

Sarah Daggot has been chasing storms since she was a child. But after the biggest solar flares in history nearly destroy the planet, she becomes a Kinetic, endowed by her exposure to extreme radiation with the power to sense coming storms—in the cosmos and beyond. And she’s not the only one. Sarah believes the Kinetics are destined to join forces and halt the final onslaught of the sun. She’ll vow to keep trying to convince the one missing link in their chain of defense, the enigmatic Ian Matthews, up until the world ends.

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Abigail’s Thoughts 

I love that the art director explained the significance of each element. Very cool.

Julia’s Thoughts 

Striking and exotic, I love this cover.  It’s mysterious enough that I don’t know exactly what it’s about, but with this cover and those names, I’ll definitely pick it up to find out more.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Very creative cover here. It seems simplistic at a quick glance but the inside of the text is very interesting. I keep wanting to move the letters around to see if I can see more of what is behind the letters.

Going Under (Bound by Magick #3) by Lauren Dane

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: February 5th 2013 by Berkley Sensation

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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Heart of Darkness (Bound by... Chaos Burning (Bound by Mag...

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“This is the cover for the third Bound By Magick book, GOING UNDER. This one is about Gage and Molly and it’s out in February. I love it :)” – Lauren Dane

Abigail’s Thoughts 

While I don’t mind cut off guy heads, it is nice to see his face even shadowed a little. He looks a little like Jason Ritter :)

Julia’s Thoughts 

The juxtaposition of this tough, scraggly looking guy with that effeminate lavender color cracked me up.  I have a hard time taking this one seriously, despite the genuine “tough guy” stubble.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Don’t like the guy’s forehead being cut off. Its distracting but a decent looking cover.

Solstice by P. J. Hoover

Cover Art: Steve Stone

Expected publication: June 21st 2013 by Tor Teen/Macmillan

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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Piper’s world is dying.

Each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles that threaten to destroy the earth. Amid this global heating crisis, Piper lives under the oppressive rule of her mother, who suffocates her even more than the weather does. Everything changes on her eighteenth birthday, when her mother is called away on a mysterious errand and Piper seizes her first opportunity for freedom.

Piper discovers a universe she never knew existed—a sphere of gods and monsters—and realizes that her world is not the only one in crisis. While gods battle for control of the Underworld, Piper’s life spirals out of control as she struggles to find the answer to the secret that has been kept from her since birth.

An imaginative melding of mythology and dystopia, Solstice is the first YA novel by talented newcomer P. J. Hoover.

“Woot! Woot! The time is finally here!” – P. J. Hoover

Abigail’s Thoughts 

*Click the cover to see the full jacket* Great job at conveying heat and scorching sun.

Julia’s Thoughts 

Very Indiana Jones.  The title, background, and cover model all have a very different vibe, but the combination works.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

The title font looks like that shimmer effect you get on those really hot days sometimes. All of the warm colors help with the ‘hot’ feeling of the cover and fits inline with the book description.

Polterheist (Esther Diamond #5) by Laura Resnick

Cover Art:  Dan Dos Santos

Expected publication: November 6th 2012 by Daw Books

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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  Doppelgangster Unsympathetic Magic Vamparazzi

Struggling actress Esther Diamond’s latest Manhattan misadventure leads her into the twisted realm of greedy heirs battling over a retail empire, a series of heists pulled off by invisible thieves, and inanimate objects that grow fangs and fly through the air to attack a poor actress who’s just trying to earn enough money to pay her rent.

Realizing that magical mayhem is afoot, Esther joins forces with her pal Max, a 350 year old sorcerer whose day job is protecting the Big Apple from Evil. Together they investigate the terrifying manifestations at Fenster & Co., where Esther is working overtime as an underdressed elf.

Meanwhile, Esther’s tumultuous almost-romance with NYPD’s Detective Connor Lopez runs hot and cold and increasingly strange as he investigates the perplexing heists at Fenster’s. Semi-retired hit man Lucky Battistuzzi is also nosing around, since the mob deeply resents being implicated in these thefts which they didn’t commit—well, not this time, anyhow.

As an ancient Evil prepares to unleash hell on a night when darkness prevails and dimensional barriers crumble, Esther Diamond battles to save her friends from deadly peril, protect her city from demonic disaster, and collect her paycheck in time to make rent.

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Abigail’s Thoughts 

Dan Dos Santos covers always look killer, but this is my least favorite for this series. It doesn’t say modern NY at all.

Julia’s Thoughts 

A UF heroine that looks worried?  I love it!  I’m way behind on the Esther Diamond series, this reminds me how much I want to catch up.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

All of the covers in this series are really neat. I like the tree branches creeping up around her.

Dark Days (Black London #6) by Caitlin Kittredge

Cover Art: Chris McGrath

Expected publication: April 30th 2013 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Source: Heroes & Heartbreakers

 

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Street Magic Demon Bound Bone Gods Devil's Business Soul Trade

Jack Winter is back. But his demons are far from behind him…

Jack Winter and his girlfriend Pete Caldecott have encountered a lot of strange creatures in the Black—primordial demons, hungry ghosts, witch hunters, and the Prince of Hell himself, Belial. When Belial asks Jack for one last favor to help him keep his throne, Jack may have finally met his match because Belial’s rival is something that no one— human or demon—has ever seen before…

DARK DAYS

There’s a revolution brewing in Hell, and Jack might be the only one who can stop Belial’s rival from ripping a hole between the Black and the mortal world—a catastrophe that could be worse than Armageddon. But to win, Jack will have to do the one thing he swore he never would: become a servant to the Morrigan, and risk losing everything he knows and loves… including Pete.

“I love the cover and am so excited about DARK DAYS–it wraps up the first major story arc of the series!” – Caitlin Kittredge

Abigail’s Thoughts 

Paul Marron as Jack is just about perfect. These covers are always awesome and number six is no exception.

Julia’s Thoughts 

This red works *so* much better for me than the previous green.  Eye catching and ominous, I love that the cover models show so much wear and tear.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

They look so cool standing there for some reason here that I can’t put my finger on. I like the ominous red sky in the background.

Sacrifices (Shadow Grail #3) by Mercedes Lackey & Rosemary Edghill

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: April 2nd 2013 by Tor Teen

Source: Goodreads

 

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Legacies (Shadow Grail, #1) Conspiracies (Shadow Grail,...

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-Author’s Comments

Abigail’s Thoughts 

I love how bright and colorful this is, but it doesn’t look contemporary (which it is).

Julia’s Thoughts 

Oh, ick.  How does Mercedes Lackey not rate a better cover than this one?  I can’t tell if this is supposed to be Steampunk or what, it certainly doesn’t look at all YA.  I hope there’s a direct description of those two dresses in the book, else there’s no excuse for those clashing styles.  Neither one of these models looks like a high schooler, either, I hope they’ve grown up through the series.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

I like the glowing light/magic all around them. It kind of borders the YA look in that it could be adult as well…

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