Cover Art Coverage: 12 New Titles!

December 5, 2012 Cover Art Coverage 3

Cover Art Coverage

It’s always a challenge picking the “Best” cover of the week, but this time around we actually had several thumbs down each to choose from for our “Worst”.  And yet we still managed to be unanimous in our choice.  When the cover model’s expression doesn’t match the rest of the image, it can have hilarious consequences.  “Backscratching Swordsman” is a great example of that problem…

Darkness Avenged (Guardians of Eternity #10) by Alexandra Ivy

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: June 4th 2013 by Zebra

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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When Darkness Comes Embrace The Darkness Darkness Everlasting Darkness Revealed Darkness Unleashed Beyond The Darkness Devoured by DarknessBound By Darkness (Guardian...Fear the Darkness (Guardian...

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“This is Santiago and Nefri’s story :)” – Alexandra Ivy

Abigail’s Thoughts 

My first thought was, not bad, but then I looked at his arm…do you see it? They gave him two biceps!

Julia’s Thoughts 

I’m usually not a fan of hyper-colored eyes, but his look good with the sky background.  Looks like a real bicep, too (I think the other bump is his shoulder).

Kristina’s Thoughts 

There is not too much consistency in this series’ covers. I like the way his eye color pops and draws the eye…

Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: June 11th 2013 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Source: YA Highway

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Sixteen-year-old Winston Winters is awaiting the inevitable.

Stuck at a remote Vermont boarding school in the wake of unimaginable tragedy, Win knows it’s only a matter of time until he transforms into something dark, something wolfish, just like his father. Until he hurts people too. So in order to do the least amount of harm to those around him, he masters the art of shutting others out.

But meeting fellow cross-country runner Jordan Herrera thwarts Win’s plans for emotional isolation. A scholarship student with secrets of her own, Jordan’s boldness and wit draw him in. And when she asks Win to accompany her to an all-night party in the deep New England woods, he’s torn. Because he’s not sure they should get any closer. He’s not sure Jordan will be safe with him. But she insists. And he goes.

Win wants to believe he’s not dangerous. That he would never hurt someone he cares for. But as he leads Jordan into the wilderness with his father’s blood running through his veins and wild wolves running through his fragile mind, Win knows this is simply not true…

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Abigail’s Thoughts 

I really like the perspective here. And I agree with Kristina that the clouds and moonlight are very cool

Julia’s Thoughts 

I love the physics tie in, and the eerie quality of this cover makes the title a pun.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

I like the the stormy clouds and the moon. Also for some reason I really like the & symbol centered right on the moon…

Blood Trade (Jane Yellowrock #6) by Faith Hunter

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: April 2nd 2013 by Roc

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock... Blood Cross (Jane Yellowroc... Mercy Blade (Jane Yellowroc... Raven Cursed (Jane Yellowro... Death's Rival (Jane Yellowr...

Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker who’s always up for a fight—even if it means putting her life on the line… 

The Master of Natchez, Mississippi has a nasty problem on his hands. Rogue vampires—those who follow the Naturaleza and believe that humans should be nothing more than prey to be hunted—are terrorizing his city. Luckily, he knows the perfect skinwalker to call in to take back the streets.

But what he doesn’t tell Jane is that there’s something different about these vamps. Something that makes them harder to kill—even for a pro like Jane. Now, her simple job has turned into a fight to stay alive…and to protect the desperately ill child left in her care.

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Abigail’s Thoughts 

Nice! Jane always looks crazy tough, but I’m especially digging the chains.

Julia’s Thoughts 

I can’t believe I’m a book behind on this series, I’ve got to get cracking!  Jane looks awesome, as per usual, these covers are the best for portraying actual menace.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

I love the covers in this series! Jane looks so badass and awesome.

Star Cursed (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #2) by Jessica Spotswood

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: June 18th 2013 by Putnam Juvenile

Source: Mundie Moms

   

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Born Wicked (The Cahill Wit...

With the Brotherhood persecuting witches like never before, a divided Sisterhood desperately needs Cate to come into her Prophesied powers. And after Cate’s friend Sachi is arrested for using magic, a war-thirsty Sister offers to help her find answers—if Cate is willing to endanger everyone she loves.

Cate doesn’t want to be a weapon, and she doesn’t want to involve her friends and Finn in the Sisterhood’s schemes. But when Maura and Tess join the Sisterhood, Maura makes it clear that she’ll do whatever it takes to lead the witches to victory. Even if it means sacrifices. Even if it means overthrowing Cate. Even if it means all-out war.

In the highly anticipated sequel to Born Wicked, the Cahill Witch Chronicles continue Cate, Maura and Tess’s quest to find love, protect family, and explore their magic against all odds in an alternate history of New England.

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Abigail’s Thoughts 

The glow and colors here reflect the moonlight really beautiful.

Julia’s Thoughts 

Not quite as striking as book one, but beautiful nonetheless.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

I like the stars above the stormy coulds.

Underneath by Sarah Jamila Stevenson

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: June 2013

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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The story of a girl who develops the power to hear thoughts in the wake of a family tragedy.

“I’m pleased with this for SO many reasons, but reason #1 is that the girl definitely looks South Asian–important because the story again has a mixed-race protagonist.” – Sarah Jamila Stevenson

Abigail’s Thoughts 

Trippy and intriguing.

Julia’s Thoughts 

Love the lighting and the figures falling.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

I agree on the trippiness of this cover. I like those bodies just floating around…

Rising Darkness (Games of Shadows #1) by Thea Harrison

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: April 2nd 2013 by Berkley Sensation

Source: Goodreads

 

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An all-new, darkly romantic paranormal saga, in which the fate of existence itself lay in the balance—and the key to victory may rest in the hands of two eternal lovers…

In the hospital ER where she works, Mary is used to chaos. But lately, every aspect of her life seems adrift. She’s feeling disconnected from herself. Voices appear in her head. And the vivid, disturbing dreams she’s had all her life are becoming more intense. Then she meets Michael. He’s handsome, enigmatic, and knows more than he can say. In his company, she slowly remembers the truth about herself…

Thousands of years ago, there were eight of them. The one called the Deceiver came to destroy the world, and the seven came to stop him. Reincarnated over and over, they carry on—and Mary finds herself drawn into the battle once again. And the more she learns, the more she realizes that Michael will go to any lengths to destroy the Deceiver.

Then she remembers who killed her during her last life, 900 years ago…Michael.

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Abigail’s Thoughts 

A city and a sword wielding woman…must be UF. I really like when a cover is a clear as this.

Julia’s Thoughts 

I love the intensity on her face, gorgeous!

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Classic UF cover. Sometimes the classics are best.

School Spirits (Hex Hall Spin-Off #1) by Rachel Hawkins

Expected publication: May 14th 2013 by Disney-Hyperion

Source: Series Facebook Page

   

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Fifteen-year-old Izzy Brannick was trained to fight monsters. For centuries, her family has hunted magical creatures. But when Izzy’s older sister vanishes without a trace while on a job, Izzy’s mom decides they need to take a break.

Izzy and her mom move to a new town, but they soon discover it’s not as normal as it appears. A series of hauntings has been plaguing the local high school, and Izzy is determined to prove her worth and investigate. But assuming the guise of an average teenager is easier said than done. For a tough girl who’s always been on her own, it’s strange to suddenly make friends and maybe even have a crush.

Can Izzy trust her new friends to help find the secret behind the hauntings before more people get hurt?

Rachel Hawkins’ delightful spin-off brings the same wit and charm as theNew York Times best-selling Hex Hall series. Get ready for more magic, mystery and romance!

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Abigail’s Thoughts 

They’ve done a good job of keeping the same style of the main series, but giving it a subtle twist for this spin-off.

Julia’s Thoughts 

Classic Hex Hall.  I’m not bowled over, but it’s easy to spot what series this belongs to.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Very cool with the fire coming out of the mirror. Is she going to be a Buffy the Vampire Slayer type of character?

The End of Darkness (Offspring #7) by Jaime Rush

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: January 2013

Source: Author’s Website

 

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A Perfect Darkness Out of the Darkness Touching Darkness Burning Darkness Beyond the Darkness Darkness Becomes Her

Book 7 of the Offspring is scheduled to release mid January 2013! Here’s a peek at the cover. Yes, this is Magnus’s story, with a bonus subplot featuring Pope!

The dark energy that infects Magnus McLeod’s soul draws him to an Arizona town in crisis—and a woman with a dangerous ability of her own. Erica Evrard isn’t afraid of much, but suddenly she has much to fear. Like Magnus, whose noble heart brings her to life even as his Darkness could kill her. And the group of supernatural humans whose evil plans threaten the lives of an entire town.

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Abigail’s Thoughts 

He could not look more disinterested. It’s like they photoshopped some guy waiting for a bus.

Julia’s Thoughts 

Looks very homemade and patchy, Kristina hit the nail on the hand with a sword backscratcher.  Weird.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Is he scratching his back with the sword? That’s kinda dangerous. I don’t think he knows what to do with that sword.

Antigoddess (Antigoddess #1) by Kendare Blake

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: September 10th 2013 by Tor Teen

Source: Cuddlebuggery Book Blog

 

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Old Gods never die…

Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.

Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god.

These days, Cassandra doesn’t involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn’t even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning.

Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don’t just flicker out.

Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath.

The Goddess War is about to begin.

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Abigail’s Thoughts 

I had such high hopes for this after the stunning covers for her Anna series…this is just a big yawn. And the lone white feather image is soooo overused

Julia’s Thoughts 

Pretty plain and the blood drop in the water doesn’t make sense juxtaposed with the white feather (and isn’t visually striking).

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Interesting. Is that supposed to be an owl feather since Athena is mentioned in the description.

The Girl with the Iron Touch (Steampunk Chronicles #3) by Kady Cross

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: May 21st 2013 by Harlequin TEEN

Source: Hollywood Crush

 

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The Girl in the Steel Corse... The Girl in the Clockwork C...

Finley Jayne, Griffin and their crew are stunned when one of their own is kidnapped. Emily has a way with machines—she can literally talk to them. But the automatons who abducted her aren’t ordinary machines. They’re almost human—and they want Emily to do something as horrifying as it seems possible.

To save Emily, Finley must contact the highly unsettling Jack Dandy and face her feelings for two vastly different men, even as Griffin’s nightmares threaten to turn into a reality that might just end them all.

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Abigail’s Thoughts 

How gorgeous is her red hair against the green? And all the cool steampunk details are spot on. One of my favorite steampunk covers ever.

Julia’s Thoughts 

Love the green and red, these covers are so lush.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

I am in love with her green corset and leather pants! Everything about this cover is awesome.

Immortal Ever After (Argeneau #18) by Lynsay Sands

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: February 26th 2013 by Avon Books

Source: Author’s Website

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A Quick Bite Love Bites Single White Vampire Tall, Dark & Hungry A Bite to Remember Bite Me If You Can The Accidental Vampire Vampires Are Forever (Argen... Vampire, Interrupted (Argen... The Rogue Hunter (Argeneau,... The Immortal Hunter (Argene... The Renegade Hunter (Argene... Born to Bite (Argeneau, #13) Hungry for You (Argeneau, #14) The Reluctant Vampire (Arge... Under a Vampire Moon (Argen... The Lady is a Vamp (Argenea...

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Abigail’s Thoughts 

I like the colors, but the shadows make it a little challenging to make out all the various elements

Julia’s Thoughts 

Too shadowy to be clear, he’s biting the arm of a woman on the roof?  I’m not a fan of any cover that I have to spend time figuring out.  I like the lighting on his shoulders, but not a fan.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

I agree that its hard to make everything out but it is a very interesting cover. I like the way shadows hit the guy.

The Magic Between Us (Faerie #3) by Tammy Falkner

Cover Art: N/A

2013

Source: Author’s Blog

    

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A Lady and Her Magic The Magic of "I Do"

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Abigail’s Thoughts 

I wish the expressions on their faces matched, but the former Barbie doll lover in me likes this a lot.

Julia’s Thoughts 

Ha ha, I love how freaked out he looks being spooned by a giant Disney princess.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

It looks like such a sweet moment we are catching between these two. I love her dress too. And I just noticed the wings on a second look. Very cool.

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