Cover Art Coverage: 8 New Titles!

December 19, 2012 Cover Art Coverage 2

Cover Art Coverage

This week’s offering is short and sweet, as Goodreads’s recent server outage cut into my prep time.  Thinking back on how many times a day I access Goodreads through my app or my desktop, it is safe to say the site is in my top five of websites.  What on-line resources do you find you can’t live without?

Faerie After (Bones of Faerie #3) by Janni Lee Simner

Expected publication: May 28th 2013 by Random House Books for Young Readers

Source: Author’s Blog

 

Covers in Series

Bones of Faerie (Faerie, #1) Faerie Winter (Faerie, #2)

The stunning conclusion to the Bones of Faerie trilogy is here!

After a devastating war between humanity and Faerie, Liza’s world was forever changed. Plants and trees became aggressive, seeking to root in living flesh and bone, and newborn children were discovered to have magical powers. Liza was one of these children, and with her abilities she brought her mother back from the ruined Faerie realm and restored the seasons to her own.

Now there are signs of a new sickness in the forest. Piles of ash are found where living creatures once stood. Liza investigates and discovers that the Faerie realm has continued to deteriorate, slowly turning to dust, and that its fate is inexorably linked to that of the human realm. To find a solution, Liza must risk crossing over, putting herself and all she cares about at risk. Will Liza be forced to sacrifice her life and the lives of her friends in order to save both worlds?

Fans of dark fantasy and dystopian adventure were entranced by Janni Lee Simner’s Bones of Faerie and Faerie Winter. Now readers of Holly Black, Melissa Marr, and Cassandra Clare can return to Janni’s unique vision of a magic-infused postapocalyptic world.

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail’s Thoughts 

I love the simplicity of this cover. The whole series is great like that.

Julia’s Thoughts 

I can’t tell if this is a tree or Dandelion fluff, and that ambiguity kept me occupied for a little bit.  A little flat but interesting.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

It’s okay but kind of boring. It needs something more that I can’t put my finger on.

Flicker & Burn (Cold Fury #2) by T. M. Goeglein

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: August 20th 2013 by Putnam Juvenile

Source: shun

 

Covers in Series

Cold Fury

Sara Jane Rispoli is still searching for her missing family, but instead of fighting off a turncoat uncle and crooked cops, this time she finds herself on the run from creepy beings with red, pulsing eyes and pale white skin chasing her through the streets in ice cream trucks; they can only be described as Ice Cream Creatures. They’re terrifying and hell bent on killing her, but they’re also a link to her family, a clue to where they might be and who has them. While she battles these new pursuers, she’s also discovering more about her own cold fury and more about the Chicago Outfit, how the past misdeeds–old murders and vendettas–might just be connected to her present and the disappearance of her family. But connecting the dots is tough and time-consuming and may finally be the undoing of her relationship with the handsome Max–who’s now her boyfriend. But for his own safety, Sara Jane may have to end this relationship before it even really starts. Her pursuers who’ve shown her her mother’s amputated finger and the head of the Chicago Outfit who’s just whistled her in for a sit-down make a romance unthinkable. The only thing that matters is finding her family and keeping everyone she loves alive.

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail’s Thoughts 

The first of two redesigned sequels this week. I’m generally not a fan of redesigns in the middle of a series (I like my books to match), and I’m sticking with that opinion here. I was hoping for another totally pissed shot of Sarah…this isn’t it.

Julia’s Thoughts 

I like the flames paired with this title font, though I liked the old cover style from book one much better.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Kind of different from the first book. I like the gritty feel and the red band over the city. Also the flames on the title font are pretty cool.

Earth Bound by Aprilynne Pike

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: July 30th 2013 by Razorbill

Source: Hollywood Crush

 

Covers in Series

N/A

Tavia, the “Earthbound” heroine, is the sole survivor of a plane crash that killed her parents and left her in the keeping of an aunt and uncle. She’s safe, she’s happy, she should be able to move on with her life.

But… she can’t shake the feeling that something’s not right- not when she keeps having visions of a beautiful, alluring stranger who wants her to leave her family and flee to Maine, and not when it starts to look like the accident that orphaned her was part of a plot to end her life.

Soon, she’s on the run with no one to trust…except the childhood friend she’s sworn to love forever, and whose heart she’d have to break to learn the truth about who she is.

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail’s Thoughts 

The cover itsef is kinda cool, the literal love triangle dipiction is a little on the nose though….plus bubble boys are a tad cheesy.

Julia’s Thoughts 

I like how rich the colors are on this cover, but the centerline mirror effect distracts me from the overall image.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

I am confused by this cover. It reminds me of one of those toys you look through and the shapes move around (Kaidescope?). The faces in the bubbles are interesting…

Four Summoner’s Tales edited by Joe Ledger

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: September 17th 2013 by Gallery Books

Source: Goodreads

 

Covers in Series

N/A

Four terror-inducing novellas from acclaimed bestselling authors Kelley Armstrong, David Liss, Christopher Golden, and Jonathan Maberry beginning with the premise: “A stranger comes to town, offering to raise the townsfolk’s dearly departed from the dead—for a price.”

In Kelley Armstrong’s “Suffer the Children,” an acute diphtheria outbreak kills most of the children in an isolated village in nineteen-century Ontario. Then a stranger arrives and offers to bring the children back to life. He wants money, of course, an extravagant sum, but more importantly, but for each child resurrected, one villager must voluntarily offer his life…

In David Liss’s “The Good-Natured Man,” a con man on the margins of eighteenth-century British society discovers a book that reveals the method for bringing the dead back to life. After considering just how far he would go to avoid bringing his violent father back, he realizes the real value of this book. Instead of getting people to pay him to revive their departed, he will get people to pay him not to…

In “Pipers” by Christopher Golden, the Texas Border Volunteers wage a private war against drug smuggling by Mexican cartels in a modern-day South Texas town, complete with an indestructible army of the risen dead…

In “Alive Day” by Jonathan Maberry, a US Army sergeant must dive into the underworld of modern-day Afghanistan to try and barter for the release of his team, never dreaming of the horrors that await him…

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail’s Thoughts 

Ohh…very mysterious. I love the slight glimpse of his jaw and the western look.

Julia’s Thoughts 

Awesome staging and lighting.  Thumbs up for the shadows on his face, thumbs up for the rain, and thumbs up for the way the authors and title are arranged.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Mysterious and creepy cover especially after reading the description.

Only Lycans Need Apply (Broken Heart Vampires #9) by Michele Bardsley

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: April 2nd 2013 by Signet Eclipse

Source: Goodreads

 

Covers in Series

I'm the Vampire, That's Why Don't Talk Back To Your Vam... Because Your Vampire Said So Wait Till Your Vampire Gets... Over My Dead Body Come Hell or High Water Cross Your Heart Must Love Lycans  (Broken H...

When I found the ancient tomb of the two most powerful vampires in history, I knew I was in for a lot of trouble….

But archaeologists like me, Moira Jameson, are ready for trouble. Okay, maybe not human-species-threatening trouble. Or the kind of trouble that arrives in the form of a sexy werewolf named Drake. Yeah. Werewolf. And I thought ancient curses and walking corpses were a joke. Um…not so much.

’Cause a walking corpse named Karn wants to reveal vampires, and all of parakind, to the humans. And everyone else thinks that’s a bad idea. Then a pyramid mysteriously appears in Broken Heart, Oklahoma, and I’m appointed to get inside, survive booby traps, and awaken two very old, very hungry vampires. Luckily, Drake has my back (and my front). Unfortunately, archaeology sometimes reveals some very nasty surprises. And I’ll have to decide between saving myself…or saving the world.

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail’s Thoughts 

This is moving towards Betsy (Undead) Taylor territory. Plus the outline around her is jarring.

Julia’s Thoughts 

A cartoony redhead and wolf silhouette?  This cover is cute, but the title is gag-me-cutesy and the series style doesn’t stand out at all.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Don’t really like the illustration style for these covers.

Avenging Angel (The Fallen #4) by Cynthia Eden

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: May 28th 2013 by Brava

Source: Author’s Facebook Page

 

Covers in Series

Angel of Darkness (The Fall... Angel Betrayed (The Fallen,... Angel in Chains (The Fallen...

No Description Available.

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail’s Thoughts 

I have total deja-vu seeing this cover, but I can’t place it. Regardless, it’s got that strong/sexy balance working overtime.

Julia’s Thoughts 

Oh my dear heavens.  This guy has abs on his abs.  I’m serious, just look at those muscles.  Forget washboard abs, he’s got a washboard torso.  Those muscles running into his pants are so cut it looks like he needs reconstructive surgery.  This is just mind boggling.  Kristina mentioned some mysterious “her” with a “weird expression”, but I don’t know what she’s talking about.  All I see is this guy’s muscles.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Her expression is weird which distracting. I like that they have a girl in this cover as opposed to the lone shirtless guys.

The Order of Deacons (Books of the Order #1-3) by Philippa Ballantine

Cover Art: Karla Ortiz

January 2013 by The Science Fiction Book Club

Source: Author’s Blog

 

Covers in Series

Geist (Book of the Order, #1) Spectyr (Book of the Order,... Wrayth (Book of the Order, #3)

No Description Available.

“As long time readers of this blog will know, I am a huge admirer of Jason Chan. He won the Chesley Award with his cover for Geist, and has always bought my vision of the characters to life. [...] Apparently Jason couldn’t fit it into his schedule, but he recommended Karla Ortiz. I think you will agree she did a great job. I love that both Matthew and Karla worked hard to maintain the continuity of the series.” -

Abigail’s Thoughts 

I have loved all the covers for this series done by the awesome Jason Chan, and hats off to Karla Ortiz for stepping in and capturing the same style so well for this omnibus.

Julia’s Thoughts 

Absolutely stunning.  The author is correct, Karla Ortiz has done a wonderful job complimenting the established aesthetic of the series while making this omnibus cover something special.  I particularly love the lion on all of these covers.  Badass battle Aslan, activate!

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Wonderful illustration! I love the magic flaring up around her arm.

Me & My Invisible Guy by Sarah Jeffrey

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: February 5th 2013 by Amazon Childrens Publishing

Source: Goodreads

 

Covers in Series

N/A

The cheerleader who has everything . . . ? Mallory Dane has a great family (at least on the surface), is popular at school (as long as she doesn’t make waves), and dates an amazing boyfriend, Todd (who happens to be completely made up). Boys—and sex—are something Mallory just can’t deal with, so she created her “invisible guy” to avoid it all. But when Liam Crawford comes along—a real guy, flesh and bones and strumming his guitar—Mallory starts questioning her fictional relationship. Is she really willing to give up Todd for Liam? And can she make amends for the lies she’s told—even to her best friend, Tess? What if your biggest, most embarrassing secret was broadcast to the whole world? Letting go of her secret will be easier said than done, and Mallory will risk everything—her family, Tess, cheerleading, her reputation, and most of all, her heart.

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail’s Thoughts 

The handwritting in the title definitely says YA, but the images are rather ordinary.

Julia’s Thoughts 

I had this cover pegged as “too sporty” until I read the description and realized our heroine is a cheerleader.  Using a figure shadowed by bright light was a clever way to make him invisible, I’m glad they didn’t go for any of the usual transparent effects.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

That shadow looks like a cutout paper doll and not an actual person or shadow. Edges are to rough. Not that interesting of a cover.

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2 Responses to “Cover Art Coverage: 8 New Titles!”

  1. LunaMoth

    i love the Deacon series, the covers are some of the prettiest I have ever seen.