Cover Art Coverage: 12 New Titles!

January 23, 2013 Cover Art Coverage 5

 

Cover Art Coverage

I really wanted to list J. A. Belfield’s CAGED as my best this week, if only because it made me smile every time I scrolled by.  Such is the crux of choosing a “Best” as opposed to a “Favorite”, so I went with the chilling and haunting REVIVER.  Which cover is making you smile this week, though?

The Eighth Court (Courts of the Feyre #4) by Mike Shevdon

Cover Art: John Coulthart

Expected publication: May 28th 2013 by Angry Robot

Source: The Qwillery

 

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The Eighth Court has been established, but petty rivalries and old disputes threaten its stability. The mongrels that make up the court are not helping, and Blackbird enlists the help of the warders to keep the peace.

Has Blackbird bitten off more than she can chew, and can the uneasy peace between the courts continue under such tension and rivalry?

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail Says 

I’m a big fan of this vintage style. I especially love how the Angry Robot logo is incorporated. 

Julia Says 

Plain from afar and oh so intricate up close.  I don’t think this would catch my eye, but I like it once I take a moment to study it.

Kristina Says 

Awesome green color used here. It looks like one of those old dusty books you’d find in a used bookstore that is actually a portal to another world….

Devil May Care (Speak of the Devil #2) by Patricia Eimer

Expected publication: February 26th 2013 by Entangled Select

Source: Author’s Website

 

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Weddings are hell…

After a month of planning not one, but two, demonic weddings, all Faith Bettincourt—the youngest Crown Princess of Hell—wants is to spend some quality time with her angelic boyfriend, Matt. But when a ghost from Matt’s past walks through Faith’s apartment door, her preoccupation with the weddings from Hell is all that’s keeping her from turning his ex, in all her devious angelic glory, into a down throw pillow.

Which is about when Matt’s zealous mother declares war on Faith’s family.

Now Faith will stop at nothing to stop the craziness and make sure the impending nuptials go off without a hitch. All she’s got to do is rescue one of the grooms and go up against an army of so-called do-gooders, and everything will go back to normal. Or as normal as it can be where the Devil’s spawn is concerned. With any luck, she might just be able to resuscitate her love life while she’s at it.

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Abigail Says 

Way too cartoony. Not a fan. 

Julia Says 

Flirty and fun.  I like how her shoes match the title color, and the solid color works much better for me than an overly complicated cartoon background.  Her fella isn’t quite right, however, he looks like Harry Potter and Velma’s love child in a leisure suit.

Kristina Says 

I don’t care for this cover. Perhaps the Devil may though…Okay that was cheesy but so is this cover. There’s not enough here to make me really like this especially with the dull red used for the color. Too simplistic.

Blood and Feathers: Rebellion (Blood and Feathers #2) by Lou Morgan

Expected publication: July 9th 2013 by Solaris

Source: Upcoming4.me

 

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“This is a war. The war. There is no stopping; no getting out. You’re in this – just like the rest of us – to the end.” • Driven out of hell and with nothing to lose, the Fallen wage open warfare against the angels on the streets. And they’re winning.

As the balance tips towards the darkness, Alice – barely recovered from her own ordeal in hell and struggling to start over – once again finds herself in the eye of the storm. But with the chaos spreading and the Archangel Michael determined to destroy Lucifer whatever the cost, is the price simply too high… and what sacrifices will Alice and the angels have to make in order to pay it? • The Fallen will rise. Trust will be betrayed. And all hell breaks loose…

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Abigail Says 

My first thought ws that it looked like bloody sperm. You can’t really have a second thought after that. 

Julia Says 

The bird is a little “on the nose” for my tastes, I think I’d like this a bit better if the splash of red was a hint of feather and flight, that drew the eye and made me puzzle it out for myself.  This cover, while thematically tied to book one, is much less eerie and sinister.

Kristina Says 

I liked the first book’s cover and this one is an interesting continuation. I really like the red angel with the trail of red trailing behind him/her. Not as dynamic as the first one but points for creativity.

Rogue (Croak #3) by Gina Damico

Expected publication: September 10th 2013 by Graphia

Source: Goodreads

 

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Croak (Croak, #1) Scorch (Croak, #2)

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Abigail Says 

There’s a bit more going on in the background compared to the previous covers which I like. I always thought they looked sparse before. Otherwise still love the skull font and hoodie. 

Julia Says 

I absolutely love the brush strokes in this cover, the color sweeping along the scythe and hinting at bangs and smoke.  Still, this is a pretty big stylistic change from the first two photo-based covers, which makes this cover a bit jarring and out of place.

Kristina Says 

Very cool. I like the scythe hiding part of her face and the graphitti-like font for the title is neat. Also that skull for the “O” is cute.

Mist by Susan Krinard

Expected publication: July 16th 2013 by Tor Books

Source: Wanton Thoughts & Wicked Scribes

 

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New York Times bestselling author Susan Krinard launches her first urban fantasy series

Centuries ago, all was lost in the Last Battle when the Norse gods and goddesses went to war. The elves, the giants, and the gods and goddesses themselves were all destroyed, leaving the Valkyrie Mist one of the only survivors.

Or so she thought.

When a snowy winter descends upon modern-day San Francisco in June, Mist’s quiet existence starts to feel all too familiar. In quick succession, Mist is attacked by a frost giant in a public park and runs into an elf disguised as a homeless person on the streets…and then the man Mist believed was her mortal boyfriend reveals himself to be the trickster god, Loki, alive and well after all these years.

Loki has big plans for the modern world, and he’s been hanging around Mist for access to a staff that once belonged to the great god Odin. Mist is certain of one thing: Loki must be stopped if there is to be any hope for Earth. But the fight is even bigger than she knows….

Because Loki wasn’t the only god to survive.

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Abigail Says 

This is a little too washed out for me which is giving it a 1980’s feel. 

Julia Says 

Though there’s a strong “graphic novel” feel, but the background feels empty.  The model’s face also seems completely flat for a woman shooting lightning out of her arm.

Kristina Says 

I don’t think thats the safest way to hold a sword. I agree with Abigail on how washed out it looks.

Generation V (American Vampire #1) by M. L. Brennan

Expected publication: May 7th 2013 by Roc

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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Reality Bites

Fortitude Scott’s life is a mess. A degree in film theory has left him with zero marketable skills, his job revolves around pouring coffee, his roommate hasn’t paid rent in four months, and he’s also a vampire. Well, sort of. He’s still mostly human.

But when a new vampire comes into his family’s territory and young girls start going missing, Fort can’t ignore his heritage anymore. His mother and his older, stronger siblings think he’s crazy for wanting to get involved. So it’s up to Fort to take action, with the assistance of Suzume Hollis, a dangerous and sexy shape-shifter. Fort is determined to find a way to outsmart the deadly vamp, even if he isn’t quite sure how.

But without having matured into full vampirehood and with Suzume ready to split if things get too risky, Fort’s rescue mission might just kill him.…

“I am really so thrilled about this cover. My editor really surprised me a few months ago by asking me to put together some information about my preferences for cover art – artists I liked, other covers I could imagine fitting in with the tone of Generation V, and physical descriptions of the characters.” M. L. Brennan

Abigail Says 

I’m digging the modern James Dean vibe this has. Bonus points for the coolest character name ever. 

Julia Says 

Anyone else see the soulful dude and mentally add a “D” to the end of this title?  All kidding aside, I like the strong jaw, though the tag line is a little cheesy.

Kristina Says 

He looks cool. Thumbs up for his coolness and the blood/graphitti

Caged (Holloway Pack #3) by J. A. Belfield

Expected publication: August 5th 2013

Source: Publisher’s e-mail

 

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Darkness & Light (A Holloway Pack Story, #1) Blue Moon (Holloway Pack, #2)

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If the meek can become deadly, the strongest can be weak.

For Ethan Holloway, his mission to find a missing werewolf should be simple. Crack a few heads, bust a few chops and the solution always reveals itself. Always.

Not this time.

Ethan’s reputation precedes him, and because it does, someone is ready. Waiting. Unbeknownst to Ethan, he’s about to go down. Hard. Against a foe he never suspected and in a world he never imagined could be real.

What awaits Ethan is a fight not only for his reputation, but also his pack, his female, and his life. If he survives, damage control will become priority number one.

If he survives.

Because even Ethan’s not sure he’s strong enough to take on an entire race all by himself.

Especially one hell bent on exposing who and what he is in the name of sport.(

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Abigail Says 

Still dealing with the sticker effect where he doesn’t look like he’s connected to the background. The wound is a little gorey for a PNR too 

Julia Says 

“Naw, it doesn’t burn when I pee, but this angry red glow really kills my chances with the ladies.” This could have landed a thumbs up for hilarity alone, but it loses points again for getting “Rudolph the Red-**** Reindeer” stuck in my head.  The tagline totally fits my interpretation of the cover, too, *happy dance*!

Kristina Says 

I’ve seen this dude before on another cover and he just doesn’t do anything for the cover. I don’t really like the wound there. Its a bit fake looking? I am trying to figure out what type of wound it is. Not claw marks unless its from a two clawed were-something….

The Darkest Craving (Lords of the Underworld #10) by Gena Showalter

Expected publication: July 30th 2013 by Harlequin HQN

Source: Author’s Website

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New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter is back with a breathtaking Lords of the Underworld tale about a warrior trapped by darkness and the woman determined to save him 

Having endured weeks of torture in the bowels of hell, Kane wants nothing to do with his beautiful rescuer, Josephina Aisling. The half-Fae female threatens to awaken the demon of Disaster inside him—a beast he’s determined to kill, no matter the price.

Josephina is hunted by a brutal enemy—her royal family—and Kane is her only source of protection. He’s also the only male to ever set her aflame, and even he succumbs to the heat. But as they navigate the treacherous world of the Fae, they are forced to make a choice: live apart…or die together.

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Abigail Says 

Another super hot guy from Gena.  Does she ever get bad covers?

Julia Says 

Wow, this cover is impressive on multiple levels.  It fits the style of early covers a lot more than #9’s dark variant, but doesn’t make this cover model an anonymous body part or canvas for a tattoo. In addition to the great style choices, this is one striking model.  His face is riveting, and the shadows make the most of striking features and stubble.  Love, love, love it.

Kristina Says 

I don’t particularly like the yellow tone but it would catch my eye in the bookstore.

The Outside (The Hallowed Ones #2) by Laura Bickle

Cover Art: Shane Rebenschied

Expected publication: September 3rd 2013 by Harcourt Children’s Books

Source: Tez Says

 

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After a plague of vampires is unleashed in the world, Katie is kicked out of her Amish community for her refusal to adhere to the new rules of survival. Now in exile, she enters an outside world of unspeakable violence with only her two “English” friends and a horse by her side. Together they seek answers and other survivors—but each sunset brings the threat of vampire attack, and each sunrise the threat of starvation.

And yet through this darkness come the shining ones: luminescent men and women with the power to deflect vampires and survive the night. But can these new people be trusted, and are they even people at all?

In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, it’s up to one Amish girl to save her family, her community, and the boy she loves . . . but what will she be asked to leave behind in return?

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Abigail Says 

Very ominous and atmospheric.

Julia Says 

It’s amazing how much innocence can be conveyed through so little, how clearly the cover model is “other” and vulnerable just because of her dress and her body language.  Perfect for this book, without being overdone.

Kristina Says 

First thing I thought was Amish/Mennonite and by the description I was right! So points to the cover. And this cover is also a whole lot of creepy.

Reviver: A Novel by Seth Patrick

Expected publication: June 18th 2013 by Thomas Dunne Books

Source: Amy Kwan

 

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Revivers. Able to wake the recently dead, and let them bear witness to their own demise. Twelve years after the first reviver came to light, they have become accepted by an uneasy public. The testimony of the dead is permitted in courtrooms across the world. Forensic revival is a routine part of police investigation. In the United States, that responsibility falls to the Forensic Revival Service. Despite his troubled past, Jonah Miller is one of their best. But while reviving the victim of a brutal murder, he encounters a terrifying presence. Something is watching. Waiting. His superiors tell him it was only in his mind, a product of stress. Jonah is not so certain. Then Daniel Harker, the first journalist to bring revival to public attention, is murdered, and Jonah finds himself getting dragged into the hunt for answers. Working with Harker’s daughter Annabel, he becomes determined to find those responsible and bring them to justice. Soon they uncover long-hidden truths that call into doubt everything Jonah stands for, and reveal a threat that if not stopped in time, will put all of humanity in danger …

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Abigail Says 

This definitely hints at the horror elements that the description implies. It looks just disturbing enough to be intriguing. 

Julia Says 

Wow, this model’s eyes are so terrified, I didn’t even notice the mirroring in the title until I scrolled down.  Her hair gives the impression of long grass, like she’s prey hiding in the brush.

Kristina Says 

I agree on the horror element vibe this cover gives off. And ‘Reviver’ is the same read backwards! Did not see that before.

Forsaken by the Others (H&W Investigations #5) by Jess Haines

Expected publication: July 2nd 2013 by Zebra

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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The Others–vampires, werewolves, things that go chomp in the night–don’t just live in nightmares anymore. They’ve joined with he mortal world. And for private investigator Shiarra Waynest, that means mayhem…

Have a one night stand with a vampire, and you can end up paying for it for eternity. P.I. Shiarra Waynest, an expert on the Others, knows that better than most. Yet here she is, waking up beside charismatic vamp Alec Royce with an aching head…and neck. Luckily, Shia has the perfect excuse for getting out of town–namely, a couple of irate East Coast werewolf packs who’d like to turn her into a chew toy.

On Royce’s suggestion, Shia temporarily relocates to Los Angeles. But something is rotten–literally–in the state of California, where local vampires are being attacked by zombies. Who could be powerful enough to control them–and reckless enough to target the immortal? Following the trail will lead Shia to a terrifying truth, and to an ancient enemy with a personal grudge…

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Abigail Says 

The covers for this series have really gotten good again. The first cover is still my favorite, but #5 really ‘feels’ like Shia. Dying to read this one. 

Julia Says 

This cover feels like a coming out for Shiarra, a badass declaration of Urban Fantasy heroine-hood.  Despite the cover model changes, the title font is striking enough to tie both ends of the series together.  

Kristina Says 

She looks powerful and sexy.

Midnight’s Captive (Dark Warriors #6) by Donna Grant

Expected publication: July 2nd 2013 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Source: Heroes and Heartbreakers

 

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Midnight's Master Midnight's Lover Midnight's Seduction Midnight's Warrior Midnight's Kiss

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Bound by the gods. Champions against evil. The Dark Warriors have taken their battle from ancient Scotland to the modern world—where a woman’s love is the greatest danger of all…

ENSLAVED BY DESIRE

Laura Black knows her boss is a man of many secrets—haunted by some unknowable force, driven by some unspeakable destiny—and yet it makes her crave the devilishly handsome, roguishly charming Charon all the more. When she uncovers a betrayal that will send her into a world of magic, she turns to the only one she trusts: Charon. Even when she’s in jeopardy of losing her heart…

UNLEASHED IN FURY

Charon Bruce endures a relentless yearning to have Laura for his own, an ache he knows will never be fulfilled. After the town he has protected for centuries is targeted by a ruthless Druid, he has no choice but to reveal his secret to Laura. He must fight the deadliest foe he’s ever known if he’s to keep her safe. But when Laura is captured by his nemesis, he must choose between winning the battle of good versus evil—or losing the woman he loves…

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Abigail Says 

You know what I like about all the covers in this series is that the woman is always portrayed as the one controlling the man. Even here, the way her hand wraps around his neck communicates dominance. It’s a nice change up for PNR covers. 

Julia Says 

I’ve figured out what’s been bothering the heck out of me on most of these tattoos.  Remember the scene in MAGIC STRIKES where Kate Daniels is evaluating fighters of “unknown origin” in the Midnight Games?  She points out that the one man’s tattoos are too perfect, too crisp and uniform and untouched to be human.  This guy is probably a rakshasa.  I like the shoes, though they look like they’re not good for much other than locking behind a guy’s hips.  Hope she gets a piggy back ride if they have to chase anyone.

Kristina Says 

Nice back tat and that is a very sexy pose they have there. Also I am kind of crushing on her shoes

The Night Itself (The Name of the Blade #1) by Zoe Marriott

Cover Art: Andrew Archer

Expected publication: July 2013 by Walker Books

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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A breathtaking new urban fantasy trilogy from the critically acclaimed, award winning author of The Swan Kingdom and Shadows on the Moon.

When fifteen year old Mio Yamato furtively sneaks the katana – an ancestral Japanese sword – out of its hiding place in her parent’s attic to help liven up her Christmas party costume, she has no idea of the darkness she is about to unleash on modern day London, or the family secrets that she is going to uncover.

The paralysing paranoia that descends on her before she gets to her friend’s party is her first clue. The vivid and terrifying visions that nearly get her killed are a pretty good warning too.

The giant nine-tailed cat demon that comes after the sword and tries to rip her throat out? Overkill.

Seconds away from becoming kitty-food, Mio is saved by Shinobu, a mysterious warrior boy. But it’s already too late. Mio has ruptured the veil between the mortal realm and the Underworld, and now the gods and monsters of ancient Japan stalk the streets of London, searching for her and the sword.

With the help of her best friend Jack, a fox spirit named Hikaru – and the devoted protection of the betwitchingly familiar Shinobu – Mio attempts to discover the true nature of the sword and its connection to the Yamato family. Because if she doesn’t learn how to control the katana’s incredible powers, she’s in danger of being overwhelmed by them. And if she can’t keep the sword safe from the terrible creatures who want it for their own, she’ll lose not only her own life… but the love of a lifetime.

“But as I sat down to write that post, with its many pictures and detailed accounting of how the cover designer and artist came up with this gorgeous concept for my book, I realised that no one is going to care about that today. You were all just going to do what you’ve already done and zip right past everything I wrote and all those images. So I decided to wait and do a separate post with all that stuff next week, when hopefully you will actually read and appreciate it.” – Zoe Marriott

Abigail Says 

Kristina, you are so right about it coming out of her nose. Beyond that, you either like this style or you don’t. I’m personally not a fan. 

Julia Says 

Man, this one breaks my heart.  I love the colors, I love the style, I love this image.. but does that pink rope have to come right out of her nose?  If there is a detail in this book linking magic or power to her breath, I’m a jerk and I recant, but if not, this cover is one little tweek away from winning my heart.

Kristina Says 

Not a fan of this illustration and it looks like that pink design is coming out of her nose.

Never (Lightbringer #3) by K. D. McEntire

Cover Art: Sam Weber

Expected publication: May 7th 2013 by Pyr

Source: Amanda Makepeace

 

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The Lightbringer trilogy’s dramatic conclusion!

The Never is on the brink of destruction by the Lady Walker. Wendy, shorn of her Light by the Reapers, must be the one to save it from the beasts between the worlds. Now no more powerful than an average spirit, Wendy reluctantly strikes a balance between Elise, the new Reaper matriarch, and Jane, a Reaper gone rogue. Torn between her duty to her friends, the Riders, and her duty as the Lightbringer, Wendy must rush to learn the secrets left behind.

She must make the ultimate sacrifice to bring the worlds into balance once more… even if it costs her very soul.

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Abigail Says 

This is the series that first introduced me to artist Sam Weber (I still go back and look at the cover for LIGHTBRINGER and his hyper muted style. This cover communicates loss and longing so perfectly. Really love it. 

Julia Says 

I knew instantly which series this cover belonged to, and I love how this trilogy ending cover brings the cover models from books one and two together in a melding of light and dark.

Kristina Says 

This cover conveys their emotions really well. And I like the white string(?) hanging down like a curtain.

Damn Him to Hell (Saturn’s Daughter #2) by Jamie Quaid

Cover Art: Tony Mauro

Expected publication: June 25th 2013 by Pocket Books

Source: Wanton Thoughts & Wicked Scribes

 

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Justice is blind. Justine isn’t. Book two in the Saturn’s Daughter series, in which Tina Clancy is gifted with the power to dispense justice…for good or evil.

Tina Clancy is adapting to her new life as one of Saturn’s Daughters while living in the toxic part of Baltimore known as The Zone, and occasionally acting as a champion of the downtrodden, the weird, the innocent…and the sometimes not-so-innocent.

Just when she finally lands a real law job, the Zone is blasted by poisonous gas and her sometimes-boyfriend starts receiving visitors from Hell. He’s none too pleased about that, or in Tina having sent his granny to Hell in his place. For that matter, neither is granny…

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Abigail Says 

This is what I want in an UF cover. It’s tough and sexy with a gritty magical feel. Love her shotgun and gas mask.

Julia Says 

Glossy and dangerous.  I like how the door behind her forms a halo, just like on book one.

Kristina Says 

This picture is what shows up in the dictionary under ‘Urban Fantasy’ Okay in my version of the dictionary…I really love the gas mask and the shotgun combo.

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5 Responses to “Cover Art Coverage: 12 New Titles!”

  1. Random Michelle

    I have to disagree with you about “Damn Him to Hell,” my first thought was, “what good is that gas mask going to do if half her skin is exposed?

    But I do love these cover commentary posts. :)

  2. M L Brennan

    I loved reading this post — the cover commentaries were spot on, and so funny. Thanks for featuring the Generation V cover — really glad you guys liked it. Julia — I nearly died laughing at the VD joke. :)

    • Julia

      I think I primed myself by re-watching old Friends episodes. I blame Joey’s VD campaign for planting the idea…