Cover Art Coverage: 10 New Titles!

January 9, 2013 Cover Art Coverage 4

Cover Art Coverage

Altered eyes and Photoshopped tattoos rank high on my list of “potential problem areas” for covers.  This week, however, I think Lisa McMann’s BANG and Jocelynn Drake’s DEAD MAN’s DEAL both pull these elements off.  What do you think?

Bang (Visions #2) by Lisa McMann

Expected publication: October 8th 2013 by Simon Pulse

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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Crash (Visions, #1)

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Abigail Says 

I love this. The smashed through glass pupil is freaky/cool and perfectly compliments the debut cover without being redundant. 

Julia Says 

Scrolling down past bangs to that glorious, damaged eye was just about the best way to see this cover.  Seeing the gorgeous green iris poised next to the simple green title made a nice place to stop and stare.   Beautifully arresting and creepy.

Kristina Says 

Love the smashed glass pupil! Wonder what they are going to do for the next eye cover?

The Dark Between by Sonia Gensler

Expected publication: August 2013 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Source: Goodreads

 

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A supernatural romance about the powers that lie in the shadows of the mind, perfect for fans of Sarah Rees Brennan, Alyxandra Harvey, and Libba Bray.

At the turn of the twentieth century, Spiritualism and séances are all the rage—even in the scholarly town of Cambridge, England. While mediums dupe the grief-stricken, a group of local fringe scientists seeks to bridge the gap to the spirit world by investigating the dark corners of the human mind.

Each running from a shadowed past, Kate, Asher, and Elsie take refuge within the walls of Summerfield College. But their peace is soon shattered by the discovery of a dead body nearby. Is this the work of a flesh-and-blood villain, or is something otherworldly at play? This unlikely trio must illuminate what the scientists have not, and open a window to secrets taken to the grave—or risk joining the spirit world themselves.

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Abigail Says 

One of our followers on Pinterest pointed out the the font made ‘dark’ look like ‘dork’ and that’s all I can see now despite the cool idea of the dual portraits.*UPDATE* They changed the font! You can see the original font here.  

Julia Says 

There is so much to  look at in this cover my eye couldn’t settle.  The juxtaposition of the two photographs would be striking, but the bold background wallpaper steals my attention and then squanders it on a blank wall.  I don’t particularly like the yellow and aqua for the text, either, with one more ornate flourish on the font.

Kristina Says 

Not feeling the wallpaper and the way the pictures are framed on the cover is bothering me. Center the pictures cover! Center them!

Half Lives by Sara Grant

Expected publication: July 9th 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Source: Author’s Website

 

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I learned that surviving isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. If you survive, you’ve got to live with the guilt, and that’s more difficult than looking someone in the eye and pulling the trigger. Trust me. I’ve done both. Killing takes a twitch of the finger. Absolution takes several lifetimes.

Seventeen-year-old Icie’s parents have given her $10,000 in cash, a map of a top-secret bunker, and instructions to get there by any means necessary. They have news of an imminent viral attack and know that the bunker is Icie’s only hope for survival. Along with three other teens, she lives locked away for months, not knowing what’s happening in the outside world or who has survived. And are they safe in the bunker after all?

Generations in the future, a mysterious cult worships the very mountain where Icie’s secret bunker was built. They never leave the mountain, they’re ruled by a teenager…and they have surprising ties to Icie.

This high-stakes, original, and thought-provoking adventure from Sara Grant follows two unlikely heroes, hundreds of years apart, as they fight to survive.

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Abigail Says 

This cover is a total fail for me since it seems totally divorced from the trippy cool adventure thriller plot. 

Julia Says 

I like the stark contrast between light and dark, but the geometric figure overlaid is too flat and distracting.

Kristina Says 

After actually reading the plot I had to down grade this as it doesn’t have much to do with the plot but I still like the cover with the symbol over her face.

Dead Man’s Deal: The Asylum Tales (The Asylum Tales #2) by Jocelynn Drake

Expected publication: May 7th 2013 by Harper Voyager

Source: Goodreads

 

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In a world where elves, faeries, trolls, werewolves, and vampires swim free in a sea of humanity, sometimes you need an edge. Looking for a little love? Need some luck? Desperate for revenge? Gage can give you what you need. The most talented tattoo artist in town, he knows the right symbol and the right mix of ingredients and ink to achieve your heart’s desire. One tattoo is all it takes. But remember, everything has its price. . . .

Gage learned that lesson long ago, in ways he’d rather not remember. But the cruel and powerful wizards in the dreaded Ivory Towers he escaped aren’t about to let him forget. Though Gage has managed to stay out of sight, he can’t outrun the past forever.

The wizards know Gage is using forbidden magic, and they intend to punish him for his transgressions. Too bad if innocent humans and monsters-entire cities-get in the way. They will quell a nascent magical uprising and Gage will be the sacrifice they need. First, though, they have to find him . . .

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Abigail Says 

Anyone else think this is Paul Marron? Great compliment to the debut…I do wish his tatto looked a tad more realistic, but the grim reaper is very cool and really suited to the character. 

Julia Says 

I love the way this Reaper’s staff runs down the curve of the model’s spine.

Kristina Says 

While the tattoo looks a tad fake I do like the clever way they added the series name to the tattoo.

Beauty by Nancy Ohlin

Expected publication: May 7th 2013 by Simon Pulse

Source: Author’s Website

 

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Looks to kill for…

Ana is nothing like her glamorous mother, Queen Veda, whose hair is black as ravens and whose lips are red as roses. Alas, Queen Veda loathes anyone whose beauty dares to rival her own—including her daughter.

And despite Ana’s attempts to be plain to earn her mother’s affection,
she’s sent away to the kingdom’s exclusive boarding school.

At the Academy, Ana is devastated when her only friend abandons her for the popular girls. Isolated and alone, Ana resolves to look like a true princess to earn the acceptance she desires.

But when she uncovers the dangerous secret that makes all of the girls at the Academy so gorgeous, just how far will Ana go to fit in?

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Abigail Says 

This cover suffers from a case of bad timing. It’s just so similiar to another fairytale retelling cover that was just revealed: Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay. 

Julia Says 

Achingly young and restrained and pale, I loved this cover before I ever read the cover copy.  Beyond any supernatural element, this cover looks perfect for a book that explores the way beauty can be a currency and a weapon.

Kristina Says 

I like contrast of the dead rose against the white dress.

Alpha and Omega: Cry Wolf Volume Two (Alpha & Omega Graphic #2) by Patricia Briggs

Cover Art: Dan Dos Santos

Expected publication: May 7th 2013 by InkLit

Source: Goodreads

   

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A world of shapeshifting wolves comes vividly to life in this collection of four comics based on Cry Wolf, the first book in Patricia Briggs’s #1 New York Times bestselling Alpha and Omega series. 

Charles and Anna are on the hunt for a rogue werewolf in the Montana mountains. The creature has morphed into something so dark that it kills everything in its path: deer, elk, grizzlies…humans.

But the wolf is the creature of something far more powerful. One of Charles and Anna’s own pack harbors a centuries-old secret that has come back to haunt him—and wreak vengeance on those around him.

Charles and Anna—unaware of the truth—are two innocents who stand in the way. But even as members of their pack rally around them, Anna’s rare power comes into its own—and is unleashed…

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Abigail Says 

Dan Dos Santos is THE artist when it comes to UF. I was hoping for another Anna close up like on volume one, but it’s nearly impossible not to gush over a Santos cover. 

Julia Says 

A gorgeous image and such a perfect tableau to capture the events of this book.

Kristina Says 

Wow! I love the giant wolf with the amazing eyes. And what’s with the dead/unconcious girl and wolf over their and the flames from Anna’s hands and and and….Okay I like this cover a lot.

Shadows of Falling Night (Shadowspawn #3) by S. M. Stirling

Cover Art: Chris McGrath

Expected publication: May 7th 2013 by Roc Hardcover

Source: Author’s Website

 

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At last, S. M. Stirling, the New York Times bestselling author of the Novels of the Change, presents the stunning climax to his Shadowspawn trilogy—the ultimate confrontation, in which the fate of all humanity hangs in the balance….

She’s back….

Near-purebred home nocturnus Adrian Brézé and his human mate, Ellen, thought they had dealt with his twin sister, Adrienne. In fact, they thought she was dead.

But she survived and now leads a faction of the Shadowspawn—the ancient, shape-shifting, blood-drinking breed who secretly control the world—that wants to leave just enough of the human race alive to satisfy their hunger and serve their needs. She has nothing but hatred and contempt for her brother, who remains on the side of humanity, fighting with the Brotherhood against the Shadowspawn.

To defeat him, she has suborned his mentor—the greatest warrior of the Brotherhood. The man thinks he’s bringing a weapon to the Council of Shadows that will wipe out the Shadowspawn’s leaders. In truth, his actions will make Adrienne demon-goddess of the world…unless Adrian and Ellen can turn him back in time.

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Abigail Says 

Here’s another prolific (and favorite) artist, Chris McGrath. Love the background with the Eiffle tower and helipcopters. My only complaint is that the wolf blends so well into the background that I didn’t see it the first few times I looked at the cover.

Julia Says 

I can’t resist a man in a suit, let alone a dangerous one.

Kristina Says 

I am getting a Charlie Sheen vibe from that model. Charlie Sheen likeness aside I love the Paris backdrop. Its very action-y and he Charlie Sheen look alike is looking dapper in that suit.

Vortex (Insignia #2) by S. J. Kincaid

Expected publication: July 2nd 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books

Source: Goodreads

 

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Insignia (Insignia, #1)

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The impossible was just the beginning. Now in their second year as superhuman government weapons-in-training at the Pentagonal Spire, Tom Raines and his friends are mid-level cadets in the elite combat corps known as the Intrasolar Forces. But as training intensifies and a moment arrives that could make or break his entire career, Tom’s loyalties are again put to the test.

Encouraged to betray his ideals and friendships for the sake of his country, Tom is convinced there must be another way. And the more aware he becomes of the corruption surrounding him, the more determined he becomes to fight it, even if he sabotages his own future in the process.

Drawn into a power struggle more dramatic than he has ever faced before, Tom stays a hyperintelligent step ahead of everyone, like the exceptional gamer he is—or so he believes. But when he learns that he and his friends have unwittingly made the most grievous error imaginable, Tom must find a way to outwit an enemy so nefarious that victory seems hopeless. Will his idealism and bravado cost him everything—and everyone that matters to him?

Filled with action and intelligence, camaraderie and humor, the second book in S.J. Kincaid’s futuristic World War III Insignia trilogy continues to explore fascinating and timely questions about power, politics, technology, loyalty, and friendship.

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Abigail Says 

Nothing very interesting to me about this cover or the very similiar debut. 

Julia Says 

This looks like a homemade SciFi cover, the swirl is too generic to really play off the field of circuits and “space”.

Kristina Says 

I get a very tech vibe from this cover. I like the computer grid stuff and the electricity.

Elysian Fields (Sentinels of New Orleans #3) by Suzanne Johnson

Cover Art: Cliff Nielsen

Expected publication: August 13th 2013 by Tor Books

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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An undead serial killer comes for DJ in this thrilling third installment of Suzanne Johnson’s Sentinels of New Orleans series

The mer feud has been settled, but life in South Louisiana still has more twists and turns than the muddy Mississippi.

New Orleanians are under attack from a copycat killer mimicking the crimes of a 1918 serial murderer known as the Axeman of New Orleans. Thanks to a tip from the undead pirate Jean Lafitte, DJ Jaco knows the attacks aren’t random—an unknown necromancer has resurrected the original Axeman of New Orleans, and his ultimate target is a certain blonde wizard. Namely, DJ.

Combatting an undead serial killer as troubles pile up around her isn’t easy. Jake Warin’s loup-garou nature is spiraling downward, enigmatic neighbor Quince Randolph is acting weirder than ever, the Elders are insisting on lessons in elven magic from the world’s most annoying wizard, and former partner Alex Warin just turned up on DJ’s to-do list. Not to mention big maneuvers are afoot in the halls of preternatural power.

Suddenly, moving to the Beyond as Jean Lafitte’s pirate wench could be DJ’s best option.

“So DJ’s flashing the cleavage and hanging out in creepy old New Orleans Six Flags, which has been standing abandoned after sitting under eight or ten feet of floodwater after Katrina seven years ago. It’s a major setting for Elysian Fields, book three in the Sentinels of New Orleans series, and a totally creepy setting deserves a somewhat creepy cover. At least artist Cliff Nielsen went for carousel horses instead of big scary clown heads!” – Suzanne Johnson

Abigail Says 

Love the look of this series. The burst of colored magic in each cover is so luminous. Hats off once again to Cliff Nielsen. Bonus points for the creepy carousel in the background. 

Julia Says 

I knew immediately which series this cover was for, I love the quality of these images. Eye catching and magical.

Kristina Says 

That is one creepy carousel. And the flaming sword is awesome.

Mistwalker by Saundra Mitchell

Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Harcourt Children’s Books

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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When Willa Dixon’s brother dies on the family lobster boat, her father forbids Willa from stepping foot on the deck again. With her family suffering, she’ll do anything to help out—even visiting the Grey Man.

Everyone in her small Maine town knows of this legendary spirit who haunts the lighthouse, controlling the fog and the fate of any vessel within his reach. But what Willa finds in the lighthouse isn’t a spirit at all, but a young man trapped inside until he collects one thousand souls.

Desperate to escape his cursed existence, Grey tries to seduce Willa to take his place. With her life on land in shambles, will she sacrifice herself?

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Abigail Says 

It just feels melancholy, doesn’t it? Such a perfect emotion for the description. Looking forward to this one. 

Julia Says 

A gorgeous mix of the modern and the fey, I love how the magical colors and mist swirl around her thoroughly mainstream figure.

Kristina Says 

A very sad feeling cover. I like the lighthouse and it is also a kind of haunting look.

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4 Responses to “Cover Art Coverage: 10 New Titles!”

  1. Roger Simmons

    I always enjoy seeing the new covers. One correction if I could. Elysian Fields cover by Cliff Nielsen – Kristina, that’s not a flaming sword, it’s the “staff” named Charlie.

    • Kristina

      So it is! Thanks! I haven’t read it yet obviously. And Charlie is a very good name for a staff.

  2. Readsalot81

    The Deadman’s Deal reminds me WAY too much of Sons of Anarchy – Including the blond guy with the back tattoo. Probably not close enough for infringement, but it’s the first thing that popped into my head when I saw it.

  3. Lily B

    I really like the Elysian Fields cover, its gorgeous. Other’s aren’t that appealing and I have to say.. Deadman’s Deal does look a bit too much Son’s of Anarchy, I agree.