Cover Art Coverage: 13 New Titles!

January 2, 2013 Cover Art Coverage 0

Cover Art Coverage

Nothing is a better start to a new year than getting back to our usual cover banter.  The cover for Carol Wolf’s BINDINGS is very colorful and fun, but the cover model’s show girl pose ruined it for me.  I think I’d prefer if Jim Hines were popping a hip and showing off the magic.

Pros and Cons (Nikki Glass #2.5) by Jenna Black

Expected publication: February 25th 2013 by Pocket Star

Source: Goodreads

 

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Dark Descendant Deadly Descendant Rogue Descendant

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An original eNovella in the acclaimed Nikki Glass urban fantasy series, taking place between the events of the novelsDeadly Descendant and Rogue Descendant.As a living descendant of Artemis the Huntress, private investigator Nikki Glass knows how to track someone down—but this time, her latest case leads to unexpected revelations of lies and betrayal…

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Abigail Says 

Not a bad effort for an e novella. Not quite the same standard as the full length novels, but it works. 

Julia Says 

This is a great novella cover, the color and pose compliments the series style.

Kristina Says 

I like the close up on her. It defines it as a novella but is in keeping with the series style.

Delirium Stories: Hana, Annabel, and Raven (Delirium #0.5, 1.5, 2.5) by Lauren Oliver

Expected publication: March 5th 2013 by HarperCollins

Source: Goodreads

 

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Delirium (Delirium, #1) Pandemonium (Delirium, #2) Requiem (Delirium, #3)

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For the first time, Lauren Oliver’s short stories about characters in the Delirium world appear in print. Originally published as digital novellas, Hana, Annabel, and Raven each center around a fascinating and complex character who adds important information to the series and gives it greater depth. This collection also includes an excerpt from Requiem, the final novel in Oliver’s New York Times bestselling series.

Hana is told through the perspective of Lena’s best friend, Hana Tate. Set during the tumultuous summer before Lena and Hana are supposed to be cured, this story is a poignant and revealing look at a moment when the girls’ paths diverge and their futures are altered forever.

Lena’s mother, Annabel, has always been a mystery–a ghost from Lena’s past–until now. Her journey from teenage runaway to prisoner of the state is a taut, gripping narrative that expands the Delirium world and illuminates events–and Lena–through a new point of view.

And as the passionate, fierce leader of a rebel group in the Wilds, Raven plays an integral role in the resistance effort and comes into Lena’s life at a crucial time. Crackling with intensity, Raven is a brilliant story told in the voice of one of the strongest and most tenacious characters in the Delirium world.

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Abigail Says 

I like that they’ve drawn elements from each of the main books, but I’m not a fan of the main covers to begin with. Love the series though. 

Julia Says 

This is fine for an eSpecial, but I’m not a big fan of the close up of the flowers with all the text.  

Kristina Says 

While I like the flowers its kind of boring and tells you little of what the stories are going to be about.

City of Bones: The Graphic Novel (The Mortal Instruments: Graphic Novel #1) by Cassandra Clare, Mike Raicht, & Nicole Virella

Expected publication: August 6th 2013 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Source: Goodreads

 

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It is currently available for digital download via ComiXology in a nine-part series, but it will be available in full in paperback on August 6, 2013.

Th3rd World’s adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s New York Times best-selling novel, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Set in modern day New York, the Mortal Instruments series centers on the “Shadowhunters,” human-angel hybrids that hunt down demons while also keeping peace between the warlocks, vampires, werewolves, faeries and other mythical creatures who inhabit the Earth.

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Abigail Says 

So not a fan of this art style. Too bad they couldn’t get Cliff Nielsen to do the cover again. 

Julia Says 

Jace is great but the architectural drawings in the background don’t make sense to me.

Kristina Says 

He looks like an Anime character which is nice. Why is the city just outlines and there is a massive grid in the back. Looks cool…

Beauty’s Beast by Jenna Kernan

Expected publication: April 2nd 2013 by Harlequin

Source: RT Book Reviews

 

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He was the son of her sworn enemy…and now the only one who could save her  Samantha Proud doesn’t think her life could get any more complicated-or tragic. Since she dared to save a human boy from evil spirits, Nagi, the Ruler of Ghosts, has been actively stalking her family. Still, she never expected well-meaning Thunderbirds to scatter them to the four winds, dumping her at the feet of Alon Garza, a gorgeous Halfling, for safekeeping.

Alon has never met anyone like the sensual shifter who has just been literally dropped into his woods. Because of who he is, he never wanted to be with a woman for more than one night. Now, to keep Samantha safe, his only choice is to claim her. But will his desire expose the dark truth he’s been fighting for so long?

“I’m really in love with this cover because it captures so much of what I detailed to the art department at Harlequin about this story. You can see that my heroine, Samantha Proud, is very definitely Native American. In fact, she is a Grizzly skinwalker (shape-shifter) from the Lakota tribe and she uses the gold medicine wheel she wears around her neck to help channel her healing powers.” – Jenna Kernan

Abigail Says 

The perspective is what makes the cover for me. 

Julia Says 

I love the perspective and the birds, but the blond on the cover guy doesn’t look right to me.  The author says she used Alexander Skarsgard for her inspiration, but even Skarsgard doesn’t look weird blond in his picture.

Kristina Says 

A very unique cover with the flock of ravens flying about. And the author’s explaination of the cover is pretty cool too.

This Wicked Magic (This Witchery #2) by Michele Hauf

Expected publication: February 5th 2013 by Harlequin

Source: Goodreads

 

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This Glamorous Evil

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His destined mate…Certainly Jones has pushed it too far this time. Gnawing and clawing at his soul are the demons he unknowingly carried back from his quest into their land. Weak and exhausted, the dark witch gazes down the dim, cobbled street at his only hope—a lone vehicle with blazing headlights. Desperate, he makes a mad dash for the light, and the striking woman illuminated in its wake.

Vika senses him before she sees him. The good witch with emerald eyes and fiery red hair has never dabbled in dark magic. But one look at CJ turns her life upside down. Soon Vika is lured into his dangerous world…and his powerful arms. A few sultry kisses are not enough to save CJ from his demons—it’s going to take some seriously potent sorcery. And they’re running out of time.

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Abigail Says 

The chandelier in the forrest is weird enough to kill this cover. 

Julia Says 

Much better than the cover for book one but not for me.  Oddly stiff and old fashioned, I don’t get the chandelier in the middle of the woods.

Kristina Says 

Why is there a chandelier in the middle of the woods? I’d understand some torches but not that. Its kind of bothering me…Nice dress though.

Hunted (The Iron Druid Chronicles #6) by Kevin Hearne

Cover Artist: Gene Mollica

Expected publication: June 25th 2013 by Del Rey

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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Hounded Hexed Hammered Tricked Trapped

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“It may be possible that Hearne and Atticus are the logical heir to Butcher and Dresden.”―SFFWorld

For a two-thousand-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt—Artemis and Diana—for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is . . . run like hell.

Crashing the pantheon marathon is the Norse god Loki. Killing Atticus is the only loose end he needs to tie up before unleashing Ragnarok—AKA the Apocalypse. Atticus and Granuaile have to outfox the Olympians and contain the god of mischief if they want to go on living—and still have a world to live in.

“The cover for HUNTED is so spooky and I love it! “Zoinks! Like it’s a man with antlers! Like let’s get out of here, Atticus! RUN!”

I could explain what’s going on in this tableau but that’s no fun, right? Lots of you probably already know the identity of that spectral figure behind Atticus. However, I will say that I’ve been setting up this encounter since HOUNDED (which I wrote way back in 2008, by the way).  Though it’s just casually mentioned by Flidais in that book, I have always intended for Atticus to get to this place.

Huge props as always to artist Gene Mollica and the Del Rey peeps for their brilliant work!”

-Kevin Hearne

Abigail Says 

Love that they returned to the style of the earlier covers, and how cool is the figure with the antlers? 

Julia Says 

They’ve done such a great job with this series, I love the look of the title block.  

Kristina Says 

Very in keeping with the rest of the series. I love random antler man in the back there! He’s all mysterious looking.

Ex-Heroes (Ex-Heroes #1) by Peter Clines

Expected publication: February 26th 2013 by Crown Publishing Group

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The first in a spectacularly genre-mashing adventure series that pits a small group of courageous, flawed, terrified superheroes against hordes of undead.

Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes, using their superhuman abilities to make Los Angeles a better place.

Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Now, a year later, the heroes struggle to overcome their differences and recover from their own scars as they protect the thousands of survivors huddled in their film-studio-turned-fortress, the Mount.

But the hungry ex-humans are not the only threat the survivors face. Across the city, another group has grown and gained power.

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Abigail Says 

This looks unfinished. Pretty boring too. 

Julia Says 

Very gritty and graphic, I love the splash of red and how ragged the hero looks.  I think “Ex” should have been over the “Heroes” part of the title.

Kristina Says 

Ah the ‘hero brooding on a ledge wearing a trenchcoat/cape’ image. The city does look like a zombie apocalypse hit. Gritty and dystopian.

Magic and Loss (Golgotham #3) by Nancy A. Collins

Expected publication: November 5th 2013 by Roc

Source: Goodreads

 

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Right Hand Magic (Golgotham... Left Hand Magic (Golgotham,...

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Abigail Says 

Is she holding a blow torch or a smoker or what? This does fit the series, but it’s a little lackluster. 

Julia Says 

Maybe this is just the safety nerd in me, but it freaks me out how casually she’s holding a lit blow torch by her thigh.  I see how that works with Tate’s art, but it looks distracting to me.

Kristina Says 

Not my favorite for the series. And I don’t get the whole blow torch thing.

Indelible (The Twixt #1) by Dawn Metcalf

Expected publication: July 30th 2013 by Harlequin Teen

Source: Harlequin TEEN’s Facebook

 

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Joy doesn’t know who “Ink” is, but she suspects it might be the guy who tried to stab her in the eye. Ever since that night at the club, Joy keeps finding cryptic notes, messages, and threats for Ink. Trying to disentangle herself from this bizarre case of mistaken identity, Joy discovers the truth about the mysterious Indelible Ink and other members of the Twixt, unexpectedly pitting them both against a world of monsters, illusion, immortal honor and revenge, and a scheme to end the Age of Man.

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Abigail Says 

Beautiful. I can’t tell if this is carved and/or branded or what…but it looks awesome. 

Julia Says 

Simple and gorgeous, I love the stained glass quality.

Kristina Says 

The texture on this cover is very cool. I like the colors used too.

Midnight Frost (Mythos Academy #5) by Jennifer Estep

Expected publication: August 2013 by K-Teen

Source: Goodreads

 

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Touch of Frost Kiss of Frost Dark Frost Crimson Frost (Mythos Acade...

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Here we go again …

Just when it seems life at Mythos Academy can’t get any more dangerous, the Reapers of Chaos manage to prove me wrong. It was just a typical night at the Library of Antiquities — until a Reaper tried to poison me. The good news is I’m still alive and kicking. The bad news is the Reaper poisoned someone else instead.

As Nike’s Champion, everyone expects me to lead the charge against the Reapers, even though I’m still hurting over what happened with Spartan warrior Logan Quinn. I’ve got to get my hands on the antidote fast — otherwise, an innocent person will die. But the only known cure is hidden in some creepy ruins — and the Reapers are sure to be waiting for me there…

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Abigail Says 

This is the most we’ve seen of Gwen…it does look like a new model, but the mix between teen and warrior comes across very well.

Julia Says 

A vacant expression paired with that awkward grasp of the sword?  Yeah, this is not working for me at all.  She looks so confused.  Is she rowing with that thing?

Kristina Says 

I like the style and poses of the model in these covers.

Velvet by Em Garner

Expected publication: July 23rd 2013 by EgmontUSA

Source: Tez Says

 

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After the Contamination—an epidemic caused by the super-trendy diet drink SlimPro that turned ordinary citizens into violent, uncontrollable creatures—the government rounded up the “Connies” to protect the remaining population. Now, two years later, the rehabilitated are being allowed home, complete with shock collars that will either control, or kill, them.

Velvet Ellis has struggled to care for her ten-year-old sister since her parents were taken in the round up. When she finds her mother in one of the “Kennels,” Velvet resolves to do whatever it takes to put her family back together. But the danger isn’t over. It’s beginning all over again…

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Abigail Says 

Yes, it fits the premise, but it’s a little stupid looking with her face stretched on the bottles. Description sounds intriguing though. 

Julia Says 

Nice intense eyes but a little too much of a duck face to take her seriously.

Kristina Says 

I like the face on all of the bottles. Perhaps they should have chosen another color because I was not thinking yellow diet drink on first glance.

The Shade of the Moon (The Last Survivors #4) by Susan Beth Pfeffer

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

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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Life As We Knew It (Last Su... The Dead and the Gone (Last... This World We Live In (Last...

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“I’m not quite sure what that big building is supposed to be, but it’s got fire and I like it!” – Susan Beth Pfeffer

Abigail Says 

The massive moon is both beautiful and ominous…kind of perfect for the premise 

Julia Says 

The lighting around the building doesn’t look quite right, the whole “fire” thing looks a little contrived.

Kristina Says 

Awesome moon though I think if the moon were that close the tides and other stuff would be majorly messed up on Earth. Maybe that’s what is happening though. Should read the description…

Binding (Wolf Moon Saga #2) by Carol Wolf

Expected publication: April 2nd 2013 by Night Shade Books

Source: The Qwillery

 

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Summoning (Wolf Moon Saga #1)

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What do you do after you’ve saved the world—and nobody believes you?
Amber is a teenage runaway, hiding out in Los Angeles, who is also a daughter of the wolf kind. And, not long ago, she had her own personal demon. Richard was her servant, her lover, and a hellish force bound to the earth against his will. Together they turned back the World Snake that threatened to destroy the city—and she had granted Richard his freedom.
Now Amber is alone, but nobody accepts that she has truly shed her demon. Many still fear the World Snake and seek to capture the demon’s power for their own purposes, unaware that Richard has already departed the mortal realm. Amber finds herself hunted, in both wolf and human forms, by cultists, illusionists, raisers of power, and even an evil veterinarian.
Saving the world was one thing. To save herself Amber may have to call back her fearsome demon lover, who is no longer bound to obey her. . . .

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Abigail Says 

Super charged sex appeal, but mixed with the gritty UF details make it a win. 

Julia Says 

Wow, this is pretty busty and flashy and over the top.  I can see how this ties in with the cover on book 1, but she’s standing like a show girl.

Kristina Says 

Fun and sexy with a lot of magical touches.

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