Cover Art Coverage: 15 New Titles!

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Contaminated by Em Garner

Expected publication: July 23rd 2013 by EgmontUSA

Source: Goodreads

 

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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…

Gritty and grabbing, Velvet is a harrowing, emotionally charged novel for fans of Carrie Ryan and The Walking Dead.

“Alarmingly realistic and absolutely unputdownable, Velvet will leave you reeling.”–Jennifer L. Armentrout, USA Today Bestselling Author

“Relentlessly horrifying. Em Garner will make you fear… everything. Velvet is a bone-chilling, riveting debut.” Ann Aguirre, USA Today Bestselling author of Outpost

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Kate Says 

This reminds me of the photos I took in high school and ran through a filter in an effort to look artsy. It’s a bit blah. 

Julia Says 

This cover does a great job mixing horror and humanity.  First I saw those dirty, almost clawed fingers, but while my eye focused on the ring the image resolved into an ordinary (if dirty) hand.  Sounds like the perfect balance for this book, much better than the prior cover.

Kristina Says 

Usually I like grainy but this just isnt doing it for me.

Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn

Cover Art: Kerri Resnick

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

Source: YA Highway

 

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When you’ve been kept caged in the dark, it’s impossible to see the forest for the trees. It’s impossible to see anything, really. Not without bars . . . 

Andrew Winston Winters is at war with himself.

He’s part Win, the lonely teenager exiled to a remote Vermont boarding school in the wake of a family tragedy. The guy who shuts all his classmates out, no matter the cost.

He’s part Drew, the angry young boy with violent impulses that control him. The boy who spent a fateful, long-ago summer with his brother and teenage cousins, only to endure a secret so monstrous it led three children to do the unthinkable.

Over the course of one night, while stuck at a party deep in the New England woods, Andrew battles both the pain of his past and the isolation of his present.

Before the sun rises, he’ll either surrender his sanity to the wild darkness inside his mind or make peace with the most elemental of truths—that choosing to live can mean so much more than not dying.

“When I first found out that the cover of the CHARM & STRANGE would be changing, I’ll be honest: I felt a lot of apprehension. Would I like the new one? Would it fit the story? Luckily, not only do I love it, but it reflects the story inside so well. The silhouetted figures remind me of the posters of some of my favorite old suspense films* and I love the way the trees look like cage bars, which matches the quote that’s used in the jacket copy.” – Stephanie Kuehn

Kate Says 

I really like this new cover. Very clean and striking. Plus, I love the color combo. 

Julia Says 

This reminds me a bit of SHIVER, the paper cut style looks a little plain here though.  Definitely “strange”, I don’t know if I’m charmed… but I like it better than the original cover. 

Kristina Says 

I really like this style. If it were just the cut out people I might not but the whole strange cutouts with the trees gives it an interesting look.

Bound by Night (MoonBound Clan Vampire #1) by Larissa Ione

Expected publication: September 24th 2013 by Pocket Books

Source: Author’s Facebook

 

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The first installment in a sexy new paranormal romance series by Larissa Ione, author of the bestselling Demonica series!

Nicole Martin was only eight years old when she narrowly survived a massacre: her family’s vampire slaves rebelled and killed everyone in her household. Twenty years later, Nicole now dedicates herself to finding a vaccine against vampirism…and eradicating the gruesome memories that give her nightmares.

Riker, a member of the wild vampire Moon Clan, is haunted by his own demons—his wife Lorraine had been captured and enslaved by the Martin family. It was during a botched escape attempt that she was killed, along with their unborn child. Still wracked with grief and anger, Riker is now fueled solely by the desire to rescue vampire slaves…and slaughter their owners.

When Riker stumbles upon Nicole in a chance meeting, he immediately recognizes her as a member of the Martin family that once enslaved his wife—and she recognizes him as the wild vampire she saw kissing a pregnant slave in the moments before her violent death—an image that has haunted her dreams for years.

When Riker kidnaps Nicole and they spend a night together in a cave on the way back to his clan, suddenly they begin to realize that they aren’t as different from one another as they may have thought—and they’re finding themselves drawn to one another…

“The font and his eyes will glow on the final cover. Yay!!!! I’ve been staring too. Love the penis dagger! LOL” – Larissa Ione

Kate Says 

This is a perfect paranormal romance cover. Though I can’t stop thinking about the positioning of the knife after reading the author comment. 

Julia Says 

I love the hand on his stomach and hint of skin, and the styling of the title/ series info is spot on.  I could do without the dick blade, though…

Kristina Says 

He does look sexy in black on that crypt. I like the faded grey sky in the background.

Thieves’ Quarry (Thieftaker Chronicles #2) by D. B. Jackson

Cover Art: Chris McGrath

Expected publication: July 2nd 2013 by Tor Books

Source: Author’s Website

 

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Thieftaker (Thieftaker Chro...

Boston, Province of Massachusetts Bay, September 28, 1768

Autumn has come to New England, and with it a new threat to the city of Boston. British naval ships have sailed into Boston Harbor bearing over a thousand of His Majesty King George III’s soldiers. After a summer of rioting and political unrest, the city is to be occupied.

Ethan Kaille, thieftaker and conjurer, is awakened early in the morning by a staggeringly powerful spell, a dark conjuring of unknown origin. Before long, he is approached by representatives of the Crown. It seems that every man aboard the HMS Graystone has died, though no one knows how or why. They know only that there is no sign of violence or illness. Ethan soon discovers that one soldier — a man who is known to have worked with Ethan’s beautiful and dangerous rival, Sephira Pryce — has escaped the fate of his comrades and is not among the Graystone’s dead. Is he the killer, or is there another conjurer loose in the city, possessed of power sufficient to kill so many with a single dark casting?

Ethan, the missing soldier, and Sephira Pryce and her henchmen all scour the city in search of a stolen treasure which seems to lie at the root of all that is happening. At the same time, though, Boston’s conjurers are under assault from the royal government as well as from the mysterious conjurer. Men are dying. Ethan is beaten, imprisoned, and attacked with dark spells.

And if he fails to unravel the mystery of what befell the Graystone, every conjurer in Boston will be hanged as a witch. Including him.

“Once again, the marvelous, talented Chris McGrath, and the Tor Books art department have done a tremendous job with the art work for the Thieftaker Chronicles. As an author, you want an image that captures the essence of the story, that makes potential readers say “Wow, I want that!”and that uses a palette of colors and fonts that links the book to others in the series. This cover does all three perfectly.” – D. B. Jackson

Kate Says 

This is good- for a historical novel. It doesn’t really show me anything that indicates there’s magic in there. But I do like the font. 

Julia Says 

I love these covers thematically, I knew at once which series this belonged to.  The hint of magic is subtle enough to miss, but the color is ghostly enough to appear otherworldly regardless.

Kristina Says 

Awesome looking Revolutionary War dude. I like the little touch of sparks around his hand conveying something paranormal or magical going on with him and the gritty look is a nice additoin too.

Pile of Bones (Parallel Parks #1) by Bailey Cunningham

Expected publication: July 30th 2013 by Ace

Source: Author’s Website

 

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In one world, they’re ordinary university students. In another world, they are a company of heroes in a place of magic and myth called Anfractus……

The Cree called the area Oscana, “pile of bones,” a fertile hunting ground where game abounded. The white settlers changed that to Wascana. And centuries later, it became Wascana Park, a wooded retreat in the midst of the urban sprawl of Regina.

For a select few, who stay in the park until midnight, the land reverts into a magical kingdom, populated by heroes and monsters. They become warriors, bards, archers, gladiators. In the city called Anfractus, they live out a real-life role playing game.

All harmless fun—until they find themselves in the middle of an assassination plot which threatens to upset the balance of everything.  Politics are changing, and old borders are about to disappear.  The magic of Anfractus is bleeding into the real world—an incursion far more dangerous than the students suspect. Only they know what is happening—and only they can stop it…

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Kate Says 

That knife is wicked looking, and I like the firey bits falling in the sky. I wish there was a little more contrast with the title color though. 

Julia Says 

Pony Boy with a knife, the cover model looks tough but dated.  

Kristina Says 

I like the scary looking knife but the background color isn’t working for me for some reason. I think like Kate said if there were more contrast in colors it would be better.

Doomed (Damned #2) by Chuck Palahniuk

Expected publication: October 8th 2013 by Doubleday

Source: Goodreads

 

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Madison Spencer, the liveliest, snarkiest dead girl in the universe, continues the adventures in the afterlife begun in Damned. Having somewhat reluctantly escaped from Hell, she now wanders the Purgatory that is Earth as a ghostly spirit, seeking her do-gooding celebrity parents, fighting the malign control of Satan, recounting the disgracefully funny (to us, anyway) encounter with her grandfather in a fetid highway rest stop in upstate New York when she…oh, never mind, and climaxing in a rendezvous with destiny on the new, totally plastic continent in the Pacific called, not at all accidentally, Madlantis.

Dante Aligheri, watch your back, Chuck Palahniuk is gaining on you.

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Kate Says 

It looks like a Chuck Palahniuk cover…but it’s a bit of a step down from the first in the series. 

Julia Says 

Goo, very icky.  This cover fits the cartoony style of book one, but the eyes aren’t enough to save this washed out cover.  Maybe texture can make up for all the white in person, but I’m not a fan.

Kristina Says 

It looks like glue rather than the plastic I assume the dripping goo is supposed to be. I like the first book’s cover better.

Harbinger (Book of the Order #4) by Philippa Ballantine

Cover Art: Jason Chan

Expected publication: July 30th 2013 by Ace

Source: Author’s Website

 

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Geist Spectyr Wrayth

The Deacons of the Order are all that stand between the wicked spirits of the Otherside and the innocent citizens of the Empire. They are sworn to protect humanity, even when they cannot protect themselves…

After the Razing of the Order, Sorcha Faris, one of the most powerful Deacons, is struggling to regain control of the runes she once wielded. The Deacons are needed more desperately than ever. The barrier between the world of the living and the world of the dead is weakening, and the Emperor has abandoned his throne, seeking to destroy those he feels have betrayed him.

Though she is haunted by the terrible truth of her past, Sorcha must lead the charge against the gathering hordes of geists seeking to cross into the Empire. But to do so, she will need to manipulate powers beyond her understanding—powers that may prove to be her undoing…

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Kate Says 

I’m totally with Kristina about the hair on fire concern. But she’s very striking, and I love the colors. 

Julia Says 

Sorcha looks awesome, and the lion looks comedically ruffled.  I love the vivid covers of this series.  

Kristina Says 

That guy totally looks like a lion. All of them look very tough though I am worried about the girl’s hair catching on fire. Tie the hair back when you cast fire balls people!

Wounded Angel (Earth Angels #3) by Stacy Gail

Expected publication: May 27th 2013 by Carina Press

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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Nobody's Angel (Earth Angel... Savage Angel (Earth Angels,...

A descendant of the Angel of Vengeance, Nate da Luca was gifted with an uncanny ability to find things. It made his job as a detective a breeze—until he learned the hard way that some things should remain hidden. After that, his powers vanished, along with his belief in himself. Which is going to make tracking down Gabriella Littlefield for his latest client a challenge.

Personal trainer Ella Little paid a hefty price for her life—now all she wants is to live it in peace. Then a sexy hulk of a man turns up in her gym, reigniting desires she thought she’d left behind along with her real name and hair color.

Desires she can’t deny even after she discovers Nate’s no stranger to her dark past.

Before he can convince her the attraction is mutual, Nate’s going to have to earn Ella’s trust. But a demon is playing for keeps in the world of humans, using Ella as bait, and the last thing they have is time.

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Kate Says 

He looks a bit emo. And also a bit fuzzy. Kind of boring.

Julia Says 

This cover model’s expression is a nice mix of earnest and sexy, but all that skin with wings bolted on looks tacky.

Kristina Says 

OMG emo is the word I was trying to think of when looking at this! The wings don’t look like they are attached to him for some reason.

Sea Change by S. M. Wheeler

Cover Art: Sam Webber

Expected publication: June 18th 2013 by Tor Books

Source: Author’s Website

 

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An exhilarating tale of a young woman’s transformative journey through a world of krakens, witches, bandits, and monsters.

The unhappy child of two powerful parents who despise each other, young Lilly turns to the ocean to find solace, which she finds in the form of the eloquent and intelligent sea monster Octavius, a kraken. In Octavius’s many arms, Lilly learns of friendship, loyalty, and family. When Octavius, forbidden by Lilly to harm humans, is captured by seafaring traders and sold to a circus, Lilly becomes his only hope for salvation. Desperate to find him, she strikes a bargain with a witch that carries a shocking price.

Her journey to win Octavius’s freedom is difficult. The circus master wants a Coat of Illusions; the Coat tailor wants her undead husband back from a witch; the witch wants her skin back from two bandits; the bandits just want some company, but they might kill her first. Lilly’s quest tests her resolve, tries her patience, and leaves her transformed in every way.

A powerfully written debut from a young fantasy author, Sea Change is an exhilarating tale of adventure, resilience, and selflessness in the name of friendship.

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Kate Says 

This is awesome. I love the different artifacts making up the title, and I really hope they all are featured in the story. 

Julia Says 

An interesting, literary cover, but I wouldn’t expect anything otherworldly.

Kristina Says 

I like the creative use of random objects/artifacts to make the title.

Friends and Traitors (Slayers #2) by C. J. Hill

Expected publication: October 15th 2013 by Feiwel & Friends

Source: Goodreads

 

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Slayers (Slayers, #1)

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Kate Says 

I like the dragon in the background, however, that chick is dressed in the most impractical outfit ever (wedges and a short skirt? please.) and they are standing on top of flames. Ouch!! 

Julia Says 

I like the style of book one better, this is pretty middle of the road “ferocious YA”.

Kristina Says 

Another cover with people dangerously close to fire! Why is she the only one with a crossbow? I hope she knows how to use considering her clothing choices are kind of silly to hunt dragons with. The dragon skeleton is cool though.

Lost Souls (Caitlynn O’Connell #2) by Delilah Devlin

Expected publication: June 4th 2013 by Montlake Romance

Source: Author’s Website

 

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Shattered Souls (Caitlynn O...

Private Investigator Caitlyn O’Connell is tapped by Memphis PD to discover who has been using a Memphis hotel as his killing ground. Women are going missing, and their bodies are found inside the walls of the hotel. But the bodies themselves? They appear to have been murdered in the distant past. With ghosthunters and cops crawling all over the crime scene, Cait and her detective ex-husband Sam Pierce race to find the demon responsible before he kills again.

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Kate Says 

The whispy smoke/fog really sets a mood and I love the color scheme and how the title really sticks out. 

Julia Says 

The lighting and color on this cover is a little too garish for me, my eye wanders all over the cover without anything to settle on. The cover model is just sort of floating there.

Kristina Says 

She looks like Amy Pond from Doctor Who! This cover looks very creepy with the ghosts and spooky lights.

Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst

Expected publication: September 3rd 2013 by Walker

Source: Goodreads

 

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About a teen in a paranormal witness protection program, who, haunted by dreams of carnival tents and tarot cards, must remember her past and why she has strange abilities before a magic-wielding serial killer hunts her down.

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Kate Says 

I love this font! And the pins in the heart and background seem to go with the blurb, so even though it is a little plain, I think it works. 

Julia Says 

Oooh, creeptastic.  I like how the needles and background halo compliment each other, but the title font is a little too cutesy for me.

Kristina Says 

The pins in the heart are very cool! I like the carnival tent pattern for the background.

Daylighters (The Morganville Vampires #15) by Rachel Caine

Expected publication: November 5th 2013 by NAL Hardcover

Source: Goodreads

 

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Glass Houses The Dead Girls' Dance Midnight Alley Feast of Fools Lord of Misrule Carpe Corpus Fade Out Kiss of Death (The Morganvi... Ghost Town (The Morganville... Bite Club (The Morganville ... Last Breath (The Morganvill... Black Dawn (The Morganville... Bitter Blood (The Morganvil... Fall of Night (Morganville ...

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Kate Says 

I really like how well the sunrise is shown here. The background is really quite lovely, and the girl is so striking. 

Julia Says 

I love the lighting on this cover, pretty and appropriate.  Her eyes perfectly match her hair, stunning.

Kristina Says 

The sunrise and how it illuminates her makes this cover more interesting than just a plain head shot.

Eternal Sin (Mark of the Vampire #6) by Laura Wright

Expected publication: November 13th 2013 by Signet Eclipse

Source: Author’s Facebook

 

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Eternal Hunger Eternal Kiss Eternal Captive Eternal Beast Eternal Demon

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Kate Says 

Oh hi half naked guy with giant knife. Also, is it just me, or does the design next to the series name look like little guitars? 

Julia Says 

I’m not a fan of this color scheme and the skyline looks veyr 80’s.

Kristina Says 

Why do they have to cut off the tops of these poor guys’ heads in these covers? That knife is compensating for something. Just saying.X

The Accidental Werewolf 2: Something About Harry (Accidentally Friends #8) by Dakota Cassidy

Expected publication: December 3rd 2013 by Berkley Trade

Source: Author’s Pinterest

 

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The Accidental Werewolf Accidentally Dead The Accidental Human Accidentally Demonic Accidentally Catty Accidentally Dead, Again The Accidental Genie

From national bestselling author Dakota Cassidy comes the latest in the series that “gets better and better with each book.” (Bitten by Books)

He’s in a furry situation.

Accountant Harry Ralph Emerson has always been a by-the-numbers kind of guy. But when he finds himself trapped at work sprouting an obscene amount of hair, he knows his odds for maintaining normalcy are zero to none. After a frantic internet search, Harry goes through the OOPS—Out in the Open Paranormal Support—checklist and comes to a disheartening conclusion: He’s turning into a werewolf and he needs help ASAP.

She might be the only solution.

Werewolf Mara Flaherty has long carried a torch for Pack Cosmetics’s sexy single accountant, even after her attempt to seduce him went down in flames. When her sister-in-law, Marty, shows up to handle Harry’s OOPS emergency, she tasks Mara with showing the hirsute hottie the ropes. But Mara knows Harry’s condition is a result of her lab experiment gone wrong—and the previously mild-mannered object of her affection is about to give her a piece of his mind….

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Kate Says 

This is super cute! I really love these covers. And definitely love everything about the shadow puppet in contrast with the big wolf shadow behind her. 

Julia Says 

Hah, fun with shadow!

Kristina Says 

Okay this is just adorable. The shadow hand puppet sold this cover for me.

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3 Responses to “Cover Art Coverage: 15 New Titles!”

  1. Chris

    Ha, that cover for SOMETHING ABOUT HARRY cracks me up.

    Also, that SLAYERS book made me sad. I assumed it was a new Buffy book. :(

  2. Abigail

    I’m loving Chris McGrath’s art for THIEVES’ QUARRY. You guys need to check out the series too, it’s like 1700’s Harry Dresden!

    • Chris

      I loved THIEFTAKER. Looks like we may be having to duel for who reviews THIEVES’ QUARRY. ;-)

      His more traditional epic fantasy novels are excellent as well. Winds of the Foreland especially.