Cover Art Coverage: 15 New Titles!

March 6, 2013 Cover Art Coverage 4

Cover Art Coverage

Please welcome Chris to his inaugural Cover Art Coverage post, it’s fun having a new voice in the mix.  There are so many cover this weeks, however, we could only comment on a sampling.  Visit our Pinterest boards to see more, did we miss one of your favorites?

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Club Monstrosity (Club Monstrosity #1) by Jesse Petersen

Expected publication: April 29th 2013 by Pocket Star

Source: Author’s Facebook

 

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Natalie’s one of Frankenstein’s creations and works in a New York City morgue. So of course she needs therapy. She and her friends—er, fellow monsters—have formed the world’s most exclusive, most dysfunctional support group. What could go wrong?

Undetected in the modern world and under pressure to stay that way, Natalie Grey, Dracula, Bob the Blob, and others (including the fetching wolfman Alec) meet regularly to talk about the pressures of being infamous in the Big Apple. Topics include how long it’s been since their last sighting, how their “story” creates stereotypes they can’t fulfill, and—gasp—sometimes even their feelings. But when their pervy Invisible Man, Ellis, is killed in a manner reminiscent of the H.G. Wells novel, it’s clear someone’s discovered their existence and is down for some monster busting.

Led by Natalie—and definitely not helped by Hyde’s bloodthirsty tendencies—the members of Monstofelldosis Anonymous band together for security and a little sleuthing. And maybe—maybe—if they don’t end up dead, they’ll end up friends somewhere along the way.

No Author Comment Available.

Kristina Says 

I like the primary colors and the cartoon figures are kind of cute. 

Julia Says 

Childlike and fun, with a “classic monster” vibe.

Chris Says 

This is a fun cover. Love the retro look and the use of primary colors.

The Trap (The Hunt #3) by Andrew Fukuda

Expected publication: November 5th 2013 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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The Hunt (The Hunt, #1) The Prey (The Hunt, #2)

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“Pretty awesome, don’t you think? The art department at St. Martin’s Press have done it
again! And look at how amazing the covers for the HUNT series look side by side (thanks to Carina atCarina’s Books)” – Andrew Fukuda

Kristina Says 

While I love the image on the cover I don’t love the huge cutout title. Its covering the very pretty landscape! 

Julia Says 

Very striking color, I love this green. A perfect compliment to the series.

Chris Says 

This would be a decent cover, except for the giant letters. It’s called Trap. I get it, yo.

Unchained (Nephilim Rising #1) J. Lynn

Expected publication: September 24th 2013 by Entangled: Select

Source: Author’s Website

 

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Between the pissed off creatures that want demon-hunter Lily Marks dead and the fallen angel who just…wants her, Lily is about ready to trade forever for a comfy job in a cubicle farm.

The fact that she and Julian are civil to one another is enough to have her thrown out of the Sanctuary, but she can’t shake her not-so-angelic stalker or how he brings her dangerously close to ecstasy.

Her forbidden relationship with Julian provides the perfect fuel for suspicion when a traitor is discovered to be working within the Sanctuary. Lily quickly finds herself hunted by well, everyone.

Her only hope is to discover the real traitor before she loses everything—and she’ll need Julian’s help. That is, if Julian is really there to help her…and not destroy her.

Yeah, being a Nephilim isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be.

“Love this cover. It captures Lily’s attitude in her pose, her clothing, her slight smirk.” – Jennifer L. Armentrout (writing as J. Lynn)

Kristina Says 

I am going to agree with Chris on this one. There’s nothing here and the designer ripped jeans don’t help with making her appear edgy. 

Julia Says 

UNCHAINED BY CLOTHES!  IMPOSSIBLE TO CONTAIN BY FABRIC!  I love the pose (and I’m pretty sure I had those jeans once, but the bustier is a little silly.  Still, according to the author it fits her character’s description, so I won’t quibble. 

Chris Says 

Boring. Fairly certain I’ve seen this exact cover on a  bazillion other books in this genre.

The Unbound (The Archived #2) by Victoria Schwab

Expected publication: January 28th 2014 by Hyperion

Source: YA Books Central

 

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The Archived (The Archived,...

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Last summer, Mackenzie Bishop, a Keeper tasked with stopping violent Histories from escaping the Archive, almost lost her life to one. Now, as she starts her junior year at Hyde School, she’s struggling to get her life back. But moving on isn’t easy — not when her dreams are haunted by what happened. She knows the past is past, knows it cannot hurt her, but it feels so real, and when her nightmares begin to creep into her waking hours, she starts to wonder if she’s really safe.

Meanwhile, people are vanishing without a trace, and the only thing they seem to have in common is Mackenzie. She’s sure the Archive knows more than they are letting on, but before she can prove it, she becomes the prime suspect. And unless Mac can track down the real culprit, she’ll lose everything, not only her role as Keeper, but her memories, and even her life. Can Mackenzie untangle the mystery before she herself unravels?

With stunning prose and a captivating mixture of action, romance, and horror, The Unbound delves into a richly imagined world where no choice is easy and love and loss feel like two sides of the same coin.

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Kristina Says 

I like the smoke effect. It almost looked like it was forming a bottle of sorts at first glance. 

Julia Says 

I like where this cover is going, but the smoke effect doesn’t *quite* get me there.  Maybe with a little softening around the rest of the image, so my brain doesn’t spend quite so much time piecing together the smoke and the face?

Chris Says 

I dig it. The smoke and color gives it a cool, spooky vibe.

 

A Cursed Embrace (Weird Girls #2) by Cecy Robson

Expected publication: July 2nd 2013 by Signet

Source: Author’s Website

 

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Sealed with a Curse (Weird ...

Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other twenty-something girls—with one tiny exception: They are the products of a curse that backfired and gave each of them unique powers that made them, well, a little weird…

After Celia Wird and her sisters help master vampire Misha save his family, their powers are exposed to the supernatural community of the Lake Tahoe region. But fame comes at a price, and being “weird” isn’t always welcome.

To make matters worse, Celia desires the love of Alpha werewolf Aric, but his pack is bent on destroying their relationship to preserve his pureblood status. And once weres start turning up dead—with evidence pointing to the vampires—she must face the prospect of losing Aric forever. But the chaos only masks a new threat. An evil known as the Tribe has risen—and their sights are set on Celia and her sisters.

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Kristina Says 

She does look mighty powerful and the glow behind her is also very nice. 

Julia Says 

Unfortunately, the shadows on her neck look a little like a scarf, making her look like some sort of sexually predatory Isadora Duncan.  Great colors, but such an overused pose and outfit.

Chris Says 

Why a thumbs down for UNCHAINED and not for this one? Because this cover at least lets me know the genre of the book.

Soul Kissed (Shadow Kissed #2) by Erin Kellison

Expected publication: September 3rd 2013 by Zebra

Source: Author’s Website

 

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Fire Kissed (Shadow Kissed,...

While the world slumbers in Shadow, a fatal plague has swept through magekind. No one is immune to its ravages, and now that her father is dead, Cari Dolan must wield the fearful magic of her House to save innocent lives.

At the mage Council’s bidding, dangerous outsider Mason Stray joins forces with Cari to hunt down the fiend responsible. But can he trust the daughter of wealth and privilege, especially when his own son is at risk?

The princess will always welcome to her bed the warrior, even if one must pay the ultimate price…

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Kristina Says 

There’s nothing really interesting in this cover. 

Julia Says 

Super excited for another Erin Kellison book, but I never would have guessed this was one.  I like the dramatic shadows, but this cover is so much more boring PNR than I would have expected.

Chris Says 

It’s a bare chest with what I’m guessing is blue smoke. I suck at design and I could have made this cover in MS Paint in about 5 mins.

The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4) by Richelle Mead

Expected publication: November 19th 2013 by Razorbill

Source: Bookish

 

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Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1) The Golden Lily (Bloodlines... The Indigo Spell (Bloodline...

In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .

But the struggle isn’t over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there’s still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure—and re-education—looms larger than ever.

Pulses will race throughout this thrilling fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.

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Kristina Says 

The covers in this series are pretty similar and I like the flower details around the title. 

Julia Says 

Fits the rest of the series, but pretty forgettable.  Also, the two people on this cover do not appear to like each other *at all*.  Is that an eye roll I see?  Pretty title font, though.

Chris Says 

It’s not good but it’s not bad either. I honestly can form no opinion on this cover.

Zombies: Shambling Through the Ages edited by Steve Berman

Expected publication: August 7th 2013 by Prime Books

Source: Goodreads

 

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It’s a wonder humanity ever survived into the twenty-first century. Even Neanderthals knew to bury the dead beneath stones to prevent corpses from rising. Ancient civilizations feared slain warriors would return from battlefields, medieval physicians worried that bodies would rise from plague pits, many cultures buried the dead at crossroads to prevent the dead from walking. In Zombies: Shambling Through the Ages, editor Steve Berman has collected stories that reveal the threat of revenants and the living dead is far from recent. From the Bronze Age to World War II, this anthology guides us through millennia of thrills, chills, kills, carnage, horror, and havoc wreaked throughout history by the walking dead.

No Author Comment Available.

Kristina Says 

That is really creepy. I like it! 

Julia Says 

Very interesting how the layering and colors give the perception of rot, yet deconstructing the image to yields clocks and gears and an artfully smudged model.  I like it, striking and creepy.

Chris Says 

It’s a zombie book with a nice picture of a creepy zombie on the cover. Kudos for the truth in advertising!

The Lost Sun (The United States of Asgard #1) by Tessa Gratton

Expected publication: June 25th 2013 by Random House Books for Young Readers

Source: USA Today

 

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Untitled (Divergent, #3)

Fans of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods and Holly Black’s The Curse Workers will embrace this richly drawn, Norse-mythology-infused alternate world: the United States of Asgard. Seventeen-year-old Soren Bearskin is trying to escape the past. His father, a famed warrior, lost himself to the battle-frenzy and killed thirteen innocent people. Soren cannot deny that berserking is in his blood—the fevers, insomnia, and occasional feelings of uncontrollable rage haunt him. So he tries to remain calm and detached from everyone at Sanctus Sigurd’s Academy. But that’s hard to do when a popular, beautiful girl like Astrid Glyn tells Soren she dreams of him. That’s not all Astrid dreams of—the daughter of a renowned prophetess, Astrid is coming into her own inherited abilities.

When Baldur, son of Odin and one of the most popular gods in the country, goes missing, Astrid sees where he is and convinces Soren to join her on a road trip that will take them to find not only a lost god, but also who they are beyond the legacy of their parents and everything they’ve been told they have to be.

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Kristina Says 

I think I’d actually like this better with out the floating head. 

Julia Says 

I think I would have found this cover more interesting without the transparent floating head, but he certainly anchors this firmly in the YA-boarding-school-magic-drama category.

Chris Says 

Only reason this cover isn’t getting a thumbs down is because it has a character named Baldur in it. I loved me some Baldur’s Gate when I was in
college. Could this be a more subjective review? Probably not!

Tempt the Stars (Cassandra Palmer #6) by Karen Chance

Expected publication: October 1st 2013 by Signet Select

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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Touch the Dark (Cassandra P... Claimed By Shadow (Cassandr... Embrace the Night (Cassandr... Curse the Dawn (Cassandra P... Hunt the Moon (Cassandra Pa...

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“Tempt the Stars has a cover! This is always the point at which a book starts to feel real to me. Hope you like!” – Karen Chance

Kristina Says 

That is a lot of stars in the sky for being in the middle of a well lit city. I would have liked it if they made the fonts the same color. 

Julia Says 

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a Cassandra Palmer book in person (which is why I didn’t recognize this cover model at all).  This is image is very stark compared to previous, shadowy images.  The starry background really means practically no shadows, and there’s nothing to say “supernatural” (other than the series name).  This reminds me more of the old Anne McCaffrey space opera covers than a UF, but still nice.

Chris Says 

This was a thumbs up till I saw Kristina’s comment about there being too many stars for a city skyline. Now that is bugging me so much that I had to lower the grade. D’oh.

Autumn Whispers (Otherworld #14) by Yasmine Galenorn

Expected publication: September 24th 2013 by Jove

Source: Goodreads

 

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Witchling Changeling Darkling Dragon Wytch Night Huntress Demon Mistress Bone Magic Harvest Hunting (Otherworld... Blood Wyne (Otherworld / Si... Courting Darkness (Otherwor... Shaded Vision (Otherworld /... Shadow Rising (Otherworld/S... Haunted Moon (Otherworld/Si...

We’re the D’Artigo sisters: savvy half-human, half-Fae ex-operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. My sister Camille is a wicked-good witch with three sexy husbands. My sister Menolly is a vampire married to a wildly hot werepuma. And me? I’m Delilah, a two-faced werecat and Death Maiden. The Supe Community is in danger and now it’s up to us to unravel a mystery to which we may not want the answers…

When two vampiric software engineers approach us about a missing colleague, we don’t expect to find much. But then Grandmother Coyote steps in and our simple missing persons case rapidly devolves into a nightmare of debauchery, slavery, and corporate greed. Now, we must infiltrate and destroy an underground organization of influential men, led by the mysterious Lowestar Radcliff, before they discover we’re on to them. But one misstep puts our whole operation and our lives in peril, and I must unleash my powers as a Death Maiden, even if it means destroying someone I love.

“So glad you all love the new cover!!! I think it’s Delilah’s best cover yet. My faves still Haunted Moon & Night Vision, but this rocks!!” – Yasmine Galenorn

Kristina Says

That jaguar looks kind of adorable and not very fierce. I think they were going for fierce. 

Julia Says 

It’s a spider jaguar!  Twice as dangerous as the non-webspinning variety of big cat, I’m sure.  I like the gold and Spider-man pose, but it looks so silly with that giant transparent cat.

Chris Says 

I didn’t know what was going on at first with the mountain lion in the sky. Then I read the book description. For a book about a ‘sexy werepuma’ this cover is perfect.

Unchosen (The Reaper Diaries #2) by Michele Vail

Expected publication: November 2013 by Harlequin TEEN

Source: Harlequin TEEN’s Facebook Page

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Undeadly (The Reaper Diarie...

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Kristina Says 

I love the lace pattern. Its so pretty and the young girl in me would pick this book right up.

Julia Says 

Very pretty, I love how her curls compliment the lacey pattern behind the title.  She even has little hints of pink, beautifully integrated.

Chris Says 

I showed this cover to the 12 year old and she loved it. So I guess it does exactly what a YA cover should.

Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2) by Leigh Bardugo

Expected publication: June 4th 2013 by Henry Holt and Co.

Source: io9

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Shadow and Bone (The Grisha...

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

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Kristina Says 

That dragon swirling is very nice. The Russian building with the cool domes (Can’t think of the name…) is a nice touch.

Julia Says 

A great compliment to book one, I love how the dragon swirls out of the title.

Chris Says 

This cover is fantastic. Love the Russian and Asian influences.

Horde (Razorland #3) by Ann Aguirre

Expected publication: October 29th 2013 by Feiwel & Friends

Source: Goodreads

 

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Enclave (Razorland, #1) Outpost (Razorland, #2)

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Kristina Says 

For the Horde!!!! *Ahem” I like the earthy tones and mix of industrial and nature. 

Julia Says 

I love how these covers mix industrial and natural elements, metal and decay and dirt.

Chris Says 

Creepy cover. No idea if that’s what they were going for with it since I can’t tell what exactly is going on here. Is that a bloody tree?

The Wolf Prince by Karen Whiddon

Expected publication: April 2nd 2013 by Harlequin

Source: Goodreads

 

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Willow was unlike any princess he’d ever met…As heir to the throne, Ruben must choose an appropriate mate to preserve his royal bloodline—despite his fear that his true nature will destroy them both. Yet the female he craves above all others is a dangerous combination of fairy and shifter, a mesmerizing creature who inspires both passion and suspicion. Then violence strikes the castle, and the two are forced to track a killer into perilous magical territory. But with treachery everywhere, will Willow and Ruben’s growing bond be enough to shift the fate of their two kingdoms?

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Kristina Says

So he’s supposed to be a douche? Because that’s the way he looks. You can sit in a chair like that and look sexy. Go look at Eric in True Blood. He does it right. Also frosted hair is so 90’s.

Julia Says 

Holy crap on toast, this cover is awesome in a specifically smarmy, David-Bowie-in-Labrinth way.  All it’s missing is an enormous codpiece… but that’s a critical loss.  Despite it’s incredible baddness, I’d never pick this book up or take this hero seriously.

Chris Says 

This cover made me nostalgic for the horribly cheesy covers that were on sci fi/fantasy books when I was a kid.

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

  1. Kate

    Chris- Love your comment on Unchosen! I should start asking my residential 11 year old for cover opinions!

  2. Abigail

    **if you like these posts and haven’t voted for us in the #BBTC Awards for Best Feature, Vote here: http://t.co/vCHwJksc5Y

    It feels so weird not commenting myself. I’ve got to weigh in on a few of these:

    UNCHAINED – Not loving this either, but you guys remember the original version with the plaid miniskirt and fauxhawk (http://www.goodreads.com/book/photo/12081652-unchained)? This is an improvement.

    THE LOST SUN – Yikes. This photo has been used a lot in paranormal YA COVERS(I’m really shocked that Random House went with such a high traffic stockphoto). This is a long way to fall from her Nekro designed covers on her previous books. This would be my worst pick for sure.

    SIEGE AND STORM – I’m with Chris on picking this for my best. The swirling dragon and blend between Asian and Russian influences is stunning.

  3. Chris

    Sooo… I totally thought THE WOLF PRINCE cover was a dude on a chair floating through space. I still love the cheesiness of the cover so my original thumbs up is still valid. But, um, it’s not quit as cool now.

    (Somebody go write a book about a wolf prince with a space chair for me now, please.)

  4. Readsalot81

    I can’t tell you how many guys I knew in high school (back in the 90s) that had THE EXACT SAME HAIRDO as The Wolf Prince. I’m still snickering over Kristina’s comment :)

    Eh, Tempt The Stars is a disappointment for me. It seems pretty busy.. and I would not think UF if I were to just casually glance at the cover.