Cover Art Coverage: 15 New Titles & Guest from Dark Faerie Tales!

April 3, 2013 Cover Art Coverage 5

Cover Art Coverage

It has been so interesting having new voices in the Cover Art Coverage, Abigail was inspired to branch out even more.  Today, with the first of our Guest Cover Art Coverage, we have Angela from Dark Faerie Tales!  Angela is our long time partner in crime for our Halloween Feature, Spooky Legends, and Deadly Destinations (coming in July).  Please given Angela a warm welcome, and let us know who you’d like to guest comment next!

Kicking It: These Boots are Made for Stalking edited by Faith Hunter and Chloe Neill

Expected publication: December 3rd 2013 by ROC

Source: Author’s Website

 

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Kicking It: These Boots Are Made for Stalking is an upcoming ROC anthology edited by Faith Hunter and Kalayna Price. Announced July 3rd on Faith Hunter’s Facebook page. It will contain short stories by Faith Hunter, Kalayna Price (Alex Craft short story focused on Briar Darque), Rachel Caine, Chloe Neill, Shannon K. Butcher. More info to come.

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Abigail Says 

Apart from drooling over the author lineup, the leather and dagger have my UF sensors tingling :) 

Chris Says 

Those boots probably wouldn’t be very practical in a knife fight, but the cover is pretty sweet regardless. 

Angela (Dark Faerie Tales) Says 

This is a classic UF cover. The boots and dagger hint to the always capable UF heroine. It’s important to look good while kicking butt.

Horizon (The Soul Seekers #4) by Alyson Noel

Expected publication: November 19th 2013 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Source: Author’s Website

 

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Fated (Soul Seekers, #1) Echo (Soul Seekers, #2) Mystic (Soul Seekers, #3)

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Abigail Says 

We’ve been seeing a lot of water dresses lately so this flaming gown is realy striking. Plus I like the strong looking guy in the background. 

Chris Says 

It’s petty, but the use of all lower-case for the title really bugs me. The dress is extremely cool though so that saves it from a thumbs down. 

Angela (Dark Faerie Tales) Says 

I absolutely love the flaming gown. It really helps the cover stand out and it’s a nice change from the standard YA heroine twirling around in a formal gown.

Elegy (Watersong #4) by Amanda Hocking

Cover Art: James Porto, Lisa Marie Pompilio

Expected publication: August 6th 2013 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Source: Author’s Website

 

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Wake (Watersong, #1) Lullaby (Watersong, #2) Tidal (Watersong, #3)

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Now that Gemma holds the key to breaking the siren curse, the stakes have never been higher. At last, a future with those she loves—and a romance with Alex—is close enough to touch…but not if Penn has anything to say about it. Penn is more determined than ever to have Daniel for her own and to destroy Gemma and Harper along the way, and Penn always gets what she wants. Now a final explosive battle is about to begin, and the winner will take everything Gemma holds dear.

“So what do you think of the cover? I love it. It was between this one and another one, and while they were both great (Lisa Marie Pompilio at St. Martin’s does AMAZING work), I liked this one a bit more, and I hope you guys like it too. After having the last two book have different characters on the cover (Lullaby has Harper, and Tidal has Daniel and Penn), it seems like perfect symmetry to have Gemma on the cover. It started with her on Wake, and it ends with her on Elegy.” – Amanda Hocking

Abigail Says 

Her propotions look a little off because of the way she’s floating. Not really liking the red feathers either. I was hoping for a more romantic cover like on book #3. 

Chris Says 

The red feathers really pop against the rest of the background. Love the detail rippling water. 

Angela (Dark Faerie Tales) Says 

This is a pretty average cover. I do like the title font but not much else. Not even the red feathers can save this one. Nothing really draws me to this cover.

Kinked (Elder Races #6) by Thea Harrison

Expected publication: November 5th 2013 by Berkley

Source: Romantic Times

 

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Dragon Bound (Elder Races, #1) Storm's Heart (Elder Races,... Serpent's Kiss (Elder Races... Oracle's Moon (Elder Races,... Lord's Fall (Elder Races, #5)

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Two opponents must confront the cause of their obsessive fury in the latest Novel of the Elder Races…

As a harpy, Sentinel Aryal is accustomed to dealing with hate, but Sentinel Quentin Caeravorn manages to inspire in her a burning ire unlike anything she’s ever known. Aryal believes the new Sentinel to be a criminal, and vows to take him out as soon as the opportunity arises. But the harpy’s incessant wrath has pushed Quentin to the limit, and forces him to make a deadly vow of his own.

To put an end to the conflict, Dragos, Lord of the Wyr, sends them on a reconnaissance mission to the Elven land of Numenlaur. Forced to work together, Aryal and Quentin’s mutual antagonism escalates. Each fight draws forth more passion—culminating in an explosively sexual confrontation. But when their quest reveals real danger, Aryal and Quentin must resolve their differences in ways beyond the physical, before the entire Wyr is threatened.

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Abigail Says 

The colors are unfortunately giving this a very dated feel, plus the contrast isn’t helping. I do like the composition though. Hopefully it looks less saturated in person. 

Chris Says 

I’ve not read any of the series so I may be way off base, but why is the background a standard fantasy-ish landscape and they’re wearing jeans? Is there time travel involved? Other dimensions? I have no idea. 

Angela (Dark Faerie Tales) Says 

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of this series, but for some reason the covers just aren’t consistent in look or feel. This one is just ok. Doesn’t really scream paranormal romance to me.

The Pretenders (The Cemetery Girl Trilogy #1) by Charlaine Harris & Christopher Golden, illustrated by Don Kramer

Expected publication: October 1st 2013 by InkLit

Source: Goodreads

 

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Charlaine Harris, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels and the Harper Connelly Mysteries, and New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden present an original graphic novel illustrated by acclaimed comic book artist Don Kramer—first in a brand-new trilogy.

She calls herself Calexa Rose Dunhill—names taken from the grim surroundings where she awoke, bruised and bloody, with no memory of who she is, how she got there, or who left her for dead.

She has made the cemetery her home, living in a crypt and avoiding human contact. But Calexa can’t hide from the dead—and because she can see spirits, they can’t hide from her.

Then one night, Calexa spies a group of teenagers vandalizing a grave—and watches in horror as they commit murder. As the victim’s spirit rises from her body, it flows into Calexa, overwhelming her mind with visions and memories not her own.

Now Calexa must make a decision: continue to hide to protect herself—or come forward to bring justice to the sad spirit who has reached out to her for help…

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Abigail Says 

I like this cover a lot, but the silhouette looks like a child, which is giving it a middle grade feeling. I hope they go back and fix that. 

Chris Says 

Love it! The use of silouettes in the background is fantastic. The two different colors for the authors is a nice touch as well. Definitely would make me pick it up to find out more. 

Angela (Dark Faerie Tales) Says 

The only thing that really stands out about the cover is all of the titles and fonts. The image is really lost behind all of that. Also, I didn’t get a graphic novel vibe from the cover either. I think it’s just okay. Not even sure about the theme of the graphic novels either.

Dead of Night by Charlaine Harris & Amanda Stevens

Cover Art: Shane Rebenschied

Expected publication: September 24th 2013 by Harlequin MIRA

Source: Goodreads

 

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From bestselling author Charlaine Harris and rising star Amanda Stevens come two otherworldly tales sure to haunt readers well after the last page is turned. Dancers in the Dark

#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris

Layla Rue Le May is no ordinary dancer-her partner, Sean McClendon, is a three-hundred-year-old redheaded vampire. When Layla Rue acquires a stalker, she’s forced to face the music…and wonder if this will finally be her last dance.

The Devil’s Footprints

Award-winning author Amanda Stevens

Years after her sister’s unsolved murder, Sarah DeLaune is haunted by the mysteries of her past when two mutilated bodies are found near Sarah’s New Orleans home, the crime scene desecrated by cloven footprints. Sarah has always believed that her sister was killed by a man named Ashe Cain. But no one else has ever seen Ashe. Until now.

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Abigail Says 

I love the original art that Shane created (click the cover to see it), but it looses something in the finished cover. Still looking forward to this one though. 

Chris Says 

This cover would have worked a lot better for me if the title wasn’t obscuring what looks to be a suitably creepy looking scene behind it. Could just be that the bright flame colors of the title draw the eye away from the scene. Either way it doesn’t really do anything for me either way.

Angela (Dark Faerie Tales) Says 

I love the fonts that they used and just the hint of color. The backdrop is pretty creepy and has me intrigued. Looks like a pretty spooky read.

After Dead: What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse (Sookie Stackhouse #13.5) by Charlaine Harris

Cover Art: Lisa Desimini

Expected publication: October 29th 2013 by Ace Hardcover

Source: Goodreads

 

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Dead until Dark Living Dead in Dallas Club Dead Dead to the World Dead as a Doornail Definitely Dead All Together Dead From Dead to Worse (Sookie ... Dead and Gone (Sookie Stack... Dead in the Family (Sookie ... Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stac... Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhou... Dead Ever After (Sookie Sta...

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Dead Ever After marked the end of the Sookie Stackhouse novels—a series that garnered millions of fans and spawned the hit HBO television show True Blood. It also stoked a hunger that will never die…a hunger to know what happened next.

With characters arranged alphabetically—from the Ancient Pythoness to Bethany Zanelli—bestselling author Charlaine Harris takes fans into the future of their favorite residents of Bon Temps and environs. You’ll learn how Michele and Jason’s marriage fared, what happened to Sookie’s cousin Hunter, and whether Tara and JB’s twins grew up to be solid citizens.

This coda provides the answers to your lingering questions—including details of Sookie’s own happily-ever-after…

The book will feature extensive interior art by acclaimed Sookie artist Lisa Desimini, including a Sookieverse Alphabet, color endpapers, and several full-page black and white interior illustrations.

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Abigail Says 

Thirteen plus covers and I still never warmed up to this style. Love Sookie though, so this looks like a must read. 

Chris Says 

Like Angela I don’t feel this cover sets a good tone for the series. It’s a standard spooky looking gate with not much else going for it. 

Angela (Dark Faerie Tales) Says 

I’ve never been a fan of the covers in this series. They are too cartoonish for me and never seem to deliver the right tone. You would think that it’s chick lit or something much lighter than what actually happens in the book. They are all so colorful in such a dark and cruel world.

Black Widow Demon (Demon Outlaws #2) by Paula Altenburg

Expected publication: November 26th 2013 by Entangled: Select

Source: Goodreads

 

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The Demon's Daughter (Demon...

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A former assassin and the woman he helps to flee the stake learn her half-demon powers of seduction have made her a target of both humans and demons.

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Abigail Says 

This is a step up from the debut, but he still has that sticker feel. 

Chris Says 

I feel like I say this for at least one cover every week, but it’s just a dude showing his abs. Nothing about this cover seems even remotely paranormal to me. I fully admit to not being the target audience for this book though. 

Angela (Dark Faerie Tales) Says 

It has some sexy to it and does at least catch your eye. Not a big fan of the fonts and it does have a sort of photoshop feel to it.

Shadows by Robin McKinley

Expected publication: September 26th 2013 by Nancy Paulsen Books

Source: Goodreads

 

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A compelling and inventive novel set in a world where science and magic are at odds, by Robin McKinley, the Newbery-winning author of The Hero and the Crown and The Blue Sword, as well as the classic titlesBeautyChaliceSpindle’s End, Pegasus and Sunshine

Maggie knows something’s off about Val, her mom’s new husband. Val is from Oldworld, where they still use magic, and he won’t have any tech in his office-shed behind the house. But—more importantly—what are the huge, horrible, jagged, jumpy shadows following him around? Magic is illegal in Newworld, which is all about science. The magic-carrying gene was disabled two generations ago, back when Maggie’s great-grandmother was a notable magician. But that was a long time ago.

Then Maggie meets Casimir, the most beautiful boy she has ever seen. He’s from Oldworld too—and he’s heard of Maggie’s stepfather, and has a guess about Val’s shadows. Maggie doesn’t want to know . . . until earth-shattering events force her to depend on Val and his shadows. And perhaps on her own heritage.

In this dangerously unstable world, neither science nor magic has the necessary answers, but a truce between them is impossible. And although the two are supposed to be incompatible, Maggie’s discovering the world will need both to survive.

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Abigail Says 

I’ve been waiting a decade for another UF from Robin McKinley, so I don’t even care that the cover is a little generic. 

Chris Says 

I’m not familiar with the author so Abigail’s excitement for a new book from them isn’t enough to make this anything other than boring. 

Angela (Dark Faerie Tales) Says 

Pretty underwhelmed with this cover. Nothing really catches my eye or jumps out at me. Doesn’t even look fantasy to me, but I know this author writes fantasy novels.

Dark Witch (The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy #1) by Nora Roberts

Expected publication: November 5th 2013 by Berkley Trade

Source: Goodreads

 

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts comes a trilogy about the land we’re drawn to, the family we learn to cherish, and the people we long to love…

With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends.

Ireland.

County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations—and where her destiny awaits.

Iona arrives in Ireland with nothing but her Nan’s directions, an unfailingly optimistic attitude, and an innate talent with horses. Not far from the luxurious castle where she is spending a week, she finds her cousins, Branna and Connor O’Dwyer. And since family is family, they invite her into their home and their lives.

When Iona lands a job at the local stables, she meets the owner, Boyle McGrath. Cowboy, pirate, wild tribal horsemen, he’s three of her biggest fantasy weaknesses all in one big, bold package.

Iona realizes that here she can make a home for herself—and live her life as she wants, even if that means falling head over heels for Boyle. But nothing is as it seems. An ancient evil has wound its way around Iona’s family tree and must be defeated. Family and friends will fight with each other and for each other to keep the promise of hope—and love—alive…

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Abigail Says 

This looks like a dozen other Nora Roberts covers. I was hoping for at least a hint of paranormal to better match the description. 

Chris Says 

This cover is so bland I’m having a hard time forming any sort of opinion on it. 

Angela (Dark Faerie Tales) Says 

This is a pretty standard Nora Roberts cover. Doesn’t really set itself apart from the others. I think it’s just ok. It has some nice detail edges, but nothing really new here.

Autumn Bones (Agent of Hel #2) by Jacqueline Carey

Cover Art: Juliana Kolesova

Expected publication: October 2013 by Roc Hardcover

Source: Wanton Thoughts & Wicked Scribes

 

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Abigail Says 

There is a lot going on here, but it doesn’t feel cluttered. Plus I like how ‘real’ she looks. No crazy proportions or ridiculous clothing. 

Chris Says 

I think I would have liked this cover better if the main character wasn’t on it. It kind of throws off what looks like a pretty cool looking graveyard scene. 

Angela (Dark Faerie Tales) Says 

This does look a little heavy on the photoshop, but I really like the feel of the cover. The title matches the background theme and the cover does catch my eye.

Celtic Moon by Jan DeLima

Expected publication: September 24th 2013 by Ace

Source: Wanton Thoughts & Wicked Scribes

 

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Like father, like son…

Sophie Thibodeau has been on the run from the father of her son for more than fifteen years. Now her son, Joshua, is changing, and her greatest fears are about to be realized. He’s going to end up being just like his father—a man who can change into a wolf.

Dylan Black has been hunting for Sophie since the night she ran from him—an obsession he cannot afford in the midst of an impending war. Dylan controls Rhuddin Village, an isolated town in Maine where he lives with an ancient Celtic tribe. One of the few of his clan who can still shift into a wolf, he must protect his people from the Guardians, vicious warriors who seek to destroy them.

When Sophie and Dylan come together for the sake of their son, their reunion reignites the fierce passion they once shared. For the first time in years, Dylan’s lost family is within his grasp. But will he lose them all over again? Are Joshua and Sophie strong enough to fight alongside Dylan in battle? Nothing less than the fate of his tribe depends on it…

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Abigail Says 

The cheap looking font is almost knocking this down a thumb, but doesn’t she totally look like Emma Stone? 

Chris Says 

It’s a girl with a wolf. Yawn. Totally agree she looks a lot like Emma Stone, though! 

Angela (Dark Faerie Tales) Says 

Wow, this is a pretty lame cover for Roc. They usually turn out great covers for their UF lineups. I’m not a big fan of the font and the wolf and the girl just aren’t placed together well. Looks like an average read and nothing exciting to drag me to the book.

Year of the Demon (Fated Blades #2) by Steve Bein

Cover Art: Chris McGrath

Expected publication: October 1st 2013 by Roc Trade

Source: Goodreads

 

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A MASK OF DESTRUCTION

Detective Sergeant Mariko Oshiro has been promoted to Japan’s elite Narcotics unit—and with this promotion comes a new partner, a new case, and new danger. The underboss of a powerful yakuza crime syndicate has put a price on her head, and he’ll lift the bounty only if she retrieves an ancient iron demon mask that was stolen from him in a daring raid. However, Mariko has no idea of the tumultuous past carried within the mask—or of its deadly link with the famed Inazuma blade she wields.

The secret of this mask originated hundreds of years before Mariko was born, and over time the mask’s power has evolved to bend its owner toward destruction, stopping at nothing to obtain Inazuma steel. Mariko’s fallen sensei knew much of the mask’s hypnotic power and of its mysterious link to a murderous cult. Now Mariko must use his notes to find the mask before the cult can bring Tokyo to its knees—and before the underboss decides her time is up…

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Abigail Says 

Mariko looks suitably pissed off here and so ready to slice down her enemies. The evolution of her pose from the debut to this is such a nice match to her character development. Plus I love the faint illustrated (demons?) again on this sequel. 

Chris Says 

I may just be a sucker for a girl with a katana, but this a damn cool looking cover. Love blurry cityscape in the background as well as the use of colors. 

Angela (Dark Faerie Tales) Says 

Love the gritty vibe of this cover. The girl looks ready to rumble and the cover really sells the promise of a dark and dangerous world. I would pick this book up based on the cover alone.

The Lair (The Farm #2) by Emily McKay

Expected publication: November 5th 2013 by Berkley Trade

Source: Goodreads

 

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The Farm (The Farm, #1)

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n the battle against the vampiric Ticks, humanity was slowly but certainly headed for extinction. For months, twin sisters Lily and Mel had been “quarantined” with thousands of other young people being harvested for their blood—food for the Ticks. Finally escaping with a few friends, the twins are separated—and must continue the fight on their own . . . 

After making it to a resistance base camp in Utah, Lily learned to survive at all costs. But when a Tick attack decimates the fighters, Lily and her pregnant friend, McKenna, decide to make the hard trek north to Canada—and safety.

Meanwhile, Mel is being taught how to survive by the very vampire that turned her. Living without her sister is hard, but dealing with the fact that her autism was cured by the vampire bite is an even bigger challenge.

But when a monstrous betrayal places Lily in mortal danger, Mel must set out to find her, save her, and begin to unravel the empire of destruction that the Ticks have built.

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Abigail Says 

The debut cover didn’t wow me either, but the book sure did. This one is equally lackluster, but I can’t wait to dive back into this vampire dystopian series 

Chris Says 

If Abigail hadn’t mentioned in her comment that this was a vampire book, I’d certainly have no idea by looking at this cover. At first glance it looks like it should be the movie poster for a not-scary teen horror movie. 

Angela (Dark Faerie Tales) Says 

I’m not really feeling this cover. It doesn’t scream dystopian or vampire in any way. I also remember the first cover and thought it was lame. Nothing about this cover intrigues me. It just doesn’t make sense to have the girl take up so much placement on the cover. And the color scheme doesn’t do her justice. Penguin really needs to revisit this series and issue reprints with new covers.

Possession (Fallen Angels #5) by J. R. Ward

Expected publication: October 1st 2013 by NAL Hardcover

Source: Entertainment Weekly

 

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Covet Crave Envy Rapture

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#1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward explores what really happens when good and evil toy with humanity in her new novel of the Fallen Angels, as the salvation of a doomed soul depends once again on a crossroads…

When Cait Douglass resolves to get over her broken heart, throw off her inhibitions, and start really living, she’s unprepared for the two sensual men who cross her path.  Torn between them, she doesn’t know which to choose–or what kind of dire consequences could follow.

Jim Heron, fallen angel and reluctant savior, is ahead in the war, but he puts everything at risk when he seeks to make a deal with the devil–literally.  As yet another soul is unwittingly caught in the battle between him and the demon Devina, his fixation on an innocent trapped in Hell threatens to sidetrack him from his sacred duty…

Can good still prevail if true love makes a savior weak?  And will a woman’s future be the key, or the curse, for all of humanity?  Only time, and hearts, will tell.

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Abigail Says 

I actually liked the first two covers in this series, but the last three have been a disjointed mess. Wings, and chaines, and glowing eyes, Bleck. 

Chris Says 

Not sure what they’re trying to do with this cover, but it sure isn’t working. What’s up with the wing and chains? I assume it means something, but it sure isn’t clear to me. 

Angela (Dark Faerie Tales) Says 

The covers for this series seem to be all over the place. This one looks more like a graphic novel or manga. Doesn’t remotely resemble the others. I just don’t take away much from this cover. It will sell because of Ward’s name, but her previous covers are so much better for this series and for the BDB series. Not sure what the publisher is trying to convey. I guess reading the book will lend some meaning to the chains. I get the wings…but I’m pretty underwhelmed.

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5 Responses to “Cover Art Coverage: 15 New Titles & Guest from Dark Faerie Tales!”

    • Chris

      I’ll add it to the list since after looking it up on Goodreads I agree it sounds pretty good!

      And, uh, wow. Holy typos from me on this week’s coverage. You can so tell I was at work when I was filling that out. D’oh!

      • Kate

        Chris, I’m seconding the Sunshine recommendation. It’s one of my favorite books ever and I’ve read it 3 times. I also own two copies, one to lend, and one to keep. :) Don’t be scared off by the pretty gold cover version. The cover with the girl in a leg shackle is much more appropriate. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2868646-sunshine

        • Kristina

          I have the one with the leg shackle! And I am going to third reading this book! :)

  1. Kelly

    I kind of like the Celtic Moon cover. Much better than Year of the Demon or Autumn Bones which are the usual girl in a tank top or leather with a weapon, yawn. Celtic Moon looks interesting. No visible weapon so what is going on with the woman? Is the wolf friend or foe? Is it a real wolf (totally awesome), or a were creature (slightly less awesome). A forest setting evokes the mystery of the Celtic idea expressed in the title. I like it.