Cover Art Coverage: 15 New Titles!

May 8, 2013 Cover Art Coverage 5

 

Cover Art Coverage

When it comes guest commentators for Cover Art Coverage, ParaJunkee’s Rachel is the perfect confluence of Urban Fantasy enthusiasm and design experience.  This group of covers provides some great examples of this genre’s tropes, both covers that are brand new but still feel tired and variations that add a fresh perspective to familiar formats.  Substituting a drooling, jowly mastiff for a Paranormal Romance’s typical floating animal head surprised a laugh out of me, though I think I’m more likely to revisit Laurell K. Hamilton’s Darkness (with his dark dog alter-ego) than try STORM WARRIOR.

Third Strike (The Slayer Chronicles #3) by Heather Brewer

Published May 2nd 2013 by Penguin

Source: Goodreads

 

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Rachel Says 

I’ve always been rather apathetic with this series art. They are different, but they remind me more of a poster and not cover design. 

Julia Says 

A rather vacant expression on this model, but I like the splash of color.  

Kristina Says 

I like the cute fanged smiley face on all of these covers. Its fitting with the rest of the series.

The Lost by Sara Beth Durst

Expected publication: October 29th 2013 by Harlequin Luna

Source: Author’s Website

 

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Lost your way? Your dreams?

Yourself?

Welcome to Lost.

It was supposed to be a small escape. A few hours driving before turning around and heading home. But once you arrive in Lost…well, it’s a place you really can’t leave. Not until you’re Found. Only the Missing Man can send you home. And he took one look at Lauren Chase and disappeared.

So Lauren is now trapped in the town where all lost things go-luggage, keys, dreams, lives-where nothing is permanent, where the locals go feral and where the only people who don’t want to kill her are a handsome wild man called the Finder and a knife-wielding six-year-old girl. The only road out of town is engulfed by an impassable dust storm, and escape is impossible….

Until Lauren decides nothing-and no one-is going to keep her here anymore.

“I am so in love with this cover.  In fact, I keep opening the jpeg simply to look at it.  I love the overlay of colors.  I love the watercolor paint effect.  I love the silhouettes at the top, especially the single balloon that always floats over Lost…  Thank you so much to the design team at Luna for giving THE LOST such a magnificent cover!!” – Sarah Beth Durst

Rachel Says 

While I really like this cover and think it’s different, I don’t get the feeling of the book. The watercolor imagry in yellows and oranges give me a happy, seaside feeling of small town warmth, not of a desperate woman stuck in a paranormal town where everyone wants to kill her. I do really like this cover though and if it was for a literary fiction or contemporary I would have marked it as great. I also like the typography.

Julia Says 

Someone commented on the stacked font getting tired, and here it is again.  I do love the colors and the painted texture, lovely.

Kristina Says 

I agree with the author the water color paint effect is pretty neat.

A Study in Silks (The Baskerville Affair #1) by Emma Jane Holloway

Expected publication: September 24th 2013 by Del Rey

Source: Pinterest

 

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Evelina Cooper, the niece of the great Sherlock Holmes, is poised to enjoy her first Season in London’s high society. But there’s a murderer to deal with—not to mention missing automatons, a sorcerer, and a talking mouse.
  
In a Victorian era ruled by a council of ruthless steam barons, mechanical power is the real monarch, and sorcery the demon enemy of the empire. Nevertheless, the most coveted weapon is magic that can run machines—something Evelina has secretly mastered. But rather than making her fortune, her special talents could mean death or an eternity as a guest of Her Majesty’s secret laboratories. What’s a polite young lady to do but mind her manners and pray she’s never found out?

But then there’s that murder. As Sherlock’s niece, Evelina should be able to find the answers, but she has a lot to learn. And the first decision she has to make is whether to trust the handsome, clever rake who makes her breath come faster, or the dashing trick rider who would dare anything for her if she would only just ask.

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Rachel Says 

reat Steampunk cover. I like the magnifying glass with the cover quote behind it. The woman’s outfit is also very interesting. 

Julia Says 

The author text is terrible, but I *adore* this image.  Lush color and just a touch of attitude, enough to hint at the paranormal (or something out of the ordinary) without going overboard.

Kristina Says 

Love her outfit and the gears in the background.

The Reluctant Reaper (The Reluctant Reaper #1) by Gina X. Grant

Expected publication: June 17th 2013 by Pocket Star

Source: Author’s Website

 

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Life for Kirsty d’Arc might not be perfect, but it’s far from hellish. She likes her job, has a great BFF and truly admires Conrad, her boss. But when she dives in front of a lunatic’s blade to save him from certain death, she finds out Conrad isn’t so admirable after all. In fact, he’s traded her soul to the Devil!

While her body lies comatose on the Mortal Coil, Kirsty’s spirit is dragged straight to Hell…which is not quite the fire-and-brimstone abyss she’d expected. In fact, the place is quirky, wacky, and not without charm. Desperate to reunite body and soul before her time runs out, she seeks out allies, earning the friendship of a powerful drag demon, a psychic server and most importantly, Hell’s civil servant. But what of her growing attraction to Dante, the sexy Reaper with a flair for romantic language—can she forgive him for scything her soul?

Stuck in the netherworld, Kirsty vows she’ll do everything on her postmortem bucket-list, starting with getting her life back and ensuring that Conrad has Hell to pay!

“Do you hear stripper music in your head every time you see the words “Cover Reveal?” Oh, just me then. Hmmm. So so soooo excited about the awesome original artwork that Simon & Schuster has provided for my Reaper series.” – Gina X. Grant

Rachel Says 

I am not a fan of this cover. When you look at pieces of it, you can tell the vector art has a few issues, some of the lines are off and things don’t line up. Then with the clip-art look it just gives it at DIY feel. 

Julia Says 

Too stark and angular for me.

Kristina Says 

The style is pretty interesting but it does look like someone did it on Photoshop.

The Monsters In Your Neighborhood (Monstrosity #2) by Jesse Petersen

Expected publication: July 29th 2013 by Pocket Star

Source: Author’s Pinterest

 

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As one of Frankenstein’s Creatures, Natalie Gray knows that unique parts sometimes make up a great whole. Still, leading a diverse support group for monsters—now including Cthulhu!—isn’t an easy task. Especially not since the internet arrived.

New York City embraces the different and the bizarre. Still, even for such a fun-loving city, the supernatural and monstrous might be a bit too much. It’s been six months since the members of “Club Monstrosity” overcame the most recent spate of anti-monster violence and they’ve reestablished their routine of meeting in a church basement once a week to (ugh!) talk about their feelings. Still, they also know a war against them is brewing.

Natalie and Alec (the werewolf) have begun dating, and the mummies Kai and Rehu are tighter than a bug in a…well, bandage. But when modern means (YouTube, Twitter, bits and bytes) are used to chilp away at the solidarity of these ancient monsters, it’s up to Natalie to save the day. #MonstersInNewYork may be trending on Twitter, but this girl’s trending toward saving the day…somehow.

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Rachel Says 

This clip-art is much better! The images tell a story and I love how they did the typography and the bright colors. This would catch my eye. 

Julia Says 

Brightly colored and cartoony like the prior cover, but I love this one.  The detail for each character totally draws me in.

Kristina Says 

Giving this one a thumbs up solely for making me start singing ‘these are the people in your neighborhood!” in my head. And the cartoon monsters are just so darn cute. The buildings behind them are a nice touch too.

Champion (Legend #3) by Marie Lu

Expected publication: November 5th 2013 by Putnam Juvenile

Source: Goodreads

 

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The explosive finale to Marie Lu’s New York Times bestselling LEGEND trilogy—perfect for fans of THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT!

He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps Elect while Day has been assigned a high level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them once again. Just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything he has. With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.

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Rachel Says 

I like this cover, but the other two in the series are just so much better. The offwhite just fades away and there is a lot going on within the symbol so I can’t tell what it is. The other covers in the series are also dark with just the focus on the symbol, I don’t know why they lost focus with this one. But, I really like the typography and the decay look. 

Julia Says 

Wow, the same motif but in a totally different style.  I like this divergence for the series finale!

Kristina Says 

The font type used is nice and I like airbrushed quality of the black. But I wonder why they went with the white background. The previous book covers look cleaner and darker.

Uninvited (Uninvited #1) by Sophie Jordan

Expected publication: March 2014 by HarperTeen

Source: Mundie Moms

 

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You can’t change your DNA…even when it says you’re a murderer.

When Davy tests positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome, aka “the kill gene,” she loses everything. Once the perfect high school senior, she is uninvited from her prep school and abandoned by her friends and boyfriend. Even her parents are now afraid of her—although she’s never hurt a fly. Davy doesn’t feel any differently, but genes don’t lie. One day she will kill someone.

Without any say in the matter, Davy is thrown into a special class for HTS carriers. She has no doubt the predictions are right about them, especially Sean, who already bears the “H” tattoo as proof of his violence. Yet when the world turns on the carriers, Sean is the only one she can trust. Maybe he’s not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

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Rachel Says 

I think I’m being totally critcal on all these covers…but she is just kind of floating there and her hair is sparkling with DNA in it. Is the book about a girl with a lot of hair? Maybe her hair has special sparkling DNA that can kill people. Are we Uninvited to her DNA hair party? 

Julia Says 

Such a plain image, but the levitating girl definitely sells something out of the ordinary.  I keep seeing claws in her hair, not DNA, jagged strands that don’t quite hang right…

Kristina Says 

The DNA strands in her hair are very clever and sparkle!

One-Eyed Jack by Elizabeth Bear

Expected publication: November 6th 2013 by Prime Books

Source: Upcoming4.me

 

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The One-Eyed Jack and the Suicide King: personifications of the city of Las Vegas – its history, mystery, mystical power, and heart! When the Suicide King vanishes – possibly killed – in the middle of a magic-rights turf war started by the avatars of Los Angeles, a notorious fictional assassin, and the mutilated ghost of Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel – his partner, the One-Eyed Jack, must seek the aid of a bizarre band of legendary and undead allies: the ghosts of Doc Holliday and John Henry the steel-driving man; the echoes of several imaginary super spies, decades displaced in time; and a vampire named Tribute, who bears a striking resemblance to a certain long-lost icon of popular music.

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Rachel Says 

This cover scares me. 

Julia Says 

Garish, creepy, and off-putting.

Kristina Says 

He has no neck and looks like a reject from some eighties hair band. Make it go away please!

The Mammoth Book of Angels and Demons edited by Paula Guran

Expected publication: July 30th 2013 by Running Press

Source: Addicted2Heroines Pinterest

 

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Twenty-seven fantasy tales from Neil Gaiman to George R. R. Martin, plus many more, are collected in this anthology of speculative fiction. The renowned storytellers assembled here will challenge our concept of good and evil and provide us with new ways of seeing right and wrong: even angels can fall and demons will strive for redemption.

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Rachel Says 

This is different. They didn’t go with the stereotypical dypiction of angels and demons, so I like it. The face kind of freaks me out, but it would make me stop and check it out. 

Julia Says 

As someone who recently discovered The Weeping Angels, I find both halves of this image disturbing. Eye catching, though.

Kristina Says 

The half demon half angel thing is kind of creeping me out. I get what they were thinking with the cover but I don’t think I can look at the cover for too long without thinking its looking into my soul…

Under a Graveyard Sky by John Ringo

Expected publication: September 3rd 2013 by Baen

Source: Goodreads

 

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NEW SF/HORROR SERIES FROM NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLING AUTHOR! A family of survivors who fight back against a zombie plague that has brought down civilization.Zombies are real. And we made them. Are you prepared for the zombie apocalypse? The Smith family is, with the help of a few marines.

When an airborne “zombie” plague is released, bringing civilization to a grinding halt, the Smith family, Steven, Stacey, Sophia and Faith, take to the Atlantic to avoid the chaos. The plan is to find a safe haven from the anarchy of infected humanity. What they discover, instead, is a sea composed of the tears of survivors and a passion for bringing hope.

For it is up to the Smiths and a small band of Marines to somehow create the refuge that survivors seek in a world of darkness and terror. Now with every continent a holocaust and every ship an abattoir, life is lived beneath a graveyard sky.

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Rachel Says 

I like this one. The chick kind of reminds me of Sarah Connor which is good thing. I don’t get ZOMBIE from it though. 

Julia Says 

The grungy, apocalyptic cover models could have worked if the background wasn’t so patched together and busy.  As is, my eyes can’t find anywhere to settle.

Kristina Says 

I can’t blow up the picture so I don’t know if she is sitting in a pile of garbage or debris. Doesn’t really say zombie apocalypse or anything. And what is the orange under her. Lava? Rust? Dead orange zombie Oompa Loompas?

Kiss the Night Goodbye (Nikki & Michael #4) by Keri Arthur

Expected publication: October 29th 2013 by Dell

Source: Goodreads

 

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THE PRICE OF LOVE

Nikki James is just an ordinary, risk-taking, psychically inclined private eye until she hooks up with Michael Kelly. Now she is something more: one of the few, the chosen, the magic-wielding undercover operatives of the Damask Circle, an organization protecting humanity from a rising tide of evil. She wants nothing more than to pass the Circle’s strict entry exams so she can get on with the business of planning her wedding to Michael. But she quickly realizes that buying a wedding dress is the least of her worries.

One hundred years ago, Michael Kelly hunted down and killed the sorcerer responsible for murdering his lover. Now the brother of that man is out for revenge, and he intends to destroy all that Michael holds dear in the process. When Michael is kidnapped, the trail leads Nikki to a dusty ghost town surrounded by a potent magical barrier, leaving her to battle a madman alone with only her wits, strength, and the one psychic gift she cannot fully control. And to make matters even worse, Michael no longer seems to remember who she is.

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Rachel Says 

There is nothing really special about this cover. It is very atypical of the genre. 

Julia Says 

A nice upgrade for this series, this cover is fairly enticing UF.  Not particularly eye catching, but nice.

Kristina Says 

Generic, generic and generic.

The Clockwork Scarab (Stoker & Holmes #1) by Colleen Gleason

Expected publication: September 17th 2013 by Chronicle Books

Source: Author’s Facebook

 

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Two young women of similar age and standing have disappeared:
one found dead and the other still missing. The only clue to
connect them is a small Egyptian clockwork scarab. Only Miss
Stoker and Miss Holmes are well-positioned enough—similar in
age and stature as they are to the victims—to investigate. An
unlikely pair, the fierce Evaline Stoker and logical Mina Holmes must follow in the footsteps of their infamous families—Miss Holmes has inherited her Uncle Sherlock’s keen investigative skills, while Miss Stoker has accepted her family calling as a hunter of the undead. The partners must find a way to work together, while navigating the advances of a strange yet handsome American, a clever Scotland Yard investigator, and a cunning thief, to solve the mystery of the clockwork scarabs.

Set in steam punk London, steeped in Egyptian mythology
and literary references, with a surprising time travel twist and compelling romantic triangles, Colleen Gleason has crafted a fast-paced and romantic debut young adult novel.

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Rachel Says 

The detailing in this cover is just beautiful. The clockwork on it looks so real. I could imagine it flying off of her hands. It screams Steampunk and YA all over it. I would want to pick this up and read it immedietly. And then order my own Scarab to put on my shelf. 

Julia Says 

Ornate and lush, I love the image.

Kristina Says 

I love the clockwork scarab. The gears are a very nice touch. I want a pet scarab on my desk too!

Storm Warrior (Grim #1) by Dani Harper

Expected publication: August 6th 2013 by Montlake Romance

Source: Author’s Website

 

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Enslaved for millennia by the masters of the Welsh faery realm, the fierce Celtic warrior Rhys is doomed to wander the earth forever. But when a brave beauty unwittingly breaks the enchantment, he is drawn into a strange new world…and an all-consuming desire.

Sensible Morgan doesn’t believe in magic—until a mysterious being saves her from a fate worse than death, and life as she knows it changes forever. Now the man of her dreams has become flesh and blood, igniting a spark in Morgan’s soul which science cannot explain. But even a love that transcends time may not be strong enough to withstand the power of an ancient curse.

From the best-selling author of Changeling Moon, this stirring novel of passion and magic launches an addictive new series for fans of paranormal romance.

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Rachel Says 

The pup is a different change from the usuall floating wolf, but this one is another just kind of the same as other PNR books. I do like the storm effect though and the typography is fantastic. 

Julia Says 

Hahaha, oh man, I LOVE the jowls on that shadow dog.  I’m totally over the “floating animal head” generally, but this cover managed to add something hilariously unexpected to a stale Paranormal Romance style.

Kristina Says 

Its a giant doggie with glowing eyes! *tries to pet doggie* The kind of adorable grim is definately something new besides a typical wolf, bear, or cat. I like the lightning too.

The Dead Run by Adam Mansbach

Expected publication: September 24th 2013 by Harper Voyager

Source: Amy K’s Pinterest

 

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Filled with creepy chills and crackling suspense, an unnerving supernatural thriller, set in the netherworld of the US/Mexican borderland, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Go the F**ck to Sleep and the acclaimed Rage Is Back

On both sides of the Mexican-American border, girls are going missing and bodies are beginning to surface, a deadly epidemic of crime that plunges a small-town police chief into a monster of an investigation he’s unequipped to handle.

Sherry Nichols is one of those disappeared girls. Miraculously, she’s managed to escape. As the young woman soon discovers, freeing herself was the easy part. Lost and alone, she’s got to make it through the desert. Alive.

In a Mexican jail, an unjustly-imprisoned man named Galvan is offered a devil’s bargain. Freedom and the beloved daughter from whom he is estranged if he successfully carries a sinister package across the border in twenty-four hours.

But there are more than coyotes (human and animal) roaming the desert in seach of prey. An ancient evil has returned, and now everyone must face their deepest terrors.

With The Dead Run Adam Mansbach delivers an eerie high-concept thriller, mixing horror, the supernatural, and suspense in a chilling, high-octane read.

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Rachel Says 

It gives the feeling of the novel and is also a bit different then the usual fare. It looks desolate and tragic. The typography over the heart fits. 

Julia Says 

What an intriguing style, it’s like a zombie western.

Kristina Says 

The feel of the cover fits well with the description and is that a human heart? I assume its human and not a baboon one. Either way it helps with the creepy thriller vibe.

Black Heart (Black Wings #6) by Christina Henry

Expected publication: October 29th 2013 by Ace

Source: Author’s Facebook

 

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As a former Agent of Death, Madeline Black is no stranger to witnessing violent ends. But being the one to cause them is an entirely different story…

Despite her having saved Chicago from a vampire invasion, the Agency wants to get Maddy off their payroll—permanently. With the deadly Retrievers hot on her trail, she has no choice but to trust Nathaniel to port her to safety. But even the exotic and dangerous world that she winds up in is not as peaceful as she would have hoped. Caught in a turf war between a group of fae and a disturbingly familiar foe, Maddy soon discovers that the twisted plots of her grandfather, Lucifer, and his brothers extend even into this unknown realm.

Now, with enemies gathering on all sides, Maddy’s fate is looking darker than ever. And to protect her unborn son from her adversaries, she may have to tap into a power she hoped never to access…

“Gorgeous new cover art for BLACK HEART! What do you think?” – Christina Henry

Rachel Says 

There is a lot going on here. First, the chick looks a bit crazy, and what is she doing with her foot? I like the back area, with those wings and the crazy explosion. But the expression on the chicks face just throws me off. She looks like she wants to bite me or something. I’m kind of scared of her. 

Julia Says 

What a gorgeous cover, I love how she’s staring right at us! I would have expected this to be the series finale, given the dramatic cover, but I can’t find a record if this is the last of the Black Wings, anyone know?

Kristina Says 

I love how she looks like she’s bursting out of a firery door/portal. The black wings which I think only show up on this cover are cool too!

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

  1. Redbutterfly

    @Julia

    About Christina Henry: Black Heart was supposed to be the last one in the series but it seems there’s going to be a 7th book after all.

  2. Lily B

    not the most promising covers, but some of them were okay. I kind of like Storm Warrior (Grim, #1)

  3. Rachel

    What a fun feature! I think the only cover that really grabs my attention is The Clockwork Scarab cover. I’m not a fan of any of the cover models on the remaining covers or the color combinations on many of them. I agree with Rachel about Marie Lu’s book’s cover. The others made a much more powerful statement.

    And while I like Heather Brewer’s covers, as they are whimsical, they I agree about the poster feel. However they are great branding for the series and spin-off. Whenever I see the graphic I never have any doubt about whose covers they are.

  4. Chris

    I liked the Slayer Chronicles cover quite a bit till a quick google showed me it wasn’t anything Buffy related at all. :-(