Cover Art Coverage: 15 New Titles!

June 5, 2013 Cover Art Coverage 5

 

Cover Art Coverage

Our own Abigail and Kate have joined Tez (of Tez Says) to comment on this group of of colorful, awkward, stunning and stunned covers.  Chime in on how you feel about glowing eyes (both human and canine), tribal tattoos as ears, and the many ways a sexy expression can veer off into constipated territory.

 If you’re a blogger interested in joining in on the commenting fun, fill out our Guest Commentator form here!

Heart of Stone by Christine Warren

Expected publication: December 31st 2013 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Source: Goodreads

 

Covers in Series

N/A

Kees is a gargoyle, one of a group of supernatural guardians created to protect the world from the seven demons of the Dark. In an earlier age, he and his brother warriors defeated creatures and banished them. With their duty done, the guardians settled in to sleep until a new threat arose. So why on earth would he awaken to nothing more than a small female woman? Gargoyles are the strike force of demons, but Kees cannot see the threat. It certainly isn’t coming from Ella, but something about her must have woken him from his sleep. She must be the key to uncovering his new mission. With her by his side, he begins to unravel of trail of clues that leads to only one conclusion: somehow, the portals he and his brothers had thought were sealed have begun to open.

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail Says 

Well obviously I like the font since it’s the same one we use, and he’s got a nice smoldering look going on. Plus, yay for the gargoyle visual clue. 

Kate Says 

This cover looks rather cheap. I would have expected better for this author. 

Tez Says 

Mantitty. Boring. Told you I’m immune.

Love Your Entity (Entity #3) by Cat Devon

Expected publication: December 31st 2013 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Source: Goodreads

 

Covers in Series

Sleeping with the Entity (E... The Entity Within (Entity, #2)

All Sierra Brennan has to do to inherit her great-uncle’s house is reside on the premises for thirty consecutive days. A piece of cake, even with the rumors that the house is haunted. After all, as a ghost whisperer, Sierra is no stranger to ghostly presences. However, Sierra wasn’t prepared for vampire Ronan McCoy. Ronan has spent the past century as an indentured vampire, and now that his freedom has been achieved, he’s returned to his family home to free his sister from the curse put on her by Ronan’s sire. When Sierra walks through the door and refuses to leave, Ronan finds himself stuck with an unexpected complication.

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail Says 

The purple wash coupled with the glowing eyes is a fail for me. 

Kate Says 

This one isn’t amazing, but I don’t have the same dislike of the eyes that Abigail and Tez do. 

Tez Says 

Dodgy special effects with the bloke’s eyes.

Everything Breaks by Vicki Grove

Expected publication: October 3rd 2013 by Putnam Juvenile

Source: Goodreads

 

Covers in Series

N/A

Tucker was supposed to be the designated driver. But there was something about the beauty of that last true summer night, that made him want to feel out-of-control just once. He drank so much and so quickly that he was instantly sick. That left Trey to drive. “I’ll catch up to you later,” were the last words Tucker would ever say to his friends as he heaved by the side of the road. It was the last time Tucker would ever see them alive. Tucker’s grief and guilt are just about unbearable and he wonders how he can continue living himself. When he meets the Ferryman who carries souls of the newly deceased across the rivers that divide the world of the living from the world of the dead, Tucker gets a chance to decide: live or die. The temptation to join his three best friends on the other side may be too much for Tucker to overcome.   A gripping, haunting and emotional read.

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail Says 

It should be a rule that when a book features the Ferryman from Greek Mythology, you must put him on the cover. How cool would that have been? Like a bazillion times better that this random stockphoto dog. Step it up Amazon Pub. 

Kate Says 

So, I’m going to admit, I’ve looked at this cover a few times, and until I saw a bigger version just now, I thought that dog was a monkey. Does that make sense? No. And it didn’t make sense to me either. Unfortunately, it’s not any better now that I know it’s a dog. 

Tez Says 

Holy feck, dog with the red eyes – it’s coming right for you! Don’t pose for a photo when a car’s about to run you over, mate – logicfail! But I like the title treatment – nice :-)

Dark Blood (Dark Carpathian #26) by Christine Feehan

Publisher

Source: Paranormal Bites

 

Covers in Series

Dark Prince (Dark, #1) Dark Desire (Dark, #2) Dark Gold (Dark, #3) Dark Magic (Dark, #4) Dark Challenge (Dark, #5) Dark Fire (Dark, #6) Dark Dream (Dark, #7) Dark Legend (Dark,  #8) Dark Guardian (Dark, #9) Dark Symphony (Dark, #10) (... Dark Nights (Dark #7, Dark ... Dark Descent (Dark, #11) The Only One (Dark, #11) (S... Dark Melody (Dark, #12) Dark Destiny (Dark, #13) Dark Hunger (Carpathians, #14) Dark Secret (Dark, #15) Dark Demon (Dark, #16) Dark Celebration (Dark Carp... Dark Possession (Dark, #18) Dark Curse (Dark, #19) Dark Slayer (Dark, #20) Dark Peril (Dark, #21) Dark Predator (Dark, #22) Dark Storm (Dark #23) Dark Lycan (Dark, #24) Dark Wolf (Dark, #25)

No Description Available.

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail Says 

I typically can’t look at Feehan covers for very long before my eyes start to bleed from the awfulness, but a flaming dragon? Pretty cool. It does look a tad unfinished though. 

Kate Says 

Blah. But dragon! But blah. I’m torn. (Also, why is the title so small?!) 

Tez Says 

Okay, so the howling dogs are done to death and cheesy, but fire dragon? AW YEAH! :-)

Reaver (Lords of Deliverance #5) by Larissa Ione

Expected publication: December 5th 2013 by Piatkus Books

Source: Goodreads

 

Covers in Series

Eternal Rider (Lords of Del...Immortal Rider (Lords of De...Lethal Rider (Lords of Deliverance, #3)Rogue Rider (Audiobook)

WARRIOR OF HEAVEN Reaver is an angel with a past, a record, and a less-than-heavenly attitude. Powerful enough to fight alongside the fiercest battle angels-and crazy enough to risk his wings on a one-way mission to hell-he’s agreed to go where no angel has ever gone before…to steal the most seductive and dangerous prize of Satan himself. ANGEL OF HELL Harvester is one of the Fallen, a once-heroic angel who sacrificed her wings to work as an undercover agent in hell. But now her cover has been blown, and she’s been doomed to an eternity of agonizing torture. Even if Reaver can snatch her away from Satan’s lair, even if they can fight their way out of the underworld’s darkest depths, there is one thing Harvester can never escape-her newfound thirst for an angel’s blood…

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail Says 

I’m really hoping this got incorrectly labled as the US cover since it’s pretty bad. Those tribal sticker/wings are so unfortunately placed. They look like giant ears. And his expression…not even remotely sexy. 

Kate Says 

He looks gaunt. And that is a word I never thought I would use to describe a cover model. Just not great overall. 

Tez Says 

Don’t mind me, y’all; just being emo with my shirt off. I’m simply not as emo fully clothed…

Monsters (Ashes Trilogy #3) by Ilsa J. Bick

Expected publication: September 10th 2013 by EgmontUSA

Source: Tez Says

 

Covers in Series

Ashes (Ashes Trilogy #1)Shadows (Ashes Trilogy, #2)

The Changed are on the move. The Spared are out of time. The End…is now.

When her parents died, Alex thought things couldn’t get much worse-until the doctors found the monster in her head.

She headed into the wilderness as a good-bye, to leave everything behind. But then the end of the world happened, and Alex took the first step down a treacherous road of betrayal and terror and death.

Now, with no hope of rescue-on the brink of starvation in a winter that just won’t quit-she discovers a new and horrifying truth.

The Change isn’t over.
The Changed are still evolving.
And…they’ve had help.

With this final volume of The Ashes Trilogy, Ilsa J. Bick delivers a riveting, blockbuster finish, returning readers to a brutal, post-apocalyptic world where no one is safe and hope is in short supply.

A world where, from these ashes, the monsters may rise. 

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail Says 

I’m a big fan of the redesign for this series and this is the best yet. The way the smoke is tangled up with the letters and the guy behind them look awesome. 

Kate Says 

There’s a LOT going on here. I was a little overwhelmed at first glance, and I would likely just pass it over if I was seeing it at a bookstore. 

Tez Says 

At first I thought the green stuff was vines, leaves, moss. But apparently it’s smoke. Just not apparent enough to eejit Tezzy ;-) The bloke loo

Dawn’s Early Light (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences #3) by Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris

Expected publication: January 28th 2014 by Ace

Source: Author’s Website

 

Covers in Series

Phoenix Rising (Ministry of...The Janus Affair (Ministry ...

Working for the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, one sees innumerable technological wonders. But even veteran agents Braun and Books are unprepared for what the electrifying future holds… 

After being ignominiously shipped out of England following their participation in the Janus affair, Braun and Books are ready to prove their worth as agents. But what starts as a simple mission in the States—intended to keep them out of trouble—suddenly turns into a scandalous and convoluted case that has connections reaching as far as Her Majesty the Queen.

Even with the help of two American agents from the Office of the Supernatural and the Metaphysical, Braun and Books have their work cut out for them as their chief suspect in a rash of nautical and aerial disasters is none other than Thomas Edison. Between the fantastic electric machines of Edison, the eccentricities of MoPO consultant Nikola Tesla, and the mysterious machinations of a new threat known only as the Maestro, they may find themselves in far worse danger than they ever have been in before…. 

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail Says 

I like most of the elements on this cover, but it’s way too busy and it unfotunately has that costume feel that so many steampunk covers have. 

Kate Says 

I can’t think of what to say about this cover which clearly means that it is kind of boring. It isn’t the kind of cover that would attract me to buy a book, but that’s just me. And what Abigail said about steampunk. I am so over that. 

Tez Says 

Get rid of the people, and just keep the awesome background, and you’d be a winner. Steampunk lasers, and metal sparks – who wouldn’t go for that? But I really dislike people on steampunk covers, because they’re so obviously contemporary people playing dress-up, rather than characters in their historical period. The hair and makeup, the goggles they don’t wear on their eyes… It’s all about the fashion and props. Not a fan.

Meridian Six by Jaye Wells

Expected publication: June 6th 2013

Source: Goodreads

 

Covers in Series

N/A

Meridian Six remembers the days before the Troika enslaved humans. She also remembers her mother, a freedom fighter who was murdered in the final battle between humans and vampires. But it is her mother’s final words that have haunted her:

Red means life.

When M6 finally runs from the vampires who’ve held her captive, she finds herself used by her own race. Because in a world at war, freedom is a luxury paid for in blood. 

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail Says 

Both the dystopian and vampire elements are represented. Nice. 

Kate Says 

So many black and white with one color covers this week! Unfortunately, this one isn’t as well done as some of the others. Not sure I’d want to walk around with a book that looks like it has a giant bloodstain. 

Tez Says 

Is that some kind of fabric or blood? Thinking makes my brain hurt.

Darke London by Coleen Kwan

Expected publication: September 10th 2013 by Samhain Publishing

Source: Goodreads

Covers in Series

N/A

“The only way to save her life is to resurrect the dead ”

“Uncanny Chronicles, Book 1″

Julian Darke was only a newborn when he was abandoned on the doorstep of a gentleman doctor. Though raised with love, he is driven to discover his true origins.

Convinced Sir Thaddeus Ormond knows something, Julian shadows him one night and is shocked to see a young woman thrown from Ormond s carriage and accosted by a thug. Julian manages to save her life, but not her face and hands from horrific injuries.

Nellie Barchester doesn t recognize the scarred, disfigured stranger in the mirror. Though the gifted doctor and engineer has done his best to repair the damage, scars ravage her body, and chill her soul with the realization that her own husband may have plotted her death.

Julian s tenderness is a balm to her soul, and Nellie is drawn to the edge of passion by a man not repelled by her deformities. But as their pursuit of the truth draws them into London s underbelly, they cross the path of a ruthless enemy who will stop at nothing to fulfill his schemes.

Warning: Can a brilliant but troubled doctor find happiness with a woman scarred both inside and out? A hint of the supernatural plus a night of passion spice up this Uncanny Chronicle. 

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail Says 

Now this is a good steampunk cover. She doesn’y look like she’s wearing a costume and the colors and font contribute to a cool ominous vibe. 

Kate Says 

I wish my hair looked like that. Oh, wait, this is a book cover? The title font is cool though. 

Tez Says 

Love the background, like the series and author font. Don’t like the title font. And get rid of the person.

Hidden (Avena #1) by Marianne Curley

Expected publication: June 25th 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Source: Goodreads

Covers in Series

N/A

For as long as Ebony can remember, she’s been sheltered. Confined to her home in a secluded valley, home-schooled by her protective parents, and limited to a small circle of close friends. It’s as if she’s being hidden. But something is changing in Ebony. Something that can’t be concealed. She’s growing more beautiful by the day, she’s freakishly strong, and then there’s the fact that she’s glowing.

On one fateful night, Ebony meets Jordan and she’s intensely drawn to him. It’s as if something explodes inside of her–something that can be seen from the heavens. Ebony still doesn’t know that she’s a stolen angel, but now that the heavens have found her, they want her back. 

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail Says 

This is pretty enough with the feathers and scroll detailing, but it feels very familiar to be and therefore a little underwhelming. 

Kate Says 

I like a lot about this cover individually. Together it may be a bit boring, but I like the black and white, I like the color of the title, I like that it stands out, and I really like the font. 

Tez Says 

You remember when publishing was in the phase of people with the top half of their heads chopped off? That’s pretty much what’s happening here, but with feathers to obscure the features. Pretty much an overdose of feathers and swirls.

Sing Sweet Nightingale (The Dream War Saga #1) by Erica Cameron

Cover Art: Jeremy West

Expected publication: March 4th 2014 by Spencer Hill Press

Source: Author’s Website

 

Covers in Series

N/A

Mariella Teagen hasn’t spoken a word in four years.

She pledged her voice to Orane, the man she loves—someone she only sees in her dreams. Each night, she escapes to Paradise, the world Orane created for her, and she sings for him. Mariella never believed she could stay in Paradise longer than a night, but two weeks before her eighteenth birthday, Orane hints that she may be able to stay forever.

Hudson Vincent made a pledge to never fight again.

Celease, the creature who created his dream world, swore that giving up violence would protect Hudson. But when his vow caused the death of his little brother, Hudson turned his grief on Celease and destroyed the dream world. The battle left him with new abilities and disturbing visions of a silent girl in grave danger—Mariella.

Now, Hudson is fighting to save Mariella’s life while she fights to give it away. And he must find a way to show her Orane’s true intentions before she is lost to Paradise forever. 

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail Says 

You have to see the enlarged version to appreciate how lovely and delicate the font is. Not nuts about the mask, but the font alone is worth a thumbs up. 

Kate Says 

I’m with Abigail on the font, it’s so pretty. But the bird in her hand looks a bit photoshopped. 

Tez Says 

There was also a heroin-chic phase in publishing, where the models looked dead/asleep/drugged. This could be one of them. And something doesn’t look right about the couch’s back.

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

Expected publication: September 3rd 2013 by Disney Hyperion

Source: Mundie Moms

 

Covers in Series

N/A

“You have to kill him.” Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.

Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside.

Marina has loved her best friend James since the day he moved next door when they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’s life crumbles apart, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Now someone is trying to kill him. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it. At least not as the girl she once was.

All Our Yesterdays is a wrenching, brilliantly plotted story of fierce love, unthinkable sacrifice, and the infinite implications of our every choice. 

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail Says 

This could be a big summer move poster. Seriously love every thing about the molten/glowing clock. Pretty sweet quote from Becca Fitzpatrick, too.

Kate Says 

Like the black and white with the color pop- it really makes it stand out, and the title is so visible. 

Tez Says 

Simple, but classy. How DIVERGENT is this cover? It totally looks set up for series branding, so I’m guessing this ain’t a standalone. And I like covers without people. Cobblestones, fancy clock, city – all good things.

Waterfell (The Aquarathi #1) by Amalie Howard

Expected publication: October 29th 2013 by Harlequin Teen

Source: Author’s Website

 

Covers in Series

N/A

THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE QUEEN

Nerissa Marin hides among teens in her human form, waiting for the day she can claim her birthright—the undersea kingdom stolen from her the day her father was murdered. Blending in is her best weapon—until her father’s betrayer confronts Nerissa and challenges her to a battle to the death on Nerissa’s upcoming birthday—the day she comes of age.

Amid danger and the heartbreak of her missing mother, falling for a human boy is the last thing Nerissa should do. But Lo Seavon breaches her defenses and somehow becomes the only person she can count on to help her desperate search for her mother, a prisoner of Nerissa’s mortal enemy. Is Lo the linchpin that might win Nerissa back her crown? Or will this mortal boy become the weakness that destroys her?

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail Says 

So pretty and ethereal which is exactly what I like to see in a mermaid cover. Plus I love the way the tagline is floating up. 

Kate Says 

This reminds me of those sheets of plastic with reflective sticker strips I had when I was a kid, where you held it up to see your friend’s face combined with yours. Not sure if that is a plus or a minus thought. 

Tez Says 

This cover is either genius or tacky. I kind of like it, but I kind of don’t. Something about the panels and title treatment…

Dangerous by Shannon Hale

Expected publication: January 1st 2014 by Bloomsbury

Source: Author’s Blog

 

Covers in Series

N/A

Maisie Danger Brown just wanted to get away from home for a bit, see something new. She never intended to fall in love. And she never imagined stumbling into a frightening plot that kills her friends and just might kill her, too. A plot that is already changing life on Earth as we know it. There’s no going back. She is the only thing standing between danger and annihilation.

From NY Times bestselling author Shannon Hale comes a novel that asks, How far would you go to save the ones you love? And how far would you go to save everyone else? 

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail Says 

I’m not nuts about that particular shade of electric purple, but the symbols look cool. Hopefully they mean something significant in the book. The description doesn’t reveal very much. 

Kate Says 

I don’t like the white gleaming part because it is distracting, but otherwise this is not terrible. Reminds me of a lot of covers lately. 

Tez Says 

People with claws? Claw-people? Some serious branding going on here, and I have no idea what it means, but it looks interesting, so fair point. Should’ve gone with a less done to death title, though.

Infinite (Newsoul #3) by Jodi Meadows

Expected publication: 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books

Source: Author’s Website

 

Covers in Series

Incarnate (Newsoul, #1)Asunder (Newsoul, #2)

DESTRUCTION
The Year of Souls begins with an earthquake—an alarming rumble from deep within the earth—and it’s only the first of greater dangers to come. The Range caldera is preparing to erupt. Ana knows that as Soul Night approaches, everything near Heart will be at risk.

FLIGHT
Ana’s exile is frightening, but it may also be fortuitous, especially if she can convince her friends to flee Heart and Range with her. They’ll go north, seeking answers and allies to stop Janan’s ascension. And with any luck, the newsouls will be safe from harm’s reach.

CHOICE
The oldsouls might have forgotten the choice they made to give themselves limitless lifetimes, but Ana knows the true cost of reincarnation. What she doesn’t know is whether she’ll have the chance to finish this one sweet life with Sam, especially if she returns to Heart to stop Janan once and for all.
With gorgeous romance and thrilling action, the final book in the Incarnate trilogy offers a brilliant conclusion to the compelling questions of this fascinating world, where one new girl is the key to the lives of millions. 

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail Says 

I’ve finally come around to these covers since the style didn’t initially grab me. But the green and purple colors are quite pretty here. 

Kate Says 

I immediately knew what series this was, even though I’ve never read it. Very striking, and I like the colors. 

Tez Says 

The darker colours aren’t working for me. The previous covers had lighter colours, and suited the design better. Overdid the makeup here.

And our picks for Best & Worst covers of the week…

Best

Worst

What are your picks for Best and Worst covers? See even more covers on ATUF’s Pinterest boards.

Follow Me on Pinterest


Have a cover we should include in an upcoming post? Fill out our Cover Submit form

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

  1. Carolyn @ Book Chick City

    The cover for REAVER is actually the UK cover. And I agree with y’all, it is pretty bad. However, the UK publisher, Piatkus, did get it right with the Lords of Deliverance series. Those covers were gorgeous.

  2. Amber Hughes

    I believe Larissa is going to be revealing the US Reaver cover sometime today on her FB page. I liked the previous UK covers for this series, but I’m not a fan of this one.

  3. Phoebe Chase

    I like to see if I agree with you all. It’s fun. Thank God that is the UK cover for Reaver and let’s hope the U.S. version is better!

  4. Angela

    I’m loving the makeover for the Ashes series – so much better than the original! Other than that, and my love for All Our Yesterdays, I’m pretty meh about all these covers.