Cover Art Coverage: 15 New Titles!

June 12, 2013 Cover Art Coverage 4

Cover Art Coverage

Either this group of covers had a higher than average rate of weird colors, patchy Photoshopping, and dated composition, or we’re a little extra grumpy this week.  Tynga, of Tynga’s Reviews, was our guest commentator and luckily, there were some good covers to balance out the “meh”.  Jenn Bennett’s new flapper paranormal BITTER SPIRITS made a clean sweep of thumbs up, and went straight onto my TBR list.  What caught your eye this week?

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Promise of Shadows by Justina Ireland

Expected publication: March 11th 2014 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Source: Presenting Lenore

 

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Zephyr Mourning has never been very good at being a Harpy. She’d rather watch reality TV than learn forty-seven ways to kill a man, and she pretty much sucks at wielding magic. Zephyr was ready for a future pretending to be a normal human instead of a half-god assassin. But all that changes when her sister is murdered–and she uses a forbidden dark power to save herself from the same fate.

Zephyr is on the run from a punishment worse than death when an unexpected reunion with a childhood friend (a surprisingly HOT friend) changes everything. Because it seems like Zephyr might just be the Nyx, a dark goddess made flesh that is prophesied to change the power balance. For hundreds of years the half-gods have lived in fear, and Zephyr is supposed to change that.

But how is she supposed to save everyone when she can’t even save herself?

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail Says 

I’m torn. I think it is super interesting to have the feathers overlapping parts of the letters, but I’m fighting a bit of a squick factor. 

Julia Says 

This cover promises a lot more gravitas than the description, but I’m thrilled they didn’t just slap wings on a girl in a prom dress.  I love the feathers, but the title is kind of clunky stacked like that.

Tynga Says 

I don’t really like it and it makes the title hard to read. I like the feathers though.

The Lost Wolf’s Destiny by Karen Whiddon

Expected publication: September 3rd 2013 by Harlequin

Source: Goodreads

 

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A desperate mother. A scarred man. A powerful bond… The moment he saw Blythe Daphne on the television news, Lucas Kenyon knew three things: she was a shapeshifter, like him. She was the most desirable creature he had ever seen. And she was in terrible danger.

Now, the wolf in Lucas is driving him to save Blythe and her young daughter from a man he knows is evil personified. A man who believes all shapeshifters are demons straight from hell. But Lucas knows he must never reveal the secret that threatens to tear him apart—not even to the one woman who could heal him.

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail Says 

The layout is nothing new, but the dress is a stunner and the color composition is beautiful. 

Julia Says 

Ok, it’s now clear that Nocturne has decided that the connecting themes between covers is going to be “pulp nostalgia”.  Every one of these covers are framed and designed to look dated and I’m not at all a fan. This image packaged in a more modern way would have been great.

Tynga Says 

I also really like the dress, but everything else does not impress me.

Dragon Awakened (The Hidden #1) by Jaime Rush

Expected publication: December 17th 2013 by Forever

Source: Goodreads

 

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They are the Hidden.
Not quite human. Far from normal.
And never, ever safe…

Playing With Fire

Ruby Salazaar wants answers…and revenge. Her uncle has just been murdered before her eyes and the name he utters with his final breath—Cyntag—leads Ruby into a world beyond her wildest imaginings. She soon learns that the dark, sexy Cyntag Valeron knows more about her than she does herself.

Burned By Love

Ruby changed Cyn’s life before she even knew who he was. Now she charges into his life, a beautiful woman full of fire and questions. Cyn knew this day would come, yet he couldn’t foresee the danger—and desires—Ruby would bring with her. He can teach her how to harness her newly awakened powers. But there is one force neither of them can control…

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail Says 

Not a fan of the acid yellow in the text or the stupid sticker. Plus his pose looks off. 

Julia Says 

How to Make a Hot Guy Boring: Cut off his head, slap a fake tattoo on him, and make sure all the potential sexual tension or emotion is out of frame.

Tynga Says 

Not bad, but not a fan of the tattoo, and isn’t the model a bit skinny?

Magic Possessed (The Hidden #2) by Jaime Rush

Expected publication: January 28th 2014 by Forever

Source: Goodreads

 

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They are the Hidden.
Not quite human. Far from normal.
And never, ever safe…

Too Hot To Handle

Her brother was mysteriously murdered with no witnesses, clues—or motives. Yet Violet Castanega knows he won’t be the last to die unless she seeks help. But the Hidden’s law enforcement won’t come to the aid of her rowdy dragon clan, and the only person who will listen to her is one tough cop. Violet has tangled with him before, and it got rough. This time, it’s getting hot…

Too Close For Comfort

Powerful Guard member Kade Kavanaugh has been ordered to take out Violet Castanega. While assassination orders don’t come with explanations, his instincts scream that killing the feisty beauty is wrong. Now Kade must put his career, not to mention his life, on the line to save her. But as the passion—and the danger—heat up between Kade and Violet, can they survive the darkest magick of all?

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Abigail Says 

Much better color and yay for ditching the sticker, but is that supposed to be a dagger tattoo on his forearm? I looks like part of the text. #Tattoofail 

Julia Says 

How to Make a Hot Guy Boring, Part Deux.  Wait, is our heroine married?

Tynga Says 

Much better, but again, don’t like the tattoo.

Broken (Avena #2) by Marianne Curley

Expected publication: April 8th 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Source: Old Magic Mountain

 

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Hidden (Avena, #1)

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Torn between the human world and the angel world, with two incredible young men in love with her, Ebony must navigate a new path in this thrilling sequel to Hidden.

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Abigail Says 

So maybe there is all kinds of lovely texture and shine on this in person, but online it’s a whole lotta white. And the cracked glass effect looks like a spiderweb 

Julia Says 

I like the spiderweb of cracks around her mouth, I hope the frame and the face are better integrated in person.

Tynga Says 

I prefer the cover of the previous book, but not bad overall. Not a fan of the too-white look though.

Resurrection (Ripper #3) by Amy Carol Reeves

Published by Flux Books

Source: Author’s Website

 

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Ripper (Ripper, #1) Renegade (Ripper, #2)

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Abigail Says 

How creepy are those guys in the background? Click to see the elarged cover. It’s another solid cover for this series. Good texture and moody colors. Great job. 

Julia Says 

I applaud the continuity of cover model, but this latest cover looks very stiff and pasted together.  The squared off title and author font just emphasizes the Photoshopped look.

Tynga Says 

I really like the background but not the model. I don’t know if it’s the angle but she looks a bit too masculine to me.

Archon (Psi Chronicles #2) by Lana Krumwiede

Expected publication: October 8th 2013 by Candlewick

Source: Goodreads

 

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Freakling (Psi Chronicles, #1)

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As the powerless and the powerful clash, allies and enemies are not always who they seem to be in this dynamic sequel to the dystopian novel Freakling.

Having used his unique connection with the Heart of the Earth to terminate the use of psi, or telekinesis, in the secluded city of Deliverance, twelve-year-old Taemon bears the burden of responsibility for the fate of its people. With society in disarray, his family missing, and tensions looming with the mysterious Republik, Taemon confronts the startling discovery that he alone can still use psi — and that it comes with a price. In an attempt to find his father and prevent war, Taemon and his friend Amma set out on a dangerous journey to the Republik. But what they find there is far from what they expected, and Taemon’s understanding of the world is challenged. Will his psi and his courage be enough to conquer the obstacles standing in the way of peace?

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Abigail Says 

Meh. Nothing about this stands out. It looks very plain. 

Julia Says 

I like the individual elements, but the blending looks a little clunky.  The text coloring is a bit jarring, too.

Tynga Says 

I actually like the simplicity, the only down side for me is the blurriness.

Celebromancy (Ree Reyes #2) by Michael R. Underwood

Expected publication: July 15th 2013 by Pocket Star

Source: io9

 

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Geekomancy (Ree Reyes, #1)

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Fame has a magic all its own in the no-gossip-barred follow-up to Geekomancy. Ree Reyes gets her big screenwriting break, only to discover just how broken Hollywood actually is. Things are looking up for urban fantasista Ree Reyes. She’s using her love of pop culture to fight monsters and protect her hometown as a Geekomancer, and now a real-live production company is shooting her television pilot script. But nothing is easy in show business. When an invisible figure attacks the leading lady of the show, former-child star-turned-current-hot-mess Jane Konrad, Ree begins a school-of-hard-knocks education in the power of Celebromancy.

Attempting to help Jane Geekomancy-style with Jedi mind tricks and X-Men infiltration techniques, Ree learns more about movie magic than she ever intended. She also learns that real life has the craziest plots: not only must she lift a Hollywood-strength curse, but she needs to save her pilot, negotiate a bizarre love rhombus, and fight monsters straight out of the silver screen. All this without anyone getting killed or, worse, banished to the D-List.

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Abigail Says 

Her glasses unfortunately look very painted on this time. She also doesn’t have the same geek chic vibe from the debut. And I can’t quite tell if those are supposed to be paparazzi in the background? 

Julia Says 

A subtle nod to the first cover, with a little celebrity glam instead of Geek.  Very nice.

Tynga Says 

Not for me at all. Don’t like the model nor the background, and that font color? Nope.

Wake to Darkness by Maggie Shayne

Expected publication: November 26th 2013 by Harlequin MIRA

Source: Goodreads

 

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Stranded with a murderer… Rachel de Luca’s uncanny sense of perception is the key to her success as a self-help celebrity. Even before she regained her sight, she had a gift for seeing people’s most carefully hidden secrets. But the secret she shares with Detective Mason Brown is one she has promised to keep. As for Mason, he sees Rachel more clearly than she’d like to admit.

After a single night of adrenaline-fueled passion, they have agreed to keep their distance—until a string of murders brings them together again. Mason thinks that he can protect everyone he loves, including Rachel, by taking them to a winter hideaway, but danger follows them up the mountain.

As guests disappear from the snowbound resort, the race to find the murderer intensifies. Rachel knows she’s a target. Will acknowledging her feelings for Mason destroy her—or save them both and stop a killer?

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail Says 

I love the different opacities used her, and how gorgeous are those snowflakes with that forrest green color? 

Julia Says 

This cover looks a little retro, but it still works.  The author’s name doesn’t show up at all on this digital image, I presume there will be some sort of texture effect in person?  I also would have just as easily assumed “Thriller”, there isn’t anything that says paranormal.

Tynga Says 

Love the model (those eyes!) and the snowflakes. Just wish the author name would stand out more.

Something More Than Night by Ian Tregillis

Expected publication: December 3rd 2013 by Tor Books

Source: Goodreads

 

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Something More Than Night is a Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler-inspired murder mystery set in Thomas Aquinas’s vision of Heaven. It’s a noir detective story starring fallen angels,

the heavenly choir, nightclub stigmatics, a priest with a dirty secret, a femme fatale, and the Voice of God.

Somebody has murdered the angel Gabriel. Worse, the Jericho Trumpet has gone missing, putting Heaven on the brink of a truly cosmic crisis. But the twisty plot that unfolds from the murder investigation leads to something much bigger: a con job one billion years in the making.

Because this is no mere murder. A small band of angels has decided to break out of heaven, but they need a human patsy to make their plan work.

Much of the story is told from the point of view of Bayliss, a cynical fallen angel who has modeled himself on Philip Marlowe. The yarn he spins follows the progression of a Marlowe novel — the mysterious dame who needs his help, getting grilled by the bulls, finding a stiff, getting slipped a mickey

Angels and gunsels, dames with eyes like fire, and a grand maguffin, Something More Than Night is a murder mystery for the cosmos.

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail Says 

Bad clipart. I can’t believe this is a Tor cover 

Julia Says 

I love the concept for this cover, but the wings are set just a little too high behind him.

Tynga Says 

That cover is not doing anything for me. Too photoshop101

The Wishing Thread by Lisa Van Allen

Expected publication: September 3rd 2013 by Ballantine Books

Source: Goodreads

 

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For fans of Jennifer Chiaverini and Sarah Addison Allen, The Wishing Thread is an enchanting novel about the bonds between sisters, the indelible pull of the past, and the transformational power of love.

The Van Ripper women have been the talk of Tarrytown, New York, for centuries. Some say they’re angels; some say they’re crooks. In their tumbledown “Stitchery,” not far from the stomping grounds of the legendary Headless Horseman, the Van Ripper sisters—Aubrey, Bitty, and Meggie—are said to knit people’s most ardent wishes into beautiful scarves and mittens, granting them health, success, or even a blossoming romance. But for the magic to work, sacrifices must be made—and no one knows that better than the Van Rippers.

When the Stitchery matriarch, Mariah, dies, she leaves the yarn shop to her three nieces. Aubrey, shy and reliable, has dedicated her life to weaving spells for the community, though her sisters have long stayed away. Bitty, pragmatic and persistent, has always been skeptical of magic and wants her children to have a normal, nonmagical life. Meggie, restless and free-spirited, follows her own set of rules. Now, after Mariah’s death forces a reunion, the sisters must reassess the state of their lives even as they decide the fate of the Stitchery. But their relationships with one another—and their beliefs in magic—are put to the test. Will the threads hold?

Includes an exclusive conversation between Sarah Addison Allen and Lisa Van Allen

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Abigail Says 

Meh. It’s pretty, but also pretty boring. I do like the font though. 

Julia Says 

This cover makes my knitters OCD itch, I can’t look at it.  I just can’t.

Tynga Says 

Pretty, love the delicate font.

Reaver (Lords of Deliverance #5) by Larissa Ione

Expected publication: December 17th 2013 by Forever

Source: Goodreads

 

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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 

So glad that the US version is different from the UK we shared last week. It’s not spectacular, but good enough to earn a thumbs up. 

Julia Says 

The red background was a risk, but it works well with his lighting.  And oh my, his lighting.

Tynga Says 

My least favorite cover of the series but I’m so excited for this title I can’t give it a thumb down hehe. 

Tainted (Broken #2) by A. E. Rought

Cover Art: Steven Wood

Expected publication: October 1st 2013 by Strange Chemistry

Source: YABO

 

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Broken (Broken, #1)

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Alex Franks believes the madness is behind them. With Ascension Labs under his direction and the forces threatening Emma’s life overcome, they have a chance at a normal life, and keeping his secrets safely buried. But a shadow rises from Alex’s past, and she wants him back. Criminally brilliant, Hailey Westmore will stop at nothing to claim the boy she was meant to be with.

Without warning, Emma Gentry finds she cannot trust anything. Not her mind, her memory, not even herself. Tragic events and unexpected deaths stalk Alex and Emma, testing them in ways they would never imagine, and may not survive. Alex carries a new secret, and a horrifying guilt that Hailey uses to her advantage.

Emma’s life and sanity hang in the balance, and Alex may have created a monster…

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail Says 

Okay, so I’m hoping this just photographed weird, because I love the composition. It’s just so dark. The darkness is killing me. 

Julia Says 

Oh my sweet lord, I never would have matched this with book one.  The blue with that glow effect looks like the graphical representation of staring into the sun.  Busy and eye-burning, boo and boo.

Tynga Says 

I really dislike the coloring and the overall design isn’t doing it for me.

The Curse Keepers by Denise Grover Swank

Expected publication: November 19th 2013 by 47north

Source: Amazon

 

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The wall between our world and that of vengeful spirits has protected humanity for more than 400 years. It’s about to come crashing down.
Ellie Lancaster has lived her whole life by the site of the mysterious Lost Colony of Roanoke, the Virginia settlement that vanished without a trace around 1590. Only the descendants of the two men who banished the spirits of an enemy tribe from the material realm know what really happened to the colony. Ellie is one of those descendants—a Curse Keeper. Her father took pains to teach her what he knew of the curse and the responsibilities of its guardians. He taught her that if the two Curse Keepers ever meet, the curse will be lifted, the gate will open, and the raging Native American spirits will be unleashed to seek their revenge.

Despite her father’s seriousness, Ellie has always taken the legend for a harmless fairy tale. Until she meets the darkly handsome, but downright infuriating, Collin Dailey and realizes everything she was told is true. For when they meet, it’s like the air is sucked from the room. Collin’s presence is electrifying… and it’s not just attraction Ellie feels, but the inexorable pull toward her destiny. The prophecy is real, and now Ellie and Collin must battle supernatural forces and their loathing—and passion—for each other to set things right.

The Curse Keepers are all that stand between the world and its destruction.

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Abigail Says 

Nice warm colors. Pretty enough, but nothing special. 

Julia Says 

I like the color and composition, but can’t stop snickering.  Based on the intensity of the male cover model’s gaze, there’s something *very* important on the back of her head.

Tynga Says 

Overall I like it, not a fan of the color but it works for this particular cover. Nothing new, but not bad.

Bitter Spirits (Roaring Twenties #1) by Jenn Bennett

Cover Art: Aleta Rafton

Expected publication: January 7th 2014 by Berkley Sensation

Source: Goodreads

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First in a new series: It’s the roaring twenties, and San Francisco is a hotbed of illegal boozing, raw lust, and black magic. The fog-covered Bay Area can be an intoxicating scene, particularly when you specialize in spirits…

Aida Palmer performs a spirit medium show onstage at Chinatown’s illustrious Gris-Gris speakeasy. However, her ability to summon (and expel) the dead is more than just an act.

Winter Magnusson is a notorious bootlegger who’s more comfortable with guns than ghosts—unfortunately for him, he’s the recent target of a malevolent hex that renders him a magnet for hauntings. After Aida’s supernatural assistance is enlisted to banish the ghosts, her spirit-chilled aura heats up as the charming bootlegger casts a different sort of spell on her…

On the hunt for the curseworker responsible for the hex, Aida and Winter become drunk on passion. And the closer they become, the more they realize they have ghosts of their own to exorcise…

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail Says 

Love it! Love the flapper dress in that wine color and smoke that hints at the magical element in the series. 

Julia Says 

I couldn’t find a better copy of this file, but I love it anyway.  The male cover model is a bit overly intense, but I love how romantic this cover feels.

Tynga Says 

ove it! Love the couple, the background, the titles. Overall, a success.

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

  1. Chris

    I had to cross my eyes like it was one of those 3D pictures, but I’m pretty sure those are supposed to be paparazzi in the background on Celebromancy. Is this series any good? I’ve almost picked up Geekomancy off Amazon a dozen times, but always changed my mind.

    • Julia

      It’s definitely paparazzi, just a bit more of the Hollywood glow. I enjoyed Geekomancy, but it is definitely silly/ zany like McGuire’s Incryptid series. And if you don’t enjoy that, there’s just nothing more I can do for you.

  2. Diane

    These covers are stunning it makes me want the books! I loved the cover on The Forever Girl and the cover for Divergent to.