Cover Art Coverage: 15 New Titles!

June 19, 2013 Cover Art Coverage 1

Cover Art Coverage

In an absolute first for us, we have Sullivan McPig (of the Groningen McPigs) giving us the animal perspective on this week’s covers.  Yellow is the watch word, as it sets our cover commentators off.  What color is your pet peeve?

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Wild Things (Chicagoland Vampires #9) by Chloe Neill

Cover Art: Tony Mauro

Expected publication: February 2014 by NAL Penguin

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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Since Merit was turned into a vampire, and the protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House, it’s been a wild ride. She and Master vampire Ethan Sullivan have helped make Cadogan’s vampires the strongest in North America, and forged ties with paranormal folk of all breeds and creeds, living or dead…or both.

But now those alliances are about to be tested. A strange and twisted magic has ripped through the North American Central Pack, and Merit’s closest friends are caught in the crosshairs. Gabriel Keene, the Pack Apex, looks to Merit and Ethan for help. But who—or what—could possibly be powerful enough to out-magic a shifter?

Merit is about to go toe to toe, and cold steel to cold heart, to find out.

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Sullivan Says 

I like the mood of this cover, but I’m not a big fan of the color yellow. I’m also wondering why she’s cuddling her katana. 

Kate Says 

Love it! May be partially biased because I love the series, but I love the look of this and the wolf in the background. 

Kristina Says 

I like the yellow tone used here and that house in the back there is pretty interesting in a creepy haunted house sort of way. The whole cover gives off a creepy ‘autumn-ish’ vibe. Also I too wonder why she is cuddling her katana…

The Tinker King (The Unnaturalists #2) by Tiffany Trent

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

Source: Goodreads

 

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After Vespa, Syrus and Bayne defeated the Grue and restored order to their world, they thought their future was secure. Empress Olivia, committed to peace and equality for humans and Elementals alike, was a fair and just ruler. And the Creeping Waste had vanished for good, giving them hope for the first time.

But rebellion is brewing in the far-off city of Scientia, and dark Elementals are plotting war in the ruins of New London. When a wave of unimaginable terror threatens to destroy everything in its path, Vespa, Syrus and their friends are plunged into a new swamp of intrigue, deception and magic—and the cost of survival may be more than any of them are willing to pay.

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Sullivan Says 

Although this cover is interchangeable with most other Steampunk covers, I will confess I like it. The font of the title really fits the picture and adds to the steampunk feel. 

Kate Says 

It’s fine…the backdrop kind of all blends together, not enough variety. And the font is a little hard to read. 

Kristina Says 

At a first and very quick glance he looked like Keanu Reeves then I put on my glasses….I like the orange backdrop of the city but this needed more than a bad-Keanu model looking confused.

Her Dark Curiosity (The Madman’s Daughter #2) by Megan Shepherd

Expected publication: January 28th 2014 by Balzer+Bray

Source: YA Books Central

 

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To defeat the darkness, she must first embrace it.

Months have passed since Juliet Moreau returned to civilization after escaping her father’s island—and the secrets she left behind. Now, back in London once more, she is rebuilding the life she once knew and trying to forget Dr. Moreau’s horrific legacy—though someone, or something, hasn’t forgotten her.

As people close to Juliet fall victim one by one to a murderer who leaves a macabre calling card of three clawlike slashes, Juliet fears one of her father’s creations may have also escaped the island. She is determined to find the killer before Scotland Yard does, though it means awakening sides of herself she had thought long banished, and facing loves from her past she never expected to see again.

As Juliet strives to stop a killer while searching for a serum to cure her own worsening illness, she finds herself once more in the midst of a world of scandal and danger. Her heart torn in two, past bubbling to the surface, life threatened by an obsessive killer—Juliet will be lucky to escape alive.

With inspiration from Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this is a tantalizing mystery about the hidden natures of those we love and how far we’ll go to save them from themselves.

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Sullivan Says 

The designer of this cover should be slapped for the placement of the title, the font and the change in lettersize in the title. I also don’t like the picture. it looks fake and washed out. 

Kate Says 

Ugh. This chick is super slouchy. Not a fan. She just looks like she’s freezing cold. Plus the lettering is a bit hard to read. 

Kristina Says 

This was hard for me but the font change and placement of the title is annoying. I love the dress but it (the cover as a whole) just doesn’t do anything for me. I think its going for a gothic vibe but failing at it.

The Psi Fighter by D. R. Rosensteel

Expected publication: December 3rd 2013 by Entangled: Teen

Source: Goodreads

 

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Sullivan Says 

This cover is so Meh, I don’t even know what to say about it. It’s bland and totally uninteresting. 

Kate Says 

This is pretty inoffensive. I’d like it better if the skyline was more detailed instead of a bunch of black squares on the bottom. That would have been cool. 

Kristina Says 

I don’t like hair in the face as I keep wanting to brush it away. It doesn’t really say anything about the story. At least make her eyes glow or something!

Cured (Stung #2) by Bethany Wiggins

Expected publication: March 4th 2014 by Walker Childrens

Source: Tez Says

 

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Now that Fiona Tarsis and her twin brother, Jonah, are no longer beasts, they set out to find their mother, with the help of Bowen and a former neighbor, Jacqui. Heading for a safe settlement rumored to be in Wyoming, they plan to spread the cure along the way–until they are attacked by raiders. Luckily, they find a new ally in Kevin, who saves them and leads them to safety in his underground shelter. But the more they get to know Kevin, the more they suspect he has ties to the raiders. He also seems to know too many details about Jacqui and her family—details that could endanger them all. For the raiders will do anything they can to destroy the cure that would bring an end to their way of life. Bethany Wiggins’s reimagining of our world after an environmental catastrophe won’t fail to stun readers.

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Sullivan Says 

I’m liking this cover. It’s simple, but effective. The creepy bug in the beaker makes me curious what this book is about. I’d be tempted to buy this just based on the cover. 

Kate Says 

Not that this isn’t cool, but I would totally never pick this up because bugs creep me out (I felt the same way about STUNG). It just makes me cringe a little 

Kristina Says 

I like the creepy bug in a beaker(?) and unknown green liquid. The covers in this series are neat to look at and I love the combination of science equiptment w/ bugs.

Warbound (Grimnoir Chronicles #3) by Larry Correia

Expected publication: August 6th 2013 by Baen

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author. Gritty urban fantasy set in an alternate noir 1930s. A tough P.I. battles an interdimensional monster that wants to suck magic power out of the world. Sequel to Hard Magic and Spellbound.  Book Three in the Grimnoir Chronicles.Gritty urban fantasy adventure set in an alternate noir 1930s, Book Three in the Grimnoir chronicles.

Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind’s magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power’s hiding place has been discovered by a killer.

It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next.

Former private eye, Jake Sullivan, knows the score. The problem is hardly anyone believes him. The world’s most capable Active, Faye Vierra, could back him up, but she is hiding from the forces that think she is too dangerous to let live. So Jake has put together a ragtag crew of airship pirates and Grimnoir knights, and set out on a suicide mission to stop the predator before it is too late.

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Sullivan Says 

What’s going on with the hero’s hand? I keep getting drawn to that hand to try to figure out if he just has two very large fingers or if it’s a strange trick of the light. Otherwise I like this cover. It gives a good indication what I can expect when i pick up this book. 

Kate Says 

Totally old school! I love everything about it. I can’t even say something specific about it- I just think it’s cool. 

Kristina Says 

This looks like one of those old pulp sci-fi covers and reminded me of a make your own pulp cover site http://thrilling-tales.webomator.com/derange-o-lab/pulp-o-mizer/pulp-o-mizer.html. Both the cover and site are pretty cool!

The Returned (The Returned #1) by Jason Mott

Expected publication: August 27th 2013 by Harlequin MIRA

Source: Goodreads

 

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Jacob was time out of sync, time more perfect than it had been. He was life the way it was supposed to be all those years ago. That’s what all the Returned were.

Harold and Lucille Hargrave’s lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they’ve settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds tempered through the grace of time. Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep; flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old. 

All over the world people’s loved ones are returning from beyond. No one knows how or why this is happening, whether it’s a miracle or a sign of the end. Not even Harold and Lucille can agree on whether the boy is real or a wondrous imitation, but one thing they know for sure: he’s their son. As chaos erupts around the globe, the newly reunited Hargrave family finds itself at the center of a community on the brink of collapse, forced to navigate a mysterious new reality and a conflict that threatens to unravel the very meaning of what it is to be human. 

With spare, elegant prose and searing emotional depth, award-winning poet Jason Mott explores timeless questions of faith and morality, love and responsibility. A spellbinding and stunning debut, The Returned is an unforgettable story that marks the arrival of an important new voice in contemporary fiction.

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Sullivan Says 

Not a bad cover, but it doesn’t urge me to pick the book up. And why is the picture upside down? I can’t find anything in the description to explain that to me. Is it set in Australia? 

Kate Says 

I can’t decide whether or not I like this one. I like the lettering, because there’s a reflection of the top of the cover in it, but did the boy have to be upside down? 

Kristina Says 

I like a good stark landscape and this one is pretty decent. What I don’t like is that its upside down and half of the title is almost hidden.

Tremor (Pulse Trilogy #2) by Patrick Carman

Expected publication: February 25th 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books

Source: Goodreads

 

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Pulse (Pulse, #1)

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Sullivan Says 

I’m not much for these big overview covers I will confess. They often look too crowded. I do like the clouds though. 

Kate Says 

Castle in the clouds? I can’t tell if that’s a modern city or what, and the spiral shape behind the words is distracting, and confusing. 

Kristina Says 

I am a little confused by this cover. Is the building tremoring in from another dimension or something? The colors are very pretty though.

The Drowned Forest by Kristopher Reisz

Expected publication: February 8th 2014 by Flux

Source: Tez Says

 

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A Southern Gothic about a drowned girl who’s haunting her best friend, who has been lost without her and may be dragged down into the river with her unless she finds a way to put Holly to rest.

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Sullivan Says 

What is happening here? It looks like Cousin It is attacking a young girl. I also don’t like the weird twisty title placement. 

Kate Says 

It took me a few minutes to figure out that she was falling? Is she falling? At first I thought her hair was just really ratty. On second thought, I really don’t like this. 

Kristina Says 

There is no forest and she doesn’t look like she is drowning. Her hair is dry! I like the title font and the way it is placed around her hair.

Fury of Desire (Dragonfury #4) by Coreene Callahan

Expected publication: October 15th 2013 by Montlake Romance

Source: Wanton Thoughts & Wicked Scribes

 

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No warrior of the Nightfury pack is more complicated or damaged than Wick.

Scarred from a childhood of slavery and torture, Wick cannot bear the touch of another person. But all bets are off when he meets J.J. Solares. When she is unjustly imprisoned, Wick agrees to help rescue and keep her from harm. But Wick lives a life of self-imposed isolation and venturing into the world to seek justice for J.J. may be more than he can bear.

Brutalized by the harsh reality of prison, J.J thinks she is hallucinating when a majestic dark-haired god sweeps in to save her—and Wick is shaken to his core by the attraction he feels for J.J. But neither is out of harm’s way yet. When they find themselves at the center of a Dragonkind war, they are forced to make the ultimate choice—surrender to their fears or accept each other’s love.

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Sullivan Says 

Yellow again! And that guy looks like he sniffed too much glue or something. 

Kate Says 

The angle is super weird on this. He has no neck! And like Kristina said, no nipples. Strange. 

Kristina Says 

I like the lighting on this cover but his chest is bothering me. It looks blurred or deformed and he has no nipples! Oh and I’ve seen that exact dragon tattoo on a dozen other cover models find a new dragon please!

Evertrue (Everneath #3) by Brodi Ashton

Expected publication: January 21st 2014

Source: Page Turners Blog

 

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Everneath (Everneath, #1)Everbound (Everneath, #2)

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Sullivan Says 

Yet another generic YA cover with a girl in a pretty dress. If the cloud/smoke effects had been done with a little bit more care I might have given this a thumbs up, but now it looks too messy for my tastes. 

Kate Says 

This dress is georgous and very recognizable as part of this series. 

Kristina Says 

I like the swirling clouds mixing with the dress.

White Space by Ilsa J. Bick

Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Egmont USA

Source: Goodreads

 

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Ilsa Bick’s WHITE SPACE, pitched as The Matrix meets Inkheart, about a seventeen-year-old girl who jumps between the lines of books and into the white space where realities are created and destroyed – but who may herself be nothing more than a character written into being from an alternative universe, to Greg Ferguson at Egmont, in a two-book deal, by Jennifer Laughran at Andrea Brown Literary Agency (NA).

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Sullivan Says 

I will confess I almost gave this book a thumbs up just for seeing the name Ilsa J. Bick on the cover, but that wouldn’t be fair. I like the simple style of this cover, although I am wondering what the black thing is: a plant? a Rorschach test? No matter the cover though, this one is going on my wishlist. 

Kate Says 

The black part looks like it is the throne on The Game of Thrones…a little out of place on this cover, especially once I read the description and it’s about books. 

Kristina Says 

I too don’t know what the black thing is supposed to be. It looks like a pile of dead birds. If this is some sort of ink blot test I think I failed.

Waking Up Dead (End of Days Love #1) by Emma Shortt

Expected publication: October 22nd 2013 by Entangled: Select

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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You know your life has hit rock bottom when you’re living off cooked rats and showering once every few months—if you’re lucky. But for Jackson Hart things are about to get a whole lot worse. When her best friend, Tye, disappears hunting for food, kick-ass Jackson’s ‘head south to safety’ plan looks like it’s dead before it’s even begun. But then she meets ex-mechanic Luke Granger, who takes her to his bunker, feeds her with non-rat based food, and offers her protection against the zombie hordes—not that she needs it. She knows how to use a machete and isn’t afraid to.

Jackson might have been tempted to stay in the city with her rescuer. Food, shampoo and the possibility of finally getting laid, what more could she ask for? But the flesh eaters are getting smarter and when the bunker is compromised, Jackson and Luke have no choice but to make the journey south.

Luke and Jackson team up to find other humans in a road-trip romance for the ages. Travelling for thousands of miles with zombies shadowing their every move they must utilize every resource at their disposal…and then some. On the way, they discover that even if flesh eating zombies are knocking down their door, there’s always time for sex and maybe even for love.

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Sullivan Says 

This cover is a mess! There’s two pictures slapped on there with only the title acting as some sort of glue to connect them. It would have been a much better cover if they had used only the top picture. 

Kate Says 

This is awful photoshop. Terrible. I don’t even know. The sky is running into their knees. 

Kristina Says 

It looks like two different covers. Are we assuming they are aiming at the zombies below? They look pretty calm for having zombies coming at them.

Crimson Veil (Otherworld #15) by Yasmine Galenorn

Cover Art: Tony Mauro

Expected publication: February 2014 by Berkley

Source: Goodreads

 

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

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The continuing story of the D’Artigo sisters, specifically Menolly.

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Sullivan Says 

This is a really nice UF cover. I do think the background figure should have been centered in the circle it’s in, but then it would disappear behind the heroine, so I guess I can’t have it all. 

Kate Says 

The cover alone makes me want to read the book. I like the background colors, and way to not be looking like she’s going to kill somebody. 

Kristina Says 

I love her dredlocks and this is a solid looking UF cover. I also applaud covers with fully clothed models in more or less natural looking poses.

Perfect Ruin (The Internment Chronicles #1) by Lauren DeStefano

Expected publication: October 1st 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Source: USA Today

 

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On Internment, the floating island in the clouds where 16-year-old Morgan Stockhour lives, getting too close to the edge can lead to madness. Even though Morgan’s older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. She tries her best not to mind that her life is orderly and boring, and if she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in best friend Pen and her betrothed, Basil.

Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating, especially when she meets Judas. He is the boy being blamed for the murder — betrothed to the victim — but Morgan is convinced of his innocence. Secrets lay at the heart of Internment, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find — or who she will lose.

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Sullivan Says 

I do like the overall idea of this cover, but I really don’t like what they did with the figure behind the title. Her head is in focus, but then her body and arms get blurry to make the title readable. I would have liked it better if they kept the whole figure in focus and picked another title and title color. 

Kate Says 

This is so pretty I can’t even! I love the drawn images around the edges and the blue and red, and the pretty lace sleeve dress. I want this on my book shelf. Facing out. 

Kristina Says 

What is up with the giant, blurry, deformed hand?! Its not right! Otherwise I like the tree design with all of the neat objects hanging from it. The title contrasts a bit odd with the rest of the cover…. I still can’t get over the hand thing…

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One Response to “Cover Art Coverage: 15 New Titles!”

  1. Sullivan McPig

    Thanks for having me join the cover art coverage. It was fun :-)