Cover Art Coverage: 13 New Titles!

July 24, 2013 Cover Art Coverage 1

 

Cover Art Coverage

There’s always an X factor in any cover, that little detail that can make you love or hate it.  From our three commentators today, ATUF’s own Abigail and Chris and Larissa of Larissa’s Life, we have three different Best covers, three different Worst covers.  I think it’s safe to say that the X factor is out in force today, hope you enjoy!

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Darkest Fear (Birthright #1) by Cate Tiernan

Expected publication: January 7th 2014 by Simon Pulse

Source: Goodreads

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Vivi’s animal instincts are her legacy—and maybe her downfall—in this start to a romantic fantasy series that will appeal to fans of The Nine Lives of Chloe King.

Vivi has known the truth about her family—and herself—since she was thirteen. But that doesn’t mean she’s accepted it. Being Haguari isn’t something she feels she’ll ever accept. How can she feel like anything but a freak knowing that it’s in her genes to turn into a jaguar?

Now eighteen, Vivi’s ready to break away from the traditions of her heritage. But all of that changes with the shocking, devastating deaths of her parents and the mysteries left behind. Vivi discovers family she never even knew she had, and a life open with possibility. New friends, new loyalties, and even romance all lay ahead—but so do dangers unlike anything Vivi ever could have imagined.

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Abigail Says 

Apart from the series name being larger than the title (I hate when they do that), the combination of the scratches and cat eye are grabbing my attention, and I like the B&W with the splash of yellow. 

Chris Says 

There’s nothing particularly bad about this cover. I’m just not a big fan of using photographs on covers. I realize this makes me odd. 

Larissa Says 

I like the contrast between the B/W, title and the girl’s eye. However, this cover doesn’t really say paranormal but for the eye. It is striking though.

Wings (Black City #3) by Elizabeth Richards

Expected publication: 2014 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons BYR

Source: Goodreads

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Black City (Black City, #1)Phoenix (Black City, #2)

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Abigail Says 

None of the covers in this series have really appealed to me and this one is my least favorite. The shattering effect doesn’t look like it’s fully integrated with the butterfly 

Chris Says 

I’ve never heard of this series so I have no idea what this cover signifies, but I dig this cover. The reflections on the wings are a ncie affect. 

Larissa Says 

Fitting with the rest of the series and very striking. I wonder if making me think of the butterfly effect was on purpose or a coincidence.

To the Fifth Power (Powers Trilogy #1) by Shirin Dubbin

Expected publication: July 29th 2013 by Entangled: Ever After

Source: Goodreads

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Three years ago, Zola Noite’s nemesis killed her sidekick and forced her to watch. The guilt drove her to hang up her cape. Zola knows one thing for certain. She will never be a superhero again.

Psychologist Dr. Arturo “Fort” Forte specializes in super-powered mental health. He’s the only reason Zola can once again call herself sane—although, truth be told, the heat between them is slowly driving her back to mad.

When three mega-villains escape the prison Fort oversees, all Zola’s best laid plans go up in flames. Fort asks her for help, and she can’t turn down the man she’s secretly come to love. As battles ensue and clues add up, the one thing Zola trusts is called into question: Fort’s true agenda and which side he’s on.

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Abigail Says 

One of my favorite Entangled covers ever! Love the turquoise and purple and everything screams sexy superhero. 

Chris Says 

Mid 90’s Catwoman called. She would like her costume back. Also – who crouches like that? In heels, even! 

Larissa Says 

First thought is “Catwoman!” and not the awesome newest one but the forgettable Halle Berry one. I get it that it is a superhero book but the pose seems off. I’ve seen this pose in UF covers enough and in this one the woman just seems to be advertising her crotch =/ I do like the color scheme and idea of the cover.

Panic by Lauren Oliver

Expected publication: March 4th 2014 by HarperCollins

Source: Goodreads

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Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.

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Abigail Says 

I love Lauren Oliver. She is one of my favorite YA authors, but I’m never a fan of her covers. They always strike me as a bit generic. No exception this time (though I can’t want to read this–it sounds phenomenal). 

Chris Says 

Yeah, yeah. I know I just said I don’t like photographs of models on my book covers. I am nothing if not fickle. I couldn’t tell you why, yet I really like this cover. I’d certainly pick it up in a store and give it a look. 

Larissa Says 

I am so bored by this. Nothing says panic or even the genre this is supposed to be in.

Lord of the Hunt (Court of Annwyn #2) by Shona Husk

Expected publication: January 7th 2014 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

Source: Goodreads

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Their love could destroy a powerful reign and change the mortal world forever…

Raised in the mortal world, the fairy, Taryn, never planned on going back to Annwyn, much less to court. But with the power shift imminent, she is her parents’ only hope of securing a pardon from exile and avoiding certain death.

Verden, Lord of the Hunt, swore to serve the King. But as the magic of Annwyn fails and the Prince makes ready to take the throne, Verden knows his days as Hunter are numbered.

When Taryn and Verden meet, their attraction is instant and devastating. Their love could bring down a Queen and change the mortal world forever.

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Abigail Says 

I’m trying to find one redeeming quality on this fuzzy orange mess of a cover…nope. Nothing. 

Chris Says 

What’s up with all the orange? Is he hunting fire? 

Larissa Says 

This obviously a PNR and so generic it hurts and the sword is SO not a stand in for his member *sigh. Besides all that this a big departure from the previous book in the series and despite Orange being my fave color, this color scheme is too glaring.

The Line (Witching Savannah) by J. D. Horn

Expected publication: January 7th 2014 by 47North

Source: Amazon

 

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Move over, Sookie Stackhouse—the witches of Savannah are the new talk of the South. Bold, flirty, and with a touch of darkness, debut author J.D. Horn spins a mesmerizing tale of a family of witches . . . and the problem that can arise from being so powerful. As Charlaine Harris’ series winds down—and as Deborah Harkness’ series heats up—Witching Savannah is new contemporary fantasy that will be sure to enchant new readers.

Mercy Taylor, the youngest member of Savannah’s preeminent witching family, was born without the gift of magic. She is accustomed to coming in a distant second to the minutes older, exquisite and gifted twin she adores. Hopelessly in love with her sister’s boyfriend, she goes to a Hoodoo root doctor for a love spell. A spell that will turn her heart to another man, the best friend who has loved her since childhood.

Aunt Ginny, the family’s matriarch, would not approve. But Mercy has more to worry about than a love triangle when Aunt Ginny is brutally murdered. Ginny was the Taylor family’s high commander in the defense of the bewitched line that separates humankind from the demons who once ruled our realm.
A demon invasion looms now that the line is compromised. Worse yet, some within the witching world stand to gain from a demon takeover. Mercy, entangled in the dark magic of her love spell, fighting for her sister’s trust, and hopelessly without magic, must tap the strength born from being an outcast to protect the line she doesn’t feel a part of…
In this riveting contemporary fantasy, Horn delivers the full betrayal, blood, and familial discord of the best of Southern gothic.

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Abigail Says 

Talk about inconsistent. Amazon has been getting big name artists to create their UF covers, so why am I looking at this super cheap self-pub looking cover? 

Chris Says 

I’ll echo what Abigail said. This is a terribly cheap looking cover. The model looks like an obvious cut and paste job. 

Larissa Says 

Creepy without being too obvious and the composition is beautiful. I really like this one.

Happy Hour in Hell (Bobby Dollar #2) by Tad Williams

Expected publication: September 3rd 2013 by DAW

Source: Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist

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I’ve been told to go to Hell more times than I can count. But this time I’m actually going.

My name’s Bobby Dollar, sometimes known as Doloriel, and of course, Hell isn’t a great place for someone like me – I’m an angel. They don’t like my kind down there, not even the slightly fallen variety. But they have my girlfriend, who happens to be a beautiful demon named Casimira, Countess of Cold Hands. Why does an angel have a demon girlfriend? Well, certainly not because it helps my career.

She’s being held hostage by one of the nastiest, most powerful demons in all of the netherworld – Eligor, Grand Duke of Hell. He already hates me, and he’d like nothing better than to get his hands on me and rip my immortal soul right out of my borrowed but oh-so-mortal body.

But wait, it gets better! Not only do I have to sneak into Hell, make my way across thousands of miles of terror and suffering to reach Pandemonium, capital of the fiery depths, but then I have to steal Caz right out from under Eligor’s burning eyes and smuggle her out again, past demon soldiers, hellhounds, and all the murderous creatures imprisoned there for eternity. And even if I somehow manage to escape Hell, I’m also being stalked by an undead psychopath named Smyler who’s been following me for weeks. Oh, and did I mention that he can’t be killed?

So if I somehow survive Hell, elude the Grand Duke and all his hideous minions and make it back to the real world, I’ll still be the most hunted soul in Creation. But at least I’ll have Caz. Gotta have something to look forward to, right?

So just pour me that damn drink, will you? I’ve got somewhere to go.

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Abigail Says 

The big improvement is that the title is actually legible now, and the guy is less blurry, but it still isn’t really wowing me. 

Chris Says 

Yay! They fixed this cover so that I don’t feel cross-eyed when I look at it. For that alone it gets a thumbs up. 

Larissa Says 

Not bad but not too great either. I like the “painting” feeling.

Three (Article 5 #3) by Kristen Simmons

Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Tor Teen

Source: Author’s Blog

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The conclusion to Kristen Simmons’s postapocalyptic YA trilogy that began with Article 5

Ember Miller and Chase Jennings are ready to stop running. After weeks spent in hiding as two of the Bureau of Reformation’s most wanted criminals, they have finally arrived at the safe house, where they hope to live a safe and quiet existence.

And all that’s left is smoking ruins.

Devastated by the demolition of their last hope, Ember and Chase follow the only thing left to them—tracks leading away from the wreckage. The only sign that there may have been survivors.

With their high profile, they know they can’t stay out in the open for long. They take shelter in the wilderness and amidst the ruins of abandoned cities as they follow the tracks down the coast, eventually finding refugees from the destroyed safe house. Among them is someone from Chase’s past—someone he never thought he’d see again.

Banding together, they search for a place to hide, aiming for a settlement a few of them have heard about…a settlement that is rumored to house the nebulous organization known as Three. The very group that has provided Ember with a tiny ray of hope ever since she was first forced on the run.

Three is responsible for the huge network of underground safe houses and resistance groups across the country. And they may offer Ember her only chance at telling the world her story.

At fighting back.

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Abigail Says 

Nice gritty, apocalyptic vibe, and I love the way their arms cross each other. 

Chris Says 

I guess I’m the only one of us who finds this cover to be terribly bland. It isn’t bad, but I’d pass it by on the shelf. 

Larissa Says 

I love this!! Black and white without being washed out! Love the title font!

Prodigal Son (Truth Seekers #1) by Debra Mullins

Expected publication: October 1st 2013 by Tor Books

Source: Author’s Website

 

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Prodigal Son—the new paranormal romance from acclaimed historical romance author Debra Mullins

Bounty hunter Rafe Montana is a Seer, descended from the fabled Atlanteans. He uses his inherited power to “see” criminals across the globe and track them down, and he’s just started on a new case. Danny Cangialosi is accused of disappearing with a stolen car…but for the first time in his life, when Rafe goes looking, he is unable to “see” him. Instead, his search leads him to Danny’s stubborn, meddling, and very cute stepsister, Cara McGaffigan.

Cara is looking for Danny, too, but not to turn him in. He is her brother, after all, and she’s convinced he has a good heart. If she can just find him before the cops do, she’ll figure out a way to get him out of this. But Cara didn’t count on a scorching-hot bounty hunter getting in her way.

Despite instant chemistry, Rafe and Cara know they’re never going to see eye-to-eye when it comes to Danny. What they don’t know is that Danny didn’t just steal a car—he stole a precious stone, a stone right out of the legends of Atlantis. It holds powers they can only dream of…and its owner wants it back.

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Abigail Says 

I generally expect more from a Tor cover. This looks like a million other PNR covers. 

Chris Says 

What the hell? This is a Tor book? And if they were trying to make that goofy looking symbol look like it was a tattoo they didn’t center it very well… 

Larissa Says 

Intriguing but strange. The symbol is too much like HP’s Deathly Hallows. It looks like a cheap indie cover.

Redemption (Soul #1) by C. J. Barry

Expected publication: October 1st 2013 by Forever Yours

Source: Author’s Website

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Reya Sinclair is a Redeemer of Souls. Her mission is to give Earth’s most depraved sinners a shot at redemption just before they are slated to die. Her own redemption is on the line as she fulfills her duties, leaving a trail of dead bodies in her wake. It’s all going perfectly well until one detective takes notice, possibly bringing her salvation to a halt.

Thane Driscoll is a good cop who’s seen too many bad guys get away, including the man who murdered his father. He exacts his own style of justice, even if it costs him his humanity. A string of mysterious deaths leads him to a woman who’s not quite human and might hold the key to finding his father’s killer.

When death and shadows descend, New York City becomes a battleground for the forces of light and dark. As the body count rises and sparks fly between them, Reya and Thane race to uncover a terrible truth. Can one man hell-bent on revenge and one woman determined to save her eternal soul be enough to keep the planet from spiraling into darkness?

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Abigail Says 

I guess I’m a fan of the crouching chick in front of a cityscape, cause I love this. The clouds are beautiful and her expression is intriguingly soft. 

Chris Says 

It’s nothing to write home about, but it’s much less offensive than the Catwoman cover from earlier. 

Larissa Says 

I really like this position for a UF cover, but I found this one to be too simple. Not a fan of the font.

The Mountain’s Shadow (The Lycanthropy Files #1) by Cecilia Dominic

Expected publication: October 1st 2013 by Samhain Publishing

Source: Goodreads

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Some mistakes can literally come back to bite you.

First it was ADD. Then pediatric bipolar. Now the hot behavioral disorder in children is CLS, or Chronic Lycanthropy Syndrome. Public health researcher Joanie Fisher was closing in on the cause in hopes of finding a treatment until a lab fire and an affair with her boss left her without a job.

When her grandfather leaves her his multimillion-dollar estate in the Ozarks, though, she figures her luck is turning around. Except her inheritance comes with complications: town children who disappear during full moons, an irresistible butler, and a pack of werewolves who can’t seem to decide whether to frighten her or flirt with her.

Joanie’s research is the key to unraveling the mysteries of Wolfsbane Manor. However, resuming her work means facing painful truths about her childhood, which could result in the loss of love, friendship, and the only true family she has left.

Warning: Some sexy scenes, although nothing explicit, and adult language. Also alcohol consumption and food descriptions that may wreck your diet.

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Abigail Says 

It’s fine and the wolf head is a good visual indicator for werewolves, but nothing special here. 

Chris Says 

I’ll disagree with Larissa and say that I quite like the outfit the model is wearing. My hatred of werewolf novels keeps this from being a thumbs up, though. 

Larissa Says 

I hate the woman’s outfit and how disconnected she is from the rest. It feels like the walked out of another cover and came into this one out of nowhere.

Secret Unleashed (Secret McQueen #6) by Sierra Dean

Expected publication: October 15th 2013 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

Source: Goodreads

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The darkest secrets are the hardest to unearth.

After her last mission tested the limits of her humanity and took her out of this world, Secret’s friends, determined to keep her safe from her old nemesis Alexandre Peyton, keep ushering her from one babysitter to the next.

Couch surfing would be a lot more fun if Alexandre would let up on her long enough to allow her to get in some alone time with her lovers. Including Holden, her self-appointed shadow.

As if living out of coffin isn’t bad enough, Secret literally brings down the house while hunting a rogue, causing the council to exile her from New York—for her own safety, of course.

With her list of people to trust getting shorter and shorter, Secret ends up embroiled in a mystery to find a vampire warden gone AWOL and a missing artifact. Things go from bad to worse when she falls into the hands of a man who will prove that humans can be the worst monsters of them all.

Warning: Contains a cross-country journey, an unexpected family reunion, heated lovers’ embraces and a hell of a lot of trouble.

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Abigail Says 

This is a much better showing from the same publisher. Fits great with the series and the background is great. 

Chris Says 

I’m giving this a thumbs up on the presumption that they’re doing the campy adventure novel thing on purpose. 

Larissa Says 

Not a bad cover, but I really don’t like the font. Too bright for such a gritty look.

All Is Fair (The Split Worlds #3) by Emma Newman

Cover Art: Sarah J. Coleman

Expected publication: September 24th 2013 by Angry Robot

Source: Publisher’s Website

 

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In love and war nothing is safe.

William Iris struggles to keep the throne of Londinium whilst hated by his own court and beset by outsiders, while Cathy discovers the legacy of her former governess. But those who dare to speak out about Society are always silenced. Sometimes for good.

While trying to avoid further torments from the mercurial fae, Sam finds himself getting tangled in the affairs of the Elemental Court. But an unexpected offer from the powerful and enigmatic Lord Iron turns out to be far more than Sam bargained for.

Max and the gargoyle are getting closer to uncovering who is behind the murder of the Bath Chapter and the corruption in London and Max finds the gargoyle’s controversial ideas harder to ignore. Can he stay true to his sworn duty without being destroyed by his own master, whose insanity threatens to unravel them all?

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Abigail Says 

This is just my taste, but I’m not a big fan. The text is cool and it’s fun to hunt for all the different objects in the border, but it’s all a bit much for me. 

Chris Says 

I like everything about this cover except for the title font. A little less fancy and this would have been a fantastic cover. 

Larissa Says 

Perfect fit with the rest of the series. Nice color theme and lovely art + font.

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