Cover Art Coverage: 14 New Titles!

July 31, 2013 Cover Art Coverage 5

 

Cover Art Coverage

There was a little bit of something for everyone in the covers this week.  Our guest, Tez of Tez Says, loved RED HILL for it’s “people-less” qualities, I couldn’t stop laughing at the complimentary whiskers of Shelly Laurenston’s BITE ME cover, and Kate fell in love with the haunting simplicity of Jenny Trout’s SUCH SWEET SORRY.  Oh, and none of us seem to like nipples poking through a dude’s t-shirt, so that’s something.

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Enders (Starters and Enders #2) by Lissa Price

Expected publication: January 7th 2014 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Source: Entertainment Weekly

 

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Starters (Paperback)

With the Prime Destinations body bank destroyed, Callie no longer has to rent herself out to creepy Enders. But Enders can still get inside her mind and make her do things she doesn’t want to do. Like hurt someone she loves. Having the chip removed could save Callie’s life – but it could also silence the voice in her head that might belong to her father. Callie has flashes of her ex-renter Helena’s memories, too …and the Old Man is back, filling her with fear. Who is real and who is masquerading in a teen body? This is the thrilling sequel to “Starters”.

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Kate Says 

I had such a visceral reaction of dislike to this one. I really prefered the drawn style cover of the first one in the series in hardcover, so this was such a surprise to me. And I am totally agreeing with Tez- what drugs were they one when they made it?! 

Julia Says 

I like the new covers so much more than the milky creepiness of the old STARTERS cover, but the orange color scheme for ENDERS brings to mind a bad 70’s cover shoot.  

Tez Says 

Did someone take drugs when they did this? Overload of lip gloss, dead eyes, trippy colours (I actually like the trippy colours, by the way)… They really should’ve gone with one of the foreign covers instead. I like this Italian one better. 

Skulk by Rosie Best

Cover Art: Steven Meyer-Rassow

Expected publication: October 1st 2013 by Strange Chemistry

Source: Publisher’s Website

 

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When Meg witnesses the dying moments of a shapeshifting fox and is given a beautiful and powerful stone, her life changes forever. She is plunged into the dark world of the Skulk, a group of shapeshifting foxes.

As she learns about the other groups of shapeshifters that lurk around London – the Rabble, the Horde, the Cluster and the Conspiracy – she becomes aware of a deadly threat against all the shapeshifters. They must put aside all their enmity and hostility and fight together to defeat it.

No Author Comment Available.

Kate Says 

First of all, I really like the title on this one. I also like that it is super readable on the cover. Plus, the fox graphic is really cool. 

Julia Says 

It would have been nice to see a little tagging on this cover, but it looks like they went for a HUNGER GAMES vibe instead.  Nothing special.

Tez Says 

Very smartly done. Yes, the teens running in a tunnel is rather overdone, but at least it’s not hideous. The branding at the top is very now, and screams “franchise”.

The Problem with Promises (Mystwalker #3) by Leigh Evans

Expected publication: February 25th 2014 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Source: Author’s Blog

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The Trouble With Fate (Myst...The Thing About Weres (Myst...

Robson Trowbridge, the Alpha of Creemore and my gorgeous mate, tries to protect me, Hedi Peacock, half-fae, half-were, from all the trouble I get into. The thing is, my past is pretty messy, and bad guys keep knocking down my door. Witches, thug bikers, the North American Council of Weres, dark magic fae, and even an evil wizard are all after me.

The Old Mage is the only one I really care about: He has my dear twin brother captive on the other side of the Gates of Merenwyn—not cool. So my alpha love is helping me to keep my promise to free my brother…

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Kate Says 

Maybe it’s because red isn’t my favorite color, but I do not like this one as much as I liked the previous cover in the series. The perspective is weird and I really want to know why is her shirt falling off? She is standing still so it isn’t like she’s running for her life and doesn’t have time to grab it and pull it back on. 

Julia Says 

This cover reminds me of a brand of gritty, Southern, no-nonsense mystery that I enjoyed reading.  Usually with a vaguely ominous or sardonic title (check), and a badass woman who looks like she’s been through some shit (check).  Add a wolf, and we have what looks like a gritty, no-nonsense Urban Fantasy.  Bonus points for a naturally posed wolf,and I I would like this cover even more if there wasn’t a dude running between her legs.

Tez Says

He’s between her legs – how’s that for perspective? ;-) When I’m just standing, my legs are a lot closer together, and not just because of my enormous thighs ;-) Also, I’d be tugging that fallen sleeve up as soon as I’d noticed it fell, because I’m self-conscious about things like that. And gratuitous arse-shot, y’all!

Circle of Fire (Damask Circle #1) by Keri Arthur

Expected publication: January 28th 2014 by Dell

Source: Amazon

 

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VISIONS OF TERROR

Sixteen teenagers taken from their homes. Eleven bodies recovered, each completely drained of blood. Some believe vampires are responsible. Jon Barnett knows that what’s happening is far worse. Sent by a group of paranormal investigators known as the Damask Circle, Jon quickly becomes enmeshed in a web of black magic and realizes he needs help. But fate gives him only one choice.

Madeline Smith has retreated to an isolated farmhouse, afraid of the abilities she cannot control—abilities that have killed. But when a “ghost” brings a warning of danger and her nephew goes missing, Maddie not only has to leave her haven, she has to place her trust in a man who is neither ghost nor human. As the noose of sorcery tightens, the search for the teenagers becomes a race against time. But the greatest danger to Maddie and Jon could be the intense feelings they refuse to acknowledge but cannot ignore.

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Kate Says 

RUN from the circle of fire! Also, I totally agree with Tez- her head and body are definitely weird, proportion-wise. And why is there a weird bird in the top right corner? That’s not even a bird that makes sense with fire. That’s like an eagle? Hawk? Something that should not be made out of fire? 

Julia Says 

I like this international cover a whole lot more.  It sells creepy mysticism instead of another heavy breathing romance heroine who happens to have magic.  Still I enjoy Arthur’s brand of racy Paranormal Romance, so it’s not like they’re misleading readers.

Tez Says 

Maybe it’s because this image I’m looking at is really small, but it’s like her head and upper body is out of proportion to her lower body. Or the other way around. Just doesn’t seem right. Also, if it’s hot enough to wear a tank top, I’d have my hair tied up and off my neck. But I’m logical like that, so I’m in the minority ;-)

Falling Light (Game of Shadows #2) by Thea Harrison

Expected publication: February 1st 2014 by Berkley

Source: Goodreads

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Kate Says 

That font makes me think of R. L. Stein books from my childhood. Plus the background looks like what happened to pictures when I first discovered different effects in Photoshop. 

Julia Says 

I can see how they tried to play off the shadows from RISING DARKNESS, but that concept isn’t enough to carry the cover.  I’m still not a fan of the title font, and the juxtaposition of this guy’s floating head above the dock looks busy, not interesting. Still, all they really need to put on the cover is “Thea Harrison” and I’m buying.

Tez Says 

What the heck is that to the left of the guy’s head? Some sort of blade, or a falling monument? Also, “Game of Shadows” sounds like the title of a parody. I just cannot take this cover seriously.

Bite Me (Pride #9) by Shelly Laurenston

Expected publication: March 25th 2014 by Brava

Source: Goodreads

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The Mane Event (Pride, #1)The Beast in Him (Pride, #2)The Mane Attraction (Pride,...The Mane Squeeze (Pride, #4)Beast Behaving Badly (Pride...Big Bad Beast (Pride, #6)Bear Meets Girl (Pride, #7)Wolf with Benefits (Pride, #8)

Livy Kowalski has no time for idiots. When you shapeshift into a honey badger, getting through life’s irritants is a finely honed skill. Until she gets stuck housing her nutso cousin and dealing with her dad’s untimely and unexplained demise.

That’s where Vic Barinov comes in—or his house does. Vic can’t step outside without coming back to find Livy devouring his honey stash and getting the TV remote sticky. It gets his animal instincts all riled up. But he’ll have to woo her at high speed: all hell is breaking loose, and Livy is leading the charge…

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Kate Says 

Okay so I read Wolf with Benefits and now I’m really excited at the prospect of a book about Livy, but this cover has got to be the worst in the Pride series, and that’s saying something. It doesn’t really fit, AND it doesn’t really look like paranormal romance. Ugh. 

Julia Says 

Still giggling.  I know some people won’t like the simplicity (or the lack of beefcake), but this cover is a new high of humor and class for the series.  I like the comparison of the two faces *so* much more than trying to photoshop cat eyes on a man or having a floating head or some nonsense, and looking back between the two I keep finding more and more that cracks me up.  Blue eyes (check), whiskers (check), love it (check).  And it’s LIVY’S STORY!   I’m so excited for this book, can’t wait!

Tez Says 

Chop the guy out of the picture, so only the cat is seen, and that’d be a pretty cool cover. As it is now, it’s far too cheesy. But maybe it’s supposed to be terribly cheesy because of that camp title. In which case, it makes sense, but I still don’t like it.

Scarlet Devices (Steam and Seduction #2) by Delphine Dryden

Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Berkley

Source: Goodreads

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Gossamer Wing (Steam and Se...

DRIVEN TO WIN. 
DRAWN TO LOVE.

Fresh from university, Eliza Hardison is determined to crusade for workers’ rights until her cousin Dexter, the Makesmith Baron, prevails on her to represent Hardison House in the American Dominion Sky and Steam Rally.

The competition is fierce, but only one opponent really matters to Eliza. Dexter’s protégé, Matthew Pence, was always like a big brother to her. But now she’s grown up, and Matthew has made a break from Hardison House with his own business venture—and made his own entry in the rally.

Matthew intends to win while keeping Eliza safe on the perilous route from New York to San Francisco. As the threats escalate through treacherous skies and uncharted American wilds, though, Eliza and Matthew must work together, discovering a bond deeper than either could have imagined…but is winning the rally more important than winning at love?

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Kate Says 

Maybe I’m being really hard on covers this week, but I looked at this and at first glance this looked like a self published cover to me. Plus- does her stomach HAVE to be showing? Really? 

Julia Says 

As far as cowboy erotica, I’ve seen better.  Oh wait, this is Steampunk Romance?  How did I not know that?  I mean, behind the frumpily dressed pioneers, there is clearly a train, and if ever a series screamed “steampowered vibrators”, it’s Steam and Seduction.  Man, piecing this together just makes me sad.  Not all the cover’s fault, but yeah, not a fan.

Tez Says 

I like the train and the stripey background. But models’ outfits and poses are always the worst things on steampunk covers. It’s like the cover designers aren’t even bothering to pretend this is real; so let’s just play dress-up. This isn’t supposed to be steampunk Vogue; IT’S AN EFFING BOOK COVER! Characters don’t mug for the camera; THEY FECKING DO STUFF! shouldn’t they be running through that red meadow or something? (And, hello! “Red meadow” is going to be my new euphemism ;-) )

Covenant (The Books of Raziel #2) by Sabrina Benulis

Expected publication: April 1st 2014 by Voyager

Source: Amazon

 

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Kate Says 

This is really cool. The two color combo works perfectly in this situation, since with more colors, I feel like some of the details would just get overwhelmed, like the intricacies of the chair she’s on or the snake at her feet. Plus I love the stars on her dress! 

Julia Says 

Too stark, too symmetrical, and the mix of all those fonts looks too “do-it-yourself”.  But I’m sure this would look lovely on velvet by black light. 

Tez Says 

Thankfully not as bad as the other cover with wings. But there’s still something preventing me from rating it higher. Maybe I’m prejudiced against wings? Also, I’m prejudiced against emo. I’m a bad person.

Corroded (The St. Croix Chronicles #3) by Karina Cooper

Expected publication: September 23rd 2013 by Carina Press

Source: Goodreads

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Tarnished (The St. Croix Ch...Gilded (The St. Croix Chron...

Hungry for vengeance, Cherry St. Croix is forced to the fog-ridden streets of Victorian London.

My rival, a collector of bounties like myself, has murdered one of my own. In consequence, I have been removed from my house, my staff, and all who would support me. I have nowhere else to turn, so I beg asylum within the Midnight Menagerie, London’s decadent pleasure garden.

Micajah Hawke’s dominance there will not tolerate my presence for long. I am fixated on revenge, but I walk a razor’s edge under his scrutiny His wicked power is not easily ignored, and I must not allow myself to submit—no matter how sweet the sacrifice.

Challenging my rival to a race is the only way to end this, no small task when the quarry is the murderous Jack the Ripper. As my enemies close in, I fear the consequences of this hunt. I am trapped between two killers, and what doesn’t kill me may leave its scars forever.

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Kate Says 

There is no way that in a world with gravity that hat would remain on her head like that. Plus, all around it just looks a bit incomplete, and they changed the format from a diagonal title and model on the left to straight across title and model on the right….which, while subtle, kind of annoys me. 

Julia Says 

You really shouldn’t be allowed to use this shade of green for a steampunk story that doesn’t feature absinthe prominently.  Is that a rule?  It should be.  I get why title length dictated going straight across the bottom rather than along the corner, but they should have changed up the author treatment, too.  The black box opposed to the straight title makes this look too amateurish, more a novella cover than book three.

Tez Says 

I liked this series’ covers better when they were with Avon, not Carina. Didn’t help that the previous story had the same stock image as a different steampunk novel from Samhain. Two covers with the same image in the same month is just overdose. And makes your story seem not unique. But I digress… The font’s not working for me. I like the background, but here’s another cliche steampunk character, all about fashion rather than function.

Red Hill by Jamie McGuire

Expected publication: October 1st 2013 by Atria Books

Source: Totally Booked Blog

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When the world ends, can love survive?
For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone makes fighting for tomorrow an everyday battle. Nathan has a wife, but can’t remember what it’s like to be in love; only his young daughter Zoe makes coming home worthwhile. Miranda’s biggest concern is whether her new VW Bug is big enough to carry her sister and their boyfriends on a weekend escape from college finals.

When reports of a widespread, deadly “outbreak” begin to surface, these ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances and suddenly their fates are intertwined. Recognizing they can’t outrun the danger, Scarlet, Nathan, and Miranda desperately seek shelter at the same secluded ranch, Red Hill. Emotions run high while old and new relationships are tested in the face of a terrifying enemy—an enemy who no longer remembers what it’s like to be human.

Set against the backdrop of a brilliantly realized apocalyptic world, love somehow finds a way to survive. But what happens when the one you’d die for becomes the one who could destroy you?

Red Hill grabs you from page one and doesn’t let go until its stunning conclusion. This is #1 New York Times bestselling author Jamie McGuire at her unforgettable best.

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Kate Says 

I like this, but (and this is really nitpicky) I think I see a shadow on hill, but not on red, and that bothers me. Otherwise, I love the depth shown by the title and the deepening color of the road as it gets closer to the reader. 

Julia Says 

I always loved the red soil of North Carolina, especially when I went to the zoo to find all the mud loving elephants painted pink.  Of course, this cover adds a creepy cast to this fond old memory.  This cover is definitely threatening, I don’t know that it says anything about zombies or the apocalypse, though.

Tez Says 

Finally, a cover without people! Somehow people can make or break a cover (most often break), so this art plays it safe, but plays it well. Take note, y’all. Plus, bonus blurb from Tracey Garvis Graves – I really like her work.

Fairies in My Fireplace (A Monster Haven Story #3) by R. L. Naquin

Cover Art: Kix by Design

Expected publication: September 2nd 2013 by Carina Press

Source: Author’s Website

 

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Monster in My Closet (A Mon...Pooka In My Pantry (A Monst...

A migration of mythical creatures has begun, and more and more of them are landing on Zoey Donovan’s doorstep. As the only Aegis left in the country, it falls to her to protect the Hidden and keep them safe—and her house has become a sanctuary for water sprites, goblins, harpies, djinn and more.

Keeping track of her boarders is a full-time job, and Zoey’s already got her hands full trying to run her wedding planning business. Good thing she has a resident closet monster to keep her organized, and a hot Reaper boyfriend to help her relax every once in a while.

But she can’t keep up monster-triage indefinitely, and as more Hidden arrive, it becomes clear that someone—or something—is hunting them. In the midst of planning an event for a notoriously difficult client, Zoey’s got to figure out who’s behind the hunt…and she’s got to stop them before there are no Hidden left.

“New artist on this one, Kix by Design. I think he nailed the hot mess that’s Zoey’s fashion sense.” – R. L. Naquin

Kate Says 

Her legs look really strange. But otherwise, I really like the cover model on these, and I like the consistency amongst the books. 

Julia Says 

Well, I’ve found my new favorite euphemism, this is a big week for us all.  Those tights… wow, those tights.  The color cuts this entire cover in half.  I’m sure they match the story, I’m just not sold on them being visually effective.

Tez Says 

I sure hope this series is supposed to be funny, otherwise I’m having the complete opposite intended reaction. Dare I sound lowbrow, but POOKA IN MY PANTRY and FAIRIES IN MY FIREPLACE both sound dreadfully like euphemisms. What is this, “Are You Being Served?” The background eyes, the pose, the outfit, the title…not good, y’all. Not good.

Secret (Elemental #4) by Brigid Kemmerer

Expected publication: January 28th 2014 by Kensington Teen

Source: Author’s Website

 

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Storm (Elemental, #1)Spark (Elemental, #2)Spirit (Elemental, #3)

Nowhere is safe. Not even home…

Nick Merrick is stretched to the breaking point.

Keep his grades sky-high or he’ll never escape his hometown.
Keep his brother’s business going or the Merricks will be out on the street.
Keep the secret of where he’s going in the evenings from his own twin—-or he’ll lose his family.

Keep his mind off the hot, self-assured dancer who’s supposed to be his “girlfriend’s” partner.

Of course there’s also the homicidal freak Quinn has taken to hanging around, and the Elemental Guide counting the hours until he can try again to kill the Merrick brothers.

There’s a storm coming. From all sides. And then some.

Nick Merrick, can you keep it together?

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Kate Says 

Yikes. Just yikes. They look so photoshopped on top of the background. And the background isn’t even that great so why not just take a picture in a boring dark place and not photoshop anybody? 

Julia Says 

His secret?  He’s not wearing a bra.  Hello, manipples.  I liked the whole retro, OUTSIDERS look, but without the blurred background, these two look to photorealistic (which means the Fonzie hair and tight tshirt just make him look like a douche).  

Tez Says 

I’ll tell you what I commented on someone’s Pinterest: Does that dude realises he has headlights? I can see your nips! Wear a bra! As for her, needs a longer skirt and less makeup. I like the background, but the cover’s just terribly PhotoShopped. Nipples, people. Yes, you have them, but we don’t need to see their silhouettes.

Vengeance (Fracture #2) by Megan Miranda

Expected publication: February 13th 2014 by Bloomsbury Childrens

Source: Goodreads

 

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Fracture (Fracture, #1)

Megan Miranda’s VENGEANCE, a companion novel and sequel to FRACTURE, in which the lake that claimed victims appears to be cursed as more tragedy unfolds, raising the question of whether a character’s strange affinity with the dying is something even more sinister.

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Kate Says 

This cover feels a bit done- familiar. Also, it doesn’t go with the first cover in the series at all. I do like the yellow/purple color combo though. 

Julia Says 

The gold glaze is eye catching, but the purple blood(?) on the shards is a little confusing.

Tez Says 

Because nothing says “vengeance” like bright, sunny colours. So much lens flare that I’m not sure if that’s supposed to be shattered glass. Turn it down.

Such Sweet Sorrow by Jenny Trout

Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Entangled: Teen

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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Never was there a tale of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo…But true love never dies. Though they’re parted by the veil between the world of mortals and the land of the dead, Romeo believes he can restore Juliet to life, but he’ll have to travel to the underworld with a thoroughly infuriating guide.

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, may not have inherited his father’s crown, but the murdered king left his son a much more important responsibility—a portal to the Afterjord, where the souls of the dead reside. When the determined Romeo asks for help traversing the treacherous Afterjord, Hamlet sees an opportunity for adventure, and the chance to avenge his father’s death.

In an underworld filled with leviathan monsters, ghoulish shades, fire giants and fierce Valkyrie warriors, Hamlet and Romeo must battle their way through jealousy, despair, and their darkest fears to rescue the fair damsel. Yet finding Juliet is only the beginning, and the Afterjord doesn’t surrender souls without a price…

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Kate Says 

At first glance, I felt this was a little too generic, but as I looked closer, I decided I really like it. The swirly font, and the umbrella are great, and this is definitely something I would want to pick up. 

Julia Says 

Initially the contrast of light and dark had my eye convinced that her hand was some sort of rogue boob that was distorting her silhouette.  I mean, I figured it out, I’ve got it now, but this lovely image isn’t being used to best effect.  I’d like her to be smaller, so the flowers aren’t completely disguised by the title, and I’d like her to be a bit less amorphous.

Tez Says 

I adore Jenny Trout, so I was disappointed that she’s got this less-than-awesome cover. I saw it, and immediately thought of this cover.  Because nothing makes your cover stand out more than looking like another cover. I still intend to read the book, though.

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5 Responses to “Cover Art Coverage: 14 New Titles!”

  1. Abigail

    The one that really bugs me (apart from the headlights) is SECRET. The previous covers all look so cool and Outsider-y. The quality is much lower here even though they tried to stick with the same style, but this is the first time they’ve featured a couple on a cover and yet this story is an M/M romance. Why would they do that? Why not just feature the guy by himself like all the previous covers including the novella that introduced the m/m relationship? I don’t understand the deliberately misleading nature of this cover. I understand trying to be coy to a certain extent and not give away the ‘secret’ (although the novella has been out for awhile) but that could have been achieved with a guy by himself.

    Someone explain this to me.

  2. Kristina

    They weren’t even trying with BITE ME were they. RED HILL beautiful though!