Cover Art Coverage: 15 New Titles!

July 10, 2013 Cover Art Coverage 1

 

Cover Art Coverage

Today’s guest commentator, Sharon of I Smell Sheep, was treated to a wealth of Photoshop mis-matches, eye-popping colors, and stock images gone awry.  Amidst all of these negatives, however, there were a few gems.  Marie Brennan’s THE TROPIC OF SERPENTS promises more gorgeous illustrations to match it’s predecessor, and the border on Ruth Warburton’s WITCH FINDER is worth a few minutes of careful attention all on it’s own.  Let us know which covers caught your eye (and which just plain burned them).

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Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Expected publication: August 27th 2013 by Entangled Publishing

Source: Author’s Blog

 

Covers in Series

Obsidian (Lux, #1)Onyx (Lux, #2)Opal (Lux, #3)

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?

“I love the fierceness of Daemon on this cover. (Major thank you and kudos to Pepe Toth for getting all angst up and scruffed out for the picture). Just one look at him and you know he’s coming for Katy. And nothing is going to stop him.  I also love that Daemon is full and center on the cover and that he’s alone. After all, that makes sense if you’ve read Opal.”  – Jennifer L. Armentrout

Chris Says 

Why would he take the time to put on a jacket but not put on a shirt? And is it just me or does the dude look like Ashton Kutcher? 

Kate Says 

After reading Obsession by this author, I was totally willing to give this series a try, but with this cover? I might think again. A little too much Photoshop for my taste. 

Sharon Says 

I adore this cover simply for the look on his face. He is telling me to run because I am in big trouble and by god I hope he plans on punishing me! He does look like a photo shopped hot mess, but those eyes… and that stubble. I loves stubble, like on the newest Superman… *Sharon is cut off by other bloggers because she is a gibbering drooling mess right now*

Timestorm (Tempest #3) by Julie Cross

Expected publication: January 28th 2014 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Source: Goodreads

 

Covers in Series

Tempest (Tempest, #1)Vortex (Tempest, #2)

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Chris Says 

I’m not a big fan of the color choices for this cover, but other than that it’s a decent, run-of-the-mill YA cover. 

Kate Says 

Orange and green are the worst, and if you’re going to make it kind of hard to read with stuff behind the letters, then at least make all the letters uniform. 

Sharon Says 

I am not a big YA fan, and even less of their covers (except in the case of Origins!). They tend to be boring and predictable and … like this one. Wouldn’t give it a second look at a store. I checked out the previous covers and the first one rocks, the second one meh, they must have been trying to hit for a full cycle with this one (did everyone get my baseball reference there? <G>)

Apparition (Hungry Ghosts #3) by Trish MacGregor

Expected publication: November 12th 2013 by Tor Books

Source: Goodreads

 

Covers in Series

Esperanza (Hungry Ghosts, #1)Ghost Key (Hungry Ghosts, #2)

Trish J. MacGregor returns to a mythic city high in the Ecuadorian Andes, in this sequel to Esperanza

Tess and Ian have been living in the high city of Esperanza for years, along with Tess’s niece, Maddie, and her partner, Nick Sanchez. They thought they could rest, that they had defeated the brujo threat to our plane of existence. But they were wrong.

A new and greater threat has formed, a new tribe of the hungry dead, seeking to possess the bodies of the living in order to experience the passions of physical life. This new tribe has found the door to the physical plane that is Esperanza, and they threaten all human life. Only the outnumbered Light Chasers and their human allies can stand against the evil brujos.

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Chris Says 

So many books have done this cover before. It isn’t any worse than those, but it only gets a middle for being fairly generic. 

Kate Says 

Boring. Nothing stands out about this except that it’s a bit creepy but it would probably be more creepy if we could see his whole face. 

Sharon Says 

When I see this I think he needs a bath, and waterproof eyeliner. I love dark and dangerous but just not feeling it with this cover.

The Tropic of Serpents (Memoir by Lady Trent #2) by Marie Brennan

Cover Art: Todd Lockwood

Expected publication: March 4th 2014 by Tor Books

Source: imgur

 

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A Natural History of Dragon...

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Chris Says 

Excellent cover. Love the hand drawn look to everything. 

Kate Says 

This is great! Easily recognizable as part of the series, but different enough that it’s lovely and fun all by itself. 

Sharon Says 

You can never go wrong with dragons. I love the flowy (yes this is a word) feel to it and the green shades.

Othersphere (Otherkin #3) by Nina Berry

Expected publication: December 31st 2013 by K-Teen

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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Otherkin (Otherkin, #1)Othermoon (Otherkin, #2)

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“Love her outfit and the magical feel of the world around her! And can I just say how happy I am that she’s dressed properly for magical world exploration? No foofy dresses when you’re crossing the veil into Othersphere, my friends! No long capes or high heels or tiaras, thank you very much. Dez looks ready to explore. I’m sure her jacket is just “offscreen” to her right, along with her backpack…” – Nina Berry

Chris Says 

I concur with Sharon on this one. It hits almost every UF cover trope, but it does all of them extremely well. 

Kate Says 

I like this the best of all this series so far. I love the title font! It just looks like it would glow in real life. 

Sharon Says 

Her hair is mesmorizing. While this has all the generic UF elements I like the way they work together and it isn’t like most YA covers so that right there makes it a winner for me.

Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl by Emily Pohl-Weary

Expected publication: September 24th 2013 by Amazon Childrens Publishing

Source: Goodreads

 

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Eighteen-year-old rock star Sam Lee isn’t like other girls. She’s the super-talented bass player and songwriter for an all-girl indie band and an incurable loner. Then one night after a concert in Central Park, she’s attacked by a “wild dog”. Suddenly, this long-time vegetarian is craving meat,  the bloodier, the better. Sam finds herself with an unbelievable secret and no one she trusts to share it. And so begin the endless lies to cover up the hairy truth. . . . When a new girl gang appears in the city, with claws and paws, Sam suspects there’s a connection to her own inner beast. Trapped in a tug-of-war between her animal and human selves, forced to choose between the guy who sparked her carnal appetite and the one who makes her feel like a normal teenage girl, Sam has to unravel the mysteries of the werewolf world before her bandmates, her mother, and the media catch up to her.

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Chris Says

Very glad to see that Goodreads is saying this isn’t the final cover. Because it is awful. 

Kate Says 

Other than the title, I wouldn’t know it was any kind of urban fantasy. Plus, the colors are gross. 

Sharon Says 

No, just no. It says not the final cover over at goodreads. Let’s hope not cause… no.

Witch Finder (Witch Finder #1) by Ruth Warburton

Cover Art: Michelle Brackenborough

Expected publication: January 2nd 2014 by Hodder Children’s Books

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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N/A

London. 1880. In the slums of Spitalfields apprentice blacksmith Luke is facing initiation into the Malleus Maleficorum, the fearsome brotherhood dedicated to hunting and killing witches.

Luke’s final test is to pick a name at random from the Book of Witches, a name he must track down and kill within a month, or face death himself. Luke knows that tonight will change his life forever. But when he picks out sixteen-year-old Rosa Greenwood, Luke has no idea that his task will be harder than he could ever imagine.

“What do you think? I love it! The designer (Michelle Brackenborough, who did my Winter jackets) has put in all these cool things from the story in the border around the edge. If you look closely you might be able to piece together a little bit of the plot. I’m not going to post any spoilers though :)” – Ruth Warburton

Chris Says 

I almost gave this a middle because at first glance I felt the border was a little busy. Then I looked at the image full size and realized it works quite well. Showing the model in profile also adds a nice touch of mystery to the cover. 

Kate Says 

I love all the little symbols in the border. It feels so dainty and pretty. Plus, the dress and hair in contrast with the background color is quite nice. 

Sharon Says 

I like the fact the girl isn’t looking at us. Her face isn’t the focal for the cover. Again unusual for a YA. It is eclectic and gives the eye a lot to look at.

Rush (Phoenix Rising #3) by Joan Swan

Expected publication: August 27th 2013 by Brava

Source: Amazon

 

Covers in Series

Fever (Phoenix Rising, #1)Blaze (Phoenix Rising, #2)

Jessica Fury, Washington lobbyist, has money, connections, and her own firm. But five years ago she had something better: happiness. Her firefighter husband, Quaid, was handsome, courageous, and crazy about her. Then one day he walked into a chemical inferno—and never walked out. Jessica has been through hell to get back on her feet. And then a rumor surfaces that could bring a miracle or shatter her world – again.

Q has been a prisoner forever. He’s honed his mind and body into weapons. He’s developed abilities no one else understands. But he’s still at the mercy of a cabal of ruthless men, who blank his memory, test him like a lab rat, and tell him lies. Although his past has been erased and his future looks grim, instinct tells him he has a woman to live for. What his mind can’t remember, his body can’t forget…

The heat is on.

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Chris Says 

Bad color scheme + generic male model torso = Boo. 

Kate Says 

Ew. Just. Ew. This seems even worse than normal bare chest ones, but I’m not sure why. 

Sharon Says 

Look! a nipple! I do like the color palate in the background. Where is the moon that is the in the background of the other two books? This one didn’t stick to the theme.

Shatter (Phoenix Rising #4) by Joan Swan

Expected publication: December 31st 2013 by Brava

Source: Amazon

 

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Fever (Phoenix Rising, #1)Blaze (Phoenix Rising, #2)Rush (Phoenix Rising, #3)

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Chris Says 

The book is called Shatter, but the cover is a dude in the water? I don’t get it. 

Kate Says 

At least we can see his face? I got nothin’. 

Sharon Says 

The guy has a sexy as hell come hither look, but he looks photo shopped to within an inch of his sexy life. I want to reach out and tuck that lock of hair from his face…

Daughter of Chaos (Trilogy #1) by Jen McConnel

Expected publication: March 2014 by Month9Books

Source: Goodreads

 

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N/A

Witches must choose the path they will follow, and Darlena Agara is no exception. She’s been putting it off long enough, and in her case, ignoring it has not made it go away. In a moment of frustration, Darlena chooses to follow Red Magic, figuring she had outsmarted the powers that be, since there’s no such thing as Red Magic. But alas, Darlena’s wrong (again) and she becomes a newly declared Red Witch.

Her friends are shocked and her parents horrified by the choice Darlena has made. As a Red Witch, she now governs one third of the world’s chaos. She is the walking personification of pandemonium, turmoil, and bedlam, just as the patrons of Red Magic would have it to be.

But Darlena believes there must be more to Red Magic than chaos and destruction, and she sets out on a journey to achieve balance. Only doing so puts her at odds with the dark goddess Hecate, who simply will not allow Darlena to quit. She encourages Darlena to embrace who and what she is and to leave good magic to the good witches. If only Darlena could, life would be simple, and she would not be the Daughter of Chaos.

DAUGHTER OF CHAOS is the first in a YA paranormal trilogy.

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Chris Says 

I like cover image, but it sure doesn’t help me figure out what kind of book this is. 

Kate Says 

Looks so done before. But man, I wish I could do my eye makeup like that.

Sharon Says 

I love the eye make up, but that font has to go. Doesn’t fit the young woman’s face. And it screams YA to me.

Barely Bewitched (Southern Witch #2) by Kimberly Frost

Expected publication: December 3rd 2013 by Berkley

Source: Addicted2Heroines

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Would-Be Witch (Paperback)

Welcome to Duvall, Texas, where new witch Tammy Jo Trask has just unleashed an accidental Armageddon…Oops.

Tammy Jo’s misfiring magic has attracted the unwanted attention of WAM, the World Association of Magic. Now, a wand-wielding wizard and a menacing fire warlock have come to Duvall to train her for a dangerous mandatory challenge. But is there more to their arrival than they claim?

When a curse leads to a toxic spill of pixie dust, the town comes unglued and the doors between the human and faery worlds begin to open. To rescue the town and to face the impossible magical test, Tammy needs the help of incredibly handsome Bryn Lyons, but WAM has declared him totally off-limits. To avoid deadly consequences, Tammy probably ought to follow the rules this time.

On the other hand, rebellion is an old Texas tradition.

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Chris Says 

This cover is a cool mish-mash of fantasy and science fiction. I like it! 

Kate Says 

The things they chose to color in this cover are weird, and the effect ends up being her hair looks kinda glowly- in a bad way. 

Sharon Says 

I understand they want the red hair to pop, but the shading makes it look like her hair is thinning. I love the gate, but they made her too dark. The effect they were going for didn’t work.

Immortal Hunter (Execution Underground #2) by Kait Ballenger

Expected publication: January 28th 2014 by HQN Books

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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Twilight Hunter (Execution ...

Hunters of the supernatural, the Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity…but at what price?

As an exorcist, David Aronowitz grew up the target of demonic assassins. Now he’s a member of the Execution Underground and hellspawn everywhere fear his name. But when a demon slips into the seductive body of the only woman he’s ever loved, David must confront the heartbreak of their past to save her. The piece of her heart Allsún O’Hare gave to David so long ago left her trapped between two worlds: the Fae and the human. And when David comes to her rescue, fate reunites her with her greatest temptation—and her biggest mistake.

Now, as they’re swept together into a wicked game with the demon who controls her, David must decide if saving Allsún’s life is worth sacrificing his own—and the future of humanity itself.

No Author Comment Available.

Chris Says 

It’s yet another guy with his shirt off, but at least showing him in profile is slightly different than the kajillion other covers like this. 

Kate Says 

FAR better than the sun-burnt guy on the cover of book one, but still rather blah and non-descript. The font is cool though. 

Sharon Says 

I adore this font! something new, but the poor guy looks like he is doing the turtle. Bad angle for this pose.

Ward Against Darkness (Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer #2) by Melanie Card

Expected publication: July 16th 2013 by Entangled Teen

Source: Goodreads

 

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Ward Against Death (Chronic...

The last thing Ward de’Ath wants is more trouble. On the run from both the law and the criminal underworld, Ward and Celia flee Brawenal City only to stumble into the mansion of a powerful evil necromancer. And when Ward discovers the man possesses a dangerous grimoire, his duty leaves him no choice. He can’t allow the necromancer to keep the grimoire. But the mansion is filled with monsters–human and undead–and Ward has no way of telling who’s friend or foe. The only person he can trust is Celia who dominates more of his thoughts and feelings everyday. But there are still laws in the way of anything but friendship. She’s still dead and he’s still alive . . . for now.

No Author Comment Available.

Chris Says 

Love the artwork. Hate the font. 

Kate Says 

It looks like somebody went all Microsoft Office Word Art on this cover. What is with the rounded “against?” It takes away from the other, cooler, aspects of this cover (graves, girls in pretty dresses, etc, etc). 

Sharon Says 

Too much going on and I can’t figure out how all the elements fit together. The mixing of fonts is bad.

Time Crossed (Time Thief #1.5) by Katie MacAlister

Expected publication: August 6th 2013 by Signet

Source: Fantastic Fiction

 

Covers in Series

Time Thief (Time Thief, #1)The Art of Stealing Time (T...

Stealing time. Cheating death. Breaking hearts. Gregory Faa is an Otherworldly man on a mission in the new Time Thief short story from New York Times bestselling author Katie MacAlister.

Gwenhwyfar Byron Owens is a Wiccan on the edge—of the law. With two mothers who excel on breaking the rules of the Otherworld’s Watch, Gwen is used to dealing with their troublesome situations. But when she’s snatched from the jaws of death itself, it’s not her moms who give her grief, it’s the drop-dead gorgeous man who saved her life.

Traveller Gregory Faa may be many things—time stealer, outlier, troublemaker—but there’s one thing he isn’t: hip to the fact that death has very little patience with people who don’t die when they’re supposed to.

No Author Comment Available.

Chris Says 

Decent, but something about the model’s face seems off and it’s really bugging me. 

Kate Says 

First of all nobody wears shirts like that ever. Secondly, nobody’s hair ever looks like that. But, I guess I am happy she’s not in some weird “I’m gonna kill everybody” pose or anything. 

Sharon Says 

Generic and boring and I think they photo shopped a different head onto the body.

Dragos Takes a Holiday (Elder Races #6.5) by Thea Harrison

Cover Art: Angela Waters

Expected publication: Self-Published November 28th 2013

Source: Author’s Blog

 

Covers in Series

Dragon Bound (Elder Races, #1)Storm's Heart (Elder Races,...Serpent's Kiss (Elder Races...True Colors (Elder Races #3.5)Oracle's Moon (Elder Races,...Natural Evil (Elder Races, ...Devil's Gate (Elder Races, ...Hunter's Season (Elder Race...Lord's Fall (Elder Races, #5)The Wicked (Elder Races, #5.5)Kinked (Elder Races, #6)

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Chris Says 

Nothing about this cover distinguishes it from every other paranormal romance novel out there. 

Kate Says 

Anything with the world “Pirates” on the cover at least gets some points from me, and the water and boat in the background helps. Other than my personal bias though, this cover doesn’t have much to sell it. (And I’m with Sharon- that man’s skin tones on head and chest do NOT match.) 

Sharon Says 

again with photo shopping a different head onto a body, at least it looks that way. The complexion of the face doesn’t match the body. I do love the background image.

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

  1. Anna

    For some reason they are re-releasing the Southern Witch books. Not impressed with the new covers, the originals are much better. :)