Cover Art Coverage: 16 New Titles!

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Cover Art Coverage

Last week’s deluge of cover goodness makes this week’s offering all the more pitiful.  There are a few gems hidden amongst the meh, and the star of Amberkatze’s Book Blog was here with us to help pick them out.  Enjoy!

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The Grendel Affair (SPI Files #1) by Lisa Shearin

Expected publication: December 31st 2013 by Ace

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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We’re Supernatural Protection & Investigations, known as SPI. Things that go bump in the night, the monsters you thought didn’t exist? We battle them and keep you safe. But some supernatural baddies are just too big to contain, even for us…

When I moved to New York to become a world famous journalist, I never imagined that snagging a job at a seedy tabloid would change my career path from trashy reporter to undercover agent. I’m Makenna Fraser, a Seer for SPI. I can see through any disguise, shield, or spell that a paranormal pest can come up with. I track down creatures and my partner, Ian Byrne, takes them out—usually saving my skin in the process.

Our cases are generally pretty routine, but a sickle-wielding serial killer has been prowling the city’s subway tunnels. And the murderer’s not human. The fiend in question, a descendant of Grendel—yes, that Grendel—shares his ancestor’s hatred of parties, revelry, and drunkards. And with New Year’s Eve in Times Square only two days away, we need to bag him quickly. Because if we don’t find him—and the organization behind him—by midnight, our secret’s out and everyone’s time is up.

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Abigail Says 

I don’t really love the character design (they both look a little cartoony for my taste), but I really love the composition and the little details in the series name. 

Julia Says 

The title had me hoping for a creature cover, so this was a bit of a let down.  Very old school SciFi, which is ok, but I totally agree with Amberkatze on the faces.

Amberkatze Says 

I like this one. It has everything in the right place and makes me want to go grab a copy. I just think the faces look a little weird if you look closely enough.

Promise Bound (Lies Beneath #3) by Anne Greenwood Brown

Expected publication: January 7th 2014 by Delacorte Press

Source: Goodreads

 

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Calder and Lily never imagined falling in love would mean breaking apart. But ever since Lily started wearing a glass pendant that once belonged to Nadia, Calder’s adoptive mother, she’s been having vivid dreams of what life was like for the mermaid matriarch. In fact, she’s been dreaming as if she were Nadia! And Nadia, it seems, made a promise before her death. A promise to reunite Calder’s biological mother with her son. Lily knows merfolk are bound to keep their promises. Calder’s not buying into it, though. He chalks up the dreams to stress. He wants Lily to focus on the future—their future, not the past. Which forces Lily to send Calder away. Calder goes, feeling rejected and more than a little tempted to revert to his hunting ways.

What both of them overlook is the present: Calder’s sisters, Maris and Pavati, are fighting for control of the mermaid clan, and now that Lily and her dad have transformed into mer-creatures, both mermaids vie for daughter and father as allies. Which of the two mermaids can be trusted? Will Lily make costly mistakes, forcing her to descend to the depths of Lake Superior? And if Calder returns, will he be the same merman Lily grew to love? The stakes are high, with many lives at risk, but Calder and Lily must confront the past as well as their darkest impulses if they want a chance at being together.

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Abigail Says 

What I love about all the covers for this series is how they are grounded in reality yet still have an otherworldly feel. DEEP BETRAYAL is still my favorite (only because this pose is fairly common). 

Julia Says 

This cover fits the series, but doesn’t have a lot of “wow” factor.  Her skirt is bunched pretty awkwardly and it looks like they were trying to hide the image behind the title.

Amberkatze Says 

Is it me or do we have enough of these ‘girl in water’ covers already? It looks like her head is painfully tilted backwards and I can’t seem to find both her legs…

Steadfast (Spellcaster #2) by Claudia Gray

Expected publication: March 4th 2014 by HarperCollins

Source: Goodreads

 

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Spellcaster (Spellcaster, #1)

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Abigail Says 

I do like the old world painting feel again here, but I can’t help but think of Jem and some of those other 1980’s cartoons 

Julia Says 

Very spare and eerie, this is a gorgeous follow up to book one.

Amberkatze Says 

This is a nice cover. I love the sparkles on the hair and the dress looks nice. The only thing that puts me off is that it is otherwise pretty dull and grey.

Ruins (Partials Sequence #3) by Dan Wells

Expected publication: March 11th 2014 by Balzer + Bray

Source: Goodreads

 

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Abigail Says 

I’ve loved all the covers for this series (and the books), so I’m a fan of the bleak landscape and the way they shot the model. Plus I’m hoping the sunrise imagery is a sign of hope. 

Julia Says 

Wow, that is one hell of a cover.  I like that I know exactly what series this is, and the barren wasteland makes me want to know what the heck happened.

Amberkatze Says 

I thought this cover looked familiar and saw that the previous two books had similar covers. It seems only the landscape has changed otherwise this is the cover from the first in the series. Not very exciting.

Wanderers (Wasteland #2) by Susan Kim & Laurence Klavan

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Abigail Says 

I’m glad they ditched the super bright oranges for these cloudy gray/blues. I also like the crew on the cover with her this time. 

Julia Says 

It’s interesting to me how much of the post-apocalyptic vibe came from the title font, how it gives the suggestion of boards.  With so many people and such stark lighting, I have a hard time picking out details (and the red hoodie doesn’t stand out enough that I only need to look at her).

Amberkatze Says 

Nice cover and I really like the way they have done the title but it isn’t very special.

Teen Spirit by Francesca Lia Block

Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Harper Teen

Source: Goodreads

 

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Julie wanted nothing more than to feel connected to her deceased grandmother, but when she actually makes contact with the other side it’s not her grandmother that responds, but a spirit that has its own sinister agenda.

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Abigail Says 

Maybe I didn’t play with enough Ouija boards as a kid, but the little viewer just looks like a butt to me. I can’t see anything else. 

Julia Says 

I’m not particularly inclined, but this title still made me think of Nirvana before UF.  Which of course meant that my eye thought the item on the cover was a guitar pick, not a Ouija board piece.  I got it eventually, but there was no immediate “pop”.

Amberkatze Says 

This one is nice and cute. I especially like the moon and star in the clouds. However it looks like a quick cover done on a computer.

Ashes to Ashes by Melissa C. Walker

Expected publication: December 23rd 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books

Source: Goodreads

 

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The book is the first in a two-book series, and it’s about a girl named Callie, whose life is cut short by a tragic accident.

When she dies, instead of the nothingness she expects, she finds an ethereal plane called the Prism, in which you are taught to haunt your loved ones, to help them move on from your death.

Prism’s both painful and beautiful, and Callie struggles to find peace there. But there is also danger in this beyond: Ghosts who will do anything, and hurt anyone, in order to live again.

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Abigail Says 

Soft and pretty, but I had to check the description to find out if this was a paranormal book. I wish they’d given us a more deliberate visual clue about the ghostly subject matter. 

Julia Says 

Ever wonder how all those girls in formal dresses end up floating around under water?  Apparently they stand on the dock and think about it for a bit first.  But seriously, folks, the elements are lovely, just not very original.  I like the petals on the deck and the gorgeous lighting on her dress.

Amberkatze Says 

I am starting to feel that I am being a little harsh on these covers :) I am not sure what makes me not like this one. Somehow I feel like this is a copy and unoriginal. On the otherside I kind of like the red dress and the scattered autumn leaves.

The Woken Gods by Gwenda Bond

Cover Art: Amazing15

Expected publication: September 2013 by Strange Chemistry

Source: Publisher’s Website

 

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The more things change…

Five years ago, the gods of ancient mythology awoke all around the world.

The more things stay the same…

This morning, Kyra Locke is late for school because of an argument with her father.

Seventeen-year-old Kyra lives in a transformed Washington, D.C., dominated by the embassies of divine pantheons and watched over by the mysterious Society of the Sun that governs mankind’s relations with the gods. But when rebellious Kyra encounters two trickster gods on her way home, one offering a threat and the other a warning, it turns out her life isn’t what it seems. She escapes with the aid of Osborne “Oz” Spencer, a young Society field operative, only to discover that her scholar father has disappeared with a dangerous Egyptian relic. The Society needs the item back, and they aren’t interested in her protests that she knows nothing about it or her father’s secrets.

Now Kyra must depend on her wits and the suspect help of scary Sumerian gods, her estranged oracle mother, and, of course, Oz–whose first allegiance is to the Society. She has no choice if she’s going to recover the missing relic and save her father. And if she doesn’t? Well, that may just mean the end of the world as she knows it. From the author of Blackwood comes a fresh, thrilling urban fantasy that will appeal to fans of Neil Gaiman, Cassandra Clare, and Rick Riordan.

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Abigail Says 

I’m such a geek for anything Egyptian, so I’m loving all the little details like the ankh and hieroglyphics. Awesome. 

Julia Says 

The framing is so old school, I was surprised to recognize the capital building in that bright center.  That made me start connecting the outer symbols with U.S. currency and gave things a political flavor.  

Amberkatze Says 

You can’t mistake what this book is going to be about. The Egyptian theme comes over a little too heavy. I really don’t like the picture in the middle. It doesn’t fit with the rest of the cover.

Pieces of Me by Amber Kizer

Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Delacorte Press

Source: Goodreads

 

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When high school oddball and introvert Jessica Chai is killed in a car accident, her parents decide that Jessica would have wanted her organs donated to those who so desperately need these gifts of life. But Jessica is angry about dying and being dismembered. Taking the idea of cell memory to the next level, not only do the recipients get pieces of Jessica, but gets pieces of their memories and lives moving forward—she knows what they know and keeps tabs on their growth, recovery, and development. This begins her journey to learn her purpose as she begins to grasp that her ties to these teenagers goes beyond random weirdness. It’s through their lives that Jessica learns about herself, as she watches the lives she literally touched continue to interlock.

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Abigail Says 

Yikes! That girl looks like she’s wearing a human face for a mask. I’m seriously shocked this isn’t a self pub. 

Julia Says 

Eek, not a fan.  The washed out colors had me leaning into the screen to find detail, but then the cover model’s face had me flinching back. Is this CGI?  Very stiff, weird facial expression, and the hair and skirt don’t appear to be impacted by the same movement or wind.

Amberkatze Says 

I don’t like anything about this cover. The floating girl, the title and those strange white smudges all make me feel bored.

Dark Descent (Nyx Fortuna #2) by Marlene Perez

Expected publication: December 2nd 2013 by Orbit Books

Source: Amazon

 

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Nyx Fortuna is still reeling from Elizabeth’s betrayal, but Nyx’s cousin Claire has run away and he has to find her and bring her back or Elizabeth will suffer at the hands of his aunts, the three Fates. Claire has gone into the underworld of Minneapolis, where no one, not even the Fates, can follow. But Nyx must journey to a place where Hecate’s dark magic has Claire in her thrall. Saving his cousin means releasing Hecate from her underworld prison and perhaps fulfilling the prophesy foretelling the Fates.

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Abigail Says 

He just looks kinda skeezy and like he wants to be the next Chris Angel.

Julia Says 

The whole bottom of this cover seems too jumbled and crowded for me, which is doubly unfortunate as it takes attention away from that badass tagline across the top.  This cover gives me more of a “cheesy Vegas” than “dark magic” vibe.

Amberkatze Says 

I am a sucker for a nice looking guy on a cover and this one has some gorgeous eyes.

That Touch of Magic (Nodaway Falls #2) by Lucy March

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

Source: Heroes and Heartbreakers

 

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Stacy Easter has seen better days. Being a librarian is a labor of love—if only paying her bills were half as much fun. What’s a single, bookish beauty in sleepy Nodaway Falls, New York, supposed to do?

To make ends meet, Stacy decides to develop her special…powers. Everyone can use a touch of magic now and then, right? Soon she’s got clients lining up to receive her signature potions—until a few of them go awry. Meanwhile, her own life has just taken a storybook turn: Leo North, the official One Who Got Away, is back in town.

Stacy’s best friends, Peach and Liv, are more concerned about the state of her heart than the side effects of a few rogue magic spells. But someone with dark intentions is crossing magical wires all over Nodaway Falls, and those closest to Stacy are at risk. Can Stacy conjure up a way out of this mess with her life—and maybe even her love life—intact?

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Abigail Says 

I just love this. It romantic and obviously magical, but still totally grounded. This could be a movie poster. 

Julia Says 

This cover gets a thumbs up for that guy’s smile alone, absolutely adorable.  The cover models look younger than I would have expected based on the description (maybe it was the setting outside a waffle joint, but I expected high schoolers).

Amberkatze Says 

This is one I like. Nothing too over the top and a little hint of magic with the sparkle surrounding the couple.

The Iron Fey Volume One (The Iron Fey #1 & 2) by Julie Kagawa

Expected publication: August 27th 2013 by Harlequin Teen

Source: Mother/Gamer/Writer’s Facebook

 

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The Iron King 

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. But she never could have guessed the truth—that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about and stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face….

The Iron Daughter 

Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, Meghan is now prisoner to the Winter faery queen. And as war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows the real danger comes from the Iron fey—but no one believes her. Worse, Meghan’s stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone could be deadly….

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Abigail Says 

The colors are reading really childish to me. Still love the title detailing, but this is not my favorite from this series. 

Julia Says 

This fits the series, but her placement is pretty agressive.  I’m getting a strong Galadriel gazing into the ring vibe, beautiful and terrible as the dawn.

Amberkatze Says 

I don’t hate this one but the girl on the cover is a little scary. What I do like is the curling and twirling of the title.

Avenger’s Heat (Moon Shifter #4) by Katie Reus

Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Signet

Source: Goodreads

 

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Abigail Says 

I like the covers for this series more and more with each book. It’s a little ‘come hither’ and a lot ‘kick butt’ 

Julia Says 

They’ve tried on a few styles for this series and this one is definitely my favorite.  The cover model looks human but badass and the title treatment looks awesome against the background forest.  This is a heroine I want to read about.

Amberkatze Says 

Oooo! I like this one. I love the green and orange mix. Also the colours set off the models hair.

In Dreams by Erica Orloff

Expected publication: January 9th 2014 by Speak

Source: Amy K’s Pinterest

   

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Inception meets Unearthly in this hot romance for fans of Meg Cabot’s Abandon Series!

In the land of nightmares, she finds the man of her dreams…
He haunts her in her dreams.
She is always searching, looking for the man who calls her from afar, a disembodied voice who knows everything about her.
But when she discovers the unimaginable secret her family has hidden for so long, her dreams—and her nightmares—invade her reality.
Her true love beckons, but the terrors await her. . . . Can she find him in time, or will their love—and her life—be destroyed?

Sixteen-year-old Iris has a recurring dream a long corridor of many doors, and behind each door a hidden world—some magical, some terrifying. But always she is searching for the man who calls to her—the man of her dreams—who knows everything about her, who stirs feelings in her she’s never felt before. When she discovers her father is actually the god of dreams, her nightmares and dreams follow her into reality, with both frightening and romantic results. Hunted by the god of nightmares, stalked by the horrifying creatures of the underworld, Iris must try to navigate both her worlds, as she tries to finally be with Sebastian, the man of her dreams. Can she triumph over the dangers that have haunted her forever, and be with Sebastian, or will terrors ultimately destroy them both?

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Abigail Says 

I feel pretty neutral about the composition, but if I see that guy on one more Paranormal YA cover I’ll scream. 

Julia Says 

“I’m a model, you know what I mean and I do my little turn on the catwalk…”  What?  Oh, sorry, this cover sent me into a Right Said Fred fugue.  I don’t know if it’s the pouty guy up top or the runway strut down below, but this cover is giving off a silly amount of  fashion vibe… made all the more ridiculous by the smoke and streamers of light.

Amberkatze Says 

There is so much about this one I don’t like. The face blended into the ceiling, the strokes of air/light blowing past the girl and don’t get me started on her outfit. Bleh.

Red Delicious (Siobhan Quinn #2) by Caitlin R. Kiernan

Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Roc Trade

Source: Amazon

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Siobhan Quinn is back and working a new case in the dark and satirical sequel to Blood Oranges.

Half-vampire, half-werewolf Siobhan Quinn survived her initiation into the world of demons and monsters. But staying alive as she becomes entangled in underworld politics might prove to be more difficult. When the daughter of a prominent necromancer vanishes, it’s up to Quinn to find the girl. But her search will land her directly in the middle of a struggle between competing forces searching for an ancient artifact of almost unimaginable power…

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Abigail Says 

Nice complement to the debut, but it still looks a little self pub to me and I don’t love the blood smear on her mouth. 

Julia Says 

Love this continuation of the series.  Siobhan looks more dangerous, which is perfect.

Amberkatze Says 

That white haired model may look like a character in this book but she isn’t one I would put on the cover to sell the book.

By Blood We Live (The Last Werewolf #3) by Glen Duncan

Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Knopf

Source: Amazon

 

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From the author of the best sellers The Last Werewolf and Talulla Rising, the hair-raising conclusion to the saga that has galvanized readers’ imaginations: an electrifying, startlingly erotic love story that gives us the final battle for survival between werewolves and vampires, and one last incisive–brilliantly ironic–look at what it means to be, or to not be, human.

Talulla has settled into an uneasy equilibrium: with her twins at her side and the devotion of her lover Walker, it’s a normal family life–except for their monthly transformation into werewolves hungry for human flesh. But even this tenuous peace is interrupted for Talulla by nagging thoughts of Remshi, the 20,000-year-old vampire who haunts her dreams. In turn Remshi can’t escape the feeling that he knows Talulla from years before (many, many, many years). They have their distractions: Talulla is being pursued by a fanatical Christian cult, and Remshi is following the trail of reckless feedings by a newly turned vampire. But, as the novel unfurls, they are inextricably drawn to each other–and toward the moment when an ancient prophecy may finally come to pass–in this tale of pulse-pounding supernatural suspense.

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Abigail Says 

Yes, it’s super simple, but I do like the stark emphasis on the bleeding moon phases. 

Julia Says 

This series’ aesthetic is a little too spare for me.  It leaves all the weight of interest on the description.

Amberkatze Says 

Very boring and not at all paranormal looking.

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2 Responses to “Cover Art Coverage: 16 New Titles!”

  1. Amber

    Thank you so much for letting me a guest! It was fun and I would be happy to come back again anytime!