Cover Art Coverage: 16 New Titles!

July 17, 2013 Cover Art Coverage 10

 

Cover Art Coverage

There were few covers where I had the same opinion as Kristina and our guest, Tez of Tez Says.  We were universally united in our dislike of Harlequin Nocturne’s retro covers.  This week we have three Nocturne covers to check out, what do you guys think?

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Death’s Lover (Grim Reaper #1) by Marie Hall

Expected publication: September 3rd 2013 by Forever Yours

Source: Goodreads

 

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After watching her husband die in a hit and run accident, Eve Philips thought she could never love again. Years pass and her sisters worry that she’ll become an old crone like so many other witches. They’ve made it their personal mission to help her find her next true love. But Eve wants none of that. Instead, she throws herself into her potions shop; Witch’s Brew, determined to work and not focus on her shattered love life.

That is, until the day she sees him. Cian is gorgeous and mysterious, frightening Eve by the desires he brings out in her–a passion that rivals even the love she’d felt for her husband.

But Cian isn’t what he seems. He’s fae, but more than that, he’s the grim reaper of legend and his mission means her death. She shouldn’t have seen him. His kind moves in stealth, but the moment her golden eyes meet his, he knows his world will never be the same. He’ll defy his orders and his Queen to keep her.

Will Eve want what he offers when she discovers the truth?

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Tez Says 

So not sexy. 

Julia Says 

I like the colors and staging for the heroine, but this angle is creepy for the hero.  Rather than “intense creature of the night” he just looks like “unfortunate heavy brow man”.

Kristina Says 

Nope not sexy. In fact its kind of boring.

Empower (The Violet Eden Chapters #5) by Jessica Shirvington

Expected publication: November 12th 2013 by Hachette

Source: Goodreads

 

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Book #5 in The Violet Eden Chapters or Embrace series, by Jessica Shirvington

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Tez Says 

Because nothing says empowerment than a tilt of the hip. 

Julia Says 

When viewed next to the other covers in the series, I can applaud the messaging.  “She’s not using her sexuality anymore, see?  She’s all dark and serious!”  But on it’s own, this cover looks more self-help than Paranormal YA.

Kristina Says 

It’s simple but I do like the shading and it fits with the rest of the series.

The Shadow Prince (Into the Dark #1) by Bree Despain

Expected publication: March 11th 2014 by EgmontUSA

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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Haden Lord, the disgraced prince of the Underrealm, has been sent to the mortal world to entice a girl into returning with him to the land of the dead. Posing as a student at Olympus Hills High—a haven for children of the rich and famous—Haden must single out the one girl rumored to be able to restore immortality to his race.

Daphne Raines has dreams much bigger than her tiny southern Utah town, so when her rock star dad suddenly reappears, offering her full tuition to Olympus Hills High’s prestigious music program, she sees an opportunity to catch the break she needs to make it as a singer. But upon moving into her estranged father’s mansion in California, and attending her glamorous new school, Daphne soon realizes she isn’t the only student in Olympus who doesn’t quite belong.

Haden and Daphne—destined for each other—know nothing of the true stakes their fated courtship entails. As war between the gods brews, the teenagers’ lives collide. But Daphne won’t be wooed easily and when it seems their prophesied link could happen, Haden realizes something he never intended—he’s fallen in love. Now to save themselves, Haden and Daphne must rewrite their destinies. But as their destinies change, so do the fates of both their worlds.

“I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about The Shadow Prince! And the cover literally made me scream with joy when I saw it. Many thanks to the crew at Egmont USA for designing something so incredibly amazing to encapsulate how I feel about this book. It’s a story I’ve been mulling over for several years and it’s kind of a combination of all of things I love from Greek mythology to Avatar: The last AirbenderSupernatural to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, hot princes, and indie music.” – Bree Despain

Tez Says 

Why is the series name bigger than the title? Perhaps they need to add “Book 1″ near the series name, so we know which is which. 

Julia Says 

This cover would have made me clasp this book to my chest as a teen (and keep a hardcopy on my shelf).  Love it.

Kristina Says 

Okay that is weird having the series name being larger than the book title. I like the Zodiac symbols and the lighting effects.

The Island (The Line #3) by Teri Hall

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The Line (The Line, #1)Away (The Line, #2)

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Tez Says 

Dark and stormy, but colourful – this is fabulous! Not sure what’s up with that effed-up S, though. 

Julia Says 

I’m not a big fan of moving from creepy object features to “whole creepy landscape”.  I did spend a little time trying to figure out what was wrong with the landscape (Are those wildflowers?  Lava?  Alien spume?), but nothing really jumps out.

Kristina Says 

If I didn’t just change my desktop background I would totally use this as mine except without the title….The stormy beach is awesome looking.

Student Bodies (Poltergeeks #2) by Sean Cummings

Cover Art: Paul Young

Expected publication: September 5th 2013 by Strange Chemistry

Source: Publisher’s Pinterest

 

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Poltergeeks (Poltergeeks, #1)

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Whoever said being a teenage witch would be easy? For fifteen-year-old Julie Richardson and the city’s resident protector from supernatural evil, the Left Hand Path doesn’t give a damn if you’ve found true love for the first time in your life. There’s someone lurking the halls of Crescent Ridge High School with enough malice to unleash an epidemic of Soul Worms – supernatural larvae that feed on the very fabric of a victim’s humanity.

After witnessing the death of one of the most popular kids at school, Julie and über genius boyfriend Marcus are in a race against time to find out who is behind the attacks. All the evidence points to a horrifying plot at the City Weir during the Winter Solstice; the place where icy waters of the Bow River and a thunderous spillway will mean the deaths of more than a hundred of Julie’s classmates.

If she has any hope of saving their lives, she’ll need a little help from a coven of white witches and an Aboriginal mage whose snarky attitude is matched only by her magical prowess.

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Tez Says 

Sorry, I just can’t think of any Iron Maiden songs off the top of my head. I fail at music. This cover…not a failure, but it’s not good, either. Looks like just a whole bunch of stuff, without cohesion. I just want a scene. 

Julia Says 

They’ve done a great job making the covers in this series young and eye-catching.

Kristina Says 

There is a lot going on here and its kind of hard to focus on one thing besides her very very very red hair. Perhaps it needs fewer Dementors/Nazguls and some more focus on her hair? Sorry I am distracted by it. Its so red!

The Nightmare Dilemma (The Arkwell Academy #2) by Mindee Arnett

Cover Art: Kate Forester

Expected publication: March 4th 2014 by Tor Teen

Source: YA Books Central

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The second in a thrilling new fantastical mystery series

Dusty Everhart might be able to predict the future through the dreams of her crush, Eli Booker, but that doesn’t make her life even remotely easy. When one of her mermaid friends is viciously assaulted and left for dead, and the school’s jokester, Lance Rathbone, is accused of the crime, Dusty’s as shocked as everybody else. Lance needs Dusty to prove his innocence by finding the real attacker, but that’s easier asked than done. Eli’s dreams are no help, more nightmares than prophecies.

To make matters worse, Dusty’s ex-boyfriend has just been acquitted of conspiracy and is now back at school, reminding Dusty of why she fell for him in the first place. The Magi Senate needs Dusty to get close to him, to discover his real motives. But this order infuriates Eli, who has started his own campaign for Dusty’s heart.

As Dusty takes on both cases, she begins to suspect they’re connected to something bigger. And there’s something very wrong with Eli’s dreams, signs that point to a darker plot than they could have ever imagined.

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Tez Says 

I feel indifferent. Which is a shame, because I really wanted to get my snark on today, but nothing’s coming. I’ve failed you, dear readers :-( 

Julia Says 

Very cute and youthful, I like this papercut style.

Kristina Says 

I have some snark! The rock that the sword is in is not rock like enough! Its too lumpy looking. Okay I have nothing. Its a decent cover but it doesn’t grab me and I like this style usually.

Out of the Night by Trish Milburn

Expected publication: October 1st 2013 by Harlequin

Source: Goodreads

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A cop is torn between duty and unholy desire in Trish Milburn’s OUT OF THE NIGHT Since the death of her fiancé, it is Olivia DaCosta who continues his good work feeding the homeless. Every day is a lone struggle to keep her diner open, more than two years after the plague that devastated the human population. Now, amid the chaos, a vampire race has begun stalking the survivors.

Because of her rare blood type, Olivia has learned to avoid vampire contact—until she meets one she can’t resist. After Campbell Raines saves her life, it’s clear there’s no ignoring their potentially fatal attraction. In the arms of this haunted yet captivating cop, Olivia will discover that vampires can love just as passionately as they kill….

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Tez Says 

“Save me, big strong man, because I’m incapable of saving myself.” Also, why is she wearing a long coat when it’s warm enough for him to get away with just a T-shirt? Or is he the one dressed inappropriately for the weather? The latter’s likelier. (Is “likelier” a word? If not, go with “more likely”. I has a stupid today.) 

Julia Says 

Oh, Nocturne covers, how I hate thee.  Let me count the ways: Cover models too small and lost in frame, which is a blessing because they both have weird expressions on their face.

Kristina Says 

Her expression is so dramatic but for some reason the guy is not reacting in any way that resembles alarm or anything. He just looks mildly bored. I think she’s scared of some rat and he just took out his gun to shoot at it. Lets go with that.

Claimed by the Demon by Doranna Durgin

Expected publication: October 1st 2013 by Harlequin

Source: Goodreads

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A blade wanted his soul…but she wanted his heart in Doranna Durgin’s CLAIMED BY THE DEMON  Gwen Badura lives by instinct, tied to the pendant she has worn since she was a child. Michael MacKenzie is driven by the demon blade he carries, his soul slowly poisoned by its demands. They are both drawn to the city of Albuquerque by forces they do not understand…forces that require their submission—or their death.

Thrown together by violence, in a city being driven mad with hate, their connection—emotional and physical—is immediate, and fierce. They don’t know the rules of this deadly game, only the penalty for losing. Gwen and Mac need to trust each other to survive—but the secrets they carry may destroy them first.

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Tez Says 

Dude, what’s with these Harlequin covers, with the whole scaffolding/industrial areas? Don’t construction workers secure their sites when they shut up shop for the day? Also, if there’s lightning, why isn’t there rain? Am I overthinking this, Harlequin, or are you just not thinking enough? 

Julia Says 

*thumps head against desk*  This retro/ pulp aesthetic is not for me.  Clearly.  Is he wearing a turtleneck?  No?  But that’s a saber, right?  He’s all out climbing buildings and sabering with his bad leather coat self?  *sigh*

Kristina Says 

I don’t know how to feel about this cover. He really should be wearing a construction helmet when he is in a construction zone. And lightning with sunlight does not make sense!

The Haven by Carol Lynch Williams

Expected publication: March 4th 2014 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Source: Goodreads

 

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For the teens at The Haven, the outside world, just beyond the towering stone wall that surrounds the premises, is a dangerous unknown. It has always been this way, ever since the hospital was established in the year 2020. But The Haven is more than just a hospital; it is their home. It is all they know. Everything is strictly monitored: education, exercise, food, and rest. The rules must be followed to keep the children healthy, to help control the Disease that has cast them as Terminals, the Disease that claims limbs and lungs—and memories.

But Shiloh is different; she remembers everything. Gideon is different, too. He dreams of a cure, of rebellion against the status quo. What if everything they’ve been told is a lie? What if The Haven is not the safe place it claims to be? And what will happen if Shiloh starts asking dangerous questions?

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Tez Says 

I want the original cover back! :-( It had a setting and a character, and it was more interesting than this boring thing. Such a nothing of a cover. Disappointing. 

Julia Says 

Someone else has used this butterfly, better, in Paranormal YA.  Where is Abigail’s perfect recall of covers when I need it?  Still, looks more like a poster than a cover, too much going on, swirling around that tag line.

Kristina Says 

I like the blue butterflies and the mirrored reflection of the butterfly and title.

Kiss of Venom (Elemental Assassin #8.5) by Jennifer Estep

Expected publication: July 22nd 2013 by Pocket Star

Source: Goodreads

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The New York Times bestselling Elemental Assassin series continues with a new e-novella—from the hero’s point of view! Owen Grayson is bound and determined to get Gin back…if her enemies don’t get her first.When you have a history of dating an assassin, a night out on the town can turn deadly—fast. Owen Grayson is still wracked with guilt over the end of his love affair with Gin Blanco, and there aren’t enough gin and tonics in all of Ashland to ease his heartache. But when Gin happens to show up at the same nightclub, he isn’t the only one hoping to get her alone. Some shadowy figures will do anything to take down the Spider, Gin’s assassin alter ego, and Owen will do anything to protect her. This could be the way to win her back, or at least give her a night off from fighting for her life—ifOwen can survive…

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Tez Says 

That is such a “this is so awkward, but I have to do it anyway” blue steel expression. “Dude, seriously? Do you have to take the shot so close?” 

Julia Says 

Ack, it’s a dude!  A dude with Gin’s font!  Publisher, you have my undivided attention.

Kristina Says 

He’s so pouty. Maybe he doesn’t like the oddly shaped jacket thing he has to wear. Other than that I applaud the use of a shirt on a male model and not cutting off most of his head. Yay!

Requiem for the Dead (Dreg City #5) by Kelly Meding

Cover Art: Robin Ludwig Design, Inc

Expected publication: September 16th 2013 by Kelly Meding

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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She’s died twice while protecting her city…and she’d do it again to save the people she loves.

After a deadly, artificial infection forces the vampire Families into a self-imposed isolation, the city’s protective Watchtower forces are depleted by one third, leaving humans and shifters to shoulder the burden. Human enforcer Evangeline Stone is determined to find a way to help her vampire allies, but she already has her hands full—investigating an escalating series of goblin attacks, dealing with her half-werewolf lover, locating three missing werewolf teenagers, and learning to trust her non-human coworkers.

When a potential cure for the vampires’ infection is given to her by an unlikely source, it’s just as quickly stolen—collateral damage in a power play within the were-cat Clan that leaves one human ally dead and another horribly injured. With Wyatt Truman still adjusting to his new life as a half-werewolf, Phineas missing in action, and her shifter allies crippled by internal anarchy, Evy has to rely on her own strength and instincts to steal back the cure, stop a murderer, and to save the Watchtower before it’s destroyed from the inside out.

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Tez Says 

So not a midriff fan. I would be self-conscious the entire time, trying to shove the end of my top down my pants. But I have issues ;-) 

Julia Says 

Very urban fantasy and a good match for the series.  I would have liked it better without the panther…

Kristina Says 

Very classic UF cover. She has the dramatic pose, sharp pointy object, and epic windblown hair. All elements are very nice and that panther is the apropriate amount of vicious looking (not that I am an expert on panther vicousness levels). I’m just going to stop now.

Siren’s Secret by Debbie Herbert

Expected publication: November 5th 2013 by Harlequin

Source: Harlequin Blog

 

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In Debbie Herbert’s debut novel, there are two secrets, each one with a deadly consequence….

Shelly Connors’s worlds—on land and in the sea—are turned upside down when an evening swim turns into a nightmare. On a sweltering night deep in the bayou, the mystical mermaid witnesses a horrifying act. With a monstrous killer now hot on her trail, her life and the lives of her kin are in jeopardy.

Terrified of becoming the next victim, Shelly has no choice but to turn to Sheriff Tillman Angier. Tillman has had his intense gray eyes on the sultry honey-haired beauty for a while. The feelings are mutual…and impossible to ignore. But he’s determined to solve the murders, and he knows Shelly’s hiding something. Can she trust him with her deepest secret?

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Tez Says 

Like the colours, but otherwise no. 

Julia Says 

I like how the drape of her dress gives the illusion of a mermaid tail, but could we talk about the composition?  Harlequin?  What the hell. Why is it so hard for you to pick one element of a cover and emphasize it.  Are we supposed to care about this cover model?  Want to highlight her face and skin?  Or maybe the faux mermaid tail, pump up the color and drape of the dress.  Just pick *something*, instead of this muddy all over “LOOK AT EVERYTHING!” nonsense.

Kristina Says 

I like the behind the scenes of the making of this cover. The colors are very pretty too.

See Me by Wendy Higgins

Cover Art: Carrie McRae

Expected publication: October 1st 2013 by Higgins/Corcoran

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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While most seventeen-year-old American girls would refuse to let their parents marry them off to a stranger, Robyn Mason dreams of the mysterious McKale in Ireland, wondering how he’ll look and imagining his cute Irish accent. Prearranged bindings are common for magical families like her own, however when she travels to the whimsical Emerald Isle she discovers there’s more to her betrothal and McKale’s clan than she could have imagined.

What starts as an obligatory pairing between Robyn and McKale morphs over time into something they both need. But one giant obstacle stands the way of their budding romance: a seductive and deadly Fae princess accustomed to getting what she wants—and what she wants is McKale as her plaything. Love, desire, and jealousies collide as Robyn’s family and McKale’s clan must work together to outsmart the powerful Faeries and preserve the only hope left for their people.

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Tez Says 

Boring, but inoffensive. 

Julia Says 

I like the colors and the scrollwork, but there is something a little off about her positioning in the screen.  I think they couldn’t bear to cut out the clover on the right, but it makes her look awkwardly oriented.

Kristina Says 

I like the designs on the edges.

Lian/Roch (Bayou Heat #9-10) by Alexandra Ivy & Laura Wright

Expected publication: January 13th 2014

Source: Goodreads

 

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Tez Says 

Would’ve been down, but extra point for POC. Even though it’s mantitty ;-) 

Julia Says 

Ouch.  Find the title, I dare you (hint: It’s not Bayou Heat, despite that being the most prominent of all of the lots and lots of writing on the cover).  Also, that panther appears to be growing out of that guy’s elbow scruff, that’s a new medical condition right there.  Brand spanking new.

Kristina Says 

The panther is kind of oddly placed and they cut off the poor man’s pretty head.I do give points to to having a POC on a cover as well. Yay!

Bittersweet Magic (The Order #2) by Nina Croft

Published by Entangled

Source: Goodreads

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Five hundred years ago, to avoid being burned at the stake, Rosamund Fairfax made a deal with a demon. Thirteen tasks in exchange for her life. Now, the debt is nearly paid. Only one final task and she’s free. The mission: find a key hidden inside a convent. Roz is going undercover!

For Piers Lamont, vampire and head of the Order of the Shadow Accords, bad news comes in the form of a sexy nun, a missing key and an old mistress who wants him back. That his ex-mistress also happens to be a demon intent on taking over the world and subjugating mankind, just makes things that bit more interesting.

For five centuries, Roz has had one aim in life—her own survival. That’s about to change. She has always known there are things were living for, now she’s going to discover that there are also things worth dying for; friendship, humanity and maybe even… love.

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Tez Says 

No. Something about his hand. 

Julia Says 

I enjoy body hair on a man, but the lighting in this picture is not kind to the cover model (it makes him look like he has neck hair).  I like the composition, though.

Kristina Says 

Wow they put a shirt on the model but that doesn’t make this boring cover any better. The way the cut off his head makes it look like he has some giant neck or some deformity. It looks like his neck is very long.

Breach Zone (Shadow Ops #3) by Myke Cole

Published by Ace

Source: Goodreads

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The Great Reawakening did not come quietly. Across the country and in every nation, people began “coming up Latent,” developing terrifying powers—summoning storms, raising the dead, and setting everything they touch ablaze. Those who Manifest must choose: become a sheepdog who protects the flock or a wolf who devours it…

In the wake of a bloody battle at Forward Operating Base Frontier and a scandalous presidential impeachment, Lieutenant Colonel Jan Thorsson, call sign “Harlequin,” becomes a national hero and a pariah to the military that is the only family he’s ever known.

In the fight for Latent equality, Oscar Britton is positioned to lead a rebellion in exile, but a powerful rival beats him to the punch: Scylla, a walking weapon who will stop at nothing to end the human-sanctioned apartheid against her kind.

When Scylla’s inhuman forces invade New York City, the Supernatural Operations Corps are the only soldiers equipped to prevent a massacre. In order to redeem himself with the military, Harlequin will be forced to face off with this havoc-wreaking woman from his past, warped by her power into something evil…

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Tez Says 

I don’t like firearms and I don’t like magic lightning.

Julia Says 

I like this brand of Paranormal Warfare that they’ve established for these covers, it’s becoming iconic for the series.

Kristina Says 

I like magic lightning and this cover looks cool and action-y. Yes I am aware action-y is not a word but it fits.

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

  1. Gyslain

    Tez, you having your period or something? What a bitch….

  2. Michele A

    The panther on the Requiem for the Dead Cover looks just like the panther on the Bayou Heat (Lian/Roch) cover.

    • Kate

      I was totally going to say the exact same thing! It has got to be the same panther.

  3. SharonS

    ouch! you guys got hit with a pretty bad bunch this week The S in The Island looks like a big old straw to me… sucking the life out of the earth!!!! thanks for the fun :)

  4. Chris

    I can’t believe you all gave a thumbs down to Claimed by the Demon. That cover is awesome if you look at it while playing Queen’s theme from Highlander.

  5. Chinyere Ezinwanyi

    I love when you guys do this, but I never agree with with most of your responses.

    Death’s Lover and Heart of Venom are the worst!! Urrgghhh! so disappointed because I look forward to Owen Grayson’s POV. Bayou Heat was really nice, though I am tired of the headless guy with abs thing.

    Best for me was Into the Dark by Bree Depain. I also liked Kelly Meding’s cover though I have never read anything from her. I might have to check her out

    • Tez Miller

      I highly recommend Kelly Meding’s MetaWars series. I gave Book 1 (TRANCE) 4 stars, and Book 2 (CHANGELING) 5 stars. Book 3 (TEMPEST) is currently only available in eBook, so I haven’t read it yet.

  6. Denise Z

    I am seeing a whole lot of meh here, which is too bad. I think the only one I really like is Kelly Meding’s and that I think is because it is so keeping with the series. :)