Cover Art Coverage: 15 New Titles!

August 14, 2013 Cover Art Coverage 1

Cover Art Coverage

It’s been a long time since we’ve had a unanimous sweep in the Best category, but Abigail, myself, and Lenore of Nocturne Reads were all smitten with Tahereh Mafi’s IGNITE ME.  I will admit, I second guessed myself a little bit.  Would I love the sweet romanticism of this cover on it’s own, outside the brilliant progression of it’s predecessors?  Euphoric “must read” reactions aside?  In the end, that perfect golden glow and delicate eyelash fronds convinced me, “Yes”.  What do you think?

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Night Owls (Night Owls #1) by Lauren M. Roy

Expected publication: February 25th 2014 by Ace

Source: Amazon

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Night Owls book store is the one spot on campus open late enough to help out even the most practiced slacker. The employees’ penchant for fighting the evil creatures of the night is just a perk….

Valerie McTeague’s business model is simple: provide the students of Edgewood College with a late-night study haven and stay as far away from the underworld conflicts of her vampire brethren as possible. She’s lived that life, and the price she paid was far too high to ever want to return.

Elly Garrett hasn’t known any life except that of fighting the supernatural werewolf-like beings known as Creeps or Jackals. But she always had her mentor and foster father by her side—until he gave his life protecting a book that the Creeps desperately want to get their hands on.

When the book gets stashed at Night Owls for safe keeping, those Val holds nearest and dearest are put in mortal peril. Now Val and Elly will have to team up, along with a mismatched crew of humans, vampires, and lesbian succubi, to stop the Jackals from getting their claws on the book and unleashing unnamed horrors.

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Abigail Says 

I can’t remember the last time an UF cover featured two women on the cover. That alone gets points, but the library setting and the quality of art are making this a fantastic cover. 

Julia Says 

Long nails, the suggestion of wings, this is a classic Urban Fantasy cover with some subtle hints of more.  I like it!

Lenore Says 

Two females on the cover. That is a pretty rare thing in cover art, and I kind of like it. I’m giving this a middle thumb because of the girl crouching. What is she trying to do? If looking fierce was the goal, it was missed by a long shot. She looks like she is mesmerized by something horrifying.

The Monster Within by Kelly Hashway

Expected publication: April 2014 by Spencer Hill Press

Source: Goodreads

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The moment seventeen-year-old Samantha Thompson crawls out of her grave, her second chance at life begins. She died of cancer with her long-time boyfriend, Ethan, by her side–a completely unfair shot at life.

But Ethan found a way to bring her back, like he promised he would. Only Sam came back wrong.

She’s now a monster that drains others’ lives to survive. And after she kills, she’s tortured by visions—glimpses into her victims would-have-been futures had she not killed them. Barely able to live with herself and trying to make things right, Sam ends up a pawn in a vicious game of payback within the local coven of witches.

But when the game reveals what Ethan had to do to save Sam, she must make a choice that will change all their lives forever.

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Abigail Says 

Bleh. Did they have to add every single thing they could think of to this cover? What a mess. 

Julia Says 

I couldn’t find a higher quality image file, so I’m not sure how crisp the details will be on the final cover, but I had a hard time identifying the thing in the bottom right corner as a mask initially.  I like the saturation of the colors, and I”m hopeful that the top and bottom will look better integrated on the real thing.

Lenore Says 

I don’t like the floating head at all. The tree looks like it is smaller than a person since it is not in the background. The only thing about this one working for me is the masquerade mask. It is elegant and well placed on the cover.

Hero Worship by Christopher E. Long

Expected publication: 2014 by Flux

Source: Goodreads

 

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Ever since becoming an IWP—Individual with Powers—Marvin Maywood has dreamed of joining the Core, a group of gifted heroes who save lives and stop crimes. But because he’s a homeless teenager who is forbidden to use his amazing powers, wanting and achieving that dream are two very separate things.

But when Marvin saves a family from dangerous hoodlums with his incredible strength and speed, his chance to try out for the Core comes at last. The opportunity seems like a dream come true—until he realizes that the idyllic hero life he imagined is just a mask for the corrupt reality. And when a beloved hero is murdered, Marvin is suspected of being the villain behind the crime.

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Abigail Says 

Compared with last week’s superhero cover, this is awesome and very clear about what it is. So digging the caped silhouette with the sun breaking through. 

Julia Says 

Meh, this cover is all about the concept, not the character.  I’m not interested enough in the superhero/ fantasy crossover enough to be drawn in by that alone, and the cover writing is so stark and “superhero-y” it overwhelms that great image.  

Lenore Says 

I had mixed feelings about this one at first. Initially, the hero standing on top of a building overlooking his city seemed cliche; however, the cover is very well done and the dark background with only light surrounding the hero makes me really like it.

Crewel (Crewel World #1) by Gennifer Albin

Expected publication: October 15th 2013 by Square Fish

Source: Xpresso Reads

 

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Enter a tangled world of secrets and intrigue where a girl is in charge of other’s destinies, but not her own.

Sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has always been special. When her parents discover her gift—the ability to weave the very fabric of reality—they train her to hide it. For good reason, they don’t want her to become a Spinster — one of the elite, beautiful, and deadly women who determine what people eat, where they live, how many children they have, and even when they die.

Thrust into the opulent Western Coventry, Adelice will be tried, tested and tempted as she navigates the deadly politics at play behind its walls.  Now caught in a web of lies and forbidden romance, she must unravel the sinister truth behind her own unspeakable power.  Her world is hanging by a thread, and Adelice, alone, can decide to save it — or destroy it.

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Abigail Says 

I’m a big fan of the redesigned cover in this case. It’s actually telling me something about the story and giving me a hint of promised action that the original cover failed to do. 

Julia Says 

A little retro, but very well integrated and pretty.  Can’t stand the title, though.  Did anyone else start humming Cruella de Vil on this one?

Lenore Says 

I think I like the original cover better, but this one matches the new direction young adult covers are headed in. I like the “spun-like” threads at the top of the hourglass, but I’m not quite sure what is up with the hourglass.

Altered (Crewel World #2) by Gennifer Albin

Expected publication: October 29th 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Source: Xpresso Reads

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Adelice always knew there’d be a price to destroying the Guild, but is she willing to pay it?

After a daring escape to Earth from Arras, sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys thought she would finally be in control of her own destiny. She would be free to be true to herself and to her heart—to love Jost, the boy the Guild said she could not have. But Earth is not abandoned, as she’d always been taught it was. It’s inhabited with survivors waging a war against Arras. The world that was supposed to offer a new beginning is still tangled up in the past.

Now Adelice is being called upon to harness her phenomenal power and break Earth from the grip of the Guild. But even as she uncovers the truth about her parents and her former life, she discovers that nothing on Earth is as it seems either. Everyone has secrets, especially those she loves most. What’s more, those secrets are driving Adelice and Jost away from each other, and Adelice into his brother Erik’s waiting arms. Now torn between two brothers and two worlds, Adelice must decide what—and who–she’s fighting for, before it’s too late.

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Abigail Says 

Even better. The colors and her forward facing pose are really eye catching. I’m actually interested in this series now and I wasn’t at all based on the original cover style. 

Julia Says 

This cover model’s outfit says more “urban fantasy” than “Star Trek reboot”, so I’m a fan.

Lenore Says 

ALTERED is much better. Still following the new look of the series, I get more from this cover. The colors are better, and it tells you more about what is going on. The destroyed buildings at the bottom give an apocalyptic vibe, and I like that they were able to keep the same cover model.

Reborn (Shadow Falls: After Dark #1) by C. C. Hunter

Expected publication: April 15th 2014 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Source: Goodreads

 

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Stay tuned for an all-new series about Shadow Falls’ favourite vampire, Della Tsang!

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Abigail Says 

I’m disappointed they didn’t keep a similar style to the original series for this spinoff. This is fine, but a little generic compared to the first series. 

Julia Says 

Such a cool image, such a crappy title treatment.  I hate it when I’m not sure what is the series and what is the title, and that floating, yellow, “Reborn” looks like a pasted on afterthought.

Lenore Says 

I really like CC Hunter’s other series, and I must say I like the covers better for that series too. I’m not digging the vertical series title on this book. It is a lot harder to read, and it blends into the background so much you almost don’t see it at first. It just looks unfinished to me. Too simple.

Night’s Promise (Children of the Night #6) by Amanda Ashley

Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Zebra

Source: Amazon

 

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Abigail Says 

This is coming off very Regency Romance Cover to me. Nothing says paranormal or vampires (which it is). 

Julia Says 

I’m not saying I want bats to fly out from under her skirt, but something to indicate that this is a fantasy novel would be nice.  And is this supposed to be a historical?  This would be a forgettable cover, even if it were on a historical romance.  

Lenore Says 

Don’t like the blue and yellow together. As a matter of fact it is just too blue period, and I thought we were past cutting off model’s heads? I look at this cover and I know I will not remember it tomorrow, nor am I interested at all in this book.

Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi

Cover Art: Colin Anderson

Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by HarperCollins

Source: MTV’s Hollywood Crush

 

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Destroy Me (Shatter Me, #1.5)Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)

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The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, called “a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love”

Juliette now knows she may be the only one who can stop the Reestablishment. But to take them down, she’ll need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew-about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam-was wrong.

In Shatter Me, Tahereh Mafi created a captivating and original story that combined the best of dystopian and paranormal and was praised by Publishers Weekly as “a gripping read from an author who’s not afraid to take risks.” The sequel, Unravel Me, blew readers away with heart-racing twists and turns, and New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia said it was “dangerous, sexy, romantic, and intense.” Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and climactic end.

Praise for the Shatter Me series:

“Dangerous, sexy, romantic, and intense. I dare you to stop reading.”-Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures series

“Tahereh Mafi’s bold, inventive prose crackles with raw emotion. A thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love, the Shatter Me series is a must-read for fans of dystopian young adult literature-or any literature!”-Ransom Riggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

“Addictive, intense, and oozing with romance. I’m envious. I couldn’t put it down.”-Lauren Kate, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fallen series

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Abigail Says 

I wish I had more thumbs. I want to frame these on my wall. All of the covers in this series are stunning. They might be my favorite YA covers ever. 

Julia Says 

Audible sigh, lustful gaze, fingers itching to snatch the book right off my computer screen… I want so bad.  And so pretty.  So perfect.  I just want so bad.

Lenore Says 

Such a beautiful cover. I agree with Abigail. This series has consistently awesome covers. IGNITE is by far my favorite. I love the detailing and flowers around the eye. I would definitely give this book a second look in a bookstore.

Burn for Me by Cynthia Eden

Expected publication: January 28th 2014 by Brava

Source: Wanton Thoughts, Wicked Scribes

 

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Abigail Says 

I’m pretty sure that’s Paul Maron (always a plus) and this kiss looks nice and steamy, but I couldn’t hate that title design more. It looks like those Thanksgiving turkey drawings kids make from tracing their hands. Also orange should not be used on romance covers. Period. 

Julia Says 

There’s a lot going on on this cover, which kind of overwhelms the fact that they got the kiss right.  Lighting is perfect, a hand cupping the face is always so sweet, and this may be first time a long-haired man has managed to pull off “kissable” in my opinion.  The whole bottom half isn’t bad, it’s just not special.  Standard PNR boilerplate.

Lenore Says 

Just another couple on a paranormal romance cover. I do like how the blended the white and the black into the background while giving it a pop with the ombre orange title (which is a bad choice for the color mind you). The wings are nice too, letting you know a little about the series.

Neverwas (The Amber House Trilogy #2) by Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed & Larkin Reed

Cover Art: Shane Rebenschied

Expected publication: January 7th 2014 by Arthur A. Levine Books

Source: Goodreads

 

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Amber House (Amber House, #1)

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At the end of AMBER HOUSE, Sarah made a choice that transformed everything–and now she must choose it all again.

“I was sixteen the second time I had my first kiss….”

After growing up in the free country of the Pacific Northwest, Sarah Parsons has settled in at Amber House, the stately Maryland home that’s been in her family for generations. But the world surrounding the House feels deeply wrong to Sarah. It’s a place where the colonists lost the 1776 Insurrection, where the American Confederation of States still struggles with segregation, and where Sarah is haunted by echoes of a better world that she knows never existed.

Her friend Jackson shares these visions of a different world–and together, they manage both to remember the way things ought to be, and to plan a daring mission that will reset the universe once again. It will involve objects from the past, knowledge of the future, a leap into the unknown … and in the end, a sacrifice Sarah never imagined.

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Abigail Says 

Beautiful. I love red against snow as a rule, but everything else from the billowing cloak to the gothic gate is equally lovely. 

Julia Says 

This cover is all about Beauty entering the Beast’s estate.  I like the romantic fanaticism, but never would have connected it to AMBER HOUSE without Goodread’s help. And in context these covers seem kind of generic.  Insert house, landscape, and dress.  Perhaps I’d need to read them to pick out more particular details.

Lenore Says 

Looking at this cover I kind of got a NARNIA vibe, and after reading the description I discovered why. The red coat against the winter background is stunning, and I am a sucker for a well done iron gate. I also love the big colonial house in the distance.

Gilded Hearts (The Shadow Guild #1) by Christine d’Abo

Expected publication: December 3rd 2013 by Forever Yours

Source: Goodreads

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Samuel Hawkins, Sergeant in the King’s Sentry, has been called in to investigate a murder case. As he awaits the Archivists to arrive—the team who will use a special device to extract the memories of the dead man to help find clues to his murder—he never expects to come face to face with the woman he’d left behind when he’d fled the Archives five years earlier.

Piper Smith has grown from the girl Samuel remembered into a strong woman and full-fledged archivist. Shadowed by her mentor, Master Ryerson, Piper will be performing her first extraction. When she sees Samuel, she must push aside her childhood crush, else risk her standing within the Guild.

As the two begin working together to find the killer, Samuel and Piper explore their intense attraction to each other. But “Jack the Ripper” proves to be harder to catch than the two originally thought. What’s worse, they discover he may very well work for the Archives. Now, Samuel and Piper must battle internal and external threats as they try to foil a plot against the Crown and stop Jack the Ripper from taking his next victim.

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Abigail Says 

Fairly average steampunk cover. Not great, not horrible. Not really memorable either. 

Julia Says 

I like the image (and those gloves!), but don’t like the yellow font or author name placement.  It looks like they labeled the cover model’s boobs.

Lenore Says 

More chopping off the head! That’s just a pet peive of mine! Other than that, it is just kind of a blah, dark cover. Not one I just love, but I don’t hate it either. Nothing special.

Reflected (Silver #3) by Rhiannon Held

Expected publication: February 18th 2014 by Tor Books

Source: Goodreads

 

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Falling in love in a werewolf pack leads to some very bad choices in this new novel from the author of Silver.

Rhiannon Held continues the secret lives of the werewolf packs that live and hunt alongside human society in Reflected, the third book of the series that began with her debut novel, Silver. Silver and her mate Andrew Dare are pack leaders of the entire North American werewolf population, and that makes the more traditional packs in Europe very nervous indeed. It’s getting hard to hide from human surveillance.

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Abigail Says 

This series is a great example of complementary but not clones covers. They all ‘go together’ and I immediately knew what series this was without it feeling predictable. 

Julia Says 

Er… I see what they were going for with the silhouette, but this is too “mudflap girl” for my taste.  Can’t wait to read it, but no.

Lenore Says 

I really do like this cover. The moon lets me know right off this is a werewolf book. The trees are just so eerie, and the woman on the branches only adds to the vibe.

Edge of Darkness (Night Prowlers #4) by J. T. Geissinger

Expected publication: December 10th 2013 by Montlake Romance

Source: Goodreads

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Six years after a shocking tragedy left her emotionally and physically scarred, Ember Jones lives a life of quiet isolation in Barcelona. Determined to keep her troubled past a secret, she keeps her head down and her heart locked up tight. Until the day a beautiful, mysterious stranger walks into her life, and her carefully controlled world is shattered forever.

Christian McLoughlin is unlike anyone Ember has ever met. Wealthy, cultured, and utterly charismatic, he also has dark secrets of his own. They succumb to the undeniable pull between them and embark on a passionate affair, but things turn explosive when the truth about Christian and the reason he came to Barcelona is exposed. As their dark pasts collide, the two unlikely lovers find themselves caught in a web of danger and deceit that neither of them might survive.

The Edge of Darkness, where hunter becomes hunted, no one can be trusted, and love is the most dangerous game of them all.

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Abigail Says 

I’m not a fan of any of the covers in this series, but this is a new low. This is a really unappealing yellow and the looming face with text over it is not a good look. 

Julia Says 

The hieroglyphics on his face are pretty cool, but that’s about all that works for me.  They’ve always leaned towards neon colors for this series, but this shade of yellow is unappealing to me.

Lenore Says 

My first instinct to this cover was NO! but then I blew up the image. I don’t really like the blocky title or author name, but the symbols on his face have me curious. I don’t like the eyes matching the background, but the symbols make me curious enough to give it a middle thumb.

Single Wolf Female (Midnight Liasons #2.6) by Jessica Sims

Published August 6th 2013 by Jill Myles

Source: Goodreads

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Alice Savage needs an alpha – any alpha – to prevent her pack from being usurped by the lecherous Roscoe. As a last resort, she signs up for the Midnight Liaisons dating service, never expecting that she’d find the alpha she seeks. She certainly didn’t expect Jackson Wilder, a laid back, sexy-as-sin outsider who claims to be an alpha.

But Alice has a problem that most female wolf alphas don’t — she’s a virgin. And the female alpha of a wolf pack always belongs to a male alpha. Luckily for her, Jackson’s utterly gorgeous and willing to take things slow. But is he alpha enough to help her save her pack…or is he too easy-going to be the man she needs?

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Abigail Says 

I love this series (super sexy and still super sweet). I’m really impressed with the fact that this is a novella cover since it perfectly matches the full length covers. Also she totally looks like Angelina Jolie. 

Julia Says 

I’m on the record as not liking photoshopped eye color, and that still holds true.  I know they were trying to match the color washes of the full length books, but this monochrome treatment looks like a blacklight party.  Lots of fun initially, but then you realize it makes everyone’s teeth very creepy.

Lenore Says 

There are those eyes again. The only reason it works this time is because it resembles a wolf’s eyes. Since it is a novella, I can see why they chose the more simple, but prett well done, look.

Chaos (Kardia Chronicles #1) by Christine O’Neil

Expected publication: August 19th 2013 by Entangled: Teen

Source: Goodreads

 

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My name is Maggie Raynard. After sixteen years being just plain me, suddenly I can kill people when I lose my temper. Turns out I’m a semi-god, descended from Aphrodite. Sounds cool in theory, but when I accidentally put my ex-boyfriend in a coma, things go downhill pretty fast.

Now some new guy named Mac Finnegan has made it his mission in life to continually piss me off. I’m stuck learning how to use my new powers while also dealing with regular high school problems, and with this—annoying and super-hot—guy all up in my business, I’m about to flip out.

But it gets worse. I just learned there’s this council for semis that wants me dead. They think I’m bad to the bone and when my ex suddenly dies, it’s like everyone is determined to take me out. Mac might turn out to be my only salvation, but he’s got secrets of his own—that may just kill us both.

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Abigail Says 

This is supposed to be a YA book? Yikes. Everything looks cheap and on the tawdry side. It says the publisher doesn’t care enough about this book to bother with a decent cover. I feel bad for the author who got stuck with this. 

Julia Says 

What the hell.  I mean, what?  Seriously, what.  The leaning, for both models, is just weird.  And the female cover model is also wearing awful clothes, so the lean exacerbates the fact that her leather…jacket (for lack of a better classification), is both too short and too small.  Her butt is really out there, perhaps because she’s trying to retrieve her hands for the “inexplicably wider than it is long” garment she has on top?  

Lenore Says 

I’ve seen a lot better from Entangled Teen. Is she about to have sex by a lightning storm because it sure seems like she is stripping! I get she is an Aphrodite descendant, but come on now. And is the ground on fire? I’m not really sure what is going on there.

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

  1. Lauren

    I absolutely love the color of Ignite Me as well. The Crewel World covers are also good – I like the hourglass motif.

    I also agree with your picks for worst – The Monster Within is downright ugly :0(