Cover Art Coverage: 12 New Titles!

August 21, 2013 Cover Art Coverage 4

Cover Art Coverage

For the first time in a long time, we have an all ATUF panel for our cover art coverage.  My favorite, alliterative trio, Kate, Chris, and Kristina, each fell in love with different covers this week, but there were several unanimous thumbs down.  Which covers did you fall in love with this week?

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Demon Chained (The Shadowfae Chronicles #5) by Erica Hayes

Expected publication: September 18th 2013

Source: Author’s Facebook

 

Covers in Series

Shadowfae (The Shadowfae Ch...Shadowglass (The Shadowfae ...Poison Kissed (Shadowfae Ch...Blood Cursed (Shadowfae Chr...

‘A powerful djinni, enslaved to her lamp. An undead thief, bound by a demon’s cruel whim. A passion that will outlast death itself…’ 

No Author Comment Available.

Kate Says 

Is it just me or does his skin look a little like it’s going to crack and fall off? But I do like the genie lamp. 

Chris Says 

The guy looks like he’s about to die from scurvy. AFAIK this isn’t a book about pirates so that’s probably not what they were going for. 

Kristina Says 

I like the poses and the genie lamp is a nice touch.

Wicked After Midnight (Blud #3) by Delilah S. Dawson

Expected publication: January 28th 2014 by Pocket

Source: Bitten by Books

Covers in Series

Wicked as They Come (Blud, #1)Wicked as She Wants (Blud, #2)

A contortionist and a rakish brigand navigate the cabarets of Paris to rescue a girl taken by slavers in the third steampunk-tinged romance of the Blud series.

Life as a contortionist in Criminy’s Clockwork Caravan should be the height of exotic adventure, but for Demi Ward, it’s total dullsville. Until her best friend, Cherie, is stolen by slavers outside of Paris, and Demi is determined to find her.

On the run from his own past, Vale Hildebrand, a dashing rogue of a highwayman, hides Demi from the slavers…but why? He pledges to help her explore the glittering cabarets of Paris to find her friend, but much to Vale’s frustration, Demi soon attracts a host of wealthy admirers. The pleasures of music, blood, and absinthe could turn anyone’s head, and it would be all too easy to accept Cherie’s disappearance as inevitable—but with Vale’s ferocious will and Demi’s drive to find her friend, they soon have a lead on a depraved society of Parisian notables with a taste for beautiful lost girls. Can Demi wind her way through the seedy underbelly of Paris and save her best friend before she, too, is lost? 

No Author Comment Available.

Kate Says 

To me, this looks like a photo you take at one of those places where you get all dressed up in a costume and get a copy in black and white. Plus, when it’s in thumbnail size, you can’t see any details and the title is kind of small. 

Chris Says 

I want to like this cover. Normally if a cover has steampunk elements I give it a thumbs up. I can’t do it with this one because it is just horrid. What’s up with the modern haircuts on both of the models? 

Kristina Says 

I usually love these steampunk covers but this one looks too costumey. I agree with Kate on it looking like one of those old time photos you pose for at amusement parks.

Sins of the Lost (Grigori Legacy #3) by Linda Poitevin

Expected publication: October 15th 2013 by InterMix

Source: Goodreads

Covers in Series

Sins of the Angels (Grigori...Sins of the Son (Grigori Le...

From the author of Sins of the Angels and Sins of the Son comes the newest novel in the “electric, thrilling and extremely intelligent” (Ex Libris) Grigori Legacy series.

Heaven and Hell are on the brink of war as Lucifer builds his Nephilim army and waits for his new agenda to become a reality — that of having a Nephilimchild of his own bloodline to lead his forces to cataclysmic victory.

With rumors of the pending war rampant on Earth, Alex fights to save humanity from its own panic –­ leaving little time for her fledgling
relationship with Seth, the man with heavenly origins who has captured her heart. But when Nephilim children begin to disappear, along with Alex’s own vulnerable niece, the inevitable war between Heaven and Hell becomes as personal as sin.

Heaven has its own plans to fight the coming apocalypse, but first it needs Seth back. Asked to betray the man she loves, Alex must turn for help to the soulmate she thought she’d given up — the Archangel Aramael, who may be her last chance to save her family and humanity from the ashes of Lucifer’s Armageddon. 

No Author Comment Available.

Kate Says 

I guess it is pretty obvious this novel has angels in it. Otherwise I can’t think of much else to say. 

Chris Says 

I wouldn’t call this cover good or bad. It’s inoffensive in a bland sort of way. 

Kristina Says 

Talk about symmetry and seriously straight lines. It is interesting how different this cover is from the previous two in the series.

Chimera (MetaWars #4) by Kelly Meding

Expected publication: November 11th 2013 by Pocket Star

Source: Organized Chaos

Covers in Series

Trance (MetaWars, #1)Changeling (MetaWars, #2)Tempest (MetaWars, #3)

No Description Available.

No Author Comment Available.

Kate Says 

Why is she blue? Is she supposed to be blue? Oh wait, is that just a bad job of color-washing a cover? Why is her hair still blond? SO MANY QUESTIONS. 

Chris Says 

I don’t know why Kristina and Kate are hating on this cover. I find it delightfully tacky and unrefined. 

Kristina Says 

Is she supposed to be a rejected blue alien design from an old Star Trek episode? Wait only her face appears blue. That’s why they rejected it from Star Trek! Not a fan of the orange stuff floating around either.

Arcadia Falls (Arkadien #3) by Kai Meyer

Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Balzer + Bray

Source: Goodreads

Covers in Series

Arcadia Awakens (Arkadien, #1)Arcadia Burns (Arcadia, #2)

Mafia clan leader Rosa Alcantara’s life is falling apart: everyone she loves is dead and everything she’s ever known about her family is a lie. Even so, Rosa and her boyfriend, rival leader Alessandro Carnevare, refuse to give up on their love for each other. On the run from their adversaries and searching for answers, Rosa and Alessandro begin to unravel the secret behind the conspiracy to keep them apart: an ancient prophecy that predicted the destruction of all Arcadia.

As the clock ticks down to their own destruction, it’s a race against time for the young lovers as they evade murderers, track down clues, and avoid a showdown with the man who wants them dead.

The pair must find out the truth behind Arcadia once and for all—but will it be the key to unlocking their freedom and future together, or the final step in bringing them to their knees?

No Author Comment Available.

Kate Says 

I’m not a huge fan but that could be due to the fact that snakes creep me out. Otherwise, it matches the previous covers- it’s just a lot of dark space. 

Chris Says 

I don’t usually like mostly black covers, but the starkness of the image and the gold of the snake and font is used to good effect. 

Kristina Says 

I like the snake and the snake skin pattern on the title font. I had to stare at this for awhile to figure out that that is the top of the snake’s head and the rest is in shadow.

Circle of Death (Damask Circle #2) by Keri Arthur

Expected publication: February 25th 2014 by Dell

Source: Amazon

Covers in Series

Circle of Fire (Damask Circle, #1)

PASSION REBORN

In one vicious night, Kirby Brown’s world is torn apart. Her best friend is dead, killed by a madman who is now after Kirby, and she has no idea why. When the police prove incapable of protecting Kirby, she has no choice but to trust a mysterious stranger. And while she finds herself inexplicably drawn to him, she fears the strange abilities he wields.

An investigator for the Damask Circle, Doyle Fitzgerald, has come to Melbourne, Australia, to hunt down a killer. What he doesn’t expect to find is a cadre of witches capable of controlling the elements, a sorceress determined to take that power for herself, and a broken woman who is more than she seems. Doyle is certain that the reason behind the bloodshed lies in Kirby’s past—a past she has no wish to remember. Because Doyle isn’t the only one with magic in his soul: Kirby’s special gifts have the strength to destroy the world. 

No Author Comment Available.

Kate Says 

So much better than the first one (CIRCLE OF FIRE) which I totally hate in a previous Cover Art Coverage. I love the blue, the smokiness and the panther. It’s super cool. 

Chris Says 

Always a pleasure to see female characters in natural looking poses. The cool blue smoke in the background doesn’t hurt either. 

Kristina Says 

The title is awesome sounding. The actual cover is decent with the smoke and the panther? The covers appear to be different on Amazon and Goodreads. The GR one gets a thumbs down….for bad imitation of the MGM lion logo.

Declaration of Courtship (Psy-Changeling #9.5) by Nalini Singh

  

Expected publication: November 5th 2013 by Berkley

Source: Author’s Website

Covers in Series

Slave to Sensation (Psy-Cha...Visions of Heat (Psy-Change...Caressed By Ice (Psy-Change...Mine to Possess (Psy-Change...Hostage to Pleasure (Psy-Ch...Branded by Fire (Psy-Change...Blaze of Memory (Psy-Change...Bonds of Justice (Psy-Chang...Play of Passion (Psy-Change...Kiss of Snow (Psy-Changelin...Tangle of Need (Psy-Changel...Heart of Obsidian  (Psy-Cha...

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh returns to her explosive Psy/Changeling world as predatory desire becomes a sensual game of control…

A dominant changeling wolf, SnowDancer lieutenant Cooper is not known for his patience. But when it comes to courting the shy, sexy woman he wants in his life and in his bed, he’ll have to use every ounce of control in his body to keep both man and wolf in check…at least until he convinces Grace he only bites a little.

One of the most submissive wolves in the SnowDancer pack, Grace knows nothing can come of her sensual fascination with big, bad, beautiful Cooper. He might possess her over and over in erotic dreams that leave her aching for the rough heat of his touch, but she knows that in reality, he is far too dangerous for her to handle. Then Cooper decides to change all the rules…

Includes a preview of the next Psy/Changeling novel Heart of Obsidian!

No Author Comment Available.

Kate Says 

It’s like a remix. A bad remix.

Chris Says 

Was there a sale on stock photos of Huskies?

Kristina Says 

Just because you show a little bit more of the guy’s mouth does not make me like the torso only shots any better. Uninventive.

Texture of Intimacy (Psy-Changeling #10.5) by Nalini Singh

  

Expected publication: November 5th 2013 by Berkley

Source: Author’s Website

Covers in Series

Slave to Sensation (Psy-Cha...Visions of Heat (Psy-Change...Caressed By Ice (Psy-Change...Mine to Possess (Psy-Change...Hostage to Pleasure (Psy-Ch...Branded by Fire (Psy-Change...Blaze of Memory (Psy-Change...Bonds of Justice (Psy-Chang...Play of Passion (Psy-Change...Kiss of Snow (Psy-Changelin...Tangle of Need (Psy-Changel...Heart of Obsidian  (Psy-Cha...

In Texture of Intimacy , SnowDancer healer Lara discovers the searing joys—and unexpected challenges—of being mated to quiet, powerful Walker, a man used to keeping his silence. 

No Author Comment Available.

Kate Says 

It’s like a remix. A bad remix.

Chris Says 

Was there a sale on stock photos of Huskies?

Kristina Says 

Just because you show a little bit more of the guy’s mouth does not make me like the torso only shots any better.

Chantress Alchemy (Chantress Trilogy #2) by Amy Butler Greenfield

Expected publication: May 6th 2014 by Margaret K McElderry Books

Source: Joey Books

Covers in Series

Chantress (Chantress, #1)

Since defeating Lord Scargrave with her music, Lucy, the last Chantress, has lived by the sea, mastering the intricacies of Wild Magic. But now her quiet life is about to end: the wheat crop has failed, the people are rebelling, and Lucy is called urgently back to King Henry IX’s court. There she finds the Inner Council planning to save England by making gold through alchemy. But the golden crucible — the critical element in the alchemical process — has been stolen, its guards murdered. Lucy is charged with finding the traitor behind the attack.

Meanwhile, enemies old and new are gathering. Scargrave’s brutal Chantress-hunter has become King Henry’s closest advisor. Lucy’s beloved Nat has fallen out of favor and is shunned by his colleagues; their romance means trouble for both of them. Worst of all, something goes wrong with Lucy’s magic. The palace is a labyrinth, and there’s a monster at its heart — a monster who may have the power to defeat Lucy once and for all.

Amy Butler Greenfield returns to the beguiling world of Chantress for a suspenseful tale of courtly intrigue, music, and magic in Chantress Alchemy. 

No Author Comment Available.

Kate Says 

I love the font, but I don’t understand why it looks like it is raining but she is not getting rained on, just the guy in the background. 

Chris Says 

Great font, great background. Remove the model photos and this would be a very good cover. 

Kristina Says 

I love the font as well but the models are kind of getting in the way of a nice cover.

Labyrinth of Stars (Hunter Kiss #5) by Marjorie M. Liu

Expected publication: February 25th 2014 by Ace

Source: Amazon

Covers in Series

The Iron Hunt (Hunter Kiss,...Darkness Calls (Hunter Kiss...A Wild Light (Hunter Kiss, #3)The Mortal Bone (Hunter Kis...

Tattoos with hearts, minds, and dreams. Created to be the armor that protects my body, these obsidian shadows come alive at night—demons made flesh.

After the Aetar nearly kill Maxine’s unborn child, and a betrayal within her own ranks leaves Maxine’s husband, Grant, poisoned and dying, Maxine is forced to attack a race of beings that possesses almost unlimited power. Doing so will require she make a deal with the devil—the devil that lives inside her—risking both her sanity and her soul as she slowly transforms into something more than human.

But even that might not be enough to save Grant, because the very thing that Maxine is becoming is destined to destroy the world. 

No Author Comment Available.

Kate Says 

Eh. Those are a lot of weird tattoos. 

Chris Says 

If I was holding a giant ass sword my eyes certainly wouldn’t be closed! 

Kristina Says 

Her posture is very weird and I think that sword is supposed to be a two handed one…If not it should be!

Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson

Expected publication: 2014 by Simon Pulse

Source: Goodreads

Covers in Series

N/A

A year ago Hurricane Josephine swept through Savannah, Georgia, leaving behind nothing but death and destruction — and taking the life of Dovey’s best friend, Carly. Since that night, Dovey has been in a medicated haze, numb to everything around her.

But recently she’s started to believe she’s seeing things that can’t be real … including Carly at their favorite cafe. Determined to learn the truth, Dovey stops taking her pills. And the world that opens up to her is unlike anything she could have imagined.

As Dovey slips deeper into the shadowy corners of Savannah — where the dark and horrifying secrets lurk — she learns that the storm that destroyed her city and stole her friend was much more than a force of nature. And now the sinister beings truly responsible are out to finish what they started.

Dovey’s running out of time and torn between two paths. Will she trust her childhood friend Baker, who can’t see the threatening darkness but promises to never give up on Dovey and Carly? Or will she plot with the sexy stranger, Isaac, who offers all the answers — for a price? Soon Dovey realizes that the danger closing in has little to do with Carly … and everything to do with Dovey herself. 

No Author Comment Available.

Kate Says 

I agree with Chris- super creepy. I can’t stop staring at it. I love the long letters. 

Chris Says 

Creepy. Very creepy. I like it! 

Kristina Says 

I agree with Kate and Chris. This is super creepy and I keep wanting to tilt my head to the left when looking at it.

The Cormorant (Miriam Black #3) by Chuck Wendig

Cover Art: Joey Hi-Fi

Expected publication: December 31st 2013 by Angry Robot

Source: Publisher’s Website

Covers in Series

Blackbirds (Miriam Black, #1)Mockingbird (Miriam Black, #2)

Miriam is on the road again, having transitioned from “thief” to “killer”.

Hired by a wealthy businessman, she heads down to Florida to practice the one thing she’s good at, but in her vision she sees him die by another’s hand and on the wall written in blood is a message just for Miriam. She’s expected… 

No Author Comment Available.

Kate Says 

This is my favorite in the series so far! There is so much detail but it still is a great cohesive cover. 

Chris Says 

I don’t think Joey Hi-Fi could create a bad cover if he tried. This is a fantastic series and another spectacular cover from Joey. 

Kristina Says 

I love the black and white style and the birds flying around are pretty cool. The hidden objects floating around are a nice touch too.

Blood2Blood (Laws of the Blood #7) by Susan Sizemore

Expected publication: February 25th 2014 by Ace

Source: Amazon

Covers in Series

The HuntPartnersCompanions (Laws of the Blo...DeceptionsHeroesPersonal Demon (Laws of the...

The most devastating killer in human history has returned …for more.

In England, archaeologists have discovered the graves of a dozen victims of the Black Death that all but wiped out Europe centuries ago. But subsequently, the remains are disappearing, one by one. And people who have been in contact with the corpses are infected with a new strain of the plague.

Across the globe, descendants of the powerful vampire known as the Legacy—both human and vampire—find themselves drawn to England by their creator, though they cannot comprehend why. But the Legacy knows what has unleashed this new nightmare upon the world, and she will need an army of her own to combat it. For if they fail, mankind will be doomed…. 

No Author Comment Available.

Kate Says 

Hate the title. Love the cover. The red haired girl is super cool looking. Is that a good reason for liking a cover? 

Chris Says 

Whoa. Appropriately dressed models in a winter setting. That alone gets it a thumbs up from me. Not too crazy about the title though. Blood2Blood? Really? 

Kristina Says 

I think liking a cover based on a super cool looking red head is a very good reason to like a cover! Because this is a cool cover and they are fully clothed in practical clothes!!!!

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4 Responses to “Cover Art Coverage: 12 New Titles!”

  1. Julie

    If you read the Meta Wars series by Kelly Meding, you would think that the cover for Chimera is actually awesome. That is Renee’s story and yes her skin is actually blue. She is a superhero with crazy elastic abilities and has been through hell and back during this series. Can’t wait for her book!
    Also loving the cover for The Cormorant!

  2. mdd

    “Those are a lot of weird tattoos” “Is her skin supposed to be blue?” One would assume that if you’re working on the largest UF blog around you’d be capable of doing twenty seconds of research. Google for the Hunter Kiss series and literally the first search result turns up Liu’s official site and a quote about the heroine, a “…woman covered in living tattoos that peel off her body at night”.

    And as Julie pointed out above, Renee is blue. You may as well be questioning why Mystique is blue on covers from the X-Men comic book series. Again, if you were to shove the title and author into Google you’d know within a matter of seconds that the series is about meta human superheroes and all the covers reflect the powers of the individual featured.

    None of this is to suggest you should be liking the covers mentioned, that’s as subjective as all heck (the orange on Chimera is hideous, if you ask me). But collectively your comments this week seem far more ignorant than witty.

  3. Tamlyn

    I like the Kerry Arthur cover… but I have to disagree with the natural looking pose part of Chris’ comment!