Cover Art Coverage: 13 New Titles!

September 4, 2013 Cover Art Coverage 1

 

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Several times this post I found myself using the word “retro” as if it were pejorative, but upon further reflection I really meant “dated” or “tired”.  I love a good retro cover, something classic and clean that evokes a specific era, but something about the homages to the pulpy covers of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s don’t make me nostalgic, they turn me off.  Harlequin’s Nocturne series in particular suffers from this when I’m evaluating new covers.  I see the style they were going for, they’re doing it “well”, I just don’t like it.  What type of covers fall in your blindspot?

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World After (Penryn & the End of Days #2) by Susan Ee

Expected publication: November 19th 2013 by Skyscape

Source: Entertainment Weekly

 

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Angelfall (Penryn & the End...

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In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world. When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken. Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go. Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

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Kate Says 

I love the colors but it’s kind of plain. 

Julia Says 

Gorgeous and evocative.  Without taking a look at the description, I was expecting a magical apocalypse. Though I was hoping dragons, angels fit as well.

Kristina Says 

I love the bat (?) wings.

Chasing Before (The Memory Chronicles #2) by Lenore Appelhans

Expected publication: August 26th 2014 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Source: USA Today

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Felicia and Neil have left Level 2 behind, but another level stands between them and Heaven: Level 3. While the purpose of Level 2 is to relive your time on Earth and make peace with your memories, the objective of Level 3 is to completely detach from life and prepare for your divine vocation. During Felicia and Neil’s training period, a series of explosions destroy the portals out of Level 3. Tension is high, and casualties are mounting. Though Neil wants to become either a Muse or a Healer to help, Felicia is drawn to the Seraphim Guard. A rift forms between the pair, one that grows wider when Felicia receives memories of her life that occur after her supposed death. The memories cast doubt on the people she loves the most, but Felicia can’t stop her curiosity. She has to know the truth about her life before she moves on–if she can manage to evade old enemies long enough to find a way out of Level 3.

“I love this cover for Chasing Before because it fits the story perfectly. In book one, The Memory of After (published in hardcover as Level 2, available in e-book now and coming out in paperback on Sept. 3), Felicia’s character arc was all about seeking redemption. And now in book two, she’s being tempted back down a darker path. With Chasing Before, I wanted to explore that balance between holding on to the past and carving out a better future.” – Lenore Appelhans

Kate Says 

Doesn’t tell us much about what type of book it is- the redesign of the series is cool, but looks a little more like contemporary YA, and not fantasy. 

Julia Says 

I get that this isn’t a huge departure from book one, but I heard a needle scratch when I enlarged this picture.  It’s so earnestly on the nose it circles back around into parody.  I expect this model to have a ray gun strapped to her hip, just outside the frame of this picture.  Overdone, awkward make-up, pose, and prop “floating orbs”, I’m not feeling it.

Kristina Says 

Interesting cover. It took me a few minutes to get used to the bubbles as they look distracting at first and like they don’t belong on the cover. But they do give off an interesting light.

Slightly Spellbound (Southern Witch #4) by Kimberly Frost

Expected publication: May 2014 by Berkley Mass Market Paperback

Source: Author’s Facebook

 

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With two kinds of magick at odds inside her and two gorgeous men vying for her attention, Tammy Jo Trask is used to being pulled in opposite directions. But in the latest Southern Witch novel she’ll have to make some serious decisions—like how she intends to stay alive. Tammy Jo’s romance with the wizard Bryn Lyons is on hold while her ex-husband is in town trying to remind her of the good old days. Choosing between them isn’t easy, and it doesn’t help that a skeletal creature is spying on her, a faery knight is hunting her, and she just made friends with Evangeline Rhodes—a rich witch who thinks her own family is trying to kill her. When Evangeline disappears under suspicious circumstances, Tammy Jo is determined to find out what happened. As she uncovers a secret more dangerous—and personal—than she could have imagined, she also discovers that, in both love and magic, you can’t stay neutral forever.

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Kate Says 

I like this a lot except for the fact that she looks so uncomfortable in the post in the window! But I love the colors and how she sticks out. 

Julia Says 

If you *have* to have a floating animal head (and this series seems to feel you do), but this the best possible outcome.  Classic UF strut, her perch on the windowsill echoes the cat over her shoulder, and the pop of her red hair looks great.

Kristina Says 

I liked the previous covers and this cover is stylistically different from them. I like it. She really pops out from the rest of the cover. I also like the cat drawing in the background.

White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Expected publication: March 2014 by Harlequin Teen

Source: MTV Hollywood Crush

 

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One kiss could be the last Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses. Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever. Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul. But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

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Kate Says 

I agree with Kristina, not very YA at all. Plus, it looks like his tattoo is going to eat her. 

Julia Says 

I get that he’s *supposed* to be a demon, but that cover still makes him look like a teenager with a gigantic tattoo.  Which for whatever reason seems pretty trashy to me, but that may just be me being old and crotchety.

Kristina Says 

Doesn’t look very YA. As the cover was loading I was saying ‘please don’t be shirtless, please!’ and he is shirtless…with a tribal tattoo. Why do you hate me cover?

Torn from the Shadows (Sierra Fox #4) by Yolanda Sfetsos

Cover Art: Kanaxa

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Source: Team Tynga’s Reviews

 

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Kate Says 

This series’ covers are always so creepy, and I love how this one is a little different than the rest. The model is so serious- I love it. 

Julia Says 

I love the color pallette and the hair, just not sure if her gun is pressed against a bare thigh or not.  

Kristina Says 

The colors are amazing and its got a dark, moody look to it. I am so used to seeing huge guns and swords that that hand gun looks quaint.

Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires #1) by Chloe Neill

Expected publication: March 4th 2014 by Roc

Source: Author’s Blog

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Untitled (Divergent, #3)

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The First Chicagoland Vampires Novel They killed me. They healed me. They changed me. Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn’t exactly glamorous, but I was doing fine until Chicago’s vampires announced their existence to the world. When a rogue vampire attacked me, I was lucky he only got a sip. Another bloodsucker scared him off and decided the best way to save my life was to make me the walking undead. Now I’ve traded sweating over my thesis for learning to fit in at a Hyde Park mansion full of vamps loyal to Ethan, Lord o’ the Manor” Sullivan. Of course, as a tall, green-eyed, four-hundred-year-old vampire, he has centuries’ worth of charm, but unfortunately he expects my gratitude—and servitude. Right… But someone’s out to get me. Is it the rogue vampire who bit me? A vamp from a rival House? An angry mob bearing torches? My initiation into Chicago’s nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war—and there will be blood.

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Kate Says 

I really like that Merit looks older in these cover- I feel like she looks so young on the trade paperback version of Some Girls Bite. Plus, this outfit is trademark Merit- a chapter does not go by in this series without her putting on some leather pants. 

Julia Says 

Bigger cover, now with more awkward!  I always liked how the first Chicagoland Vampires cover still showed Merit as a slightly more human, jeans-wearing grad student, so I’m not a fan of the model change or her attire.  But the worst is that half squat they have her in.  Is she trying to adjust herself in the pants?  Perhaps this is the “Little Miss Look at my Butt” they mentioned in Heart and Souls?  

Kristina Says 

Love these new Chicagoland Vampires series covers! She’s wearing soooo much leather! I don’t know about the mobility issues involved with leather pants but she looks cool in it.

Nightmaster (Nightsiders #2) by Susan Krinard

Expected publication: December 3rd 2013 by Harlequin

Source: Author’s Pinterest

 

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Daysider (Nightsiders, #1)

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In the Nightsiders miniseries, New York Times bestselling author Susan Krinard delves into two very different worlds, each filled with lust and power Rumors of war are rumbling in the vampire city of Erebus. Undercover agent Trinity Ward must pose as a blood slave to unearth the truth and keep the peace between vampires and humans. Acting now as a serf to Ares, a powerful Bloodmaster Trinity must give herself to him. Yet one look into his striking eyes turns submission into burning desire. The fiery beauty has the same effect on Ares, but as their passion grows so do the risks. Now Trinity’s betrayal could cost her the mission and the man she loves.

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Kate Says 

I’m more interested in what’s going on inside that room then the guy. He does look like he fell asleep, which is, I am pretty sure, not what they were going for. 

Julia Says 

Edward Cullen and Deputy Leo D’Mato have a love child… and he is ashamed.  I’m already exhaustively on the record about not liking Nocturne’s retro covers, this is one more brick in the wall. 

Kristina Says 

Shhhh. He fell asleep on the ledge while attempting to brood. This is why you brood standing up people!

Dark Wolf Running (Bloodrunners #5) by Rhyannon Byrd

Expected publication: December 3rd 2013

Source: Author’s Pinterest

 

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Kate Says 

This is a little weird- I have no idea where they would be going, since there is water right in front of them, and it looks like they are planning on running somewhere. I do, however, like the very subtle reflection of the wolf in the water. 

Julia Says 

Oh sweet heavens, I can do this!  LeeLoo leaves Bruce Willis for Thor, who contracted lycanthropy, and she rides him off into the sunset… in the gloomy woods… under that freaking 80’s blue wash that I hate… I know, I know what you’re saying!  “But Julia, what about the reflection of a wolf with *flame eyes* in the pond? What the heck is that all about?”  We don’t talk about the flame-eyed wolf, Dear Readers, we don’t talk about him lest he get angry.

Kristina Says 

I know they are trying to look dark and epic looking but I keep thinking she’s getting ready to get on his back for a piggyback ride. I am also confused about where the lower half of his body is exactly.

Erased (Altered #2) by Jennifer Rush

Expected publication: January 7th 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Source: Pinterest

 

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Altered (Altered, #1)

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They thought they had escaped. They were wrong. After fleeing the Branch with Sam, Cas, and Nick, Anna is trying to make sense of the memories resurfacing from her old life. At the same time, she’s learning how to survive in hiding, following Sam’s rules: Don’t draw attention to yourself. Always carry a weapon. Know your surroundings. Watch your back. Then a figure from Anna’s childhood reappears. Is it a Branch setup, or could it be the reunion Anna has hoped for? Uncertain of where her loyalties lie, Anna must fight to learn the truth — before she is betrayed again. Ultimately, the answers hinge on one question: What was the real reason her memories were erased? Jennifer Rush delivers a thrilling sequel to Altered in a novel packed with mysteries, lies, and surprises that are sure to keep readers guessing until the last page is turned.

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Kate Says 

I really wish that boy was wearing a shirt. He looks like he is 10 years old. 

Julia Says 

The title treatment on ERASED does a good job implying SciFi elements.  Also, it covers nipples.  Fair play on the nipple coverage.

Kristina Says 

I like the title font and the grid in back of it.

Realm Walker (Realm Walker #1) by Kathleen Collins

Expected publication: October 28th 2013 by Carina Press

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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An estranged mate, a mangled body and a powerful demon who calls her by name… As a Realm Walker for the Agency, Juliana Norris tracks deadly paranormal quarry using her unique ability to see magical signatures. She excels at her job, but her friends worry about her mysterious habit of dying in the line of duty without staying dead. That’s only the first of her secrets. Most people don’t know Juliana became the mate of master vampire Thomas Kendrick before he abandoned her seven years ago. Most people don’t know the horrors she endured at the hands of the vampire he left in command. Most people don’t know her true parentage, or why a demon on a world-threatening rampage has taken a personal interest in her… Even as Juliana pursues the demon, it goes after all she holds dear—including Thomas, who is back to claim her for his own. But if she can’t reconcile her past and learn to trust herself again, she will lose him forever.

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Kate Says 

This one just isn’t doing it for me. I’m not entirely sure why- maybe it’s all the red? 

Julia Says 

Even Realm Walkers have to put on their leather pants, one long-ass zipper at a time.  I like the color and the vibe, very Blade meets The Matrix, still, a bit over the top.

Kristina Says 

Very cool. I like the very fast moving lights racing on the road there. And its nice to see a short haired heroine on a cover. Short haired people represent!!

The Fearless by Emma Pass

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Source: Amy K’s Pinterest

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The Fearless. An army, powered by an incredible new serum that makes each soldier stronger, sharper, faster than their enemies. Intended as a force for good, the serum has a terrible side-effect – anyone who takes it is stripped of all humanity, empathy, love. And as the Fearless sweep through the country, forcing the serum on anyone in their path, society becomes a living nightmare. Cass remembers the night they passed through her village. Her father was Altered. Her mother died soon after. All Cass has left is her little brother – and when Jori is snatched by the Fearless and taken to their hellish lair, Cass must risk everything to get him back.

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Kate Says 

I also like the colors, and I really like her very practical boots! 

Julia Says 

This is the UK cover, but I have fingers crossed that it gets broad publication in this cover.  I love this cover model, with her stubborn chin and dirty t-shirt.  Her forthright gaze, her tired crouch, and that scary landscape behind her make me very invested in this story, before I even look at the description.

Kristina Says 

The blues and purples are really pretty. The colors fit with the tone of the book’s description.

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One Response to “Cover Art Coverage: 13 New Titles!”

  1. Jennifer @ The Book Nympho

    When I first looked at the new cover for Some Girls Bite I really liked it because it fits in with the later covers but after reading Julia’s response to it I agree.

    The other cover summed up Merit at that time better with the jeans. She didn’t really get into the leathers til book 2 or 3.

    So for look wise I like the new cover but since I’ve read the series I like the feel of the old cover.