Cover Art Coverage: 13 New Titles!

September 11, 2013 Cover Art Coverage 3

 

Cover Art Coverage

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The Misfortune Cookie (Esther Diamond #6) by Laura Resnick

Expected publication: November 5th 2013 by DAW

Source: Kindle-Aholic’s Pinterest

 

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Esther Diamond’s year gets off to a rocky start when NYPD’s Detective Connor Lopez, who slept with her and then didn’t call, shuts down her current place of employment and gets her arrested. Once she’s out of handcuffs, and with no paying work on the frigid horizon, Esther takes a small role in a grad student’s film project in Chinatown—where her friend semi-retired hit man Lucky Battistuzzi, who escaped Lopez’s sweep at the Little Italy restaurant where Esther works between acting jobs, is hiding out in a Chinese-Italian mortuary.

Esther and Lucky soon realize that something strange is going on in Chinatown, where beautifully handcrafted fortune cookies are inflicting deadly mystical curses on the hapless victims who receive them as gifts—and before long, Esther learns that Detective Lopez is one of the recipients. As preparations for Chinese New Year heat up in the ice-covered neighborhood, when the streets will be filled with costumed lion dancers, firecrackers, and dense crowds, Esther and Lucky summon the help of their friend Max, a semi-immortal mage and semi-solvent bookseller, to help them save Chinatown and Lopez (with whom Esther is not on speaking terms) from a mystical murderer of maniacal menace.

No Author Comment Available.

Kate Says 

So I am really excited about this book in general, but I LOVE this cover. I feel like Esther is wearing more clothes than any other cover in the series, and I love the colors and feel of it. 

Tez Says 

I can handle the pose and outfit. I can handle the dragon. But what the hell is that cracked open? Okay, it’s probably a fortune cookie (took me at least a minute to figure that out – check out the title next time, eejit!), but immediate thought was, “Is that a giant nose broken?” I can has all the smarts, obviously ;-) 

Kristina Says 

Aside from Tez making me see the fortune cookie as a nose (ew!) this cover is pretty neat. I like the stuff bursting out of the cookie-nose. And the title written on the fortune part is a clever idea. I have to go blow my nose now…

Allure (The Hoodoo Apprentice #2) by Lea Nolan

Expected publication: October 1st 2013 by Entangled Teen

Source: Jessica Jackson’s Pinterest

 

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Conjure (The Hoodoo Apprent...

Worst. Summer. Ever.

Emma Guthrie races to learn the hoodoo magic needed to break The Beaumont Curse before her marked boyfriend Cooper’s sixteenth birthday. But deep in the South Carolina Lowcountry, dark, mysterious forces encroach, conspiring to separate Emma and Cooper forever. When Cooper starts to change, turning cold and indifferent, Emma discovers that both his heart and body are marked for possession by competing but equally powerful adversaries.

Desperate to save him, Emma and her twin brother, Jack, risk their lives to uncover the source of the black magic that has allured Cooper and holds him in its grip. Face with the horror of a soul-eating boohag, Emma and Jack must fight to resist its fiendish power to free Cooper long enough to join their strengths and face it together, before it destroys them all.

No Author Comment Available.

Kate Says 

Nothing I can say here that hasn’t been said- beautiful backdrop, tagline that doesn’t match. I do love the glow-y, ethereal feel it has to it, though. 

Tez Says 

Love the forest-y backdrop and the title treatment. But the tagline is just awful, and I don’t like people on covers to look at the camera. 

Kristina Says 

I agree on the beautiful forest backdrop. Everything about the cover is very earthy and enchanted. Then I read the tagline. Thanks tagline for giving the snotty bored teen touch to this otherwise lovely cover.

While We Run (When We Wake #2) by Karen Healey

Expected publication: May 27th 2014

Source: Briggs Library Pinterest

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When We Wake (When We Wake,...

Sequel to When We Wake.

No Author Comment Available.

Kate Says 

This is kind of boring- there’s no sense of motion, and I agree with Tez’s comment that it doesn’t match the title. 

Tez Says 

I really loved the first cover in this series, all frosty from the cryonics. But this one… Sure, you’re running, but you’ve stopped to mug for the camera. I’d prefer to see people running. Not sure why there faces have crack lines. Symbolism of dry Earth? I could believe that. 

Kristina Says 

I like the cracked, dusty look to their faces. Its an interesting contrast to the frosty look of the previous book’s cover. What are they going to do for the next cover? Moisturized faces?

Bitter Sweet Love (The Dark Elements #0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Expected publication: December 1st 2013 by Harlequin Teen

Source: Goodreads

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In a sizzling prequel novella to her new series THE DARK ELEMENTS, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout draws readers into the extraordinary, irresistible world of Wardens and demons.

Dez wasn’t just Jasmine’s crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining balance between good and evil. He was her everything…right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn’t help that Jas’s father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.

And now he’s back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn’t taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again…

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Kate Says 

Not paranormal, not young adult, nothing- I don’t get any idea of what the book is about from the cover. I would be surprised to pick this up and find out there was a gargoyle in it. 

Tez Says 

I’m sorry (no, I’m not), but I really don’t like couples on covers. Because it doesn’t differentiate your book from every other New Adult contemporary romance cover out there. Which therefore seems to signal that your STORY isn’t any different from every other New Adult contemporary romance out there. Just sayin’. 

Kristina Says 

ACTIVATE LENS FLARE EFFECT!!! While I appreciate the washed out look as an attempt to be unique and interesting it is kind of boring. And where is the lens flare coming from besides the actual camera lens that was taking the models’ picture for this cover?

Raging Star (Dust Lands #3) by Moira Young

Expected publication: April 15th 2014 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Source: Goodreads

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Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1)Rebel Heart (Dust Lands, #2)

Saba is ready to seize her destiny and defeat DeMalo and the Tonton…until she meets him and he confounds all her expectations with his seductive vision of a healed earth, a New Eden. DeMalo wants Saba to join him, in life and work, to create and build a healthy, stable, sustainable world…for the chosen few. The few who can pay.

Jack’s choice is clear: to fight DeMalo and try to stop New Eden. Still uncertain, her connection with DeMalo a secret, Saba commits herself to the fight. Joined by her brother, Lugh, anxious for the land in New Eden, Saba leads an inexperienced guerilla band against the powerfully charismatic DeMalo, in command of his settlers and the Tonton militia. What chance do they have? Saba must act. And be willing to pay the price.

No Author Comment Available.

Kate Says 

I’m not a super huge fan of when the series name is larger than the book title, and that brings my enjoyment of this cover down. Otherwise, it totally matches the other covers, and I like how the models are moving. 

Tez Says 

Okay, I’m not usually so superficial, but…that guy is hot! In other news, the “dustlands” look more like sand, and I don’t know why there’s green lighting. Slight lens flare. But I like. Yes, I actually like a cover. Don’t be so surprised, y’all ;-) 

Kristina Says 

That looks more like sand than dust. I’m liking the green light here. It gives off an eerie tone.

Toxic Heart (Mystic City #2) by Theo Lawrence

Expected publication: April 8th 2014 by Delacorte Press

Source: Goodreads

 

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Mystic City (Mystic City, #1)

A city in flames. A trust betrayed. A perfect love destroyed.

Has Aria lost Hunter, her one true love?

Ever since rebellion broke out in Mystic City, pitting the ruling elite against the magic-wielding mystics, Aria has barely seen her boyfriend. Not surprising, since Hunter is the leader of the mystic uprising, and he’ll do whatever it takes to win freedom for his people—even if that means using Aria.

But Aria is no one’s pawn. She believes she can bring the two warring sides together, save the city, and win back the Hunter she fell in love with.

Before she can play peacemaker, though, Aria will need to find the missing heart of a dead mystic. The heart gives untold powers to whoever possesses it, but finding it means seeking out a fierce enemy whose deepest desire is for Aria to be gone—forever.

No Author Comment Available.

Kate Says 

I like it, but I’m not sure what’s going on with his hand there. I like the smokiness though. 

Tez Says 

Is that Cliff Nielsen art? Just an inkling I get. Not a bad thing. Except for the emo bloke. I need less emo on covers. But at least he’s clothed, which gives him an advantage above most other emo blokes on covers. Looks like a lot of fumes in the background – mate, you should probably wear some form of breathing apparatus… 

Kristina Says 

He’s just trying to match the emo-ness of the girl in the first book’s cover. I think the fumes and dirty feel of this cover really reflects the dystopian feel of the story.

Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) by Libba Bray

Expected publication: April 22nd 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Source: Hollywood Crush

 

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The Diviners (The Diviners,...

After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to “read” objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners’ abilities…

Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?

No Author Comment Available.

Kate Says 

I’m agreeing with both Tez and Kristina here. I don’t like the creepy half shown faces with the other half neon green, and the girl definitely looks super weird. 

Tez Says 

Right, because neon colours are so very ’50s. The lighting is so weird: the people are half-shadowed, yet they have green aura. You know what’s good, though? The Australian cover for the first book in the series. Stylish, and doesn’t make me snort. Hopefully my fair Australia won’t get this dodgy LAIR OF DREAMS cover. 

Kristina Says 

In comparison to the Australian version I do have to give this one a down vote. The green lighting is off. I don’t think that its lighting their faces correctly if its coming from behind them. I could be wrong…Are they real models posing or drawings because the guy in front looks normal then the girl looks blurred and like an illustration.

Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine

Expected publication: August 5th 2014 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Source: YA Book Central

 

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There are whispers of a ghost in the slaughterhouse where sixteen-year-old Wen assists her father in his medical clinic—a ghost who grants wishes to those who need them most. When one of the Noor, men hired as cheap factory labor, humiliates Wen, she makes an impulsive wish of her own, and the Ghost grants it. Brutally.

Guilt-ridden, Wen befriends the Noor, including their outspoken leader, a young man named Melik. At the same time, she is lured by the mystery of the Ghost and learns he has been watching her … for a very long time.

As deadly accidents fuel tensions within the factory, Wen must confront her growing feelings for Melik, who is enraged at the sadistic factory bosses and the prejudice faced by his people at the hand of Wen’s, and her need to appease the Ghost, who is determined to protect her against any threat—real or imagined. She must decide whom she can trust, because as her heart is torn, the factory is exploding around her … and she might go down with it.

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Kate Says 

I really LOVE the font on this one. The whole cover is so clean and simple and at the same time super mysterious. I also like that the cover model shows some sort of ethnic heritage- I hope that accurately reflects the character. 

Tez Says 

So pretty. Although it looks like a sheet of frosted plastic. An iron curtain would’ve gone well with the metal title. But still, so awesome as it is. And the story summary itself (not on the cover) refers to a medical clinic – which interests me more :-) 

Kristina Says 

My first reaction was: “OOOO pretty!” Its unique and it would catch my eye in a bookstore. The frosted plastic curtain gives some layers to it and it fits with the factory setting medical clinic in the description. Plastic curtains I assume are prevalent in a slaughterhouse. Or the slaughter house medical clinic in my mind. That came out wrong….

Feral Heat (Shifters Unbound #5.5) by Jennifer Ashley

Expected publication: March 18th 2014 by InterMix

Source: Goodreads

 

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Pride Mates (Shifters Unbou...Primal Bonds (Shifters Unbo...Wild Cat (Shifters Unbound,...Mate Claimed (Shifters Unbo...Tiger Magic (Shifters Unbou...Wild Wolf (Shifters Unbound...

From the author of Lone Wolf comes a paranormal romance about two lovers torn between ecstasy and savagery…

Jace Warden is sent to the Shiftertown in Austin to find a way to free all Shifters from their Collars. But pulling off the Collars can cause Shifters to go mad or kill them outright.

In Austin, Jace meets Deni Rowe, a wolf Shifter with troubles of her own—she was deliberately run down in the road, and while her body has healed, she still has episodes of total memory loss during which she retreats into her pure animal self.

Jace has never met anyone like Deni. Courageous and beautiful, she volunteers to help him test the Collar removal. And as Deni and Jace work together, they feel the mate bond begin. But can Jace help Deni believe she can heal enough to be anyone’s true mate?

This sixteen chapter novella includes a preview of the upcoming Shifters Unbound novel Wild Wolf.

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Kate Says 

No. Just. No. There is way too much going on here and that man has serious man boobs. A little too much photo editing, methinks. 

Tez Says 

Font of the author’s name signals it’s an historical, but the rest of the cover is clearly contemporary. So it seems a bit contradictory, but whatevs. Think the cover would best be served with just the background, and maybe the leopard (or is that a jaguar?). The PhotoShopped shirtless dude is just gratuitous, and tacky on behalf of the cover designer. 

Kristina Says 

It does feel like someone went crazy with the Photoshop. Shirtless guy. Check. Jungle cat. Check. Author’s name. Check. They should just start making these covers with the animals on them and a big heart or something to mark it as a romance. I say this because I like the animals better than the gratuitous shirtless dudes most of the time. This is why I do not design covers.

Killer Frost (Mythos Academy #6) by Jennifer Estep

Expected publication: February 25th 2014 by K-Teen

Source: Goodreads

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I’ve battled the Reapers of Chaos before–and survived. But this time I have a Bad, Bad Feeling it’s going to be a fight to the death … most likely mine.
Yeah, I’ve got my psychometry magic, my talking sword, Vic–and even the most dangerous Spartan on campus at my side, in Logan freaking Quinn, but I’m no match for Loki, the evil Norse god of chaos. I may be Nike’s Champion, but at heart, I’m still just Gwen Frost, that weird Gypsy girl everyone at school loves to gossip about.
Then someone I love is put in more danger than ever before, and something inside me snaps. This time, Loki and his Reapers are going down for good … or I am.

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Kate Says 

She looks super uncomfortable and her eyes look like they are not both pointing the same direction. Weird. 

Tez Says 

How many bloody times do I have to say this? If you know you’re going to be doing actiony stuff (and you’re a urban fantasy heroine, so of course you freaking will), TIE YOUR HAIR BACK! Ponytails are not the enemy – the wind blowing your hair into your face, obscuring your vision is. For feck’s sake, give yourself the best opportunity possible to fight back and win! Also, the sky from the top and the fog from the bottom look far too close together. There should be some kind of background in between. 

Kristina Says 

That is an uncomfortable pose there. Its brighter than the previous books in the series and her whole body is showing! It has a nice epic look and I like the red fog in the back.

Hearts of Chaos (Deadglass #3) by Kira Brady

Expected publication: March 4th 2014 by Zebra

Source: Goodreads

 

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Kate Says 

I agree with Kristina, I love the Seattle skyline and the clouds, and I also like the blue and yellow color scheme they’ve got going on here. But….oh wait, there’s a shirtless, headless, guy who only exists as a torso. Really?! 

Tez Says 

Dude, I am disappointed like you wouldn’t believe. Check out the image BELOW the author’s name: How freaking gorgeous is that? Cloudy Seattle with a hint of sunlight, blue sky – so pretty! And goes well for the colour-and-architecture theme of the other books in the series. But Kensington, you just had to go and eff it up, didn’t you. Couldn’t just let things be unique and stylish. You just had to make it look like every other freaking paranormal romance cover on the market by adding a freaking naked guy. I know I’m not your target market, but you don’t have to insult readers by behaving like you think they’ll only buy something that has a naked guy on the cover. Stereotypes continue to exist when you perpetuate them. For fark’s sake… 

Kristina Says 

The Seattle skyline is gorgeous. Not a fan of the author’s name being so huge but I get it from a marketing standpoint. Oh you want me to comment on random shirtless guy? I am ignoring him and assuming he photobombed the cover right as it was going to print so they couldn’t edit him out. That’s my story and I am sticking to it!

Half Bad (Half Life Trilogy #1) by Sally Green

Expected publication: March 25th 2014 by Viking Juvenile

Source: Mery Snz’s Pinterest

 

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N/A

A stunning, magical debut. An international sensation.

In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and fifteen-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathan’s father is the world’s most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his sixteenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch—or else he will die. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, when there is no one safe to trust—not even family, not even the girl he loves?

In the tradition of Patrick Ness and Markus Zusak, Half Bad is a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive, a story that will grab hold of you and not let go until the very last page.

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Kate Says 

I didn’t even notice the profile until Kristina pointed it out. I’m not a huge fan of the red though, it kind of looks like blood, and the book description doesn’t seem like it is going to be very bloody (I guess I associate blood=vampires). 

Tez Says 

This book was hyped at the Aussie publisher’s shindig last month that I was expecting a mind-blowing cover. Well, I still have my mind (though some would question that), so it’s not blown. The blood-person is nice work, but I hope sideways text isn’t going to be a trend (I’m looking at you, THE WINNER’S CURSE). 

Kristina Says 

Cool effect with the person’s profile though it doesn’t scream anything fantasy and could be just a contemporary thriller novel. And it really doesn’t look YA.

Wakeworld (The Between #2) by Kerry Schafer

Expected publication: January 28th 2014 by Ace

Source: Author’s Website

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Between (The Between, #1)

Vivian Maylor is trying to hold it together. But her attempts to build a life with the man she loves seem doomed by the dragon inside her yearning to break free. Vivian is a dreamshifter, the last line of defense between reality and the dreamworld, and the only one of her kind.

Weston Jennings also believes he is the only one of his kind. He fears his powers as a dreamshifter, and resists learning to control them. After suffering a tragic loss, Weston heads deep into the woods of the Pacific Northwest to embrace a safe life of solitude. But when a terrible mistake leads to an innocent’s death, his guilt drives him to his former home, where he encounters what he never thought he would find: another shifter.

Now Vivian and Weston must work together to defeat a new threat to the dreamworld.

No Author Comment Available.

Kate Says 

I like this- the blue is great, the dragon in the background is great, and the cover model’s hair is great. But the hands on the hips weirdness with the appearance of super sucking in the stomach….not a fan. 

Tez Says 

Yay, she’s wearing clothes. No bare midriffs or cleavage, so she’s a step above your average urban fantasy cover heroine. No sign of a gun or blade, which means she doesn’t require weapons to kick arse. I like the mountain – which we could see more of the setting. The dragon, though… Of all the supernatural creatures out there, I just can’t take dragons seriously. Possibly because I’m an eejit, or maybe because I’m not used to them. Dragons are commonly linked with traditional/epic/high fantasy, and I avoid that genre. 

Kristina Says 

They freed the dragon from the globe in the previous book’s cover!!! Fly free dragon! Its a very typical urban fantasy cover with the model posing in some weird way. Why are her hands placed on her hips that awkwardly? Is she trying to flatten out her tummy? *stage whisper* “You don’t need to do that!”

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3 Responses to “Cover Art Coverage: 13 New Titles!”

  1. Kerry Schafer

    This was great fun, although I think you all may have caused poor Vivian to sneak off the cover in search of ice cream and a bottle of wine. :) Tez, you’re spot on about the dragon – the books lean toward a traditional fantasy feel at times, so probably are not a read for you!

    Thanks for including WAKEWORLD in the rundown.

  2. Danya

    That Jennifer Ashley cover truly is awful! Not to mention how disappointing the US cover for Lair of Dreams looks. That cover is the perfect example of why I try not to buy the first book in a series until cover art for the second has been released: the art doesn’t always match and the re-boots are usually worse than the originals.

  3. Tamlyn

    As pretty as Of Metal and Wishes is, absolutely nothing about it says fantasy or scifi or supernatural or anything to me.