Cover Art Coverage: 17 New Titles!

February 19, 2014 Cover Art Coverage 2

 

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While Photoshopped tattoos are my pet peeve, realistic tattoos aren’t enough to save an otherwise flawed cover.  Leanna from Mostly a Book Blog is here this week, joining Kate and I to comment on floating superheroes, headless hunks, and surreal dreamscapes.

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Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann

Expected publication: September 23rd 2014 by Greenwillow Books

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Christine Heppermann’s powerful collection of free verse poems explore how girls are taught to think about themselves, their bodies, their friends–as consumers, as objects, as competitors. Based on classic fairy tale characters and fairy tale tropes, the poems range from contemporary retellings to first person accounts set within the original stories. From Snow White cottage and Rapunzel’s tower to health class and the prom, these poems are a moving depiction of young women, society, and our expectations. Poisoned Apples is a dark, clever, witty, beautiful, and important book for teenage girls, their sisters, their mothers, and their best friends.

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Kate Says 

I like the font, and the red cape, but the tag line is really strange. 

Julia Says 

I love the waterfall of red across this cover, but the proportion of the text to the image doesn’t really work for me.

Leeanna Says 

A good twist on the “pretty dress” trend. I like the cape, it looks like a river of blood, which works with the title.

Hellhole by Gina Damico

Expected publication: January 6th 2015 by HMH Books for Young Readers

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A devil is a bad influence . . . There was a time when geeky, squeaky-clean Max Kilgore would never lie or steal or even think about murder. Then he accidentally unearths a devil, and Max’s choices are no longer his own. The big red guy has a penchant for couch-surfing and junk food—and you should never underestimate evil on a sugar high. With the help of Lore, a former goth girl who knows a thing or two about the dark side, Max is racing against the clock to get rid of the houseguest from hell before time—and all the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos this side of the fiery abyss—run out. Gina Damico, author of the Croak series, once again delivers all the horror, hilarity, and high-stakes drama that any kid in high school or hell could ever handle.

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Kate Says 

This looks like a broken version of the Kool-aid man. With a devil’s tail, I guess? 

Julia Says 

This cover is freaking me out.  A literal “hell hole” makes me think of other holes… and it’s red… and there’s a tail.  It’s just creeping me out.

Leeanna Says 

This looks like a novella cover instead of a full length book. But I do like it, the tail as the mouth is fun.

Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker

Expected publication: October 21st 2014 by HarperTeen

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There’s something about the swamp in Sticks, Louisiana. Something different, something haunting . . . something alive. Everyone knows this, and everyone avoids going near it. And even the Mardi Gras–bead-decorated fence that surrounds it keeps people away.

Until one morning when Sterling Saucier’s older brother Phineas runs into the swamp . . .

And doesn’t return.

Instead, a girl named Lenora May climbs out in his place, and all of a sudden, no one in Sticks remembers Phin at all. They treat Lenora May as if she’s been Sterling’s sister forever.

Sterling needs to figure out what the swamp’s done with her beloved brother and how Lenora May is connected to his disappearance—but first she’s got to find someone who believes her.

Heath Durham might be that someone. A loner shrouded behind rumors of drug addiction, Heath has had his own strange experience with the swamp. He and Sterling will have to piece together enough bits of memory and ancient swamp lore to get to the truth. But as the wild swamp encroaches on their town, Sterling and Heath may find a lot more than they expected . . . and Phin may be lost to them forever.

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Kate Says 

So I really don’t understand when the picture is intertwined with the cover image, because it cuts out parts of the letters inconsitently, and makes it kind of hard to read. It looks cool, but it makes me have to focus harder. And God forbid I have to spend time on anything.

Julia Says 

Cool concept, but a little too dark in this image.  Hopefully it brightens up a bit in person.

Leeanna Says 

Love the treatment on “Wild.” I also like how the rest of the title is woven into the branches.

Blind Faith (Sin Brothers #3) by Rebecca Zanetti

Expected publication: May 6th 2014 by Forever

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A betrayal he couldn’t forget . . .

For Nate Dean, love is a four-letter word. As part of a secret black-ops military unit, he and his brothers were genetically engineered by the government to be ruthless soldiers with an expiration date. They were loyal only to one another . . . until Nate laid eyes on the woman who stole his heart and blew his world apart. Now, years later, his family is still paying the price for his mistake. But as time runs out, there’s only one person who can save his family: the very woman Nate swore he’d never trust again.

A love she couldn’t deny . . .

The moment Audrey Madison spies Nate across a crowded ballroom, she can barely breathe. He’s just as undeniably sexy as she remembers, yet there’s an edge to him now that’s as irresistible as it is dangerous. When he asks for her help, Audrey can’t refuse. But she has secrets of her own-secrets that, if Nate ever discovers them, may cost them both their lives . . .

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Kate Says 

This looks like a romantic suspense novel. At least his stomach doesn’t have weird bumps on his abs. 

Julia Says 

The white text at his waist looked like his underwear was peaking out.  Also, there’s a few comments about his night stick I want to make… or maybe about his billy club?  Ok cover, but I’m not a fan of this shade of yellow.

Leeanna Says 

Not sure why this guy is headless. He also blends into the background too much for me.

Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

Expected publication: September 23rd 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

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Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to take her rightful place as the witch of Prince Island, making the charms that keep the island’s whale men safe and prosperous at sea. But before she could learn how to control her power, her mother, the first Roe woman in centuries to turn her back on magic, stole Avery away from her grandmother. Avery must escape from her mother before her grandmother dies, taking with her the secrets of the Roes’ power.

When Avery awakens from a dream foretelling her own murder, she realizes time is running short—for her and for the people of her island, who, without the Roes, will lose their ships and the only life they know.

With the help of Tane, a tattooed harpoon boy from the Pacific Islands, Avery plots her escape from her mother and unravels the mysteries of her mother’s and grandmother’s pasts. Becoming a witch may prevent her murder and save her island from ruin, but Avery discovers it will also require a sacrifice she never expected—one she might not be able to make.

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Kate Says 

Simple- but effective. The knot and rope is great, it really gives the idea of the sea and boats. 

Julia Says 

The exposure on this cover is a little extreme for my tastes, but I really like the title font and how that rope draws my eye around the cover.

Leeanna Says 

This is way too simple. The rope looks cheap, the font is boring. Meh.

To Die Fur (Whiskey, Tango & Foxtrot Mystery #2) by Dixie Lyle

Expected publication: August 26th 2014 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks

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Deirdre “Foxtrot” Lancaster is back. With trusted companions Whiskey and Tango, she’s on the prowl for a brand-new predator… Deirdre has her hands full, as usual. Working as as a Jill-of-all-trades for a zany billionaire like Zelda Zoransky means the daily grind is closer to a juggling act, and this week is no exception—especially when her side job is directing spiritual traffic in Zelda’s pet cemetery. With ZZ hosting a party for some of the world’s wealthiest animal collectors and a rare albino liger named Augustus in residence at the private zoo, Foxtrot is ready for trouble to take a big bite out of her schedule… TO DIE FUR.  She doesn’t have to wait long. The half-ton big cat is dead, and there’s a houseful of colorful suspects, each one wackier than the next. But if they were all bidding to buy him, who would want Augustus dead? With the help of Tango’s feline telepathy and Whiskey the canine shapeshifter, Foxtrot learns that there’s much more to Augustus than meets the eye. Now they just have to sniff out a killer before any more fur flies…  “A delightful, funny filled with eccentric and colorful characters, be they humans, animals or spirits. Dixie Lyle will entertain the reader page after page!”—Leann Sweeney, New York Times bestselling author of the Cats in Trouble mysteries

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Kate Says 

These covers really make me think of standard mystery novels – no paranormal indication at all. Especially with the cheesy “fur” in the title (which I get, but it doesn’t make it any less cheesy). 

Julia Says 

Emo cat is emo.  I’m not a big fan of this yellow wash, but over all an ok cover.  Clearly it’s about cats and death, though I don’t see anything indicating a paranormal element.

Leeanna Says 

It fits the first cover in the series. I like the orange/yellow colors used, too.

Under the Final Moon (Underworld Detection Agency #6) by Hannah Jayne

Expected publication: August 5th 2014 by Kensington

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Kate Says 

Her shirt is terrible, and looks uncomfortable, and it also looks like her hair is on fire and the way she’s gripping the sword is strange. But very urban fantasy/paranormal. So good? 

Julia Says 

I’m not sure how I feel about this cover.  On one hand, the fire is great, but I can’t look away from her chest.  That bustier is designed to draw the eye right in… and that’s really not what I’m looking for in an Urban Fantasy cover.

Leeanna Says 

Her shirt’s impratical (although that seems to fit with the rest of the covers), but I like her strong stance. I wish the publisher had gone with a different color, since it looks really similar to book one.

The Dark World (Dark World #1) by Cara Lynn Shultz

Expected publication: May 27th 2014 by Harlequin Teen

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Paige Kelly is used to weird–in fact, she probably corners the market on weird, considering that her best friend, Dottie, has been dead since the 1950s. But when a fire demon attacks Paige in detention, she has to admit that things have gotten out of her league. Luckily, the cute new boy in school, Logan Bradley, is a practiced demon slayer-and he isn’t fazed by Paige’s propensity to chat with the dead. Suddenly, Paige is smack in the middle of a centuries-old battle between warlocks and demons, learning to fight with a magic sword so that she can defend herself. And if she makes one wrong move, she’ll be pulled into the Dark World, an alternate version of our world that’s overrun by demons-and she might never make it home.

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Kate Says 

This looks a little like a self-published book cover. The half head, plus the multiple skylines all are a little too busy in the middle of the cover, with a very blah background and font. 

Julia Says 

Cool lighting, but the skyline coming out of her head creeps me out.  I keep staring at the spot where her hair and the buildings meet, it’s too mechanical of a transition to work.

Leeanna Says 

I like how the alternate universe is coming out of the back of her head. I also like when titles are vertical rather than horizontal.

Two (One Universe #2) by LeighAnn Kopans

Published October 1st 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

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Elias and Merrin’s story continues in TWO, coming October, 2013… 

Elias and Merrin are on the run.

After escaping the Biotech Hub, they thought they could breathe easy, or at least a little easier. But when bombs slam into the Social Welfare Hub only hours after their arrival, it becomes clear there’s nowhere to hide – and no end to what Biotech will do to get them back.

Their last chance for safety and answers is the Clandestine Service Hub. CS has intel on the real, broader purpose behind Fisk’s experiments , and the newfound knowledge of the horrors hidden deep within Biotech’s walls sends Merrin back to recover a secret formula that could ruin the Supers’ world forever—and might just save the lives of the Biotech victims spiraling out of control.

Elias’ sisters are counted among the victims of Fisk’s experiments, and if Elias can’t find and help them, their powers will destroy them–sooner rather than later. Returning to the place it all began terrifies him, but with Fisk ready to make an example out of Merrin, and his sisters’ lives –and the lives of all Supers–hanging in the balance, he might not have a choice. If he can’t find the courage to face his worst fears, Elias might lose more than his newfound powers.

He might lose everyone he loves.

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Kate Says 

This looks very X-Men, I love it. It’s very classy and lovely. 

Julia Says 

Wow, very trippy.  I love it! His constellation wings.

Leeanna Says 

A guy on the cover of a YA?? Score! The colors are soothing to my eye, and the cover really matches the first book’s.

The Sandman Overture (The Sandman: Overture #1) by Neil Gaiman

Published October 30th 2013 by Vertigo (DC Comics)

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Twenty-five years since THE SANDMAN changed the landscape of modern comics, Neil Gaiman’s legendary series is back!

THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE heralds New York Times best-selling writer Neil Gaiman’s return to the art form that made him famous, ably abetted by artistic luminary JH Williams III (BATWOMAN, PROMETHEA), whose lush, widescreen images provide an epic scope to The Sandman’s origin story. From the birth of a galaxy to the moment that Morpheus is captured, THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE will feature cameo appearances by fan-favorite characters such as The Corinthian, Merv Pumpkinhead and, of course, the Dream King’s siblings: Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction and Destiny.

“People have often asked me what happened to Morpheus to make it possible for him to be captured in THE SANDMAN #1,” Gaiman said. “And now they get to find out. And finding out, they get to learn secrets of the Endless that I’ve kept to myself for 25 years. Family secrets. And I should warn you: one of the Endless dies on page five.”

The first issue of this 6-issue, bimonthly miniseries features a stunning double-page interior foldout.

This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

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Kate Says 

I do not like this it creeps me out. That’s all. 

Julia Says 

Gorgeous and creepy, the distortion in this cover is perfect for a dreamscape.

Leeanna Says 

Is it just me, or is his leg floating in space?

Breach Zone (Shadow Ops #3) by Myke Cole

Published January 28th 2014 by Ace

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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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Kate Says 

I enjoy the fact that this is very clearly got some paranormal aspects to it- the lighting in the hands and the tagline that references X-Men makes it clear. The colors are boring, but the elements are good. 

Julia Says 

These covers do such a great job mixing military and paranormal.

Leeanna Says 

I like it, but the background colors are a little too similar to their fatigues.

The Problem with Promises (Mystwalker #3) by Leigh Evans

Expected publication: February 25th 2014 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks

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NEVER MAKE A PROMISE…

Robson Trowbridge, the Alpha of Creemore and my gorgeous mate, tries to protect me, Hedi Peacock, half-Fae, half-were, from all the trouble I get into. The thing is, my past is pretty messy and bad guys keep knocking down my door. Witches, thug bikers, the North American Council of Weres, dark magic Fae, and even an evil wizard are all after me. The Old Mage is the only one I really care about: He has my dear twin brother captive on the other side of the Gates of Merenwyn—not cool. So my alpha love is helping me to keep my promise to free my brother…

YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO KEEP.

Unfortunately, everyone who helps me ends up in a heap of trouble too—including my Trowbridge. Now, I admit I’ve had my moments as a shivering coward, hoping he will come to my brave rescue. The whole Prince Charming thing is hard to shake. But these bad guys after me mean business and those damsel in distress days are over. You know that “last straw” metaphor? That was two straws ago. It’s now or never. Again…

 “A brilliant new take on fairies, werewolves, and magic…I am officially addicted.”

—Chloe Neill, New York Times bestselling author

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Kate Says 

Maybe it’s because red isn’t my favorite color, but I do not like this one as much as I liked the previous cover in the series. The perspective is weird and I really want to know why is her shirt falling off? She is standing still so it isn’t like she’s running for her life and doesn’t have time to grab it and pull it back on.  

Julia Says 

This cover reminds me of a brand of gritty, Southern, no-nonsense mystery that I enjoyed reading.  Usually with a vaguely ominous or sardonic title (check), and a badass woman who looks like she’s been through some shit (check).  Add a wolf, and we have what looks like a gritty, no-nonsense Urban Fantasy.  Bonus points for a naturally posed wolf,and I I would like this cover even more if there wasn’t a dude running between her legs. 

Leeanna Says 

All I can see is the guy between her legs. Bad positioning 101.

The Life Beyond (The Other Life #2) by Susanne Winnacker

Published August 19th 2013

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Sherry’s dad is infected with the rabies mutation and his only chance at survival lies beyond the deadly fence separating the country: the antidote produced in the labs on the other side. And Sherry isn’t the only one who hopes to save a loved one; Joshua wants nothing more than to have his sister back, but after years as a Weeper she might already be beyond saving. Together with Tyler and Rachel, they set out on what might very well be a suicide mission.

Soon they realize that life beyond the fence is nothing like they had hoped it would be.

As they struggle to survive against brutal military forces, their strength won’t be the only thing put to test. Can love survive in a hopeless world?

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Kate Says 

Here we go again with the pictures intertwined with the words. Better though because the words are clearly visable, but still not a technique I’m a fan of. 

Julia Says 

This is an awesome cover, that happens to look nothing like it’s predecessor.  Still, I love how the ground glows and the sky is dark.

Leeanna Says 

Really different from the first book, but it fits. The tagline/series is really hard to read, though.

Charmed I’m Sure (Pax Arcana #0.5) by Elliott James

Published August 15th 2013 by Orbit

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This is the first in a series of short stories by debut author Elliott James. The first of his novels, Charming, will be out in September 2013.
When Tom Morris encounters a naked man walking along the interstate with no memory of how he got there, the smart thing to do is drive away. The only problem is, Tom Morris has secrets of his own. Like the fact that he comes from a long line of witch finders, monster slayers, and enchantment breakers, or that his real name is Charming. John Charming.

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Kate Says 

I love all of these covers for the novellas for this series. They look so old-school fairy tale, with clean lines and simple colors, they’re really great. 

Julia Says 

Fantastic, I like his modern dress surrounded by fantastical elements.

Leeanna Says 

Nice and clean. I like the colors and the art.

Savage Chains: Captured (Men in Chains #1.5) by Caris Roane

Expected publication: May 27th 2014 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks

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An undercover operative, Reyes is posing as a buyer to bring down an illegal sex-slavery ring operating out of vampire BDSM clubs. His mission—to infiltrate the inner circle and destroy them from the inside out—becomes infinitely more difficult when he recognizes the prize attraction at a slave auction: Angelica, the woman who stole his heart years ago. Against his better judgment, he buys her in order to save her from the club’s brutal customers. But now the woman who holds his heart despises him, believing he’s one of the human traffickers he’s out to destroy. But can he tell his beautiful captive the truth and risk everything?

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Kate Says 

This is terrible. His tattoo plus the curve of his arm muscles makes it look really weird. Plus, “The Thinker” pose is ridiculous. 

Julia Says 

These tattoos look legit, which I like.  The framing of this picture is a little off, though, it makes his trapezius look misshapen and out of scale.

Leeanna Says 

His positioning is so odd it took me a minute to figure out that I was looking at his shoulder.

Savage Chains: Scarred (Men in Chains #1.6) by Caris Roane

Expected publication: June 10th 2014 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks

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Angelica has a choice: leave the vampire BDSM club where she was held captive and sold as a sex slave, or stay and help Reyes bring down the men who captured her.  But if she stays, she must help Reyes complete his undercover mission by posing as his sex slave…which brings her deeper into the perilous underground world of vampire sex clubs.

What she never expects is to get lost in the sensuality of the clubs…and lose herself in her role as Reyes’ captive. But there’s no disguising the brutality of the sex-slave community, and soon Angela begins to question whether Reyes is really who he says he is…and where she belongs.

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Kate Says 

Mildly better than Captured, Less weird and the tattoo looks less strange. But headless = unfortunate. 

Julia Says 

Again, thumbs up for tattoo realism.  Thumb way, way down for those hideous necklaces.  

Leeanna Says 

I’m not a fan of shirtless, muscley guys on covers. The title font is nice, though.

Entwined (Darkest London #3.5) by Kristen Callihan

Published November 5th 2013 by Forever

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Eamon Evernight has always lived in his older brother’s shadow. While his brother is fair of hair and lithe in body, Eamon sparks fear with his fiery locks and massive frame-and rumors of a mysterious power. But when his brother has the good fortune to be betrothed to a beautiful stranger, it’s Eamon’s help-and quick wit and romantic heart–that he needs. Eamon agrees to write the noble lady…a generous offer that will forever leave him a changed man.

Lady Luella Jane Moran has no interest in an arranged marriage and tries valiantly to dissuade her betrothed from afar. Though her own letters plainly state her case, the words her husband-to-be writes her leave her aching for his touch. Will Lu give in to the desire the missives have kindled within her? Or will desire turn cold when she discovers their true author?

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Kate Says 

This is a really good novella cover- really well done and I like the purple with the magic glow around the umbrella.

Julia Says 

A cute novella cover, it shows both the period and the paranormal.

Leeanna Says 

I like all the purple, but there’s something off for me. Maybe the yellow color of the title?

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2 Responses to “Cover Art Coverage: 17 New Titles!”

    • Julia

      Our “cover selector” was miss calibrated this week. THE PROBLEM WITH PROMISES was the only one I recognized before, but boy-howdy, there were a bunch of 2013’s in there.