Cover Art Coverage: 15 New Titles!

March 5, 2014 Cover Art Coverage 1

 

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I don’t do well with tricksy titles (as evidenced by the fact that Kate had to explain to me that NOS4A2 was a “Nosferatu” vanity plate, not a chemical compound), so our lead off cover, ENTRANCED, wasn’t my cup of tea.  How do you guys feel about playful titles that make your head tilt?

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Entranced (Guardian Academy #1) by Jessica Sorensen

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Eighteen year-old Elana Avery’s life has been never been normal. Her best friend’s a vampire, her aunt is a witch, and her mother and father are Keepers, warriors chosen to protect the human race. Elana is supposed to follow in her mother and father’s footsteps and become a Keeper herself—she’s been preparing for it pretty much since the day she was born. So when she’s chosen to become a Guardian, investigators that solve paranormal crimes and murders, her life—and everything she’s worked for—changes in an instant. Elana now has to attend Guardian Academy, a school that trains Guardians. There she meets her partner, Luca Gray. Luca is smart, cocky, sexy, and drives Elena crazy. He also happens to be a werewolf. Despite Elena’s confliction with Luca, her training and new life seems to be going well. That is until her grandfather is murdered by a demon. Elena wants nothing more to find the demon that did it, even if it means seeking help from Luca. But as she digs deeper into solving the case, she discovers that there might be more to her family and the Academy than meets the eye. **Mature Content Warning** 17+ for language and sexual content. Paranormal/Dark Fantasy Series. (Spin-off of Shattered Promises/Fallen Star Series about Gemma and Alex’s daughter, but you do not need to read either series to read Guardian Academy).

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Libbie Says 

Good on the urban fantasy elements, but the woman’s chest thrust looks very uncomfortable and I’m not sure if the way they broke up the title really works. The first words I saw were RAN and CED and my mind processed it as “Rancid” 

Julia Says 

That title arrangement?  Gross.  I got a headache just reading it, and not everyone can instantly pull up Goodreads to figure out what the book they’re looking at is called.  Plus one one hundredth of a point for having the word “cocky” on the cover.

Kristina Says 

Ent,Ran,Ced is how I read the title which I looked at first. I guess if you were looking to attract people looking for good fiction involving Ents (aka those talking trees form Lord of the Rings) that’d be good… Other than the title confusion I agree with Libbie that the chest thrusting action looks uncomfortable.

Gambit (The Prodigy Chronicles #1) by C. L. Denault

Published March 2014 by REUTS Publications, LLC

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In Earth’s battle-ridden future, humans have evolved. Those with extraordinary skills rise to power and fame. Those without live in poverty. Sixteen-year-old Willow Kent believed she was normal. But when a genetically-advanced military officer shows up in her village and questions her identity, long-buried secrets begin to emerge. With remarkable skills and a shocking genetic code the Core and its enemies will do anything to obtain, Willow suddenly finds the freedom she craves slipping through her fingers. Greed, corruption, and genetic tampering threaten every aspect of her existence as she’s thrust, unwilling, into the sophisticated culture of the elite Core city. To ensure peace, she must leave the past behind, marry a man she’s never met, and submit to the authority of a relentless officer with a hidden agenda of his own. Her life has become a dangerous game. How much will she sacrifice in order to win?(

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Libbie Says 

Seriously love this one. The tagline at the top, the butterfly/sword mashup and that little drop of blood to add some ominous color. 

Julia Says 

I like how the butterfly and the dagger are integrated, but the obscured portions make this cover look a little empty.  Perhaps if the title were larger?  I dig that font.

Kristina Says 

Love the dagger with the blood dripping off of it. The butterfly wings look like they are dead or dried up…They give a creepy effect to the cover.

Die and Stay Dead by Nicholas Kaufmann

Expected publication: September 30th 2014 by St. Martin’s Griffin

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Libbie Says 

Nothing really jumps out, no pun intended, but has a nice creepy feel to it that makes me want to put on my Zelda Rubinstein and start telling him to turn away from the light. 

Julia Says 

It’s funny how much I’ve come to expect the title/ tagline/ quote format of a cover, without two of those three elements this practically looks like a meme.  A gorgeous, to the point meme, though, so I’m in favor.

Kristina Says 

I like a gritty looking cover but this one goes too far and hides the details behind the grit. Is this fog and are those aliens coming after him? What are the things with the glowing eyes? Gargoyles?

Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin #3) by Robin LaFevers

Expected publication: November 4th 2014 by HMH Books for Young Readers

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Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own. She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn’t mean she has…

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Libbie Says 

As visually impressive as the rest of the series. More of a historical feel to it than urban fantasy, but it’s so beautiful I don’t care. Who doesn’t like a kick ass chick with an arrow knocked and castles in the background? 

Julia Says 

“A young girl’s heartwarming battle to go out and kill people”.  I love this series, I love the warmth of the colors on this cover, I’m just filled with love all over.

Kristina Says 

It’s an extra from the Lord of the Rings/Hobbit! I haven’t seen too many bow and arrows on covers lately so this is nice. It fits the historical fiction genre its going for.

Dark Sacrifice (Dark Paradise #2) by Angie Sandro

Expected publication: August 5th 2014 by Forever Yours

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A GIFT AND A CURSE Mala LaCroix sees dead people—really. After using her psychic gifts to catch a killer, she’s locked in a psych ward and must strike a deal with the devil to secure her release. Apprenticed to a dark arts practitioner, Mala vows to free herself and save her loved ones from danger. But she doesn’t know who to turn to when her crush on Landry Prince turns into something more serious. A FATE WORSE THAN DEATH Landry has sacrificed everything to protect Mala. A near-death experience changes him forever, and now he, too, possesses supernatural powers he doesn’t understand. Mala and Landry must band together to defeat the dark forces—both human and otherworldly—who would use their abilities for evil. Even as they fall for each other, they must prepare to battle for their very souls . . .

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Libbie Says 

Follows the first cover and I like the scripting overlaying the first word of the title, but it doesn’t provoke any feeling in me one way or the other. 

Julia Says 

This cover heads in the right direction with the old book background, but that rain-covered leaf does not say “dark” or “ominous” to me.  Add to that pretty, lavender swirls, and this is dark powers as a five year old.

Kristina Says 

I like the cursive script but this cover is just ok. I don’t know if I would pick it up in the store based on the cover.

Trinity Stones (The Angelorum Twelve Chronicles #1) by L. G. O’Connor

Expected publication: April 22nd 2014 by She Writes Press

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Anxiety-ridden New York investment banker, Cara Collins, has little to smile about on her twenty-seventh birthday between a hostile work environment and her impossible romantic situation with her longtime friend and first love, Dr. Kai Solomon. But before the day ends, she learns she has inherited $50 million—a windfall that must remain secret or risk the lives of those close to her. As Cara unravels the truth surrounding her inheritance, she makes a startling discovery: angels walk among the living, and they’re getting ready to engage in a battle that will determine the future of the human race. In the midst of these revelations, she meets mysterious and sophisticated Simon Young, who offers her the promise of romance for the first time since Kai—but when Kai and his daughter are kidnapped by dark forces, Cara must choose: accept her place in a 2,000-year-old prophecy foretold in the Trinity Stones as the First of the Twelve who will lead the final battle between good and evil . . . or risk losing everything she holds dear.

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Libbie Says 

Reminds me of a line from Amadeus: Too many notes. There’s just too much going on. We have shiny things, floaty heads (one rocking a smirk I kind of want to smack) tribal tattoos, bubbles and a city skyline. Dear Art Department: “The hell with it, just put everything on there” was the wrong choice. 

Julia Says 

I like how saturated the colors are on this cover, and his cute smirk, but those two models are supposed to be adults?  I had this pegged at YA.

Kristina Says 

Oh I agree on the smackability of that smirking face. The top of it doesn’t match the bottom at all. Are the bubbles coming out of some stone artifact? Or are those globes of magic? And what do they have to do with that annoying smirking guy.

Prudence (The Custard Protocol #1) by Gail Carriger

Expected publication: March 17th 2015

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Libbie Says 

Another that’s just visually beautiful. From the clockworks in her hat and in the title, the zeppelin and mirror images in the background. 

Julia Says 

This cover looks like an effort to “sex up” Carriger, but it’s not aimed at my demographic.  I like the individual elements, but that Goth cover model brings everything down for me.

Kristina Says 

Those gears on her hat are a wonderful touch! I love the outfit and the Taj Mahal in the background really makes me want to read this book now to see what goes on in India in this book. Oh and The Custard Protocol is an excellent series title.

Red Blooded (Jessica McClain #4) by Amanda Carlson

Expected publication: September 2nd 2014 by Orbit

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After Jessica’s brother is kidnapped and taken to the Underworld, she will stop at nothing to get him back. But before her grueling training is finished, Jessica’s power mixes unexpectedly with the circle and she’s dropped into the Underworld without protection or her escorts.

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Libbie Says 

I get they’re going for the urban fantasy feel, but really, every time I looked at it, my brain kept seeing “Bloodreded.” I do like the portal to hell feel and the freaky red eyes (though, really, what’s going on with her chest? Is there a reason her ribs appear to be sideways? Alien chestburster about to show up?) 

Julia Says 

I like the style of these covers, but the cover model positioning on this one makes her rib cage/ sternum too prominent.  She looks more like a spider than a wolf.  

Kristina Says 

I like the consistancy of these covers and the whole portal leading to lava is kind of neat looking. Her eyes always freak me out. I am taking the whole odd chest thing as that the model just has one of those thin bony chests that look odd in certain lighting.

Mortal Danger (Immortal Games #1) by Ann Aguirre

Expected publication: August 5th 2014 by Feiwel & Friends

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Revenge is a dish best served cold. Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn’t imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She’s not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he’s impossible to forget. In one short summer, her entire life changes, and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take the beautiful people down from the inside. A whisper here, a look there, and suddenly… bad things are happening. It’s a heady rush, seeing her tormentors get what they deserve, but things that seem too good to be true usually are, and soon, the pranks and payback turns from delicious to deadly. Edie is alone in a world teeming with secrets and fiends lurking in the shadows. In this murky morass of devil’s bargains, she isn’t sure who—or what–she can trust. Not even her own mind…

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Libbie Says 

Proving once again that KISS applies to book covers as well. The juxtaposition of dripping blood off an infinity symbol just ups the awesome. 

Julia Says 

What a gorgeous mix of symbols.  This infinity loop also reminds me of an hourglass, and the blood evokes both a Black Widow’s marking and time running out…

Kristina Says 

Its stark and simple. I love the bloody infinity symbol which kind of tells you so much of what the book is about in the simplest way.

Beauty’s Beast by Amanda Ashley

Expected publication: September 2nd 2014 by Zebra

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Libbie Says 

The self-promo of having the author’s name and proclamation of “master storyteller” status at the forefront and the title thrown into a corner like a naughty child notwithstanding…I suddenly want to play Assassin’s Creed. 

Julia Says 

Meh.  Nice lighting and saturation, but that robe is both creepy/ cult-y and unattractive.

Kristina Says 

I know some authors can sell books based on name recognition alone but I feel like the title should be at least closer to the name. It looks like an afterthought. “Oh we forgot to give the book a title. We have some room in the corner!” So who is the Beauty? That spa robe the guy is wearing makes me think he’s the Beauty, right?

Night’s Honor (Elder Races #7) by Thea Harrison

Expected publication: September 2nd 2014 by Berkley

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In USA Today bestselling author Thea Harrison’s latest Novel of the Elder Races, a woman finds herself in need of protection—and seduced by honor… On the run from her former employer, Tess knows that she’s vulnerable on her own amongst the Elder Races. That’s why she decides to audition to become the human attendant of a powerful Vampyre of the Nightkind demesne. But while her position affords her the safety she seeks, her protector turns out to be more than she bargained for. The right-hand man of the Nightkind King, Xavier del Torro is both terrifying and alluring. While his true nature frightens Tess, she can’t ignore the appeal of his innate sense of integrity and self-restraint. Thrown into Xavier’s world, Tess must quickly learn to navigate the dangers—both to her life and to her heart. But the biggest threat comes from her own past….

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Libbie Says 

Finally. A bare-chested guy – I was starting to wonder if I’d ever get one (and this one’s sporting at least a B-cup with his casual hands-in-the-pockets look.) The double purple shirt and possible popped collar aren’t really doing the cover any favors. 

Julia Says 

Oh, Elder Races *shakes head*.  You got my hopes up.  After SERPENT’S KISS and ORACLE’S MOON, I thought you had learned the sexual power of a well placed t-shirt.  Now we’re back to square one.

Kristina Says 

How does one end up with a tucked in shirt and his buttons undone? I remember the whole popped collar trend in college. Is that still a thing? I just can’t get passed the whole unbuttoned shirt thing…

Desire (Brightest Kind of Darkness #4) by P. T. Michelle

Expected publication: April 1st 2014

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Now that Nara and Ethan are working together to uncover the Corvus’ secrets, they’re confident nothing can stop them. But while they’ve learned to anticipate dark, outside forces gunning for them, neither is prepared for the insidious evil that slithers its way into their lives, nor the new challenges that surface so close to home. Despite all the chaos and turmoil around them, the one constant they can depend on is their devotion and loyalty to each other. But as their relationship moves into deeper territory, sometimes the toughest battles are the ones waged within. While the hunt for answers unravels more layers in the Corvus world, they also uncover new truths about themselves and their intricate connection to the powerful raven spirit. When boundaries are suddenly redrawn and control shifts, Ethan and Nara will be forced to make choices that could bring them closer together or rip them apart forever.

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Libbie Says 

It feels like I should see Usain Bolt next to the cover guy, similarly ready for the starter’s pistol for the 100 yard dash. I’m pretty sure those are supposed to be wings, but on first glance it looked like he was carrying a canoe on his back. 

Julia Says 

Less would be more for this cover.  I love those wings and how they come out of his powerful shoulders, but he has too much competition.  Sparkles and light blasting every last detail on the cover (down to each blade of grass) makes this cover feel too busy.  Instead of rich darkness and smoldering we get washed out distraction.  

Kristina Says 

Angel wings can be very pretty but these aren’t. Its an awkward angle to view wings from. The title kind of gets lost in the cover.

Donna of the Dead by Allison Kemper

Published March 4th 2014 by Entangled Publishing

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Donna Pierce might hear voices, but that doesn’t mean she’s crazy. Probably. The voices do serve their purpose, though—whenever Donna hears them, she knows she’s in danger. So when they start yelling at the top of their proverbial lungs, it’s no surprise she and her best friend, Deke, end up narrowly escaping a zombie horde. Alone without their families, they take refuge at their high school with the super-helpful nerds, the bossy class president, and—best of all?—Liam, hottie extraordinaire and Donna’s long-time crush. When Liam is around, it’s easy to forget about the moaning zombies, her dad’s plight to reach them, and how weird Deke is suddenly acting toward her. But as the teens’ numbers dwindle and their escape plans fall apart, Donna has to listen to the secrets those voices in her head have been hiding. It seems not all the zombies are shuffling idiots, and the half-undead aren’t really down with kids like Donna…

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Libbie Says 

Maybe not as stunning as my other favorites on this list, but I still love it. Love among the creepy background zombies, what’s not to like? And, personal thing, I do love a guy rocking a jeans and tank look. 

Julia Says 

Simple and campy, this cover looks homemade but that works with the title.

Kristina Says 

Are those zombies their zombie friends and why are they just staring at these two non-zombs kiss. Its weird but a good kind of weird.

Goddess by Laura Powell

Expected publication: April 10th 2014 by Bloomsbury Childrens

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Strikes. Starvation. Riots. Britain is at breaking-point and Aura is blind to it all. The Cult of Artemis is the only home she’s ever known. Enclosed in its luxury lifestyle, the unrest gripping the country seems to belong to a distant world. Her dream is to serve the Goddess and taking a vow of chastity and obedience seems a small price to pay. But days before Aura is due to be initiated as a Priestess, she meets Aiden, the rebellious son of a cult insider, whose radical ideas and unsettling charm force Aura to question everything – and everyone – she knows.

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Libbie Says 

After all the dark covers, this one feels like someone just switched on the overhead light. I do like the subtle use of the Greek statue in the top corner – Artemis, I assume, given the synopsis. The pink snakes? Not so much. 

Julia Says 

I wouldn’t have expected these colors to work together, but they do.  I’m not sure about the snake symbol, though, it needs a little more oomph.

Kristina Says 

I agree on being blinded by the brightness! After putting on my shades I like the details and the pink snakes.

The Beast of Callaire (The Legend Mirror #1) by Saruuh Kelsey

Expected publication: May 20th 2014

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Yasmin is a descendant of the Manticore. A creature of Persian mythology. A Legendary. But she doesn’t want to be. Unlike the Legendaries in The Red, Yasmin wants nothing more than an ordinary life. She tries to fool herself into believing that she doesn’t change into a beast every full moon and savagely kill innocent people. But when Yasmin starts hearing a voice in her head and is drawn into dreams that aren’t her own, she is led to Fray—a girl who once saved Yasmin from hunters, who has shadowy memories that hint at her having Legendary magic—and Yasmin is catapulted into a life of Majick and malevolence. Despite the danger around her and Fray, Yasmin might finally have a chance at being a normal girl with a normal girlfriend. But with Legendaries being killed, a war between the Gods brewing, and the beast inside Yasmin becoming stronger each moon, her mundane life is little more than a dream.

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Libbie Says 

Something about the “just smelled something icky” look on the cover model’s face and the shadowing in the background don’t do it for me. I kept looking for beast-like things in those shadows and was disappointed to see only trees and…something over the moon image 

Julia Says 

This cover model looks like a real person, I love it (and her hair).  But with all her ferocity, those wings look out of place.  The description says “Manticore”, where’s the sting?

Kristina Says 

What is up with the angel/bird wings? Manticores don’t have those kinds unless I missed something in the description. I’m loving her hair though.

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