Cover Art Coverage: 13 New Titles!

May 21, 2014 Cover Art Coverage 3

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Meagan and Kristina are joined this week by Julie of Manga Maniac Cafe, commenting on everything from Rick Riordan’s latest to Edward Cox’s visually striking THE RELIC GUILD.  Enjoy!

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The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus #5) by Rick Riordan

Expected publication: October 7th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion

Source: Goodreads

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The Lost Hero The Son of Neptune The Mark of Athena The House of Hades

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Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the “Argo II” have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen-all of them, and they’re stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood-the blood of Olympus-in order to wake.
The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it “might” be able to stop a war between the two camps.
The Athena Parthenos will go west; the “Argo II” will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea’s army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.

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Megan Says 

I really appreciate the cover continuity of Riordan’s series. That said, this is solid addition, but nothing particularly special or eye-catching. 

Julie Says 

I’m torn about this one.  I like the perspective, but I’m not so keen on the illustration itself.  The sense of action does make me want to pick it up and get a closer look.  I just wish the heroes weren’t so tiny! 

Kristina Says 

I am kind of confused by the angle. Are those people jumping out of the sky or off of the pillar? It does look like a YA book so thats good.

Wolf’s Fall (Alpha Pack #6) by J. D. Tyler

Expected publication: December 2nd 2014 by Signet

Source: Goodreads

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Primal Law Savage Awakening Black Moon Hunter's Heart Cole's Redemption

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A top secret team of wolf shifters, the Alpha Pack are former Navy SEALS that use their Psy powers to take on the world’s greatest predators. But while each member is loyal to the pack, it can be hard to deny the call of desire…

Still tormented by his recent captivity, Alpha Pack commander Nick Westfall isn’t sure he’s fit to lead—especially when he meets the one woman he can’t claim without reliving the torture he endured at the hands of a rogue vampire.

Vampire princess Calla Shaw has seen her own share of heartbreak, but she can tell that the wild attraction she and Nick feel for each other could turn into something significant—if only he’d let it. But Calla isn’t about to give up on her mate without a fight.

Time is running out, not only for Nick to claim his mate, but for Calla and her coven. A vampire war is on the horizon, one the Alpha Pack can’t hope to win if their leader can’t pull himself back from the abyss…

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Megan Says 

Hardly the worst I’ve seen, but that’s some pretty lousy photoshopping on the Kool-Aid background, and I’m wondering why her hair is blowing in the wind but his shirt isn’t. 

Julie Says 

I didn’t like this cover at first, but after looking at it a few times, it grew on me. I like the colors and the hazy pink mist surrounding the couple. How do I get a guy to gaze so at me with such single-minded focus? 

Kristina Says 

Hey its that guy from Jersey Shore! He has no nipples. Oh sure there’s a wee bit of shading that gives the suggestion of one but I had to squint to see it.

Once Haunted, Twice Shy (Peyton Clark #2) by H. P. Mallory

Expected publication: September 16th 2014 by Montlake Romance

Source: Goodreads

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Ghouls Rush In

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Sassy, spirited Peyton Clark is back—and she’s not alone!

After agreeing to let the spirit of Drake Montague inhabit her body, Peyton soon discovers that the twentieth-century French policeman may be dead but his lothario longings sure aren’t. Now she has to find a way to explain to her sweet, sexy boyfriend, Ryan Kelly, that a spirit has taken up residence in her head, whispering French words of affection day and night.

While Peyton is torn between her love for a living man and her growing affection for one deceased, supernatural activity in New Orleans spikes—and something wicked this way comes. With the help of her friends (and a little voodoo), Peyton learns that the demonic spirit of the Axeman may still dwell in her home. To stop bloody history from repeating itself, Peyton will have to travel back a century to confront the Axeman at his roots, with the help of a certain handsome—and suddenly flesh and blood—police officer in the Big Easy.

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Megan Says 

The model seems stretched out, and unfortunately she and the tree she’s supposed to be leaning against aren’t on the same angle. It’s a fairly hum-drum cover, and using a cemetery as shorthand for ‘ghosts’ is pretty mundane. 

Julie Says 

Meh, this cover does nothing for me. Nothing about it makes me think it’s a paranormal. It looks like a series romance, and I would like it better without the model – she’s so bright she’s the only thing that pops out! 

Kristina Says 

She looks far too cheerful standing next to a spooky gate. The spooky gate is kind of evocative of New Orleans cemeteries. I like how she’s just standing there like “Hi, I’m just hanging out here waiting for some bad Voodoo stuff to happen.”

Twisted (Eternal Guardians #7) by Elisabeth Naughton

Published 2014

Source: Goodreads

 

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Marked Entwined Tempted Enraptured Enslaved Bound

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NICK – Leader of the half-breeds, the last true hero, and the son of one psychotic Titan. He’s spent his life fighting a dark pull toward the gods he doesn’t understand. But as his powers grow stronger and his destiny is revealed, no one knows whether he will choose to fight for the side of good or succumb to the sinister lure of evil…even him.

Coming Summer 2014.

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Megan Says 

Why would you bother with the trite and ubiquitous muscled torso fragment if you’re just going to paint a giant symbol on top of it? 

Julie Says 

Oh, look! Another shirtless, shiny, hairless man! Why is he wrapping a chain around his arm? Are those crib notes, or a tattoo on his forearm? Covers like this make me glad I read on a Kindle! 

Kristina Says 

There is too much text on this cover. Maybe if the got rid of the headless and shirtless dude it would work better. His arm looks deformed.

This Shattered World (Starbound #2) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Expected publication: December 23rd 2014 by Disney-Hyperion

Source: Goodreads

 

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These Broken Stars

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The second installment in our epic Starbound trilogy introduces a new pair of star-crossed lovers on two sides of a bloody war.

Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.

Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet’s rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.

Rebellion is in Flynn’s blood. Terraforming corporations make their fortune by recruiting colonists to make the inhospitable planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.

Desperate for any advantage in a bloody and unrelentingly war, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape the rebel base together, caught between two sides of a senseless war.

The stunning second novel in the Starbound trilogy is an unforgettable story of love and forgiveness in a world torn apart by war.

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Megan Says 

It’s eye-catching, but once past the bright colors, I just don’t know what to make of the scene. The title is still hard to read even though it takes up the entire cover, and all I can focus on is the question of gravity. 

Julie Says 

Love the drama – what happens if she can’t grab his hand? The background works well with the couple and doesn’t overpower them. I just wish the title font wasn’t splashed across the entire cover. 

Kristina Says 

I like the colors in the sky. Its an interesting contrast of color with the first book which focuses on a night sky where this one is a sunset/rise.

Vacant (Mindspace Investigation #4) by Alex Hughes

Expected publication: December 2nd 2014 by Roc

Source: Goodreads

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Clean Sharp Marked

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Nothing ruins a romantic evening like a brawl with lowlifes—especially when one of them later turns up dead and my date, Detective Isabella Cherabino, is the #1 suspect. My history with the Atlanta PD on both sides of the law makes me an unreliable witness, so while Cherabino is suspended, I’m paying my bills by taking an FBI gig.

I’ve been hired to play telepathic bodyguard for Tommy, the ten-year-old son of a superior court judge in Savannah presiding over the murder trial of a mob-connected mogul. After an attempt on the kid’s life, the Feds believe he’s been targeted by the businessman’s “associates.”

Turns out, Tommy’s a nascent telepath, so I’m trying to help him get a handle on his Ability. But it doesn’t take a mind reader to see that there’s something going on with this kid’s parents that’s stressing him out more than a death threat…

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Megan Says 

I love the colors, the sense of movement, and the halos around the title. Feels like it was raining just a little while ago. And the character has a Harry Dresden-vibe. 

Julie Says 

What a great cover! Love the crowbar and the trenchcoat, as well as the gritty background. 

Kristina Says 

I like the gritty style and movement lines or magic (?) surrounding him.

Gates of Thread and Stone (Gates of Thread and Stone #1) by Lori M. Lee

Expected publication: August 5th 2014 by Skyscape

Source: Goodreads

 

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In the Labyrinth, we had a saying: keep silent, keep still, keep safe.

In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where she came from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.

Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.

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Megan Says 

I agree that her pose is strange, and it makes the arm in the foreground look a bit off, but I really like the rest of the feel of this cover, and the way her magic is woven into the title. The composition is strong. 

Julie Says 

I liked this until I blew it up and took a closer look – then I started wondering why she’s holding her chin in her hand. It makes her look bored, or worse, completely indifferent to her surroundings. It also robs the rest of the shot of tension. If she’s that unconcerned about what’s going on, why should I be? 

Kristina Says 

I like the style and her purse is kind of awesome but I do agree with Julie that the hand on the chin is a bit odd. The threads of gold going across the cover are pretty neat.

The Masked Songbird (Scottish Songbird #1) by Emmie Mears

Expected publication: July 1st 2014 by Harlequin E

Source: Goodreads

 

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Mildly hapless Edinburgh accountant Gwenllian Maule is surviving. She’s got a boyfriend, a rescued pet bird and a flatmate to share rent. Gwen’s biggest challenges: stretching her last twenty quid until payday and not antagonizing her terrifying boss.

Then Gwen mistakenly drinks a mysterious beverage that gives her heightened senses, accelerated healing powers and astonishing strength. All of which come in handy the night she rescues her activist neighbour from a beat-down by political thugs.

Now Gwen must figure out what else the serum has done to her body, who else is interested and how her boss is involved. Finally—and most mysteriously—she must uncover how this whole debacle is connected to the looming referendum on Scottish independence.

Gwen’s hunt for answers will test her superpowers and endanger her family, her friends—even her country.

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Megan Says 

This one’s not for me. I don’t get where she’s supposed to be with that castle in the background, the model is airbrushed to the point of plasticity, and having her hair down ruins the effect of her catsuit and mask. 

Julie Says 

I love this cover! It instantly set off super hero alarm bells in my mind, and made me want to dive into this title. The comic book feel is irresistible to me, like a siren’s call. The mask looks too photoshopped and kind of silly, but what super hero costume doesn’t? Only eye sore – the big ugly building in the background. 

Kristina Says 

The mask is a tad dorky looking but masks on superheroes are always kind of odd looking to me. Other than that she looks awesome and the title is very cool too. Basically I want to read this book.

The Relic Guild by Edward Cox

Expected publication: September 18th 2014 by Gollancz

Source: Goodreads

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Magic caused the war. Magic is forbidden. Magic will save us.

It was said the Labyrinth had once been the great meeting place, a sprawling city at the heart of an endless maze where a million humans hosted the Houses of the Aelfir. The Aelfir who had brought trade and riches, and a future full of promise. But when the Thaumaturgists, overlords of human and Aelfir alike, went to war, everything was ruined and the Labyrinth became an abandoned forbidden zone, where humans were trapped behind boundary walls a hundred feet high.

Now the Aelfir are a distant memory and the Thaumaturgists have faded into myth. Young Clara struggles to survive in a dangerous and dysfunctional city, where eyes are keen, nights are long, and the use of magic is punishable by death. She hides in the shadows, fearful that someone will discover she is touched by magic. She knows her days are numbered. But when a strange man named Fabian Moor returns to the Labyrinth, Clara learns that magic serves a higher purpose and that some myths are much more deadly in the flesh.

The only people Clara can trust are the Relic Guild, a secret band of magickers sworn to protect the Labyrinth. But the Relic Guild are now too few. To truly defeat their old nemesis Moor, mightier help will be required. To save the Labyrinth – and the lives of one million humans – Clara and the Relic Guild must find a way to contact the worlds beyond their walls.

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Megan Says 

The book looks back at you! Love the eerie feel, the color, and the subtle use of the labyrinth. There are a lot of elements, but they meld together, and my eye keeps getting drawn back to the center. I’d definitely want to read this book. 

Julie Says 

Love the color scheme, the background textures, and the creepy eye peering out of the center of the design. I love how the font colors change as they flow around the image, too. 

Kristina Says 

The eye in the middle of the maze really makes this cover. I love the electricity and shade of blue they used.

The Missing (The Lost #2) by Sarah Beth Durst

Published 2014 by Harlequin / Mira

Source: Goodreads

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The Lost

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Megan Says 

Looks like the sort of cover a rerelease of a YA book would be given to make it more appealing to adults who prefer literary fiction. Not bad, but not very engaging either.

Julie Says 

I don’t like the covers for this series. They tell me nothing about the books, and they look too much like The Hunt trilogy covers. 

Kristina Says 

Kind of boring and not doing it for me.

The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley

Expected publication: September 4th 2014 by Angry Robot

Source: Goodreads

 

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On the eve of a recurring catastrophic event known to extinguish nations and reshape continents, a troubled orphan evades death and slavery to uncover her own bloody past… while a world goes to war with itself.

In the frozen kingdom of Saiduan, invaders from another realm are decimating whole cities, leaving behind nothing but ash and ruin.

As the dark star of the cataclysm rises, an illegitimate ruler is tasked with holding together a country fractured by civil war, a precocious young fighter is asked to betray his family and a half-Dhai general must choose between the eradication of her father’s people or loyalty to her alien Empress.

Through tense alliances and devastating betrayal, the Dhai and their allies attempt to hold against a seemingly unstoppable force as enemy nations prepare for a coming together of worlds as old as the universe itself.

In the end, one world will rise – and many will perish.

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Megan Says 

Looks like the cover of a video game, which may be the intent given how the book is pitched. And I’m confused by the red strip – maybe part of a sword blade? 

Julie Says 

Nice! I think I like this one because I can’t really tell what’s going on! The figures in the foreground make a stark contrast – the woman, tall and bold, while the other leans heavily on a cane and is crumpled like an accordion. The grim background looks prickly like a porcupine, and the slash of red – is that a doorway? 

Kristina Says 

I love the strip of red going down the middle. It really pops against the rest of the cover.

Elisha Magus by E. C. Ambrose

Expected publication: July 1st 2014 by DAW Hardcover

Source: Goodreads

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Elisha, a barber-surgeon from the poorest streets of benighted fourteenth-century London, has come a long way from home. He was always skilled at his work—but skill alone could not protect him, on the day that disaster left his family ruined and Elisha himself wrongly accused of murder. With no way out, Elisha accepted the offer of Lucius, a haughty physician, to avoid a trial by serving under Lucius as a battle surgeon of the king’s army at the front lines of an unjust war .

Elisha worked night and day, both tending to the wounded soldiers and protecting them from the physician’s experiments. Even so, he soon found that he had a talent for a surprising and deadly sort of magic, and was drawn into the clandestine world of sorcery by the enchanting young witch Brigit—who had baffling ties to his past, and ambitious plans for his future. But even Brigit did not understand the terrible power Elisha could wield, until the day he was forced to embrace it and end the war…by killing the king.

Now, Elisha has become a wanted man—not only of those who’d hate and fear him, but of those who’d seek to woo his support. Because beneath the politics of court and castle are those of power in its purest form: magic. And the players in that deeper game are stranger and more terrifying than Elisha could ever have imagined.

There are the magi, those who have grasped the secrets of affinity and knowledge to manipulate mind and matter, always working behind the scenes. There are indivisi, thought mad by the rest of the magical world: those so devoted to their subject of study that they have become “indivisible” from it, and whose influence in their realm is wondrous beyond even the dreams of “normal” magi. And then there are—theremay be—the necromancers, whose methods, motives, and very existence remain mysterious, except to know that where the rumors of their passing go, death follows.

But death follows Elisha, too.

First with his exceptional medical skill, and then with something more, Elisha has always fought against the darkness of his world. Yet as he begins a journey to help rebuild the country he shattered, will he be able to overcome the darkness inside himself?

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Megan Says 

Love the use of ‘paranormal green’ and the way he cradles that smoke-bird in his hand. It almost looks like a messed-up version of Hamlet. 

Julie Says 

Awesome cover! I love the colors and the smoke, and did he conjure a crow out of his hand?! The intricate clothing details are a nice touch, too. 

Kristina Says 

OMG. What is he doing th that man! I love everything about this cover from the clothes to the colors used and the neat wisps of magic coming from his hand. Are the birds coming from the hand?

Aces Wild: Sin City Collectors Novella by Amanda Carlson

Welcome to Vegas. Home of the Sin City Collectors. The job description is easy: Bring the offending supernatural in to the Boss and don’t ask any questions. 

Nevada Hamilton has learned a few things since becoming a Sin City Collector, and staying away from vampires is one of them. After botching her first Collection, the vamp getting away after causing as much damage as possible, she hasn’t been assigned to another one since.

But when she receives her next playing card, she’s in for a surprise. Not only is a vampire her next target, but they’ve paired her up to make sure she gets the job done right. Refusing a Collection is not an option, but when she discovers who she’s working with, making the mission as difficult as possible for her new partner becomes her top priority…

Being a hellhound isn’t enough to protect Jake Troubadour from Nevada Hamilton, no matter how thick his skin is. Finding out he has to work with the beautiful dhampir, after not seeing her for three years, is a low blow—but Jake is a professional. He takes his Collections as seriously as he does running his bar. He’ll do whatever it takes to get the job done, but after that, he’s out. No more chances for the girl who wrecked his bike and scarred his soul so long ago. But even with his heart dead set against it, this hellhound quickly finds he’s not immune to love after all.

What’s Collected in Vegas, stays in Vegas…

Source: Expected publication: June 2nd 2014 by Amanda Carlson Inc

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Welcome to Vegas. Home of the Sin City Collectors. The job description is easy: Bring the offending supernatural in to the Boss and don’t ask any questions. 

Nevada Hamilton has learned a few things since becoming a Sin City Collector, and staying away from vampires is one of them. After botching her first Collection, the vamp getting away after causing as much damage as possible, she hasn’t been assigned to another one since.

But when she receives her next playing card, she’s in for a surprise. Not only is a vampire her next target, but they’ve paired her up to make sure she gets the job done right. Refusing a Collection is not an option, but when she discovers who she’s working with, making the mission as difficult as possible for her new partner becomes her top priority…

Being a hellhound isn’t enough to protect Jake Troubadour from Nevada Hamilton, no matter how thick his skin is. Finding out he has to work with the beautiful dhampir, after not seeing her for three years, is a low blow—but Jake is a professional. He takes his Collections as seriously as he does running his bar. He’ll do whatever it takes to get the job done, but after that, he’s out. No more chances for the girl who wrecked his bike and scarred his soul so long ago. But even with his heart dead set against it, this hellhound quickly finds he’s not immune to love after all.

What’s Collected in Vegas, stays in Vegas…

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Megan Says 

Nothing paranormal about this cover, looks like it could be about a bachelorette party weekend. 

Julie Says 

It looks like a travel brochure and there’s nothing that makes me want to look at it twice. 

Kristina Says 

It’s an okay cover. I like Las Vegas cityscape but it doesn’t say anything about the book besides it takes place in Vegas.

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