Cover Art Coverage: 9 New Titles!

September 23, 2015 Cover Art Coverage 1

 

Cover Art Coverage

This week Kristina predicts new and exciting tattoos for Mercy Thompson covers while James has had it with cityscapes (and once he starts pointing them out, you’ll realize they’re everywhere).

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A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry

Expected publication: April 12th 2016 by Algonquin Young Readers

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In this stunning debut, legends collide with reality when a boy is swept into the magical, dangerous world of a girl filled with poison.

Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl–Isabel, the one the senoras whisper about. They say she has green skin and grass for hair, and she feeds on the poisonous plants that fill her family’s Caribbean island garden. Some say she can grant wishes; some say her touch can kill.

Seventeen-year-old Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He’s grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, and he wants to believe in Isabel and her magic. When letters from Isabel begin mysteriously appearing in his room the same day his new girlfriend disappears, Lucas turns to Isabel for answers–and finds himself lured into her strange and enchanted world. But time is running out for the girl filled with poison, and the more entangled Lucas becomes with Isabel, the less certain he is of escaping with his own life.

A Fierce and Subtle Poison beautifully blends magical realism with a page-turning mystery and a dark,  starcrossed romance–all delivered in lush, urgent prose.

“A breathtaking story in which myths come to frightening life and buried wishes might actually come true. This is a hypnotic debut by a remarkable talent.” —Nova Ren Suma, author of The Walls Around Us andImaginary Girls

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James Says 

I don’t really see anything special in this cover. It seems like poorly done clipart thrown together on a cover.

Kristina Says 

I think its pretty good. It has a tropical feel and that’s the setting. Nothing paranormal about the cover though…

Vicarious (Vicarious #1) by Paula Stokes

Expected publication: August 16th 2016 by Tor Teen

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Winter Kim and her sister, Rose, have always been inseparable. Together, the two of them survived growing up in a Korean orphanage and being trafficked into the United States.

Now they work as digital stunt girls for Rose’s ex-boyfriend, Gideon, engaging in dangerous and enticing activities while recording their neural impulses for his Vicarious Sensory Experiences, or ViSEs. Whether it’s bungee jumping, shark diving, or grinding up against celebrities at the city’s hottest dance clubs, Gideon can make it happen for you, for a price.

When Rose disappears and a ViSE recording of her murder is delivered to Gideon, Winter won’t rest until she finds her sister’s killer. But when the clues she uncovers conflict with the neural recordings her sister made, Winter isn’t sure what to believe. To find out what happened to Rose, she’ll have to untangle what’s real from what only seems real, risking her life in the process.

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James Says 

I wouldn’t normally like a cover like this. The basic city skyline in the background with the model in the foreground. But something about this cover ties it all together, and I really like it.

Kristina Says 

I like this! Haven’t seen a character contemplating on a ledge in awhile. Also the tagline makes me want them to add ‘ly’ to the title…

Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) by Patricia Briggs

Cover Artist: Don Dos Santos

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Moon Called Blood Bound Iron Kissed Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson, #4) Silver Borne River Marked (Mercy Thompson, #6) Frost Burned 

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Mercy Thompson has been hailed as “a heroine who continues to grow and yet always remains true to herself.”* Now she’s back, and she’ll soon discover that when the fae stalk the human world, it’s the children who suffer…

Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae.

Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?

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James Says 

Really this one is a double thumbs up from me. I LOVE anything that Dan Dos Santos paints. He is the king of artwork in Urban Fantasy. And that is what’s great about it, it is true artwork!

Kristina Says 

They just keep adding tattoos to Mercy on these covers. Next cover they’ll add some face tattoo to her I bet. Anyway, the cover is pretty cool. I love the artwork on these covers, even the tattoos. Is that a hellhound or a dragon? I shall name him Fluffy either way.

Revisionary (Magic Ex Libris #4) by Jim C. Hines

Expected publication: February 2nd 2016 by DAW

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James Says 

Even though this one uses models I think they did a good job with them. I was even about to add extra points for no cityscape when I saw that they still managed to sneak one in at the very top. Why are cityscapes a thing on covers right now?

Kristina Says 

So that’s magical fire on his shoulder I assume since his jacket is not burning. The cover fits with the tone of the books.

Nirvana (Nirvana Series #1) by J. R. Stewart

Expected publication: November 10th 2015 by Blue Moon Publishers

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When the real world is emptied of all that you love, how can you keep yourself from dependence on the virtual?

Larissa Kenders lives in a world where the real and the virtual intermingle daily. After the supposed death of her soulmate, Andrew, Larissa is able to find solace by escaping to Nirvana, a virtual world where anything is possible – even visits with Andrew. Although Larissa is told that these meetings are not real, she cannot shake her suspicion that Andrew is indeed alive. When she begins an investigation of Hexagon, the very institution that she has been taught to trust, Larissa uncovers much more than she ever expected and places herself in serious danger. Her biggest challenge, however, remains determining what is real – and what is virtual.

Nirvana is the first instalment in the three-part “Nirvana” series, a fast-paced, page-turning young adult trilogy that combines elements of the romance, mystery, and science fiction genres. This first novel introduces readers to a heroine who refuses to give up on the man she loves, even if it means taking on an entire government to do so.

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James Says 

I don’t like that my first reaction was to turn my head sideways. It has some cool effects, but it really looks like they had a cool landscape image so they just flipped it to portrait and called it good. And of course there’s a cityscape!

Kristina Says 

Points for making me try to turn my head completely sideways. Pretty unique! It looks like it could be a poster for a movie or something.

Darkest Dawn by Katlyn Duncan

Published September 17th 2015 by HarperCollins Publishers, Carina UK

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One desperate journey for the truth

Returning to Willows Lake eleven years after her mother’s tragic death, Sloane Baker knows she will finally get the answers she needs! She always suspected that there was something more sinister at the heart of the accident that claimed her mother’s life, but a cryptic note could be the key to her past…

Two lives changed forever

The small town has always seemed safe to Brianna Taylor – until a mysterious new girl arrives who looks exactly like Bri! Now everything Bri knew has been thrown into question and Sloane’s arrival has changed the world of Willows Lake forever.

Strange things are happening in Willows Lake. But when they turn deadly, Bri and Sloane must find a way to save each other or risk losing everything they hold dear…

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James Says 

I like this one. It’s simple but it doesn’t look like they used photoshop!

Kristina Says 

I like the erase marks for lack of a better work. It looks like someone just randomly painted the title on there. Nice effect.

Spells of Blood and Kin: A Dark Fantasy by Claire Humphrey

Expected publication: June 14th 2016 by Thomas Dunne Books

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In her extraordinary debut, Spells of Blood and Kin, Claire Humphrey deftly weaves her paranormal world with vivid emotional depth and gritty violence. Bringing together themes of death, addiction, and grief, Claire takes readers on a human journey that goes beyond fantasy.

When her beloved grandmother dies suddenly, 22-year-old Lissa Nevsky is left with no choice but to take over her grandmother’s magical position in their small folk community. That includes honoring a debt owed to the dangerous stranger who appears at Lissa’s door.

Maksim Volkov needs magic to keep his brutal nature leashed, but he’s already lost control once: his blood-borne lust for violence infects Nick Kaisaris, a charming slacker out celebrating the end of finals. Now Nick is somewhere else in Toronto, going slowly mad, and Maksim must find him before he hurts more people.

Lissa must uncover forbidden secrets and mend family rifts in order to prevent Maksim from hurting more people, including himself. If she fails, Maksim will have no choice but to destroy both himself and Nick.

Perfect for fans of Alice Hoffman, Lev Grossman, Deborah Harkness, Naomi Novik, and Anne Bishop!

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James Says 

Not really impressed by the thirty second photoshop job here. And on top of that they still managed to get a cityscape in there!

Kristina Says 

Not sure what to think. It seems a bit simple and while I like the cutout effect this just isn’t doing it for me.

The Casquette Girls (The Casquette Girls #1) by Alys Arden

Expected publication: November 17th 2015 by Skyscape

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Revised edition: This edition of The Casquette Girls includes editorial revisions.

Seven girls tied by time.
Five powers that bind.
One curse to lock the horror away.
One attic to keep the monsters at bay.

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After the storm of the century rips apart New Orleans, sixteen-year-old Adele Le Moyne wants nothing more than her now silent city to return to normal. But with home resembling a war zone, a parish-wide curfew, and mysterious new faces lurking in the abandoned French Quarter, normalneeds a new definition.

As the city murder rate soars, Adele finds herself tangled in a web of magic that weaves back to her own ancestors. Caught in a hurricane of myths and monsters, who can she trust when everyone has a secret and keeping them can mean life or death? Unless . . . you’re immortal.

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James Says 

It is artwork so that’s a huge plus, but it’s a little too abstract art for my tastes.

Kristina Says 

This looks interesting. They did a good job creating a New Orleans street. It has a spooky quality to it especially with the faceless girl and the long ribbon swirling around her neck.

Mind Games (The Demon Trappers #5) by Jana Oliver

Expected publication: October 31st 2015

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James Says 

I think this would’ve been a great cover if it weren’t for the cityscape on the bottom half of the cover. I’m just getting tired of the cityscapes.

Kristina Says 

I like it except for the wing symbol covering the rest of the cover. I know it’s a theme across all of the covers of the series but it just gets in the way of the rest of the pretty art.

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