Cover Art Coverage: 10 New Titles!

October 7, 2015 Cover Art Coverage 1

 

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This week Samantha joins us from Tsundoku Books (“tsundoku” being my new favorite word, by the way, visit Samantha’s site to learn more).

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Paper and Fire (The Great Library #2) by Rachel Caine

Expected publication: July 5th 2016 by NAL

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In Ink and Bone, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine introduced a world where knowledge is power, and power corrupts absolutely. Now, she continues the story of those who dare to defy the Great Library—and rewrite history…

With an iron fist, The Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion, forbidding the personal ownership of books in the name of the greater good.

Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower and doomed to a life apart.

Embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library’s deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London.

But Jess’s home isn’t safe anymore. The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon, Jess must choose between his friends, his family, or the Library willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control…

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Samantha Says 

I love the colors and how the backgrounds fade into each other. also, the burning part of the cover looks very nice.

Julia Says 

While normally I like my libraries and my fires far, far apart, this cover combines the two for a gorgeous, tense cover. I love the dragon detailing and “burns” around the title.

Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff

Expected publication: April 12th 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

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Red is the most wonder-filled fairy tale of them all!”—Chris Grabenstein, New York Times Bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library.

Red is not afraid of the big bad wolf. She’s not afraid of anything . . . except magic.
But when Red’s granny falls ill, it seems that only magic can save her, and fearless Red is forced to confront her one weakness.

With the help of a blond, porridge-sampling nuisance called Goldie, Red goes on a quest to cure Granny. Her journey takes her through dwarves’ caverns to a haunted well and a beast’s castle. All the while, Red and Goldie are followed by a wolf and a huntsman—two mortal enemies who seek the girls’ help to defeat each other. And one of them just might have the magical solution Red is looking for. . . .

Liesl Shurtliff weaves a spellbinding tale, shining the spotlight on a beloved character from her award-winning debut, Rump. 

And don’t miss Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk, “a delightful story of family, perseverance and courage” (Booklist).

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Samantha Says 

The background is very well done, particularly the wolf creeping about. It definitely has a fairy tale feel to the cover.

Julia Says 

This Red looks like she could hold her own, a nice Urban Fantasy touch for a childhood fairy tale.

The Transatlantic Conspiracy by G. A. Falksen

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Soho Teen just gave me the green light to reveal the cover of my upcoming 2016 YA book, The Transatlantic Conspiracy. It’s filled with mystery, intrigue, murder, sea life, and underwater trains (well, ok, just the one). Be sure to grab it June 2016.” – G. A. Falksen

Samantha Says 

A very simple cover but I really like the symmetry of it.

Julia Says 

That is a *magnificent* octopus, frankly the rest of this cover (despite the lovely color and texture) has a hard time competing with this gorgeous cephalopod.

The Circle of Lies (Hunters of Chaos #2) by Crystal Velasquez

Expected publication: February 16th 2016 by Aladdin

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Four girls at a southwestern boarding school discover they have amazing feline powers and must unite to stop an ancient evil in the second riveting adventure of the Hunters of Chaos series.

Ana’s life changed dramatically when she accepted a position at an exclusive boarding school in New Mexico. She found three great new friends—Shani, Doli, and Lin—and together, they discovered that they each had the power to turn into a wildcat. Their new friendship and powers were put to the test in a battle against the god Anubis and his newly resurrected Brotherhood of Chaos.

After defeating the Brotherhood, Ana learns that her aunt and uncle have gone missing. Her friends are ready to help her find them, but then Shani is accused of vandalizing school property and expelled. While Ana and the others head to Mexico to search for her family, Shani travels to Mumbai to stay with her father. But strange things are happening in the Indian city. Has she stumbled upon another sinister plot?

Meanwhile, Ana, Doli, and Lin have gone to Mexico to try and track down Ana’s family, and in the heart of Chichen Itxa, they find new dangers—and more proof of the Brotherhood’s growing power. With the four wildcats separated by thousands of miles, is this Anubis’s chance to rise again?

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Samantha Says 

I like the colors and I like the detail on the faces. While there does seem to be a lot going on, I think the cover deals with it well and the smoke creates a great effect.

Julia Says 

Looks like a fun adventure, I would have picked this up when I was a kid.

Donny’s Inferno by P. W. Catanese

Expected publication: March 8th 2016 by Aladdin

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A boy on the run is rescued from a burning building by a bewildering supernatural being named Angela Obscura. She transports Donny to the underworld (yes, that underworld!) where young Donny Taylor learns that a heck of a transformation has taken place down there.

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Samantha Says 

I love how expansive the world looks and think the background is marvelous. However, the title font seems a bit out of place and takes away from the general appeal.

Julia Says 

Another gorgeous adventure cover, that landscape begs to be explored.

Masks and Shadows by Stephanie Burgis

Expected publication: April 12th 2016 by Pyr

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The year is 1779, and Carlo Morelli, the most renowned castrato singer in Europe, has been invited as an honored guest to Eszterháza Palace. With Carlo in Prince Nikolaus Esterházy’s carriage, ride a Prussian spy and one of the most notorious alchemists in the Habsburg Empire. Already at Eszterháza is Charlotte von Steinbeck, the very proper sister of Prince Nikolaus’s mistress. Charlotte has retreated to the countryside to mourn her husband’s death. Now, she must overcome the ingrained rules of her society in order to uncover the dangerous secrets lurking within the palace’s golden walls. Music, magic, and blackmail mingle in a plot to assassinate the Habsburg Emperor and Empress–a plot that can only be stopped if Carlo and Charlotte can see through the masks worn by everyone they meet.

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Samantha Says 

The face, mask, and smoke are all gorgeous but the curtains and lower half of the cover detract from the whole piece

Julia Says 

I know I’ve seen this mask before, but it’s being used to lovely effect on this coer.  Definitely has an opera/ phantom vibe.

Secrets of Valhalla by Jasmine Richards

Expected publication: January 19th 2016 by HarperCollins

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Two friends awaken a world of myth and magic in this clever middle grade fantasy perfect for fans of Rick Riordan and Anne Ursu.

It’s not every day that you find a famous weatherwoman bound by magic to a tree deep in the woods. Or discover that the weatherwoman is in fact Sunna, the Norse Goddess of the Sun, and one of the seven day guardians who keep time in order. But that’s just what happens to new friends Buzz and Mary—and it’s only the start of their adventure.

Now, as the people of Earth are forced to repeat the same Saturday over and over again, Buzz and Mary must journey to collect the Runes of Valhalla and awaken the other day guardians, before vengeful god Loki can get to them first.

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Samantha Says 

I love the colors and I love the font! The water looks particularly well done and the confusion in the characters psoture and faces express quite a bit.

Julia Says 

Cute and cartoony, I love the wonderland vibe of Valhalla.

Blood Lust by Alexandra Ivy

Expected publication: May 31st 2016 by Zebra

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Samantha Says 

Not a fan. They look out of place against that background and it appears that something is coming out of the male model’s shoulder. I’m not sure if it’s purposeful or not. It also doesn’t give any indication that it’s a paranormal novel.

Julia Says 

Wow, talk about old school.  While she may have knocked his shirt off, I’m less impressed.

Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr

Expected publication: March 1st 2016 by HarperCollins

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This riveting fantasy marks Melissa Marr’s return to the world of faery courts that made her Wicked Lovely series an international phenomenon.

Lilywhite Abernathy is a criminal—she’s half human, half fae, and since the time before she was born, a war has been raging between humans and faeries. The Queen of Blood and Rage, ruler of the fae courts, wants to avenge the tragic death of her heir due to the actions of reckless humans.

Lily’s father has always shielded her, but when she’s sent to the prestigious St. Columba’s school, she’s delivered straight into the arms of a fae sleeper cell—the Black Diamonds. The Diamonds are planted in the human world as the sons and daughters of the most influential families and tasked with destroying it from within. Against her will, Lilywhite’s been chosen to join them…and even the romantic attention of the fae rock singer Creed Morrison isn’t enough to keep Lily from wanting to run back to the familiar world she knows.

Melissa Marr returns to faery in a dramatic story of the precarious space between two worlds and the people who must thrive there. The combination of ethereal fae powers, tumultuous romance, and a bloodthirsty faery queen will have longtime fans and new readers at the edge of their seats.

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Samantha Says 

I really like the font and I really like the way the blood drop comes out of the petal and into the words. Overall, the simplicity of the cover enhances it and makes it more interesting.

Julia Says 

I’m not a big fan of this mix of photo-realism and art.  The flower looks real, the blood and diamond do not.  I love Melissa Marr, but not this cover.

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