Cover Art Coverage: 11 New Titles!

October 14, 2015 Cover Art Coverage 0

 

Cover Art Coverage

Kim and Kristina offer their opinions on this week’s batch of covers, take a look and see if you agree with them.

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Z (Demonica #11.8) by Larissa Ione

 

Expected publication: April 26th 2016 by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated

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Zhubaal, fallen angel assistant to the Grim Reaper, has spent decades searching for the angel he loved and lost nearly a century ago. Not even her death can keep him from trying to find her, not when he knows she’s been given a second chance at life in a new body. But as time passes, he’s losing hope, and he wonders how much longer he can hold to the oath he swore to her so long ago…

As an emim, the wingless offspring of two fallen angels, Vex has always felt like a second-class citizen. But if she manages to secure a deal with the Grim Reaper — by any means necessary — she will have earned her place in the world. The only obstacle in the way of her plan is a sexy hardass called Z, who seems determined to thwart her at every turn. Soon it becomes clear that they have a powerful connection rooted in the past…but can any vow stand the test of time?

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Kim Says 

Not too big of a fan of the images inside the 1001 but I like the rest of the cover. The patterns behind the title are neat.

Kristina Says 

It’s just a swirly blue mess, and it looks like every other 1001 cover out there. I’ve already forgotten what it’s about halfway through typing this.

Thinning the Herd by Adrian Phoenix

Expected publication: January 4th 2016 by Pocket Star

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From the New York Times bestselling author of A Rush of Wings and The Maker’s Song series, a humorous, action-packed urban fantasy about a werewolf pack and an animal control officer in way over his head!

Someone is picking off fortune tellers and hippies in Oregon, snatching them out of their Birkenstocks mid-stride. And when the legend himself, Hal Rupert, Animal Control Officer, gets a whiff of the mystery, he knows he’s the man to solve it. In between proudly wrangling out-of-control cats and dogs, he’s noticed a peculiar uptick in another sort of animal…werewolves.

Hal infiltrates the country fair to investigate the disappearance of the flower children. But his real priority is protecting the love of his life, Desdemona Cohen, whose long purple tresses and black-glossed lips captured his heart the moment he first saw her standing behind the register at Hot Topic. Desdemona may have nicknamed Hal “Creep,” but he’s determined to win her heart. And, you know, save everyone else, too.

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Kim Says 

On my first glance this cover was kind of odd and random. Tentacles coming out of an RV? But it fits with the description and its kind of weird in a good sort of way. It would certainly have me picking this up in the bookstore to see what this is all about.

Kristina Says 

I like it. I love that it’s featuring a guy who is dressed, and not just that, but dressed for the job he is supposed to be doing!

Alien in Chief (Katherine “Kitty” Katt #12) by Gini Koch

Expected publication: December 1st 2015 by DAW

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Kim Says 

I love these covers. Kitty looks awesome as usual. And she has practical shoes! Yay!

Kristina Says 

High energy and fun! I like that she’s sexy without being in a ridiculous pose.

The Last Star (The 5th Wave #3) by Rick Yancey

Expected publication: May 17th 2016 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

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We’re here, then we’re gone, and that was true before they came. That’s always been true. The Others didn’t invent death; they just perfected it. Gave death a face to put back in our face, because they knew that was the only way to crush us. It won’t end on any continent or ocean, no mountain or plain, jungle or desert. It will end where it began, where it had been from the beginning, on the battlefield of the last beating human heart.

Master storyteller Rick Yancey invokes triumph, loss, and unrelenting action as the fate of the planet is decided in the conclusion to this epic series.

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Kim Says 

I like how each of these covers has the same blinding light in the center. This cover has a very dystopian feel to it. Not sure what we are looking at but its interesting.

Kristina Says 

The difference between the rugged rock they’re standing on and the pristine groomed landscape below makes for a really well executed contrast.

Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters (Momotaro #1) by Margaret Dilloway & Illustrations by Choong Yung

Expected publication: April 5th 2016 by Disney-Hyperion

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Xander Miyamoto would rather do almost anything than listen to his sixth grade teacher, Mr. Stedman, drone on about weather disasters happening around the globe. If Xander could do stuff he’s good at instead, like draw comics and create computer programs, and if Lovey would stop harassing him for being half Asian, he might not be counting the minutes until the dismissal bell.

When spring break begins at last, Xander plans to spend it playing computer games with his best friend, Peyton. Xander’s father briefly distracts him with a comic book about some samurai warrior that pops out of a peach pit. Xander tosses it aside, but Peyton finds it more interesting.

Little does either boy know that the comic is a warning. They are about to be thrust into the biggest adventure of their lives-a journey wilder than any Xander has ever imagined, full of weird monsters even worse than Lovey. To win at this deadly serious game they will have to rely on their wits, courage, faith, and especially, each other. Maybe Xander should have listened to Mr Stedman about the weather after all. . . .

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Kim Says 

Momotaro is an awesome word. Momotaro. Momotaro. Momotaro. This book looks pretty fun and I’d pick it up were I a middle schooler.

Kristina Says 

I love the sword in the title for Momotaro. Brilliant little detail that made me smile.

A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly

Expected publication: February 2nd 2016 by Saga Press

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THE NIGHT CIRCUS meets THE PEAKY BLINDERS in Lee Kelly’s new magical realism, crossover novel.

Magic is powerful, dangerous and addictive – and after passage of the 18th Amendment, it is finally illegal.

It’s 1926 in Washington, DC, and while Anti-Sorcery activists have achieved the Prohibition of sorcery, the city’s magic underworld is booming. Sorcerers cast illusions to aid mobsters’ crime sprees. Smugglers funnel magic contraband in from overseas. Gangs have established secret performance venues where patrons can lose themselves in magic, and take a mind-bending, intoxicating elixir known as the sorcerer’s shine.

Joan Kendrick, a young sorcerer from Norfolk County, Virginia accepts an offer to work for DC’s most notorious crime syndicate, the Shaw Gang, when her family’s home is repossessed. Alex Danfrey, a first-year Federal Prohibition Unit trainee with a complicated past and talents of his own, becomes tapped to go undercover and infiltrate the Shaws.

Through different paths, Joan and Alex tread deep into the violent, dangerous world of criminal magic – and when their paths cross at the Shaws’ performance venue, despite their orders, and despite themselves, Joan and Alex become enchanted with one another. But when gang alliances begin to shift, the two sorcerers are forced to question their ultimate allegiances and motivations. And soon, Joan and Alex find themselves pitted against each other in a treacherous, heady game of cat-and-mouse.

A CRIMINAL MAGIC casts a spell of magic, high stakes and intrigue against the backdrop of a very different Roaring Twenties.

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Kim Says 

I like the lightning coming down into the glass. Pretty unique concept and probably no longer a drinkable beverage.

Kristina Says 

The only thing that bugs me is that the A is hard to read. Criminal Magic is still a good title, I guess?

Four Roads Cross (Craft Sequence #5) by Max Gladstone

Expected publication: July 26th 2016 by Tor Books

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The great city of Alt Coulumb is in crisis. The moon goddess Seril, long thought dead, is back—and the people of Alt Coulumb aren’t happy. Protests rock the city, and Kos Everburning’s creditors attempt a hostile takeover of the fire god’s church. Tara Abernathy, the god’s in-house Craftswoman, must defend the church against the world’s fiercest necromantic firm—and against her old classmate, a rising star in the Craftwork world.

As if that weren’t enough, Cat and Raz, supporting characters from Three Parts Dead, are back too, fighting monster pirates; skeleton kings drink frozen cocktails, defying several principles of anatomy; jails, hospitals, and temples are broken into and out of; choirs of flame sing over Alt Coulumb; demons pose significant problems; a farmers’ market proves more important to world affairs than seems likely; doctors of theology strike back; Monk-Technician Abelard performs several miracles; The Rats! play Walsh’s Place; and dragons give almost-helpful counsel.

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Kim Says 

That gargoyle looks pretty angry about being a gargoyle. I love these covers. They’re all about the dark, grimness, and practically clothed people of varying races.

Kristina Says 

These covers are all amazing. They’re powerful and gritty, and always feature people I want to know more about. I also love the fact that with this kind of book, the gargoyle could feasibly be one of the characters.

Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal

Expected publication: July 5th 2016 by Tor Books

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Ginger Stuyvesant, an American heiress living in London during World War I, is engaged to Captain Benjamin Hartshorne, an intelligence officer. Ginger is a medium for the Spirit Corps, a special Spiritualist force.

Each soldier heading for the front is conditioned to report to the mediums of the Spirit Corps when they die so the Corps can pass instant information about troop movements to military intelligence.

Ginger and her fellow mediums contribute a great deal to the war efforts, so long as they pass the information through appropriate channels. While Ben is away at the front, Ginger discovers the presence of a traitor. Without the presence of her fiance to validate her findings, the top brass thinks she’s just imagining things. Even worse, it is clear that the Spirit Corps is now being directly targeted by the German war effort. Left to her own devices, Ginger has to find out how the Germans are targeting the Spirit Corps and stop them. This is a difficult and dangerous task for a woman of that era, but this time both the spirit and the flesh are willing…

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Kim Says 

This cover is kind of interesting. What is going on with the dude. She is a medium so perhaps she did something to him? It’s a nice mix of historical with mystical which is what the description says it is.

Kristina Says 

I like the way they shaped the title around the characters. And that guy could possibly be one of the dead soldiers she is channeling, so he’s probably dead. Or maybe he’s her fiancé…

Icon (Persona #2) by Genevieve Valentine

Expected publication: June 28th 2016 by Saga Press

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A year ago, International Assembly delegate Suyana Sapaki barely survived an attempt on her life. Now she has everything: she’s climbing the social ranks, dating the American Face, and poised for greatness. But the secret that drives her couldn’t stay hidden forever, and as she scrambles to prop up her lies and save herself from a political scandal that could kill her, she has a new enemy: the public eye.

A year ago, Daniel Park was hoping for the story of a lifetime. He got her; he’s been following her for a year. But what do you do when you feel the person has vanished inside the shell, and dangers are building all around you? How much does Daniel dare become involved when his job is to break the story? And how far will he go for a cause that isn’t his?

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Kim Says 

It looks like a jellyfish. A very confused or drunk jellyfish. The previous cover was a snake so I assume this too is an animal. And I say jellyfish.

Kristina Says 

Is it a comment on the Immortal Jellyfish, the one that regenerates back to a child and never dies… If so, it’s a bit far fetched.

The Demonists (Demonist #1) by Thomas E. Sniegoski

Expected publication: April 5th 2016 by Roc

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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Fallen series and the Remy Chandler series, a new dark fantasy series filled with demons, exorcisms, and the fight against the worst that hell has to offer…
 
There is more to our world than meets the eye—darker things, crueler things. Exorcist John Fogg and his wife, psychic medium Theodora Knight, know what lurks in the shadows. But even they’re not prepared for the worst Hell has to offer…

It was supposed to be a simple exorcism, a publicity stunt to firmly establish John and Theodora’s thriving paranormal investigation empire in the public eye. But something went wrong, leading to an on-air massacre that unleashed a malicious host of demons and left Theodora catatonic, possessed by countless spirits.

John sets out on a desperate quest to find a cure for his wife, but his obsession brings him face-to-face with an even more terrifying problem: Theodora’s possession is only one piece of a deadly plot that is threatening the entire world. Because an ancient evil is about to make Earth its battlefield—and without John and Theodora’s intervention, there is no chance for salvation…

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Kim Says 

I assume this is an illustration. Its good. I like what her hair is doing. Its got this really smooth look to it like it is in water or something. The touches of yellow are a neat touch. It gives the cover an older quality sort of…

Kristina Says 

I love the swirls and the smoke in this, gives the cover a fun, interesting texture. The title and text all fit well too.

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