Cover Art Coverage: 14 New Titles!!

October 21, 2015 Cover Art Coverage 0

 

Cover Art Coverage

  From Paranormal Romance to Juvenile Fantasy, this week’s crop of covers offers a variety of art for all ages.

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Dark Skye (Immortals After Dark #14) by Kresley Cole

Published by Gallery Books

Source: Goodreads

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Dark Skye (Immortals After Dark #14)

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In this highly anticipated fifteenth novel in the Immortals After Dark series, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole spins a sultry tale of a mighty warrior scarred inside and out and the beguiling sorceress with the power to heal him—or vanquish him forever.

Eternal Obsession
As a boy, Thronos, prince of Skye Hall, loved Lanthe, a mischievous Sorceri girl who made him question everything about his Vrekener clan. But when the two got caught in the middle of their families’ war, tragedy struck, leaving Thronos and Lanthe bitter enemies. Though centuries have passed, nothing can cool his seething need for the beautiful enchantress who scarred his body—and left an even deeper impression on his soul.

Endless Yearning
Lanthe, a once-formidable sorceress struggling to reclaim her gifts, searches for love and acceptance with all the wrong immortal suitors. But she’s never forgotten Thronos, the magnificent silver-eyed boy who protected her until she was ripped from the shelter of his arms. One harrowing night changed everything between them. Now he’s a notorious warlord with a blood vendetta against Lanthe, hunting her relentlessly.

Can the heat of desire burn brighter than vengeance?
With their families locked in conflict and battles raging all around them, will Thronos and Lanthe succumb to the brutal chaos that threatens everything they cherish? Or will the fragile bond they formed so long ago spark a passion strong enough to withstand even the darkest doubts?

No Author Comment Available.

Kate Says 

I agree with James on this one. The floating head bit is a little much. And the lightening almost makes it worse!

James Says 

I hate floating heads, and then you make the floating head encompass the whole cover. That’s a little too ridiculous for me. Plus I’m not seeing any supernatural elements in the cover, this could easily be a standard romance novel cover.

MacRieve (Immortals After Dark #13) by Kresley Cole

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Source: Goodreads

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In this pulse-pounding Immortals After Dark tale, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole delves into the darkest mysteries and deepest passions of Clan MacRieve. . .

A Beast In Torment

Uilleam MacRieve believed he’d laid to rest the ghosts of his boyhood. But when a brutal torture revives those ancient agonies and destroys his Lykae instinct, the proud Scot craves the oblivion of death. Until he finds her—a young human so full of spirit and courage that she pulls him back from the brink.

A Beauty In Chains

Seized for the auction block, Chloe Todd is forced to enter a terrifying new world of monsters and lore as a bound slave. When offered up to creatures of the dark, she fears she won’t last the night. Until she’s claimed by him—a tormented immortal with heartbreaking eyes, whose touch sets her blood on fire.

A Full Moon On The Rise

With enemies circling, MacRieve spirits Chloe away to the isolated Highland keep of his youth. But once he takes her to his bed, his sensual mate becomes something more than human, evoking his savage past and testing his sanity. On the cusp of the full moon, can he conquer his worst nightmare to save Chloe . . . from himself?

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Kate Says 

Looks like a Scottish highlander romance. But I like it. It just doesn’t have any paranormal aspects.

James Says 

I hate the floating head here as well, but this one almost looks like art instead of photoshop, and the sword is cool. So I’ll give them a couple bonus points.

Steeplejack (Alternative Detective #1) by A. J. Hartley

Expected publication: June 28th 2016 by Tor Teen

Source: Goodreads

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Thoughtfully imaginative and action-packed, Steeplejack is New York Times bestselling A. J. Hartley’s YA debut set in a 19th-century South African fantasy world

Seventeen-year-old Anglet Sutonga, Ang for short, repairs the chimneys, towers, and spires of Bar-Selehm, the ethnically-diverse industrial capital of a land resembling Victorian South Africa. The city was built on the trade of luxorite, a priceless glowing mineral. When the Beacon, a historical icon made of luxorite, is stolen, it makes the headlines. But no one cares about the murder of Ang’s new apprentice, Berrit—except for Josiah Willinghouse, an enigmatic young politician, who offers Ang a job investigating Berrit’s death. On top of this, Ang struggles with the responsibility of caring for her sister’s newborn child.

As political secrets unfold and racial tensions surrounding the Beacon’s theft rise, Ang navigates the constricting traditions of her people, the murderous intentions of her former boss, and the conflicting impulses of a fledgling romance. With no one to help her except a savvy newspaper girl and a kindhearted herder from the savannah, Ang must resolve the mysterious link between Berrit and the missing Beacon before the city is plunged into chaos.

A fresh take on historical fantasy attune to today’s demand for multicultural YA, Steeplejack will resonate with readers of all ages.

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Kate Says 

Makes my eyes go a little wonky trying to figure out the angle, but otherwise, this is really cool. I love how the words match up with the angle of the tower she’s climbing down.

James Says 

I actually like this one, even though it has a cityscape type thing in the background. But the girl is wearing practical clothes which is a huge plus! I’m not a fan of the tilted typeface though.

The Well of Prayers (The Temple of Doubt #2) by Anne Boles Levy

Expected publication: August 2nd 2016 by Sky Pony Press

Source: Goodreads

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Hadara, now sixteen years old, is still recovering from the night she assisted the Azwans, mighty magi, in destroying a demon that fell from the stars. She has a new job as an apprentice healer and wants to put her past—and her doubts—behind her.

On the planet Kuldor and beyond, it is deemed a sin to doubt the god Nihil’s magic, and heresy to fail to worship him correctly. The Azwans, still on Hadara’s island home, have begun punishing disbelievers with a vengeance.

Hadara can’t shake her own skepticism, though, especially when she suspects that the demon they destroyed isn’t entirely gone. What if bits and pieces are, in fact, floating around inside her and maybe taking root? Since she stood at the altar that fateful night, she’s developed the ability to understand foreign tongues, among other odd talents she never had before. Had she perhaps swallowed some part of the dying demon? She suspects no one can answer that question for her, but she doesn’t trust anyone enough to ask it.

But then a temple guard who she once thought was dead comes back into her life and points her toward new truths and a new sense of purpose: somewhere in the murky jungles surrounding her city, another people beckon her and demand she fulfill the destiny foretold by the falling star.

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Kate Says 

This looks like a badly Photoshopped knock-off of the Twilight cover.

James Says 

A cityscape… Check! Random photoshoped image… Check! This is another one that doesn’t have any supernatural hints at all. If I picked this one up I’d think this was a young adult coming of age type story.

The Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2) by Renee Ahdieh

Expected publication: May 3rd 2016 by Putnam Juvenile

Source: Goodreads

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The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as “a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance.”

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

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Kate Says 

I like this a lot better than the first one, though they present cohesive design elements. I think the color scheme is much better in this one.

James Says 

If this is one of those books where the cover actually has those holes in it, and you can turn the page and see the whole image that would get a double thumbs up from me. However, if that is the whole cover then it becomes the worst cover so far.

A Dragon’s Guide to Making Your Human Smarter by Laurence Yep & Joanne Ryder

Expected publication: March 15th 2016 by Crown Books for Young Readers

Source: Goodreads

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For fans of How to Train Your Dragon comes a new tale about dragon Miss Drake and her human pet Winnie, by a two-time Newbery Honor winner, featuring illustrations by Caldecott Honor winner Mary GrandPré.

Three-thousand-year-old Miss Drake has arranged to send her dear pet Winnie to The Spriggs Academy, an extraordinary school for humans and magicals alike. Winnie is particularly excited about magic class and having Sir Isaac Newton for science. She’s also making new friends—and frenemies. . . .

When a plot to snatch Winnie from her San Francisco home is uncovered, Miss Drake is ready to use all her cunning and magic to thwart it. Not that feisty Winnie needs the help. . . . As a team, the intrepid duo you first met in A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans is unstoppable!

With equal doses of whimsy and humor, Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder have crafted an enchanting story about true friendship.

Praise for A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans
•  *“Warm humor, magical mishaps, and the main characters’ budding mutual respect and affection combine to give this opener for a planned series a special shine that will draw readers and leave them impatient for sequels.” —Booklist, Starred
•  “The tale is alternately comical, suspenseful and sometimes sweetly emotional.” —Kirkus Reviews
•  “Miss Drake’s arch narration and the sharp back-and-forth between the characters create an enchanting story, accented by GrandPré’s whimsical black-and-white spot illustrations.” —Publishers Weekly
•  “With a black-and-white spot illustration opening most chapters, an engaging narrator, and a consistently fluid writing style, this title makes a fine dragon choice for readers.” —School Library Journal

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Kate Says 

This is adorable, and something I totally would have picked up when I was in the age group this is targeted toward.

James Says 

This is great for a middle grade book. Actual well done artwork not photoshop. I love it!

Fall of the Dragons (Age of Dragons #3) by James A. Owen

Expected publication: March 15th 2016 by Saga Press

Source: Goodreads

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Contains The Dragon’s Apprentice, The Dragons of Winter, & The First Dragon.

For some men, walking the path of their destiny may take two thousand years. But for others, it may only be a journey of a single night. In the third book of the Age of Dragons series, the journey continues through the fantastical world of beloved fantasy, where dragons are real, and dreams—and nightmares—come true.

On a September evening in 1931, John and Jack, two of the Caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica, discover a plea for help on an ancient medieval parchment—which is not only addressed to them, but seems to have been written by their friend, Hugo Dyson. Before they can discover the origin of this strange book, Hugo walks through a door in time and vanishes into the past. And just like that, the world begins to change.

The only hope to restore the proper order of things lies in a forgotten island at the edge of the Archipelago, where a time travel device left by Jules Verne must be used to race through history. But even if all of the legendary Caretakers from past and present are able to answer the oldest mystery in the world and save Hugo, there may be darker forces gathering against them with a greater crisis at hand.

The last stones are falling from the Keep of Time, and an old enemy in a new form has acquired a terrible weapon: the Spear of Destiny, which can be used to command the shadows of anything it touches—even the Dragons. The Shadow King, combined with forces of a new enemy, may be unstoppable now. The only hope is Rose Dyson, the Grail Child. She may be the only one to assist the companions on their desperate quest and find the only weapon capable of defeating their enemies.

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Kate Says 

This looks almost unfinished? Sad, because I see it could have been really neat.

James Says 

This is really a shame. I loved the covers for the other books in his series, but this one is done poorly. It is artwork, I’ll give them that, but it’s shoddy artwork, definitely not to the standard of his other covers.

The Voyage to Magical North by Claire Fayers

Expected publication: July 5th 2016 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Source: Goodreads

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Twelve-year-old Brine Seaborne is a girl with a past–if only she could remember what it is. Found alone in a rowboat as a child, clutching a shard of the rare starshell needed for spell-casting, she’s spent the past years keeping house for an irritable magician and his obnoxious apprentice, Peter.

When Brine and Peter get themselves into a load of trouble and flee, they blunder into the path of the legendary pirate ship the Onion. Before you can say “pieces of eight,” they’re up to their necks in the pirates’ quest to find Magical North, a place so shrouded in secrets and myth that most people don’t even think it exists. If Brine is lucky, she may find out who her parents are. And if she’s unlucky, everyone on the ship will be eaten by sea monsters. It could really go either way.

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Kate Says 

I like this, not as much as the dragon middle grade one above, but it’s still cute. Reminds me a little of the Chronicles of Narnia.

James Says 

It’s good artwork for a middle grade novel, but it’s still not quite there.

The Sleeping Prince (The Sin Eater’s Daughter #2) by Melinda Salisbury

Expected publication: April 26th 2016 by Scholastic Press

Source: Goodreads

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Return to the darkly beautiful world of The Sin Eater’s Daughter with a sequel that will leave you awed, terrified . . . and desperate for more.

Ever since her brother Lief disappeared, Errin’s life has gone from bad to worse. Not only must she care for her sick mother, she has to scrape together rent money by selling illegal herbal cures. But none of that compares to the threat of the vengeful Sleeping Prince whom the Queen just awoke from his enchanted sleep.

When her village is evacuated as part of the war against the Sleeping Prince, Errin is left desperate and homeless. The only person she can turn to is the mysterious Silas, a young man who buys deadly poisons from Errin, but won’t reveal why he needs them. Silas promises to help her, but when he vanishes, Errin must journey across a kingdom on the brink of war to seek another way to save her mother and herself. But what she finds shatters everything she believed about her world, and with the Sleeping Prince drawing nearer, Errin must make a heartbreaking choice that could affect the whole kingdom.

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Kate Says 

Totally goes with the first cover, but I really don’t like the color scheme. And despite there not being that many details, the title almost gets lost behind the artwork.

James Says 

This cover is just too weird for me. Someone is stuck in a bottle? Maybe it has some significance to the story, but it’s poorly done photoshop work.

Fridays with the Wizards (Castle Glower #4) by Jessica Day George

Expected publication: February 11th 2016 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Source: Goodreads

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Celie and her friends and family are back in the Castle, safe and sound. But there’s still the problem of Wizard Arkwright. What do you do with an evil wizard?

Especially when he escapes from his cell, but doesn’t leave the Castle!

Now it’s up to Celie, with the help of her wizard brother Bran and her griffins, to track down Arkwright and get rid of him for good!

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Kate Says 

Adorbs! I love the art on this series.

James Says 

I’d still expect the artwork to be better for an adult or young adult novel, but for a middle grade the artwork is good.

Escaping Peril (Wings of Fire #8) by Tui T. Sutherland

Expected publication: January 5th 2016 by Scholastic Press

Source: Goodreads

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Peril has been loyal to Queen Scarlet, who used her fatal firescales to kill countless dragons in the SkyWing arena. Now, Peril is loyal to Clay, the only dragonet who has ever been her friend. So when Scarlet threatens Jade Mountain Academy, Peril sets off to find her former queen, stop her, and save the day, no matter what it takes.

There’s just one problem: a strangely persistent SeaWing, Turtle, insists on coming along, too. Turtle is worried about his friends, who left to search for Scarlet and haven’t returned. Peril is worried that she might accidentally burn Turtle — or burn him on purpose, for being so annoying — and frustrated that she keeps saying and doing the wrong things. She can’t escape her firescales, and she can’t escape her reputation as the deadliest dragon in Pyrrhia.

So when she’s offered a chance to trade everything for a second chance, Peril has to decide who she’s really loyal to . . . and whether her own scales might actually be worth saving.

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Kate Says 

Everything was great until I got to the almost neon green series title. Why is the real title so tiny???

James Says 

I actually like the artwork here. It’s well done. I love the viens on the wings, they look awesome! But they still had to through a cityscape into the background and foreground.

Marked (Tracked #2) by Jenny Martin

Expected publication: May 17th 2016 by Dial Books

Source: Goodreads

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Mad Max meets Firefly in the exhilarating sequel to the sci-fi novel Tracked

Cash, the prince of Bisera and leader of the rebellion, is missing. Phee’s uncle James is dead. And Charles Benroyal, once again, is behind it all. Caught between grief, thoughts of revenge, and traumatizing flashbacks of battle, Phee struggles to aid the resistance and prove her worth, even as she attempts to reconcile her growing romantic feelings for Bear with her loyalty to Cash. But when Benroyal’s attacks grow bolder, no one is prepared for the sacrifices Phee will have to make to win this war once and for all.

With the high-stakes action of The Fast and the Furious, a swoony love triangle, and a wholly original science fiction world, Marked will have your heart racing until its breathless conclusion.

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Kate Says 

Blah – this looks like a placeholder that they put up when they say “cover art coming soon!” Not quite there yet.

James Says 

The logo looks amazing! I’d love to see this on the spine of the book and on the title page. But a logo does not equal cover art.

Time Stoppers by Carrie Jones

Expected publication: May 3rd 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Source: Goodreads

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Annie Nobody thought she was, well, nobody, living in a nowhere town where nothing goes her way. Day 1 at her newest foster home proves to be dreadful, too… and things get even worse when she’s chased by something big and scary that definitely wants to eat her.

Luckily for Annie, not everything is what it seems, and she gets swept up-literally-by a sassy dwarf on a hovercraft snowmobile and taken to Aurora, a hidden, magical town on the coast of Maine. There, she finds a new best friend in Jamie Hephastion Alexander–who thought he was a normal kid (but just might be a troll)-and Annie discovers that she’s not exactly who she thought she was, either. She’s a Time Stopper, meant to protect the enchanted.

Together, Annie and Jamie discover a whole new world of magic, power, and an incredible cast of creatures and characters. But where there’s great power, there are also those who want to misuse it, and Aurora is under siege. It’s up to the kids to protect their new home, even if it means diving headfirst into magical danger.

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Kate Says 

I like almost all of it except the clock with the radiating rays coming from it in the title. It tips the cover over from just enough little details to too many distracting details, in my opinion.

James Says 

A beautifully drawn raven. Kids on flying skis. A castle in the background. This is amazing!!! Why can’t more covers be like this. This cover has really got me interested. I’ll pick this book up when it comes out.

Invasion England (Battlesaurus #2) by Brian Falkner

Expected publication: July 12th 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Source: Goodreads

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Kate Says 

I mean, I wouldn’t pick it up, because it’s not my style, but I can see how it would be appealing to others.

James Says 

Alternate history with dinosaurs in classic battles! I think I just had a dream come true. See this is another good cover. Everything you need to know is one the cover. Dinosaurs and red coats. And it’s done tastefully and well. I’m heading over to amazon right now to pick up the first book in this series.

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