Cover Art Coverage: 14 New Titles!

October 28, 2015 Cover Art Coverage 0

 

Cover Art Coverage

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Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare

Expected publication: March 8th 2016 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Source: Goodreads

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Los Angeles. It’s been five years since the events of the Mortal Instruments when Nephilim stood poised on the brink of oblivion and Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs lost her parents. After the blood and violence she witnessed as a child, Emma has dedicated her life to to discovering exactly what it was that killed her parents and getting her revenge.

Raised in the Los Angeles Institute with the Blackthorn family, Emma is paired as a parabatai with her best friend, Julian Blackthorn. A series of murders in the city catch her attention — they seem to have the same characteristics as the deaths of her parents. Could the murderer be the same person? And her attention isn’t the only one caught: someone has been murdering Downworlders as well. The Fair Folk make a deal with the Institute: if the Blackthorns and Emma will investigate the killings, they’ll return Mark Blackthorn to his home. The catch: they have only two weeks to find the killers. Otherwise it’s open war between faeries and Nephilim.

The Shadowhunters of the Institute must race against time to catch the killers, even as they begin to suspect the involvement of those closest to them. At the same time, Emma is falling in love with the one person in the world she’s absolutely forbidden by Shadowhunter Law to love. Set against the glittering backdrop of present-day Los Angeles, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches from the warlock-run nightclubs of the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica.

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Julia Says 

While “girl in the water” has been over done, “girl in the water with a sword” was my first love.  I am so in!

Kristina Says 

Wow. That’s really pretty. Is she under water or in the air? Which direction is everything?

The Flame Never Dies (The Stars Never Rise #2) by Rachel Vincent

Expected publication: June 1st 2016 by Delacorte Press

Source: Goodreads

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Julia Says 

The feather is kind of boring, the title font is the star of the cover (which doesn’t work that well).

Kristina Says 

I like how some of the letters are slowly dissolving into smoke. I assume the feather means something to the story as feathers tend to not have much to do with flames…

The Epidemic (The Program #0.6) by Suzanne Young

Expected publication: April 19th 2016 by Simon Pulse

Source: Goodreads

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  The Treatment (The Program, #2) 

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Can one girl help others find closure by slipping into the identities of their loved ones? Find out in this riveting sequel to The Remedy and companion to the New York Times bestselling The Treatment and The Program.

In a world before The Program

Quinlan McKee has spent her life acting as other people. She was a closer, a person hired to play the role of the recently deceased in order to give their families closure. Through this process, Quinn learned to read people and situations, even losing a bit of herself to do so. But she couldn’t have guessed how her last case would bring down her entire world.

The only person Quinn trusts is Deacon, her best friend and the love of her life. Except Deacon’s been keeping secrets of his own, so Quinn must set out alone to find Arthur Pritchard, the doctor who’s been trying to control her life. The journey brings Quinn to Arthur’s daughter, Virginia, who tells Quinn the truth about Pritchard&amp’s motives. The former closer will start to see that she is the first step in fighting an epidemic.

But Quinlan doesn’t want to be a cure. And with all the lies surrounding her, she realizes she has no one left to rely on but herself, even if she doesn’t know who that is anymore.

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Julia Says 

If Julia Stiles and Daria had a baby, it would be this cover model.  Not bad for a short story.

Kristina Says 

The girl reminds me of those girls I avoided in high school. Kind a mean looking with a bad attitude. Other than that the cover fits well with the sterility of the rest of the covers.

The Dark Vampire (The Last True Vampire #3) by Kate Baxter

Expected publication: May 3rd 2016 by Headline Eternal

Source: Goodreads

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The grave threat to the tortured race of vampires is greater than ever in THE DARK VAMPIRE. An unforgettable, intensely emotional, and hot series for fans of J.R. Ward, Nalini Singh, Lara Adrian and Larissa Ione.

Jenner is a newly-turned vampire who stalks the night like a wild beast of prey, hunting and feeding his appetites with a string of willing women…and always wanting more. Nothing can satisfy the aching hunger that burns inside him – until he crosses paths with a beautiful, innocent vampire who sets his soul on fire.

Bria has never been able to escape the confines of her uncle’s home. But when the smolderingly sexy Jenner saves her – and promises to be her body guard – Bria is brought to a dark world of dangerous, insatiable desire. But once they feed upon each other, they expose themselves to an evil that they never saw coming…and now there’s no turning back. Will they divide and conquer – or stay together and lose it all to lust?

Addicted to the wild world of the Last True Vampire? Don’t miss the earlier books in the series, The Last True Vampire and The Warrior Vampire.

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Julia Says 

Is that a shirtless Antonio Banderas?  I’m going to say it is.  That’s probably the only interesting thing about this cover, doesn’t look paranormal, but typical Paranormal Romance.

Kristina Says 

Yay a boring shirtless dude cover! Those are some pointy nipples there. Is it that cold where he is? Also, I think he shaved his armpits or the hair was Photoshopped out.

Nil on Fire (Nil #3) by Lynne Matson

Expected publication: May 31st 2016 by Henry Holt and Co.

Source: Goodreads

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Despite Rives and Skye’s attempt to destroy Nil, the island remains. And back in this world, Nil won’t let Skye go. Haunted by a darkness she can’t ignore, Skye wrestles with Nil nightmares that worsen by the day and threaten to tear her apart. As the island grows in power, Skye fights to keep her mind intact. Soon Skye realizes that to finally break free of Nil, she must end Nil’s vicious cycle once and for all–and she can’t do it alone.

Who will return to Nil, and in the end, who will survive? In this thrilling final installment of the Nil series, the stakes have never been higher: everyone’s fate hangs in the balance, including Nil’s own–and Nil will fight to the death. When the full force of the island is unleashed, Skye faces an impossible choice, a cruel one she’d never imagined she’d have to make. As the island’s clock ticks away, one Nil truth becomes painfully clear: only one side can win.

Perfect for fans of Lost and survivalist stories, NIL ON FIRE is a stunning conclusion to the Nil trilogy that will leave readers breathless.

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Julia Says 

This cover fits the series, which appears to be a number of magical weather events.  While this fits a book about an island, it’s not the best example from the series.

Kristina Says 

I like the fire effect on the title font. Not a fan of the yellow rays only because they get in the way of what looks like a lovely view of the beach and palm trees.

The Custodian of Marvels (Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire #3) by Rod Duncan

Expected publication: February 2nd 2016 by Angry Robot

Source: Goodreads

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You’d have to be mad to steal from the feared International Patent Office. But that’s what Elizabeth Barnabus is about to try. A one-time enemy from the circus has persuaded her to attempt a heist that will be the ultimate conjuring trick.
Hidden in the vaults of the Patent Court in London lie secrets that could shake the very pillars of the Gas-Lit Empire. All that stands in Elizabeth’s way are the agents of the Patent Office, a Duke’s private army and the mysterious Custodian of Marvels.
Rod Duncan returns with the climactic volume of the Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire, the breathtaking alternate history series that began with the Philip K Dick Award-nominated The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter.

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Julia Says 

Another strong series style, but this one really works for me.  Very cool steam-punk.

Kristina Says 

Skulls and steampunk. I like it. The way the title is split up and on the sides of the cover is pretty interesting too.

The Blood Scion (The Scion Legacy #1) by Nazarea Andrews

Published 2015 by A&A Literary

Source: Goodreads

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I was just a reporter, trying to stay ahead of my student loans. I knew the rules, and I followed them.
I thought I knew how the world worked—humans lived their petty little lives in the safety of the sun. We loved and fought and—when the sun sank—we scurried behind our walls and lived in fear. That is when the monsters came out to play.
And even in the safety of the sun, we knew who ruled us.
The Houses. And their Scions.
Everyone knows the great Houses and their Scions—they are feared and loved and hated and envied. They are the gods who walk the shadows and rule all of our lives. They are salvation and death.
And somehow, I am one of them.

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Julia Says 

The image quality of this cover is… odd.  Not meaning that it’s “low” quality”, more that it has a distinct quality that is odd.  The way the title bleeds through the thorns and the birds flying mashes three different levels of perspective into one.  Maybe that is what feels so odd?

Kristina Says 

The circle of thorns or branches is oddly placed. Without that it’s a decent cover.

The Marked Girl (Marked Girl #1) by Lindsey Klingele

Expected publication: June 21st 2016 by Harper Collins

Source: Goodreads

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Once upon a time, in a land far, far away (Los Angeles)…

When Cedric, crowned prince of Caelum, and his fellow royal friends (including his betrothed, Kat) find themselves stranded in modern-day L.A. via a magical portal and an evil traitor named Malquin, all they want to do is get home to Caelum—soon. Then they meet Liv, a filmmaker foster girl who just wants to get out of the system and on with her life. As she and Cedric bond, they’ll discover that she’s more connected to his world than they ever could’ve imagined…and that finding home is no easy task…

Worlds collide in The Marked Girl, an exciting fantasy tale turned upside down.

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Julia Says 

What… what?  Wow.  I took a very close look, I don’t know how there is an inverted cityscape in the sky of the forest, but I’m enjoying it.

Kristina Says 

It’s pretty but confusing. The buildings are hanging from the sky?

Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined (Twilight #5) by Stephenie Meyer

Published October 6th 2015 by Little, Brown

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Celebrate the tenth anniversary of Twilight! This special double-feature book includes the classic novel, Twilight, and a bold and surprising reimagining, Life and Death, by Stephenie Meyer.

Packaged as an oversize, jacketed hardcover “flip book,” this edition features nearly 400 pages of new content as well as exquisite new back cover art. Readers will relish experiencing the deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful love story of Bella and Edward through fresh eyes.

Twilight has enraptured millions of readers since its first publication in 2005 and has become a modern classic, redefining genres within young adult literature and inspiring a phenomenon that has had readers yearning for more. The novel was a #1 New York Times bestseller, a #1USA Today bestseller, a Time magazine Best Young Adult Book of All Time, an NPR Best-Ever Teen Novel, and a New York Times Editor’s Choice. The Twilight Saga, which also includes New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella, and The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide, has sold nearly 155 million copies worldwide.

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Julia Says 

This cover is a perfect fit for a book that I thought was a parody.  Knowing it’s real makes it all the better, I’m so happy.

Kristina Says 

I like how it recalls the first Twilight book except with a different color apple and one hand instead of two.

Ash Remains (Mall Rats #4) by Lily Herne

Published April 2nd 2015 by Much-in-Little

Source: Goodreads

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Deadlands (Mall Rats, #1) Death of a Saint (Mall Rats, #2) 

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Everything’s better with zombies – not. The electrifying final instalment of Lily Herne’s Mall Rats series…

Struggling to cope with their physical and mental scars, the remaining Mall Rats limp back home to Cape Town. They think they have the answer to all the enclave’s problems. They think they’re going to get a hero’s welcome. But things have changed since they’ve been gone. And not for the better…

Meanwhile, the Army of the Left is preparing to wipe out the dead once and for all. Its leaders think they’ve come up with a faultless plan. They think they have a secret weapon that will set the city free once and for all.

They’re wrong.

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Julia Says 

Very tweenie, love the tag line.

Kristina Says 

This looks like a pretty interesting cover. I like the green tape instead of the typical yellow. It took me an embarrasingly long time to figure out why that phrase was grammatically incorrect on a final copy of a cover. That hyphen between Zombies and Not needs to be bigger!

Iniquity (The Premonition #5) by Amy A. Bartol

Expected publication: December 8th 2015

Source: Goodreads

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I gasp as my body curls toward Brennus like a flower to the sun, for the pleasure of it. He holds me close to him. His nose grazes the length of my neck. He breathes me in. I feel the roar and rush of my heartbeat. I’m his toy; his energy streams into me. He winds the invisible key in my back and the euphoria ratchets and coils inside of me: tick…tick…tick…

Another wicked surge of energy flows from him into me. Pain. Pleasure. Bliss. My jaw unclenches as my lips part. I make a small, breathy sound as we dance. Brennus responds with something close to a growl. “Ye’re killing me, mo chroí,” he murmurs. His hand moves down my back infusing me with a golden glow of power. My wings punch violently from me, tearing a hole in my day dress. They spread wide, like a red stain beyond my pale skin. I’m dancing now for the thrill of it. I follow his lead.

As the song comes to an end, Brennus kisses my throat. He whispers in my ear, “When ye get back, come find me, mo chroí. I’ve healed ye…now wake up and banjax whoever banished ye here…”

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Julia Says 

Does the feather turn ash white for book 6?

Kristina Says 

This cover looks very similar to one of the earlier ones in this list. It looks really close aside from the colors. I like how they keep the theme of the falling feather throughout the series.

The Visitor (Graveyard Queen #4) by Amanda Stevens

Expected publication: March 29th 2016 by Mira

Source: Goodreads

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My name is Amelia Gray. I’m the Graveyard Queen. 

Restoring lost and abandoned cemeteries is my profession, but I’m starting to believe that my true calling is deciphering the riddles of the dead. Legend has it that Kroll Cemetery is a puzzle no one has ever been able to solve. For over half a century, the answer has remained hidden within the strange headstone inscriptions and intricate engravings. Because uncovering the mystery of that tiny, remote graveyard may come at a terrible price. 

Years after their mass death, Ezra Kroll’s disciples lie unquiet, their tormented souls trapped within the walls of Kroll Cemetery, waiting to be released by someone strong and clever enough to solve the puzzle. For whatever reason, I’m being summoned to that graveyard by both the living and the dead. Every lead I follow, every clue I unravel brings me closer to an unlikely killer and to a destiny that will threaten my sanity and a future with my love, John Devlin.

My name is Amelia Gray. I’m the Graveyard Queen. 

Restoring lost and abandoned cemeteries is my profession, but I’m starting to believe that my true calling is deciphering the riddles of the dead. Legend has it that Kroll Cemetery is a puzzle no one has ever been able to solve. For over half a century, the answer has remained hidden within the strange headstone inscriptions and intricate engravings. Because uncovering the mystery of that tiny, remote graveyard may come at a terrible price. 

Years after their mass death, Ezra Kroll’s disciples lie unquiet, their tormented souls trapped within the walls of Kroll Cemetery, waiting to be released by someone strong and clever enough to solve the puzzle. For whatever reason, I’m being summoned to that graveyard by both the living and the dead. Every lead I follow, every clue I unravel brings me closer to an unlikely killer and to a destiny that will threaten my sanity and a future with my love, John Devlin.

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Julia Says 

This cover is a huge departure for the series, but I like it.  This is a very classy, eerie look.

Kristina Says 

I like the spooky quality of this cover. Graveyard settings will do that. I don’t like it when the author’s name is bigger than the title. Also, the previous covers in this series are beautiful. Why did they change it up on the fourth book?

The Countdown (The Taking #3) by Kimberly Derting

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She may no longer be human…but she’s their only hope.

Every morning since she was abducted and then returned to Earth, Kyra Agnew has felt a searing pain in her gut. It’s as unavoidable as the dawn and comes like clockwork. Too busy running from a shady government agency and rescuing Tyler, the boy she loves, Kyra hasn’t had enough energy to focus on what the strange, stabbing sensation could mean. Then Kyra is captured by an unexpected enemy who knows exactly what the pain is: a signal that time is running out. The aliens are coming, and Kyra fears they will destroy everyone in their path.

As much as she hates to admit it, technically, Kyra is an alien too—they replaced all of her human DNA with their own. But in doing so, the aliens gave her supernatural gifts, like incredible healing, enhanced eyesight, and telekinetic powers. Now Kyra has to wonder…are her new abilities actually a curse? Is she, as her captors believe, meant to play some key role in helping the alien invasion? Is it programmed into her, something inescapable? Or can she fight that destiny?

No matter what the truth is, Kyra is sure of one thing. She just got Tyler back and she is not going to stand by and let anyone hurt him or her friends. Whatever it takes, Kyra will do everything in her power to save the world…even if it means making the ultimate sacrifice.

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Julia Says 

This looks like a military thriller to me, which fits the “big government” vibe.  Still, a little forgettable.

Kristina Says 

Wow. Very classic sci-fi. That tagline is making me think that bright light is “Hal” from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game #1) by Evelyn Skye

Expected publication: May 17th 2016 by Balzer + Bray

Source: Goodreads

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Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

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Julia Says 

I’d like this “city as crown” image if there was depth to the skyline.  It looks like a paper crown, and she is sort of lost in the amorphous ocean around it.  Cool concept, but the execution looks overly photoshopped.

Kristina Says 

I like how the castle is in the shape of a crown and the crown looks paper-like a toy or a game piece.

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