Cover Art Coverage: 13 New Titles!

November 11, 2015 Cover Art Coverage 0

 

Cover Art Coverage

Sometimes a cover is only as good as its title font, lighting and shadows can make or break the impact of the art it represents.

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The Shadow Hour (The Girl at Midnight #2) by Melissa Grey

Expected publication: July 12th 2016 by Delacorte Press

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Everything in Echo’s life changed in a blinding flash when she learned the startling truth: she is the firebird, the creature of light that is said to bring peace.

The firebird has come into the world, but it has not come alone. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and Echo can feel a great and terrible darkness rising in the distance. Cosmic forces threaten to tear the world apart.

Echo has already lost her home, her family, and her boyfriend. Now, as the firebird, her path is filled with even greater dangers than the ones she’s already overcome.

She knows the Dragon Prince will not fall without a fight.

Echo must decide: can she wield the power of her true nature–or will it prove too strong for her, and burn what’s left of her world to the ground?

Welcome to the shadow hour.

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Julia Says 

A little cartoony, perfect for a young, YA adventure.

Kristina Says 

I like how the flames form the monsters and the bird.

The Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish

Expected publication: May 10th 2016 by Vintage Canada

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For the first time since we launched Bitten by Kelley Armstrong, Random House Canada is thrilled to announce the debut of a new urban fantasy series. Kristi Charish’s The Voodoo Killings introduces Kincaid Strange, not your average voodoo practitioner…

For starters, she’s only 27. Then there’s the fact that she lives in rain-soaked Seattle, which is not exactly Haiti. And she’s broke. With raising zombies outlawed throughout the continental USA, Kincaid has to eke out a living running seances for university students with more money than brains who are desperate for guitar lessons with the ghost of a Seattle grunge rocker–who happens to be Kincaid’s on-again, off-again roommate.

Then a stray zombie turns up outside her neighbourhood bar: Cameron Wight, an up-and-coming visual artist with no recollection of how he died or who raised him. Not only is it dangerous for Kincaid to be caught with an unauthorized zombie, she soon realizes he’s tied to a spate of murders: someone is targeting the zombies and voodoo practitioners in Seattle’s infamous Underground City, a paranormal hub. When the police refuse to investigate, the City’s oldest and foremost zombie asks Kincaid to help. Raising ghosts and zombies is one thing, but finding a murderer? She’s broke, but she’s not stupid.

And then she becomes the target…As the saying goes, when it rains it pours, especially in Seattle.

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Julia Says 

This combination of a photograph plus scribbling seems like an odd match.  I just hope the main character is Asian, else the dress and fans are an even odder choice.

Kristina Says 

This is a pretty interesting cover. I like how the title is on the fans. It looks like she is in front of a chalkboard with the illustrations around her.

Siren’s Song (The Storm Siren Trilogy #3) by Mary Weber

Expected publication: March 1st 2016 by Thomas Nelson / HarperCollins

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Nym and Draewulf prepare to face off in a battle destined to destroy more lives than it saves.

With the loss of Tulla still fresh in mind, Rasha’s fate unknown, and Lord Myles taken over by the dark ability, Nym and the few Bron soldiers rush to warn Cashlin’s queen. Only to discover it may already be too late for the monarch and her eerie kingdom. As the Luminescents are sifting through Nym’s past memories and the queen is reading into her future, Nym is given a choice of how to defeat Draewulf, but the cost may be more than she can bear. And even then there are no guarantees.

With that reality burrowing into her bones—along with the guilt of the lives she will sacrifice—Nym returns to her homeland of Faelen to raise an army of peasants through promises of freedom. But when the few friends she has left, along with the world and citizens she loves, are staring down the face of a monster and his undead army, will Nym summon every element her blood is capable of controlling . . . or surrender to a different strength—one of sacrifice?

Because in the end, death may be more merciful for them all.

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Julia Says 

Is that part of her dress or a “back necklace” of some sort?  That’s the question I want answered, I’m doubting much of the narrative focuses on cover art costume design.  Pretty but generic cover art.

Kristina Says 

The green swishes for lack of a better word are really neat. It gives the cover an airy quality. What is up with the necklace? Or is that supposed to be the back of her dress? Either way it looks weird.

Bloodcraft (Bloodspell #2) by Amalie Howard

Expected publication: December 15th 2015

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All magic has its price, and no one knows that better than Victoria Warrick. Gifted with a centuries-old blood curse, Tori has finally learned to master her blood’s demands and has emerged triumphant with Christian Devereux, a vampire overlord, at her side.

But the worst is yet to come …

In the infamous City of Lights, home to both the Witch Clans and the Vampire Council, Tori enrolls at the exclusive Belles Fontaines school in Paris, where she is faced with a devastating choice: choose Christian and be an outcast, or choose the coven and secure her place with the witches.

When the fate of the supernatural world is targeted by a sinister new threat, Christian and Victoria must unite their two warring species to defeat it. Their bond will be tested, twisted, and sorely weakened, and Tori will find herself in uncharted territory—a dangerous place to be when her blood’s magic has its own dark agenda.

But to save them all, she may have no choice but to invoke its deadly power.

*NOTE: Bloodcraft is Upper YA / New Adult (for mature content–violence, sensuality, & language)

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Julia Says 

Simple elements, but the patina blends them beautifully.  Other than gothic lettering, however, I’m not sure why the windblown girl is supposed to signal “magic”.

Kristina Says 

Another flowing, pretty dress cover! I like the faded lettering. The title font is a bit hard to read though.

Mystique by Shari Arnold

Expected publication: November 17th 2015 by Createspace

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Only Bauer Grant can pull off gorgeous while dead. But staying dead is another thing entirely. When he wakes up at his own funeral, the town of Mystique calls it a miracle, until it happens again. Something is bringing the residents of Mystique back to life, but what? Presley Caine finds herself caught up in the mystery when Bauer asks her to visit him. Presley can’t figure out why the most popular guy in school is so drawn to her. And when Bauer is kidnapped soon after, she looks to Bauer’s brooding best friend Sam, whose dad works for the powerful Mystique military base, for answers. In her quest to discover the truth, Presley’s relationship with Sam deepens, her feelings for Bauer are tested, and it becomes clear that her own mysterious past is somehow connected to these strange events. But is she strong enough to handle the truth when it is finally revealed?
COMING FALL/2015

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Julia Says 

What a weird mix of “after school special” and “ominous horror movie tagline”.  Weird and offputting, I am not a fan.

Kristina Says 

Well that’s a morbid phrase to put on the cover. This doesn’t really have anything paranormal about. It’s implied I guess but it could really just be a contemporary general fiction story.

The Inquisition (Summoner #2) by Taran Matharu

Expected publication: May 10th 2016 by Feiwel & Friends

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More demons, epic battles, and fights to the death: introducing the unmissable next installment in the Summoner Trilogy…

On trial for a crime he did not commit, Fletcher must face the Inquisition who will decide his future – the process is gruelling, lead by those who will do anything to see him suffer and haunted by ghosts from the past with clues to Fletcher’s tragic origins.

But Fletcher has little time to dwell on these new revelations when the king announces a deadly challenge to the graduating students at Vocans. One that involves entering Orc territory to complete a risky mission. With loyal demons by their sides, commoners and nobles, dwarves and elves must overcome barriers of class and race and work together to triumph. The reward: a fortune in gold, the safety of an empire and PEACE.

With the entire empire watching, Fletcher has much to prove, but there are those out to get him and it soon becomes clear that there’s a traitor in their midst, trying to thwart the mission and create unrest within the Empire.

With everything stacked against him, Fletcher must use everything in his power to fight his way to victory.

‘Friendship, loyalty, magic and political intrigue beckon …’ The Bookseller

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Julia Says 

I like these covers, very graphic novel-esque.

Kristina Says 

When your bow and arrow doesn’t work just use your sword. The greenery helps give the cover a fantastical feel. Also, no one expects the Spanish Inquisition. There. I just had to get in a Monty Python joke for this cover.

The Lost Compass (The Fog Diver #2) by Joel Ross

Expected publication: May 24th 2016 by HarperCollins

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In the high-stakes sequel to The Fog Diver, thirteen-year-old Chess and his crew must stop the deadly and mysterious Fog from enveloping the city of Port Oro and destroying their world.

Chess and his crew—Hazel, Swedish, and Bea—may have escaped the slums, but they cannot escape the Fog that threatens to swallow the entire mountaintop city of Port Oro.

Only one thing can stop the fog: an ancient machine known as the Compass. Only one person can find it: Chess. With the help of his crew, Chess faces dangerous encounters, brutal battles, and deadly driftsharks to unearth the hidden instrument. It’s a race against time to save this high-altitude sanctuary.

With adventure at every turn, peril behind every corner, and a few determined slum kids who are up to the task, Joel Ross presents a fantastic world in this fast-paced follow-up to The Fog Diver.

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Julia Says 

These are gorgeous little adventure covers, catnip for kids.

Kristina Says 

There doesn’t seem to be much of a focal point for this cover. Maybe I am just having a hard time figuring out what I am looking at.

Wishing Day (Wishing Series #1) by Lauren Myracle

Expected publication: May 3rd 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books

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On the third night of the third month after a girl’s thirteenth birthday, every girl in the town of Willow Hill makes three wishes.

The first wish is an impossible wish.
The second is a wish she can make come true herself.
And the third is the deepest wish of her secret heart.

Natasha is the oldest child in a family steeped in magic, though she’s not sure she believes in it. She’s full to bursting with wishes, however. She misses her mother, who disappeared nearly eight long years ago. She has a crush on one of the cutest boys in her class, and she thinks maybe it would be nice if her very first kiss came from him. And amid the chaos of a house full of sisters, aunts, and a father lost in grief, she aches to simply be…noticed.

So Natasha goes to the willow tree at the top of the hill on her Wishing Day, and she makes three wishes. What unfolds is beyond anything she could have imagined.

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Julia Says 

Very childish and cute.  I’m not a real fan of how her braid echoes the tree branches, but that’s not a deal breaker.

Kristina Says 

I love the illustration for this cover.

Sword in the Stacks (The Ninja Librarians #2) by Jen Swann Downey

Published April 7th 2015 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

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Julia Says 

A little awkward when the series name is a lot more prominent than the title, but I love the retro, Scooby Doo vibe of this art.

Kristina Says 

Yes please! There are some pretty crazy things happening in this library based on this cover and the title. I need to read this and find more out about these ninja librarians.

Once Upon a Dream (Twisted Tales #2) by Liz Braswell

Expected publication: April 5th 2016 by Disney Press

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What if the sleeping beauty never woke up? Once Upon a Dream marks the second book in a new YA line that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways.

It should be simple–a dragon defeated, a slumbering maiden, a prince poised to wake her. But when said prince falls asleep as soon as his lips meet the princess’s, it is clear that this fairy tale is far from over.

With a desperate fairy’s last curse infiltrating her mind, Princess Aurora will have to navigate a dangerous and magical landscape deep in the depths of her dreams. Soon she stumbles upon Phillip, a charming prince eager to join her quest. But with Maleficent’s agents following her every move, Aurora struggles to discover who her true allies are, and moreover, who she truly is. Time is running out. Will the sleeping beauty be able to wake herself up?

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Julia Says 

I love the fairy tale inside her head, lovely.

Kristina Says 

I think that is her crown on her head. That’s the best thing I can come up with it besides warped guitar bit. I like the images appearing in her head.

The Spirit Heir (A Dance of Dragons #2) by Kaitlyn Davis

Published October 21st 2014 by Createspace

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From bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis comes the second book in the thrilling A Dance of Dragons series—perfect for fans of Throne of Glass, Graceling, and Game of Thrones!

Drenched in darkness and surrounded by the echo of screams, Jinji waits deep in the dungeons of Rayfort, haunted by the memory of the knife stabbing Rhen, plagued by a foreign voice whispering through her mind. A few floors above, Rhen rests trapped in a coma, about to wake to a changed world—a world where his best friend is a woman, his nephew is the king, and an enemy army surrounds him on all sides.

But human wars are insignificant compared to the darkness gathering unseen. Memories of lives she never lived flash through Jinji’s thoughts, hinting at a past that cannot be repeated. A mysterious phantom visits Rhen, carrying cryptic messages of the future. And somewhere out there, the shadow continues to lurk in silence.

Startled by their altered relationship and tempted by new feelings, Rhen and Jinji must find a way to work together. The fate of humanity rests on their shoulders and the real battle has only just begun…

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Julia Says 

The image isn’t bad, but that title font is terrible.  The sword as a “T” matches book 1, but the blue shadow on the letters makes this look very cheap.

Kristina Says 

That sword does not do a good job as the letter ‘t’. This seems to be a thing with this series though. Swords pretending to be letters is just odd.

Hunter (Hunter #1) by Mercedes Lackey

Published September 1st 2015 by Disney-Hyperion

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They came after the Diseray. Some were terrors ripped from our collective imaginations, remnants of every mythology across the world. And some were like nothing anyone had ever dreamed up, even in their worst nightmares.

Monsters.

Long ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were ripped open, and it’s taken centuries to bring back civilization in the wake of the catastrophe. Now, the luckiest Cits live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the hideous creatures fighting to break through. Others are not so lucky.

To Joyeaux Charmand, who has been a Hunter in her tight-knit mountain community since she was a child, every Cit without magic deserves her protection from dangerous Othersiders. Then she is called to Apex City, where the best Hunters are kept to protect the most important people.

Joy soon realizes that the city’s powerful leaders care more about luring Cits into a false sense of security than protecting them. More and more monsters are getting through the barriers, and the close calls are becoming too frequent to ignore. Yet the Cits have no sense of how much danger they’re in—to them, Joy and her corps of fellow Hunters are just action stars they watch on TV.

When an act of sabotage against Joy takes an unbearable toll, she uncovers a terrifying conspiracy in the city. There is something much worse than the usual monsters infiltrating Apex. And it may be too late to stop them…

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Julia Says 

A pretty title font but the shadowing on it looks a little cheap.  But who am I kidding, all I needed to see were the words “Mercedes Lackey” on the cover, I’m in!

Kristina Says 

The title is in the way of the dragon. Never get in the way of dragons! Also, the cover is kind of meh.

Dating an Alien Pop Star by Kendra L. Saunders

Expected publication: June 7th 2016 by Crimson Tree Publishing

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Daisy Kirkwood has only just escaped her small-town life and run away to New York City, the land of last-minute secret gigs at famous musical venues, when she’s kidnapped by aliens. Unfortunately, no one ever writes about how to handle alien abduction in those fancy NYC guidebooks.

Griffin and Dev are supermassively sexy aliens from a politically and environmentally troubled planet who arrive on Earth with very little knowledge about human ways other than what they learned from a wayward E! News signal. Their mission is to pretend to be the most influential people on the planet—English pop stars, of course!—and gain the help of a powerful secret society. Upon arriving, they abduct Daisy Kirkwood, a nerdy young woman who loves music but could seriously use a bit of help in the love-life department. Though Griffin and Daisy initially squabble, neither can deny the intergalactic sparks whenever they’re too close to each other. Together, they must face murderous aliens, cultural misunderstandings, bad backup musicians, and the dark side of fame and the media, all set against a tight deadline…

Part High Fidelity, part Bridget Jones’ Diary, part Doctor Who, Dating an Alien Pop Star is a sexy romantic comedy.

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Julia Says 

Wow, wow, just *wow*.  This book has one hell of a concept, and this cover is just perfect.  I mean, the graphic looks more like “heavy metal” than “pop star”, but that seems like splitting hairs.

Kristina Says 

I love the title. It sounds like this book will be fun just from that title and reading the description it confirms my suspicion of fun times. I gave it a middle thumb solely because it needs more sparkle. That’s a selfishly personal opinion on the quality of the cover. One can never have enough sparkle when pop star aliens are in the picture.

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