Cover Art Coverage: 9 New Titles!

December 14, 2016 Cover Art Coverage 0

 

Cover Art Coverage

 Dark and light, detailed objects and Urban Fantasy heroes, this week’s covers span the gamut.

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Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) by Cassandra Clare

Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Source: Goodreads

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Lady Midnight (The Dark Art...

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Sunny Los Angeles can be a dark place indeed in Cassandra Clare’s Lord of Shadows, the sequel to the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Lady Midnight.

Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.

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Kim Says 

I like the movement, and the pretty sideways city really does it for me. This is the kind of cover that makes me look twice.

James Says 

As soon as I saw this one it reminded me of a cover I reviewed earlier. So I had to go back and look at the previous book in the series. Sure enough it was the book I was thinking of. It doesn’t work for me, I really don’t like the sideways city, but I’ll give it props for instantly reminding me of the previous book.

Ash and Quill (The Great Library #3) by Rachel Caine

Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Berkley

Source: Goodreads

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Ink and Bone (The Great Lib... Paper and Fire (The Great L...

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The unforgettable characters from Ink and Bone and Paper and Fire unite to save the Great Library of Alexandria from itself in this electrifying adventure in the New York Times bestselling series.

Hoarding all the knowledge of the world, the Great Library jealousy guards its secrets. But now a group of rebels poses a dangerous threat to its tyranny….

Jess Brightwell and his band of exiles have fled London, only to find themselves imprisoned in Philadelphia, a city led by those who would rather burn books than submit. But Jess and his friends have a bargaining chip: the knowledge to build a machine that will break the Library’s rule.

Their time is running out. To survive, they’ll have to choose to live or die as one, to take the fight to their enemies—and to save the very soul of the Great Library….

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Kim Says 

I feel like there’s too much text on this book. The tag line, the review, the series… I like the dark birds at the top of the burn pattern, but the words are too distracting.

James Says 

I agree, there’s a lot of text on the cover and not enough artwork. It’s not a book I would pick up.

Vanguard (Razorland #4) by Ann Aguirre

xpected publication: July 25th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

Source: Goodreads

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Enclave (Razorland, #1) Outpost (Razorland, #2) Horde (Razorland, #3)

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A companion fourth book in the New York Times—bestselling Razorland YA series reunites Deuce, Fade and Tegan as they fight a new war with the evolving and more intelligent Freaks.

The Razorland saga continues. Since the war ended, Tegan has dreamed of an epic journey, sowhen she has the opportunity to sign on as ship’s doctor, she can’t wait. It’spast time to chart her course. Millie Faraday, the kindest girl in the freeterritories, also yearns to outrun her reputation, and warrior-poet JamesMorrow would follow Tegan to the ends of the earth.

Their company seems set, but fate brings one more to theirnumber. Tegan will battle incredible odds while aiding Szarok, the Urochvanguard, who has ventured forth to save his people. Szarok is strange andbeautiful, like a flower that blooms only in the dark. She shouldn’t allow himclose, as such a relationship is both alien and forbidden. But through stormyseas and strange lands, she will become stronger than she ever knew.

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Kim Says 

That broken compass and the chains work. It’s all oversized and looks cool.

James Says 

Unlike Lord of Shadows, Vanguard is too similar to the earlier books in its series. There just isn’t anything special about it to me.

The Case of the Green-Dressed Ghost by Lucy Banks

Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Amberjack Publishing

Source: Goodreads

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Kester Lanner didn’t know what to expect when he followed his mother s dying request to contact the mysterious Dr. Ribero, but he wasn’t expecting to find his long lost father. Nor was he expecting to join the family business: catching supernatural spirits.

Kester is intrigued despite his fear, and finds himself drawn into an ancient ghost story that will test the entire agency.He soon becomes enmeshed in a struggle with the spirit, who is so malevolent and haunting that his first real case might just be his last.

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Kim Says 

If this book didn’t have the word supernatural written on it, I would have just tossed it on the mystery shelf and not looked twice at it. It looks way too bland to me.

James Says 

It’s too monochromatic for me. My eyes just move right passed it, nothing draws me in.

Sparks of Light (Into the Dim #2) by Janet B. Taylor

Expected publication: August 1st 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Source: Goodreads

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Into the Dim (Into the Dim,...

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For the first time in her life, Hope Walton has friends . . . and a (maybe) boyfriend. She’s a Viator, a member of a long line of time-traveling ancestors. When the Viators learn of a plan to steal a dangerous device from the inventor Nikola Tesla, only a race into the past can save the natural timeline from utter destruction. Navigating the glitterati of The Gilded Age in 1895 New York City, Hope and her crew will discover that high society can be as deadly as it is beautiful.

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Kim Says 

This looks like a tangle of blond hair. Nope.

James Says 

I like the font, but the image is just too weird

The Dark Days Pact (Lady Helen #2) by Alison Goodman

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June 1812. Just weeks after her catastrophic coming-out ball, Lady Helen Wrexhall—now disowned by her uncle—is a full member of the demon-hunting Dark Days Club. Her mentor, Lord Carlston, has arranged for Helen to spend the summer season in Brighton so that he can train her new Reclaimer powers. However, the long-term effects of Carlston’s Reclaimer work have taken hold, and his sanity is beginning to slip. At the same time, Carlston’s Dark Days Club colleague and nemesis will stop at nothing to bring Helen over to his side—and the Duke of Selburn is determined to marry her. The stakes are even higher for Helen as she struggles to become the warrior that everyone expects her to be.

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Kim Says 

She looks a bit stiff, but then they all did in the 1800s. I love her outfit and that jacket especially, but that glowing sword is a bit too Star Wars for me.

James Says 

This cover has a lot of potential, I just wish it actually extended to the whole cover. Because I really don’t like the how everything outside the center is just black.

The Gauntlet (The Cage #3) by Megan Shepherd

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Source: Goodreads

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The Cage (The Cage, #1) The Hunt (The Cage, #2)

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The Maze Runner meets Scott Westerfeld in the final novel in the gripping and romantic Cage series, about teens abducted from Earth by an otherworldly race.

Cora and her friends have escaped the Kindred station and landed at Armstrong—a supposed safe haven on a small moon—where they plan to regroup and figure out how to win the Gauntlet, the challenging competition to prove humanity’s intelligence and set them free. But Armstrong is no paradise; ruled by a power-hungry sheriff, it’s a violent world where the teens are enslaved and put to work in mines. As Nok’s due date grows closer, and Mali and Leon journey across space to rescue Cassian, the former inhabitants of the cage are up against impossible odds.

With the whole universe at stake, Cora will do whatever it takes, including pushing her body and mind to the breaking point, to escape Armstrong and run the Gauntlet. But it isn’t just a deranged sheriff she has to overcome: the other intelligent species—the Axion, Kindred, Gatherers, and Mosca—all have their own reasons to stop her. Not knowing who to trust, Cora must rely on her own instincts to win the competition, which could change the world—though it might destroy her in the process.

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Kim Says 

Why is she wearing a little dress in the desert? We’re supposed to believe this is a girl who will run a “gauntlet” and save the human race? She looks more like she’s going clubbing.

James Says 

I really like the border to this cover, but I agree about how’s she’s dressed. It doesn’t fit the story.

Hungry Ghosts (Eric Carter #3) by Stephen Blackmoore

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Source: Goodreads

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Dead Things (Eric Carter #1) Broken Souls (Eric Carter, #2)

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Necromancer Eric Carter’s problems keep getting bigger.

Bad enough he’s the unwilling husband to the patron saint of death, Santa Muerte, but now her ex, the Aztec King of the dead, Mictlantecuhtli has come back and it turns out that Carter and he are swapping places. As Mictlantecuhtli breaks loose of his prison of jade Carter is slowly turning to stone.

To make matters worse both gods are trying to get Carter to assassinate the other, but only one of them can be telling him the truth. And whichever god is left standing Carter’s likely to suffer the consequences.

Carter’s solution? Kill them both.

If he wants to get out of this situation with his soul intact he’ll have to go to Mictlan, the Aztec land of the dead, and take down a couple of death gods while facing down the worst the place has to offer him: his own sins.

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Kim Says 

He looks properly disheveled and I love it. The colours are a bit bright, but that stone arm and the pissed off look are both fab.

James Says 

I like the character, but the colors of the cover don’t work for me at all. They clash too harshly for me.

A Place of Stone and Shadow (Strands #3) by Jane Nickerson

Paperback, first, 373 pages

Source: Goodreads

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Strands of Bronze and Gold The Mirk and Midnight Hour

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When sixteen-year-old poetess Fiona O’Malley leaves her Grandmama’s care in New York and travels to attend Wyndriven Female Academy in Reconstruction-era Mississippi, she has a good deal to worry about. After all, for all of her nerve and outspoken nature, she has never been good at making friends. But with her new servant Bridey at her side—and a darkly endearing stranger who joins them on the train—Fiona sets out to find her own life, all the while hoping to leave the spirits she has been seeing behind her.

Fiona finds the atmosphere of Wyndriven’s ancient abbey home daunting, despite her best efforts. For a girl who can see spirits, the monstrous building—with its long history and many secrets—also holds the lives of all those who have lived there. And died there.

To Fiona’s delight, she does make good friends with the other girls, as well as with the spirit of an attractive eighteenth-century gentleman, and the charming estate manager. However, Fiona finds herself tested as the deeper secrets and mysteries of Wyndriven surround her. Will she be able to help those who truly need her? What will become of their lives—and their souls—if she is unable to overpower the mysterious evil that refuses to die?

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Kim Says 

It all looks a bit faded, especially next to the other covers in the series. I do like that the academy she’s sent to is so prominently featured. Big, old, haunted buildings tend to be characters in their own right, so hopefully that pants out.

James Says 

Just some stock images thrown together. Nothing here for me.

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