Cover Art Coverage: 13 New Titles!

April 26, 2017 Cover Art Coverage 0

 

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The Unlikeable Demon Hunter (Nava Katz #1) by Deborah Wilde

Published April 18th 2017 by Te Da Media

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Bridesmaids meets Buffy with a dash of the seven deadly sins.

The age-old story of what happens when a foul-mouthed, romance impaired heroine with no edit button and a predilection for hot sex is faced with her worst nightmare–a purpose.

Ari Katz is intelligent, driven, and will make an excellent demon hunter once initiated into the Brotherhood of David. However, this book is about his twin Nava: a smart-ass, self-cultivated hot mess, who is thrilled her brother is stuck with all the chosen one crap.

When Nava half-drunkenly interrupts Ari’s induction ceremony, she expects to be chastised. What she doesn’t expect is to take her brother’s place among the–until now–all-male demon hunters. Even worse? Her infuriating leader is former rock star Rohan Mitra.

Too bad Rohan’s exactly what Nava’s always wanted: the perfect bad boy fling with no strings attached, because he may also be the one to bring down her carefully erected emotional shields. That’s as dangerous as all the evil fiends vying for the bragging rights of killing the only female ever chosen for Demon Club.

Odds of survival: eh.

Odds of having a very good time with Rohan before she bites it: much better.

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Kate Says 

I like that she’s chewing bubble gum, I dislike that the background is swirled around her. I might read this based on title and bubble gum alone.

James Says 

I really dislike the background, a blurry cityscape is even worse than a boring photoshopped one. However, I love the character. The bubblegum, the clothes, especially the t-shirt, and her pose are just awesome!

Blood Fury (Black Dagger Legacy #3) by J. R. Ward

Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Ballantine Books

Source: Goodreads

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A tough vampire warrior in training and her fellow aristocratic trainee struggle to deny the attraction they feel for one another as they prepare for the looming war ahead. The latest in a new paranormal romance series set in the world of the #1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood.

Brothers at the Black Dagger Brotherhood training center push recruits to the limit to become faster and stronger than ever before as they continue preparing for the fight against the lessening society. Novo, a resilient survivor and a bit rough around the edges, has overcome a great deal, including her intense attraction to suave, aristocratic Peyton. The two fighters shared a passionate physical connection. But when Peyton finally comes to terms with and admits his true feelings for Novo she rejects him for a more stable male. Now they must train in close quarters and eventually confront the feelings they still undoubtedly harbor for one another.

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Kate Says 

Super boring, but at least he has a shirt I guess?

James Says 

There isn’t anything here. The publisher expects to sell the book on the author’s name alone.

Awaken the Damned (League of Guardians #3) by Juliana Stone

Published by Juliana Stone Publishing

Source: Goodreads

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Immortal Templar Knight, Gabriel DuRocher, pledged allegiance to the League of Guardians centuries ago. Now known simply as Priest, he lives in the shadows and upholds his vow to maintain balance between the realms. He will do anything to achieve his goal. When his former mentor is found dead, Priest comes face to face with a past he thought never to see again. A dark past hunting the streets of New Orleans…

Vampire Asha, has been awakened from the darkness. Entombed for centuries she’s hungry for revenge, and while this new world holds many surprises for her, none is more surprising than Priest, her former lover, long thought dead. The two are on opposite sides of a war she has no interest in—a war she has no control over. A war that could see one of them perish…

As desire and vengeance collide, the lines become blurred, and the question becomes…who will survive?

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Kate Says 

Took me a while to realize he was wearing a sweatshirt, and I totally do not get the different colors and why they’re used where they’re used. It doesn’t make sense to have the title two different colors?

James Says 

That guy is WAY to old to be wearing a hoodie like that. It looks ridiculous, and the smokiness is horrible too.

The Monster Hunter Files (Monster Hunter International) Edited by Larry Correia & Jonathan Maberry

Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Baen Books

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For well over a century, Monster Hunter International has kept the world safe from supernatural threats small and large–and in some cases very, very large. Now, join us as MHI opens their archives for the first time. From experienced Hunters on their toughest cases, to total newbies’ initial encounters with the supernatural, The Monster Hunter Files reveals the secret history of the world’s most elite monster fighting force. Find out what happened when Agent Franks took on the Nazis in World War Two, or how the Vatican’s Combat Exorcists deal with Old Ones in Mexico. What takes place in a turf war between trailer park elves and gnomes? From the most powerful of mystical beings to MHI’s humble janitor, see the world of professional monster hunting like never before.

Featuring seventeen all new tales based on Larry Correia’s bestselling series, from New York Times bestselling authors Jim Butcher, John Ringo, Jessica Day George, Jonathan Maberry, Faith Hunter, and many more.

Larry Correia “Thistle” -Owen and the MHI team take on a new monster in Arizona.
Jim Butcher “Small Problems” – MHI’s janitorial staff has to handle some “small problems”
Mike Kuparii “Darkness Under The Mountain” – Cooper quits and takes a freelance hunting gig in Afghanistan for a Chinese mining company.
Jessica Day George “A Knight Of the Enchanted Forest” – Trailer park elves vs. Gnomes TURF WAR
John C. Wright “The Manticore Sanction” – Cold War Era betrayal and espionage with Britain’s equivalent to STFU.
Maurice Broaddus “The Dead Yard” – Trip attends to to some family business in Jamaica, voodoo ensues.
Brad Torgersen “The Bride” – Benjamin Franklin cut deals with other things besides Franks.
Faith Hunter “She Bitch, Killer of Kits” – Jane Yellowrock teams up with MHI to take care of some werewolves in the Appalachians
Jody Lynn Nye “Mr. Natural” – an STFU unit has to deal with hippies and plant monsters in the 1970s.
Quincy J Allen “Sons Of The Father” – Two brothers find out about what their dad used to do for a living, and kill a whole lot of monsters in the process.
Alex Shvartsman “The Troll Factory” – Heather Kerkonen needs a favor from an MHI recruit when a mission in Russia goes sideways.
Kim May “Keep Kaiju Weird” – Just because a Kitsune has earned her PUFF exemption doesn’t mean she is going to let some monster wreck Portland.
Steve Diamond “The Gift” – The Vatican’s Hunters from the Blessed Order of St. Hubert the Protector deal with Old Ones in Mexico.
John Ringo “The Case of the Ghastly Specter” – Chad Gardnier recounts one of his missions from the 1980s.
Bryan Thomas Schmidt & Julie Frost “Huffman Strikes Back” – Cecil Huffman had a brother, and he’s got a grudge to settle against Owen Pitt.
Sarah A. Hoyt “Hunter Born” – Remember when we mentioned that monster hunting screwed up Julie Shackleford’s junior prom?
Jonathan Maberry “Hitler’s Dog” – In WW2, Agent Franks really hated Nazis, dealing with Golem of Prague doesn’t improve his disposition either.

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Kate Says 

These covers are a little too old school for me (font, imagery, etc) but they’re recognizable and I like the colors.

James Says 

Despite the fact that I’m the youngest one here, I love the old school covers. But I’m very biased when it comes to MHI. I have most of my MHI books signed, and two of them are leather bound.

Midnight Reynolds and the Spectral Transformer by Catherine Holt

Expected publication: September 1st 2017 by Albert Whitman Company

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When twelve year-old misfit Midnight Reynolds takes a job helping out eccentric Miss Appleby in the mansion down the street, she never imagined her work would involve battling ghosts. But as it turns out, Midnight and her new employer have quite a bit in common—they were both born on Halloween and have the power to see spirits of the dead. But when Midnight learns more about the history of her town, she starts to wonder if she’s fighting on the right side.

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Kate Says 

Super cute! I’d like it even more if the girl looked a little less scared.

James Says 

I like it. It’s simple, but still quality artwork.

Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms #6) by Morgan Rhodes

Expected publication: December 12th 2017 by Razorbill

Source: Goodreads

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As two lethal elemental gods set out to destroy Mytica, sworn enemies must become allies in the final fight to save the kingdoms.

Jonas continues to willfully defy his destiny, but the consequences of plotting his own course are drastic. As the fight for Mytica rages on, he must decide just how much more he’s willing to sacrifice.

Lucia knows there’s something special about her daughter and she’ll do anything to protect her, even if that means facing Kyan alone.

Amara is called back home to Kraeshia. Grandma Cortas has her own plans for Mytica’s future. She promises Amara power, revenge, and dominance if she agrees to be part of her scheme.

Magnus and Cleo‘s love will be put to the ultimate test. Dark magic is causing widespread destruction throughout the kingdom. Enemies across the sea are advancing. And unrest is stirring throughout the land. Is their love strong enough to withstand the outside forces tearing them apart?

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Kate Says 

Not sure why, but I really like this. It fits well with the other books in the series, and I like how the two characters seem to portray a reconciliation of some sort.

James Says 

This one is great! There’s a guy and a girl on the cover and there’s almost no skin showing! How is that possible? All joking aside, this cover does a great job of portraying an epic fantasy world and it’s characters. This is what covers should be.

The Castaways by Jessika Fleck

Published February 27th 2017 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

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The Castaway Carnival: fun, mysterious, dangerous. Renowned for its infamous corn maze…and the kids who go missing in it. When Olive runs into the maze, she wakes up on an isolated and undetectable island where a decades-long war between two factions of rival teens is in full swing. Trapped, Olive must slowly attempt to win each of her new comrades’ hearts as Will-their mysterious, stoically quiet, and handsome leader-steals hers. Olive is only sure about one thing: her troop consists of the good guys, and she’ll do whatever it takes to help them win the war and get back home. But victory may require more betrayal, sacrifice, and heartbreak than she’s ready for.

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Kate Says 

Love the colors and the image. I like how the image is busy so the rest of the cover is rather sparse. Good breakdown of elements.

James Says 

I’m not a fan of logo type images for cover art. It is a cool image, but I’d never pick it up with a cover like that.

The Wishing Heart by J. C. Welker

Expected publication: May 1st 2017 by Entangled Teen

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With a book in her bag and a switchblade in her pocket, Rebel’s been thieving her way through life while hoping for a cure to fix her ailing heart.

But when the bejeweled vase she just tried to hawk turns out to be a jinni’s vessel, Rebel gets lost to her world and dragged within another. Now every magical being in the city wants the vase for himself.

Thrust into a game of cat and mouse in a world she never knew existed, Rebel must use her uncanny skills to find a way to free Anjeline the Wishmaker.

But wishes have consequences. And contracts. Anjeline’s freedom could unravel a love like Rebel has never known, or it could come at the cost of Rebel’s heart…

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Kate Says 

I don’t love this. The title is hard to read but I do enjoy the city skyline.

James Says 

A cover that is just a cityscape! The horror!

Apex (Hunter #3) by Mercedes Lackey

Expected publication: September 5th 2017 by Disney-Hyperion

Source: Goodreads

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Being a member of the Elite Hunter Command imperils Joy in more ways than one. In their latest clash with Othersiders, the army of monsters nearly wiped them out. Apex City is safe…for now. But within the city barriers, Joy must wage a different kind of war.

The corrupt and powerful PsiCorps is determined to usurp the Hunters as chief defenders of Apex City and Joy is now squarely in their crosshairs. Unused to playing political games, she has very few people she can truly trust—not even Josh, her first friend in Apex City, who broke up with her when it became too dangerous for a Psimon to be dating a Hunter.

Then Josh comes to Joy for help. He fears that Abigail Drift, the head of PsiCorps, will soon use him in her twisted experiments designed to empower PsiCorps and render Hunters superfluous–a scheme that’s already killed off dozens of Psimons. Joy manages to smuggle Josh to safety, but he cannot evade Drift forever…

As Joy faces ever more powerful Othersiders, she is helped by the most surprising ally imaginable—the same Folk Mage she once met in battle on the train to Apex City. But can Joy trust the most cunning and treacherous of all Othersiders?

In the thrilling finale to Mercedes Lackey’s #1 New York Times bestselling trilogy, Joy must risk everything to end a brutal war…before she loses all she’s ever loved

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Kate Says 

I knew immediately which series this was based on the font, but otherwise it’s a bit boring. Not much to catch the eye.

James Says 

I think this is supposed to be reminiscent of the Eragon series, which were just a dragon head. Like Kate said, it is obvious what this book is about, but it isn’t that interesting.

Mad Hatter and March Hares edited by Ellen Datlow  & Genevieve Valentine

Expected publication: December 5th 2017 by Tor Books

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An all original anthology of stories inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. ‘Alice’ has been read, enjoyed, and savored by generations of children and adults since its publication. It’s hallucinogenic, weird, imaginative and full of wordplay, mathematical puzzles, and political and social satire.”

Mad Hatters and March Hares will features stories that are inspired by the strange events and characters that appear in Wonderland.

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Kate Says 

A little too creepy/weird for me, but it totally works for the subject matter!

James Says 

This is another one where I’m very biased. I HATE Alice in Wonderland in all forms. So it would take the best cover in the world for me to like this one.

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo & Sara Kipin

Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Macmillan/Imprint

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Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

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Kate Says 

I love love love this cover. The title is easily readable and I love the thorns around the edges.

James Says 

I like action and characters on covers. This is just a combination of logo type designs. Cool looking, but I’d never pick it up.

Magic of Wind and Mist (The Hanna Duology #1 & 2) by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Saga Press

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Taking place in the world of Cassandra Rose Clarke’s Magic of Blood and Sea, this is the story of a would-be witch who embarks on an adventure filled with intrigue, mystery, mermaids, and magic.

Hanna has spent her life hearing about the adventures of her namesake Ananna, the lady pirate, and assassin Naji, and dreams to have some adventures of her own.

One day when Hanna is with her apprentice—a taciturn fisherman called Kolur—the boat is swept wildly off course during a day of storms and darkness. In this strange new land, Kolur hires a stranger to join the crew and, rather than heading home, sets a course for the dangerous island of Jadanvar. As Hanna meets a secretive merboy—and learns that Kolur has a deadly past—she soon realizes that wishing for adventures can be deadly…because those wishes might come true.

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Kate Says 

I really like that these duologys are getting new covers (the other one is MAGIC OF BLOOD AND SEA) even if the original covers were awesome. It’s cool that they totally redid them for the compilations. And I love the cover, too. A girl with a sword? Sign me up.

James Says 

This is artwork at it’s best. There’s a lot going on, but it’s done beautifully. I’d pick up this book in a heartbeat.

The Queen and the Cure (The Bird and the Sword Chronicles #2) by Amy Harmon

Expected publication: May 9th 2017

Source: Goodreads

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“There will be a battle, and you will need to protect your heart.”

Kjell of Jeru had always known who he was. He’d never envied his brother or wanted to be king. He was the bastard son of the late King Zoltev and a servant girl, and the ignominy of his birth had never bothered him.

But there is more to a man than his parentage. More to a man than his blade, his size, or his skills, and all that Kjell once knew has shifted and changed. He is no longer simply Kjell of Jeru, a warrior defending the crown. Now he is a healer, one of the Gifted, and a man completely at odds with his power.

Called upon to rid the country of the last vestiges of the Volgar, Kjell stumbles upon a woman who has troubling glimpses of the future and no memory of the past. Armed with his unwanted gift and haunted by regret, Kjell becomes a reluctant savior, beset by old enemies and new expectations. With the woman by his side, Kjell embarks upon a journey where the greatest test may be finding the man she believes him to be.

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Kate Says 

Super boring. I would have no idea what genre this was just by looking at it, either.

James Says 

A head with a red cover. Nothing here is interesting. You could do so much with a series title like The Bird and the Sword. This is a disappointment.

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