Cover Art Coverage: 10 New Titles!

June 7, 2017 Cover Art Coverage 2

 

Cover Art Coverage

James and Rebecca are a tough crowd, but their criticisms are consistent (and often quite funny).  Which covers are your favorite this week?

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Otherworld Tales: Volume One by Yasmine Galenorn

Published June 6th 2017 by Nightqueen Enterprises, LLC

Source: Goodreads

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Take a walk deep into the forests of Otherword, the bestselling Otherworld Series by Yasmine Galenorn. Get to know more about the side-characters who make up the realms of Earthside and Y’Elestrial, about the men and women who have been part of this magical series. This collection contains the previously-published stories in three e-only collections:

Tales From Otherworld
Men of Otherworld, Collection One
Men of Otherworld, Collection Two.

Gathered together for the first time in one e-format collection, and in print.
Reading Order of Series:
1. Witchling…..2. Changeling…..3. Darkling…..4.Dragon Wytch…..5. Night Huntress…..6. Demon Mistress…..7. BoneMagic…..8. Harvest Hunting…..9. Blood Wyne…..10. CourtingDarkness…..11. Shaded Vision…..12. Shadow Rising…..13. HauntedMoon…..14. Autumn Whispers…..15. Crimson Veil…..16. PriestessDreaming…..17. Panther Prowling…..18. Darkness Raging…..19. MoonShimmers

Short Indie Collections:
Tales From Otherworld
Men of Otherworld 1
Men of Otherworld 2
Earthbound
Moonswept

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James Says 

The art itself is great, but I think this is the female equivalent to the partially shirtless guy.

Rebecca Says 

It’s way too crowded. The extra-large author’s name keeps distracting me from the name of the book and the ‘Volume One’ stuck in-between the title just seems like an afterthought. Plus the bodacious blonde is placed so that her chest is centered on the cover. I might be grumpy but if character’s matter in the story, maybe their heads should be centered and not the T&A quota.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

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An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Witty, romantic, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a sumptuous romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.

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James Says 

This is already a weird portrait, and the font clashes horribly.

Rebecca Says 

I like it! I love the yellow scribbled designs on the cover. The font reminds me of those diary-type (epistolary, for you learned folks) books that were huge when I was in school. Plus the dude looks like a young Ryan Phillippe. Downside is that I keep wanting to push the author’s name so that it’s centered. Ugh, just move over a smidge. Unrelated but the name of the novel is way too close to a musical that I absolutely love, so it just makes me want to go listen to the soundtrack.

Atlantis Reborn (Atlantis Rising #3) by Gloria Craw

Published June 5th 2017 by Entangled: Teen

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In a few days, I’ll officially be the Laurel clan chief—but it comes at a heavy cost. My human family, the McKyes, think I’m dead, and the only family I have left is my surly cousin, Theron. Plus the occasional visit from my dead mother.

Gathering the fifteen clans of Atlantis is more tasking than I thought. Thank fate that Ian has my back, otherwise keeping the peace would be a total disaster.I want to give him my heart, too, but without an official likeness, or spontaneous pairing, it’s only wishful thinking. To make matters worse, someone out there has the formula to createhuman-Atlantian hybrids. For a hefty price.

Certain chiefs are so desperate to increase our population that they refuse to see the price might be more than money; it could cost us our souls. If I can’t change their minds,the descendants of Atlantis could disappear forever.

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James Says 

This cover is just so empty and boring.

Rebecca Says 

This might be the most boring cover that ever boring-ed. It’s like the designer fell asleep before they could finish it. The font is lovely and the purple-hued sky is nice but it needs so much more!

The Red Lily (Vampire Blood #2) by Juliette Cross

Expected publication: June 19th 2017 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Select Otherworld)

Source: Goodreads

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When Red falls for the Big Bad Wolf…

The Black Lily resistance needs a larger army if they are to defeat the vampire monarchy. In order to do so, former lieutenant and traitor to the vampire Crown, Nikolai must seek help from the red-hooded temptress he needs to avoid at all costs. The secret he carries could prove dangerous for her if she gets too close…even though keeping her close—very close—is the only thing on his mind.

Sienna will do anything for the Black Lily, and when Nikolai asks for her assistance to gain the trust of the commonwealth, it’s the last thing she wants to do. The thought of leaving her woods and her wolves behind is terrifying…not to mention the danger being with Nikolai poses.

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James Says 

Partially shirtless guys may be worse than completly shirtless guys. Either way, this is a no. At least he has a head though!

Rebecca Says 

So, speaking of the model’s head…does it look too small to you? Same with the fist? There’s this chestacular image front-and-centre but the head and hand looks way too dwarfed. Am I just overcome by such a chesty dude? No, it’s the cover that’s wrong.

Sparked by Helena Echlin & Malena Watrous

Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Geek & Sundry

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Fifteen-year-old Laurel Goodwin wakes up to find her older sister Ivy missing from their Airstream trailer in the Oregon redwoods. A recurring nightmare convinces her that Ivy was abducted, but no one takes her dream seriously, including her mom. Laurel, a loner, has to learn to ask for help, and Jasper Blake, a mysterious new kid who shares her love of old books, quickly becomes her ally. Together they find their quiet town holds a deep secret and is the epicenter of a dark prophecy.
Laurel soon learns that her worst enemies, mean girls Peyton Andersen and Mei Rosen, are developing powers that she needs to find and save Ivy. With time running out, Laurel realizes that power doesn’t always take the form that you expect. And once she learns to look beyond her snap judgments, she develops an unexpected gift of her own.

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James Says 

I’m torn on this one. The cover itself does look really cool, while also being creepy. I would never pick this up as a physical copy. Wouldn’t it be weird to look across the train and see this cover staring back at you as someone else reads it? However, in the age of kindles, I might actually pick this one up.

Rebecca Says 

I’m mesmerized by the girl’s green eyes and freckles. Her stare reads as both haunting and defiant, which I love. The sparks around the edges adds tons of visual interest but keeps the girl as the focal point. That said, that is an excellent point about having this book staring at you on the train. It might compel you to pick it up, but it could also give you nightmares.

The Man of Legends by Kenneth C. Johnson

Expected publication: July 1st 2017 by 47North

Source: Goodreads

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Award-winning science-fiction mastermind Kenneth Johnson blends epic adventure, romance, and evocative drama into an intense supernatural thriller rooted in one of the great untold legends of human history.

New York City, New Year’s weekend, 2001. Jillian Guthrie, a troubled young journalist, stumbles onto a tantalizing mystery: the same man, unaged, stands alongside Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, and Gandhi in three different photographs spanning eighty-five years of history.

In another part of town, Will—an enigmatic thirty-three-year-old of immense charm, wit, and intelligence—looks forward to the new year with hope and trepidation. Haunted by his secret past and shadowed by a dangerous stranger, he finds himself the object of an intense manhunt spearheaded by an ambitious Vatican emissary and an elderly former UN envoy named Hanna.

During the next forty-eight hours, a catastrophic event unites Will, Jillian, and Hanna—and puts them in the crosshairs of a centuries-old international conspiracy. Together, the three must unravel an ancient curse that stretches back two millennia and beyond, and face a primal evil that threatens their lives and thousands more.

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James Says 

Double cityscapes plus a silhouette. No thanks.

Rebecca Says 

Yeah, the shadowed man in a cityscape definitely has been done-to-death in every possible genre. Besides the ancient columns on the left and the skyscraper on the right, there’s no hint that this is a genre novel. It makes me think that the designer was ashamed that they worked on a fantasy book.

The Infernal Battalion (The Shadow Campaigns #5) by Django Wexler

Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Ace

Source: Goodreads

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Military might and arcane power clash in Django Wexler’s thrilling new Shadow Campaigns novel.

The Beast, the ancient demon imprisoned beneath the fortress-city of Elysium for a thousand years, has been loosed on the world. It absorbs mind after mind, spreading like a plague through the north. The fell army it has raised threatens the heart of Vordan, and it is under the command of the Beast’s greatest prize: legendary general Janus bet Vhalnich.

As Queen Raesinia Orboan and soldiers Marcus D’Ivoire and Winter Ihernglass grapple with the aftermath of a hard-fought military campaign, they soon discover a betrayal they never could have foreseen. The news arrives like a thunderbolt: Janus has declared himself the rightful Emperor of Vordan. Chaos grips the city as officers and regiments are forced to declare for queen or emperor.

Raesinia must struggle to keep her country under control and risks becoming everything she fought against. Marcus must take the field against his old commander, a man who has seemed an unbeatable strategist. And as Winter recovers from her injuries and mourns her losses, she knows the demon she carries inside her might be the only thing standing between the Beast and the destruction of everything in its path….

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James Says 

Cityscapes are still bad even if they’re castlescapes. The character looks awesome though.

Rebecca Says 

The red tinted design is eye-catching. I love that we only see the side-profile of the character; it lets me imagine what they look like without overanalyzing if the hands are too small. That said, ‘character with a sword in a castle’ is a pretty standard fantasy cover. It hits the beats it needs to but isn’t memorable. I can definitely see people walking into a bookstore asking about a fantasy book with a red cover, but not remembering anything else.

A Dragon of a Different Color (Heartstrikers #4) by Rachel Aaron

Expected publication: July 28th 2017 by Aaron/Bach, LLC

Source: Goodreads

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To save his family from his tyrannical mother, Julius had to step on a lot of tails. That doesn’t win a Nice Dragon many friends, but just when he thinks he’s starting to make progress, a new threat arrives.

Turns out, things can get worse. Heartstriker hasn’t begun to pay for its secrets, and the dragons of China are here to collect. When the Golden Emperor demands his surrender, Julius will have to choose between loyalty to the sister who’s always watched over him and preserving the clan he gave everything to protect.

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James Says 

There is so much I love about this one. First, this is some nice, high quality artwork. Second, they are both wearing clothes and the clothes are reasonable, workable clothes. And finally, I love that the girl has short hair!

Rebecca Says 

I’m a big ol’ Grinch when it comes to artwork on covers. I either want it realistic enough that I can forget it’s a drawing or abstract enough that it doesn’t matter. However, it deserves props for having fully-dressed characters and posing them without including a booty-shot. I’m so tired of having the female character’s butt the focus of a cover. For me, the most interesting part of the cover is that volcano way in the background. I wish that there was less black (dark-red?) covering the background so I could get a better sense of the world the novel is set in.

Reign the Earth (The Elementae #1) by A. C. Gaughen

Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Bloomsbury

Source: Goodreads

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Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.

But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.

This intense, richly drawn high-fantasy by the author of Scarlet will hold readers spellbound.

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James Says 

This one gets points for at least being artwork, but there’s too much red and the focal point is too small.

Rebecca Says 

I love the colours and design. This is what I mean when I say I want a more abstract cover. The pale sky next to the red sky is so striking. Plus the way the character’s sash trails in the winds is gorgeous. I immediately want to know everything about her. The only thing I don’t like is the brush strokes around the edges. I’m not sure if it’s supposed to signify that we’re watching her from a cave or that we’re tunnel-visioning on her?

This Fallen Prey (Casey Duncan #3) by Kelley Armstrong

Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Minotaur Books

Source: Goodreads

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When Casey first arrived at the off-the-grid town, an isolated community built as a haven for people running from their pasts, she had no idea what to expect, with no cell phones, no internet, no mail, and no way of getting in or out without the town council’s approval. But the very last thing she expected was for the council to drop a dangerous criminal into their midst without a plan to keep him imprisoned, and to keep others safe.

Of course Oliver Brady claims he’s being set up. But the longer Brady stays in town, the more things start to go wrong. When evidence comes to light that someone inside Rockton might be working as his accomplice, helping him to escape, Casey races to figure out who exactly Brady is and what crimes he’s truly responsible for committing.

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James Says 

A random picture of roots. This isn’t much of a cover and doesn’t say urban fantasy or paranormal romance at all.

Rebecca Says 

I get what the cover is going for, with the title Fallen Prey amid a bunch of roots. It definitely gives the sense of decay and rot. I like that the words are tucked into the root system as well. If I didn’t know anything about the author, I’d assume this was the cover for a thriller not a genre novel.

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2 Responses to “Cover Art Coverage: 10 New Titles!”

  1. Guest

    I was under the impression that Kelley Armstrong’s Casey Duncan series was Adult Mystery, not fantasy or paranormal. That’s how its categorised on goodreads at least.