Cover Art Coverage: 12 New Titles!

August 16, 2017 Cover Art Coverage 0

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Given to the Earth (Given Duet #2) by Mindy McGinnis

Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Putnam’s Childrens

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Duty, fate, desire, and destiny collide in this intricately wrought tale, perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas.

Although she was born to save the kingdom by sacrificing herself to the rising sea, Khosa’s marriage to King Vincent has redeemed her. As the Queen of Stille, she’s untouchable. But being Queen hasn’t stopped her heart from longing for the King’s stepbrother, Donil. And it hasn’t stopped her body from longing for the sea itself, which still calls for her.

While Khosa is made to choose between loyalty and love, Dara is on a mission for vengeance. Years ago, the Pietra slaughtered the entire Indiri race, leaving only Dara and her twin, Donil, alive. Now, spurned by King Vincent, Dara has embarked on a mission to spill the blood of Pietra’s leader, Witt, and will stop at nothing to show his people the wrath of the last Indiri.

As the waves crash ever closer to Stille, secrets are revealed, hearts are won and lost, and allegiances change like the shifting sand.

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Kim Says 

I like it. The branches and the roots gives you lots of stuff to look at and makes your eye move on the cover. Typical fantasy cover but that doesn’t make it bad.

Rebecca Says 

I love the background but I’m getting serious 90s vibes from the font. Maybe if it blended better and didn’t look like it was stamped into place by an unforgiving designer…

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

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Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.

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Kim Says 

Is it pixie dust or cocaine? This doesn’t appeal to me either way. And why have circling, and highlighting, and bold?

Rebecca Says 

It’s a striking cover that has been completly diminished by the addition of the erased/inserted text. The erased sections just make the cover look busy now. There’s also four different fonts on the cover….I’m pretty sure that’s violates the Geneva Convention

The Diminished by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson

Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Harlequin Teen

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In the Alskad Empire, nearly all are born with a twin, two halves to form one whole…yet some face the world alone.

The singleborn

A rare few are singleborn in each generation, and therefore given the right to rule by the gods and goddesses. Bo Trousillion is one of these few, born into the royal line and destined to rule. Though he has been chosen to succeed his great-aunt, Queen Runa, as the leader of the Alskad Empire, Bo has never felt equal to the grand future before him.

The diminished

When one twin dies, the other usually follows, unable to face the world without their other half. Those who survive are considered diminished, doomed to succumb to the violent grief that inevitably destroys everyone whose twin has died. Such is the fate of Vi Abernathy, whose twin sister died in infancy. Raised by the anchorites of the temple after her family cast her off, Vi has spent her whole life scheming for a way to escape and live out what’s left of her life in peace.

As their sixteenth birthdays approach, Bo and Vi face very different futures—one a life of luxury as the heir to the throne, the other years of backbreaking work as a temple servant. But a long-held secret and the fate of the empire are destined to bring them together in a way they never could have imagined.

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Kim Says 

Why is there a flying sewing machine drifting across the sky? Is this the convergence of the stitchery? I don’t get it. Otherwise it’s not terrible.

Rebecca Says 

Blue and gold is such a classy colour combo (ccc-combo breaker!). I love the font, the distant kingdom, and the designs on the corners. You can tell that this book is going to be fairytale af.

Hero at the Fall (Rebel of the Sands #3) by Alwyn Hamilton

Expected publication: February 1st 2018 by Faber & Faber

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Once, in the desert country of Miraji, there was a Sultan without an heir.

The heir had been killed by his own brother, the treacherous Rebel Prince, who was consumed by jealousy and sought the throne for himself.

Or so it was said by some. There were others who said that the Rebel Prince was not a traitor but a hero…

In the final battle for the throne, Amani must fight for everything she believes in, but with the rebellion in pieces, and the Sultan’s armies advancing across the desert plains, who will lead, who will triumph, who will live and who will die?

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Kim Says 

Okay, the boat on the sand dunes totally got my attention.I’m wondering if the gold will be glittery on the cover, in which case the flames all around will look even cooler.

Rebecca Says 

I lied. The only thing better than blue and gold? RED AND GOLD. Oh man, there’s so much to love here. The font. The flames along the sides of the cover. The moored ship.

The Defiant (The Valiant #2) by Lesley Livingston

Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Razorbill

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The Valiant (The Valiant, #1)

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The darling of the Roman Empire is in for the fight of her life.

Be brave, gladiatrix… And be wary. Once you win Caesar’s love, you’ll earn his enemies’ hate.

Fallon was warned.

Now she is about to pay the price for winning the love of the Roman people as Caesar’s victorious gladiatrix.

In this highly anticipated sequel to THE VALIANT, Fallon and her warrior sisters find themselves thrust into a vicious conflict with a rival gladiator academy, one that will threaten not only Fallon’s heart – and her love for Roman soldier Cai – but the very heart of the ancient Roman Empire.

When dark treachery and vicious power struggles threaten her hard-won freedom, the only thing that might help the girl known as Victrix save herself and her sisters is a tribe of long-forgotten mythic Amazon warriors.

The only trouble is, they might just kill her themselves first.

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Kim Says 

I like the energy of the cover models, but the title is lacking some serious shading or framing or something. It just fades into the deep action-purple and does nothing for the rest of the cover. How can you spend so long on the armor and the models and then phone it in on the title?

Rebecca Says 

The purple background and the intensity of the female warrior (foot dug into rock, flailing a burning mace) is pretty awesome. It tells me what to expect in the novel. It’s just that dang 90s font again. The shading makes the font look inflated, like bubble letters. I think if it was rusted out it’d fit so much better.

Mr. Gedrick and Me by Patrick Carman

Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books

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New York Times bestselling author Patrick Carman delivers a modern reimagining of the classic Mary Poppins tale in this story about family, grief, and healing—with a dash of magic! 

Stanley Darrow isn’t sure what to expect when the mysterious Mr. Gedrick appears on his doorstep. He is certain, however, that his family could use Mr. Gedrick’s help: Their lives—and their house—have been a mess since Stanley’s dad died.

The strange new nanny quickly helps them transform their cluttered home into a sparkling and spotless version of its former self, but it’s going to take more than a clean house to help the Darrow family learn to live and love again.

Can Mr. Gedrick help Stanley, his brother, Fergus, his sister, Amelia, and his mom find their way back to each other? And what secrets of his own is Mr. Gedrick hiding behind his crooked grin?

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Kim Says 

I like the curlicues. They mirror the magic trail left by the wand. It’s a classic looking 9-12 cover that would have worked for me when I was that age.

Rebecca Says 

It’s a pretty standard middle-grade cover. Honestly I hate picking on middle-grade books…it just makes me feel like I’m kicking a child in the face. The one hangup I have is that the curlicues in the title are super distracting. I keep thinking it’s words when it’s just a weird design choice

Monstress Vol. 2: The Blood by Marjorie M. Liu Illustrated by Sana Takeda

Published July 11th 2017 by Image Comics

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The Eisner-nominated MONSTRESS is back! Maika, Kippa, and Ren journey to Thyria in search of answers to her past… and discover a new, terrible, threat. Collects MONSTRESS #7-12

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Kim Says 

This really works well getting all the different elements from the series: the nature/spiritual side and the technological/steampunk factions, the animal/hybrids and the animals and the spooky main character.

Rebecca Says 

I love this cover. The art style is amazing and has so much detail. If it wasn’t for the wide-eyed kid I’d want this as a poster. Adding a grumpy cat always makes covers better FYI. I wish the title had a little more kerning, the font just seems to run together

The Traitor’s Game (The Traitor’s Game #1) by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Scholastic Press

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Nothing is as it seems in the kingdom of Antora. Kestra Dallisor has spent three years in exile in the Lava Fields, but that won’t stop her from being drawn back into her father’s palace politics. He’s the right hand man of the cruel king, Lord Endrick, which makes Kestra a valuable bargaining chip. A group of rebels knows this all too well — and they snatch Kestra from her carriage as she reluctantly travels home.

The kidnappers want her to retrieve the lost Olden Blade, the only object that can destroy the immortal king, but Kestra is not the obedient captive they expected. Simon, one of her kidnappers, will have his hands full as Kestra tries to foil their plot, by force, cunning, or any means necessary. As motives shift and secrets emerge, both will have to decide what — and who — it is they’re fighting for.

Jennifer A. Nielsen introduces us to an unforgettable new heroine in this epic tale of treachery and intrigue, love and deceit.

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Kim Says 

This is a cover I’ve seen before, so many times that I cannot even begin to count. I hate that the swirls don’t all seem to have the same texture, and that they encroach on the title just a little bit. Blah

Rebecca Says 

Five years ago this would have been a standout cover, now you see this type of design on every 3rd YA. While I love the black roses and gold leaf, I don’t really get any sense of uniqueness

Beneath the Haunting Sea by Joanna Ruth Meyer

Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Page Street

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This stunning and sweeping YA fantasy debut, weaving together royal intrigue, high-stakes adventure and a dangerous mythological world, will entrance fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo.
Sixteen-year-old Talia was born to a life of certainty and luxury, destined to become Empress of half the world. But when an ambitious rival seizes power, she and her mother are banished to a nowhere province on the far edge of the Northern Sea.

On their terrifying journey, the sea seems to call to Talia in strange ways, and her mother—spiraling into madness—becomes obsessed with ancient myths that talk of the sea-goddess Rahn who rules the watery Hall of the Dead.

Joanna Meyer is a wonderful new voice in the YA fantasy genre. Her original, fresh story handles popular fantasy themes in surprising ways. Her lush, atmospheric prose masterfully brings to life her unique mythology and vividly imagined, culturally diverse world.

Beneath the Haunting Sea will appeal to fans of bestselling series such as Throne of Glass, The Remnant Chronicles, The Winner’s Trilogy, and The Grisha Trilogy, as well as recent debuts such as The Reader, The Star-Touched Queen, Sword and Verse, Fear the Drowning Deep, and Given to the Sea. It will also attract readers of adult fantasy, who enjoy Earthsea, The Silmarillion, and Game of Thrones. Its slow-burn romance and gothic setting, inspired by Sense and Sensibility and Jane Eyre, will appeal to a wider audience. Joanna describes Talia’s love interest as Willoughby-esque and Beneath the Haunting Sea as The Silmarillion meets Jane Eyre, with kissing.

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Kim Says 

The space between the words Haunting and Sea really bug me, and I’m not sure why. That dress looks more like the inside of a clam and the colour scheme is something I’ve seen before.

Rebecca Says 

Girl underwater? Check. Floaty dress? Check. Random glob of light? Check. Yup, we’ve seen this cover before. I like the design of the rays extending from the light though. It’s just a nice cover that we’ve seen before.

The Witch’s Blood (The Witch’s Kiss #3) by Katharine & Elizabeth Corr

Expected publication: March 8th 2018 by HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks

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Kim Says 

I do like that the thorns make a heart, which is sweet, but why does there need to be so much text? The series name, the catch phrase, the main character’s last order off amazon, we don’t need all this information.

Rebecca Says 

Hmmm…. Every 3rd YA novel huh? I kid, I kid. The addition of the holly is interesting. It should work (thorned leaves, drops of red) but it just reads as Christmassy…which considering the March release date, probably isn’t what they’re going for? Unless they are, in which case, nailed it.

By a Charm and a Curse by Jaime Questell

Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Entangled Publishing

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The Night Circus meets Tim Burton in this enthralling debut.

LeGrand’s Carnival Fantastic isn’t like other traveling circuses. It’s bound by a charm, held together by a centuries-old curse, that protects its members from ever growing older. Seventeen-year-old Emmaline King is drawn to the circus like a moth to a flame…and unwittingly recruited into its folds by a mysterious teen boy whose kiss is as cold as ice.

Forced to travel through Texas as the new Girl In the Box, passing out fortunes and searching for the poor soul she can transfer the curse to with one frosty kiss, Emmaline begins to fall for the quiet carnival carpenter Ben Singer. Ben is just as desperate to start a life outside the carnival as Emmaline is to escape her destiny—but giving in to their undeniable attraction means Ben’s fate would be sealed.

Breaking the curse seems like their only chance at happiness—but no curse means no charm, either, dooming every circus worker they’ve grown to care about in the process.

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Kim Says 

The smaller words kinda get lost with CURSE and KISS. Becca is right, it looks like a Stargate with a knife or a fire in it. Doesn’t work for me. Something a bit more red would have been more carnival to me.

Rebecca Says 

I hate the tagline but it does make me think of Flight of the Concord’s song A Kiss is Not Contract, so it’s got that going for it. There’s something delicious about that giant, fuchsia title font. I immediately get the circus vibes from the font but then lose it at the graphic. The snowy ferris wheel doesn’t read as circus, especially without the spokes or seat, right now it just looks like a Stargate.

A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole

Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books

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Olivia A. Cole blends a richly imagined world, fantastical creatures, family secrets, and a simmering romance in her cinematic sci-fi/fantasy YA debut, perfect for fans of Amie Kaufman and Pierce Brown.

Octavia has only ever had one goal: to follow in the footsteps of her parents and become a prestigious whitecoat, one of the scientists who study the natural wonders of Faloiv. The secrets of the jungle’s exotic plants and animals are protected fiercely in the labs by the Council of N’Terra, so when the rules suddenly change, allowing students inside, Octavia should be overjoyed.

But something isn’t right. The newly elected leader of the Council has some extremist views about the way he believes N’Terra should be run, and he’s influencing others to follow him. When Octavia witnesses one of the Faloii—the indigenous people of Faloiv—attacked in front of her in the dark of night, she knows the Council is hiding something. They are living in separate worlds on a shared planet, and their fragile peace may soon turn into an all-out war.

With the help of Rondo, a quiet boy in class with a skill for hacking, and her inquisitive best friend, Alma, Octavia is set on a collision course to discover the secrets behind the history she’s been taught, the science she’s lived by, and the truth about her family.

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Kim Says 

I do like it, the flowers look spooky enough to be from outer space, but why does that little A have to sit up there all alone? I’ll forgive it because of those sketchy little circles around the flowers. They just scream orbit to me and I adore them.

Rebecca Says 

I actually really like this cover (though I’m not sure what the connection is between flowers and stars). I just hate the different sizes of font. Maybe if the off-kilter and bolded text spelled out a secret message it would be worth it, but I don’t think ‘Secret But OPIACFR IVCL’ means anything

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