Cover Art Coverage: 14 New Titles!

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Cover Art Coverage

After a short holiday break we’re back with a bumper crop of covers.  Happy New Year!

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Spartan Heart (Mythos Academy: Colorado #1) by Jennifer Estep

Published December 4th 2017 by Jennifer Estep

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New school year, same old problems . . .

At Mythos Academy, everyone knows exactly who I am: Rory Forseti, Spartan girl and the daughter of Reapers.

Even though I fought alongside my cousin Gwen Frost to save the mythological world from Loki and his evil Reapers of Chaos, I’m still the most hated girl at the academy because of all the horrible things my parents did. I had hoped that this school year would be different, but the other kids just won’t let me forget about my parents.

But something strange is going on at the Colorado Academy. First, I run into a Viking guy who dislikes me more than most. Then I notice some odd artifacts in the Library of Antiquities. And worst of all, I start hearing rumors about a new group of Reapers who can summon mythological monsters.

I might be the most hated girl at Mythos Academy, but I’m also the only one who can save it . . .

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James Says 

Normally I hate covers like this. Nothing but a fancy logo. But this one does look really nice. I really like the rubies and the gargoyle dragon things.

Julia Says 

This looks like a novella cover to me, and somehow manages to be too simple and not simple enough for what I would expect to evoke “Spartan”.  I don’t hate it, but I won’t remember it at all.

Year One (Chronicles of The One #1) by Nora Roberts

Published December 5th 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

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It began on New Year’s Eve.

The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed—and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.

Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river—or in the ones you know and love the most.

As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.

In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.

The end has come. The beginning comes next.

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James Says 

A lone raven. Cool looking, but way too boring to look up.

Julia Says 

I like the water color wings on this raven.

Elisha Daemon by E. C. Ambrose

Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Daw Books

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In this fifth and final installment of The Dark Apostle, barber-surgeon-turned-sorcerer Elisha must save plague-stricken England from its path of destruction–or risk succumbing to the very dark magic he is trying to eradicate.

Elisha was once a lowly barber-surgeon from the poorest streets of 14th-century London; now, he may be the most powerful magus alive. He faces the necromancers, a shadowy cult of magi who draw their power from fear and murder–and who have just unleashed the greatest plague the world has ever known upon a continent already destabilized by wars, assassinations, and religious conflict.

Empires and armies are helpless with no clear enemy to fight. The Church loses its hold upon the faithful as prayers go unanswered. Europe has become a bottomless well of terror and death, from which the necromancers drink deep as the citizens sink into despair. Elisha knows that if there is to be any chance of survival, he must root out the truth of the pestilence at its unexpected source: the great medical school at Salerno. There, Elisha might uncover the knowledge to heal his world.

But as he does, his former mentor, the beautiful witch Brigit, lays her own plans. For there may be one thing upon the face of the planet deadlier than the plague: the unfiltered power of Death within Elisha himself.

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James Says 

A properly clothed man inside a very cool looking library. This is what covers should look like.

Julia Says 

A little blurry and cobbled together, I don’t like the title font.  This looks like amateur photoshop.

The Darkest Captive (Lords of the Underworld #14.5) by Gena Showalter

Expected publication: December 4th 2018 by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated

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For centuries, Galen the Treacherous has been the most hated immortal in the Underworld. With good reason! This bad boy of bad boys has lied, stolen, cheated and killed with abandon. Possessed by the demons of Jealousy and False Hope, he has always lived for a single purpose: destroy everything.

Then he met her.

Former demon turned human femme fatale — Legion Honey — sought to kill Galen, but ended up parting with her virginity instead. Afraid of their sizzling connection, she ran away…and ended up trapped in hell, tortured and abused in the worst of ways. Now she’s free, and a shell of herself, afraid of her own shadow.

Galen’s hunger for Legion has only grown. Now the warrior with nothing to lose must help her rekindle the fire that once burned inside her. But as desires blaze white-hot, will Legion run again? Or will the unlikely pair succumb to love at long last?

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James Says 

At least the partially clothed man and woman only take up part of the cover. But the rest of the cover is a boring logo repeated a bunch of time to make the cover really busy.

Julia Says 

I feel like this cover is very ambiguous regarding title, and I hate that.  I would have guessed this novella was called 1001 DARK NIGHTS.  Love clip art where a guy appears to be studying his own junk, though, or his companion’s butt.  It could go either way with this arrangement.

Willa of the Wood (Willa #1) by Robert Beatty

Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Disney-Hyperion

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Robert Beatty comes a spooky, thrilling new series set in the magical world of Serafina. 

Move without a sound. Steal without a trace. 

Willa, a young nightspirit of the Great Smoky Mountains, is her clan’s best thief. She creeps into the homes of day-folk in the cover of darkness and takes what they won’t miss. It’s dangerous work-the day-folk kill whatever they do not understand. But when Willa’s curiosity leaves her hurt and stranded in a day-folk man’s home, everything she thought she knew about her people-and their greatest enemy-is forever changed.

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James Says 1

I love real artwork as opposed to poor image photoshopping. This is excellent art for a middle grade book. The character and the wolf look awesome.

Julia Says 

I love the aesthetic of this cover, a little impressionistic and primal.

Zombie Abbey by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Entangled: Teen

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1920, England

And the three teenage Clarke sisters thought what they’d wear to dinner was their biggest problem…

Lady Kate, the entitled eldest.
Lady Grace, lost in the middle and wishing she were braver.
Lady Lizzy, so endlessly sunny, it’s easy to underestimate her.

Then there’s Will Harvey, the proud, to-die-for—and possibly die with!—stable boy; Daniel Murray, the resourceful second footman with a secret; Raymond Allen, the unfortunate-looking young duke; and Fanny Rogers, the unsinkable kitchen maid.

Upstairs! Downstairs! Toss in some farmers and villagers!

None of them ever expected to work together for any reason.

But none of them had ever seen anything like this.

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James Says 

Is cheap clipart worse than bad photoshopping? I’m not certain, but it still makes for a bad and boring cover.

Julia Says 

Simple, silly, and a nice balance between historical and zombie.

The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen

Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Balzer + Bray

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As a slave in the Kipchak Khanate, Jinghua has lost everything: her home, her family, her freedom … until she finds herself an unlikely conspirator in the escape of Prince Khalaf and his irascible father as they flee from their enemies across the vast Mongol Empire. On the run, with adversaries on all sides and an endless journey ahead, Jinghua hatches a scheme to use the Kipchaks’ exile to return home, a plan that becomes increasingly fraught as her feelings for Khalaf evolve into a hopeless love.

Jinghua’s already dicey prospects take a downward turn when Khalaf seeks to restore his kingdom by forging a marriage alliance with Turandokht, the daughter of the Great Khan. As beautiful as she is cunning, Turandokht requires all potential suitors to solve three impossible riddles to win her hand—and if they fail, they die.

Jinghua has kept her own counsel well, but with Khalaf’s kingdom—and his very life—on the line, she must reconcile the hard truth of her past with her love for a boy who has no idea what she’s capable of … even if it means losing him to the girl who’d sooner take his life than his heart.

THE BIRD AND THE BLADE is a lush, powerful story of life and death, battles and riddles, lies and secrets from debut author Megan Bannen.

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James Says 

Once again, a type of cover I wouldn’t usually like, but something about the close up of the feathers and them being partially stained red really catches the eye.

Julia Says 

I think this might be one of those covers that is more impressive in person, depending on how the detail on the feather pops out.

Dawn of Legends (Blood of Gods and Royals #4) by Eleanor Herman

Expected publication: June 26th 2018 by Harlequin Teen

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The epic scope of Outlander meets the shocking twists of HBO’s Game of Thrones in the riveting conclusion to New York Timesbestselling author Eleanor Herman’s Blood of Gods and Royals series, Dawn of Legends!

Prince Alexander of Macedon has battled both men and monsters, but his final war will determine his fate…and the future of mankind. While Macedon’s enemies close in from all corners of the earth, Alexander must fulfill one last prophecy that dictates only he—and he alone—can ensure humanity’s survival against the age of the deadly Spirit Eaters.

As the threads of fate draw Alexander closer to his destiny, an exiled queen will meet a runaway princess, a young sorceress will set the final path of her heart and generals will choose their final battles. Before the light of victory can shine, enemies must become allies, Death must be tamed and hearts must break.

Who will rise and who will die? All is revealed in the epic finale to New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman’s rich and fantastical Blood of Gods and Royals series.

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James Says 

Another great example of beautifully down art. This cover conveys so much. A great and costly fantasy battle, with someone looking out at the carnage. Is the figure the commander who commanded the battle? A lone survivor? Someone who fought to prevent such a battle? I absolutely love this cover.

Julia Says 

Another installment in the series, I can’t say I’d recognize or remember them but I like the gold background.

Redemption’s Blade: After the War by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Expected publication: July 26th 2018 by Solaris

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Ten years ago, the renegade demigod known as the Kinslayer returned. His armies of monsters issued from the pits of the earth, spearheaded by his brutal Yorughan soldiers. He won every battle, leaving burnt earth and corruption behind. Thrones toppled and cities fell as he drove all before him. And then he died. A handful of lucky heroes and some traitors amongst his own, and the great Kinslayer was no more.

Celestaine was one such hero and now she has tasked herself to correct the worst excesses of the Kinslayer and bring light back to her torn-up world. With two Yorughan companions she faces fanatics, war criminals and the monsters and minions the Kinslayer left behind as the fragile alliances of the war break down into feuding, greed and mistrust.

The Kinslayer may be gone, but he cast a long shadow she may never truly escape.

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James Says 

Another great example of beautifully down art. This cover conveys so much. A great and costly fantasy battle, with someone looking out at the carnage. Is the figure the commander who commanded the battle? A lone survivor? Someone who fought to prevent such a battle? I absolutely love this cover.

Julia Says 

This looks creepy and futuristic, I like it.  It’s blurry, too, but the title font gives this a more polished look.

The Emerald Sea (The Glittering Court #3) by Richelle Mead

Expected publication: June 26th 2018 by Razorbill

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The dazzling conclusion to #1 New York Times bestselling author Richelle Mead’s The Glittering Court series.

Meet Tamsin, the Glittering Court’s hard-angled emerald. Her outsized aspirations make her a fierce competitor, rising to the top of the ranks. But when the ship she boards for the New World is tragically lost at sea, she is quite literally thrown off-course.

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James Says 

It matches the other covers in the series, but there isn’t anything interesting about the cover.

Julia Says 

Perhaps I’m just projecting based on the title, but this image does have a subtle underwater feel that I like.

A Hint of Hydra (Lailu Loganberry #2) by Heidi Lang & Kati Bartkowski

Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Aladdin

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Thirteen-year-old chef Lailu Loganberry must stop a war between the elves and scientists in this follow-up to A Dash of Dragon, which Kirkus Reviews calls “a recipe for success.”

It’s the Week of Masks, a festival held to chase away evil spirits. But Lailu doesn’t have time to worry about demons. She has bigger fish to fry—or rather, griffons, now that she’s been asked to prepare a mystical feast for the king’s executioner, Lord Elister.

Unfortunately Lailu’s meal is overshadowed by the scientists’ latest invention: automatons, human-shaped machines that will respond to their masters’ every order. Most people are excited by the possibilities, but the mechanical men leave Lailu with a bad taste in her mouth.

Even worse, the elves still blame the scientists for the attacks on them weeks ago, and Lailu worries that the elves might be cooking up revenge. So when she and her sorta-rival-turned-almost-friend Greg stumble across the body of a scientist, the elves are the prime suspects. With help from Greg, her best friend Hannah, and the sneaky, winking spy Ryon, Lailu has to discover the truth behind the murder, and soon—because hostilities between the elves and the scientists are about to boil over faster than hydra stew.

And just ask any chef: war is bad for business.

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James Says 

More great artwork for a children’s book. The artwork is a little more childish so I’m assuming this one is target for a younger age group. But great action on the cover. I wish adult books could portray this much action on their covers.

Julia Says 

I like how the torch provides a central point of light for the cover.

The Book of Hidden Things by Francesco Dimitri

Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Titan Books

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Four old school friends have a pact: to meet up every year in the small town in Puglia they grew up in. Art, the charismatic leader of the group and creator of the pact, insists that the agreement must remain unshakable and enduring. But this year, he never shows up.

A visit to his house increases the friends’ worry; Art is farming marijuana. In Southern Italy doing that kind of thing can be very dangerous. They can’t go to the Carabinieri so must make enquiries of their own. This is how they come across the rumours about Art; bizarre and unbelievable rumours that he miraculously cured the local mafia boss’s daughter of terminal leukaemia. And among the chaos of his house, they find a document written by Art, The Book of Hidden Things, that promises to reveal dark secrets and wonders beyond anything previously known.

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James Says 

The only thing interesting about the cover is the dog? that’s hanging from the tree. However, that makes me just want to put the book down not continue to find out what it’s about.

Julia Says 

This is so stylized it’s easy to miss all the sinister little elements, very cool cover art.

The Privilege of Peace (Peacekeeper #3) by Tanya Huff

Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Daw Books

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Former space marine Torin Kerr returns for one final adventure to save the Confederation in the last book in the military science fiction Peacekeeper trilogy.

Warden Torin Kerr has put her past behind her and built a life away from the war and everything that meant. From the good, from the bad. From the heroics, from the betrayal. She’s created a place and purpose for others like her, a way to use their training for the good of the Confederation. She has friends, family, purpose.

Unfortunately, her past refuses to grant her the same absolution. Big Yellow, the ship form of the plastic aliens responsible for the war, returns. The Silsviss test the strength of the Confederation. Torin has to be Gunnery Sergeant Kerr once again and find a way to keep the peace.

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James Says 

WOW! Now this is a cover. That’s a piece of artwork I would hang on my wall. There is so much action on this cover, and I’m assuming this is an actual scene in the book. I’m also a huge fan of Tanya Huff so I know the book will deliver the awesome action depicted on the cover.

Julia Says 

This looks like the heroine from Diana Rowland’s WHITE TRASH ZOMBIE series is the victim, and the style of this cover really draws the eye in.

Waking the Rainbow Dragon: A Branches Book (Dragon Masters #10) by Tracey West, Illustrated by Damien Jones

Expected publication: June 26th 2018 by Scholastic Inc.

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Pick a book. Grow a Reader!
This series is part of Scholastic’s early chapter book line, Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!
In the tenth book in this series, Drake has a strange dream about a Rainbow Dragon trapped in a cave. He wonders if the dream could be real… Is the dragon trying to send for help? Griffith the wizard uses the magical Dragon Stone to find out more — and a new Dragon Master is revealed! Drake and Ana must travel far in search of the new master and his dragon. But how will they find the secret cave from Drake’s dream? And why is the Rainbow Dragon trapped there? The Dragon Masters have a tough battle ahead of them!

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James Says 

Can the big publishing companies fire their photoshoppers and send their children book artists to take a couple more art classes? Book covers would be so much better if they did that.

Julia Says 

I don’t know if this cover would make me want to color this book, but it looks like a fun juvenile adventure.

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