If you visited the website for the first time ever this week, you could be forgiven for thinking that all we talk about is book covers. We’ll admit, we do love a good book cover and when our’s are so good-looking who can blame us. With that in mind we have a brand new, gorgeous cover to share with you today!
Crushed by Eliza Crewe is the sequel to last year’s Cracked and the second book in the Soul Eater series. Here’s a reminder of the description we brought you earlier this year:
“Meda Melange has officially hung up her monstrous mantle and planted her feet firmly on the holy and righteous path of a Crusader-in-training. Or, at least, she’s willing to give it a shot. It helps that the Crusaders are the only thing standing between her and the demon hordes who want her dead.
The problem is, the only people less convinced than Meda of her new-found role as Good Girl are the very Crusaders she’s trying to join. So when a devilishly handsome half-demon boy offers escape, how’s a girl supposed to say “no?”
After all, everyone knows a good girl’s greatest weakness is a bad boy.”
Ok I’ve dragged this out long enough, you know the title, you know the story, now have a look at the cover and tell us what you think!
Gorgeous right? Get in the comments and give us your view, we love to discuss covers with all of you. Once you’ve done that check out these lovely bloggers who are taking part in our reveal, they’re all running giveaway competitions so make sure you get signed up!
Yesterday, YA Books Central hosted a cover reveal for Some Fine Day by Kat Ross, and we’re delighted with the reactions to this exciting new book! Let’s take a closer look at the intriguing cover:
Some Fine Day
Sixteen-year-old Jansin Nordqvist is on the verge of graduating from the black ops factory known as the Academy. She’s smart and deadly and knows three things with absolute certainty.
She knows that when the world flooded and civilization retreated deep underground, there was no one left on the surface.
She knows that the only species to thrive there are the toads, a primate/amphibian hybrid with a serious mean streak.
Most of all, she knows there’s no place on Earth where you can hide from the hypercanes, continent-sized storms that have raged for decades.
Jansin has been lied to. On all counts. Faced with the truth in the form of a charismatic young survivor named Will, Jansin vows that her former masters will regret making her what she is…
Kat Ross grew up in New York City and worked as a bike messenger, legal secretary, coat check girl and iguana-brander before settling on a career as a reporter and editor.
She did not write one word of fiction between the Reagan and Obama administrations, although she secretly wanted to and finally got around to it when her daughter turned four, which just goes to show that it’s never too late to follow your third-grade dream.
She does believe that journalism taught her to wage war on adverbs and fluff, so her master’s degree and associated student loan debt is not entirely pointless. The main thing is that she loves to read, and good books are the best writing teachers.
It’s Cover Central in the Strange Chemistry office this week, after the earlier reveal of The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare and we’ve got another great cover for you all: February 2014’s Rachel Neumeier‘s Black Dog! Do let us know what you think: here on the blog, or reach out on Twitter and use the hugely original hashtag #BlackDogReveal … and here you go:
Natividad is Pure, one of the rare girls born able to wield magic. Pure magic can protect humans against the supernatural evils they only half-acknowledge – the blood kin or the black dogs. In rare cases – like for Natividad’s father and older brother – Pure magic can help black dogs find the strength to control their dark powers.
But before Natividad’s mother can finish teaching her magic their enemies find them. Their entire village in the remote hills of Mexico is slaughtered by black dogs. Their parents die protecting them. Natividad and her brothers must flee across a strange country to the only possible shelter: the infamous black dogs of Dimilioc, who have sworn to protect the Pure.
In the snowy forests of Vermont they are discovered by Ezekiel Korte, despite his youth the strongest black dog at Dimilioc and the appointed pack executioner. Intrigued by Natividad he takes them to Dimilioc instead of killing them.
Now they must pass the tests of the Dimilioc Master. Alejandro must prove he can learn loyalty and control even without his sister’s Pure magic. Natividad’s twin Miguel must prove that an ordinary human can be more than a burden to be protected. And even at Dimilioc a Pure girl like Natividad cannot remain unclaimed to cause fighting and distraction. If she is to stay she must choose a black dog mate.
But, first, they must all survive the looming battle.
Rachel Neumeier started writing in graduate school as a break from research, but years ago allowed her hobbies take over her life. Along with writing both adult and young adult fantasy, she now gardens, cooks Indian food, breeds and shows Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, and occasionally finds time to read.
Her most recent young adult novel, The Floating Islands, was a Junior Library Guild selection and was selected by Kirkus as a best book of 2011. Her most recent adult title, House of Shadows, has also received excellent reviews.
Black Dog, her first foray into young adult paranormal, will arrive on shelves everywhere in the spring of 2014.
Date: 6th February 2014
Format: Medium Paperback
Date: 4th February 2014
Format: Large Paperback
Today we are delighted to share with you the wonderful cover of Julianna Scott‘s The Seers(Feb 2014), the sequel to March 2013’s The Holders! Lee Gibbons has again created a beautiful cover, with a perfect eerie undertone, and without further ado, I give you The Seers‘ cover:
After nearly being drained of her ability and betrayed by a man her father trusted, Becca Ingle was left with one clue — Ciaran Shea. He holds the key to the downfall of the power-mad Holder, Darragh, and can ensure the safety of both Holder and Human kind alike. It is imperative that The Order locate Ciaran before Darragh does, so they set out for Dublin to meet with The Scoth, an aristocratic group of pureblooded Holders whom Ciaran was said to be a member.
A race to uncover Ciaran’s secrets begins, where the line between friend and foe is blurred, and everyone seems to have their own agenda. Becca must call on all the abilities at her disposal to uncover the truth, all the while knowing that sometimes the answer is more dangerous than the question.
To celebrate this cover reveal, Julianna is offering a Seer Ball Ribbon Bookmark and Seer Ball Necklace available to win! Just click on the handy Rafflecopter giveaway link, and away you go! It’s open for 3 days so get in there, quick!
17-year-old Becca has spent her whole life protecting her brother – from their father leaving and from the people who say the voices in his head are unnatural. When two strangers appear with apparent answers to Ryland’s “problem” and details about a school in Ireland where Ryland will not only fit in, but prosper, Becca is up in arms.
She reluctantly agrees to join Ryland on his journey and what they find at St. Brigid’s is a world beyond their imagination. Little by little they piece together information about their family’s heritage and the legend of the Holder race that decrees Ryland is the one they’ve been waiting for—but, they are all, especially Becca, in for a surprise that will change what they thought they knew about themselves and their kind.
“(The Holders is) An engaging, well-paced story. Julianna Scott is a fresh new voice in the paranormal romance genre.”
– Juliet Marillier, author of the Sevenwaters fantasy series
“A fierce and intelligent heroine, a sibling with a challenging destiny to discover, a heart-warming romance, and an X-Men type school for special powers in the Emerald Isle, all add up to a superbly gripping tale. I loved Becca and can’t wait to read more of her world. A fantastic read!”
– Suzanne McLeod, author of the Spellcrackers.com urban fantasy series
“The Holders is riveting! A genuine page page turner of betrayal and revelation soaked in Celtic magic.”
– Carol Oates, author of Shades of Atlantis
For as long as 17-year-old Alex Wayfare can remember, she has had visions of the past. Visions that make her feel like she’s really on a ship bound for America, living in Jamestown during the Starving Time, or riding the original Ferris wheel at the World’s Fair.
But these brushes with history pull her from her daily life without warning, sometimes leaving her with strange lasting effects and wounds she can’t explain. Trying to excuse away the after-effects has booked her more time in the principal’s office than in any of her classes and a permanent place at the bottom of the social hierarchy. Alex is desperate to find out what her visions mean and get rid of them.
It isn’t until she meets Porter, a stranger who knows more than should be possible about her, that she learns the truth: Her visions aren’t really visions. Alex is a Descender – capable of traveling back in time by accessing Limbo, the space between Life and Afterlife. Alex is one soul with fifty-six past lives, fifty-six histories.
Fifty-six lifetimes to explore: the prospect is irresistible to Alex, especially when the same mysterious boy with soulful blue eyes keeps showing up in each of them. But the more she descends, the more it becomes apparent that someone doesn’t want Alex to travel again. Ever.
And will stop at nothing to make this life her last.
When she’s not writing about teens who save the world, M. G. moonlights as a web designer and social media marketing buff, and she’s the current mastermind lurking behind the hugely popular website YABooksCentral.com, a social network for YA (and kids!) book lovers.
Places you might find M. G. hiding: in her creaky old house nestled in Michigan pines, sipping coffee on her porch, playing in leaf piles, cooking over campfires, and dipping her toes in creek beds.
Hey guys! Today we’re really excited to share with you the absolutely wonderful cover of Emilie & The Sky World by Martha Wells. It has been created by the incredibly talented Amazing15. It’s absolutely beautiful and matches the first book in the series perfectly!
A Girl’s Own Adventure in the spirit of Jules Verne
When Emilie and Daniel arrive in Silk Harbor, Professor Abindon, an old colleague of the Marlendes, warns them that she’s observed something strange and potentially deadly in the sky, a disruption in an upper air aether current. But as the Marlendes investigate further, they realize it’s a ship from another aetheric plane. It may be just a friendly explorer, or something far more sinister, but they will have to take an airship into the dangerous air currents to find out. Emilie joins the expedition and finds herself deep in personal entanglements, with an angry uncle, an interfering brother, and an estranged mother to worry about as well as a lost family of explorers, the strange landscapes of the upper air, and the deadly menace that inhabits the sky world.
What do you guys think? Let us know your thoughts!
Today we have an absolutely wonderful treat for you guys – we are able to share with you the absolutely stunning cover for the upcomingThe Almost Girlby Amalie Howard. I absolutely adore the cover! It’s so gorgeous and it embodies the book so well. Riven looks badass!
Seventeen-year-old Riven is as tough as they come. Coming from a world ravaged by a devastating android war, she has to be. There’s no room for softness, no room for emotion, no room for mistakes. A Legion General, she is the right hand of the young Prince of Neospes, a parallel universe to Earth. In Neospes, she has everything: rank, responsibility and respect. But when Prince Cale sends her away to find his long-lost brother, Caden, who has been spirited back to modern day Earth, Riven finds herself in uncharted territory.
Thrown out of her comfort zone but with the mindset of a soldier, Riven has to learn how to be a girl in a realm that is the opposite of what she knows. Riven isn’t prepared for the beauty of a world that is unlike her own in so many ways. Nor is she prepared to feel something more than indifference for the very target she seeks. Caden is nothing like Cale, but he makes something in her come alive, igniting a spark deep down that goes against every cell in her body. For the first time in her life, Riven isn’t sure about her purpose, about her calling. Torn between duty and desire, she must decide whether Caden is simply a target or whether he is something more.
Faced with hideous reanimated Vector soldiers from her own world with agendas of their own, as well as an unexpected reunion with a sister who despises her, it is a race against time to bring Caden back to Neospes. But things aren’t always as they seem, and Riven will have to search for truth. Family betrayals and royal coups are only the tip of the iceberg. Will Riven be able to find the strength to defy her very nature? Or will she become the monstrous soldier she was designed to be?
A couple of words from our author:
When I first saw THE ALMOST GIRL cover, I couldn’t imagine anything being more perfect. I was looking at Riven, my main character, in print. And she was fierce! After staring at it for a ridiculous amount of time and then some, I literally wanted to run out and get a sword of my own. Remember the days when you first saw Star Wars, and you just had to make you own light-saber with a stick and some foil? Yeah, it was a lot like that—I could hardly contain my adrenaline rush (and the desire to have that insanely awesome sword for myself).
During the conceptualization process for the cover, I was able to share my input with the Strange Chemistry design team. I knew that I wanted a kickass cover that would stand out on a bookshelf, that would make someone want to pick it up or click on it. Everyone wants a cover that’s attention grabbing, and in such a competitive market, both online and off, a cover can really make or break a book.
I wanted THE ALMOST GIRL cover to grab potential readers, and that is exactly what it does. From the ultra-cool technological, futuristic graphics to the dauntless look on her face to the minimalistic font of the title, I love everything about it. The colors are powerful, the model is striking, and the artistry of it is entirely compelling. I am in love with the electricity of it. This cover zings.
Here’s some of our readers reactions so far:
‘I LOVE it!!!! <3333 Amalie’s books always have such pretty and amazing covers! This may honestly be my favorite cover yet!’ – Bibliophilic Nerds
‘I think that cover is AMAZING. I’m really loving how the sci-fi element is so obvious on the cover. Just makes it that much more interesting to me.’ – Writer Person
Oh, it was an exciting day yesterday! We had the Cover Reveal for Gwenda Bond‘s forthcoming The Woken Gods (I got it right this time, Gwenda, although I still think The Woken Bonds could be the sequel – just sayin’) and enthusiasm and excitement was in abundance from the wonderful bloggers who helped us spread the beautiful artwork.
And here it is, by Amazing15:
Thanks, in no particular order!, goes to said bloggers:
Via Civilian Reader: Responding to Stefan’s reaction to the Egyptian symbolism and his looking forward to reading The Woken Gods, Paul Weimer had this to say “I am, too. I did a recent SF Signal Mind meld on Mythology and genre fiction, and invited Gwenda because of this forthcoming book. :)”
Via Daisy Chain Book Reviews: The Woken Gods was getting a lot of love here, being swiftly added to many TBR piles! Hollie at Music, Books and Tea had this to say: “I am in love with this cover! It’s so eye-catching and interesting. And it sounds amazing, I love Egyptian mythology so I’m definitely adding it to my TBR pile!”
The excitement for the mythology aspect continued over on Totally Bookalicious, while on A Fantastical Librarian, Bibliotropic said thusly “I’m really looking forward to this one. The cover art alone would have grabbed my attention, but the synopsis just sealed the deal!” and Craig got excited for Capitol Hill to be on the cover: “Great cover! That’s ma hometown! I’m glad you found the magic in it!”
Speaking of the synopsis, here you go:
Five years ago, the gods of ancient mythology awoke around the world.
This morning, Kyra Locke is late for school.
Seventeen-year-old Kyra lives in a transformed Washington, D.C., home to the embassies of divine pantheons and the mysterious Society of the Sun. But when rebellious Kyra encounters two trickster gods on her way back from school, one offering a threat and the other a warning, it turns out her life isn’t what it seems. She escapes with the aid of Osborne “Oz” Spencer, an intriguing Society field operative, only to discover that her scholar father has disappeared with a dangerous relic. The Society needs it, and they don’t care that she knows nothing about her father’s secrets.
Now Kyra must depend on her wits and the suspect help of scary gods, her estranged oracle mother, and, of course, Oz–whose first allegiance is to the Society. She has no choice if she’s going to recover the missing relic and save her father. And if she doesn’t? Well, that may just mean the end of the world as she knows it.
From the author of Blackwood comes a fresh, thrilling urban fantasy that will appeal to fans of Neil Gaiman, Cassandra Clare, and Rick Riordan.
Check out Gwenda’s site for her cheery announcement of the cover – as well as a chance to win not only a signed copy of The Woken Gods but also Blackwood!
If you’re a blogger who also posted the cover, do let me know and I’ll be sure to add you to our list! Email me at caroline[dot]lambe[at]angryrobotbooks[dot]com.
We have something exceptionally pretty to show you! The cover art is obviously missing title and author name, but see below the wonderful artwork for PANTOMIME by Laura Lam. It was done by the very talented Tom Bagshaw – do check out his work.