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A Reader of Fictions: Cover Reveal Roundup (12)

A Reader of Fictions

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Cover Reveal Roundup (12)

Hey everyone, welcome to this week's edition of Snarky Cover Talk. Maybe I should start calling it that? I've seen too many other Cover Reveal Roundups. Whatever. Anywho, I've got some awesome and awful stuff for you today. I hope I didn't miss anything good, but I probably did, since I'm on a business trip and haven't been able to follow them like I usually do. I still found a good number, though, so I guess it's all good.

Homeland (Little Brother #2) - Cory Doctorow
 Thoughts: Can we talk about how flipping excited I am that there's going to be another of these? HELL YEAH! Also, this cover? So freaking cool. I like it better than number one. This is SWEET.

Thoughts: What IS gaslamp fantasy? My guess is it's some specialized form of steampunk. Hmm. The cover's pretty cool, I suppose, at least once you notice the headless dude!

Bot Wars - J. V. Kade
Thoughts: I don't really understand using a pen name when everyone knows who you are, but whatever. J. V. Kade = Jennifer Rush, whose YA debut, Altered, also comes out soon. This looks pretty awesome, and is hopefully better than the movie with Hugh Jackman which the cover makes me think of. Good MG cover with lots of boy appeal. 

Boundless (Unearthly #3) - Cynthia Hand
Thoughts: This is my least favorite of the set, but it's still gorgeous. I just liked the blue colors better than this pinkish one. Still in love. I also really just love how they did this series. GORGEOUS. The first one's my favorite, in case you were curious.

Pivot Point - Kasie West
Thoughts: Compared to Sliding Doors? That sounds pretty freaking cool. Kiersten White blurb? Nice. The cover is creepy and fits that theme. From a purely aesthetic standpoint, I'm not in love, but I'm guessing this is perfect for the book.


Paper Valentine - Brenna Yovanoff
Thoughts: I am so creeped out. Something about this is absolutely horrifying. And that feeling only increases as I look at it more. Eeek. I feel like it's going to eat my soul. Which is probably what they were going for, so good job, designers.

Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5) - Tahereh Mafi
Thoughts: Blink and you might miss this novella. Get it? See what I did there? Actually, I like this cover much better than I like the other two. What I like better here is the coloring. I do wonder where the tree-lashes have gone, even though I didn't like them. Note that, unlike Unravel Me, this one has the correct font size and location.

Echo (Soul Seekers #2) - Alyson Noël
Thoughts: These two really don't have a series feel to them. Even the font treatments are entirely different. The cover's pretty, of course, with the dress and the snowflakes. I feel like this might make sense in the story, but from an entirely uninvolved perspective, this is a weird choice.

Ravage (Deviants #3) - Jeff Sampson
Thoughts: I really think the Vesper cover did this best, but I do like the way they've established the series here. The swirly mists and font treatment are very effective, and I especially like when the mists contrast sharply with the background color (which, sadly, this one does not do). I also think the silhouettes are cool, and give the covers a creepier aspect then they might otherwise have. This cover's definitely the creepiest, with the blood red coloring, and the fact that she definitely looks like she's in a blood-soaked room of torture.

The Art of Wishing - Lindsay Ribar
 Thoughts: Pretty cute. This makes for a nice contemporary fiction, romance cover. I really like the title treatment. As is almost always the case, though, I hate the little blurb: "He can grant all her wishes. But only she can save his life." Lame. Those are always lame.

17 & Gone - Nova Ren Suma
 Thoughts: Red. So much red. Cue the Fiona Apple. That room is so creepy. I do really like the title and the creepy room, but I'm not really a fan of the overlay of the missing person report. It just makes it look a little off to me. I would prefer it if that were taken off.

The Shadow Society - Marie Rutkoski
Thoughts: I like this one! Rejoice at me approving of something! The fonts and the colors and the reflection are all made of win in my opinion. I'm not entirely sure why the reflection is hanging above a city, but whatever. It's so pretty. Also, I love those boots.

Sever (The Chemical Garden Trilogy #3) - Lauren DeStefano
Thoughts: Is it just me or do these covers get worse and worse? I actually really liked Wither's cover. I liked that it was playing with the pretty dress trend, using a pretty dress and model but still achieving a sort of dystopian feel. The second cover was very fitting for the book, but I, and others, were thrown by the rocking horse in the background. Well, apparently, the designers seized on that and rounded up all the random shit they could find to put in the Sever cover. Plus, the model's now wearing a pretty dress and sitting properly. It looks like she's about to go to a tea party. It looks like the sever cover got mixed up with some sort of Alice in Wonderland cover. Also, why is the model different in all of these? I declare this a FAIL.
Rise (Nightshade Prequel #2) - Andrea Cremer
Thoughts: Despite myself, I really liked the Rift cover. I like how badass the girl looks, and I am intrigued by the shiny silver weapon. I also love the color blue. Well, all of that awesome stuff? Not in the Rise cover. We've changed to a girl in a dress, viewed from behind. She's holding a large, phallic candle, and the color is now a sickly yellow. Ew. Also, I suspect her dress may be made of pleather.

Deep Betrayal (Lies Beneath #2) - Anne Greenwood Brown
Thoughts: I definitely wasn't in love with the first one, and I like this one less. Girl underwater has been done, and it's been done better. It doesn't seem like the same model, and I don't get a real series feeling from the two covers. Also, I can't help wondering if the deep betrayal was having flashed everyone with her dress riding up underwater.

Iron's Prophecy (The Iron Fey #4.5) - Julie Kagawa
Thoughts: You know what? I really don't care enough to pull up all of the other covers for a novella. I don't even like this new novella trend. I wouldn't even share this, except that I think it's hilarious. Just look at it! Look at that snake! It looks so incredibly cheesy and terribly made. BAHAHA. Oh, the Iron Fey covers after the first couple are always good for a laugh.

The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) - Richelle Mead
Thoughts: In all honesty, I think the covers for this series are pretty lame. I mean, I guess the ones for VA were too, but they were the guilty pleasure kind of lame, whereas these just kind of make me snicker.I think a big part of the problem here is the female model's face. What is that expression? She makes weird faces. She's doing it on The Golden Lily too. Of course, we also have Mr. Pasty on the left and Mr. Sunken-Cheeked Smolder on the right. To top off all of that awesome, we have some poorly designed indigo flowers. Awesome.

 Austensibly Ordinary (Austentatious #2) - Alyssa Goodnight
Thoughts: Hey, look! It's a non-YA book! If you're surprised I made an exception for an Austenite book, you don't know me at all. Girls reading on book covers = win. I approve of this.
 
Coolest Cover of the Week: Homeland by Cory Doctorow!

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18 Comments:

Blogger fakesteph said...

I still need to read Little Brother and I LOVE the cover for the sequel! And Pivot Point has such an amazing cover (and premise)!

June 28, 2012 at 8:34 AM  
Blogger Lilian said...

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June 28, 2012 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger Lilian said...

I have to agree with Sever being disappointing, and yes I did like Wither..and kinda liked Fever (although I still think she was posing awkwardly).

"Also, I can't help wondering if the deep betrayal was having flashed everyone with her dress riding up underwater." that just made me giggle!

Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

June 28, 2012 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Steena said...

The Chemical Garden trilogy is definitely getting more prim, tidier. Sever does not suggest dystopia to me. Also, all the knick-knacks and bric a brac is making me think of the I Spy books. I expect to be able to find three silver buttons hiding somewhere.

What's with the sudden switch from Rift to Rise? Badass, "I KEEL YOU!" totally sold out for T&A cheesecake, sad.

I think Queen Victoria's book of Spells is my favorite cover but the model of Austensibly Ordinary is gorgeous.

June 28, 2012 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger cleemckenzie said...

The Shadow Society grabbed my attention. I'd pick this one up! Queen Victoria's Book of Spells was odd, but interesting. I have no idea what Gaslamp Fantasy is, but I'm curious.

June 28, 2012 at 10:38 AM  
Anonymous Katie @ BlookGirl said...

I like:

The Shadow Society
The Art of Wishing
Paper Valentine
Pivot Point

:-)

Boy, some of these are really cheesy or poorly-designed!

June 28, 2012 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger Nori said...

I agree with most of what you said! Love the creepy Paper Valentine cover!

But, I kind of love the Bloodlines books. On the computer and well I guess digitally, they look awful. But the book itself, is gorgeous. You can't see how it all twirls/connects to the back. And it's so pretty on my shelf (like the spine part is gorgeous too). And the girl, Sydney, is a weird character who would make weird faces, but we love her any way.

I also like the Wither covers. I wish the model was the same though...Those are also books that are pretty in person, but not as much in a photo. Like the inside book (inside of the cover) is pretty. And these books, along with the Mead ones are shiny and you can't see that online either.

June 28, 2012 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Little Brother is great! You should definitely get on that. Obviously, I totally agree that the cover is fantastic. I like that it looks technological!

June 28, 2012 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

She was posing awkwardly in Fever, although I sort of kind of like that because it conveys how drugged up she was, but still not all that nice to look at. Sever is just awful.

Teehee! That's what was intended!

June 28, 2012 at 5:21 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Bahaha. You are so right, Steena. I seriously don't know why they added all of that junk in there. The first cover got it just right, and they've been drifting further and further from that concept. Also, that color? Really?

Yeah, the Rise cover is awful imo.

The Queen Victoria's cover is pretty cool, although the white hair is a bit shocking the way it leaps off the page.

I like the model on Austensibly Ordinary too. She's the kind of gorgeous you don't see on book covers too frequently.

June 28, 2012 at 5:23 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Totally agree, especially about gaslamp fantasy.

I added Shadow Society on the cover alone. Bad habit, but it's what I do.

June 28, 2012 at 5:23 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Right? And what's odd about that is that the ones that seem most cheesy and poorly-designed are the most popular books. A lot of money and thought was put into those covers to make them look THAT BAD. O_O

June 28, 2012 at 5:24 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I need to read the Bloodlines books. That might change my opinion of the covers, especially if I could see them in real life. Digital covers definitely fail at capturing the true beauty a lot of the time, since texture can do so much.

You cannot sell me on the cover for Sever. You just can't. I'm pretty sure I'm going to end with hating the series too. Lame.

June 28, 2012 at 5:26 PM  
Blogger Nori said...

Awww. So sad. I love the series. Lol. But, you will read it, right? I feel like a lot has to happen and a lot will be answered. It sounds like the whole world can change in this one.

June 28, 2012 at 11:18 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Yeah, I will read it. Mostly because that's the only way I can know how I feel about the series. Sigh. At least I know it's over then.

June 28, 2012 at 11:31 PM  
Anonymous alyssa goodnight said...

Glad to have made the list! ;)

July 1, 2012 at 3:30 PM  
Blogger Kayla Beck said...

I really like the cover for Queen Victoria’s Book of Spell. I’ve only read one of the authors in the collaboration, and steampunk is still new territory for me. However, this is a perfect example of how a book can draw in a reader (in my case anyway). I really like the white hair and the books that could almost be griffins. I’m definitely intrigued.

Bot Wars is cool, but I don’t think it would really stand out in a bookstore. I have no idea why, but it makes me think of the first The 39 Clues book, which has absolutely nothing in common with this, I’m sure.

Cynthia Hand’s books are pretty, but I think I will have to read them on the Kindle or Nook when the time comes. It’s just… Pastel… *shudders* The soft colors make my eyes hurt. :-(

I wouldn’t read Pivot Point based on the cover alone. It looks too “real”, which translates to “contemporary” for me, which also means “run away run away”.

Paper Valentine Excuse my language, but I f*cking LOVE this cover! I would face this out at the library or bookstore every time I walked past it. I hoard books like a dragon hoards treasure, and this one would definitely be on the top of my embarrassingly large piles so everyone could see it.

The Shatter Me series' eyeballs give me the heebie-jeebies. Let’s say I was reading one of the books, and it’s sitting on my coffee table. I would sit, staring at it, waiting for the eyeball to move around like the spellbook in the movie Hocus Pocus.

Echo is pretty, but meh. Ravage’s cover doesn’t interest me. The Art of Wishing just doesn’t make sense to me. Maybe it requires shrooms like the Shatter Me covers. The Shadow Society cover is awesome, but I probably wouldn’t read it because it looks like adult fiction (which makes me think and is avoided at all costs). I want the girl in Sever to have crazy hair like me again. I found Rise’s cover to be boring until you brought up the point of the flaming phallus (which should be avoided at all costs, imho), and now it is frightening and hilarious. And is it just me, or does the model in Deep Betrayal look like she’s doing that “Walk Like an Egyptian” dance?

The girl model on The Indigo Spell has lips just like one of my best friends in high school. When she made that expression with her mouth, you avoided her. I hate that she looks so pissy with two hot guys right there. But I suppose she is kind of squished… Also, I don’t love the flowers around the title font. One of the blossoms looks like it’s trying to suck Mr. Sunken Cheek’s face.

I think I love Austensibly Ordinary a lot, except for the photoshopped necklace. Lace + Book + Freckles = Win!

Ha! I overloaded you with my opinion! ;-)

July 21, 2012 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

You're not the only one who loved that. I think it's intriguing and I WOULD like to know what gaslamp fantasy is. Anthologies aren't my favorite things, so I don't know if I'll read it or not.

Bot Wars TOTALLY looks 39 Clues. I see it. It's the shade of blue, I think.

I love the pastel. Lol.

I don't think Pivot Point is contemporary. It's compared to Sliding Doors, so it's probably a two different possible time lines kind of thing. I would be more help if I actually remembered the movie Sliding Doors.

BAHAHAH. I love the 'I hoard books like a dragon hoards treasure' part. Obviously, I do too. I love it. Anyone who doesn't promptly analyze the books on a book shelf when they walk into a room is not a kindred spirit of mine.

I do not like the Shatter Me covers. They don't make sense!

Hahahaha, I love this immense paragraph. I should point out that Shadow Society is not adult fiction. Just fyi. She does kind of look like she might be walking like an Egyptian. Though I haven't really seen the dance...

When you have not one but two hot guys, you should always look hot. These covers just don't work.

I so had not noticed the photoshopped necklace. Ugh! It's awful and it really doesn't look period, does it?

July 22, 2012 at 3:44 PM  

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